Title: Getting It Back
Author: Elizabeth Harmon
Series: Red Hot Russians #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance (Sport)
Available: April 4th
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.
Source: ARC from Carina Press via NetGalley
If you’re a fan of figure skating, then this book does a great job of bringing the painful, hard work behind the effortless beauty to life. If you’re here for sexy Russians and don’t have much interest in the sport… this may not be the book you’re looking for. It’s a good second chance romance, but the emphasis is heavily on the sport and even though I really like figure skating, I found it did drag a bit at times.
I really liked where this started out, with Amy being amazing and forgiving and all around awesome, while Misha is all sad and pitiful and deeply in need of her help. The pair of them are pretty sweet as they muddle through. I really liked how supportive Amy was, encouraging Misha to get back on the ice and reclaim something of his former dreams.
Then it heads to Russia, and I have to admit that’s when this book lost my attention a little. There’s a lot of detail about Moscow, and while this was great and all, at times it felt a bit like a guidebook. It doesn’t help that Amy and Misha’s relationship is very stop/start, with plenty of feelings swirling around and being denied because of the past, or because of professionalism, or just because. Which leaves Misha single-minded and prone to selfishness, while Amy is trying to be supportive and worrying a lot, for very good reason – but then what did she really expect? She knows the guy, she knows what he wants, it could hardly have come as a surprise that he would push things the way he did.
I don’t know. There were things about this book that I really enjoyed – the early reunion, the friendships and reconciliations to be made – but it also felt pretty long at times and somewhat predictable. I liked it, but I didn’t love it. Amy is so very forgiving that it made it feel a bit odd when she changes tack, while Misha starts off so sweet and slowly shuts down as he becomes obsessed with his goal once more. They’re complicated, but a few of the twists of their relationship I found more annoying than compelling.
So on the whole this is okay. If you love figure skating and second chances, then you’ll probably find plenty to enjoy here. I did like how things turned out at the very end too, and it all made me curious about where this series might head next.
Getting It Back is out April 4th!
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