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--- She found the perfect guy. But he hates her dolls. ---

Anna is the weirdest girl Gavin has ever dated.

He lost his arm in an accident, and his mohawk makes him stand out from the crowd, so he’s dated his share of weirdos, geeks, and freaks. Yet no one quite like Anna. She’s cute, hot, and has boobs Gavin wants to bury his face in, but she just won’t shut up about her limited edition Japanese doll collection, or whatever they’re called.

So Gavin comes up with a perfect plan - a no strings attached relationship, so they can fool around without overcommitting. He’d get to have his pussy and eat it too.

Anna thinks she’s met the perfect boyfriend in Gavin, but her pierced and tattooed prince of darkness turns out to be yet another disappointment relationship-wise. When he proposes a friends-with-benefits arrangement, Anna figures she might as well make the best of it and unleash all her kinky fantasies on the guy. After all, it’s not like he’ll be there to judge her in half a year’s time.

Soon enough, there are more strings attached than any of them expected.

WARNING Contains adult content: kinky sex, explicit language. Expect inappropriate behavior on the subway, at a cemetery, and in a room full of dolls.


Themes: commitment, dollfie, unusual hobbies, alternative lifestyle, friends with benefits, love triangle, friend zone, goth, Paris, London, disability

Genre: New Adult erotic romance comedy

Length: ~ 60,000 words (Standalone novel, no cliffhanger.)

211 pages, ebook

First published February 20, 2015

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Miss Merikan

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Miss Merikan is the pen name for Kat and Agnes Merikan, a team of writers, who are mistaken for sisters with surprising regularity. Kat’s the mean sergeant and survival specialist of the duo, never hesitating to kick Agnes’s ass when she’s slacking off. Her memory works like an easy-access catalogue, which allows her to keep up with both book details and social media. Also works as the emergency GPS. Agnes is the Merikan nitpicker, usually found busy with formatting and research. Her attention tends to be scattered, and despite pushing thirty, she needs to apply makeup to buy alcohol. Self-proclaimed queen of the roads.

They love the weird and wonderful, stepping out of the box, and bending stereotypes both in life and books. When you pick up a Merikan book, there’s one thing you can be sure of - it will be full of surprises.

e-mail: missmerikan@gmail.com

More information about ongoing projects, works in progress and publishing at:
Miss Merikan’s author page: http://MissMerikan.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MissMerikan
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Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/KAMerikan/


- We are Polish,
- We're neither sisters nor a couple,
- Kat's an artist, and Agnes is a psychologist but neither works in her field,
- Kat's fingers are two times longer than Agnes's.

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3,884 reviews5,810 followers
February 13, 2015
*3.5 stars*

This was... kooky. Wonderful, but kooky.

I'm pretty average/traditional when it comes to my styling. I'm too lazy or tired to figure out intricate, funky clothes, and my hobbies are reading and sleeping. Totally mundane. However, I love and am fascinated by small subsets of groups that are into things that are out of the box, or, I should say, out of MY box. This book was a full-on education in the bizarre, and I sort of adored it because of that.

Gavin is a one-armed goth makeup artist, and Anna is a professional face-up painter and Japanese doll collector. Still with me? Oh, you don't know what a face-up is? I didn't either, but after this book I felt like a BDJ (ball-jointed doll) ninja.

Though the topics that the MCs are interested in are not ones that I was familiar with before starting the story, at its heart, this is a really sweet romance. Put aside the doll collections and white face paint, and you get two people who are insecure and just looking for people who understand them.

There are a lot of things that made this book stand out. This book has a bisexual female MC (love it!) who is super sex positive and into some kinky play (REALLY LOVED IT!). To my surprised, I really related to Anna, and I loved her confidence about her sexuality. I also loved the fact that the male MC had one arm and lots of sexy angst. Gavin was more of a beta hero than an alpha, and I LOVE me a beta hero. He was masculine in an understated way and rocked his off-beat look.

I did have some issues with the story. For one, I felt like the plot became a bit silly towards the end and lost some of its appeal to me. It got a little over-the-top, which I wasn't a huge fan of. I also felt like the plot lost some of it's focus in the last 1/3, and sort of drifted rather than had a clear path. I think I was also confused about how Anna pulled away in the last 1/3 when she so aggressively pursued the relationship before that point.

