The President’s Husband by Michael Murphy

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Release Date: January 29, 2016
Pages: 220  • Published by: Dreamspinner Press  • Format: eARC
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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.

two-stars

I really wanted to read this book based on the title and the blurb. I thought it would be a cool trope, and really good story. This is my first read from this author, and I like the writing style a lot. The execution fell really flat to me. I totally think it should have had a role reversal between the two guys. Honestly, I could never see Gray as anyone’s principle let alone leader of the Free World. He just didn’t have it, and that was the biggest letdown to me. Take away all the annoying whining that David did, and he could have been President. He had the character for it, and the worthwhile to stand up to people. His role wasn’t cut out for him. I didn’t understand his actions at all. I don’t get how he thought everything would be the same after Gray became President. Gay, Straight, Bi, Trans it didn’t matter, being the President is an important job. David was selfish, and sometimes I felt like he had a right to those feelings, but again this wasn’t a teaching job. He didn’t grasp that Gray basically is the most powerful man in the world, and dinner time or sleeping at night wasn’t always going to happen. As much as he wanted Gray to reach out and acknowledge their relationship, I didn’t see him taking any initiative to right them or help. He only complained and got mad.

I couldn’t really tell on how their relationship was previously, but this did not seem like happiness to me. It was no communication between the two. I don’t just blame Gray, I blamed David because he is your husband, if he wasn’t coming to you, go to him! It was irritating just reading about Gray not getting his messages, after the first couple of times I would have laid down the law or something. Something needed to be done about it, and unfortunately I seen the train wreck coming a mile away.

That’s not the biggest issues for me, the biggest issue with the whole entire handling of the National Crisis in this book. I’m not sure what would happen in this case, so I’m going to go off my way. There is not way in H*** I’ll allow my husband to listen to these people without second and third opinions. What happen to the core group of people he trusted in the beginning. I honestly don’t think any President would allow some back door transactions to happen like this to their spouse without them making a bigger fuss then what was presented. At times it didn’t even feel like a marriage between the two. Gray apologizes profusely, and that was tiring in itself. David got mad the entire time, and just blew hot smoke out his mouth. Honestly the way he acted, I would have preferred if all his talking that he did do, to show some actions.

With all that being said, there was no elevation for me with the emotions. It didn’t have any passion, I would not have known they were married or attractive to each other; other than it being stated in the book. It was very one-noted to me, and I am disappointed, it had the potential to be a great story with a nice trope and it fell flat.

About Michael Murphy

I come from a long time of story tellers. My grandmothers both loved reading and read to their children from an early age. One grandmother was fond of romances and the other had a particular love of westerns. These two women were both strong survivors. Both were widowed early with young children still at home. They taught me strength, determination, willingness to work hard, and the love of a good story.

Early in life my mother taught me to watch people and see what they are doing and how they are interacting with one another. After years of following her advice and making up stories about what these people I was watching were thinking, I have a boatload of possible characters running around in my head all wanting to come out and tell their story. Once one of them gets hold of me, their story comes pouring out and I just hang on for the ride while they tell me what to write.

My partner of 31 years live in the middle Atlantic area with our best friend, a throw-away dog we adopted many years ago. He is old but still enjoying life.

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