His Convenient Husband

His Convenient Husband

by Robin Covington

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ISBN-13: 9781976323089
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/11/2017
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.44(d)

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CHAPTER 1

Victor Aleksandrov was a walking wet dream.

Isaiah Blackwell let his eyes linger, confident no one would notice in the press of bodies filling the backstage area. Theater crew, ballerinas, and VIP guests milled around in the cavernous space, hemmed in only by the stage mechanics, sound system, and costumes surrounding them in organized chaos. It reminded him of inside the bowels of the Los Angeles stadium during a football game, the noise and activity seemingly random and surprisingly logical at the same time.

The man in the center of activity was like the eye of the storm, cool and collected as everyone else swarmed around him. His dark, wavy hair was still damp from his post-performance shower, and he was dressed in skinny jeans and an oversize black T-shirt that fell off one bare shoulder, his long feet bare and sexy. His stage makeup was gone, but he still wore black eyeliner and a slight gloss on his lips while a gold stud pierced one ear. He wasn't feminine exactly, but he didn't fit into a purely masculine mold, either.

Stephen would have called Victor "fabulous," and he wouldn't have been wrong.

And it was his gender-bending fabulousness that had Isaiah's son, Evan, vibrating with excitement next to him. The fourteen-year-old had been levitating with excitement since Ian Carmichael had gotten the tickets for them, and he had talked of nothing since. Ballet wasn't Isaiah's thing, but the arts were Evan's, and so they were here with a hundred of Victor's biggest fans. He watched as Evan wedged between the people in front of them, politely trying to get closer to one of his idols.

"I wouldn't think he's your type," Ian murmured next to him, his lips curved in a knowing grin.

"Who?" Isaiah asked, dragging his gaze away from the sexy dancer and concentrating on his best friend and agent. "Victor?"

"Yes, fucking Victor," Ian answered, his British accent accentuating the sarcasm and making even his profanity seem classy. "The guy you've been eye-fucking since we got backstage." He slid a sly glance over to Isaiah and shrugged. "Well, ever since he got onstage, if we're going for total honesty."

Isaiah didn't bother to deny the observation. Ian had been his best friend longer than he'd been his agent, and any argument would just be him denying what they both knew to be true. Victor was ... compelling. Isaiah would have had to be blind to miss the building-sized billboards all over Los Angeles with Victor's lithe, muscular, half-naked body sprawled all over them. The first time he'd seen one he'd almost rear-ended the car in front of him, and it had taken fierce concentration in a preseason workout to tamp down the half-mast boner. No, Victor wasn't his usual type at all, but definitely a man whose sexy charisma and smoking hot body ignited his lust and made him unfit for polite company.

But right now, Victor wasn't fit for polite company, either.

"No. No." Victor's heavily accented voice boomed out from the middle of the crowd. His English was perfect but the weight of the Russian accent sometimes made his words hard to understand. But not at this moment. Every word was crystal clear.

"I don't think my speaking out against the human rights violations in my home country reflects poorly on the ballet company. I am lucky enough to be here as a guest principal dancer for a year and I have a way to make my voice heard, and I will take every opportunity to ensure that everyone knows what my country is doing to gay people. Internment. Torture. People just disappearing as if they'd never existed. If I didn't say anything, that would reflect poorly on the ballet company."

It wasn't a new speech for anyone who'd been paying attention for the last year. Victor wasn't quiet about what was going on in his homeland, and he wasn't hiding who he was.

It was as if Ian read his mind. "Stephen would say that Victor was 'out and loud.'"

Isaiah grinned at the memory of his late husband, a college professor whose desire for a low-key and quiet life meshed perfectly with his own. They'd never hidden who they were, but they'd never been the guys to walk at the front of the Pride parade.

"Is there any word on his petition for asylum?" Isaiah asked, searching his brain for a memory of any recent updates on his request.

Ian shook his head. "No. His immigration attorney says he should hear soon."

"It has to be a yes. He can't go back after calling them out for the past year."

"And living openly as a gay man," Ian added. "That alone is dangerous."

"I admire him for his passion and his courage," Isaiah answered, his eyes straying to his son's face. Evan was laser-focused on Victor, everything in his posture and the light in his eyes displaying how much he admired the man. Evan was such a good kid, artistic and open and compassionate. He was a lot like Stephen.

