When USAF Colonel Chad Ryan accepts a new job on the White House staff he is soon making friends with the First Family – and with charismatic and troubled President Douglas Ford Kearney himself. They have scarcely begun to explore their feelings for one another, however, when it becomes apparent that their relationship is under threat from enemies both within and without. As world events look certain to drive them apart, can Chad and Doug find a way of holding on to their happiness – and can there be any chance of a future for them together?
Imaginist and purveyor of tall tales Adam Fitzroy is a UK resident who has been successfully spinning male-male romances either part-time or full-time since the 1980s, and has a particular interest in examining the conflicting demands of love and duty.
USAF Colonel Charles Ryan first gains the President’s attention when he takes an assassin’s bullet which was intended for the Chief Executive himself. The Colonel, commonly referred to as Chad, is offered a position on the White House staff as the President’s personal assistant. Chad is a gay man in his forties, and although he is open about his sexual orientation, he vows to not allow it to become a factor which would interfere with the performance of his duties.
President Doug Kearney is fifty-seven years old and is married, the father of a teenage daughter. He is fit and youthful in his demeanor and appearance, and Chad soon realizes that he’s unable to deny the attraction he feels towards his new boss. The two connect and rather quickly form a bond, and this bond strengthens as they share a daily private swimming session at the White House pool.
Eventually it becomes apparent to Chad that the feelings he has for the President are reciprocal. It is during a late evening swim that the President makes his first move, and the two become intimate with one another. By this time Chad has already developed a fondness for the President’s wife and daughter.
Somehow the couple must find a way to maintain their relationship with one another in a manner which is discreet yet meaningful. This is no small task, being that the presidency is not a position which affords one any degree of privacy. Soon the White House staff, including the Vice President and First Lady, know about the President’s homosexual relationship. Ultimately it could have a catastrophic effect upon the President’s bid for reelection, not to mention the stability of his own family.
Dear Mister President is a remarkably well-written story which I knew instantly that I would like. The author employs the use of an excessively rich vocabulary (sometimes too rich, to be honest…based upon my intellectual limitations), and his writing is meticulously edited. He writes exclusively in the central character’s point of view, though in the third person narrative. I’ve heard other authors and writing experts advise against the overuse of adjectives, and some even go so far as to suggest that adverbs should be avoided at all costs. Fitzroy’s writing proves that this sort of advice is absolute rubbish. Not only are his vivid and precise descriptions effective in painting extremely graphic portraits of the characters and events, but they set him apart as one of the best writers of gay fiction that I’ve ever encountered.
The writing is so strong, in fact, that I’m inclined to rate the novel with five stars simply for this factor alone. The plot seems almost inconsequential. I would be remiss, however, if I did not address the plot issues which were evident to me. Firstly, I found some of the story to be a bit far-fetched, and I readily admit that this does go with the territory. We’re talking about a fictional novel, and often we do have to suspend disbelief in order to accept the premise of a story. But in particular, I felt the attitude of the entire team of White House insiders who were presented here was rather European, as opposed to American. I cannot see in our current political system, that a homosexual relationship which involved the First Family would ever be accepted, and it certainly would not be taken for granted in the manner in which it was presented here.
Secondly, I could not figure out why the author never once mentioned political party. I cannot imagine political conversations within the Oval Office not referencing political party. It was clear that the President embraced the concept of diversity, and therefore I got a sense that he was politically liberal, yet his view of foreign policy left me mystified. Granted, the story is focused upon the relationship of Doug and Chad, and the politics are not essential to their relationship, but I felt it would have been far more realistic to say the words Democrat or Republican from time to time.
Finally, I found it interesting that although the relationship of the central characters was undeniably an exchange of power, the author was adamant about the fact that their love making was not a matter of dominance and submission but rather a “surrender of equals”. Well, the two men were clearly not equals. Even their roles in the lovemaking process were not equal. Chad took a passive role in both oral and anal intercourse, yet mentally he dismissed the significance of this dynamic. I also was taken aback somewhat by the manner in which Chad at one point questioned the President’s confidence. He almost seemed to regard the man as being insecure and vulnerable, and it somewhat confused me.
The ending left a lot of unanswered questions, and actually this is an element which I found very appealing. I like to imagine how I want their story to end, and I like writing my own happily-ever-after. It is not tidy, though, and some may find it to be a bit abrupt.
Overall, I consider the book to be an amazing read. It is extremely well-written and edited, and I feel the connection shared by the central characters is incredibly powerful. I like the fantasy of a Gay President, and hopefully one day it will become a reality. Kudos to this author for opening our minds to the possibility.
Dear Mister President is a good romance novel that is likely to please a lot of readers. It has some great dialogue, charming characters, good action, and a believable tale that altogether just works to produce a fun, entertaining, and sexy story. There is a bit of suspended disbelief that’s necessary from the start as the resolutions feel a little too easy and perfect. I also didn’t feel the characters were as fully developed as they could be but as the author has promised a sequel already, I look forward to seeing where all this goes.
