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In this second-chance romance, a former top men’s figure skating champion is willing to risk everything for a comeback–except a new start with his long lost love.
An unexpected phone call from the man who broke her heart offers Amy Shepherd an opportunity to return to the work she loves, training elite figure skaters. Except it’s just one figure skater: Him. Can she finally forgive and forget?
Figure skater Mikhail “Misha” Zaikov once had it all: medals, money and the adoration of millions. But a devastating injury put an end to his career and his romance, leaving him with nothing but regret over what could have been. His last chance to re-join the world’s top skaters is now. And there’s only one person who can help him: Her.
On Russia’s unyielding ice, Misha must reclaim what he’s lost while facing off against a talented young rival and risking further injury. But Amy soon discovers Misha’s much bigger challenges lurk off the ice. And she’s determined to keep Misha whole and healthy, even if doing so ends his shot at the gold.
I admit it, I’m a total sucker for figure skating stories. (Am I the only one who hears “figure skating” and then has the words “finger painting?” immediately echo in her head? Every time?
No? It’s just me, then? 😉
I might love that movie just a teensy bit too much–if that’s even possible)
Anyway, I was really looking forward to reading Getting It Back by Elizabeth Harmon. A series about figure skaters? Bring it on! Especially one that’s called “Red Hot Russians”–I am so there 🙂
I am happy to report that I really enjoyed this book (and have already added books 1 and 2 in the series–Pairing Off and Turning It On to my TBR, of course). Misha and Amy make a great couple–the figure skater and the athletic trainer–and it’s easy to root for them to make good with their “second chance” romance from the very beginning. I loved that their adventure took them from a dingy motel room in nowhere, USA to Moscow to a smaller Russian town–so cool!
Toward the end of the novel, some of the elements got to be a bit heavy-handed: the reason for their relationship “black moment”, for example, seemed a bit forced (a conversation probably could have fixed things in a millisecond; Amy’s overreaction felt unnecessary)–but overall I liked the path that their relationship took. Plus, the ending is absolutely adorable, so it’s easy to forgive much that happened before.
The “Red Hot Russians” from the first two books show up in this one–one has a fairly active role for part of the story, the other is mentioned several times–but even so, this one worked okay as a standalone. Fingers crossed that Ms. Harmon is going to bring us more in this series–in the meantime, though, I’ve got books 1 and 2 to look forward to 🙂
Rating: 4 stars / B+
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.