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noflagNo Flag by Liz Borino

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ASIN  B00G3T4E5Y

Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Blurb:

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 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 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?

Review:

“No Flag” successfully weaves a multi-threaded story into a highly satisfying whole. The book not only tackles the somewhat unusual form of a Domestic Discipline (DD) relationship with compassion and understanding, but also manages to squeeze in some great points about being an army husband in the immediate aftermath of the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT), dealing with post-traumatic stress, and the challenges of maintaining friendships when you’re in a relationship.

At the center of all these threads are the two well-drawn main characters, Will and Mike. Army captain Mike has a serious case of OCD, which might explain his desire for extreme order in his house, and that translates for a tall order for Will. Fortunately for the younger man, he enjoys the occasional swat. Of course, actual discipline from Mike is no light paddling. The book rather nicely describes the structure of a DD relationship without going into boring data dumps. It also manages to touch on the misconceptions about such relationships that those outside it may have, including the suspicion of abuse.

Mike and Will’s relationship is strictly (if you’ll pardon the expression) DD, so the kink consists almost exclusively of scenes when Will requires punishment, describing both the paddling and the tender aftercare that Mike administers. It’s a structure that works very well for the two men, which makes it all the more heartbreaking when they are separated, and then have to work out how to rebuild their relationship after Mike’s injury.

The story is not without its flaws, minor though they may be. While the main characters are well drawn, some of the secondary ones are little more than standardized cardboard cutouts. The general who sends Mike off to Afghanistan and then interrogates him on his return is a rather typical buffoon. You have to wonder if our military really is dominated by generals who don’t have any brains, given how often they appear in fiction. However, the biggest cliché is Will’s gal pal – the only significant female character – who turns out to be a bit of a psychopath. You know, the kind that knows Will is gay, but somehow thinks she can ‘convert’ him. However, it must be said that while this character is a rather tired old cliché in M/M fiction, the author does pull it off quite well.

“No Flag” is probably an excellent read for those interested in Domestic Discipline relationships. However, the explanations of DD are introduced to the story so naturally that even people familiar with the topic won’t be bored. With the added dimension of looking at such a relationship under extreme stress, this is a book that can appeal to readers on many levels.

Reviewed by Michael Joseph

Cutaway by Liz Borino

http://www.amazon.com/Cutaway-Mine-ebook/dp/B009D59XOM/ref=sr_1_6?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1348052363&sr=1-6&keywords=liz+borino

Two years after Steve Michaels called, “Action!” on a new phase in his career as co-producer on the television show Ben’s Life, the lights go up again on his Dom/sub relationship with actor Zack Greene, but Hollywood cameras don’t always capture the truth.

A mention of Steve’s past in the BDSM scene has Zack craving new ways for them to connect. All of the couple’s concerns fall away when Steve and his ex, Peter, are in a car accident. The last ones to know, Zack and Josh, Peter’s slave, rush to the hospital. The injuries from the accident force the dominant man to set aside his pride and accept help from Zack. Will the couple get to explore new boundaries in their relationship or will the dependency Cutaway the structure holding their relationship in place?

Warning: Spanking, D/s relationship, light bondage, two men who can’t get enough of each other.

 

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“Go ahead. It’s not gonna spank itself,” Zack said to his Dom, Steve, on page 61 of my new release, Cutaway. Topping from the bottom, some would say. Eh, maybe. Brat, others would cry.

What about Steve? Isn’t his opinion most important, since Zack was addressing him? “My brat,” he’d chuckle in response, and then ask you to please leave the room so he could handle Zack’s obvious attitude problem.

Does that make Steve a bad—or weak—Dom? I don’t think so. Neither does Zack. Yes, I know these are fictional characters, but if you’ll listen, I’d like to use them to counter the “won twue” way people in the lifestyle. These are people who say you aren’t really a Dom if you allow your sub to top you in bed. Inversely, a submissive who brats out to get what s/he wants is disrespectful.

I call bullshit.

