Saturday, September 23, 2017

As Natural as Breathing by Thianna Durston Blog Tour


For Christian Darringer, life isn't worth living. Just back from the Middle East—scarred and with permanent damage to one leg—he doesn't think anyone will want him for anything. He didn't plan on meeting someone he can’t stop thinking about. Pulled toward the startling younger man, he begins to question a lot of things—especially his sexuality. Not one to hide from a challenge, he plunges ahead only to find himself more than just attracted to Logan.

Logan Mannette has almost everything he ever wanted: loving parents, happiness, friends, and security. The only thing missing is the love of his life, a love just like his parents have. When he meets Christian at a party, everything changes. Instantly attracted, he does his best to help the sad man and quickly finds himself feeling more than he has ever felt before. Raised in a domestic discipline household, he holds that ideal as what he wants. His interest in spanking has become a fetish and when Christian admits he wants to be spanked, Logan believes he might have found the perfect man.

Just as everything begins for them, Christian's past intercedes and one of his brothers makes waves about him dating a man. When it lands Christian in the hospital, he is forced to reevaluate their budding romance. Being with Logan might feel as natural as breathing, but if it costs Christian everything he cares about, is this new relationship worth it?

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A Note from the Author

Hello! And welcome to the Release Tour for the rewritten and rereleased All They Ever Needed trilogy. If you haven’t read Logan & Christian’s tale, this is a perfect opportunity to do so.

When As Natural as Breathing was first published 4 years ago, I was excited to get Logan & Christian’s story out there. I loved these two men. Of course, as happens, by the time the 2nd book came out a few months later, I found a few things in the 1st book I wanted to change. I had grown a little as an author in those few months. In the last four years, I’ve grown exponentially in my writing. As such, I was thrilled to get the rights back to all three novels. I rewrote them, but kept the charm of the stories intact.

And now, I can offer the first three novels to the world again – in a far better state than their first incarnation.

While all three novels have gone through a major up-do, the second book in a big way, I most of all love the story and kept the basics the same. Logan & Christian have to battle against the world at times, but their relationship is strengthened by every problem they come across. One of the parts of their relationship that is a major underpinning of the series is how solidifying and helpful having a loving domestic discipline relationship can be. It might not be for everyone, but for Logan & Christian, it’s a path that carries them through the darkest hours.

The first three books in the series are available as separate novels and as a boxed set. (They are meant to be read in order.)



Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/M Romance
Triggers: Homophobic tendency, attempted murder, PTSD, Domestic Discipline

I really liked this story. It was fresh, without being overdone, and the dynamic between the two characters, while sometimes very drawn out, eventually came together.

Logan has always been out and proud. His parents are very supportive, funny, and love to embarrass him. Logan has such a great heart and he knows that he is going to do his best to find someone who he can love and who can love him back. While working on his double major, he tries to juggle what he thinks he wants, with his hopes and dreams.

Christian is struggling. He is horrified by the fact that his "friends" were so horrible that he feared for his life. While he is coming to terms with the fact that he may be bisexual or even gay, he is too scared to admit it to himself or his family.

At Logan's family holiday party, he is kind, gentle, and loving with all of the kids who come to the party, but he's the most gentle with Christian. Not really knowing each other, Christian is put at ease and Logan finds himself attracted to Christian.

What follows is a story about friendship, learning to love yourself, and trusting that when you love someone, they love all of you. Because this story spans three books, in this first book, there is more relationship around friendship and exploring Christian's sexuality. While they decide to be in a relationship, there is no domestic discipline between them and no sex. I thought this was a sweet story and I am looking forward to seeing where this story goes.


Veronica☆☆☆
I confess to being attracted to this series with the promise of m/m domestic discipline, but this is only one thread that is woven into the story. Christian is scarred mentally and physically after returning from war and is struggling to find his place in life. Logan is happy but wants someone to love and a relationship like his parents have.

I really liked the unhurried pace of the story. Time is taken to set the scene and to get to know the characters. Christian and Logan also take time to get to know each other, so the romance and sexual tension has time to build and slowly suck you in. And I was sucked in.

There were times I had trouble with the author's style. When we get Logan's point of view I found it odd that his parents were referred to by their given names rather than mum or dad. This took a bit of getting used to. Also, the relationship each of the men has with his parents was more of teenager and parent relationship rather than grown man and parent. Having said that, the way Logan talks with his parents about DD and his love life is decidedly adult. This I found unique and a little uncomfortable.

Overall, I found As Natural as Breathing to be quite lovely and I've moved straight on to book #2, Took My Breath Away.


