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.
My Review: 3/5 Stars
Okay so I was a little confused through out the whole book. I was wavering with myself if this should be three or four stars. In the end I decided on three. I did enjoy the book, but not as much as wanted to.
It’s a well written book. A lot of description, it makes you feel like you are right there next to John as he tells his story of basically finding himself after the death of his best friend, because before that he was the perfect Chief of Staff for Patrick Donovan. He knew what he wanted and how to get it. Though his relationship with his boyfriend David suffered. It shows what most people go through when they are committed to their work.
Okay to the part that I was confused with and just plan went WTH just happened. His name, I was really confused because when the story starts off it’s about John Wells, then it’s like he has a split personality then his name is Peter. I understand why Will did it that way, but it was just not for me. And the thing with Paul, their entire encounter confused the heck out of me. Or maybe not. I think they both just used each other to get what they wanted.
Now onto David, that was just… my thing with that is if you are not happy in a relationship, leave, don’t cheat. At some point you have to ask yourself, Am I truly happy with this relationship? If not then, get your stuff and go, but don’t try to find happiness with someone else if you are in a relationship. With that said John had no back bone when it came to their relationship because if someone told me my partner was cheating, some words would be said and they wouldn’t be pretty and we most definitely won’t be getting intimate with each other.
The shining light for me was when John/Peter moved to Proviencetown. It was his way of starting over. He meets new people and it’s like a breath of fresh air. I could have did without the name change again, but it was nice to see him come into his own and find love the right way.
Marry, Date, or Dump?
At one time or another, you may have heard about — or even played — the parlor game “Marry, Date, or Dump?” I’ll concede that it’s more fun to fantasize about supermodels or movie stars with snarky friends over cocktails, but I thought it would be entertaining to describe a few of the characters in Favorite Son by placing them squarely into these categories.
Marry Danny! I can almost hear you chanting his name! Without exception, critics and fans all seem to love the handsome, rugged carpenter who likes to work shirtless — even in the cold. There’s no denying the appeal of all that scruff and muscle, but Danny is a brooder with trust issues. Unless you have some serious psychic abilities, it wouldn’t always be easy to figure out what’s going on inside his beautiful head. There’s also the fact that he self-identifies as straight, although a couple of my more ambitious gay friends see that more as a turn on than an impediment to a meaningful relationship. All things considered, Danny Cavanaugh is definitely a good catch and well worth the effort. Honorable mention: Bryon. He’s cute, funny, and can throw together a fantastic dinner party. Plus, he also happens to have a heart of gold.
Date Eric Sloan! Yes, he can be arrogant and snarky, but he has more money than God and looks smoking hot in a tux. He’s a scion of one of the most influential families in DC, and, as they say, power is a great aphrodisiac. Although he’d probably dump you as soon as someone better came along, it would be fun to date him for a little while and enjoy a couple evenings in his family’s private box at the Kennedy Center. Honorable mention: Max. I’ll admit that this guy seems to have only one thing on his mind (sex). But the category is date, not marry, so I stand by my choice. Although Max isn’t going to win any awards for his sparkling personality, he’s got a rock-hard body and he’s clearly not afraid to use it. Hate the game, not the player.
Dump David! This one was way too easy, right? I know from experience that marriage can be hard — really hard — but David doesn’t even make an effort. He seems much more interested in clothes, books, and evenings on the town with friends than in trying to save his relationship. John makes a fair number of mistakes when it comes to love, but David doesn’t seem to be concerned about anyone but himself. After a night out, he wantonly uses John for sex and then leaves him to sleep alone on the couch. At first I was afraid that the scene would make him seem unredeemable. Ultimately, I realized that was exactly the person I wanted the readers to see. Honorable mention: John Wells. Wait! Say what? John might be the protagonist of the story, but he’s far from the perfect partner. He’s a chronic workaholic who cruises guys in the subway and lies about his past (and his name!) to his new boyfriend. Not to mention the fact that he tends to pick up and disappear without warning. After deciding that was pretty much a lost cause, I decided to just scrap his old life in DC and have him assume a completely new identity as “Peter.”
Romance is defined as “an ardent emotional attachment or involvement between two people,” so it doesn’t really matter whether you want to marry, date, or dump any of the characters in Favorite Son as long as the interaction between them is challenging and engaging.
For a copy of Favorite Son, in honor of Will’s guest post in the comments who would you Marry, Date or Dump from Friends, Celebrities or any books? Ends Jan 23rd.
Will Freshwater was born and raised in a small steel town outside Pittsburgh. He graduated, cum laude, from Boston College and was awarded a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Will has lived and worked in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Tampa. Although he has spent the better part of the last twenty years working as a successful corporate attorney, Will can happily confirm that his true vocation is writing. He currently resides in Morristown, New Jersey with his husband, Stephen, and their golden retriever, Rory. Favorite Son is Will’s debut novel, and he is hard at work on his second novel.