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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 rufflesWhen 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....

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  • BWT (Belen)
    2019-04-27 02:28

    Audio review here. After the inauguration of a new President is ended minutes later with an assassination, Vice President Grayson Alexander is suddenly made President of the United States, and he and his husband David Hammond are completely unprepared for it. After ten years of happy marriage, the new changes to their status and Gray's new responsibilities begin to quickly take their toll on the couple.Told entirely from medical school professor and ER doctor, David's POV, the story chronicles the ups and (mostly) downs of their first year as President and First Husband.This isn't a political or medical story, and if you're looking for a political, or medical, tale - you should look elsewhere. There are no actual politics at all. The character's jobs are really secondary to the story. This is really about a marriage and what happens when circumstances change and the person you loved doesn't hold up their end of the work.It's a story solely focused on the relationship of the two men, and how the smallest cracks become wide chasms when lies, meddling people, improper communication and too little time spent together, all work against them. I spent most of the time feeling for David, and being thankful that I'm not a politician's spouse. Two details were disappointing to me in the story: the reader never finds out what happened with the assassination, it's just let go entirely, and on a smutty side - though there is some sex, it's not described in detail. I was looking forward to both things and neither panned out.On the whole I enjoyed the story and read through it quickly in one sitting. For those who like a story that focuses more on the relationship than anything else, I would absolutely recommend.Galley copy of The President's Husband provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.This review has been cross-posted at Gay Book Reviews.

  • BWT (Belen)
    2019-05-08 07:23

    4.25 StarsI remember thinking when I first read and reviewed The President's Husband that I would love to listen to it as an audiobook. When it finally came out on audio, narrated by Randy Fuller, I was excited to see how Fuller dealt with the character's emotions and the tension in the story.Because, ultimately, this a story solely focused on the relationship of the two men. How the smallest cracks become wide chasms when lies, meddling people, improper communication and too little time spent together all work against them. I was really happy with the result! Fuller absolutely captures the building tension David feels, to the rage that bubbles over when he's betrayed by the person who should always have his back, to the forgiveness and reconciliation of lovers who have spent a decade together.Yes, there are points of the story that I felt could have been explored more, but Murphy writes these two flawed men wonderfully. He brings a depth to David and Gray that I really enjoyed and was absolutely engrossed in their story. Fuller manages to capture all the emotion, joy, passion, and pain and made this a very easy listen.Bottom line: I really enjoyed the narration! If you're looking for a story that focuses more on the relationship than anything else, I would absolutely recommend.Audio copy of The President's Husband provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.This review has been cross-posted at Gay Book Reviews.

  • Gigi
    2019-05-12 05:45

    GR friends didn't enjoy this one. I'm going to pass, for now.

  • Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥
    2019-05-15 08:47

    Review at Ohmyshelves Blog on release day! 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.