Entering/engaging in any form of BDSM is an opportunity for a lot of great things: increase in self-awareness, fulfillment of desires, and connection with your partner. None of which require a prescription. Yes, there is an established hierarchy, but there’s so much flexibility within that the hierarchy doesn’t look the same for every person, or every couple. It’s about negotiating your needs in a safe, sane, and consensual way. Oh one more thing some people seem to forget: Fun!

Doms/subs/sadists/masochists/switches (sorry for everyone I’ve forgotten) play with each other. They go to clubs, parties, or bedrooms, to get and give pleasure. Or they use it in their everyday lives because it’s a reflection of their true nature. Either way, there’s an element of fun involved. If there wasn’t, if the lifestyle offered no flexibility, people wouldn’t bother entering it. They’d stay in mainstream society and jump in the accepted boxes.

I’ll let the Joker sum up my feelings on the people who ascribe to the: “won twue way” philosophy: Why so serious?

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A little background before I share a continuation of the scene from Cutaway which started the post. Steve has been in an accident, rendering him unable to walk, and at the mercy of Zack’s care. As the dominant partner, this is hard for him to take. And for Zack’s part, he wants to build Steve up again, while getting the maintenance he needs.

Excerpt: After washing his hair and body, he shaved his face, and was about to get out when he noticed the slightly darker blonde curls surrounding his cock. Normally, he wouldn’t consider going bare, but the last time he did, Steve really loved it. And god damn the blow jobs were even better than usual! Not that he was worried about that piece. As Zack finished, he shut the water off and climbed out. The terry cloth fabric of the towel got his blood rushing. Oh, yeah, this is why he didn’t do it more often, and why Steve enjoyed it so much. Every touch was explosive. Zack held the towel loosely around his hips, letting it drop as soon as he entered the room.

Steve’s eyes widened, then narrowed. “Come here.”

Zack stood naked on the side of the bed.

“Did you…? Why? When you know I can’t do anything about it?” He ran his thumb over the stubble framing Zack’s groin.

Zack shuddered. “Yeah, that was a pretty bratty thing for me to do, wasn’t it?” He removed the laptop and draped himself across Steve’s lap, taking the pressure off his bad leg by supporting himself with his hands. “Go ahead. It’s not gonna spank itself.”

“Zack, believe me, I want to, and you deserve it, but if I could bend that far, I wouldn’t have needed help bathing.”

Because the shame had been replaced with amusement in Steve’s voice, Zack raised himself on his hands and knees, ass high. “I know you can reach that.”

“You can’t fall on me.”

The heat of Steve’s hand touched Zack’s bottom from an inch away. So close. Zack was so close to getting what he desired, it hurt. He pushed back, hoping to make contact with his boyfriend’s palm. Steve increased the distance.

“Please?” Zack asked.

A moment of silence followed, wherein Zack was sure he’d refuse. But Steve said, “Lower yourself back down. Your forearms are more stable than your hands.”

Zack readily complied, taking calming breaths to prevent his body from shaking.

“Let me know if you feel like you’re losing your balance,” Steve said.

“I will. Please, Steve.” Zack sighed in relief as Steve slapped one cheek then the other. The intensity wasn’t as strong as normal, but, god, did it feel good.

“Why are you being punished?” a smile rang out in Steve’s voice.

“Because if we waited a full week, I’d never sit again.”

“That about sums it up, love. I think fifteen will do for now.” The smile had turned to a laugh. “Count for me.”

The first landed on his right cheek. “One.” Zack rested his head on the mattress between his arms and breathed through the sting that spread warmth over ass. The heat soon moved between his legs, tightening his balls to his body. His cock strained for touch. His. Steve’s. The erotic pain of the discipline—always better than remembered—increased the need for release.

Steve stopped at ten and rubbed the area he spanked. “Such a nice color. I think I’m going to have you display it.” He lifted Zack’s hips at an angle and fingered the seam containing his entrance.

Zack couldn’t keep back a moan as the warm cheeks were separated and Steve explored his body. It had only been three days since Steve had surrounded his cock with Zack’s inner muscles. Moments went by, though, when it felt like everything had changed. As Steve continued the spanking, and Zack grew harder still, he was assured that it hadn’t. He hoped the message came through as clearly to Steve. “Fif—” Zack started acknowledging the last hit, when the doorbell rang. “It’s…noon, isn’t it?”

