For Christian Darringer, life isn’t worth living. Just back from the Middle East; scarred and with permanent damage to one leg, he does not think anyone will want him for anything. Meeting a gorgeous man he finds himself thinking about constantly is not in his plans. Pulled toward the startling younger man with striking blue eyes, 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 who is full of life and joy, he finds himself head over heels in love.
Logan Mannette has almost everything he ever wanted: loving parents, happiness, friends and security. The only thing missing is finding the love of his life, a love that is just like his parents’. When he meets Christian at a party, everything changes. Instantly attracted, he does his best to help this 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 but his interest in spanking became a fetish and when Christian admits that 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. If it weren’t for Logan’s support, he might fold; but with the love of one amazing man, Christian finds that living his life rather than just existing is as natural as breathing.
I had high hopes for this book because I truly enjoy books about domestic discipline relationships and spanking. I was a bit disappointed there wasn’t much of that in this book. However there are two more books that follow this one that delve deeper into that; plus set up for that in the book for Christian and Logan to go there in their relationship. The dialogue is a bit formal and stilled. The story line with Christian’s brother being homophobic and causing problems was interesting but felt a little forced. The relationship between Logan and Christian is off to a great start. I just want to see more of them, and how they continue to build their relationship.
Three and a half
I asked Logan to join us today and tell us a bit about what it was like growing up in a domestic discipline household. I loved that he was so open with us and hope you like what he wrote as much as I do. Read and enjoy!
[Perking up, Logan grins] Thanks for asking. Most people, when I tell them I grew up in a family based on loving discipline, they either don’t know what I’m talking about, or they’re shocked and horrified. I can tell you from experience that growing up in a loving discipline household was great.
I guess there are two things about discipline that really stand out to me as having molded me into the man I am today: consent and communication. First, let’s talk consent. Where every member of the family is in agreeance on the rules. If you break a rule, you will get some sort of discipline, which could go from writing lines, apologizing, pulling weeds, or even, of course, a spanking. Obviously, when I was really young, a spanking was maybe one or two smacks – Dad’s not a heavy hander – and he always explained everything to me. It took over a decade before I actually realized those kind of spankings helped settle me when I was feeling off. I really only have one bad memory about a spanking and it had nothing to do with my dad. See, he did spank me when I broke the rules, but once I understood things, I was a participant in it. If I ever said no or ran away, he wouldn’t spank me. One day when I was a kid, my teacher got mad at me because I didn’t hear her and she walloped me good. She even left bruises behind. The next day I was in a new school and as it turns out, Dad, who is as friendly and loving as they come, is also highly protective. All of this I found out later when I could understand it – but he went to my school the day of that horrible spanking, and in a very short span of time got them to agree to me being placed in the East Side school rather than West where I technically belonged. That non-consensual spanking truly showed me the difference. It might smart, but I do always feel better after a consensual spanking.
As for communication, well, I remember being surprised the first hundred times I would be talking with a friend and mention me and Dad or me and Mom talking about anything and having them look at me with a blank look. Turns out? Most families don’t communicate, which is really sad. In a loving discipline household, it’s one of the basics. I learned early on that I could talk to my parents about anything and as I became a teenager understood that discussing these things brought us closer. I know some people find it weird that I can discuss discipline with my dad, but quite honestly, why not? He’s been the head of a loving discipline household for years, he won’t lie to me, and I know I can say anything, no matter how crazy, and he won’t laugh at me.
That’s not to say they told me everything. [Logan laughs.] It wasn’t until I was out of high school that I found out that the awesome downstairs set up we had with televisions, a great little kitchen, and tons of seating and games was because my parents wanted to make sure me and my friends had a safe place to hang out. And I don’t tell them everything, either. When I finally came out of the closet, I talked mostly with gay men for advice there. But, even then, I always knew if I wanted to talk with someone with no judgment, my dad was the man for that. Christian’s found that out as well. While he now has a mentor, he takes advantage of how open dad is about anything he wants to discuss.
[shrugs and looks at the clock] Whoops. Been talking your ear off. Hope that explains how I saw growing up in my wonderful family.
Dinner was easy, the easiest first date Christian had ever been on. Logan laughed, talked, teased, but it felt like he was with a friend rather than with a date…but then again, that was what he asked for. After two large platters of sushi disappeared between the two of them, they paid and left. “Okay, we can drive or we can walk. The theater is only ten blocks.” Then Logan’s eyes dropped to his leg. “Damn, I forgot about your leg. Maybe we should drive.”
Shaking his head, Christian placed a hand on his arm. “Naw. I walk by the river all the time. I think I’d like to walk.”
Logan watched him, as if trying to make up his mind if Christian meant it or not. When he figured he did, he beamed. “Great. There is this cool piece of art you have got to see.”
Thianna loves to write strong stories with even stronger heroes. While all of her books have an erotic overtone, it is the story that is the most important to her. “The story should be able to stand on its own. The erotic elements are an add-on.”
She enjoys writing about couples with kink, paranormal couples, and straight out strangeness. But more on that later… mm.thiannad.com.
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