Victor started moving through the crowd, shaking hands with people and posing for a photo when asked. He made each person the focus of his attention, and it was a skill Isaiah could use when dealing with his fans. He loved to play football, but the meet-n-greets were a challenge for him. Terminally shy and introverted was not helpful when you were the wide receiver on a successful NFL team.

"So, you didn't deny the eye-fucking." Ian broke into his thoughts and clearly not dropping the earlier subject. Why Isaiah thought he would drop any subject in the realm of sex?having sex, thinking about sex, planning for sex?Ian had the sex drive of a twenty-year-old even at the age of thirty-six. No commitments for him, just pleasure wherever and whenever he wanted. "Victor is single."

There would have been a time when Isaiah would have answered with a curt "I'm not," but three years had passed since Stephen had died, and he'd had two very casual relationships in the past year. Stephen was still in his heart, but not in his bed.

"Drop it, Ian. We're here for Evan, not to pick up your next booty call."

"I'm talking about your next booty call, man. Or only booty call," Ian said, nudging him with an elbow. "You don't have to marry the guy. Just meet him for a drink."

"I'm a grown-ass man. I don't need you to fix me up."

"First, I'm telling your mama that you're cursing again ..."

"Fuck off."

"Point made so eloquently," Ian said, making sure to lay the British on thick. "Second, you haven't been laid in six months, and you need to rid yourself of the deadly semen backup before the season starts or you'll play for shit and my fifteen percent won't be as big on your next contract negotiation."

"You're fired," Isaiah growled, keeping his voice low and his eyes on his son.

"Like I haven't heard that before."

Isaiah ignored his friend, stepping forward as Victor approached his son, his phone at the ready to take the picture Evan had begged for before they'd headed backstage. The dancer was even more beautiful up close, his skin a light gold that looked paler under the stage lights, muscles toned and lean, eyes dark and flashing with life and fun. Their eyes locked, and Isaiah sucked in a breath, noticing that Victor did the same thing, adding a subtle bite of his lower lip to confirm that the attraction was mutual.

Yes, Mr. Aleksandrov was compelling, and Isaiah felt the magnetic pull between them in his gut. Victor was the first to break the moment, turning to Evan with a huge smile.

"Hello, I'm Victor Aleksandrov," he said, holding out his hand for Evan to shake. The boy beamed, stealing a quick glance in Isaiah's direction before fixating on the current object of his artistic obsession.

"I'm Evan Park-Blackwell, and I love your work."

Isaiah bit back a smile at his choice of words and was relieved with the dancer's reaction. "Thank you. Are you an artist too?"

Evan almost melted into a pile of goo at the question and the acknowledgment of his passion.

"I am. I'm into mixed media art right now. Painting, film, and recycled stuff. I'm also thinking about design. I go to a school for the arts," Evan babbled, not letting go of Victor's hand. "I have a show at school soon, and I'm trying to put together this display on the busting of gender roles and what it means to be gay or straight. I'm thinking of mixing up film pieces with clothing and textiles. I don't know. I'm trying everything right now. I don't want to miss what calls out to me. Ya know?"

"I do. Yes. I do," Victor said, leaning down to look right into Evan's eyes. "Dancing calls to me. It's why I never gave up even when it got hard."

"Exactly." Evan turned to look at Isaiah. "I told you. A calling."

"You did." He laughed, ignoring Ian's snicker as he raised his phone and tapped the camera app. "Why don't we grab a photo and let Mr. Aleksandrov speak to his other guests?"

"Dad!"

"Yes, Dad!" Victor echoed his son's appalled tone, his expression mischievous and challenging in a way that twisted up Isaiah's insides in the good way. He bit back his own smile; flirting with this man would be a useless endeavor and not a good idea in any book.

Isaiah rolled his eyes and lifted his phone, taking a series of shots of the two of them. Some were the usual poses, and then they morphed into a couple of goofy shots, both of them making funny faces at the camera. Evan was having a blast, and Isaiah silently thanked Ian for making this happen.

"Victor." Ian stepped forward, taking over the meeting. "You've met Evan, the coolest kid in L.A., and I'd like to introduce you to his father, Isaiah Blackwell."

