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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  229 ratings  ·  78 reviews
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, until the army invokes the stop-loss military policy to involuntarily extend his commission and s
Published June 7th 2021 by NineStar Press (first published October 22nd 2013)
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JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hof, bdsm-d-s, mm, ebook

Review written for Hearts on Fire Reviews.

For starters, I love the title and meaning of this story. It is the promise Mike makes to Will when he is deployed that he will not come back to Will in the form of a folded flag, as is customary military procedure for deceased soldiers.

Next, I need to say that the core of their relationship is the Domestic Discipline, which I honestly have trouble understanding the desire for. When Mike and Will meet, Mike forces them to take things really slow, as in
3.5 stars

When Mike and Will begin dating, Will cannot figure out why, after two months, the sexual part of their relationship is not progressing. Mike has wanted to take things slow citing honor, respect and a desire to get to know Will better so that the relationship will mean something. Mike has OCD and after growing up in foster homes found that he structure of the Army suited him. He needs to be in control and have everything in order at all times. As far as relationships he tells Will “The
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**3.5 stars**

I have a lot to say about this book and it is all fighting to spew out of my fingers at once (that sounds kind of gross....) so I'll try to remain coherent for everyone.

First of all, I know what I'm getting into when I'm reading a book from this publisher. They produce a ton of domestic discipline books, which I read a good amount of (I should make a shelf!). I like DD book. It is a subset of BDSM which I find fascinating and erotic, so I tend to gravitate towards those books for o
I read gay porn, errr...erotica, ummm...romance, and I like that an inherent equality exists in so many of the relationships. It's something that's missing in MF stories. And, yes, I do mean physically, but it extends to the emotional connection as well. This book is the story of Will and Mike's Domestic Discipline marriage - while the two men have an incredible connection, I couldn't get on board with the fact that the very foundation of the relationship is that equality is a myth. ...more
Oct 30, 2013 marked it as gave-up  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
It was an interesting read, even if it was about as sexy as a business contract.

It grates after a while, though. It's like there's implied emotion and possibly emotion behind a ten foot wall, but we can't really get to it.

It actually gets to the point where I can't handle it anymore. The entire thing is so dispassionate I have a hard time believing the characters together. The whole DD thing they've got going on seems so hokey and dubious, for some reason. I don't really like that one of the pu
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bdsm-group-r2r
No flag is a story about two men in a committed relationship. It is a story about how they overcome obstacles to their relationship and stay true to each other.

One aspect of their relationship is Domestic Discipline, where one partner sets the rules and enforces them. Now, I am a big fan of D/s stories and I actually wanted to read this story because of the DD aspect of their relationship. However, in the beginning, I couldn’t see what Will, the submissive partner, got out of their arrangement.
Let me start by saying that I enjoyed this book and the overall story of Mike and Will. It follows a really interesting journey as the two men embark on a relationship that is littered with hurdles. There was an emotional element to the story in which lots happens, and kept me turning the pages to find out what happened next.

The blurb (surprisingly?) gives away a lot of the plot - Mike and Will start a relationship in which Will accepts the rules of their partnership so long as Mike promises not
Awilk -never sleeps-
I like Liz Borino's writing style. It is easy to read, but definitely would not be for everyone. In No flag, there is a bit of jumping in the time line, but at no time was I left confused because of it.
I liked both characters very much, and enjoyed going on their journey with them. This journey was not always an easy one, but with great communication and understanding on both their parts, they had a very mature relationship that was a joy to read about.
Domestic discipline is a part of BDSM, but
Frau Sorge (Yuki)
No flag means "Come back home safe and sound. I refuse to receive the folded flag on your funeral". It means "I will take care of myself, I will be careful, I won't be reckless".

One of the main characters is a soldier. Military and gay - is there a better mix of guilty pleasure for a sinful reader?

The book of Liz Borino surprised me on many levels. Enough to say that I forgot to check my percentage progress of reading and there was so many moments I was quite sure that the book was at its end. B
Jun 01, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Special thanks to NetGalley for providing a digital copy in exchange for an honest review

This was a book I was really excited to jump into. I love M/M stories, I love BDSM stories, so this should have been a story I loved. But it fell flat for me in a lot of ways. It wasn't what I was expecting it to be.

I was expecting the sexy times to be sexier than they were. I guess a Domestic Discipline Relationship is just too tame for what I like to read in a book tagged BDSM because I found the moments o
Chris, the Dalek King

Mike Kelley and Will Hayes don’t have the most conventionally normal relationship. State secrets, army business, and a rather strict case of OCD means that Mike was never bringing a whole lotta normal to the table. Add in a desire to be in a Domestic Discipline relationship with Will, and normal practically rolls off the table and out the door. But Will doesn’t mind, much, and while learning the perfect way to fold a towel wasn’t exactly on his bucket list, he’s come to find that what he has wit
Shirley Frances
Mike and Will have settled into a routine after coming together on their Domestic Discipline relationship. Mike can't imagine his life without Will in it and likewise, Will couldn't be without his OCD-inclined lover who has made his world ordered and complete. Their arrangement satisfies both of their needs and now they are ready for more of a commitment.

Briefly before Mike's time in the Army comes to an end they get married and start getting their business ready for opening. If Will and Mike th
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No Flag by Liz Borino

I wish I could give this book MORE than 5 stars.
I wasn't sure I'd like it, given the Domestic Discipline contract and Mike's OCD. was obvious that Will needed the kind of relationship Mike was offering!

