Coming October 9, 2017, from a new-to-me author, @RobinCovington who will be added to my list of one-click wonders!
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
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 black eyeliner and lip gloss was every bit as drawn to quiet Isaiah and to his artistic young son. Although Isaiah is grieving the loss of his husband Stephen, and paralyzed by the fear of further loss, he can’t resist the charismatic Victor, renown dancer and Russian human rights activist. When Victor’s application is denied, Isaiah offers marriage as a lifesaving measure; a marriage in name only.
This story draws every emotion from your soul as we participate in the attraction and fears of these two men. The author definitely paints a picture that surrounds the reader, “sensation crept along his skin and lit up his nerve endings”. .. “when it comes to loving.., being scared is never the acceptable answer”
A marriage of convenience involving a quiet black masculine NFL player and a loud and out genderfluid Russian ballet dancer whose asylum was denied and this story could have been pulled from the pages of the L.A. Times. The setup provides so much opportunity for opinion, controversy, and emotion. I LOVED this story and although the author is new to me, I am going to check out the backlist!