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.
What I thought about His Convenient Husband
There was quite a bit of buzz about this book on my social media timelines, so I wanted to see what it was all about. This was my first time reading this author.
Isaiah is quite content living a quiet life with his teenage son. The loss of his spouse has put him off all relationships as he just can't go through that sort of pain again.
But when he arranges a meeting between his son and one of his idols by the name of Victor, Isaiah's world goes into turmoil. He's attracted to Victor in a big-time way, only his grief over losing his husband keeps him from letting go. After a one-night stand, Isaiah moves on.
Victor is a gender fluid ballet dancer and artist. He's attracted to Isiaih, but accepts that he's not going to have more than one night. But when Victor's application for asylum is refused, Isaiah can't let Victor go back to Chechnya and possible death for his sexual orientation. They do the only thing they can -- fly to Vegas and get married.
Even after all this, Isaiah is sticking to his rule that they can't have a relationship. It's all for show. But there's a big bucketload of chemistry between them, and it's hard to always follow Isaiah's rule.
Isaiah may find out too late just what his no-relationship rule is going to cost him.
I loved Victor in this, especially his interactions with Isaiah's son Evan. Victor's honesty and believe in himself and his causes really made this book for me. I did find the pacing to be slower than I like with this book, and there were quite a few times I wanted to smack Isaiah upside the head.
Overall, I liked this diverse story and how it highlighted some of the difficulties of being out and proud.
An ARC was provided for review.
About the Author
A USAToday bestseller, Robin Covington loves to explore the theme of fooling around and falling in love in her books. Her stories burn up the sheets. . .one page at a time. When she’s not writing she’s collecting tasty man candy, indulging in a little comic book geek love, hoarding red nail polish and stalking Chris Evans.
A 2016 RITA® Award nominee, Robin’s books have won the National Reader’s Choice and Golden Leaf Awards and finaled in the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice, the Book Seller’s Best and the Award of Excellence.
She lives in Maryland with her hilarious husband, her two brilliant children (they get it from her, of course!), and her beloved furbabies, Dutch and Dixie Joan Wilder.
Drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org – she always writes back.