Favorite Son

Favorite Son

by Will Freshwater

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ISBN-13: 9781627987721
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press, LLC
Publication date: 06/23/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)

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Favorite Son 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
kirstyviz More than 1 year ago
Favorite Son is not just a story about politics. Will Freshwater strips away the whole persona of his main character, until he has adopted a new identity entirely. This book addresses some complex issues and Will Freshwater tells the story of a tentatively emerging gay romance. The relationship between Danny and Peter is totally absorbing and the fact that Will Freshwater is able to create such emotion without the use of explicit sex scenes is a testament to his story-telling ability. The man we meet at the beginning of the novel is incomplete; the only surviving twin. John works in politics and when he is asked to step down from his position because of his sexuality, his outlook changes. This betrayal, along with relationship problems and the death of his best friend, sees him arrive in Provincetown, assuming the role of Peter. We watch as Peter leaves John, and the ruthless world of politics synonymous with his old 'self' behind. Instead of being permanently attached to his mobile, he learns to live for himself, enjoying Provincetown and its inhabitants. Peter's journey is not without its obstacles though, but he accepts help in the form of therapy and finds contentment in helping Danny restore the chapel. Will Freshwater's characters are fresh and vibrant and we escape to the tranquil scenery of Provincetown with Peter. Favorite Son is a diversion from the stories I usually read, but Will Freshwater's debut is an impressive one which I know many readers will enjoy.
PaulBerry1 More than 1 year ago
Favorite Son by Will Freshwater!!! John Wells was born into a blue collar family and against all odds facing him he made it. He is the Chief Of Staff to Patrick Donovan a US senator and the president hopeful. John is doing extremely well for himself but then one day he is betrayed by the people he trust most in the world. In one day, everything he has worked so hard for comes crashing down with his career and the end of his marriage. Then the final blow happens and he decides to leave it all behind and assumes a new identity (Peter) and this new name has a heartfelt meaning behind it. While in his new life in a new place, Peter finds himself quite attracted to Danny, a carpenter who has issues with his own past as well. Now they are working together and becoming good friends and falling in love with each other. He finds out that, what sent him running from DC has now completely turned around in his favor and pulls him back to the political world. This treacherous life in DC could very possibly ruin any chances he has at love and a happy life with Danny. This was such a joy to read an M/M novel written by a gay man and written from a gay mans perspective. I truly enjoyed the writing style of Mr. Freshwater and the journey he takes his readers on is simply brilliant. I was so completely impressed with the character of John/Jeff and everything he lost and was still open to finding love again. This is a great political story and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves to read about MM romance, political life, drama, intrigue, betrayal, journey of self discovery and unconditional love!!! "Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review." Reviewed by Paul at Gay Media Reviews
VSims More than 1 year ago
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. 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.