Angie☆☆☆
This book was really slow for me, I found myself putting it down and coming back. I liked Christian and Logan. I felt their connection and loved how they interacted with each other, I just felt like something was missing. I wanted more and I felt it moved slow. I am hoping the second book picks up because I really want these two characters to go the distance.




Thianna Durston is a writer by day and supernova by night. Or at least that’s what the faeries tell her. And who is she to deny those pesky *cough* lovely little creatures?

She lives in the Pacific Northwest, though her heart belongs elsewhere. In the meantime, until she can return to the place she calls home, she happily lives in a city that still thinks it’s a small town. Thankfully, it has given her muse lots of amusing places to start a story.

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Took My Breath Away by Thianna Durston Blog Tour


While unhappy to be missing four weeks of Christian's company, Logan is thrilled to spend a month with his father's relatives in New York. A naturally gregarious individual, he’s used to winning people over and getting things right. Unfortunately the Mannettes are not what he expects and for the first time in his life, he doubts who he is.

Christian has regained some of his old self-esteem and is taking on new challenges. Besides growing in the relationship he has with Logan, he takes the time his boyfriend is away to learn more about domestic discipline. He learns a little online but it is Gregory, Logan's father, where he gains most of his information. Including the fact that his natural strength puts him in a position he doesn’t expect.

Logan hits rock bottom and Christian runs to the rescue. He saves Logan from New York, but puts their relationship in a new sort of peril. When the dust settles, who will be left on top?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/M Romance
Triggers: Domestic Discipline, PTSD

This is the second book in this series and you definitely need to read the first book in order to understand what is happening in this book.

Christian and Logan have decided to really throw themselves into this relationship. With Logan still going to school a few hours away and with his impending summer month being spent with the family members he really doesn't know, Christian and Logan try to make the best of their time together.

When Logan goes to New York and sees how his father was raised, he finds himself in a situation that not only shakes him to his core, but puts his whole life into a tail spin. He is lost in a way that he hasn't been since he was a child.

Gregory and Christian are fighting to keep Logan from being submerged in the guilt and horribleness that is Gregory's family. When they find Logan, he's not himself and there are only two things that help him find his way back: (1) His father's loving discipline, and (2) Christian's presence.

This is a story about how Christian and Logan are finding their own way through their relationship – will they be more like Logan's parents or will they find their own way through?

This has some very tender moments and moments where you just want to ring someone's neck. I like where Christian and Logan's relationship is heading, but I do think that there was a lot of back and forth that could have been cut out of the story.


Veronica☆☆☆☆
I have to say Took My Breath Away had more angst and drama than I was expecting. I was sucked right in. I wasn't surprised by the drama when Logan visited his dad's family in New York, but I wasn't expecting was the drama that came from Christian's family. Wow!

I felt like Christian was maturing and growing stronger. He is working and moves into his own apartment, giving the guys some privacy. But even though they have that privacy, their relationship – both physical and emotional – takes its time, so when they expressed their feelings or took a new step physically, it felt meaningful.

While Logan is away in New York, Christian is able to spend more time with Greg and Kimberly and is able to ask them about domestic discipline and how it works for them as he decides whether it would be right for him and for Logan. Meanwhile in New York, Logan's trip is not turning out at all like he planned and he is having trouble coping.

I loved Took My Breath Away. Not sure if it was easier for me to read than the first book because I was used to the author's writing style or just because I already knew the characters, but this book worked for me. I've already started reading Breathe Each Other In and I look forward to spending more time with Logan and Christian.


Angie☆☆☆
I am glad I was able to read the second book right after the first book, everything was fresh in my memory. In this book, Logan goes to New York to see his family, you have to read the first book to understand why this is a big deal. I didn't care for how that all played out either, was over the top. I was hoping to like this book better than the first, but I found myself having the same feelings with this book. I will say though, the interaction with Christian and Logan's family was good, I just love Logan's parents. I do like how the DD relationship has progressed, I think it is good for both Logan and Christian. Here's to hoping I like the last book better.




Thianna Durston is a writer by day and supernova by night. Or at least that’s what the faeries tell her. And who is she to deny those pesky *cough* lovely little creatures?

She lives in the Pacific Northwest, though her heart belongs elsewhere. In the meantime, until she can return to the place she calls home, she happily lives in a city that still thinks it’s a small town. Thankfully, it has given her muse lots of amusing places to start a story.

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Breathe Each Other In by Thianna Durston Blog Tour


Christian takes to heart everything he learns from Logan's father. As he and Logan go forward in their DD relationship, he finds that he’s willing to not just take on the mantle of head of house, but to embrace it. With Logan graduating from college, Christian takes the next logical step and asks his boyfriend to move in.

