Saturday, September 23, 2017

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.

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.

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.

1 comment:

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


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