No Flag by Liz Borino
This review originally appeared in slightly different form at BDSM Book Reviews.
With the new freedoms afforded by the repeal of the army’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, Captain Mike Kelly decided to check out local bar scene near where he is based in Philadelphia. When he spots Will tending bar, Mike thinks he may have found someone he can begin to build a future with, but he still fears exposing his true desires to the younger man.
For his part, Will is fascinated with the army captain, and frustrated. He isn’t used to meeting guys who don’t want to hop in bed at the first opportunity, but he respects Mike’s desire to want to get to know him first. He also suspects Mike has a secret, but when he learns that Mike seeks a domestic discipline relationship, he isn’t entirely turned off. Quite the opposite, in fact. He has misgivings, but only one condition: Mike cannot re-enlist when his current tour is up. Mike agrees, but of course the army doesn’t cooperate. So, when Mike is shipped off for a year in Afghanistan, Will makes him promise to come back. There will be “No Flag” for Will. Mike does come back, but not all of him, and this brings a whole new set of challenges for their relationship. Read more ›
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, Liz Borino
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The Opera House by Hans M. Hirschi
The Opera House
When cancer takes away his young son Jason, it all but destroys Raphael, sending him into a deep depression. He drives away his partner, Warren, who helped raise Jason and ultimately he loses his home and business. He ends up living on the streets, in a sort of limbo of grief, where he splits his time between a homeless shelter and his son’s grave.
After nearly a year of this non-existence, Raphael meets Brian, a young boy around Jason’s age who was thrown out of his home when he came out as gay. Brian has lived on the streets longer than Raphael, and learned how to make money by selling his body. The boy sparks Raphael’s paternal interest, and when he bumps into Warren at Jason’s grave, it seems that he might well be turning the corner of his depression. Read more ›
The Weekend by Peter Cameron
A year after his lover Tony passed away, Lyle returns to the country house where he died, with a new boyfriend, Robert, in tow. The house belongs to Tony’s half brother John and his rather unstable wife Marian. It’s an uncomfortable weekend for everyone, especially outsider Robert.
“The Weekend” harks back to old school gay novels, where all the homos are tragic characters that can’t be happy. Of course, almost none of the characters in this story are happy. This is a rather moody piece, although not so depressing you’ll have trouble reading on. In fact, the writing is rather simplistic and very easy to read. Read more ›