Title: His Convenient Husband
Author: Robin Covington
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Release Date: October 9, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 202
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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 love a good marriage of convenience book and His Convenient Husband fits the bill in many ways. Gorgeous NFL player Isaiah, widowed for three years, meets gorgeous Russian ballet dancer Victor and they share a very very steamy one-night stand. Victor is denied asylum and Isaiah proposes marriage to keep him safely in the United States.
Isaiah and Victor have serious sexual chemistry. As Victor’s friend Alan tells him after seeing them kiss: “I’ve had threesomes in a sauna that didn’t generate that kind of heat.” But Isaiah keeps his heart closed off after his husband Stephen’s untimely death, and throws away the possibility of happiness with both hands, offering Victor a marriage where Victor can have other lovers … as long as he’s discreet. Victor is such a great character, craving love and home and security, but always willing to be honest about his needs and desires:
What was it about Victor that spoke to him, that pulled him into his orbit and refused to let him go? He danced like he lived, as if he wasn’t going to waste a moment of feeling everything, doing everything, throwing his entire being into the task of really living. It was captivating, confusing, because this mercurial, loud, brash man was nothing like the one he’d loved and married all those years ago.
Isaiah, on the other hand, drives me crazy with his mercurial temperament and the way he keeps on throwing Victor’s love away, sometimes very cruelly. Isaiah finally sees the light, but I thought it comes about a tad too quickly and without any internal reflection. Finally the book had a few more errors than I’m used to seeing in an ARC. But the ending was sweet and I give His Convenience Husband 4 stars.
“It’s easy to love the first time, but it takes courage to love the second time after you’ve experienced the joy and pain of life.