Even with the stress of student teaching and trying to figure out what to do after graduation, Logan leaps at the chance to live with the man he loves. The pressure of graduation begins to get to him and the only thing keeping him grounded is the amazing man at his side.

Those closest to them make huge changes in their own lives and when an unexpected job offer lands in Logan's lap, they have to make a life-altering decision. No matter which way they go, they need to give something up. Play it safe and stay home or accept the job and move away from their families? When it comes to decision time, there is one thing they are not willing to part with. That one thing makes all the difference in the world.

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(Christian has learned about DD and is taking his first baby steps into being the head of his and Logan’s relationship. At a party, Logan witnessed something that upset him. Christian needs to get him to talk about it.)

Logan took a shuddery breath and Christian slowly rubbed his back. “What happened, love?”

“They said horrible things about you,” Logan muttered.

Nodding, Christian let out a soft sigh. “They should meet up with Brian. They could have a hatefest back and forth.” Kissing Logan lightly on the top of his head, he raised one hand to Logan’s chin, prodding his head up until he could look him in the eyes. “What did they say?”

Wincing, Logan shook his head. “I don’t want to talk about it.”

Taking a deep breath, Christian considered that. Normally he would let it go and over time forget all about it, but all of the lessons he had learned from Gregory pointed to one thing: open communication. Pure honesty was at the heart of the kind of relationship they were in.

“Gorgeous, tell me.”

It took a few minutes for Logan to respond. “It’s not important.”

Groaning slightly, Christian grasped his forearms and took a half step backward. “Logan, I know we’re starting out, but you know more than I do how important honesty is in the kind of relationship we’re embarking on. As such, I need for you to tell me what they said, not as any kind of tattletale or gossip, but because we need no secrets between us. Right?”

Christian hoped he was not crossing a line. There was still so much he didn’t understand and this was one of those times he felt like he was walking a tightrope without a net. “You’ll feel that way a lot for a few years,” Gregory had said during one of their talks. “Each time you enforce a rule or ask him to do something for the first time. And when he refuses it will feel even worse. What you need to remember is that no matter how scary it is to do what you need to do, that the end result will put the two of you on firmer ground.”

A strange look of consternation mixed with pleasure crossed Logan’s face. “I know,” he whispered. “But their words… They were so horrible and I don’t want to hurt you.”

Relieved that he was on the right track, Christian thought about what Logan said. “I may not want to hear it, but I won’t let you bear that burden alone, love. Come on.” Taking Logan’s hand, he led him out of the room, up the stairs, and to Logan’s bedroom, closing the door behind him. Together they walked over to the bed and sat down.

Logan wrung his hands together, shooting Christian a pained look. “Are you sure, Christian?”

“Yes.” Christian was positive that Logan blurting out whatever he had heard was important. Did he want to hear it? Not particularly. But Logan needed to share it, that much he understood.

“I was coming down the stairs when I heard Hallie talking to Margaret. Their voices held that… loud whisper quality I always associate with gossip and I paused as gossip is one thing Dad hates with a passion. He can’t stand it. So much that it became one of his rules with Mom and her friends—no gossip in this house.

“I heard what they said.” He paused and gritted his teeth before repeating their words, his tone turning malicious as if that was the only way he could get the words out. “‘I cannot believe Logan is dating such a freak. He could certainly do better than to date someone whose face looks as though he took a razor to it.’

“‘I know. Plus the Darringers are not in his class. He could do so much better.’”

His voice went back to a quiet murmur as he continued. “That’s when I turned and went in there. You came in a few seconds later.” Shuddering slightly, Logan glanced at Christian. His gaze intensified and he raised a finger to trace the long scar that started above Christian’s left eye and ended below his chin. “I don’t really notice your scars. And when I do? I think they make you better looking. They remind me of what a strong man you are, Christian, about how much you had to fight to make it through. How can… how can anyone say such horrible things about you?” he asked in a husky voice. “How can anyone say anything so vulgar about the man I love?”

Internally Christian expected to wince at what the women said but he had come to terms with those kinds of words long ago. People tended to be cruel and judge first. It was Logan’s pain that hurt him the most. Pulling him close, Christian kissed the side of his head. “My dear Logan, I’m sorry you had to hear that. Unfortunately people do say stupid, hurtful things. Plus, I understand how hard that was to share. Thank you for being honest with me.”

That seemed to break whatever hold Logan had on himself and huge sobs came out, almost as bad as the ones Christian heard that night months ago when New York had taken a bad turn for the man he loved. Pulling him forward, Christian laid down on his back with Logan splayed out on top of him, holding him tightly as Logan released whatever was going on inside.

