“What was the protocol on fucking your platonic fiancé of convenience?”
In a word: Read the thing. This is pretty much a standard ‘I accidentally fell in love with the man I married for convenience’ story, and I loved every second of it. We’re once again in Bluewater Bay following Jason, a veteran who works security on the set of the still popular Wolf’s Landing. He’s a loner with self-esteem issues, though a good guy at heart. He’s also in need of money, which is how the show’s stunt coordinator convinces him to marry her brother so that he can escape the homophobic hellscape of Russia and become a US resident. Arkady needs to leave Russia if he wants any chance of love or a family of his own… or just to keep living. Marrying a US citizen to obtain a green card is his best chance of getting out. Both of them are expecting to just get a quick marriage and then go their separate ways once Arkady is a legal citizen. Neither of them are expecting to grow as close as they do, especially Jason, who doesn’t have his bisexual realization until after he’s started sleeping with Arkady (oops). One annoying part of the story is that most of the angst and back-and-forth between Jason and Arkady could be solved easily with them just talking to each other. But, of course, they don’t and just continue dancing around each other and unintentionally hurting each other until they wise up and finally admit to themselves and each other what they really want. This book isn’t very long (not even 200 pages), so we don’t have to read about these guys torturing themselves for too long at least. There are some other things happening in the story at large: Arkady’s citizenship, Jason’s relationship with his daughter, and Jason’s dead-end job. But most of the focus is on Arkady and Jason’s relationship and how they come to truly love each other in a short amount of time. It’s a sweet story.
The Summary: (from Goodreads) Arkady Izmaylov is a family man. He’s also gay. In Russia. His sister Natalya has been telling him to get out for years, but it’s only after an attack in the street that he finally concedes and says yes to her desperate plan of him marrying a stranger for a green card.
Jason Cooley was taught from birth that he’s no good to anyone. Then the military taught him he was good enough to save other lives, but that purpose got amputated along with his leg. He’s now working security at Wolf’s Landing and sending monthly checks to his ex for their daughter’s education. When Natalya asks him to marry her brother, Jason knows right away he’ll do it more for the mission than the money she’s offering. But when he actually meets Arkady, his mission turns complicated.
Jason quickly discovers he’s not as straight as he thought. He’s also the man of Arkady’s dreams. Arkady must convince Jason that he’s worth loving, and that Arkady won’t disappear from his life like everyone else. Because Arkady has always wanted a family of his own, and he’s not letting go of this one.
[this title is currently out of print]