  • Molli B.
    2019-04-27 03:48

    I absolutely love the premise of this novel. I'm not super-interested in deep political discussions, but there's a ton of potential in this idea, and I would have happily read some necessary political stuff if the payoff was a good look at what the life and trials of the First Gentleman might be like.Unfortunately, this novel had so many flaws that I'm honestly not sure how to write this review.* Wooden writing. No rhythm or melody. Lots of tedious—often word-for-word—repetition of ideas and dialogue. Pointless dialogue tags. We're told things in narrative that we could have figured out on our own. And there are statements like "David's emphatic reaction seemed to catch Gray by surprise" without telling us anything about what Gray actually does to make David think that.* Long passages of dialogue with no physical actions, no descriptions of what the characters were doing or their facial expressions. * Odd lack of detail throughout the novel. For example, almost none of the characters (aside from David and Gray) had names. They were just "the agent," "the man," "the pilot." David spends a considerable amount of time with his Secret Service agents, one of whom he likes a lot and then has a pretty intense experience with, and we're never told the guy's name. It was very distancing, and it made it tough for me to get into the story (or care).* The sex (what little there was—it was almost all entirely glossed) had no steam. It was filled with unsexy wording like "elongated member," "grabbing his nipples and gently twisting them," "with their mating moving along quickly," "surprised to feel his dick get hard again so soon after his last ejaculation." And there was a lot of random dirty talk that didn't fit with anything at all. Awkward.* There was no sense of anything being realistic. On a whim, David knocks down a wall in a room to build a home gym after just having complained they didn't have the money to buy nice gym equipment. He's allowed to modify the White House like that with no discussion? And almost nothing about the national crisis they dealt with rang true. What great potential for excitement, but I don't know if any of it would have gone down as it did in the novel. Artistic license? I'm a big believer. But attempting to portray something in a believable manor? I don't think that happened here.* There are no descriptions of anything. I'm the first person to be bored by tedious descriptions, but this book had none. I don't know what the author was concerned about happening if he described stuff or gave details, but it just came across like he didn't have any imagination and wasn't interested in creating a scene for the reader to visualize in his or her mind (or like this was published before he could add that stuff in). There was also no political anything, which left the story entirely one dimensional—just David and his woes about Gray being too busy for him.* There are a couple of big scenes in which David goes way over the top with the dramatics—and all, I think, just for the sake of tension and drama. I don't know if I'd use the word contrived, but forced would be appropriate. I really liked David through a good part of the book, but during those dramatics, and a lot of subsequent scenes, he acts like an insolent teenager, and it was hard to dredge up sympathy or interest. And his complaints started to wear on me after awhile, as well as feel irrational. He was a smart man, but he had some illogical ideals and notions about living in the White House and being the First Gentleman.* Gray is completely one dimensional. We learned almost nothing about him. In the end, he has behaved as we would expect an MC in a romance novel to have behaved in his situation, nothing less, nothing more, completely predictable.* Does neither of them have any family? Never once does David mention his family, and there are some scenes in which he definitely should have.* There are POV slips into what reads like Gray's POV or omniscient POV—things David shouldn't know.* One of my biggest pet peeves, the chapter titles are spoilerish. I don't know who lets authors do that, but why? Why tell what's coming? * ETA: And perhaps most disappointingly, now that I've had some time to think about it, aside from some institutionalized (and blatant) homophobia from inside Gray's own staff, the book fails to look at, fails to explore on any level, what it might mean to the nation, or any individuals, to have a gay commander in chief. :\ (view spoiler)[And what very little we are given of public opinion (from an unreliable character, though) is that people don't want the president's gayness shoved in their faces by having to see him with his husband. Yeah, the character sharing that opinion is not to be trusted, but what a shitty view to leave with the reader. (hide spoiler)]I did like that David's anger was eventually two-faceted, even though it doesn't really come up in his narrative until he brings it up during a conversation with Gray, which kind of dampens its effectiveness. And just because of their situation (them growing apart), I did get a little teary at times, kind of shockingly.So very much potential for this storyline, and very little of it came to fruition. This read much like a very detailed final outline/early draft for a novel—all of the author's ideas, what he intended to convey, with bits of dialogue thrown in, but none of the details that you need to round out a novel or make it realistic or interesting or engaging. Even the weird chapter titles read like notes the author made to himself about each chapter. While the actual mechanics were okay (commas in the right places, no misused semicolons, no missing words that I picked up on), there was no editing done beyond that; a good substantive editor could have done this novel a world of good. This was a very strange reading experience.

  • Serena Yates
    2019-05-24 03:26

    'The President's Husband' is set in the near future and starts with a bang - no less than the assassination of a just-elected president of the United States. It doesn’t let up as the consequences of that heinous act on the vice president, Gray, and his husband, David, dawn on them in the aftermath of a terrorist attack. Different from what you might expect, this novel does not look at the political consequences, nor the hunt for the perpetrator. There is some initial scrambling as Gray, totally unprepared to be president, figures out what to do and how to deal with a situation he never wanted. Gray being who he is, he quickly finds his feet, and David supports him but doesn’t get involved.What happens over the weeks and months that follow is nothing less than the slow and painful disintegration of a marriage as Gray and David’s partnership buckles under the pressure of living in the White House, Gray’s workaholic tendencies, and David’s unwillingness to give up his life and his job as a medical doctor. The tension is high at all times, and I was glued to the pages as the situation goes from bad to worse. David never stops loving Gray, despite what he goes through, but that love is very clearly not enough in their case. In fact it only makes everything worse, and not even small interludes of seeming recovery like their first international trip for a state visit to the United Kingdom can stop the disaster from unfolding.David is the one who tells the story, and his perspective of things pulled me in from the very beginning. Anyone going for elected office has my condolences. In that respect, I was able to empathize completely with David. He is simply not interested in politics but wholeheartedly supports Gray’s need to make the world a better place. I admired him for his patience as he watches Gray overworking himself, and they stop eating together, then hardly even share a bed any longer. David keeps trying, but when he jumps in to help with an outbreak that threatens the nation and Gray breaks his trust in a spectacularly mind-boggling way, David reaches the end of his epic patience. He has to protect himself from further pain, and he can no longer believe a word Gray says. Even then he remains comparatively calm and rational, and that may be the only reason the door to a shared future with Gray, while being tightly closed for the moment, at least remains unlocked.This novel floored me. The characters of Gray and David, as well as their relationship, are complex, multi-layered and fascinating. The secondary characters, both supporters and adversaries, are believable and so utterly real I was ready to strangle more than one of them. The plot is deceivingly simple, with David and Gray facing enormous pressure to the point where their marriage threatens to break, but the devil, as they say, is in the detail. In fact it is in the way David deals with the situation as much as in the actual events that cause both men such heartache. I have rarely doubted the possibility of a happy ending as much as in this case!If you like character-driven stories, if an established relationship facing the challenge of a lifetime is your thing, and if you’re looking for a read that is a psychological thriller of outstanding quality and depth, then you will probably like this novel as much as I did. It’s going straight on the reread pile because I am sure I missed some of the well-designed details in my first rush to find out what’s next. ‘The President’s Husband’, for me, is one of those books that will only get better with each reading. Brilliant!NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  • Rick
    2019-05-13 08:37