“One of the hardest things,” Gregory had stated two weeks ago, “will be watching the one you love cry and wanting to fix it, yet knowing that what they need to do is to cry it out. Their guilt, pain, whatever negative emotion they are holding inside.”

He had been right. Christian wanted to do anything to stop the horrible pain Logan was releasing and yet knew that was what he needed to do. So Christian stroked his back firmly, holding him tight as Logan let go.

“That’s absolute trust, Christian,” Gregory had told him. “When the one you love and take care of can completely let go in your arms with no shame and no guilt? That is complete trust. Of course,” he admitted with a wry grin, “that’s also the moment you realize the mantel you took on. It’s surprising and a little terrifying the first few times it hits you that you’re responsible for this amazing person.”

Stroking Logan’s head softly with one hand while his other continued to rub his back, Christian only now began to understand what Logan’s father meant. Talking about a domestic discipline relationship in the abstract was one thing, doing what it took to get there was something else entirely.




Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars
M/M Romance
Triggers: Domestic Discipline

This is the final book in this series. Here, we watch Logan and Christian's relationship develop into a more domestic discipline where Christian is finding his way and Logan is figuring out what he really wants to do for his career.

Logan is student teaching and is stressed about his future. He feels like he's doing well in the school he's student teaching in, but his thoughts about after student teaching are somewhat of a struggle for him.

Christian loves Logan and when he sees him struggling, he allows himself to fully accept who Logan needs. They were able to find a healthy balance between the discipline lifestyle and the kink that both of them enjoy.

There were great scenes in this story where you got to see the relationship develop and grow – between main characters and the family too.

This was probably the book with the most of their relationship in it – them growing into their own roles and figuring out that love is what makes their relationship really blossom. It was an okay ending to the story, but I think that it had a lot more potential.


Veronica☆☆☆
The final instalment of Christian and Logan sees their relationship become more serious and committed as they work out how to incorporate the domestic discipline into their lives, which happens in ways I never imaged. Mostly this book is about Christian and Logan living their lives and moving on with a future together.

The story didn't have a lot in the way of ups and down and lacked drama. It is sweet and romantic and has a lovely ending.

I decided to read the All They Ever Needed trilogy because of the domestic discipline aspect of their relationship, but the story has more to offer and I've thoroughly enjoyed spending time with Christian and Logan.


Angie☆☆☆☆
FINALLY!!! This book was so much better for me than the first two books. We see how everything turns out. This book felt right for me finally and I really enjoyed it and read it all in one sitting, I was liking it so much. The chemistry was on point, it was super sweet, and it just felt right and real to me. I loved both Logan and Christian from the start, but I love them even more now. And their families... ugh, I love both sets of parents, if only all parents were like them! Great ending to a series, glad I made it through the end, I was pleasantly surprised.




Thianna Durston is a writer by day and supernova by night. Or at least that’s what the faeries tell her. And who is she to deny those pesky *cough* lovely little creatures?

She lives in the Pacific Northwest, though her heart belongs elsewhere. In the meantime, until she can return to the place she calls home, she happily lives in a city that still thinks it’s a small town. Thankfully, it has given her muse lots of amusing places to start a story.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Breathe Each Other In (All They Ever Needed #3) by Thianna Durston to read and review for this tour.

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren


Fangirl meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in this funny and poignant coming-of-age novel from New York Times bestselling author Christina Lauren about two boys who fall in love in a writing class—one from a progressive family and the other from a conservative religious community.

Three years ago, Tanner Scott’s family relocated from California to Utah, a move that nudged the bisexual teen temporarily back into the closet. Now, with one semester of high school to go, and no obstacles between him and out-of-state college freedom, Tanner plans to coast through his remaining classes and clear out of Utah.

But when his best friend Autumn dares him to take Provo High’s prestigious Seminar—where honor roll students diligently toil to draft a book in a semester—Tanner can’t resist going against his better judgment and having a go, if only to prove to Autumn how silly the whole thing is. Writing a book in four months sounds simple. Four months is an eternity.

It turns out, Tanner is only partly right: four months is a long time. After all, it takes only one second for him to notice Sebastian Brother, the Mormon prodigy who sold his own Seminar novel the year before and who now mentors the class. And it takes less than a month for Tanner to fall completely in love with him.

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Erica☆☆☆☆
4.5 Stars.

I need to preface this review with how I struggled at the beginning of Autoboyography. I also need to add I received an advanced copy, so I cannot comment on whether or not this is present in the published version.

