Title: Love and Sports, Book 1: His Convenient Husband
Author: Robin Covington
Characters: Isaiah Blackwell, Victor Aleksandrov
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
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, loud, and gender fluid 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.
His Convenient Husband is the first book I’ve read by Robin Covington and after reading this gem of a story, it won’t be my last! There is something to be said about a well-written romance with intriguing and very sexy heroes. I found myself immediately swept up into the lives of these two men and enjoyed the story they had to tell.
The blurb does an excellent job at describing the story, so I won’t rehash it. What I liked about this book and these men was the personal growth both men go through as their friendship/relationship deepens. As a reader, I appreciated the genuine like and respect they had for one another and I quickly saw how much these two men belonged together.
Though Victor and Isaiah developed a true affection for one another, their road isn’t an easy one. Even as their relationship and “marriage” progressed, Isaiah, in particular, has some hard choices to make. You see, Isaiah is a good man but doesn’t like his life to be too disrupted. He is healing from the sudden death of his husband and is afraid to give his heart again. He knows if he does, it puts his own heart in peril and should something happen to Victor, Isaiah doesn’t know if he can survive another debilitating loss again. Isaiah must decide if taking a chance is worth the risk or if he should play it safe for the rest of his life.
His Convenient Husband is told in third person by both heroes, but in my opinion, this was really Isaiah’s story. Although I truly loved Victor and his point of view, as well as, getting to know him, it was Isaiah who goes through the most personal growth throughout the book. There were times his fear and sheer stubbornness got the best of him, but seeing him truly open himself up and his family to Victor was a beautiful thing to watch.
His Convenient Husband is the first book in the Love and Sports series. I admit I cannot wait until the next book in this series. It was easy to care about these characters and I totally fell in love with Isaiah’s family. *Especially his son, Evan* I hope both Ian and the adorable Evan both get their own story. Ms. Covington has won over this reader with her humanly-flawed, likable characters, as well as, the story they had to tell.
Reviewed By: Gabbi