    Well this book was not as bad as many of the reviews made it out to be. However there were a great many things definitely wrong with the book.It started out well enough and I was liking the characters, then at one point the reader (in my opinion) could definitely see the writing on the wall.At another point it became very exciting, stressful and suspenseful. From there my anger grew with one of the characters Anger and angst. And from that point it was a continual rerun of the same arguments over and over again.Then things changed far too quickly for what had past and the next page the frigging book ended!! Talk about fuming mad, I was fuming and groaning at how horribly quickly the book was tied up. There could have been much much more interaction with sideline characters that were mentioned yet barely seen. I'd like to say give it a try but.... on the other hand decide for yourself.

  • Lila Hunter
    2019-04-30 09:38

    The President’s Husband is a remarkable read. If you’re looking for a political thriller, a steamy romance, or a drama, this is not it. This story is solely about the relationship between the newly appointed President of the United States and his husband of ten years.We get to meet David and Gray during the Presidential Inauguration. The author gave us a hint of their relationship and how comfortable they are with each other. After ten years of marriage, they knew each other well and respected their individual careers and their dedication to them.David and Gray have a great chemistry that it’s easy to feel during the entire story, even when they weren’t together. They have an active sex life, which the reader gets to hear more about than actually be witness to, but it works with the focus on their marriage. The on-page sex isn’t there to arouse the reader but to complement the couple’s relationship.The political discussions are minimal since we only get David’s POV. There’s enough to set the stage for the book, but mostly, everything seems separate from the main plot. Yes, politics kept them apart, but the policies and procedures aren’t the main reason for it.I think they are more medical references and information in the story than politics. The medical crisis David helps Gray with is the main point of content between them. There are a lot of details about what happens during this time, and some parts may be a little monotonous.There’s a lot of drama involve in this novel, and David takes the center stage. We pass a significant amount of time in his head, making it difficult to get to know Gray. In reality, David is the main character and Gray is just his husband. We don’t get to see the antagonist doing his bidding, just mentions of him. It isn’t until the climax that we get to see the extent of his involvement.Read complete review at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words.ARC provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest review.

  • Claire Potterton
    2019-05-19 10:52

    Disclaimer: I do not understand much about politics, U.S or any other, therefore the technical aspects of this book were fascinating and engaging, but I am in no position to even speculate as to the accuracy of events/attitudes etc.I'm not usually a fan of established relationships, but the blurb for this book intrigued me, and I am so pleased I got to read it. You know how sometimes a story can really dig in and take hold? This was one of those for me.The strength of emotion here is incredibly powerful - the distrust, the disappointment, and at some points I would go as far as to say the hate between David and Gray is heartbreaking; but the depth of the love they share is ultimately so much stronger. This is not your typical romance, but it is a passionate, attention grabbing story. My feelings for both MCs went up and down like yoyos throughout this book, leaving me in need of a stiff drink at times! Engaging, emotional, infuriating and incredibly enjoyable. This book was quite a journey....but a wonderful one!Reviewed for divinemagazine.net