Overall, a nice first M/F from Agnes and Kat (aka Miss Merikan). I can't wait to see what else they have up their sleeves.

**Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

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235 reviews27 followers
November 15, 2015
I first became acquainted with K.A. Merikan's writing when I read Diary of a Teenage Taxidermist, but I truly fell in love with it when I met Seth and Domenico in Guns n' Boys: Book 1, Part 1.

I decided to try the writers' M/F books as well, so I dove into this one, which was as good as the M/M ones.

It starts by introducing us to Anna,
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a pink-haired young woman obsessed with dollfies, who is out on a blind date with Gavin,
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a twenty-year old Goth guy who lost his arm in a stupid accident, which is one of the reasons he feels insecure around women.

What are dollfies?
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Now to the good stuff: there's all kinds of kinky sex stuff in this little gem, albeit interspersed with unnecessary teenage angst, jealousy and drama unfitting to the characters' ages, if you ask me.

But I've got to admit, I mainly read these authors' books because they write erotica so well. The plot is there, but it's not the main focus (for me).

All in all, it was an enjoying story, with a satisfactory ending . I'll be sure to read more M/F by these authors.

4.5 stars
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1,086 reviews648 followers
September 30, 2018

Anna’s world revolves around dolls, specifically ball-jointed specialty dolls. As a freelance artist, she customizes dolls with make-up to create unique modifications. As a collector, Anna takes pride in her dolls by displaying them proudly and showering them with attention. When Anna meets a certain goth guy bearing resemblance to a particular specialty male doll, she is thrilled but she soon realizes he may be much more than a pretty face.

“A tall black mohawk elongated his silhouette even more than his denim-clad legs. With his skin so pale, and his clothes a mix of black and silver, it was as if he came out of a punk-rock noir movie.”

Gavin is a stylist and make-up artist by trade, but his life has taken a different turn for the past year since his accident. Adapting to his new normal, Gavin has ups and downs but his romantic relationships have been hurtful and challenging. Agreeing to a blind date, Gavin is taken by Anna’s beauty and eccentricity but wonders how he would fit in her life.

“I like your lip piercings,” she whispered. Her eyes were so sincere and open it felt weird. The last thing he wanted was to have her jump to conclusions. Gavin grinned up at her blissfully. “I like your pussy.”

Immediately, Anna and Gavin are mutually attracted to each other and they share a good rapport. Upon deciding to a “friends with benefits” dynamic, Gavin assumes the role Anna needs for her kinky desires and shows how he can be her dominant dark prince.

“She moaned in surprise but quickly settled into it, her firm legs embracing Gavin’s head and pulling him closer. Her pussy was swollen from the fucking, its lips thick, pulsing furiously against his tongue as she rocked her hips at her favorite speed. “That is a fucking dream,” muttered Anna, spread out on the bed.”

Anna is a character infused so much optimistic energy and brightness. From the beginning, I liked the way she treated many fairly and didn’t make rash judgments. With Gavin, I admired how he accepted his disability and showed his insecurities pertaining to it as well. Believing he doesn’t have much to offer to women, Anna provides the perfect balance of support but also doesn’t coddle Gavin.

Overall, this story offers a romance between two characters that truly deserve each other. There were times when I wanted a little more development, but enjoyed the dynamic between Anna and Gavin.

Lastly, I learned about an entire new realm of dolls and found it quite fascinating.

*This was a (F)BR with Twinsie Hawkey!*

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1,332 reviews2,017 followers
October 2, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Type: Standalone
POV: Third Person

Since his unfortunate accident that changed his life, Gavin had been out of luck in the romance department. A date with a beautiful pink haired girl Anna brought him hope. However, she had an unusual level of passion on dolls that freaked him out. Now they must learn to find a balance if they don’t want to keep each other in.

But he was never enough. Maybe underneath all the makeup, the loud clothes that got him in trouble so many times, there just wasn’t anything interesting enough about him?

I liked how Gavin had to deal with a personal challenge and how it affected his life. He had a lot of vulnerabilities that he had to learn to overcome. Anna was... a standout to say the least lol! She could be a handful to handle but she had a good heart and a sunny outlook on life.

