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Peek Inside His Convenient Husband

When professional ballet dancer Victor is denied asylum, Isaiah proposes something that’ll keep him in the US and safe. . .marriage. He just doesn’t expect his new husband to dance away with his heart.

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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.


“Oh goodness, this story is just so touching! I was definitely tearing up while reading Isiah and Victor's love story! Such a cute story!” –Fern S., Goodreads

“I LOVED this. It was very emotional and I was so rooting for them to make it in the end.” –For What It’s Worth Reviews

I laughed, cried, smiled a lot, got all tingly and was overcome with joy at the end!” –Kara, Two Book Pushers

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. Did I mention that this book is HOT, HOT, HOT?” –Susan R., Goodreads

I LOVED this book deeply. I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that this wasn't an easy, immediate love between the characters. The way they had to work for it was real and added some depth to the characters and series both. The supporting cast of characters were also delightful. I also highly enjoyed the way neither character compromised their beliefs and who they were but instead found a way to work together and as a family. I highly recommend this story!” –Rachel C., NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640633681
Series: Love and Sports, Book 1
Release Date: Oct 9, 2017
Page Count: 202
Imprint: indulgence
Genre: contemporary, lgbtq, multi-cultural, sports romance
Tropes: marriage of convenience, one night stand, opposites attract

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By ~Mindy Lynn~ October 09, 2017

OUT TODAY 10/9/17

4 Stars!

Oh Victor, how I adore thee. He was the star of the book for me and I really loved his character. He was bold and brave. He was loud and proud. He was an activist who spoke out about his country, Russia and all of the awful horrible truths they do to their LGBQT people. Then ...more

By Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read** October 13, 2017

***4 Stars***

" prince had everything and lost it, and the other prince had nothing but was willing to fight for the right to have it."

This is my first time reading Robin Covington and it 100% certainly won't be my last. I was sucked in and connected to these characters from the ver ...more

By Ele September 12, 2017

As a cis het woman, I don't think it's my place to say how a gender-queer character should/could/must be. However, I read Victor as a slightly effeminate man who identifies as male, and by the time I write this review the word "gender-fluid" doesn't exist in the blurb anymore, so take that as you wi ...more

By *J* Too Many Books Too Little Time September 18, 2017

4.25 Stars!

I was a bit hesitant to read this one, but I can hardly say no when it comes to sports related books. And I'm really glad I gave this one a go.

I found this one to be rather angsty. Angtsy in that there were times I got that nervous feeling in my gut.

No doubt, at times Isaiah was 100% as ...more

By Joey September 01, 2017

I am floored, stunned and slain by this beautiful book. The feelings and tension between Viktor and Isaiah were palpable and so so very real. I love how the author took things that are happening in our world and wove them into the story. The relationship that these two build, along with Isaiah's son ...more

By Karen October 09, 2017

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 ...more

By Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms November 13, 2017

This review was originally posted on (un)Conventional Bookviews
His Convenient Husband is more than a romance, as the story shows how difficult it can be to be in the spotlight. How queer people get dragged into fights they need to fight not just for themselves, but for others as well.

Review - (un)Conventional Bookviews
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By Annie ~ Queer Books Unbound September 27, 2017

Reviewed for From Top to Bottom Reviews.

*A copy of this was provided via NetGalley

Two things initially drew me to this book:

1. The synopsis. (Though when I requested it, the blurb said that Victor was a genderfluid ballet dancer.) I probably would have requested the book even if the blurb hadn't sa ...more

By Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews October 09, 2017

I could not resist picking this book up for review when I saw it featured a NFL player and a male ballet dancer, it went immediately in to my must read now pile. There was much I really loved about this book, but the one drawback was I felt like the relationship building between these two men got a ...more

By Tanya (Girl Plus Books) October 30, 2017


Pro-football player Isaiah and Russian ballet dancer Victor meet and spend one night together with the understanding that it’s a one-time hookup. Their chemistry is obviously off the charts but Isaiah, having lost his husband three years ago, is solely focused on raising his teenage son and ...more

