His Convenient Husband was fresh, it was powerful, and it was absolutely in tune with social injustices going on in today’s world and in addition we did get to see two men learn how to accept each other for who they are and fall in love. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures
NFL football player Isaiah Blackwell lost his husband three years ago and is raising their teen son alone. He lives his life as quietly as his job allows, playing ball to support his family but trying not to draw unwanted attention. His quiet life is shaken up when a mutual friend introduces him to Victor, a visiting principal ballet dancer who is everything Isaiah is not.
Brash and loud, Victor Aleksandrov has applied for political asylum to avoid returning to Russia, where gay men are targeted and persecuted. He’s been outspoken about gay rights in his home country, and if he doesn’t get asylum, going back to Russia is a death sentence.
Their one-night stand turns into a tentative friendship, a relationship they both agree is temporary… until Victor’s denied asylum. Isaiah can’t offer Victor a happily ever after, but he can propose something that’ll keep Victor in the US and safe… marriage He just doesn’t expect his new husband to dance away with his heart.
I could not resist picking this book up for review when I saw it featured a NFL player and a male ballet dancer, it went immediately in to my must read now pile. There was much I really loved about this book, but the one drawback was I felt like the relationship building between these two men got a bit lost in the shuffle. That being said, His Convenient Husband was fresh, it was powerful, and it was absolutely in tune with social injustices going on in today’s world and in addition we did get to see two men learn how to accept each other for who they are and fall in love.
From the moment Isaiah Blackwell sees Victor Akelsandrov he is mesmerized by the dancer; the way he moves, the way he greets his fans, the way he speaks out for human rights in his home country, and the way his son’s face lights up when they are introduced. He can’t deny that there is something about the man that calls to him, but the pain of losing his husband and Evan’s other dad three years ago is something he never wants to repeat. One night with Victor and Isaiah know he needs to stay far away from the man, but when Victor gets some bad news, Isaiah goes to him on behalf of their mutual agent and finds himself wed to the out and proud Russian.
I really loved that these two men were so very different, both gay and both out, their personalities and the way they present themselves to the world were far apart. Isaiah is quiet, reserved, and keeps his private live private. Victor is out, proud, and more gender fluid often donning make-up, dressing and acting more effeminate. Given that Isaiah’s son is artistic and loves make-up, wearing dresses, and different hairstyles, he accepts all of Victor easily. However, the contrast between them also made their relationship volatile especially when Isaiah’s son, Evan, is caught in the crossfire. And given the parameters of their relationship, things get very complicated, very quickly.
I loved the family they were building even when Isaiah and Victor were keeping their distance physically, but I needed to see more of just the two of them together really digging deep and learning about each other, their hopes, their dreams, their fears. While it was easy to see their attraction physically, and the jealously that reared its head a couple of times, I never felt like I saw them connect fully on an emotional level and I missed that.
His Convenient Husband was a completely entertaining romance; the characters were intriguing, their situation was different, and their path to being together while rocky made the destination that much greater.
Filled with a lot of angst, a lot of mixed signals and love, you can’t keep yourself from turning the pages to see what will happen next. ~ Kitty, Guilty Pleasures
Oh, wow, another beautiful story by Robin Covington. Filled with a lot of angst, a lot of mixed signals and love, you can’t keep yourself from turning the pages to see what Victor will do next or how Isaiah will handle the situation.
In the beginning, my heart broke for Isaiah. Then, as the story progressed, his attitude and his dismissal of his growing feeling for Victor, aggravated me. He was protective of Evan and his heart. He had the love of his life taken from him and doesn’t feel that there is room in his heart for anyone else. He also keeps a very low profile … everyone knows that he is “out” but he can’t make wave with his teammates, his bosses or the NFL. Marrying Victor to keep him safe is one thing … marrying Victor to fall in love with him is another.
Victor is loud and proud. The total opposite of Isaiah. The one night of sex with him keeps replaying in his mind. He knows that they could be wonderful together but Isaiah made it clear that this is a temporary marriage of convenience. As he gets to know Isaiah and Evan, he can’t help but fall in love. When the game changes and Isaiah finally realizes that he wants more with Victor, disaster strikes and everything that they started to build is torn apart.
There was a lot of angst in this story but it worked. Isaiah was interesting but Victor was fabulous. I loved Evan and the statements that he was making at such a young age. The interactions between the characters were very well written and thought out. The ending was beautiful and Robin Covington didn’t disappoint me with the way she brought everything and everyone together.