  • Leisha
    2019-05-23 06:33

    Rating overviewWriting: ★(★)Story: ★Characters: ★(★)Overall: ★ (1.33)~~~I haven't been this glad about finally having finished a book in quite some time... I really did not like it and I'm somewhat upset about that because the premise was fantastic; a story told from the perspective of the first 'first gentlemen' of the United States. David's husband unexpectedly becomes president following the assassination of the man he was supposed to act as a vice president for. Moreover, he is presented with a full staff he didn't select who aren't necessarily completely okay with this situation. This is the story of the year that follows.Sounds great, yes? At least I thought so but this turned out to be a 1-star read for me. I briefly entertained 2 stars for the excellent premise but that isn't enough.The writing was close to terrible. Whilst being quite accessible, it was incredibly repetitive. Things were reiterated four or five times within the same dialogue, supposedly to stress a point, however, this never quite worked and was just mostly annoying. I agree with another reviewer that the book was 95% telling and 5% showing - in essence, the same content could be condensed onto 50 pages and the book would have been much better for it.The story was simply a massive let-down. It is rather simplistic and, like I said, would probably have been better suited for a short story. One thing that really really really annoyed me the most were the aspects that were introduced purely for dramatic effect but made no sense whatsoever.1. The current US president earns 400k $ a year. I'm not saying he doesn't deserve it or doesn't work for it. He's not the richest man on the planet either but all the financial tightness talk just struck me as a bit ridiculous.2. The White House has had a workout room for several years, I just can't imagine that ever being such a big deal.3. How much a president works is largely up to the them, but according to this and this article it's not anywhere near the situation described in the book.4. I highly doubt that any carefully selected chief of staff, however mean-spirited, would ever act as the one in this story, just seems too risky to me.5. It's difficult to find parking the White House? Seriously?All this took me 5 minutes to research...I know this is fiction and I'm really not the accuracy police but, if you take a very real setting, it's gotta be presented at least somewhat believable. This could have been so much stronger without the extra fuss.In terms of the characters: I would hate to have a president who has no spine and is completely clueless. I also wonder how he ever got the vice presidential gig in the first place. The only thing I liked about either of the two main characters (there really wasn't much in terms of side characters at all) was that David was at least somewhat consequent in his actions.I could go on and on but I'm gonna stop here - this isn't an author I'm gonna be likely to pick up again, sorry.

  • The Novel Approach Reviews
    2019-05-11 09:29

    Michael Murphy is a new to me author, and while I enjoyed this story, I had some issues with it in general. The writing itself wasn’t bad, a bit long on telling instead of showing the action, but it was smooth and easy to read. It was the characters themselves I took issue with. Some suspension of disbelief must be had in reading fiction, but the lack of the reliable characterization of the two MCs wasn’t enough for me to completely enjoy the story.Grey Alexander is in his forties and is a career politician, and David Hammond is a decorated teaching doctor at a major university. Both men seem to be onboard with one another as to their aspirations. And then their lives change with the assassination of the newly inaugurated President and his wife.Unfortunately, it wasn’t the politics that was the problem here. The political issues, and many other details, were glossed over in the story of David and Grey’s relationship, and how it was changed by one terrorist act—which, by the way, was never resolved properly, in my opinion.I liked David and Grey from their introduction, only to then quickly change my mind when they turned on one another almost immediately. They soon became combatants in the most important House in the country…and no one noticed. Not Grey, not the staff (who just went about their business in spite of the atmosphere in the House), not even the media made an appearance. Only David seemed to be in the know, and instead of talking about it, he simpered in his room and pouted. Not quite the actions of a loving, long-term couple, but I kept reading in hopes of the two men eventually working things out in a satisfactory way. It didn’t happen quite like that, and many unresolved issued remained unaddressed through the rest of the story.David and Grey felt completely out of character to me, and it threw me for the entire story. They were supposed to be a middle-aged, professional, long term married couple. A supposed career politician, Grey was completely unprepared to assume his new role. He had very little idea of his responsibilities, but he was a political animal.David was much the same; completely unwilling to even try to compromise in their new circumstances, but he had supposedly been on board with Grey’s political aspirations the entire road to the White House. Once installed on Pennsylvania Avenue, David fought the staff and Secret Service over the changes to his lifestyle, even when they tried to help him. He completely rejected any and all suggestions for his physical protection.Much of the strife is caused by the antagonist, who’s role is, once again, glossed over because David and Grey can’t stop fighting long enough to work together against the person.A year of manipulations and fighting between them finally takes its toll on Grey and David’s relationship, but it is suddenly, and in a short space of time, resolved by a bit of distance between the two men, and some kinky sex talk. Don’t get me wrong, I am glad they resolved their issues, I just wish it hadn’t been at the sacrifice of the storyline.Reviewed by Angel for The Novel Approach Reviewshttp://www.thenovelapproachreviews.co...