By Alyssa September 06, 2017

Review to come, but I will say this book was great :) ...more

By Apolishedreader October 02, 2017

4.5 stars for this book about two strong men from very different walks of life who figure out how to make an unusual situation work.
I really enjoyed this book! I loved Victor. Of course, I did, who wouldn't? He is sweet, honest, loyal and proud. He lived an oppressive life in Russia where his whole ...more

By Bette October 03, 2017

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 wo ...more

By Isabella ~Mikku-chan~ November 22, 2017

*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*

Oh, what did I love this book in so many parts. I was hooked right from the start. The blurb first mentioned Victor is a gender fluid chararcter but soon this error was corrected and now it's right. Though Victor is not ...more

By Karen October 04, 2017

*Note - this is an updated review posted on 10/4/17. In an earlier version I discussed my thoughts on how the author handled a character being gender fluid, as described in the book blurb - it has since been removed from the summary and my new review reflects that.

I adored this super angsty story wh ...more

By Mainely September 06, 2017

This 5+* story explodes stereotypes while celebrating love in the tale of a quiet and somewhat reserved African American NFL player, widower and father of one, who is paralyzed by his stunning, immediate attraction to a Russian ballet dancer.  The fabulous and gender fluid dancer Victor, with his bl ...more

By Erica September 15, 2017

I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

4.5 Stars

Robin Covington is a new-to-me author, and I was surprised how much emotion could be packed in so few pages. His Convenient Husband ran the full gamut of emotions for me, strumming my heartstrings from the beginning to the ...more

By Sandra October 13, 2017

This was my first foray into this author's writing, but hopefully not my last.

I found this to be an excellent use of the "marriage of convenience" trope, showcasing a romance between a still-grieving widowed football player and a somewhat effeminate Russian ballet dancer seeking and being denied as ...more

By CrabbyPatty October 08, 2017

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 t ...more

By Nile Princess September 01, 2017

*Received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

I.LOVED.IT!! The cover drew me in and the characters made me stick around and fall in love. I had slightly mixed feelings going into this one. Marriages of convenience are kind of my guilty pleasure, and it's interracial with a ...more

By Rachel September 08, 2017

The always amazing Robin Covington kicks off a new series with a book that is so good it just may be her best yet. Seriously, this book is amazingly good.

Saying I loved it does not cover my feelings for this story and these characters.
When the author said she was going to write a full length male/m ...more

By Brooke September 17, 2017

His Convenient Husband is one of those romances that rips your heart out, keeps it, and then gives it back at the end, put back together, but never the same. Robin has created a romance that captivated me from page one. I adore her m/m romance books, and this one is no different.

Isaiah and Victor d ...more

By Jennifer September 04, 2017

I liked this book. The writing was good and so was the story. The main characters Isaiah and Victor were interesting in that they were from two totally different backgrounds yet still connected in a beautiful way. I did not realize that Isaiah was black until at least halfway (if not further) into t ...more

By Timitra September 06, 2017

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 overal ...more

By Rosa September 02, 2017

Isaiah was not impulsive, until he married Victor.

Being a Robin Covington fan, I couldn't resist trying her intriguing tale of a NFL football player and a gender fluid dancer. While Isaiah is quiet and reserved, Victor is loud and opinionated. They are opposites that find themselves drawn to eac ...more

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Robin Covington

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Robin Covington

A USA Today bestseller, Robin Covington loves to explore the theme of fooling around and falling in love in her books. Her stories burn up the sheets. . .one page at a time. When she's not writing she's collecting tasty man candy, indulging in a little comic book geek love, and stalking Chris Evans. Don't send chocolate . . . send eye candy! Robin's books have won the Golden Leaf Award and finaled in the Romantic Times Reviewer�'s Choice, the Book Seller's Best and the National Reader's Choice Awards. She lives in Maryland with her handsome husband, her two brilliant children (they get it from her, of course!), and her beloved furbabies.

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