Let’s get to the things I like first.
Robin Covington is a new-to-me author, and I assume this is her first foray into the M/M romance genre? On that matter, I like her writing just fine. I noticed a couple of missing words and weird sentences, but I figured since this was an advanced copy everything will be edited better on release date.
The characters are likeable enough — especially Victor, Evan (Isaiah’s son), and a couple of secondary characters. I have (not-so-good) things to say about Isaiah, and I’ll get to him later. Victor was such lovely man — my heart went out for him whenever Isaiah said the things that hurt Victor; because clearly Victor cared for both Isaiah and Evan. I also thought that Evan would be a wonderful man when he grows up.
And despite the premise of Victor denied asylum and a touch of current real issues with how Russia deals with homosexuality, the overall tone of this book is angst-lite. In fact I thought the ‘conflict’ that drove Isaiah and Victor apart could need more substance since whetever reasons that Isaiah had felt weak in my opinion.
Which I guess now I had to talk about Isaiah…
I definitely did NOT like the way he was treating Victor… his reason about not wanting to put Evan in the spotlight and everything that happened was Victor’s fault was pretty lame. Dude, you PROPOSED to him, and you’re the adult here, so maybe you SHOULD consider Victor’s reputation and attitude first before using your son as your defense speech.
Also, with Evan’s tendency to embrace his feminine side, wearing make-up and dress, being flamboyant and unapologetic, for Isaiah to NEVER for once think that his son would get bullied or taunted in school is either naive or stupid. No wonder Isaiah keeps saying that all goodness that comes with Evan is all his late husband’s doing *hmph.
That grand gesture in the end is nice, and I’m all for grand gesture, but in my opinion, Isaiah needs more groveling!
I also need to note ONE thing. I requested this ARC because initially, in the blurb, Victor was described as brash, loud, and gender fluid. I know that it can attract readers looking for gender-fluid representation, including myself. I read this expecting a gender-fluid ballet dancer. Unfortunately, just because Victor likes to wear make-up does not immediately make him one. It was a misleading description and I was rather disappointed at that. However, I also found the “gender fluid” description has been removed from the blurb (I checked Amazon while I was writing this review). So, I thought it was a good decision.
In overall, while I may have problems but it’s not so bad that it ruins my reading experience. And I am adding extra star-rating for Victor and Evan, of course.
PS: Self-musing, I wonder if it’s a “rule” for MF authors trying to dip their pens in M/M romance to include solo-shower-jerk-off. Because really, I’ve been reading this genre for almost a decade. I’m SO over that scene! *eye rolls*
The ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.
Title: His Convenient Husband
Author: Robin Covington
Series: Love and Sports, #1
Genre: MM Contemporary Romance
Length: 202 pages
Publisher: Entangled: Indulgence
Purchase at: Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo
Release Date: October 9, 2017