  • Becky Condit
    2019-05-09 03:44

    Being the first gay president is not the only first covered in this book. The story is told from the POV of the First Husband and he has a career, which he loves and plans to continue working. The previous president, who was conservative, chose Grey as his running mate because he drew the liberal votes. When an assassin strikes during the procession after the swearing-in ceremony, Grey becomes president, a job he never expected to have.Grey's husband, Dr. David Hammond, has no intention of abandoning his career as a professor of medicine and practicing ER doctor. That's just one hurdle the White House staff Grey has inherited have to deal with. The president's staff, who were already hand-picked by the man who was assassinated, are not all welcoming and supportive of a gay couple. Everyone seems to be gritting their teeth and trying to make things work, but little things tip the reader off that all is not as it seems.Grey is called away for presidential business at all hours of the day and night. He's working 16 hours a day, sometimes longer, and has no time for his husband of 10 years. David tries to be understanding. After all, it's an important job and Grey loves politics, but the demands on Grey's time are escalating rather than becoming an acceptable routine.When a terrifying health crisis occurs, David is called into the Situation Room to advise the president and his Cabinet. Things spiral out of control and David tries to do the right thing but finds himself in dreadful circumstances that he cannot control or escape. David knows exactly who is to blame, but he is left to vent all of his anger at his husband, and their marriage begins to crumble.This is an exciting book, full of angst and a problem that may not have a tolerable solution. The ending is a satisfying HEA, but getting there is difficult and quite a thrilling story to read. Is there romance? I'll just say, pay attention, because the whispered dirty talk between the president and his husband is hot and there is no doubt who tops in this marriage! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and look forward to more stories by Michael Murphy.

  • CrabbyPatty
    2019-05-17 08:32

    Read this as part of the Dreamspinner Press Year Nine Bundle. Full review to come shortly as part of the overall review of the bundle.

  • Susan
    2019-05-17 06:43

    An intense and emotional romanceWow....This book blew me away with its intense and very emotional storyline. Gray was only supposed to be vice president but tragedy happened and suddenly he is President of the United States. David is doctor and teacher of medicine as well as being Gray's husband. He loves his politician husband and is proud when he is sworn into office. The story is told from David's perspective and portrays his thoughts and feelings on being "first husband". An emotional roller coaster ride that captivated me from beginning to end. I highly recommend this book. M/M romance

  • Buda
    2019-05-24 03:43

    Awful. 90% telling, 5% showing. David is a shrew. Gray is ball-less. No one else is named, no matter how often they appear (secret service agents, the WH chief of staff, etc). Dialogue is repetitive and repeated. Descriptions are noticeably lacking. Did I mention it's repetitive? Because it's really repetitive. Like dialogue is repeated over and over and over and over again. I skimmed the last 30% because I couldn't have cared less. Oh, and David just took it upon himself to knock down a wall in THE WHITE HOUSE without going through acres of red tape? Not bloody likely. I'm disappointed. Great concept, horrible execution.

  • Elaine
    2019-05-20 08:35

    This is the first book I have read by this author, I enjoyed this book very much. The Main Characters: David, I loved him, fighting to save his marriage from forces who want's him out of the way. Gray, The President new to the game of politics, eager to learn, but losing the man he loves. A good story; with a good plot, and strong characters, also well written.

  • Tammy
    2019-05-01 08:24

    This is a new to me author that I will read again.This story is more about the effect of the presidency on David and Grayson's marriage. How they work at the marriage and it's work! For me the storyline was just ok and a little unbelievable at times. Overall I enjoyed it!

  • Carol
    2019-05-09 04:45

    New author for meA little different than what I usually read but well put together. I would recommend this book to suitable family and friends.

  • VVivacious
    2019-05-21 03:50

    If you like established-couple romances you will enjoy this one.I really liked the book. It has the right mix of characters, plot and dialogue. Overall it was the blurb that really caught my attention. I mean the story is just so unique that I am pretty sure a lot of interests were piqued.Overall I loved David, he was just so awesome. I loved his take-charge attitude and his upbeat personality and I loved the fact that he did in fact stick it out when the going got tough and tougher. Being in David's head actually gave this story a really nice perspective. While Gray was away being President we don't get to see a lot of Gray and David, but whatever you do see makes you believe that they have got something special and worth fighting for between them. A lot of people don't like established couples' romance since you don't get that moment of first falling in love and that can kind of hamper your understanding of the couple. But personally for me these two managed to leave a sizeable impression of the relationship they share in the first chapter itself. So I for one didn't at any point not understand these two.I liked the plot when things start happening and I liked the way the story is framed in a waxing-waning course. It's not a straight downfall towards the edge of the cliff, it's more of a three steps forward, two steps backward kind of approach, which gave the book a realistic feel. On the whole I liked where this story took me.The content of the book is very dialogue heavy. I don't know if I liked this or not. I loved the dialogue as such because it gives you great insight into the characters, and I liked their banter and conversations when they are happening but to a great extent the dialogues these two shared were paragraphs and I find it hard to believe that someone can speak for so long without the other person putting in his two cents. Because generally when you are fighting or giving someone bad news the dialogues are sharp and just a sentence long till one of the participants snaps at the other to make them shut up so they can say their piece and often that is not very long either. Generally when people in real life speak in paragraphs they tend to digress a lot from the topic with which they began, it happens and unless someone's prepared to speak on a particular topic it is hard to stay the course in casual conversation, so I could really not swallow David and Gray's conversations where they each spoke in paragraphs. But I do believe that the conversations as such kept the book structured and on track, and it did give us glimpses into these characters. The major problems in this book are things that didn't get mentioned like the assassination of the President, I mean considering the precedent historically, it makes no sense to not even mention the circumstances which led to the assassination and how they would affect Gray's tenure as President. Also what about family, I am pretty sure when people stay in the White House even their most distant relations find a way to try to finagle an invite and all throughout the book we hear about no parents, or siblings, or nieces and nephews, well we don't even get to hear about friends so much but atleast you get the feel that they exist unlike the parents of these two.Overall if you just take the book in its flow its awesome but if you start thinking about stuff, because this book had me invariably thinking of JFK's assassination, you will really start to see the loopholes. So I suggest enjoy the book for the romance it is and not for the politics that you would expect.

