Favorite Son by Will Freshwater ~ Audiobook Review by Caroline

22324603Title: Favorite Son

Author: Will Freshwater

Narrator: Nick J Russo

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: TL Bland

Story Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 01/25/2016

Length: 06 hours 36 minutes

Genre: M/M Romance


Born into a blue-collar family, John Wells beat the odds and came out a winner. As chief of staff to Patrick Donovan, a US senator and aspiring presidential candidate, he enjoys all the power and privilege of a DC insider. But while riding high on a wave of success, he’s blindsided by a series of betrayals from the people he trusts the most. In the space of a single day, John’s perfect life unexpectedly unravels when his career falters and his marriage implodes. Following a final, devastating blow, John assumes a new identity as “Peter” and flees to Provincetown, where a tight-knit community of eclectic characters slowly transforms him.

Peter finds himself drawn to Danny Cavanaugh, an enigmatic carpenter who is struggling to come to terms with his own troubled past. As they work together to renovate a local landmark, the two men forge an unlikely friendship that blossoms into love and becomes the foundation for a new life they hope to build together. But when a reversal of fortune pulls John back to DC, the treacherous world of politics he thought he’d left behind threatens to destroy his chance at true happiness.

Story Review:

I have been deliberating for over a day on what I wanted to say in this review. On the one hand the story is solid and the writing beautiful, on the other hand it reminded me of a soap opera with it’s over the top characters poking in and out of each other’s lives. If you are looking for a romance then this isn’t the best stop – this is a story of a man finding out exactly who he is and what he wants when his world crashes down around him.

John Wells was born in the late sixties when sadly his identical twin Peter died – this is important as we move on in the story as Peter is always around albeit through John. He worked hard and played seemingly little as he rose through the ranks and ended up as an aide to a senator devoting all his time to work and very little time to his self or his personal life. It appears the whole world is against him as in the course of a couple of day’s life as he knows it slips from his grasp. He loses his job, his boyfriend, his best friend and his sanity and a rash decision lands him in Provincetown where he will remain for the next six months.

He becomes friends with the most eclectic group of people and overnight he John becomes Peter – there is no mention to anyone he meets about his previous life, at least not until he finally talks to a counsellor who is a member of his new little group. He literally cuts his old life from his memories – it’s as though it never existed and he becomes a more relaxed and completely different person.

He befriends the local carpenter Danny Cavanagh but his luck in love seems to continue in the same vein regardless of whether he is John of Peter when Danny swears he’s straight whilst giving out opposing signals. Danny isn’t straight but he is a man who lives with a certain amount of guilt tied up to the death of parents. It’s a slow process and I found Danny wasn’t easily likeable and perhaps this was where the story stalled for me. I felt nothing from Danny and didn’t feel as though he added anything to the story, I came away knowing little more about him than I did at the start and the majority of their relationship, I presumed, took place off page.

Favorite Son uses words beautifully, it’s a slow paced story of a man finally realising that what he has lost may lead him to what he actually needs. If this kind of story appeals to you then I believe you will enjoy it – personally I needed a bit more pace and a more concrete connection between the two main characters.

Narration Review:

Nick J Russo is always a hit with me. He speaks clearly and always sounds as though he is invested in the narration he is giving.


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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