Air Force Colonel Chad Ryan is in the right place at the right time and saves the President from an enraged shooter. Soon after the White House offers Ryan a position on staff which puts him in direct and close proximity to the President often. What starts as a friendship soon turns into something sexual as the President confesses his desire for Ryan. Nothing is easy though when your new lover is the leader of the free world and their relationship is impossible to keep secret. Not only does the President’s family know but many of the staff and at the same time, a potential global crisis is mounting in the Middle East. Ryan and Doug must evaluate the importance of their relationship and what place it has in such a busy, complicated life.
The plot is handled very well with a lot of subtext. From the very beginning there is a political undercurrent that is always present and obvious but the various clues and details don’t come together until the very end with a stunning and realistic conclusion. This parsing of the important details helps keep the vibrant world of the White House always present while creating a situation later on that really shows the harsh price and juxtaposition world leaders are placed in. The romance with Chad is also handled in what seems to be a very realistic manner. Nothing happens between the two of them that several others aren’t immediately aware. The two men are always cognizant that they are never truly alone and no relationship with the President occurs in a vacuum of secrecy.
The characters are wonderfully described and very charming. Doug comes across as a laid back President who loathes the responsibility and difficult choices he makes on a daily basis. He is doing good work but his conscience takes a heavy toll and thus a complicated, difficult, but engaging character is drawn. He’s not an easy man but several people agree he’s worth the effort to love and befriend. Set against him are a cast of interesting characters from the wonderful First Lady, Kirsten, to their charming, delightful daughter, secret service agents both approving and disproving, and a bevy of staffers. The First Lady’s acceptance of Doug and Chad’s relationship is well handled. She knows her husband is gay and will eventually fall in love with another man and she’s pragmatic about the situation.
There are still some unanswered questions that were not very clear. Such as, I’m curious about how the dual relationships are going to end up as both Chad and Kirsten agree to share Doug as if he has two wives. Does this mean he’s still sleeping with Kirsten? Does Chad mind at all? I also didn’t particularly like Chad’s repeated reference to himself as a wife. He fills the undemanding role of nurturer and easy lover that Doug desperately needs; someone not to make demands and difficulties but always supporting and easy going. However, Chad mentions he never wanted someone else’s husband and how he’s reconciled this in his mind and emotions isn’t very clear. Obviously he loves Doug and finds the sacrifice worth it but I wasn’t sure why Chad kept referring to himself as the second wife. Especially when he assumes a marriage proposal when one isn’t exactly given.
These are however very minor complaints in a book that is totally engaging, interesting, steamy, and well written. This is the type of book that is easy and delightful to re-read, refreshing with humor, intrigue, and political repercussions not just swept aside. If the next book entertains the relationship during a re-election campaign, I honestly can’t wait to see how that is handled and have a lot of faith the author will deliver something fascinating, realistic, and absorbing. The great characters, solid plot, and good writing deliver a story that will be sure to please fans. Pretty impressive from a brand new publisher.
3.5 stars rounded up This was a fun story of a US Colonel who had previously saved the President being asked to become his, well kind of personal assistant. With it turns out a good deal.of emphasis on the personal. The premise is the President is bi, and married with a daughter at the time.... but the relationship between the two men is not only known about but sa ctioned and approves of by the First Lady. I enjoyed this, the writing is really good, but look on it as about as real as the films or tv series about the first family not something based in fact
1-6-23 Third re-read (at least). Once again this book gets me through a rough evening. It's no longer available as a Kindle book. As far as I can tell, the only place you can find it is on Scribd. The author now goes by MA Fitzroy, as she no longer feels the need for a male pseudonym. Original review: Can't believe I never reviewed this because I just reread it for the Second Time. I Never Do This anymore, so Fitzroy gets all the stars. This is my Top Comfort Read.
Full thoughts to come. For now, impressions: light and airy with very little substance. Instaest of insta love. (Oh, and nouns, adjectives, and adverbs have been verbed, and other words created, like I did above.) I felt as though I was missing half the story, which is all right if everything is explained in the end, but it wasn't a twisty/turny (I did it again!) type of story. It was as though I was at a dance club, and kept missing things because of the erraticism (yep, again. Isn't it annoying?) of the strobe lights and the juxtaposition of light and dark. And at about halfway through the book, something happened to one of the MC, and everyone was all concerned about the MC. All I could think about was that the MC had access to the White House, and was also in the military, and no one seemed to be too concerned about the HUGE breech in security. And that was all that I obsessed about for the rest of the book. In fact, I kind of wanted something to happen as a result of the incident, just to teach everyone a lesson. I was very, very disappointed in this book.
