Title: Favorite Son
Author: Will Freshwater
Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC
Release Date: January 25, 2016
Genre(s): Political Romance, Gay Male Romance
Listening Length: 6 hours and 36 minutes
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.
Always excited to read a political romance, Favorite Son by Will Freshwater did not disappoint. The version that I received from Dreamspinner Press, was the Audio version. Yes I love listening to books, it frees me to do more than one thing. Although I love sitting and reading a good book, laundry, dishes, cleaning and driving sometimes get in the way of my reading. This audiobook was perfect listening pleasure. Thank you Nick Russo for an entertaining narration.
The plot of this story was a juicy political drama where John Wells, chief of staff to Senator, Patrick Donovan and soon to be a presidential candidate, is caught up in the prejudice of being openly gay. Told his resignation is wanted, John life starts to spin out of control. When he learns of the death of his best friend and daughter of Senator Donovan, John falls off the grid to Provincetown, Massachusetts where he has decided to hid out for a while to regroup. Little did he know that he would be captivated by Danny Cavanaugh. The chemistry in this book at first appears to be one sided, but appearances can be deceiving. The pacing of the story is pretty fast with the story taking place over several months. The ending was perfect except regarding John’s ex. As the story progresses, John learns about himself and realizes that there is so much more to life than his career.