I was close to DNFing the novel several times over during the beginning, which would have been a shame. The premise kept me reading – a bisexual writer in this coming-of-age tale. Truly, I’m thankful I kept reading, as I enjoyed the story immensely. To be honest, there was a different feel to the first three chapters versus chapter four and beyond. The pacing, flow of information, and scene structure, the majority of the first three chapters were rambling monologue, giving info the reader needed, but in a storytelling fashion. All tell, no show. There was little to no dialogue. But my biggest issue was how the narrator dropped readers into scenes in the middle of it, only for a few paragraphs, then would teleport the reader into another time and place without a transition.

Explanation: paragraphs of a classroom scene. One word later, the reader would be thrust into the mall. Classroom, then arcade. Classroom, then home. All partial scenes, in the middle, with no beginning or end. While this promotes fast pacing, cutting out any unnecessary info, it was beyond jarring and confusing. I'd flip back pages, wondering if I'd somehow missed the end of one scene, a mark denoting a passage of time, and the beginning of the next. Days could go by from the end of one sentence to the beginning of the next.

If you are reading this review, like I went searching due to my struggles, hang in there. It's worth it. The scenes become full-length at the start of Chapter 4. The authors begin showing, instead of telling.

Tanner is a well-rounded boy from a supportive family, with an equally supportive best friend. It was a breath of fresh air to have a narrator who wasn’t abandoned, or bleeding angst on every page. Dry wit and self-depreciating humor, Tanner knows who he is, what he wants, and where he wants to be in the future. He’s a non-religious bisexual boy living in an LDS community, raised by a Jewish parent and one who holds deep-seated resentment toward the Mormon church.

Tanner’s family is intelligent, open-minded, empathetic, supportive, and gives true-to-life, realistic advice by emotionally mature individuals. It was refreshing.

While Autoboyography does show different sides to LDS, instead of besmirching it, it’s written in a gray area, where it’s decisions made, left up to the individual.

Tanner falls deeply into infatuation with the TA in the Seminar, a class where students write a full novel during the semester. Color me jealous, but I wish this existed when I was in high school. The only issue, the boy Tanner falls for happens to be the son of a bishop in the LDS church.

On the pages, the reader follows Tanner’s coming-of-age journey, as the boy he loves has a conflict of conscience but never of faith. The comfort and clarity Sebastian found in his faith was inspiring, even during his deep struggles with the followers of said faith. The evolution mirrors the book Tanner’s writing. Cute. Sweet. Mortifying. Several times over, I dropped my Kindle into my lap, only to cover my face with my upraised palms. I was embarrassed for Tanner – blushing, laughing, and smiling. Shaking my head at the dang kid. Mortified.

Tanner and Sebastian had chemistry, tension, and a push-pull banter that was as humorous as it was seductive. A true connection was felt from the pages, causing the reader to become emotionally invested in the story.

I thoroughly enjoyed Autoboyography, and am so thankful I continued forth after struggling with the beginning. I recommend it to fans of the authors, as well as fans of the MM romance and Young Adult genres. But my recommendation goes deeper – young adults, especially those struggling with their sexuality while having faith, to experience the comfort of knowing they aren't alone. I also recommend reading by parents of these same children, to get a grasp on what they may be going through.


Sarah☆☆☆☆
Like all the best Young Adult writing, this story made me laugh and smile and cry and reflect. It is the story of a bisexual boy from an affluent liberal family who finds himself one of only a handful of non-Mormon kids in his new Utah small town. And he finds himself falling hard for his very Mormon writing mentor.

I was able to overlook the erratic pacing and the sometimes confusing plot structure because I fell hard and fast for Tanner. Most of the story is told from Tanner’s perspective and his experiences and observations are wonderful. I loved his friendship with Autumn and I wanted so badly to protect him from Sebastian.

Tanner’s experience as an outsider in a Mormon town is only compounded by his mother’s experiences growing up LDS and her adult resentment towards the church. Similarly, Tanner’s ‘coming out’ is tainted by his aunt’s very negative experience a generation earlier. I loved that the kids and the adults in this story are all multi-dimensional. We don’t get good and evil, we get people trying to do what’s right for them. Even when I wanted to hate Sebastian’s family, I was forced to understand their emotional and spiritual struggles.

Together, Sebastian and Tanner are wonderful. They are sweet and sometimes beautifully innocent. I wanted so desperately to protect their hearts – but this story is too honest for that.

While I loved the story, I did struggle with the writing. At times, scenes ramble on and on but in other places, readers are jolted from aborted scene to aborted scene quite erratically. But these characters are special and I had a powerful emotional reaction to their story.