"I've seen you play football, Mr. Blackwell," Victor said, extending his hand in greeting. His skin was warm, long fingers wrapping around his own. He held on longer than necessary, his smile wide and teasing, and Isaiah's belly tightened in reaction. His gaze drifted down to his mouth and the full poutiness of his lower lip. "I was glad when Ian said you'd be here tonight. I've wanted to meet you."

Ah, Ian. Isaiah made a mental note to knock him on his ass later for obviously playing matchmaker when he'd pretended to do this for Evan.

"Well, I'm Evan's godfather, and I'll do whatever I can to make him happy. I live to see the Blackwells happy," Ian replied, his grin not fooling anyone who knew him at all. "What's the point of being your agent and Isaiah's agent if I can't bring you together?"

"Shut up, Ian," Isaiah grumbled, taking back his hand and putting a little more distance between himself and the sexiest man he'd met in a long time. He surprisingly found himself wanting to extend this meeting, but he couldn't help but notice the anxious faces of the other guests around them. "We really should let other people meet Mr. Aleksandrov."

"Victor."

"Isaiah," he said with a smile. "We really should let you go. We can't hog you all night."

"Okay, I'll let you go," Victor answered, his head dipping in acknowledged defeat. He turned to an obviously disappointed Evan. "I'd love to see your work. If I can help with your project, just call Ian. He has my number."

"I'll be happy to arrange a meeting," Ian drawled, his grin wide and eyebrows raised in an "I love it when a plan comes together" kind of waggle. "I'm great at arranging things ... meetings." He paused dramatically, as if he'd just thought of what was coming next. All Isaiah knew was that he probably wasn't going to like it. "Why don't you come to the barbecue pool party this weekend at Isaiah's house? I'll be out of town, but I'm sure the more the merrier."

Isaiah shut his eyes briefly, running through the first ten pages of the playbook in his head. Ian was an asshole, but the thought of Victor in a bathing suit went a long way to ease the sting. In fact, the idea of Victor shirtless made his skin flush hot and his heart pound.

"Yes!" He snapped his eyes open at the sound of Evan's voice, and his vision immediately filled with the ecstatic face of the one person he loved more than anyone on the planet. "Please, Dad!"

"Yeah, please, Dad," Ian echoed, his grin unapologetically shit- eating.

Isaiah ignored his former best friend and focused on his son, contemplating the very limited options he had right now.

Who was he kidding? He had only one.

He turned to Victor, who was looking confused but also hopeful. "You should come to our party. It's casual. Just a few friends."

"Are you sure?" Victor asked, his voice hesitant. "I don't want to intrude."

"I'd love for you to come," Isaiah said, shocked at how much he meant it.

CHAPTER 2

Isaiah Blackwell was living the American dream.

Victor shut the door to his car, taking a moment to steady his nerves and settle the excitement in his belly. The house where Isaiah lived with his son wasn't lavish, not like the huge mansions hidden behind gates that you often saw on television when famous professional athletes were profiled. No, this was a large home, but it was on a neighborhood street with tall trees and kids riding bikes on the sidewalk in the bright sunshine. It wasn't the childhood he'd had, but it was the kind he'd dreamed about.

The rumble of voices and laughter spilled around the side of the house as he walked up the path to the front door and rang the bell. He shuffled the box of cupcakes in his hands, wondering again if he'd chosen the wrong thing to bring to the party. His friend Alan had insisted he needed to bring something and then vetoed alcohol, since this was a family party. As footsteps approached he really hoped he hadn't gotten it wrong.

He'd liked Evan, a bright young man with a passion for the arts. And he couldn't stop thinking about Isaiah. Quite a pair, those Blackwell men.

The door swung open, and he was face-to-face with the man who'd occupied his thoughts for the past three days. Isaiah was dressed in a bathing suit and tank top, his dark skin and mouthwateringly toned muscles exposed to Victor's eyes for easy ogling. Football kept this man in top condition into his early thirties, and Victor allowed himself one all-encompassing look before he restored eye contact.

"I brought cupcakes," he said, thrusting the box forward with a smile and a groan at just how dumb he must sound. "Thanks again for having me."

"You're welcome. Evan is so excited you agreed to come," Isaiah said, motioning him inside. "I can't guarantee he won't talk your ear off the entire time."

Victor laughed, his eyes adjusting to the interior of the house and picking up again on the southern lilt that coated each of his host's words. It was like honey, and Victor had always had a weakness for sweets.