Anna wasn’t relationship material. That constant talk of dolls was a flaw he couldn’t overlook, despite her amazing tits.

This book had a very fascinating theme. I loved that I get to learn about BJD (get your mind out of the gutter, it has nothing to do with blowing :p) or ball jointed dolls with the culture and lifestyle. They are beautiful and now I want one lol!

“Okay, maybe I’m not one to speak, but I’m a normal freak. She’s just weird.”

I also liked the dynamic of the characters. Both of them would be considered weird by a normal society standard, but they were made for each other in their world. I do wish for more if the kink part though. It was hot but too minimal.

All Strings Attached is a story of two distinct individuals finding a common ground. It would appeal to readers looking for a story with alternative lifestyles.

💋 👑 💋 . . . (F)BR With Twinsie CC . . . 💋 👑 💋

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667 reviews339 followers
May 29, 2015
3.75 stars !!!!!

Oh man ! This was totally unexpected . A real quick read . Gavin is lookin for a girlfriend . Only problem is that Gavin is a goth dude . With lots of make up , tats and piercings . Anna is also looking for someone to fall in love with . But Anna has dolls . Lots and lots of dolls . And if you are no where close to understanding her obsession with them , then you might have no chance of getting it on with her . But Anna really likes Gavin with all his dark brooding features . And Gavin also likes Anna , but is a little creeper out about her dolls . So what do they do ? They decide to indulge themselves in a no string attached relationship . But is that enough ??

I am a huge Japanese culture fan myself ! I love anime's and Mangas and even J-rock and J-pop , so I totally understood Anna and her friends and their quirks about everything Japanese !

I absolutely loved Annas character . I loved how open she was when it came down to her feelings for Gavin and what she wanted sexually ! Gavin was a little nutty and mostly broody and at times not the maker of right decisions . But I think I understood where he was coming keeping in mind with what he had gone through and what he was left with !
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1,891 reviews81 followers
September 15, 2015
I love K.A. Merikan and this was my first read of their Miss Merikan M/F books.

Great story, a little out there but super hot.

Gavin is amazing (just love Goth guys) and I got to love Anna after a while. The dolls did freak me out a little but I learned a lot about the whole dollfie/Lolita thing.
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493 reviews43 followers
October 4, 2021
This is my first m/f in over a year. I have completely abandoned the genre for m/m. So this year, when the ladies who have been rocking my m/m world decide to write their first m/f. The book I took as a sign that it's time to get back to the m/f game. As always, the ladies' characters write about characters whose lives don't strictly revolve around the mainstream of society with a bit of well-placed humor.

We first meet Gavin and Anna while they are on a date set up by Anna's ex and one-time crush, Andrea. I fell in love with Anna the minute she stepped on the scene. I mean, when she pops up with a strawberry flavored condom to match her strawberry-colored hair, who can say no to the girl. As for Gavin... it took time. He was a ball of insecurity and all about the nookie. But I was with him with his confusion about the dolls and falling for Anna.

As for eroticism, I was a bit taken aback by it all at first because I haven't read m/f story this explicit in years. But writing was so on point for me that I quickly got over it. I love Anna voicing her needs and Gavin doing his best to give Anna precisely what she needed to feel satisfied. However, I never got to the point where Gavin and Anna had some emotional freaky Friday switcheroo with all that happening. That was where the story lost me for a while but was quickly fixed in the following few chapters.

The main plot, besides the romance, is about ball-jointed dolls (BJD). You learn a bit about the culture but not too much that I don't think you'll get confused in the story. The bit at the end revolving around the dolls was everything. It was so OTT and funny. What I love about Miss Merikan's (a.k.a K.A Merikan in m/m world) books is that I can explore a subculture without being a part of their culture. I have to say by the end of the book I wish to know about this culture.

Overall I like this story but was not lost in love with the story. I still hope that these ladies continue to explore the m/f genre, and I will be right in line checking these books out. (3.5 stars)

* I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
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439 reviews68 followers
February 12, 2015
This time, as an exception, i will add an english translation of my spanish review. Sorry in advance for any mistake i might commit, as my english is not perfect in any way.

