Welcome to another Coming Soon Sundays post! I’m thrilled to feature my own books that will be fully released this coming Thursday, Sept 14th.
Author: Thianna Durston
Available in individual novels: As Natural As Breathing, Took My Breath Away, Breathe Each Other In
OR, you can buy all three in an e-Boxed Set.
Release Date: Sept 14, 2017
As Natural as Breathing – Book One
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?
Took My Breath Away – Book Two
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?
Breathe Each Other In – Book Three
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.
Excerpt: In this excerpt, Christian goes over to Logan’s house. He doesn’t understand the attraction he felt for him the night before and wants to see Logan by the light of day to put it in its proper perspective. At the beginning, he’s talking to Logan’s mother, Kimberly.
“Are Dr. Mannette and Logan gone tonight?” he asked as he grabbed a bottle of Pepsi.
“Gregory is. On call, as usual. Thankfully, he’s off work for the four days surrounding Christmas. Logan’s upstairs in his room, I think. He’s been busy, what with playing Santa last night and again this morning at the hospital. This is supposed to be his restful vacation from school and I’ve kept him busy since he got home.” She laughed as she grabbed a platter of cookies and guided him back out to the living room. “Now,” she whispered conspiratorially, “I have a theory that my son, who has an extremely defined sweet tooth, has a sixth sense of when candy or cookies are brought out. If I’m right, he should appear shortly.”
Christian had taken a bite of a cookie when they heard footsteps on the stairs. Normally he would be amused at the happenstance, but he was too nervous to be anything other than still.
“Hey, Mom, I was thinking of running out to—” As a hand with long fingers reached for a cookie, the voice stopped as blue eyes met brown. “Christian?”
Trying to smile, Christian nodded. “Hi, Logan. So,” he said trying to bring some levity to the moment, “you lied. You aren’t Kris Kringle.”
Grinning slightly, with pink showing barely over his russet skin, Logan ran his fingers through his hair. “It’s like a Superman thing,” he countered, his embarrassment washing away and a twinkle taking its place. “To the world I’m Santa Claus or Kris Kringle. At home, I’m simply Logan Davis Mannette.”
With a snort, Christian nodded. This he could handle, even if he had received the answer to his big question in the form of a hard-on barely covered by his button-down shirt. “Ah, I see. Well, you look really good for being a few centuries old, Logan. How do you do it?”
Holding up one finger, Logan disappeared into the kitchen and came back with a large glass and two bottles, one of Grape Nehi, one of Pepsi. “Shh,” he whispered. “This is a trade secret. What nobody knows is Grape Nehi and Pepsi, if done in the right combination, can keep you robust and young.”
Christian watched as Logan sat down and poured a shot of grape, then a shot of Pepsi. Back and forth he went until Christian finally asked, “What happens if you put them in the wrong way?”
Logan paused and placed his bottles down, then turned to Christian with a solemn expression on his face. “They’re called elves, Christian.”
Throwing back his head, Christian roared with laughter. Logan grinned and Kimberly, after looking at the two of them with a pleased expression on her face, excused herself to go upstairs.
When his laughter died down, Christian looked at Logan. “You’re rather insane, you know that?”
Logan chuckled as he grabbed his glass. “I blame that on my parentage.” He took a few sips and looked at Christian. “I hope I didn’t make you too uncomfortable last night.”
Well, looks like Logan doesn’t believe in beating around the bush. Christian considered how honest he should be. He decided total honesty seemed the best thing. “I was… surprised,” he admitted. “Strangely enough, not so much by the kiss, but by how it felt.” He took a drink of Pepsi and grabbed a cookie. Cookies were a great way to delay speaking unless you wanted to appear rude. “See,” he said after he swallowed, “I don’t know how I feel about being attracted to you, Logan. It’s rather unsettling.”
Logan grabbed a couple cookies and nodded. “You’ve never been attracted to a man before?”
“Well, I’ve looked at men and thought, that guy is good-looking, but as for real attraction? No. Usually it’s women. Large-breasted women.”
Snorting, Logan grabbed his nose. “Ow,” he said in a nasal voice. “Soda up the nose,” he explained in the same nasal voice making Christian laugh again. Wrinkling his nose a few times, Logan grinned. “Never been attracted to women, myself. And breasts? Do nothing for me. From the time I was twelve, I knew I was attracted to guys. Strong arms, deep chests, strapping thighs… Wasn’t until I went to college that I was willing to admit it, though.” He frowned. “I’m sorry to confuse you.”
Christian slowly shook his head. “This whole situation is confusing.” He paused and downed another cookie. “How much have you heard about my deployment?”
About the Author:
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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