"Well, as long as he keeps me away from the cupcakes it will be a fair trade. I can't eat any of that stuff while I'm performing."

"Yes, I get that. Same for me when I'm training." Isaiah paused as they moved through the foyer and looked him over. Head to toe and back again, slow and easy. Victor couldn't help but recognize the appreciation he'd also registered at the ballet. It had been enough for him to Google the football star and his sexuality. It had been no surprise to learn that Isaiah was gay and out. Quietly out.

He'd also been married to a college professor who'd been killed by a trucker who'd fallen asleep behind the wheel three years earlier. From the pictures he found, Stephen Park had been a serious-looking guy with blond hair and glasses and a warm smile. Now it was just Isaiah and his adopted son, living in this house where they'd been a family.

Everything about that story proved Isaiah was not his type. A widower. A father. A man who kept a tight hold on his sexuality. But that didn't stop his body from reacting to the scent of sunscreen and natural musk that washed over him when he stood this close to Isaiah.

Dangerous. Isaiah Blackwell was temptation. Worse than sweets.

"Bread is my downfall. Biscuits in general," Isaiah continued, bringing Victor back to the present with his confession and shy smile. "My mama's biscuits in particular."

"I can tell you don't indulge often," Victor said, unable to stifle his obvious flirting. It was harmless, stupid to act like there wasn't attraction heavy in the air between them. But he didn't think through the comment that slid past his lips. "There's no way you'd fit in those tight football pants if you did."

The seconds ticked by in silence, and Victor wondered if he'd misread this entire situation and was two seconds away from getting his ass kicked out the door and onto the front walk. Then Isaiah laughed, not just the brief chuckle he'd allowed so far but a snort and then a belly laugh that shook his entire body, his hot gaze continuing to clash with his own.

"Oh hell, let's get out to the pool before you get me into trouble," Isaiah said, his deep voice rumbling in the open space as they made their way to the backyard.

(Continues…)