Action: When the bright lights and flashing cameras of Hollywood capture your every move, how can you fulfill your deepest desires? For Zack Greene, a formerly out-of-control actor, and Steve Michaels, the director who unearthed the heart of the man beneath the ego, it’s a constant struggle.

 

In public, Steve and Zack are the picture of professional partners. However, behind closed doors, their partnership is taken to a new level. They engage in a carefully constructed Dom/sub relationship that not only brings them pleasure, but keeps Zack from slipping back into his wild ways.

 

Their delicate balance is thrown askew when a producer on the show threatens to expose their lifestyle, while taking advantage of Zack in a moment of vulnerability. Will Steve be able to ease the pain and save the love they share? Or will they come apart when they need each other most?

 

*Warning: Light BDSM, D/s relationship, spanking, and hot m/m sex* Amazon AllRomance

Cutaway: Two years after Steve Michaels called, “Action!” on a new phase in his career as co-producer on the television show Ben’s Life, the lights go up again on his Dom/sub relationship with actor Zack Greene, but Hollywood cameras don’t always capture the truth.

A mention of Steve’s past in the BDSM scene has Zack craving new ways for them to connect. All of the couple’s concerns fall away when Steve and his ex, Peter, are in a car accident. The last ones to know, Zack and Josh, Peter’s slave, rush to the hospital. The injuries from the accident force the dominant man to set aside his pride and accept help from Zack. Will the couple get to explore new boundaries in their relationship or will the dependency Cutaway the structure holding their relationship in place?

Warning: Spanking, D/s relationship, light bondage, two men who can’t get enough of each other. Amazon AllRomance

 

Action by Liz Borino

http://www.amazon.com/Action-Mine-ebook/dp/B008DM1YOS/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1350421870&sr=1-1&keywords=action+by+liz+borino

ASIN B008DM1YOS

Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3.5 out of 5

Synopsis:

When the bright lights and flashing cameras of Hollywood capture your every move, how can you fulfill your deepest desires? For Zack Greene, a formerly out-of-control actor, and Steve Michaels, the director who unearthed the heart of the man beneath the ego, it’s a constant struggle.

In public, Steve and Zack are the picture of professional partners. However, behind closed doors, their partnership is taken to a new level. They engage in a carefully constructed Dom/sub relationship that not only brings them pleasure, but keeps Zack from slipping back into his wild ways.

Their delicate balance is thrown askew when a producer on the show threatens to expose their lifestyle, while taking advantage of Zack in a moment of vulnerability. Will Steve be able to ease the pain and save the love they share? Or will they come apart when they need each other most?

Review:

This story is a great afternoon read. The Author, Liz Borino, did a good job writing a story that combined Hollywood, gay men, and drama. It was nice to see a story of a couple who is already together and the problems they face. The drama with Rich seemed odd at times especially when you combine it with Dom/sub relationship that Steve and Zack have. The fact that Steve never seemed to stand up to Rich seemed not truly realistic. Steve is a Dom and director but with his “boss”Rich he never stands his ground? The secondary characters where great in the roles that they played. Overall, this was a nice read and at only 80 pages it was action packed.

Reviewed by Melissa

Cutaway by Liz Borino

http://www.amazon.com/Cutaway-Mine-ebook/dp/B009D59XOM/ref=sr_1_6?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1348052363&sr=1-6&keywords=liz+borino 

Two years after Steve Michaels called, “Action!” on a new phase in his career as co-producer on the television show Ben’s Life, the lights go up again on his Dom/sub relationship with actor Zack Greene, but Hollywood cameras don’t always capture the truth.

A mention of Steve’s past in the BDSM scene has Zack craving new ways for them to connect. All of the couple’s concerns fall away when Steve and his ex, Peter, are in a car accident. The last ones to know, Zack and Josh, Peter’s slave, rush to the hospital. The injuries from the accident force the dominant man to set aside his pride and accept help from Zack. Will the couple get to explore new boundaries in their relationship or will the dependency Cutaway the structure holding their relationship in place?

