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.
Love and Sports
October 9, 2017
I loved this book, Victor reminded me of Victor Nikiforov from the anime Yuri on Ice, in the sense that they're both passionate about their art be it ice skating or ballet... they're both Russian and in love with someone who isn't as extra as them.
Victor and Isaiah are as opposite as they can be. Victor is passionate, outspoken about LGBT rights in a country where gay men are targeted - Isaiah is quiet, not as outspoken about gay men, lost his husband Stephen 3 years prior.
To be honest I loved Victor from the start because he was who he is and unapologetically so despite everything. I loved how he didn't shy away from topics that could get him killed, how he represented the LGBT community. So yeah it hurt like a bitch when he was denied asylum and even though I know it was goi9ng to happen from the blurb I was still pissed.
"...one prince had everything and lost it, and the other prince had nothing but was willing to fight for the right to have it."
I was angry at Isaiah and it was the weird kind of anger where some chapters I wanted to punch him and others I wanted to kiss him crazy. The way Isaiah treated Victor rubbed me off sometimes because it was just mean. To me, he toyed with Victor's feelings and kind of lead him on. The hot and cold treatment threw me for a loop because seriously if he could just say something all this misunderstanding would be avoided... I might have projected a bit.
Although I could understand where Isiah was coming from, he wasn't a public person and preferred to have his private life private, and yea, I get that he is still not really to jump into a relationship even though it has been three years since his late husband died. His behavior was understandable. Realistic, but annoying.
Another part of the book I didn't realize until I read some reviews on Goodreads was how neither Victor nor Isaiah could keep the secret of their marriage being a farce to keep Victor from going back to Russia. Like it was supposed to e huh hush but damn this two talked about it everywhere, I'm surprised there was no reporter to record and leak their conversations.
Let's talk chemistry: Victor and Isaiah's chemistry is HOT! there was no faking the attraction and I loved how I didn't need to be convinced that they were into each other it was obvious.
I loved Isaiah's 13-year-old son, Evan. Evan is a mini Victor in the making, he is fierce, unapologetically himself despite his age. It hurt me that he was being bullied but then again I saw it coming, most kids would bully a thirteen-year-old who loves makeup and art, has (had) two dads one of which is black. I loved how he looked up to Victor and how he understood why Victor was open about giving the LGBT community a voice.
The blurb isn't entirely correct though. Sure victor is somewhat very vocal about his stance on giving the LGBT community a voice, he isn't brash - far from it.