  • MorganSkye
    2019-05-26 02:32

    The blurb really does a good job of setting the scene. The President is assassinated ad the VP is forced to move into his job, when, in reality, he NEVER figured on being President. Gray is young and relatively new to politics. He’s quite liberal and hasn’t done a lot of the long haul grind on the Hill. When he signed up to be the liberal counterpart to his conservative running mate, he never figured it would mean that he’d have to run the nation one day.The President is killed on Inauguration Day! So Gray has no time to learn the ropes. He and David, his husband, are pulled into the tide of an urgent country in crisis and it sweeps them away for the first several weeks and then into months.David never signed on for the job of Political “Wife”. He’s a professor and an MD and he has no intention of giving that up.At first things are hectic but reasonable, then things go wacky and David and Gray are divided both physically and emotionally.Eventually something’s got to give and David makes the call to seek separate housing until things settle down.Will that be the end of their relationship or the wake-up call Gray needs?**I was very excited for this book. I love the idea of the gender switch in the roles of the “First Spouse” and thought that there is so much possibility in a story like this.Let me start by saying the writing was good, the characters were well developed and the basic story arc was sound.Things I loved: Gray was a total bottom and unashamed and it was never an issue at all! David stands up to one of his handlers and explains just why an MD can’t just “resign for 4 years” and expect to jump back into his career. Things that didn’t work for me: The “evil” plot to keep Gray and David separated. If Gray is supposedly smart enough to be VP/President of the US – I have a hard time swallowing that he just let all his “staff” – who the conservative President put in place – run his life without once looking back and asking his HUSBAND OF 10 YEARS for his opinion. It bugged me that the only interaction the two MCs had was to either have sex or fight. Two intelligent 30-40 year old men would talk and discuss the stress and address the emotional issues – at least once or twice in the year that this book covers – and I didn’t see them even attempting to manage the crisis til it had exploded.I think Gray was too weak to be believable. The “evil” staffers were too villainous to be believable and the entire virus thing was over the top. I also think that David’s role would have been discussed before Gray signed up for VP because even the VP’s spouse has duties and once Gray was made President I don’t think David would have even been allowed to work or do all the stuff he did – simply as a security risk. So that part I never bought into. I think there are some very interesting issues raised by this book, however. I do think that the idea that a spouse gives up everything once their partner is in office is interesting and when that role is a man, it becomes even more interesting as a “conundrum” because we’ve no experience with that. I’m not sure, however, that the role – not the gender- does seem to preclude any realistic work outside of the office.In any case, it was an interesting, well-written book with some plot issues that I had a hard time reconciling – but if Politics is your thing I’d recommend this book.

  • Chris Jeffreys
    2019-05-06 07:43

    Gray Alexander is the Vice President who has the duties of president thrust upon his when the president is assassinated just moments after the inauguration. Gray has a husband of ten years named David, who is an accomplished physician and teacher. When Gray takes office, the job of being president overwhelms their relationship, and Gray becomes a terrible husband who leaves David to fend for himself in every aspect of life. (I really felt bad for David because it appeared that Gray was intentionally avoiding their marriage to be president.). It ends up that Gray kept the former president's conservative chief of staff, Marty, who was intentionally driving a wedge between the president and his husband. He is a homophobic piece of shit who needed to be destroyed, but Gray was too much of a wimp to do it for the majority of the book. It is only when another man shows David some attention that President Gray gets jealous and finally decides to act like a husband. But that jealousy is short lived and things return to being bad in short order. Then. . . . there is a medical emergency involving a contagious situation on an international plane flight, and the joint chiefs believe that David should be one of the first responders. David assesses the situation and then wants to return to the White House, but he is going to be held in an isolated quarantine in the middle of no where for 21 days (even though quarantine is not necessary). And the gutless wonder of a president, is so fearful that he lets his husband remain stranded. (Note to self -- I hope that if there is ever a gay president, he will not be a gutless wonder like the one portrayed in this book. If you want to read a good book about a president who happens to be gay, I recommend that you avoid this book and read John Simpson's "Condor" series. That's a five star series.)After reading everything that David had to endure, I can tell you that I would never forgive or forget, and I would make it my life's work to destroy the person who put me in such a terrible situation. Divorce would not be enough -- crippling his political career would seem to be the appropriate response. Well, David moves out of the White House so he can regain some type of personal self-worth. And then the wimp of a president comes begging for David to return. And good for David that he initially had the inner strength to say "no" -- he wants his husband to woo him and fall in love again. They date for what seems like a few months, and finally David moves back into the White House. All is forgiven and the world is again perfect . . . Blah. It wasn't a terrible book, but there are many better books on the first gay president and his husband. I was disappointed by the book since the trailer Looked so promising. I probably would by-pass any sequel here. Overall, three generous stars for this book and that is simply because I gave read other work by this author and I know he us better than this book.