Warning: Spanking, D/s relationship, light bondage, two men who can’t get enough of each other.

 

Action is available now at amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Action-ebook/dp/B008DM1YOS/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1340627840&sr=8-4&keywords=liz+borino 

Blurb:

When the bright lights and flashing cameras of Hollywood capture your every move, how can you fulfill your deepest desires? For Zack Greene, a formerly out-of-control actor, and Steve Michaels, the director who unearthed the heart of the man beneath the ego, it’s a constant struggle. 

In public, Steve and Zack are the picture of professional partners. However, behind closed doors, their partnership is taken to a new level. They engage in a carefully constructed Dom/sub relationship that not only brings them pleasure, but keeps Zack from slipping back into his wild ways.

Their delicate balance is thrown askew when a producer on the show threatens to expose their lifestyle, while taking advantage of Zack in a moment of vulnerability. Will Steve be able to ease the pain and save the love they share? Or will they come apart when they need each other most?

*Warning: Light BDSM, D/s relationship, spanking, and hot m/m sex*

Visit author Liz Borino’s website at  http://lizborino.com/ 
 

When you first started writing, did you have any idea you’d be writing BDSM/kinky books? Do you write in any other genre?

 I was 11 when I started writing, so, no, I didn’t think I’d be writing even the most vanilla sex.

Do you use a pen name? If yes (or no), why?

No, but I did consider it for this series. I ended up staying with my legal name because I have a fan base established from my Taylor Twins series, and at least some of them would enjoy my new work.

Are you actively involved in BDSM? If so how do you identify yourself? Dom(me)/sub? Top/bottom? Switch?

When I have a steady boyfriend (is this used anymore or do I watch too many old television shows?) we participate in various levels of D/s and bondage. I tend to naturally gravitate towards dominance, but am willing to switch, depending on the needs of my partner. However, I’m not involved in the lifestyle publically.

At what point did you decide you wanted to write BDSM/kinky-themed erotica?

My glib answer is: I didn’t, that’s just who my characters are, as natural as Zack’s blond hair or Steve’s height. Really, I had no choice. My less I read several books—which I won’t name—that portrayed this lifestyle as abusive, i.e. rules scenes weren’t discussed, limits weren’t respected, and the sub had no way to take power back/stop the scene. It was then that I decided I wanted to write about a loving Dom and a willing submissive.

Is there one area of BDSM that you tend to write about more? Why do you think that area creeps into your writing more than some others?

Dominance and submission appears the most. The only reason I can come up with: fascination. I think it’s incredible that people (submissives) can surrender control that way.  All right, I’d like to tack on an answer that might be considered odd.  As much as I enjoy writing about spanking and rough sex, the aftercare, where the characters are demonstrating their love for one another after the punishment, is just as important, if not more so.

Is there an area that is BDSM/kink-related that you haven’t written about yet that you’re interested in?

Bondage. But I’m working it into Action’s sequel.

Do you write BDSM/kink erotica based on what you find interesting or sexy, or do you write more for your audience?

Both! If I don’t find it exciting, how can I expect others to? At the same time, I do consider trends.

 Website: 

          www.lizborino.com

Blurb:

When the bright lights and flashing cameras of Hollywood capture your every move, how can you fulfill your deepest desires? For Zack Greene, a formerly out-of-control actor, and Steve Michaels, the director who unearthed the heart of the man beneath the ego, it’s a constant struggle.

In public, Steve and Zack are the picture of professional partners. However, behind closed doors, their partnership is taken to a new level. They engage in a carefully constructed Dom/sub relationship that not only brings them pleasure, but keeps Zack from slipping back into his wild ways.

Their delicate balance is thrown askew when a producer on the show threatens to expose their lifestyle, while taking advantage of Zack in a moment of vulnerability. Will Steve be able to ease the pain and save the love they share? Or will they come apart when they need each other most?

*Warning: Light BDSM, D/s relationship, spanking, and hot m/m sex*