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The Professor's Green Card Marriage

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  334 ratings  ·  67 reviews
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I’ll marry you.

Professor Valentyn Shevchenko isn’t sure how to react when, after months of ineffective flirting, the cute barista’s first words to him are a proposal. In many ways, Peter Grunberg is the solution to all his problems. With his work visa inexplicably denied, Valentyn is running out of options to keep from being deported. But is a g
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Published February 18th 2020 by Dreamspinner Press
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
This isn't a typical romance. Heidi Cullinan doesn't do typical. Many of her books are political, and this one's no exception. The title says it all.

The Professor's Green Card Marriage is about Valentyn, a Ukrainian man and environmental scientist in his late-30s who's been living in the States since college but is still dealing with visa issues. His latest work visa is denied, and his friend Dennis convinces him that the easiest (and possibly only) way not to be deported is to marry a U.S. cit
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I don’t know exactly what it is about the fake relationships trope that makes me so happy but I really get a kick out of them. I suppose it’s the “let’s pretend and *boom* suddenly it’s not so fake anymore” that brings a smile to my face every time. I don’t typically gravitate towards politically charged books but for some reason, this one pulled me in. I got a little more than I bargained for but I’m certainly not complaining. Selective mutism is not something I’m overly familiar with. Peter ha ...more
Apr 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, age-gap
*3,5 stars*

Medical conditions have always interested and fascinated me. I’d heard of Selective Mutism but didn’t know anything about it. I do now! It wasn’t only educating and but also very heart-rending.

Tbh, finding out about SM and how Peter lives and copes with it was one of the highlights in this book. It is obvious a lot of research happened here.
I also found the info about the immigration process in the US quite eye-opening. And upsetting. I can really appreciate the anguish Valentyn and
Ed Davis
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy books written about someone learning to deal successfully with their disability. Peter suffered from selective mutism. I’d never heard of this , but it was fascinating. Valentyn struggled as well. He is about to lose his green card and will be sent back to Ukraine. He also drinks way too much and smokes. The story is very touching. I loved it in the beginning. However, after they decided to marry it kind of drug until they finally marry. The ending was wonderful.
3.5 stars

Cute and heartwarming.

Professor Valentyn Shevchenko is about to lose his job, and the country he has come to call home, after his visa runs out.

Peter Grunberg, the cute barista with selective mutism, offers the solution completely out of the blue - a marriage proposal.

Those first words set off a whirlwind romance that neither man expected, or could have hoped for.

The fake relationship trope is one I generally enjoy. Peter and Val up the ante with a full-on marriage, very real communicat
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
Two men with huge obstacles to overcome. Peter had selective mutism which I learned quite a lot about. (Hey, why waste good research!) V was a chain smoking alcoholic. But we were meant to believe the drinking was sexy. The smoking was forgivable because he was offsetting it with walking instead of driving or some other thing. This book had so many agendas I felt like the story was nothing but a platform for the author's social views. It made it impossible to become invested in the story. ...more
Ulysses Dietz
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ulysses Dietz Member of The Paranormal Guild Review Team
Rating: ----five stars
The Professor’s Green Card Marriage
By Heidi Cullinan
Dreamspinner Press
Page count: TBD

Other than the clunky title (which, admittedly, says it all), I loved this book. This is a love story, with love’s path made rough by the peculiar circumstances and the idiosyncratic personalities of the two main characters. Classic m/m fiction seems to insist on its central players being somehow messed up, as if a romanc
Ntokozo M
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
4,5 heartwarming stars!

I loved this book! I loved the exploration of selective mutism and the issues around US citizenship! I loved the connection the couple had and the fact that they just kept showing up for each other! So good!
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm only slightly embarrassed for how much I freaking loved this. I finished it in one sitting and reread bits of it for days afterwards. Is it objectively as good as all that? Who knows. But it hit a bunch of things that are things for me in romances.

