- Carina Press
- Release Date
- April 2016
- Book 3 of Red Hot Russians
In this second-chances 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 rejoin 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.
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Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Mar 07, 2016 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
74 people found the following review helpful
A hot Russian in spandex and sparkles? Color me skeptical about just how masculine (and straight) the MC would be, but somehow Ms. Harmon makes him believable.
Amy Shepherd was heartbroken when her boyfriend, Russian Olympic champion figure skater Mikhail Zaikov, broke up with her via text message on her graduation day. A few years later, she's surprised to hear from him, in massive pain and asking for her help. Despite her misgivings, Amy rushes to Misha's side, utilizing the athletic training skills she's earned to try and soothe his injured back. The two reconnect in a big way, and when Misha decides to return to Russia to attempt a resurrection of his career, Amy accompanies him as his athletic trainer. Misha is determined to make a comeback to vie for the gold medal that eluded him all those years ago, but with a brilliant yet sadistic coach, it seems he's getting more practice at falling than landing the jumps he needs to be competitive again.
Amy can't stand to watch Misha kill himself at something he doesn't need to do. She knows one wrong move could lead to paralyzation and the end of ANY sort of career in the sport. Will Misha be able to get back any sort of career in figure skating or will Amy's fears turn to reality?
GETTING IT BACK is the third book in the Red Hot Russians series, and I'm pretty sure it's the first book I've read where the man wears flamboyant, sequenced clothing on a regular basis and the woman is more interested in sports than shoes. I did like this book, but it was just SO long that after awhile I found my mind wandering and attention span waning. Every detail of Misha's jumps and spins and arguments and frustration was spelled out, and I honestly believe that this book could've been cut down by 100 or so pages and be a better, tighter read.
Amy was a real strong woman, but her near obsession with Misha clouded all of her judgement when it came to her own life decisions. Yes, I get that her moving to Russia was supposedly as much to get to practice what she's wanted for so long, but really it seemed like she spent more time staring at the Kremlin than working with Misha's pain management. Misha was a selfish, egotistical former elite athlete who did only what was best for him and thought of nobody but himself.
The other thing that drove me nuts was that all the characters' names sounded similar, and I kind of got confused at who was who at times (despite the proclivity to use full first and last names when speaking to one another).
While this wasn't an inherently bad book, I was just left very ambivalent about Misha's skating career, his and Amy's lukewarm relationship and the minutiae of both of their lives. Nothing about GETTING IT BACK was engaging to me, but I'm sure that lovers of softer romance stories will enjoy this one.
Bottom Line: This wasn't my cuppa, and I couldn't connect with either of the MC's, but fans of this series surely will like this one.
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