Kris☆☆☆☆☆
A really new and different take on a coming of age/forbidden love story. Tanner's family moves to Utah, the land of Mormons and the LDS (Latter Day Saints church) where his mother grew up but left after the church shunned her gay sister. Tanner is bisexual and moving from open and out California to closed and closeted Utah is an adjustment, for sure. Of course, the one person Tanner finds a spark for is the LDS Church's, bishop's son!! Couldn't even be a girl he found completely intriguing. Sebastian is the poster boy for the LDS church. He's lived his entire life with a smile that covers a lie. Tanner brings out everything Sebastian is fighting to keep hidden. The two take on a forbidden romance and all the angst that comes with the fight against Sebastian's bishop father, the closed minded church town, and the intensity of first love. The beginning of the book threw me off a bit at first. Slightly disjointed and halting with quite a bit of over description. I was unsure where this story would go, but boy did my perseverance pay off and I implore you to do the same, KEEP READING! This book was a "can’t put it down, stayed up till 2am reading" story! Although I did find the ending a bit lackluster, although it was sweet and the way I wanted, I guess I just wasn't finished reading and wanted more. The book is very Young Adult with great descriptions that don’t go into much real detail but written extremely well.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
I don't often read coming of age novels, but I am very glad that I read this one. The blurb absolutely captured my imagination, and did not disappoint.

I found that Tanner was beautifully written as a boy who is right on the cusp of manhood, but can fall either side of the line, just depending on what is happening to him at that time. He was such a fabulous romantic writer – even though we don't get to read his book, anyone who ever wrote pages of their feelings of unrequited love, can imagine just what he has expressed in it.

And the whole LDS element was fascinating to me, as someone who lives in the UK, where there really aren't such large groups of Mormons. I met a young man going on his mission a few years ago on a flight to Ghana – so I remembered his nervousness, his earnest desire to do well, and yet he had never been away before and had very limited expectations of being able to talk to his family over the next two years. So, I could feel for Sebastian, and the prospects of his next few years.

The idea of basing the story around a book writing class is inspired, as it provides so many opportunities for the two guys to meet, which would have not happened otherwise. There are also some fabulously important people that get to join the cast; Autumn without a doubt being the most noteworthy. Whilst at the beginning of the book she dips in and out of sight, her contribution later is at times essential, and also, she holds a twist or two in her hands!

Really, my advice is that you should get yourself a copy and enjoy a wonderful love story, with some unexpected twists and turns. And do it as soon as you can. This book is on my re-read list, because I know I will enjoy it even more second time around. Thank you, Ms. Lauren.



Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fourteen New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 31+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Tea or Consequences by KC Burn


Riley Parker: temp, twink, geek… sleuth?

Maybe Riley isn’t living up to his full potential, but being a temp executive assistant suits him. He’s never bored at work, he’s got friends who let him geek out, and he’s got a carefully crafted twink exterior… which might be getting constrictive now that he’s on the other side of thirty. Life isn’t perfect, but it’s comfortable.

It all unravels when he takes a job working for a tea-obsessed cosmetics queen, the owner of Gautier Cosmetics. During the launch party for a new product, Riley finds his boss dead under suspicious circumstances, and the homicide detective is none other than Tadeo Martin, Riley’s high school obsession who never knew he was alive.

Tad drafts Riley to get the scoop on the inner workings of Gautier, and for Riley, it’s like a drug. His natural inquisitiveness is rewarded with more and more Tad. Unfortunately, his snooping puts him in the running for two other roles: suspect and victim. The killer doesn’t care which.

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Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/M Romance
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This was a fast-paced, who did it story. At first, I was kind of skeptical because it seemed that it was more about the spoiled kids of the great Gabrielle.

Riley had a major crush on the police detective who is investigating his boss' death, Tad. Riley has a fairly good life and he likes what he does. Working for a temp agency allows his scenery to change. It seems that the one regret in his life is his relationship with his brother. Jonathan raised Riley for a while and now, despite wanting more from Jonathan, Riley doesn't really know how to break through Jonathan's awful wife. I wanted to do some bodily harm to her and Jonathan.

Tad is a hard-working detective who doesn't seem all too comfortable in his own skin. However, while investigating a murder, he runs in to an old school acquaintance – Riley. Tad knows that he's crossing some boundary lines, but he can't see to keep away from Riley.

The mystery within this love story is a good one and keeps you guessing. Once the main characters figure out that they can't be without each other, it's fairly typical.

Overall, this was a good mystery with a good romance woven in.



Author of gay erotic romance, writing for Loose Id, Carina Press & Dreamspinner Press. Occasionally NSFW. KC Burn has been writing for as long as she can remember and is a sucker for happy endings (of all kinds). After moving from Toronto to Florida for her husband to take a dream job, she discovered a love of gay romance and fulfilled a dream of her own—getting published. After a few years of editing web content by day, and neglecting her supportive, understanding hubby and needy cat at night to write stories about men loving men, she was uprooted yet again and now resides in California. Writing is always fun and rewarding, but writing about her guys is the most fun she’s had in a long time, and she hopes you’ll enjoy them as much as she does.

