Title: The Covenant
Series: Covenant, #1
Author: M. LeAnne Phoenix
Genre: New Adult Romance
Length: Novel (280 Pages)
Publisher: CoolDudes Publishing (January 15, 2016)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Blurb: 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 fight for their love, has been the foundation of their covenant all along.
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Review: There are some stories that call to you and some stories that just make you want to run away. For me this story was a mixture of it all. I can’t stand religion added into my love stories. I want hot sex, tender scenes, lots of passion and fire. However this one is based on a new love between two teenage boys so you don’t really get any of that, because it isn’t proper for young boys to have that type of relationship it would seem. This story has a historical theme to it that doesn’t really make it jump out at me also.
However these two boys do pull at your heart strings quite a bit. It also shows what gay youth went through back then. The dangers that they were in if one found out. It has a lot of suspenseful moments, angst, pain and some heart ache, plus it also shows that these two had more support than even they thought. I could not get into this story like I should have but it was an enjoyable story.
Now this author was new to me so I wasn’t really sure what to expect M. LeAnne Phoenix is a new author for me so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I will be the first one to admit that new authors make me leery. I hate not knowing what I am going to get from them. Which is funny, since I love surprises. The characters are fully developed and beautifully written. I enjoyed them quite a bit although I do wish that there were no religious elements added to it. Those made the story go down for me.
David and Jonathan have been best friends for quite some time, however the moment he sees Jonathan being kissed by a girl he loses it. It pushes him to another level with his friend. Things heat up between them, but they have nowhere to turn. It is a time where being gay is not good. David comes off as feminine and most think he is weak and many can’t stand to be around him. Jonathan feels strongly for David and there is so much heat between them that you can’t help but fall in love with them.
The story came off a bit slow to me, so my attention was not caught like it should have been. However with the religious tone, I am afraid my attention was not as captivated as it should have been. It is a well written story and the guys are the best. You can feel the love between the author and her characters.
As I have said before it is a well written book that will captivate your heart with the first page. I enjoyed parts of it however I am afraid the story was not for me. I do look forward to seeing what other stories this author has out.
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