Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Pre-Release ARC Review ~ The Covenant (Covenant Series #1) by M. LeAnne Phoenix

Pre-Release ARC Review ~ The Covenant (Covenant Series #1) by M. LeAnne Phoenix

Author: M. LeAnne Phoenix
Genre: New Adult/M/M Fiction/Romance
Title: The Covenant (Covenant Series #1)
Cover Reveal: December 2
Release Date: January 15
Length: 71000 words / 280 pages


When love is forbidden, who can you trust?

Seventeen year old David has been best friends with Jonathan for as long as he can remember, but the day he sees the pastor's daughter press a soft kiss to Jonathan's cheek everything changes. Overcome by jealousy, his explosive reaction reveals a deeper connection that sends their relationship spiraling down into dangerous territory.

When their clandestine love is discovered, they have nowhere to turn for help. The brutal circumstances of their parting test David and Jonathan's  covenant to each other in unimaginable ways. Forced to face their fears, it is in their darkest moments that the two young men discover that the courage, hope, and strength they need to to fight for their love, has been the foundation of their covenant all along.

5 Stars

**copy provided to bayou book junkie by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review**

David and Jonathan have been friends since they were very young. Along with their friend Elisha, the three boys have been inseparable and the best of friends. Recently the feelings between David and Jonathan have evolved from the best of friends to a romantic relationship. But being in a small Texas town, where church rules in the early 90's, could cause one or both of them harm if they are found out.

I knew this was going to be an emotional story from the blurb and I was right. This was story takes you on an emotional roller coaster. It tore me up to read some of the scenes in this story, yet others truly warmed my heart. The bond and love David and Jonathan share runs deep. Something that I truly believe may be unbreakable. The chemistry came at me off the pages of this story. You feel the chemistry and love David and Jonathan share.

I adored these young men. They were more mature and handled the things life threw at them together, and better than most adults would have. David, even though some would consider him the weaker and more effeminate one in the relationship shows true strength and courage.

I loved the support system of their close friends and family members. Some of them truly surprised David and Jonathan with their support. I read the interview at the end of this ARC, and I was very happy and excited to read there will be a number of books in this series. I'm looking forward to what I hope will be some of secondary characters stories. I also hope to see what the future has in store for David and Jonathan. I am hoping to see a sequel for them in the future again.

This was a well written book. It moved at a slow pace at times, but my interest never wavered. I'm not too much older than David and Jonathan, as I was only 21 when this story takes place, so I felt transported back to my days right out of high school. I loved seeing references to some of the music and things I knew and remember as a young adult. It was like taking a small trip down memory lane.

This is my first book by this author, but I look forward to more in the future. Highly recommended!!

Meet the author:

M. LeAnne Phoenix would tell you that the worst time of her life was the two years that she attempted to take off from writing. If you asked her to explain exactly why she did such a thing, you would most likely get the mad attempt to arch an eyebrow like her dad and then a shake of the head as she told you it was unlucky to speak of such things. Suffice it to say, it will never happen again!

Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas in the mid-1970's, Ms. Phoenix was young and wild (and even free!) during the crazy wondrous decade known as the 1980's and the even crazier but now grungy decade of the 1990's. Music is second only to the muses that live and breathe to fill her mind with beautiful men, and music always helps them to tell their stories. She is never without her iPod or her computer no matter where she goes, although, she does like to hike and take pictures of the sky and the moon, and even the occasional shot of the sun through the branches of a tree.

An avid cat lover, Ms. Phoenix has been owned by many throughout her life, though her current owner is one Lily-Rose, who really would like for her to step away from the keyboard and pay her some attention! After all, hasn't she earned it?

Where to find the author:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mleannephoenix
Twitter: @MLPhoenix
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/mleannephoenix/
Website: www.mleannephoenix.com
Goodreads Link: www.goodreads.com/mleannephoenix
Publisher: CoolDudes Publishing
Cover Artist: Kellie Dennis

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