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Why I Love Bodyguards by T.A. Chase


Hilton Burke might be one of the most powerful men in the world, but he can’t get what he wants the most. Every time he sees Cathal McKinley, his head of security, Hilton wishes they could be more than just employer and employee. In fact, he might be in love with Cathal, even though they’ve never slept together.

Cathal McKinley accepts how much he wants his boss, but he’s pretty sure Hilton will never date him. They come from two different worlds. Now that he has to return to Sunburst, Montana, to deal with family problems, Cathal knows there is no chance for them to get together.

Hilton and Cathal spent years dancing around each other, but when Cathal needs help the most, Hilton comes to Montana to support him. Soon they’re struggling with children and an old friend who won’t take no for an answer. Finally admitting their love out loud might be the least of their worries.

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Sarah☆☆☆
This is a toothache sweet romance. The relationship between Hilton, a billionaire CEO, and Cathal, his head of security, is pure fantasy fiction – until Cathal has to return home to Montana to deal with family drama. From that point on we get a little bit of angst and a whole lot of domestic bliss.

The connection between Cathal and Hilton has been five years in the making but somehow, this still feels like insta-love as the two men move from flirtation to co-parenting in the space of a few days. As with all billionaire romances, this story pushes the boundaries of plausibility as Hilton manages to drop everything in New York to be with Cathal in Montana. To a British reader, Hilton’s British background isn’t terribly convincing and I found the inconsistencies irritating. Cathal’s family situation is heartbreaking but everything is more domestic than sexy.

For me, the domestic part of the story was a complete turnoff. As soon as Cathal and Hilton start to figure things out together, they are surrounded by four children. Sure, the kids are cute and the men’s domestic experiences are realistic, but I don’t read billionaire romances for realism. Cathal and Hilton sneak around like teenagers – or parents – having muffled sex before immediately pulling sweats on so small children can get into bed with them. Not sexy. Not at all sexy.

T.A. Chase was one of the first authors to get me hooked on m/m romance but this is the first of her books that I’ve read in some time. As a fan, I was surprised by the choppy ‘tell not show’ writing style and frustrated with some grammatical errors that I hope will be fixed before the final release date.


Angie☆☆☆☆
I really enjoyed this book. Cathal and Hilton have liked each other from afar for years and when Cathal has to leave town to tend to his sick dad, Hilton bends over backwards to make sure he has everything he might need. I loved the kids in the book and I loved how Hilton just did everything he could for Cathal without being too over the top since he has a ton of money. When Hilton and Cathal are in the Walmart I was laughing so hard. I can imagine the looks he was getting never having been in a Walmart before. These two guys are perfect together and they worked so well and just meshed together like peanut butter and jelly. I enjoyed the story and read it all in one day.


Ruthie☆☆☆
This is part of a series with linked titles, but reads well as a standalone too.

This romance involves two very independent, intelligent, and straight forward men. At least they are that in all except their deep and long-standing attraction for each other. They have been avoiding all closeness and familiarity for five years. Suddenly, due to Cathal having to return to his hometown to help his sick father, they can't get wait to admit their feelings to each other. Maybe this is because for the first time ever, Cathal actually needs something that Hilton can provide, or whether Cathal's demeanour indicates it would be accepted, isn't really clear. Whatever the reason, they then fall headlong into domesticity, with a side serving of passion, when there is a moment.

I found I was trying to justify how they could undergo such a dramatic change of pace so quickly and decided that maybe as older guys, they realised that this was the time to settle down, but it was a bit stilted for me. Even with the unexpected level of understanding from Cathal's father, and the discovery of who caused Hilton's parents' air crash, it was precipitous. And whilst Hilton's money could solve anything, I am not sure that a bodyguard can really work from such a distance effectively, but it gave us the chance to watch the family traumas be resolved.

A more gritty than fairytale romance, with a lot of side issues which muddy the water, but result in a happily ever after for the whole McKinley-Burke clan.



T.A. CHASE lives in the Midwest with her neurotic but still wonderful senior cat. She believes there is beauty in every kind of love, so why not live a life without boundaries? Experiencing everything the world offers fascinates T.A., and writing about the things that make each of us unique is how she shares those insights. When not writing, she’s watching movies and reading. She’s also a part of a line-dancing group that takes over a bar on Tuesday nights and entertains at assisted living homes. It’s all about living life to the fullest.