Really not feeling this one the characters are too bland and the attraction seems to be mostly down to convenience. I can't get away from the thought that Chad has been given the job for being gay/available more than any trainning or life saving he's done. He becomes the deputy of national secturity which sounds fancy and important but transalates to beer and swimming buddy. The president is such a great/nice guy that he tells his young daughter he wishes he was killed?! And there's a wife but the relationship is unexplained.
They all seem very bland and depressing to me, not engaged enough to continue.
A fictional love story involving the US President is not a new plot, not even if it’s a man on man love story, but the originality here is in the tone of the story, that is dry and precise, but very romantic, and that is probably the most difficult thing, mixing two elements apparently non mixable.
When to Colonel Charles “Chad” Ryan is proposed to become the personal bodyguard of Mister President Doug Kearney, he wonders why such high professional job is offered to a middle level officer like him, but Chad is used to obey to higher order, and so he does this time. The fact that he is gay and instead the President is married and father, and so supposedly straight, is not in question, even if the President was not straight, in now way it would be possible for him to be interested in an average guy like Chad.
But as soon as Chad starts his new life, he realizes that he was set up: the President is way too much friendly, his wife as well, even the daughter treats him like someone of the family; and all people in official capacities around the President are “suggesting” to Chad to be “open” and “receptive” to the President’s advances. The story suddenly turns in one of those medieval historical plots where the innocent maid, with noble origins but no material substances, is offered as a cherished mistress to the king; it’s an important role, even a coveted one, and the feelings of the sacrificial lamb are not considered, after all, it’s only another high professional job.
Chad is not exactly the macho man hero that usually plays the role of the bodyguard; on the contrary he is an average and ordinary man caught in the middle of something bigger than him. He is aroused above the “peasants” by accident, when he saves the President’s life during an official visit, doing the job the Secret Services should do. It was not a heroic act, but more something done by instinct, and Chad is not expecting anything in exchange. Chad is really a good man, faithful and sweet, and he shines only of reflected light, when he is near Doug; otherwise he is always in the shadows.
From what I understood Doug is not a man in the closet, he married Kirsten really believing it was possible for him to conduct a straight life; Kirsten was aware of Doug’s bisexuality and was good with that. But now, at 56 years old, and with all the stress from being one of the most important man in the world, Doug is no more able to suppress his inner desires, and his friends, in according with his wife, plot to find him a right viable, someone who can play the spare wife role, and maybe, in the future, when the President will “retire”, completely substitute Kirsten in that role.
Kirsten is not embittered by all of this, she is neither resigned, she simply accepts the things as they are; Kirsten is more a best friend than a wife to Doug, and I think she entered this marriage with the same attitude, plenty aware that she would be not the one to share the second part of Doug’s life, and probably she neither wants it. She is not a career woman, but without doubt she is not even a woman happy to simply play the wife role. She wants more in life, she has expectations and aspirations, that can’t be replaced by Doug’s love, on the contrary of Chad, who would be entirely happy to fill his life with that love.
Even if dealing with international threatens and world shattering decisions, the novel well balance private and public life, and both are aware of the other: Chad knows that everything he will decide will influence not only his life, but also those of Kirsten and Berry, Doug’s life, and above all, those of the people Doug is running. Despite that, Chad and Doug’s feelings are not underestimated, and I can see an happily ever after out there. More, I wouldn’t mind to read about the next five years in those men’s life.
I have trouble suspending my disbelief for a m/m romance involving the married president of the United States. And when the president's wife and teenage child are in full support of the romance - along with the president's staff - well, you're asking too much. And when that romance turns to insta-love as soon as they have sex - you've lost me and I'm never coming back.
When Air Force Colonel Chad Ryan thwarted an attempt to assassinate the President of the United States, he was just doing his job. So the offer to join the White House staff that comes his way is completely unexpected. It's even more unexpected that his job seems to involve becoming friends with the entire First Family. But if that's what President Douglas Kearney expects, Chad will comply. It's easy to admire a man who is as confident and handsome as Doug, after all. But as the two spend more time together, Chad begins to pick up on some signals that make him wonder if the two might become more than friends. But if they do, what will that mean for Chad? For the President? For the President's family? For the country?
Hearing the concept of this book, it's very easy to write it off as something that could never happen. How ridiculous, right? But if one takes a moment to think about it, it's certainly within the realm of possibility. And the way the author has constructed this story, it definitely reads as believable. And now I find myself wondering when we'll see a gay relationship in the White House. It should only be a matter of time, after all...
I'm useless at reviews but even more so when they're for books such as this one. It's so different yet it still qualifies as a traditional romance.
It is also memorable to me as I read a large chunk of this book when stranded in the middle of nowhere in Cambodia after our public bus broke down and our replacement bus arrived hours later when I was at 94% and I wasn't happy (unlike all of my fellow travellers!) as I really wanted to finish the book but it wasn't logistically possible at that moment.
Anyway, five stars, and not just for saving me from hours of boredom :)