ARC generosamente cedido por sus autoras, que incursionan aquí en su primera historia f/m, donde vuelven a demostrar el coraje que las caracteriza para salir con una novela fuera de los patrones más tradicionales y en la que no parten de ninguna receta pre-establecida. Lo único que parecen querer repetir es el compromiso con una buena historia, siempre sólida y entretenida, la falta de prejuicios para incluir elementos "poco usuales", la curiosidad y lo que yo definiría como honestidad al escribir.

El dúo conocido por sus novelas m/m –publicadas bajo el seudónimo de K.A. Merikan- despliega aquí una varopinta cantidad de elementos, como es ya su estampa, que en este caso se relacionan con la cultura japonesa en general, y con algunos hobbies/pasiones dentro de ella, en particular.

Parte de la trama gira en torno al complejo arte de las muñecas "Ball-jointed", que en este caso es además el trabajo de la protagonista. Pero hay otras referencias culturales como el jrock, el manga, la estética lolita y gótica, entre otras cosas. Puede que para alguien completamente ajeno a estos términos, descripciones e incluso a la pasión que pueden generar, algunas cosas le puedan resultar un tanto extrañas. Pero de ninguna forma son elementos expulsivos. No están incluidos para construir una novela tipo guetto, donde si no comprendés el lenguaje, no entendés absolutamente nada. Son simplemente características elegidas para estructurar la trama, como podría haber sido un universo distópico con seres extraterrestres, algún planteo militar con referencias a armamentos, dispositivos y tácticas de combate, o una historia alrededor de utensilios y técnicas de cocina.

Para mí son referencias conocidas porque sé sobre cultura japonesa, me interesa, leo manga, escucho j-rock y me visto con cierta estética gótica. Y agradezco que en este caso no estén asociadas a “gustos infantiles”, sino que reflejen la enormidad de adultos que disfrutan y viven de ello. Así que salvo que por algún incomprensible motivo la cultura japonesa te despierte particular aprensión, la novela es también receptiva para el que nunca escuchó hablar de eso. Es sencillo meterse dentro de lo que pasa, y es fácil identificarse con algunos personajes, como Gavin, que inicialmente tampoco tienen idea de nada. Ahora, si como lector sos un fan, con más razón aún este es tu libro, sin lugar a dudas.

Sí, All Strings Attached se construye como una dulce y muy simpática historia de amor, cargada de un erotismo que te llega a los sentidos. Pero creo que es sobre todo un relato sobre la aceptación, sobre el descubrirse, sobre el romper con los prejuicios que tenemos hacia el otro y hacia nosotros mismos, sobre el comprender. Y creo que la elección de las edades es clave; es un detalle que hace a la coherencia y credibilidad de la trama. Anna, Gavin y sus amigos están en sus avanzados 20 años. Ella tiene 25, él 23. Siendo muy estereotípicos y por supuesto cayendo en generalidades, es esa etapa que ha pasado un poco ya los temores, desventuras, e incomodidades de la adolescencia, donde todo es descubrir, todo es nuevo, el sexo es en general enredado, apresurado y sobreestimulado. Pero tampoco es el “post 30”, donde en líneas generales nuestras vidas en ya se han definido o se van definiendo para algún rumbo. El entremedio es un momento de búsqueda, de afianzamiento, de tomar confianza en lo que somos y lo que queremos. Y ahí es donde Anna ha encontrado su lugar, volviendo salida laboral lo que es su hobbie. Y donde Gavin aún trastabilla, afectado sin dudas por su terrible accidente e intentando ser y hacer más allá de todo. Su estética es parte de esto también.

Es un libro completamente libre de prejuicios, que explora los deseos de ambos protagonistas, esos que nunca tuvieron el valor de decir en voz alta, y que por primera vez pueden hacerlo. Hay algunas partes que tienen una cuota de delirio importante, como la aventura con Fiona, la muñeca de inestimable valor. Toda la secuencia final es graciosa, divertida, refrescante, y no para tomar al pie de la letra ni juzgar desde nuestra racionalidad estructurada.