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Blood Guard by Megan Erickson


Enter a world of immortal danger and desire—and discover an incredible fate borne of blood.

Tendra
One minute, I’m a bartender in gritty Mission City; the next, I’m whisked away by a vampire named Athan who tells me that I’m the lifeblood of his clan. It sounds unbelievable, but he’s got evidence I can’t deny. Turns out, Athan belongs to an underground society of vampires who feed only on humans with their consent. Their enemies have no such qualms, and they want me dead. The only thing standing in their way is strong, sexy Athan. And the closer we get, the more tempted I am to let Athan feed...

Athan
How could I have known when I snatched this snarky, beautiful human off the streets that she would change my destiny? As a loyal soldier, I must deliver Tendra to our future king—my brother. Empowered with the blood of ten generations of the Gregorie breed, she is fated to rule as our queen. But there’s something between us that’s so intoxicating, so carnal, I can’t help wanting Tendra for myself... even if it’s treason.

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Rachael☆☆☆☆☆
This was such a good read. I really enjoyed the surprising turns the story took that kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end.

Tendra has a lot that she has to deal with and a whole lot she has to come to terms with over a short span of time. She is an amazing woman who isn't afraid to step up and do what she needs to in each and every situation she finds herself in, even if it's not always what she wanted or planned for.

Athan finds that the task he has been training for his entire life isn't at all what he expected it to be. His interactions with Tendra and the few other people we meet are so fun. I loved getting to see all the different sides to such a complex man and the hard decisions he finds himself having to make.

Then there was Brex. I loved that stinking cat. You'll have to read to find out why he is so cool.

Can't wait to read the next installment in this series and where all these interesting characters are going to end up.


Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Paranormal Romance

This is a story about honor, duty, and love. Erickson was able to weave the characters so seamlessly that you can't help but root for the couple, despite the danger and potential wars to come.

Tendra has always moved around and when she loses her mother, she just kind of becomes a little stagnant. She has one friend and her job, but that's all she has. When she meets Athan and he tells her that she is meant for something more, something greater, she is skeptical at first, but then she just comes to accept her future. What she endures is a trip of a lifetime and a love that will span eternity.

Athan is hot – he has the ability to suck the air right out of the room with his presence. He is kind, gentle, and bound by duty. Despite not always agreeing with his duty, he does try his best to figure out how to complete what was asked of him. He has trained for securing Tendra for his entire life, but when he actually is tasked with bringing her back, his training isn't much help. The feelings he knows he shouldn't have develop regardless and he is hard pressed to fight them back.

Tendra and Athan make a great couple. They complement each other and I love how Tendra is snarky but kind and how endearing that snarkiness is to Athan. These two must figure out whether or not they can be there for each other without breaking the rules.

I can't wait to see where this series goes and I really hope to get the next book soon!


Sarah☆☆☆☆
This was such a wonderful surprise! This is my first m/f and my first fantasy by Megan Erickson and I was completely won over by the brilliant world building and the intriguing characters.

I’m suffering from a touch of vampire fatigue but this is actually an original and engaging premise (though there are a couple of nods to JR Ward’s first Black Dagger Brotherhood book). The idea of a full-on parallel fantasy realm is thought provoking and I love that Athan’s vampire world feels more high fantasy than urban fantasy. With clashing vampire races, treacherous internal politics and some Game of Thrones worthy powerplays, I thoroughly enjoyed my first visit to Athan’s Gregorie Vampire kingdom.

I have to admit that I found Tendra a little bit annoying at the start. All the usual UF tropes are used to establish her as a strong and independent woman – but this is overegged a little and she becomes more likeable as we settle into the story. Similarly, Athan’s revelation as a sexy, dangerous, and non-human love interest is a little bit cliched and he too becomes more enjoyable as the story takes over. I loved the forbidden attraction between Athan and Tendra. She is his brother’s promised wife and Athan is determined to honour his family. The result is fantastic sexual tension.

The world building slows down the story at the beginning but I loved the action and intrigue once I understood Athan’s world and the power struggle within. I definitely engaged more with the action than the romance but all the elements of the story work well together.

I’m already looking forward to the next book in this series and I’m excited to see these characters and relationships develop further.



Megan Erickson is a USA Today bestselling author of romance that sizzles. Her books have a touch of nerd, a dash of humor, and always have a happily ever after. A former journalist, she switched to fiction when she decided she liked writing her own endings better. She lives in Pennsylvania with her very own nerdy husband and two kids. Although rather fun-sized, she’s been told she has a full-sized personality. When Megan isn’t writing, she’s either lounging with her two cats, named after John Hughes, characters or... thinking about writing.

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