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His Convenient Husband 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
nina_chan01 More than 1 year ago
Meh. It's pretty run-of-the-mill, nothing particularly stands out or is bad, it just is. What it does have is a great message about acceptance.
Febbabie212 More than 1 year ago
I’m trying to expand outside my reading comfort zone recently and one way I’m doing that is reading more LGBT romance. His Convenient Husband was recommended all over Facebook so I decided to check it out and I’m glad I did. His Convenient Husband addresses contemporary political issues such as the plight of gay men in Russia and openly gay athletes. Isaiah is a widowed gay football player. He takes his son to the ballet and meets the vivacious Victor who is in America on a temporary visa. Isaiah’s son Evan is obsessed with Victor and Isaiah is equally intrigued by the Russian dancer. They soon have an one-night stand which is really steamy. However, their relationship was supposed to end there until they learn that Victor is being forced to return to Russia, where his outspoken protests of human rights and LGBT violations in Russia will definitely put him in hot water. Rather than risk that, Isaiah decides to marry Victor to keep him in the country. Victor and Isaiah’s relationship has the depth and drama of any good romance novel. You as the reader feel for each character at different moments in the book. Isaiah is recovering from the lost of his first husband and trying to cope with the outspoken Victor. Victor is struggling with falling for both Isaiah and his son in what is supposed to be a temporary relationship. I really appreciated Robin Convington’s ability to meld modern issues with a romantic plot and have it overpower the book. This was an exceptional read and I’m glad I took a step out of my comfort zone and read it.
Febbabie212 More than 1 year ago
I’m trying to expand outside my reading comfort zone recently and one way I’m doing that is reading more LGBT romance. His Convenient Husband was recommended all over Facebook so I decided to check it out and I’m glad I did. His Convenient Husband addresses contemporary political issues such as the plight of gay men in Russia and openly gay athletes. Isaiah is a widowed gay football player. He takes his son to the ballet and meets the vivacious Victor who is in America on a temporary visa. Isaiah’s son Evan is obsessed with Victor and Isaiah is equally intrigued by the Russian dancer. They soon have an one-night stand which is really steamy. However, their relationship was supposed to end there until they learn that Victor is being forced to return to Russia, where his outspoken protests of human rights and LGBT violations in Russia will definitely put him in hot water. Rather than risk that, Isaiah decides to marry Victor to keep him in the country. Victor and Isaiah’s relationship has the depth and drama of any good romance novel. You as the reader feel for each character at different moments in the book. Isaiah is recovering from the lost of his first husband and trying to cope with the outspoken Victor. Victor is struggling with falling for both Isaiah and his son in what is supposed to be a temporary relationship. I really appreciated Robin Convington’s ability to meld modern issues with a romantic plot and have it overpower the book. This was an exceptional read and I’m glad I took a step out of my comfort zone and read it.
jbebout1295 More than 1 year ago
Having never read this author before, I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I got was a book full of romance, promise, love, hope, and acceptance. The plot was interesting, the writing superb, and the characters authentic and engaging. These characters totally draw you into the story and before you know it, you’re completely obsessed with their lives and relationships. This book was impassioned and inspiring, insightful and intriguing, romantic and endearing, and absolutely riveting. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a sweet and sexy read. *i received a copy of this book via NetGalley and voluntarily chose to review. All opinions are my own.
tradermare More than 1 year ago
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 Isaiah, 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.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
Isaiah & Victor have a flash of sexy in their past that may come back to bite them. Isaiah is offering to help Victor stay here in America. To go home for him would be death. Isaiah struggles with this, since he is very attracted to Victor and has a hard time staying hands off. Victor is starting to have real feelings for Isaiah. He finds the many parts of his personality very attractive and knows he is falling for him. How do you find love when the person you care for has no interest in falling? This book was really sexy. I loved the interaction with the characters. The pages sizzle with electricity from the main characters chemistry. I love that the backstories of both are varied, diverse, and very real and easy to understand. Really good read. ***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review by Netgalley and its publisher.
ravenwolf_EPTX More than 1 year ago
NFL player, Russian Ballet Dancer, and a Beautiful, Vibrant Teen ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ FOUR-STAR ✩ REVIEW ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ > > Judging a Book by it's Cover > Looking Deeper Third person. Overall concept of the story was strong and the cast was enjoyable. The third-person narrative felt a little muddy at times, not quite clearly describing who, Victor or Isaiah, was doing a particular action or speaking. There were several times that I had to re-read a scene to try to better picture it but despite that, the plot itself flowed nicely. The chemistry was more push and pull despite the supposedly instant magnetic pull. Isaiah could be a class-A jerk, saying some very cruel things at times. Poor Victor was always kind and forgiving, even as he accepted defeat and surrendered himself to a less-desired outcome. Evan was a wonderfully vibrant secondary cast character. Most of the conflicts were self-imposed and there was not one dreaded home visit or meeting to attend courtesy of Immigrations like I'd thought they'd have to endure. In fact, there was little to no predictability and surprises were also absent. The conclusion wraps up solidly, providing a stronger HEA for our couple. It was a good read. The smooth plot flow and enjoyable cast helped to balance the muddy narration and somewhat flat dynamics. . Rating: [R] ~ Score: 4.025 ~ Stars: 4 ========================== ⭐ ⭐ **** Disclosure of Material: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the Author/Publisher with the hope that I would voluntarily leave unbiased and unsolicited feedback. I was not asked, encouraged, or required to leave a review - nor was I compensated in any way. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". ***** ⭐ ⭐
