Getting It Back

Carina: Harlequin. (Red Hot Russians, Bk. 3). Apr. 2016. 272p. ebk. ISBN 9781459290419. $3.49. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE/SPORTS
Amy Shepherd is awakened by a call from former flame Mikhail "Misha" Zaikov because he is alone, cramped—stuck by his back spasms—and he needs her. Fighting the urge to leave him as coldly as he once left her, Amy goes to him and finds a broken man in place of the virile, medal-winning, world-class figure skater with whom she'd fallen in love. As his athletic trainer, Amy offers shelter and care as Misha starts to rebuild his body and his career. With their romance rekindling, they follow Misha's skating connections to a Russian training center, where he begins intense effort for his return to competition. But a skater's life is one of hard work and hard falls, and Amy struggles to accept the harsh realities of his physical condition. Would he want a future with her more than a future on ice? Could he choose love over victory?
VERDICT Fans of Harmon's series (Pairing Off; Turning It On) will be pleased with this return to the world of competitive figure skating, with several familiar characters back in the rink. A romance story fit for all of those skate-lovers and those who enjoy watching from the sidelines. Both red hot and icy cold, this romance heats it up on the ice!
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