Author: Michael Murphy
Narrator: Randy Fuller
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Story Rating: DNF
Narration Rating: DNF
Overall Rating: DNF
Release Date: 05/24/2016
Length: 07 hours 26 minutes
When an assassin’s bullet strikes his predecessor, Grayson Alexander becomes the first openly gay President of the United States and his husband, David Hammond, becomes the first openly gay First Husband. With their world turned upside down, David relies on his career as a medical school professor and ER doctor to keep him grounded. But his decision to keep working ruffles feathers from day one.
Gray throws himself into learning everything he needs to know to be President, especially a liberal president surrounded by a conservative cabinet and staff. Even though he puts in outrageous hours working and traveling seven days a week month after month, he’s happy. But David has trouble coping with Gray’s new job requirements. He can’t help but feel abandoned by his husband of ten years.
When Gray asks for his help with a public-health crisis, David obliges, but he is furious about what happens once the emergency passes. When they learn that the President’s staff has manipulated them both, they wonder if their relationship can survive the White House.
I apologize to the author but I could not finish this one. It did not work for me. Maybe it is my overly analytical nature, but I had a really hard time with the way the President and his husband were portrayed, the way White house life and security were portrayed, and the way I never connected to Gray or David quickly enough to care about how things turned out.
I personally could not suspend reality to follow the logic on how this story would ever be legit. The security around Gray and David during and after the assassination felt weak, the swearing in felt forced, and the fact that David got away with not acting as the first husband really bothered me. David was petulant and selfish and I just don’t see how things would ever be set up as they were in a political marriage. David blamed Gray for being distant and cold, yet David himself was unsupportive and distant from Gray. Instead of finding a solution, he just whined until he got his way.
Maybe the story got better after I finished listening, but I could not make myself continue on past the first 25%.
This narration was rather bland and there was an echo as if the narrator was in a tin can. There was little to distinguish characters and often I found myself thinking the emotions came across too harsh and abrupt for the situations. Overall, this narration could not hold my interest in light of the issues I had with the story.
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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