  • Love Bytes Reviews
    2019-04-28 04:33

    3.5 Heart Review by AmberHmmm….ok, I really enjoyed the first like 30% of this story. So much so that I found it hard to put down. Then it started getting super repetitive. I mean it was the same argument over and over and over…like 3 or 4 times. And it wouldn’t be so mad if it was just a mention of an annoyance but these were long drawn out conversations of essentially the same thing over and over again. And while I totally sympathized with David and totally understood his frustrations he was damn whiny. I do however like this author and overall I did like the book aside from the repetition it was enjoyable and held a topic I very rarely read about, politics.David and Gray have been married for 10 years. A widely successful couple; David a doctor and Gray a Politician, watch their lives change drastically when Gray is placed in the Presidential role after the current President is assassinated. Not prepared to be the President Gray throws himself into the role, giving 110% of his time while continually neglecting his husband.David, understandably gets fed up and leaves Gray to his job and to figure out his priorities. Along the way Gray continues to listen to advisors who do not have his best interest at heart and vie to keep Gray and David separated.This leads to emotional tug o’ war and understandable hurt feelings on both parts. Like I mentioned there’s lots of repetition in the story but the writing is good and the author was able to take a subject like politics and make it interesting for me.I didn’t hate this story but I didn’t love it either…it was good and a little different.This book was provided free in exchange for a fair and honest review for Love Bytes. Go there to check out other reviews, author interviews, and all those awesome giveaways. Click below.

  • Kittykills
    2019-05-02 03:40

    initially I thought wow this could be a new author for me, deja vu struck and I swear it was john Simpson wrote something similarOMF REALLY!!!! MY LENGTHY REVIEW IS CUT.I will keep it simple then this book sucks the ending is horrible the characters are whining and weak it the author needs to work on his scenes not that I'm really needing a lot of description but these reminded me of old Harlequin romance where the bedroom door is shut way too bland. I just discovered the talking type there were several scenes that stuck out we're at the apartment and they were eating it seems like I've read that where one made soup and took down to the Secret Service and then at Camp David where he slipped and fell there was another one a deja vu moment and in the one book that this story reminds me of there was a young Marine trying to assassinate somebody that was a much better book than this one by the way the fight with the chief of staff that the POTUS overheard that's reminiscent of another book that I had read all in all it killed a few hours for me and I'm not certain about ever bother to read something mr Murphy has written it was it started out as exciting I was thinking it's going to be good but sadly as a story drum. On and on it was like I'm just going to finish it everyone has been warned if they read these reviews

  • Joyfully Jay
    2019-05-14 08:39

    A Joyfully Jay review. 2 starsLet me preface this whole review with this simple comment: I utterly, completely, unquestionably, and relentlessly loathed the David Hammond character. On-page, he is manipulative, emotionally abusive, utterly selfish, displays sheer odious behavior, and is prone to monstrous tantrums for even the smallest of requests or perceived slights. (I will grudgingly grant this: the scale of a small request when one is the spouse of the President is a bit different than for the average Joe.)In short, this, the title character, absolutely ruined the entire story for me. To add insult to injury, the writing does nothing to improve the book—which I will expound upon at the end. To start with, allow me to give you a few snippets of just what kind of character David Hammond is.First up, David’s thoughts on being present at a private dinner intended to secure trustworthy advisors for Gray.Read Camille’s review in its entirety here.

  • Monika
    2019-05-06 05:41

    In lieu of writing reviews – I’m taking an extended break – I decided to leave this list showing the reasons for the stars I’ve given to the stories I’ve read. 5 Stars – Given to stories that had me falling in love with the characters, had me so engaged in the plot I couldn’t put the book down and stories that either made me cry buckets and/or laugh until I cried. 4 Stars– Given to stories that I REALLY enjoyed reading but had me wishing for just a bit more. 3 Stars – Given to stories that I thought were worth the read but they didn’t knock my socks off.2 Stars – Given to stories that didn’t work for me. I couldn’t connect to the MCs or feel any sort of connection between them. I couldn’t follow the plot or there wasn’t a plot. Every so often one of these stories just needs work to fix what went wrong but mostly 2 star reads are stories that leave me wondering why I kept reading until the end.1 Star - I RARELY give out 1 Star so when I do it means the story was a complete train wreck. I know what I may love another reader may wonder what the hell I was thinking and vise versa but I’m okay with that!

