Title: Special Needs 2
Author: KA Merikan
Publisher: Acerbi & Villani Ltd
Characters: Ryan, Liam
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, BDSM, Fetish, Series
— Caretaking. Like a boss. —
So, Ryan isn’t disabled. Okay, he is, but he’s only got a foot missing, that’s hardly a reason to pretend he’s paraplegic and ride around in a wheelchair! Now Liam has to deal with being lied to since the moment they met, and he is not a happy camper. He doesn’t understand why sweet, innocent Ryan would do such a thing. What if there are other things his boyfriend lied about? Or ex-boyfriend for that matter.
Ryan is in a state of complete panic at the sole thought of losing Liam, his first proper boyfriend ever. But the show must go on and after the fire in his hotel, Ryan can’t only focus on his love life. He’s a serious businessman after all. Marketing, networking and promoting will be his new love life. Who needs a boyfriend anyway, when in the end, every guy is either a devotee, or freaks out about his transability? Yet… maybe if Liam stayed around the hotel, they could at least make up and become friends.
There is one more option to consider – walking. If Ryan started walking, would Liam want to be with him again? But how far can he bend to Liam’s wishes before he breaks?
“Special Needs” is book two out of a two part series.
If you follow this site, you know that I really like the stories that these two authors create. KA Merikan writes stories that often push boundaries and are often thought provoking. In my opinion, Special Needs 2 is one of those stories.
The story begins basically where Special Needs 1 ends. Liam has discovered that Ryan has lied about his disability and because he doesn’t think he can trust him, they break up. This is devastating to both characters and because Ryan wants Liam in his life (no matter how he has him) he hires him as his personal chef and continues to live his life in a wheelchair.
As the story continues, the two men dance around each others’ feelings as well as their own. Liam is confused by his feelings for Ryan and hates that although Ryan lied about his disability, becomes determined for Ryan to embrace the fact that he can walk and live his life a honest one. At first, Ryan doesn’t want to walk, so he balks at Liam’s insistence that he should, but once he realizes that if he does, he and Liam have a chance of actually getting back together, Ryan agrees to try.
I’m stopping my description of the story here. There is A LOT of things that go on between these two characters. They both continue to grow and evolve as men as the story progresses. I know there are those of you who are probably wondering how in the world Liam could ever forgive Ryan, as well as, wonder how me as a reader would continue to like him as well. I have to say as we learn more about what makes Ryan tick and his reasoning behind his actions, I felt sympathy towards him. I found myself wanting him to be happy and even wanting Liam to realize that there was more to Ryan than meets the eye. Ryan’s pain really broke my heart and I couldn’t help but want to reach into the story and give him a big hug.
Now, please don’t get me wrong. I hated that Ryan lied to Liam and I actually felt like rejoicing when they actually ‘listen’ to one another. Even though Ryan did what he did, Liam was no angel either, but in all honesty, this is one of the reasons why I loved this book. Both Ryan and Liam are very flawed men, but together they want to be better men, not only for themselves, but for each other.
I loved this book. Special Needs 2 is truly a beautifully written story that lived and breathed in my heart. If you are looking for a thought provoking, well-written romance with plenty of angst, romance, sweet moments and hot sex, Special Needs 1 and 2 are definitely the books for you.
I highly recommend reading the first book before tackling this one. This way you will fully understand the dynamics between these two likeable, but very humanly flawed men.
Reviewed By: Gabbi