Review, Guest Post and Giveaway: Discovery by Thianna Durston (Drakyl Ranch Book 1)

Warning: This book is a paranormal m/m romance with some horror elements. It also crosses cowboy and vampire genres. If you don’t think cowboys look hot with fangs, you’re missing out.

Living in Montana and working the ranch is all Aaron wants to do for the rest of his life. Diagnosed as allergic to the sun thirteen years previous, every day is a struggle to get out of bed. Having to wear long-sleeved shirts, gloves, and even material to cover his face from the effects of the sun, just makes it all worse. Now, in his thirty-second year, he is sure this will be his last summer. While he hates it, he knows he needs to come to terms with the truth and put things in order for his younger cousins. Before he does so, he heads out for one night of pleasure before facing what’s coming.

Jaret loves excitement and new adventures. For over five hundred years, he has sought them out. In Montana on a whim, he comes across someone he doesn’t expect, someone who makes him feel things he does not understand and does not want to give up. In no time at all, he feels like he cannot live without Aaron. The only problem is Aaron doesn’t know who he is, what he is, nor that he isn’t going to die. Not on Jaret’s watch. With a plan to help the other man discover who he is in place, he only has one thing to worry about: whether an ancient enemy will come and destroy everything he now holds dear.

I loved this story. The lore created was so interesting. I really liked how Ms. Durston went into the science a little bit about the differences between vampyr and drakyl. The storyline about the vampyr Jaret pissed off was intriguing. I’m curious where that’s going to go in the next book. I enjoyed seeing Jaret and Aaron growing together slowly then falling for each other. They take such good care of each other. I loved how they and the five cousins grow into a family by the end of the story. There’s setup for more books in the series and I can’t wait to read them. Some interesting things are left open at the end. I hope the other cousins get stories and happy endings. Even if they need to age before they can do that.
Four and a half

Guest Post:
I asked Thianna to have one of the characters write a letter to himself from five years ago. The character that got the most excited about it wasn’t one of the main characters, however the letter he wrote is beyond cute. I hope you like it as much as I do! Read and enjoy!
Will was the most excited to write the letter and he’s got such a way of turning a phrase, I let him do it.
Dear Will,
Hey! It’s me, or you actually, just a few years down the road. You’re only eight so this is probably as cool to you as it is to me. So, guess what?

We’re not human. Not really. I mean, we sorta are but sorta not, you know? Won’t find out for a decade probably if we are. But Aaron is! And it’s all sorts of cool!

Wait, I haven’t told you that part. So, you know how Aaron’s always sick and can’t get out in the sun without frying? There’s a reason for it! He’s kind of a vampyr – but don’t tell Jaret that. He hates that comparison. Well, no, you can’t tell Jaret because he wasn’t around five years ago so you wouldn’t know him anyway. So, never mind. But just so you know – he’s great and we’re gonna all be thrilled he came along.

Anyway, we could become drakyl, which are vampyr-like creatures (again, don’t tell Jaret I said that) who stay to the night, drink blood, and can live forever. Cool, huh?

Jeffrey and Conner are up next. Hope they both turn. Then Stephan and Adam. Then you and me. Well, me, really, since you’re me just a few years ago. But wouldn’t it be cool? We wouldn’t die and we could keep on creating things.

OoH! I forgot to mention that. Aaron totally trusts my ideas and is letting me play around with stuff. I bet you can’t wait to be me, can you?

Oh, and, uh, that experiment you’ll consider doing in a couple years involving the calf’s foot and the mold? Don’t do it. It’s a really bad idea and got us grounded for a month when I kind of forgot about it and left it out and next time I went to check the mold had taken over a few of Uncle Davis’s tools and rusted them.

Anyway, that’s all for now. Just wait until you get to be my age. It’s awesome!



“You’re not going to die, Aaron.”

“You don’t know that. This sickness, ailment, curse…whatever the fuck it is. It’s gettin’ worse. And it’s changin’. Morphin’ into somethin’ scary. My nightmares lately have been horrible.”

“What kind of nightmares?” Of course, Jaret knew. They were the same kind all of them had during the change. Fire and ice as the body went through horrendous chills and soaring high fevers. They would only stop once the change was complete. For after that, there was no real sleep anymore.

“Bein’ caught on high mountains, pelted with snow. Of the forests here bright with orange fire. Of you—” His voice broke. “Callin’ out my name only I’m no longer here to respond.”

“Babe,” Jaret said in a soft voice, not understanding why but knowing he was closer to this drakyl than he had ever been to anyone. “We’re going to get you cured. Then you can come out with me at night. We’ll keep the place predator free while your cousins slave in the sun. How does that sound?”

A sad attempt at a laugh left the other man’s throat. “Promise me you won’t leave until I’m gone?”

Fury swept along Jaret’s veins. Anger at the sun, the fact the man next to him was terrified, and at Davis for not explaining to the poor man earlier what he was. But mostly, he was furious at himself for not telling Aaron the truth. Leaning in, he placed his nose against Aaron’s. “I promise you,” he said in a deep growl, “that you are not going to die, Aaron Drakyl. I won’t let it happen.”

About Thianna:
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… You can find her at

She also writes m/f under the name Thianna D.

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