Sí, no es un libro para mentes de ángulos rectos. Si te gusta la cultura japonesa, este es tu libro. Si te gustan en general las historias de amor refrescantes, con muy pocos momentos angustiantes, sin golpes bajos, ni desencuentros inverosímiles, esta es tu novela. Si además te gustan los personajes femeninos independientes, seguros de sí mismos, libres, también es tu libro.

Hubo simplemente algunas idas y venidas en la relación entre ellos que no me resultaron del todo fluidas y un poco apresuradas, lo que le quitó un poco de verosimilitud. Pero en el global, la pasé de maravillas. Muy recomendado

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ARC generously donated by their authors, who venture here in their first f / m story, which again demonstrate the courage that characterizes them to come up with a novel outside the more traditional patterns and that is not based on any pre-established recipe. They just "repeat" the commitment to a good story, always solid and entertaining, without any fear or prejudice to include some "unusual" items, and with an honest writing.

The duo known for his m/m novels -published under the pseudonym K.A. Merikan- displayed here a multi-coloured number of elements, their usual stamp, which in this case are related to Japanese culture in general, and some hobbies / passions within it, in particular.

Part of the plot revolves around the complex work related to the Ball-jointed dolls, which in this case is also the job of the female MC. But there are other references as jrock, manga, lolita and gothic aesthetic, among other things. Maybe to someone completely oblivious to this terms, descriptions and even with the passion that can generate, some things may be somewhat alien or foreign. But in no way are expulsive elements. They are not included to build a “ghetto novel”, where if you do not understand the language, you do not get anything at all. They are just features, chosen to structure the plot, as it could have been a dystopian universe with aliens, some military plot with references to weapons, devices and combat tactics, or a story around utensils and cooking techniques.

To me they are known references because I know about Japanese culture, the subject interests me, I read manga, i listen j-rock and i usually dress with some gothic aesthetic. And I appreciate that, in this case, those things are not associated with "childish tastes", but reflect the huge amount of adults who enjoy it. So unless for some incomprehensible reason you detest the Japanese culture, the novel is also receptive to those completly unaware of this things.. It's easy to get inside of the plot and the action, and it is easy to identify with certain characters, like Gavin, who initially didn´t have a clue of Anna´s hobbie. Now, if you are a true otaku, a fan, then is your book, whitout a doubt.

Yes, All Strings Attached is a sweet and very nice love story, full of an eroticism that you can feel in your own skin. But I think it's mostly a story about acceptance, about discovery, understanding and breaking down the prejudices we have towards each other and towards ourselves. And I think that the age chosen for the MCs is the key; It´s a little detail that helps to the consistency and credibility of the plot. Anna, Gavin and his friends are in their advanced 20 years. She is 25, he is 23. Being very stereotypical, i believe is that stage where you have left behind the fears, misfortunes, and discomforts of the youth, where everything is new and to be discovered, and sex is usually tangled, rushed and overstimulated. But also is not the “post 30" stage where (again, generally) our lives have already been defined or are in the way to being defined. The “in between” is a time of searching, securing, taking confidence in who we are and what we want. And that's where Anna has found its place, making her hobby a job opportunity. And where Gavin still stumbles, undoubtedly affected by his terrible accident and trying to "be" and "do", beyond everything. His aesthetic is part of this too.

It´s an unprejudiced book, which explores the desires of both protagonists, those they never had the courage to say out loud. There are some parts that have a significant share of delirium, as the adventure with Fiona the doll. The final sequence is funny, refreshing, and not to judge from an structured rationality.

Yes, it's not a book for minds of right angles. If you like Japanese culture, this is your book. If you like stories of a refreshing love, with very few angst, no low blows, nor improbable encounters, this is your book. If you also like independent female characters, confident, free, this is also your book.
There was just some back and forth in their relationship that wasn´t entirely fluent and a little hasty, which took a bit of authenticity. But overall, I had a wonderful time. Highly recommended
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174 reviews12 followers
March 13, 2015
3.5 stars
Gavin and Anna are set up by a mutual friend. Gavin is happy someone's willing to give him a chance, with his disability and all, but damn, not at the cost of hearing non stop rambling about this girl's dolls.
Anna is so happy she found a guy that's so hot and sexy and actually listens to her doll talk.

At first I was annoyed with Gavin for treatin Anna the way he did. But she is damn persistent so he finally gives in. He tries to compromise with the doll thing but still have the ups and downs.

