His Convenient Husband (Love and Sports) by Robin Covington 3.5 Stars!
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 me a marriage of connivence romance. This is one that deals with asylum seeking and the horrors occurring in Russia to gay men.
We have two very different heros who have led very different lives.
I like that one of the main tensions in the story is around activism and different ways to be public or private with your sexuality.
The start of the romance is very good but there is a lot of push and pull in the later chapters which takes away from the love story a bit but in end we get a solid romantic gesture.
Very good heroes.