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At the start I adored the characters and was all for everything going on, but as the relationship progressed while I still loved Blue I was less and less impressed with Blondie until I flat out couldn't keep reading. While it had the potential for a really good romance Blondie's behavior went from mildly jealous but still all right to flat out being a creep. When BDSM type stuff was happening without any real discussion beforehand and without any kind of discussion of a safeword or such, that's when I stopped reading.
Ryan is very whiny. Every other character is someone who I can work out a personality for in my head, and they're likable. But I found Ryan to be so one dimensional. I don't know if the authors did this on purpose, or if there's a reason behind it at all, but ...that's how I felt. I did like the book enough to buy the second book.
Special Needs by KA Merikan is a very unusual and unique story that is written in two parts. The blurb covers the major points of the book, but to really appreciate the finer details, you really need to read this highly original story for yourself.
This is a character driven book, with a plot that does tend to randomly jump around from time to time. The characters are definitely not your average joe on the street, but each one has their own unique charm. This book definitely explores the kinky side of life with a kink-themed hotel, a handy man who regularly dresses as a dog, a freaky neighbor obsessed with gardening and keeping people away from his property, and a look at a VERY strange fetish indulged on line. The sex is very hot, steamy, and definitely NOT on the vanilla side.
The author's writing style is a little on the chaotic side, with a lot of typos, misspelled words, and the wrong word used in a sentence. (i.e. your instead of you're, among others.) I personally have a hard time believing that a relationship can start, let alone thrive under the weight of so many lies and secrets, and I really don't like how easily each other's lies and secrets are forgiven by the other. I've heard of cliffhanger endings, but the ending on this one feels like running into a brick wall. Personally, this book just isn't my cup of tea, but if you want to read a book that takes a walk on the wild side of kink, then this one is for you.
Pattycake's 3 sweet pea review appears at mrsconditreadsbooks.com/index.php/?p=13510
This is a really difficult review to write. There are so many things that I didn’t enjoy in this book…. correction, there are so many things that detracted from my enjoyment of this book. And all of them, pretty much, are editing. Believe me when I say – I never make a big thing of editing issues – I am not an editor, so don’t pretend to know what I am talking about when it comes to anything beyond obvious typos and continuity. This book had words duplicated, spelling mistakes, words misused (grovel instead of gravel) – things which somebody really should have picked up on before the book was released. There were weird continuity errors, for example, when the evening sun was pouring through the window, as Ryan and Liam headed off for the day. Ummm, they’re not Vampires :-P And yet – I still enjoyed the book. Kinda. I just didn’t love it as much as I had expected or hoped too. For me the saving grace of this book is the characters. Specifically Liam.
Ryan owns a hotel, left to him by his Aunt and Uncle. He has turned it into a fetish hotel – with all kinds of rooms, catering to all kinds of needs. He is wheelchair bound and needs a live-in caregiver/caretaker to help him in and about the hotel, as well as running errands and cooking. If he happens to be cute as well, then that is a bonus! Enter Liam ;-) and he ticks all the boxes! He is gorgeous (picture the best Hemsworth brother!) musclebound, and a great cook. The only problem is Liam has this habit of sleeping with the boss… and this complication often ends up with him getting the boot. Ryan says at the interview that he is gay (so there are no problems down the track with homophobia) – of course this is not great news for Liam, who is also gay and who struggles to resist a boss. He therefore thinks the safest option is to play straight. The subsequent “safe” flirting between these guys was a treat – a really sweeeet treat!!
Ryan is this mix of sweet doe-eyed innocence and down and dirty Fetish Hotel owner, all held together by lies. I hate liars, both in real life and in books! And yet there is something about Ryan that bypasses that – maybe he sees the lies as almost a barrier to being hurt, like his disability is a safety blanket in a way. I’m not sure why… but I just kinda forgave him. Although I am looking forward to seeing how he wriggles out of it when the truth comes out… I bet that piqued your curiosity! Liam is a liar too (about more than being straight). And so all my usual “trope no-no’s” are again laid to rest – as I just adored him!! His lies are not nearly as bad as Ryan’s – we all lie in an interview, or stretch the truth a bit, right? Rodney and Faye, Ryan’s other live-in employees are also great characters, and I would love for Rodney to get his own book at some stage. The bad-guy is pretty chilling – really scary and creepy. And one walk on character who I loved seeing was Kyle – a very sexy rocker, who I would love to see more of! We also see Matt Powers, a character from Queer Fear, which was pretty cool – I quite like this character crossover.
There is a story beyond the Hotel and Ryan and Liam’s budding romance – girls are going missing, some internet guy is after Ryan in a not-so-nice way and there is something not quite right with Roger, Ryan’s next door neighbour – what you do need to be aware of is that the book ends with a cliff hanger of sorts. The authors are pretty up front about that by saying it is the first in a two-part story, but it just left you with the feeling that some of the storylines were left too far open – there isn’t enough in the first part to really be invested in, some of the arcs seem to be almost just a mention more than a full on plot line. This means that the cliff hanger is not brutal. I have read worse :-P
I was so looking forward to read this – the premise had me really excited! Tattoos, fetish Hotel, piercings – my God the tatts even had their own glossary LOL - so, lots of things had me dying to read this book. But it just never really took off; maybe I took too long to read it – but maybe I took too long because it never grabbed me. Whatever. The book could have been KAPOW if not for the distracting errors, which is really sad. Yet I will still be getting the next book – Straight. Away!! … go figure ;-)
Originally posted at "Live Your Life, Buy The Book"