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.
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.