1. A main character who's an academic (and slavic!)
2. A main character with a mental health condition
3. A marriage/relationship of convenience
4. Falling in love via letters (or in this case email and texts)

Yes please. Heidi Cullinan is also an e
Mar 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: queer, romance
"I would set the world on fire for you."
"No. I like the world. Help me save it instead."

This was such a lovely read.
I think the portrayal of selective mutism was really insightful and well written - it wasn't romanticised and Peter was such a great example of how there's so much going on behind the face of someone with SM even though they'll look completely wooden in front of you. I loved how brave Peter was and how he wouldn't give up.
His support system (from when we joined him) was also grea
Terri Jones
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story has so much heart.

I know little about the process of foreign workers in the US and the process to get a green card and then citizenship, but I know it's a long process and getting harder to navigate. I loved both guys and everyone around them, and their difficulties felt real and sometimes overwhelming. I may have cried several times during the last few chapters.
Feb 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Liked this alright enough, but I suppose I was also not in the best mood while reading so that affected my enjoyment of the story. The storyline and premise was interesting- having a green card marriage offer premise in the beginning, between an older Ukrainian professor Valentyn whose work visa had just been denied and he absolutely did not want to return to Kiev due to his being gay, and younger Peter who works at his uncle's coffeeshop and has been dealing all his life with selective mutism a ...more
Sasha Ambroz
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: so-gay, romance, fiction, own
Professor Valentyn Shevchenko needs to stay in the USA, but his work visa was suddendly denied. The best way for him to stay is to have a green-card marriage. His only prospect is a shy barista Peter Grunberg.
As a Ukrainian I was very curious about this book. I'm used to the depiction of Ukrainians in the books and movies. What? You are not Russians? But you use Cyrillic alphabet, it means you are the same peoplz, right?
Heidi Cullinan didn't dissapoint me. She really did her homework. The joke a
I have read and enjoyed several epistolary novels in the past and have really enjoyed the style. Unfortunately, it didn't seem to work for me in this novel. Instead of maximizing the intimate nature of their relationship, I found it distanced the characters from me, the reader.

I did find the information about selective mutism and the U.S. immigration process interesting.
I do like the way this author incorporates topical, interesting social issues into her romances. I learn something, I feel more compassion, and then there's the hotness. Yum.

Great characters, great storyline, great end.
Aerielle Bondi
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I wasn’t sure if I would like this book since the fake relationship/marriage trope is probably one of my least favorites. However, since this was written by one of my all time favorite authors I gave it a go.
This book was AMAZING!!!! The characters were great. Each one is dealing with very different problems. Val (no way am I trying to spell his full name) is scared of having to return to his home country. He comes off as almost paranoid a few times, thinking the government is reading his email
Apr 10, 2020 marked it as did-not-finish
DNF @ 30%

Urgh, I was so into this and the premise, but then it went downhill so fast.

I was really interested in reading about a selective mute character and how the main characters would deal with that, but it went in a completely different direction than I expected. I thought Peter would be genuinely shy and that he and Val would spend a lot of time getting to know each other, but no. Of course Peter can be perfectly sassy, open, flirty and outgoing in text form. I'm not saying that has to be a
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite authors from way back. There is very little that she has written that I don’t absolutely love. But in recent years, she has gone ever further than the typical romance trope. She has taken on some pretty significant mental, physical and emotional challenges and given voice to a largely ignored section of society. I LOVE her for this!! Also, this is just a great read so go enjoy it! I also appreciated the nod to current political situation.
When losing impulse control to commit both a social gaffe and a major felony is the best decision of your life

Contemporary sweet m-m marriage-of-convenience/ romance

Eavesdropping. Proposing marriage as the first words uttered to a stranger. Committing a major felony.

Thankfully after the first exchange, Peter and Val don’t always need such extreme measures to work through relationship issues, even though both bring their own unique characteristics - expiring green card, SM (selective mutism), so
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2020

I don’t really like episilatory novels, here text and email. It suited the story line, but felt like an info dump. That said, I enjoyed the story and characters.
Heather Cat
Feb 23, 2020 rated it liked it
I've been delaying a review of this because I haven't been able to sit down and put my thoughts into words properly. Still not sure I'm ready to do that, but we'll see how it goes.