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
Robin Covington has the magic touch when it comes to writing MM romance. The feels, angst, and heat in this one are what brings the story to life for me. The characters are fantastic and engaging. They pulled me right into this one and wouldn't let me go. Isaiah just grabs a hold of my heart. He's known love and the pain of it's loss. He has a big heart helps out Victor and they leads to feelings Isaiah is not ready for. Victor and Isaiah have a ton of chemistry. They couldn't be more different in personality, but they fit. Only can they both take the risk on love?
Jolie More than 1 year ago
When I saw the blurb for His Convenient Husband, I was pretty excited to read it. I couldn’t wait to read Isaiah and Victor’s story and see how they fall for each other. What I ended up with was a huge disappointment to me. The plot for His Convenient Husband was simple. Isaiah is still getting over the death of his husband when he meets Victor, a ballerina. Victor has applied for asylum in the United States. He is a gay activist in Chechnya*. Being gay in that country is dangerous. Lesbian and gay people are being purged. Victor is afraid that he will be on the next list because of his activism. When Victor is denied asylum, Isaiah does something that surprises himself. It also surprises friends and family. He marries Victor to keep him safe. The only thing, Victor isn’t exactly the fade into the woodwork kind of guy. He is out, proud about it and not about to tune it down. When Victor’s activism starts affecting Isaiah’s professional and personal life, he is faced with a choice. Either love Victor for who he is or let him go. I mentioned in the first paragraph that I was disappointed by His Convenient Husband. The main reason I was so disappointed was because of Isaiah. While he was a good man and a great father, he wasn’t willing to open himself up to love again. But that wasn’t even the problem I had with him. The problem I had, and the reason I gave the book the review I gave it, was that he was cruel to Victor. He said and did such cruel things and Victor took it until he couldn’t take it anymore. It left a bad taste in my mouth. Every time Isaiah even though he was getting close to Victor, he did or said something to drive him away. Made me go “WTF” several times during the time while reading. I loved Victor. He was what Isaiah needed, even though Isaiah was doing his best to keep him at arm’s length. He put up with so much from Isaiah. Much more than I would have, to be honest. I would have left long before he did. I did like that he was shown as being human. I mean, he meant to cheat of Isaiah at the club and had second thoughts. What I enjoyed was the positive influence that he had on Isaiah’s son, Evan. Evan, who is genderfluid, learned how to stand up for himself from watching Victor. See, Victor is an activist in his home country of Chechnya. That country is purging gay and lesbians. Victor is doing everything within his power to bring attention to that and it rubbed off on Evan. So yes, it is safe to say that I liked Victor much more than I liked Isaiah. The sex between Isaiah and Victor was hot. The sex grew hotter and hotter as the story went on. Even when Isaiah and Victor were relieving themselves, it was hot. My feelings for Isaiah aside, the sex scenes were very hot with Victor. I did like that later in the book, they were starting to get more emotion driven….even if Isaiah was fighting it. The end of the book was actually very nice. I liked the dressing down that Isaiah got from Evan. I did a double fist pump and went “You go, boyfriend“. I also liked the epilogue. I don’t know if Isaiah and Victor would make it as a real-life couple. I give them a 45% chance with hopes that Isaiah does some major changing. Like I said above, His Convenient Husband disappointed me. The male romantic lead, Isaiah, couldn’t get his head out of his butt to see what he had and almost lost it. He also was cruel to Victor. What saved this book from being a 2-star review was Victor and the hot sex scenes.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
This is the first bromance that I’ve read and I have to admit that I chose it because of the author rather than the blurb. I’ve read quite a few books by Robin Covington and thoroughly enjoyed them all. This one has some great characters in it and they are brought to life within the pages of the story but I didn’t like aspects of Isaiah’s attitude and I felt so much sympathy for Victor. Evan is brilliant, so well portrayed! There are also some scenarios that just didn’t quite gel for me but it is still an enjoyable read. I requested and received a copy of this novel, via NetGalley, with no obligation. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't read much about this book before I read it and I didn't want to see any potential spoilers. So I started this book and all I knew is that it was about a gay couple. Well I found myself rooting for Victor. And yelling at Isaiah to stop being so mean and hurting Victor. Yes the marriage has a purpose but love is not it. Isaiah Blackwell plays football for the NFL and is loud about his lifestyle preferences. Yes most know he is gay but he doesn't announce it daily. And after losing his husband Stephen in an accident three years ago, he is going to be looking for love again.But seeing Victor dance and just looking at him makes his heart skip a beat. Victor Aleksandrov is a principal ballet dancer and he is loud and proud and always speaking out about gay rights and the treatment of gays in his homeland of Russia. So he is waiting to see if he can get asylum in the US or he will be facing a death sentence. When Victor sees Isaiah, he wants to get to know him better, even for just one night. Can Isaiah learn to love again or will his heart get broken again? Will Victor's load and proud ways drive Isaiah away? Will Evan be the one to bring these two together in the end? I really enjoyed this story but I didn't like Isaiah very much in the beginning but you have to understand why he was the way he was. He had his heart broken when he lost Stephen and if not for Evan, he would not have survived. So don't be to hard on him when you read this one, hang in there with him, it will be worth it in the end. **Copy provided by the author and this is my honest review**
