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The Covenant (The Covenant Series Book 1) by [Phoenix, M. LeAnne]
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About 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?

Product Details

  • File Size: 7001 KB
  • Print Length: 229 pages
  • Publisher: CoolDudes Publishing (PTY) Ltd; 1 edition (January 15, 2016)
  • Publication Date: January 15, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B018RBXPJ6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,414,814 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Kindle Edition
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

I don't think I've ever read a book so fast. I couldn't put this down. I may have a bit of the novel's hero (I'll get to why I used that instead of "main character") in me because I have so much going on in my head right now.

The first thing which jumped out at me, and the reason I picked this to read, is that it is a modern retelling of the biblical story of David and Jonathan. I'm partial to stories with spiritual content, and this is a narrative which begs telling over and over in any number of ways.

My second thought as soon as I started reading was that these characters are the same age as me. It was a treat being able to read about people who grew up in my era, and it made me think about the possibility that I knew (without realizing it) boys like them, hiding a serious relationship and in fear of coming out. It was a hostile time for gay youth, and I love that the story is set against this backdrop.

Above, I referred to David as the hero, and this is absolutely true. Like his biblical counterpart, David faces many giants, and each time, he comes out stronger. David is a fascinating character, and I have to wonder if he lived in our current time whether he would consider himself genderfluid or another non-binary identity. He's shown as a sweet, feminine boy who might be mistaken for being delicate or weak---and this is how those who hate him want to see him. But he isn't, and he repeatedly proves that he is both strong enough to fight for himself and strong enough to trust the people who love him to be at his side.

Speaking of which, there are so many wonderful side characters. I adore Momma Claire, David's mother, and the littler boys---Cody and Elijah---are fun.
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Format: Kindle Edition
**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 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.

This was a well written book.
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Format: Paperback
This book is a guilty pleasure. I don’t know that it’s particularly written well (so! many! exclamation! points! on every! page!) but I could not put it down. Jonathan and David, the YA heroes, go through trials and tribulations of the most dramatic kind. Angst. Tears. Clinging. There’s gay bashing and parental abuse and families and friends that just don’t understand.

The story mainly takes place in 1993 and has that 90s ‘pre-gay’ vibe to it (Ellen only came out in 1997, after all). There’s also a Biblical aspect that works surprisingly well. I am a sucker for gay Christian fiction and am definitely glad to see more. The sexual relationship between David and Jonathan is handled well in an acknowledging, owning, and yet tastefully PG-13 way.

The story seems comprehensive so I’m not sure where the author will take it in the upcoming sequels. So if you get sucked in, there’s more where this came from!

Three stars

- C. E. Case

I was provided this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated, coerced, or flattered into an opinion.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I was fortunate enough to be involved in the beta reading process during The Covenant's creation, which means I was able to immerse myself into the character's psyche and multi-dimensional plot development. Annie's stories always have a bit of an otherworldly feel to them; her writing is contemporary but with a hint of soulfulness that make them timeless.

That many young people are forced to hide their true selves for their own safety is a bitter truth that Phoenix tackles head on. The malevolent reaction to their love is both disturbing and heartbreaking. Jonathan references the depth of emotion found in the Greek concept of agape love when describing his feelings for David. Their love is pure; forged in the fires of prejudice and hate.

The Covenant will strip your bare and then carry you up out of darkness and into the light. It's one of the most powerfully emotional stories I've ever read. Built on a foundation of love, it's the type of story meant to be read more than once because you'll discover something new every time. It isn't for the faint of heart but persevere until to the end and you will walk away with a deeper understanding of compassion, strength and hope.

My OFFICIAL REVIEW written for Carly’s Book Reviews.
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