Author: Liz Borino
Length: 64 pgs.
Genres: M/M romance, romantic suspense
TBR Reviewer: Amanda
Rating: 4 Stars – Recommended Read
Heat: 4 – Smoking Hot
NOTE: Read the first book first! Really, you will be lost otherwise.
Aaron and Jordan Collins have a real problem now that Jordan, an Army Captain, has escaped an Afghani prison and flown home on a smuggler's plane. They must explain to the US Government why Jordan came home outside of official channels and find the traitor that not only ordered Jordan's execution in Afghanistan but told everyone that he was dead and finding the evidence to prove it is much more difficult.
The two books in the series are really one story with the second one picking up at the same scene which the first ended. Their teamwork was fantastic, as was the way Aaron's support meant so much to Jordan's mental health and healing. The whole story was enjoyable and the villains were truly despicable characters. Even the secondary characters jumped off the page at times. These are definitely a worthwhile read, with my only complaint being that I could have liked a little more fleshing out of Troy's thinking/motives and whether the whole situation was a set-up to free Aaron from his marriage or just a side-effect. I also did not feel like the reasoning behind Jalalabad's detention was understood, either, but perhaps that just made the book more like real-life, where not all questions are answered satisfactorily.
I enjoyed reading another Liz Borino book in the Angel's Series!
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CIA Agent Aaron "Angel" Collins and Army Captain Jordan Collins are married and have deployed together many times. Their relationship strength is shown in flashback segments of their initial dates and eventual marriage, so when pivotal events occur, the reader has no problem accepting Aaron's side of the story. When Aaron is pulled off a mission last minute, Jordan ends up as a POW in Afghanistan and soon assumed KIA. When Aaron refuses to accept his death, both men's families desert him and he loses his job over insisting on getting proof of Jordan's death before believing in it. Aaron is left with only one person supposedly in his corner, Major General Troy Hart, who promises to help him get his proof. However, Troy's motives are less than stellar, and at the end of book one, he is determinedly putting the moves on Aaron and trying to force him to move on.
I thoroughly enjoyed the way the two men were together, especially the sky-diving scene. Aaron is willing to risk everything to find out the truth about what has happened to his husband, showing the loyalty and love all true romantics want to see in a couple. I also liked how the reader could see what was happening with Jordan in Afghanistan and the cliffhanger just made me glad I had the second story to read immediately.
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As DADT draws near its end, Captain Mike Kelley wanders into a gay bar and soon strikes up a conversation with bartender Will Hayes. Once their friendship deepens, they enter first a "domestic discipline" relationship, then a marriage, and a partnership in a gay-friendly coffeeshop. However, when Mike's enlistment is forced to be extended and he is send to Afghanistan, terrorists, so-called friends, and Will's own emotions all put a lot of strain on them.
The story was enthralling and although at times the writing was a little choppy, I could not wait to see how everything would turn out. I found many of the events surprising and really pulled for resolution to the various trials the two men went through. I thought the explanation for why a gay man with OCD would join the military had a ring of truth to it, and appreciated his sense of honor and respect. I also liked the way both men had to learn to bend to make things right.
I was sorry to reach the end of the book, as if I was saying goodbye to friends. In other words, this one is worth the read.
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Behind the Scenes (Director's Cut #1) by Liz Borino and Michelle Stevens
Genre: M/M romance, BDSM
TBR Reviewer: Amanda
Rating: 4 Stars - Recommended Read.
Heat: 4 - An Erotic Ride.
Steve Michaels and Zack Greene are a married couple raising Steve's teenage sister. When the opportunity to write for an HBO series on BDSM called "Behind the Scenes" arises, they move their family from Los Angeles to New York, along with a nanny, Drew, and his two adopted children. Immediately they discover that their consultant, a local BDSM club owner, is also someone that Drew was involved with four years before in Ohio. Drew and Alex quickly fall back into dating, but the past comes back to haunt both couples and test the bonds of their unusual family.
I really enjoyed this story, although occasionally the jumps in time annoyed me. It almost seemed like the events should have happened closer together once both Rich and Darren showed up on the scene to cause problems. Because this series spins off from Liz Borino's "Mine" series, the background of what exactly had happened between Rich, Zack and Steve is covered in those books, but I felt like
enough details were covered in this book to make it readable even without having read "Mine". I really enjoyed all the main characters, and the teenagers and Laney made for fun moments in the family (especially Laney's cute names that she calls everyone). Drew and Alex showed a lot of growth in their relationship over the course of the book and the glimpses into the established relationship of
Steve and Zack as they added more kink to their sex life were pretty hot. Overall, this book seemed much more about choosing your family and being loyal, than just about the hot sex. I really want to read the next book to see where it goes (this one ends with an almost-cliffhanger).
Action By, Liz Borino
Reviewed By: Luta Wolf
Page Count: 80 pages
Genre: m/m, Contemporary Romance, Dom/sub
Zack Greene grew up in a controlling religious cult of a family so when he broke free he went a little to far with his freedom. He was spiraling right out of his acting career when he was given a lucky break that had him falling into director Steve Michaels arms. Zack needs structure, guidance, and someone to take the lead, which Steve is more than happy to do but three years later everything they’ve worked for could blow up in their faces when others
threaten to expose them.
The author took a whole lot of risk here with introducing us to not just Dom/sub but the Utah Mormon religion and in my opinion she did an amazing job pulling it all together. The book has a tantalizingly unique plot that kept me captivated the whole way
The characters were a breath of fresh air to your normal Dom/sub, though they are actor and director they are really rather normal apart from this aspect of their relationship. I also love how though Zack is the sub that isn’t all that he is not even in their relationship, he is still his own person but a person who likes caring for his Dom and handing over a lot of the reigns. Though Steve is a Dom he knows he is not king of the world and doesn’t expect to be
treated as such, he recognizes the special gift he is given from Zack and when he does punish it’s only in the best interest of Zack.
Honestly this was a refreshing change from the normal gay romance books that I’ve been reading recently, I truly enjoyed it. However, the constant change of point of view was very confusing. I had to re-read sentences way more than once to make sure that who I thought was saying something or doing something was. That said, any confusion was completely worth it in my opinion.