The book was super well written. The thoroughness of the doll topic was perfect. And the role playing was awesome too. Anna and Gavin do have a small separation but they both find each other really jealous of any possible prospects and luckily get back together in the way it counts and matters to them both.
I feel like this author is seriously progressing at an impressive rate and I just want more. Can't wait to see what's next...

***Copy provided by k.a. Merikan for an honest review***
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542 reviews11 followers
February 12, 2015

A sweet story of freaky hobbies and finding that someone to share it with....
Loved the character's and the story line great little gem of a book...

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2,081 reviews25 followers
Shelved as 'no-dnf-zzz-avoid'
October 7, 2015
Couldn't get past sample
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626 reviews22 followers
March 8, 2015
I know what you're thinking: a one-armed guy with a mohawk meets a girl with an obsession for Japanese dolls, and this is going to be romantic how? When I first read the description I was a little perplexed. First off, let me preface this by saying we don't review a lot of New Adult genre romances since this is an adult-content blog. Second, Miss Merikan explained it was heavily centered around dollfie, something I'm not inherently familiar with. I've seen pictures but wasn't ever really drawn to it the way some collectors - like Anna ;) - might be. Here's a word of advice: set aside everything you think you might already know about what's going to happen in this book. If you go in with no expectations you'll be amazed at what happens.

Kat & Agnes Merikan never fail to entertain when they team up to write a story, and All Strings Attached is no exception. I can honestly say that I know going in I'll get something unique and different every time - it's part of why I agreed to review this book despite the NA label. I guess in a way I couldn't not read it - ignore that double negative, you know what I mean - especially after reading the warning. It piqued my curiosity in such a way that I absolutely couldn't stop thinking about it. Pretty soon I was obsessing over Japanese dolls, too, and not for the same reason as our main character, Anna.

Here's a second piece of advice: don't get all wrapped up in the dolls. I was worried I'd never grasp what's happening because there's no way I could become an expert on the ins and outs of BJDs and everything that comes with this fandom. It's clear Miss Merikan has done her homework; she's an experienced collector who really knows her stuff. She cleverly and generously shares with you all you need to know to dive into this story. Gavin's new to the scene, so we kind of learn it all right along with him. It's a brilliant way to provide the background without boring readers to death while bringing them into the fabric of the story.

Okay, so, yes, there are dolls, and yes, they're important, however, that's not really what this story is about. For me, looking back, it's not even so much about Anna and Gavin's relationship, although don't worry, you definitely get romance. The way they get to know each other and the circumstances surrounding their no-strings-attached relationship are an extremely important, and without their kinky connection, much of the rest of the story wouldn't be the same. I think overall what stands out for me is the evolution of Gavin as a character. I feel like his story is so much bigger than a fandom or a blossoming romance between two eccentric, unexpected characters.

After the accident that costs him his arm, Gavin's life is a bit unpredictable. You can imagine the subsequent year has been full of trials and tribulations. Everything is more difficult - getting girls, his profession, even something as simple as getting dressed - and he's struggling to regain his identity. Figuring out exactly who he is and how to find happiness isn't something easy for any twenty-year-old, much less one who's been through such a life-altering event. I tried to keep all this in mind while watching him hide behind his makeup and defense mechanisms, trying to protect himself from getting hurt.

Meeting Anna kind of changes Gavin's perspective. She's someone who's willing to set aside stereotypes and see him for who he is on the inside. I love her genuine nature and how she's shy about who she is but unwilling to compromise for anyone, much less a guy who seems to only want sex. Or does he? Hmm...

That's part of Gavin's metamorphosis throughout this story. The distance he thinks he wants from the cute, doll-obsessed girl isn't quite as important as he gets to know her. In fact, the more he gets to know her, the more he wants to know. It's classic romance the way she breaks down his barriers, but watching his character really embrace that change is amazing. He demonstrates confidence and determination, not to mention an open mind to try and to accept new things. Merikan makes these changes gradually and almost covertly, sometimes in tiny, painful baby steps. It's like taking a journey you aren't even sure you're on until you arrive at the destination.

