Review: No Flag by Liz Borino

October 23, 2013 Review 0

Review: No Flag by Liz Borino

For Mike and Will, “No Flag” meant “come home alive”, but will their love survive what happens next?

Captain Mike Kelley does not ignore his intuition, so when sexy bartender Will Hayes captures his heart, Mike embarks on a mission to win him over to a Domestic Discipline relationship. Will accepts with one caveat: Mike must promise not to renew his Army contract. Mike agrees, and they spend a year building a life together, getting married, and starting a business.

Only days before their café’s grand opening, Mike receives news that threatens everything he and Will have built. The Army invokes the Stop Loss military policy to involuntarily extend his commission and send him back overseas. Will, left alone to cope with the café, must rely on the support of old friends who may be no longer be trustworthy. Through emails and Skype calls, Mike and Will keep their love and structure alive…until the day a horrific terrorist attack occurs on Mike’s outpost.

Mike awakens in a hospital with a devastating injury and no his memory of the attack. As the only survivor, Mike’s memory may be the key to national security. Mike struggles to cope with his injury and Will struggles to support the man who always held him up. Both fear they have lost their previous relationship. Will has Mike back rather than a folded flag, but in the aftermath of war, can they rebuild the life they had before? Especially when those closest to them may not have their best interests at heart?

*Contains BDSM elements in the context of a loving relationship.

Title: No Flag
Author: Liz Borino
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Behind the Scenes, Double Exposure, Greenlighting, Angel's Truth
Published by Lazy Day
Source: Author
Genres: BDSM, Male Male Romance
Purchase your copy: Amazon
Visit the Author's Website

Stars: four-stars
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
300 Review

No Flag by Liz Borino, which means “Come back safe” was a lovely story of Mike and Will, and the evolution of their relationship. Mike was a man very set in his ways, as portrayed through his OCD. He met and desired Will but would not take their relationship to the next level of intimacy without a solid promise and bond. Mike desired a Domestic Relationship with Will, which Will agreed to on the stipulation that Mike not reenlist in the Army. Agreed.

The men fell into their routine of house and home, and their new business venture. Unfortunately Mike was sent overseas to Afghanistan where shortly into his deployment an IED killed many of his colleagues and left him an amputee of the arm.

In the meantime, Will was left with the opening of the catering business to run on his own, college courses, and a few meddling friends.

I am always interested to read a book dealing with Domestic Discipline and the view through the authors and characters eyes. Ms. Borino did a wonderful job of explaining the ins/outs, especially if the book was picked up by a first time reader of the subject matter.

Ms. Borino displayed the trust and care that came with the relationship and as she dove into the intricacies set and negotiated by both parties. For as much as I liked the book, I never warmed up to Mike. I found his OCDs overbearing and his mannerisms slightly cold. I surmised that he loved Will but even when he said the words there was hesitation. Will on the other hand was a pleasing character who adored Mike and desired his guidance. He took his punishments stoically and never wavered on his resolve.

As the story unfolded and Mike had to depend upon Will more, I found his personalitydeviating less rigid.  A DD relationship is not for everyone, but Ms. Borino makes it work.

Karyn Gerrard


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