Book Reviews

Whatever He Needs by Mia Kerick at Boroughs Publishing Group

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Daddy/Age Play
Reviewed by Bob-O-Link on 06-May-2021

Book Blurb

Liam McAllister might be a preppy rich kid, but for one night all he cares about is finding the seediest bar in town and forgetting his complicated life for a few hours. When a captivating purple-haired go-go dancer catches his eye, his plans change.

Following in his larger-than-life father’s footsteps is ingrained in his DNA, but this dancer, who is nothing like what his parents expect of him, is a desire Liam can’t ignore.

For Dimmy Cirillo, being dissed is nothing new. After his mother’s death, he's sought his cruel, narcissistic father’s approval, only to learn he’s nothing more than a commodity to the heartless man. When a sexy patron shows him a life he's always dreamed of, he revels in the attention, even though he knows it’ll never last.

A swift kick of reality has Liam questioning his duty to his father, and puts his relationship with Dimmy in jeopardy. They must find a way to break free from their pasts if they’re ever going to have a shot of building a future together.


Book Review

I have often been called a “raving…” (noun to be supplied). Well, as ‘Heat” is the only numerical rating permitted by this review site, let me take the liberty, right here, of raving with kudos for Ms. Kerick’s newest tome, ‘Whatever He Needs’. Were I not married, I’d invite her talented person into an intimate relationship. I wonder whether she is up for some polyamory.


Okay! Let’s approach this with greater maturity. Generally, novels take us to places we never have been, or they can remind us of things we know, but from unexpected vantages. From the beginning, it is certain that ‘Whatever He Needs’ will provide the requisite HEA, perhaps one sufficiently quirky as to advise a warning for the emotionally challenged reader. But, while we travel almost the novel’s length before our heroes arrive at Coitus-ville (and I do beg pardon!), there is also sweet anticipation in the story’s substantial girth. The opening locale is a tacky gay bar; the entertainment – Dimitri’s suggestive dancing; the witness – Liam, touched by his own daddy issues. He, the scion of a distant but successful family, is currently side-tracked from his own ambitions, and though he is quite closeted, he so wants to edge himself out.


His opposite in so many ways, Dimitri (intentionally referred to by the apt nickname, Dimmy?) is the essence of a parentally abused soul. Is he mentally slow? The product of some disturbance, seeming spaced out as he dances for the bar crowd? His father, the bar owner, is a well-drawn villain; a user. Had there been any actual sex between them, this would be a classic D and S pairing. Liam is immediately attracted, while registering how badly the father treats Dimmy. By now, we surely recognize that both of our main characters are not yet fully developed within their respective circumstances. That metamorphosis is the heart of this matter.


Liam and Dimmy are so beautifully drawn by Ms. Kerick. Their respective flaws are patent, but as with the odd-cut edges of puzzle pieces, they eventually beautifully fit into a cognizable picture. The differences between Liam and Dimmy are so extreme as to magnificently reveal each to the other, and to us. And Dimmy’s growing self-awareness, even that he is no rocket scientist, is a sure sign of growth. He wants to be directed and protected, and to be loved! That, dear reader, is the worthy explanation of the novel’s long delay before the characters ultimately have full-on sex – Dimmy’s self-enforced dichotomous standard that he can’t f—k strangers at his father’s vulgar pecuniary command, and still make love to Liam. “Sex means something to you and it would tear you apart for it to be a job and an expression of how you feel for me.”


‘Whatever He Needs’ is a beautifully written study, first in character, and then in transition. Imaginatively, the changes are not merely singular “Aha! Now I know all about myself!”, but true to life, they occur in rational steps. We successfully root for them throughout, as control becomes shared love.


As always, here are my snide asides:


1. Why would the author name the novel’s fictional theater, under reconstruction, the Paramour Theater? A little weird? Of course, one’s paramour can also be paramount, but … really?


2. Liam: “He sees me as the one who can complete him.” While the essence of that adage is oft used in literature, I am now condemned every time I read this passage, to hear the voice of Tom Cruise (“Jerry MaGuire”)!




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 307 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 04-May-2021
Price $4.99 ebook
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