This book was sweet, fluffy, and nicely informative about selective mutism and US citizenship issues. I appreciated reading a book with the latter. It also has some hot, dirty sex (on a table in a cafe even!) which I love. When Heidi Cullinan writes dirty sex, she does it well.

Beyond the steam and information, this boo
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
DNF 30%

Its just so boring:( I really wanted to like it, but i couldnt stay interested...
Serra ᵔ·͈༝·͈ᵔ
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was pretty cute!

I liked how understanding Valentyn was with Peter and I felt like the conlifct of green card marriage versus actual attraction/interest was pretty well balanced.
Jacqueline Grey
Sep 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I've been delaying a review of this because I haven't been able to sit down and put my thoughts into words properly. Still not sure I'm ready to do that, but we'll see how it goes.

This book was sweet, fluffy, and nicely informative about selective mutism and US citizenship issues. I appreciated reading a book with the latter. It also has some hot, dirty sex (on a table in a cafe even!) which I love. When Heidi Cullinan writes dirty sex, she does it well.

Beyond the steam and information, this boo
Not sure I wanted to read this given the horrible abuses wrought on immigrants here in the US. Seemed impolitic to be reading about an immigration situation affecting non-brown people. In fact, the characters acknowledge that their situation by saying "we're not brown." But I needed the escape that Heidi Cullinan's writing often gives me. This was wonderful. A subtle romance between two people with substantial issues. Peter has selective mutism which makes it hard for him to connect. I also worr ...more
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: I support this author on Patreon, and I’ve been a long time fan.

This book is exactly the story I needed right now - all about communication and the real work of relationship building. It would have been easier, I imagine, to write a green card marriage story where the focus was two people against the tyranny of the immigration system. That’s not this story. It’s the story of two people with different manifestations of anxiety in the only situation that would force them to work
Mar 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
I am a Heidi Cullinan fan and as expected I liked this story about a Ukrainian professor
who needs a green card marriage to stay in the United States and Peter, a young guy with a communication disorder - selective mutism (I honestly never heard about that).
The story kept me interested and I enjoyed how these very different guys looked for a way to communicate without many words.
However, they both also had a lot of baggage and it was overwhelming from time to time, it really got a little too much
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was both touching and engaging. I loved how the author wove true friendship and supportive partnership together with sexy romance to make a believable, solid relationship between the two main characters. I loved (and relate strongly with) how so much of their conversation and falling in love was through email and written communication. I would be interested to hear what someone who is an immigrant or someone who personally lives with SM thinks of how these issues are portrayed here, bu ...more
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
An unusual story totally worth reading. I like both Peter and Valentyn, two men with a similar problem, though it presents in totally different ways for each of them. Peter suffers Selective Mutism which seems like a private hell with no escape. Valentyn is a professor whose career depends on his ability to communicate ideas to others, however, he has trouble being and communicating his authentic self to anyone he may be intimately interested in. In addition to what appears to be an insurmountab ...more
R.B. Austin
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gah!! 🥰💖

"The Professor’s Green Card Marriage" received FOUR stars.

The novel gained *stars* for these items:

* gained for: "The book caught my interest in the first five pages."

*gained for: "I thought about the book when I was forced to set it down and re-enter society."

* gained for: "There were no info dumps, poor writing, or copy edit mistakes that jerked me out of the story."

* gained for: "I was sad when the book ended. I wanted more!"

The novel failed to gain stars for this item:

NO STAR gaine
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Heidi Cullinan has always enjoyed a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. Proud to be from the first Midwestern state with full marriage equality, Heidi is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights. She writes positive-outcome romances for LGBT characters struggling against insurmountable odds because she believes there’s no such thing as too much happy ever after. When Heidi isn't writing, she ...more

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