Will Hayes is a bartender at a gay nightclub, T&J, in Philadelphia. Mike Kelly is an Army officer. They meet when Mike visits T&J and it doesn't take long before they're dating.
After a couple months, Will is confused that their relationship hasn't gone further than kissing. Will adm
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews
Source: eARC for Honest Review from Lazy Day Publishing via NetGalley

I was looking forward to this for a variety of reasons. For one I liked the idea of this book and I was curious about the Domestic Discipline relationship as I have not read too much about this before.

First off I can't imagine what it would be like to have your partner out at war and to live in limbo waiting upon their return. Now add the complication of being a same sex partner and having the army not acknowledge the relations
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***3.5 stars***
(It would have been 4 stars but I deducted a 1/2 star for grammatical errors. It is my personal pet peeve)

Let me start by saying I really enjoyed this story. From the book blurb and the introductory chapter, I thought I knew how this book would end. Instead, that became a median point and how the book progressed from there was a nice surprise. For those who are nervous about the domestic discipline aspect of the book, I have read many DD books and I would definitely say this book
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Thoughts:

This book was nothing like I first thought it was going to be. I expected a super sweet and hot romance with some military components thrown in. I thought it would be a fun read, but not much more then that. I was so wrong. This book went places I never expected, had me thinking about things in a deeper way, and kept me glued to my kindle. That is not to say it did not have the romance component. It just was so much more than that.

Generally speaking, if I like a book with romance it
Lisa ~ Books Are My Drugs ~
I was given this book in return for my honest review. I did not receive any compensation for my review, my review is freely given. Thank you Liz.

There were some typos & words dropped, but not enough to pull me too far out of the story.

My brother came back in February physically unharmed from a year-long deployment in Afghanistan, so this book touched some tender places & made me cry during a couple of passages.

The blurb is pretty in-depth so I won't re-cap it in this review. I liked the main cha
Lorraine Lesar
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually won this book in a competition and it's a first for me by this author and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. Firstly, I loved the sentiment of the "no flag" and what it stood for - full marks to the author. Secondly, there is just so much going on and all connected in such a way, it makes it a compelling read. We have - true, binding love between two men, OCD issues, friend's jealousy, army politics, serious injury in the line of duty and a domestic discipline lifestyle, a ...more
I found this interesting and unusual. I enjoyed reading about these two committed individuals and found their love for each other endearing and satisfying. I did have issues warming to Mike's character, initially. It took me a while to figure out why, but I worked out that it was the way he talked and thought. He hardly ever used contractions. This resulted in him sounding formal and stand offish. When he did relax or laugh, I could see what Will was attracted to, but for the most part, I strugg ...more
Josephine (biblioseph)
This wasn't really what I wanted to read. I bought it on a whim when it was 99 cents. Set up as a series of time jumping segments which put me in mind of those fanfics titled 'five times Will told Mike he loved him, and one time he showed him,' or similar.

But what I wasn't expecting was the introduction of Domestic Discipline, a subset of BDSM which deals with submission and dominance applied to the domestic environment, as it says on the tin. It's really just a lifestyle built on a contract and
Michelle Stevens
Liz Borino does it again. She brought us a new set of boys to fall in love with. Will is sweet and funny while Mike is serious and precise. How they work together is something I don't understand, but I'm glad they do. I love Mike's OCD, though I'm sure he would rather it be put in alphabetical order. It makes him quirky and I found humor in it the same way Will did. I found their relationship, while reserved at first, was really sweet. I felt like I was right along with them all the way through ...more
Karen ~ Divhine
This was a very emotional and touching story. It was well written and I thought the characters were very well developed. It was a great love story with sadness and character growth. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.

I received this book from the author for an honest review.
Good story but questionable word choices for the sex scenes. Full review on booklikes.
Nov 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-read, z-2013, free
I'm working on my review and will post it here soon :) ...more
Becky Condit
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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“You going could end it. I have no interest in a folded flag.”

No Flag is much too complex to try to review it by retelling the story. There are many plots and sub-plots intermingled in the most exquisitely written book I’ve read in a while. The characters are remarkable and developed to the point I can’t stop thinking of them as real people. There was one minor character who I thought was
Crystal Marie
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m not sure if many of you know this, but I am prior military so when it comes to military books I just gobble them up! With this book, it combined two of my favorite genres; M/M books and Military men. When I started this book, I had a completely open mind on what to expect from it and I have to say that I was very pleased with this book.
I even recommended it to a friend of mine while I was still in the process of reading the story. Right off the bat one thing that I did enjoy was that this b
Alicia Nordwell
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I tried to read this, stopped in a few pages, tried to read this, stopped in a few pages... The early hook with the dramatic scene into the past plot line drives me bonkers. It colored the story for me and let some of the initial romance down.

That being said, I'm so glad I read the story. Once I got to a certain point the character's bond and the pain/drama they went through reached me and kept me reading. I've had a bit of a thing for military fiction lately, and this fit the bill, but by and
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Liz Borino's No Flag is a touching story of love and dedication. If you love a story that is full of emotional highs and lows, filled with love and passion, trials and tribulations, this story is for you!
The title No Flag speaks volumes to me and is an integral component of the story itself. No Flag is more than just a phrase in this book, it speaks to passion, love, commitment and a promise.
Mike is an Army captain who is finally able to express his preferences due to the Army's Don't Ask Don't
Karen Peacock
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
M/M with DD

The title of the book says so much about this story. Mike must return to Will and no flag will be accepted as his replacement. This is an amazing story filled strong emotions, passion and so much love. Liz has a powerful way of writing that draws you in from the very beginning and you forget where you are or what you are doing until you finish it. The love scenes were so HOT. I was just lost in their attraction and feelings for each other. Her characters are so real, it makes you feel
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