Bravo, Miss Merikan, on a brilliantly written and fantastic story!
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March 7, 2016
This is a book that could have (and probably should have) ended sooner than it did. The last third was contrived and obnoxious. This book was written as a love letter to sub-cultures and fandoms, but the characters were either extremely awkward and annoying (Dan) or abnormal, but still too close to godliness (Anna, Gavin, Andrea)... I appreciate the authors' intent, but this book didn't charm me.
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2,363 reviews23 followers
August 22, 2015
I did know , Miss Merikan is a romantic freak...in a good way, naturally. This story was so sweet and "normal", neither the dark Gavin with his disability nor Anna with her kinky fantasies and eccentric hobby got me disturbed ( in good way, again) as other K.A. Merikan have. So, I liked the story and I relaxed more reading the book.
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239 reviews2 followers
April 21, 2017

Definitely different, quite fun read and I like how Gavin's disability was treated in such a low key way, rather than being An Issue with lots of Explanations (if you know what I mean).
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March 25, 2021
So I liked the kookiness of this. Doll obsessed bi japanophile meets goth makeup artist with one arm. They hit it off. Sorta.

But once you strip away the window dressing and all the off the wall (but often charming) fan stuff about dolls... this is at the core a pretty meh romance, and I found Gavin rather unlikeable.

It’s a continual loop of Gavin being a total dick and Anna compromising to meet his needs... I got so bored of it.

Gavin was so petulant and self pitying... i get he’s got baggage but I kinda wished that Anna would stick up for herself and ditch him in favour of a grown up who’s not utterly self obsessed. Sigh
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163 reviews4 followers
April 21, 2015
This is a quirky, fun, slightly angsty and dramatic, sexy story about a boy and a girl and a funky wicked cool doll collection. Anna is an avid collector of Japanese dolls, and Gavin is a recently handicapped guy who is struggling with his self-identity after his accident where he lost his arm. The story allows us inside their world of getting to know eachother, and learning about these dolls and the collector craze surrounding them. I really enjoyed it. As with all Merikan books, its completely off the wall quirky and clever and full of sass. If you are a fan, you should check this one out. It is solid M/F; I don't read much outside of M/M these days but this one I did enjoy.
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522 reviews11 followers
July 12, 2016
story about a boy and a girl and a doll collection. Anna is an avid collector of Japanese dolls, and Gavin is a recently handicapped guy who is struggling with his self-identity after his accident where he lost his arm. Love this story it was dramatic, sexy and sweet.
53 reviews1 follower
April 18, 2022

Amazing amazing amazing. I loved the book so much. It kept me on my toes. Like what's gonna happen now. It was so cool!
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1,309 reviews26 followers
July 25, 2015
Wow..I don't know what to say, other than it was a unique experience reading this book. It was pretty different, but in classic Merikan style they made odd ball characters into people that you could relate with and care about. I really have nothing in common with either character(or really any character in the story), but that didn't stop me from developing a bond with them; it didn't stop me from wanting to see them succeed and be happy.

I loved the growth that Gavin went through. He had been through so much in such a short amount of time that it was truly inspiring to see how far he had come. Of course I had really big problems with Gavin at first but with his growing came understanding; and when he got less judgmental and more open to the new ideas of Anna's world he was such a fun character to read. His acceptance of her and all of the things that make her unique was really sweet to see.

I really liked Anna right away, it was hard not to. She was open, happy, and passionate about life and her hobbies. Yes at first I was like Gavin and was weirded out by all her doll talk, but with time that went away and became interesting instead of creepy. One of the things I really liked about her was that she was such a blunt and honest person.
That's why it's kind of hard for me to connect her behavior to all the bullshit she pulled towards the end of the book. Anna always had great communication skills, so it was hard and unbelievable to read her pulling that shit later. Plus everyone could see how much Dan wanted her, so I don't believe for a second that she didn't see it or even have an inkling that he had feelings for her.

Final thoughts:
A very one of a kind story about evolving into the best you. Plus hot sex and new ideas and hobbies to see. I think it's worth taking the time and reading. I really think this story is all about being open minded and open to experiencing things you aren't used to. I feel like we go through the same journey as Gavin, in regards to Anna's world, and it was really fun to see how my perceptions changed from start to finish.
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