  • Bbybear
    2019-05-17 03:37

    This is seriously one of the worse ebooks I have ever read. Not because the writing itself was so terrible or the characters. I've read worse on those fronts. This book was terrible because of the plot, because of the relationship of the characters from the very start was already at zero, and then proceed, by the middle of the book, to drop down to -1000000. I feel like the writer must have been going through a bad relationship when writing this and felt like dumping all the drama directly into this book. There was no point in this book in which there was a likable, viable relationship that anyone could root fore or care about whatsoever. To summarize, there would have been literally no ending to this book that could have saved it. I was literally rooting for the President's Husband to divorce the President and walk off into the Sunset. That was the "happy ending" I envisioned for this book. That should tell you how bad it was.I am only writing this review to beg you to spend your money elsewhere. Do not waste a single minute of your time of this. I wish I could get a refund on the last couple hours of my life.

  • Crystal Marie
    2019-04-30 03:38

    The President’s Husband by Michael Murphy is an adorably predictable book about the trials and tribulations that a sudden presidency has on the marriage of Grayson Alexander and David Hammond. Grayson “Gray” Alexander is the first openly gay president and not everyone is pleased. While Gray adjusts to his new role, his marriage suffers and one too many sacrifices are asked of David. They have to decide together if their relationship is worth fighting for, but togetherness is difficult to come by.The President’s Husband had all the elements you would expect of a book in this genre – characters with just enough flaws to make them relatable, a tried and true story arc, and sympathy-arousing conflicts. However, not every author in the genre writes with the skill to keep readers invested. Murphy does. The author had me rooting for these characters from page one. I would recommend this book for anyone who wants a light, fun read to take them away from the real world for a while.Reviewed by Liz Cat for Crystal’s Many Reviewers*Copy provided for review*

  • Dragonpoetikfly BlackHippyPoet310 Poetry
    2019-04-25 06:27

    Wow! I've never been so excited and so angry at the same time reading. I couldn't have been David first off. His husband did the most awful thing you can do with a spouse or committed lover. I couldn't haven't forgotten what Gray did to me and took him back after that disrespectful crap he pulled on him. I guess being a woman dealing with a man of power is different than a man whose a spouse. I couldn't do it, I'd have to leave Gray for good. I couldn't sacrifice and lose my career or Independence just to conform to my significant others superiority complex manipulated by others. Idhtt for that. All in all I'm glad David left, and Gray got his shit together. The story went on and on about the separation, the failing marriage, and the disrespect of a union. I liked the story, but I just wanted it to end tbh. Maybe if you would've thrown in the kinky sex scene after months of celibacy and restraint, I would've never lost interest till the end. But to be a m/m romance it was good!

  • Cee Brown
    2019-05-22 03:41

    Total 5 star all the way. Political drama is a complete rush for me. Fiction means not getting it all right or keeping to reality. Gray and David were thrust into the unknown when by a stray bullet he became the President of the free nation...his stint as VP being 3 hours long. This book explored just how our job can affect our relationship and how we all must be invested in order to come out on the other side. There was a lot of twist and turns and backstabbing. So enjoyable I read it in one sitting.Gray as President made me clench my teeth at time but I soon realized this was his dream and he got caught up in all of it. David the doctor stood up for himself throughout the book, yet I wished he had gotten more aggressive with what he wanted and not waited until too late.It all turned out HEA in the end. I can go on and on...and yes, sex happened people. In all the right places.

  • Secretobcession
    2019-05-19 08:46

    3.5-4 Stars. While I loved the premise and the characters, something went wonky along the way. I hate reviews that pretty much tell you the whole book in summation, so I will try to leave the spoilers out. The book did keep my interest and I'll admit a few tears leaked out of my eyes, much to my surprise. O.O I felt compelled to keep reading until I reached the end though, it kept a tight hold on my interest.I was glad that the Author left the politics out of what could have been a political book. What I did not care for was the repetitiveness argument scenes between the MC's. Granted, the First Man, had valid reasons for his hurt & anger. But, he couldn't seem to move forward in his arguments, repeating the same things over & over & over & over & over. Ok, we get it...move along. Next! IMO it was a little unbelievable that the man who was US President, was also so very naive about the men he worked so closely with.