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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Also Available in the All They Ever Needed Boxed Set

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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.

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.

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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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of As Natural as Breathing (All They Ever Needed #1) by Thianna Durston to read and review for this tour.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for featuring Logan & Christian on your blog today and for your reviews!


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