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    Awesome

    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!
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    Amazing! Stunning! Fabulous!

    Ian Carmichael got tickets to a ballet performance for Isaiah Blackwell’s son Evan who is an ardent admirer of Victor Aleksandrov’s, a ballet dancer. Isaiah is out, but always a reserved man, he doesn’t like to attract attention, and although the football team he plays for doesn’t frown on his lifestyle, they’d rather he be discreet. Victor is not his type; he’s flamboyant, loud and proud, and yet Isaiah cannot take his eyes off the Russian dancer. Victor is a gay activist, and he is a marked man in Russia; Victor has asked political asylum, because if he returns home, at best he will be imprisoned. Evan is as enthusiastic as any fourteen-year old meeting his idol, but he also has a school project, and he pleads with Victor to contribute. Victor is all for it, especially since Evan has such a handsome dad. Neither Isaiah nor Victor can ignore the sparks that fly between them; they act upon it shortly after, but Isaiah won’t let it go further; he still mourns the his late husband and vowed he would never fall in love again. When Victor announces he has been denied asylum, Isaiah, in a moment of temporary insanity, asks Victor to marry him; in Los Angeles, Victor will be safe, and it’s in name only. I loved the premise because it was so original, so unique, and I think HIS CONVENIENT HUSBAND is the best marriage of convenience trope I have ever read! I expected a sexy story – obviously – and something light with some serious undertones, and Robin Covington wrote a heartbreaking, emotional, tender, wonderful story that really matters. HIS CONVENIENT HUSBAND is an incredibly moving story, impossibly romantic, and alas, still too relevant in today’s political climate. Isaiah is a compelling and frustrating man at times, although I understood where he came from. He is a football player, and in some ways very much the “macho man” that it entails, while being openly gay; he just doesn’t want to make waves. It’s not that he is ashamed, but he doesn’t like his personal life in the spotlight. Victor mostly only makes waves, he lives in the spotlight, and he uses it so that he can help queers; he knows what it is to be persecuted, and he will fight. And he is absolutely fabulous! I adored Victor for everything he is; he reminded me of the great Johnny Weir: breathtakingly artistic, and fearless. I cannot call HIS CONVENIENT HUSBAND a romance, it is a grand love story. Triumphing over impossible odds, the heartbreak when the ghost of another hovers and stunts one’s sentiments, letting go of the past, of preconceptions and embracing love and what is given to you; wow. My heart was breaking for Victor, and in another way for Isaiah as well, but Victor is the sort of character – and person – you never forget, the one who makes a difference. I loved the connection between Isaiah and Evan, but even more so between Evan and Victor; Victor really understands Evan, and you know he will fight to the death for Isaiah’s son because they are so much alike. HIS CONVENIENT HUSBAND is a truly amazing book and Robin Covington shines like never before. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
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    Stunning book - loved it.

    This book was stunning. It had everything I look for in a romance story. The writing was smooth and natural. I was captivated from the first page till the last. I couldn’t put the book down. The plot was great and the characters were rich with development. Isaiah is an NHL player, widower, and father of a fourteen-year-old queer son, Evan. After the death of his husband, Steven, he is afraid to fall in love again. He is out but quiet about it. When he meets ballet dancer, Victor, he is immediately smitten. The feeling is mutual and they have a hot night together. Victor is out, proud and loud. He doesn’t shy away from speaking about gay rights in his home country. Nevertheless, his petition for asylum is denied. Isaiah offers to marry him so he can stay in the US. The author has done a wonderful job capturing the characters of Isaiah and Victor. They came alive on the pages and I was thoroughly invested in their lives. Although being polar opposites, I could feel the connection. The chemistry was palpable. I loved their interactions. Hot, sexy and sweet. Evan is a great addition to the story and makes it that bit extra special. Totally acting his age, he is a mixture of innocent self-confidence and teenage wisdom. He voices what the adults think. It is a clever way to get the message across that you have to be who you are, stand up for your beliefs and don’t let fear stand in the way of happiness. I loved that recent developments in the world were woven masterfully into the story. It gave the story “body” without it being a soapbox novel. It made me aware that there are still many regions in the world where LGBTQ rights are nonexistent and that it is important to speak for them. I received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
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    3.5 stars for 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, Isiaiah 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, Isiaiah 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. Isiaih 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.
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    This one was delightful...

    'His Convenient Husband' is about what could happen when a man who has everything loses the love of his life...his forever after meets a man who's still looking for his. Raising his son and playing professional football in the NFL has probably been what's gotten Isaiah Blackwell through the past three years since his beloved husband Stephen was taken from them. What Isaiah's not ready for is the attraction that he feels towards the sensual, gender fluid, outspoken and confident ballet dancer Victor Aleksandrov whose stance on Russia's treatment of gays has put his life in jeopardy if his request for asylum in the United States is denied and he is forced to return to his homeland. Isaiah may not be out and proud but he's not hiding in any closets either. He really just wants to play football and raise the son that he and Stephen adopted. While someone like Victor may not be his type, he can't deny the pull of attraction that he feels and after spending a passionate night with Victor, Isaiah learns that Victor has been denied asylum he does what any decent man would do...he proposes...a marriage of convenience. I really enjoyed this one it ticked more than a few boxes for me. I loved Victor, he was simply a wonderful character that worked beautifully in my mind. I can't say that I thought he was perfect but he was wonderful. To me he was neither brash nor loud. He was confident and outspoken, he believed in his cause, having gotten outside the borders of Russia he felt that he had a duty to speak out about the treatment of the LGBTQ community in Russia but he truly did this with style and finesse. Sadly at the end of it all though Victor was outspoken about what he believed in and Isaiah played for the NFL and was a man who like to keep a low profile on his private life and his priority was to give his son as normal of a life as possible out of the limelight. While Isaiah's intentions were admirable what he failed to factor in was how amazing his son was. Evan was definitely a favorite in this story. He was an amazing human being and if the author ever decides to give us Evan's story...maybe a few years down the road in his life...sign me up and consider me there. Along with Evan the other secondary character in this book whose story I would totally be on board for was Isaiah's best friend and agent Ian Carmichael...this man is begging to be struck by lightening. His idea of a long-term relationship means he paid for the hotel for a long weekend. He's British, he's snarky and calls a spade a spade but at the heart of it all he wants the best for the people he cares about. What starts as a marriage of convenience to keep Victor from being deported quickly becomes a quagmire of emotional landmines for both of these men as their attraction grows and real life intrudes bringing with it some much unwanted attention that leads to misunderstandings and leaves both men frustrated and hurt. I really enjoyed this and the only little niggle that I had was the ending. It was good I just needed it to go a little further...I wanted a little more of this sexy as hell couple but as I said it's only a little niggle because we were definitely left with these men in a good place...this one was a HEA to be sure but still, I'm greedy I want more.
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