MJSanders1021 More than 1 year ago
Victor, oh how I loved thee... Evan was my little buddy as well. Isaiah, well he grows on you. Ian, perfect comic relief when situations get too emotional but he can deal a truthism for your brain. Robin, Robin, Robin.... I was with you from beginning to end. You started an entire movement using the emotional closeness of Isaiah paired with the drive and longing of Victor, BUT.... Throw in Evan who turns the light on and keep it bright. I want to give so many spoilers but I am not. I would say though that reality is only what is shown to you. You can either open your eyes to it or be blinded by what you think is true. Poor Isaiah was blind as a bat until circumstance opened his eyes and also released his rage and pain. This book has truths of what is for some people, keeping you invested in the beginning but delivering a hell of a blow at the end....
ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
So hot, so wonderful; I loved it! His Convenient Husband is the first book I've read by Robin Covington and what an introduction to her writing! This book knocked my socks off and I can't wait to read more stories in the Love and Sports series. I knew before I finished the first chapter that I was going to love this story and that opinion didn't change as I continued to devour this book. I couldn't read the words on the page fast enough and yet I knew I would be sad when it ended. Isaiah lost the love of his life and now he's afraid to love again and risk his heart. He's happy with the life he and his son, Evan, have going for them even if he's lonely at times. Victor is taken with Isaiah and his son. He and Evan have a lot of things in common, including their love of Isaiah. Now if he can only get Isaiah to trust his heart again. The chemistry between the characters was palpable, the heat and love (that one of them wouldn't admit to) projected like a real and living thing. But, oh, did I want to knock some heads together a couple of times! It's a romance and has an HEA so everything works out in the end but not before I shed more than a few tears for the heartbreak these two suffered. Then the HEA and the epilogue brought on the happy tears. All in all, this is exactly the kind of story I love to read. Did I mention that this book is HOT, HOT, HOT? I have to note one small thing that bothered me a few times. There were more than a couple of places where I had a bit of trouble telling whether it was Isaiah or Victor doing the talking – enough that I found myself re-reading passages. While the story was still so overwhelmingly engrossing, I felt it only fair to deduct a half star from my rating. Still, this was a fantastic 4.5-star book for me. A review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley but this did not influence my opinion or rating of the book. ***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Before I started this one I read several critical reviews on it so I must admit I started with some apprehension. After reading the story I have to say I'm glad I don't always listen to the naysayers. I absolutely loved this book. I thought this was a wonderful M/M romance that not only gave me a wonderfully entertaining story but also reminded me how important it is to live life just as you are. Isaiah Blackwell is a man who have known great love in his life. The pain of losing that love has been overwhelming but he's moved on with life for the sake of his son. One thing is for sure, he'll never risk loving like that again. Then Victor Aleksandrov enters his life and nothing will ever be the same. They are complete opposites. Isaiah is quiet, reserved, and very private. Victor is loud, flamboyant, and outspoken. When a one night stand turns into a marriage of convenience these two have to learn to live in each other's worlds. I would definitely recommend this one!
Timitra More than 1 year ago
Rated 3.5 Stars His Convenient Husband was an ok read for me. The characters were likeable for the most part except for Isaiah, I really didn't like him at all. He was just an ass and while I got why he was the way he was to an extent he just didn't work for me and ultimately took away from my overall enjoyment of the story. ARC provided by author in exchange for a honest review
PennieM More than 1 year ago
I was intrigued when I read the synopsis of this one but from the beginning I was hooked and could not put it down. Isiah is a single dad, professional football player, and gay but he is not loud and proud about it. He was married to the love of his life and lost him to senseless accident and thought it would never find another love. In walks Victor, or should I say dances since he is a premier ballet dancer and he is loud and proud and his activism may be the death of him if he is not granted asylum. A one night stand and the chemistry that is off the charts and Isiah stepping up to save Victor when asylum is not granted and a marriage of convenience is born. Will it stay that way or will the love that is evident bloom? These two are opposite in so many ways but they work. It was a pleasure watching them find their way and watching them come together and become a family along with raising a son. I definitely recommend this one. **Received this ARC for review from the publisher via NetGalley**
Theresakerch-28 More than 1 year ago
Great hot read This was a great read by the wonderful Robin Covington. Victor Aleksandrov is a dancer from Russia trying to get Asylum. Isaiah Blackwell is a football player who takes his son to Evan to meet Victor, and Isaiah and Victor hit it off and they are hot together they try to have a no strings one and done relationship but when Victor gets denied his Asylum and his life may be on the line seeing the friendship, chemistry and family build but can Isaiah move on from his past. This is great quick read that I could not put down.