Title: Getting It Back
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.
Author: Elizabeth Harmon
Series: Red Hot Russians #3
Published by Carina Press Source: Publisher
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports Theme
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Who would have thought that I would read a book about figure skating? I am not really into sports, in fact, I should say that I don’t have any interest sports at all. I decided to read something new, getting out of my comfort zone. It was a bet that paid off.
Yes, there was a lot of figure skating in this book. However, at the same time, it was all about a man quest to find out who he really is and how he can bring value into the world. Misha, is not yet 30 and he is having the illusion that his life is going nowhere. That is an extremely difficult time for Misha, and he is struggling to regain his balance.
It is also a beautiful story about forgiveness, consciously choosing our heart and giving the best of ourselves. All of these lessons are deeply needed in our world. When I think of a great book, I think about what will be staying with me once I am done reading it. Reading a book and getting shivers is always a good indication that there is something for me to learn from the event that is occurring. Forgiveness is the most powerful healing tool, yet it is the most difficult thing to do. Once we embark on the journey, there is no way back. Our heart needs to be rebuilt one step at a time. Amy and Misha story is leading the way to show us how it can be done.
The first half of the book is strong, really strong; I enjoyed every single second of it. In the second half, I had the feeling that the momentum was lost. At time, I felt it was dragging, but there was always something that was motivating me to keep on reading. That is why I am giving 4 stars instead of 5. And I have to add that those Russian skaters found a way straight to my heart.
I have been deeply touched by Misha’s story, especially his estranged relationship with his father. I felt his frustration, his guilt and that is all I needed to have my heart broken. Yes, he sometimes acted like a jerk, no doubt about it, but that’s what forgiveness is all about isn’t? No one is perfect. Some work their issues differently but all have theirs. That`s what Amy was teaching her family along the way.
Amy is a rescuer, she adopted a cat that had just 3 legs, she has a golden heart. It did not matter how Misha hurt her in the past, when he needed her, she was by her side to help him heal. She knew that he did not have anybody to take care of him in the US and she did what her heart was telling her. While, that trait might sometimes be an issue in a character, in this story it just made Amy appeared stronger. As everyone else she had her moments of doubts and breakdown, but she is a woman of integrity and in touch with her emotions. That is exactly what she was able to teach Misha. Misha, in return, showed her all about determination and courage.
I always wanted to go to Russia, this book was the opportunity for me to travel there in my imagination, and really liked the vibe of it. I have not read the other books in the series, but I will read them for sure. It is written with heart and compassion
I just loved this book, It is truly inspiring and I hope you will have a chance to read it.
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Elizabeth Harmon loves to read and write romances with a dash of different.
A graduate of the University of Illinois, she has worked in advertising, community journalism and as a freelance magazine writer. She feels incredibly blessed to have a career that allows her to spend her days imagining “what if?” and a loving family that keeps her grounded in the real world. Her debut novel, Pairing Off is a 2016 RITA Award Finalist.
An adventurous cook, vintage home enthusiast, occasional actress, and entry-level figure skater, Elizabeth makes her home in the Midwest, where life is good, but the sports teams aren’t. She loves to hang out on her front porch, or at her favorite local establishments, enjoy good food and wine, and talk writing with anyone who will listen.
She got out of bed, and changed into her running clothes, put coffee on, then returned to wake Misha. “Hey,” she sat on the edge of the bed and gently shook his shoulder. “Time for our run.”
“Nyet,” he said in a sleepy voice, and reached for her.
“You agreed to it last night. Nothing too strenuous, just enough to get your heart pumping and muscles working.”
“Don’t need running to make my heart pump,” he pulled her down onto the bed, cupping her butt through her black running tights. “As for muscles…maybe we can stay in and work this big stiff one?”
She laughed and squirmed away. “Nice try, but that muscle’s getting plenty of exercise. Rise and shine, big guy.”
She threw back the blankets, leaving him no choice but to fumble around for his pants. She waited outside and he joined her a few minutes later. They took off at an easy pace, following the path behind the center’s main buildings, then out around the pond and back. Nothing too strenuous, just as she’d promised. Their lungs filled with clean fresh air, the morning mist was cool on their skin. They returned to the guesthouse and she bent over her knees, breathing out cold air. Misha did the same. He straightened easily. “How is your back,” she said.
“Perfect. No pain at all.”
“And the rest of you? Knees? Head?”
“Knees are fine, and my head is in good place, too. Thanks to you, Amy the tiger.”
She grinned, and stood on tiptoe to kiss him. “Ready to get back on the ice?”
“Can’t wait,” he said decisively.
“You’re going to be great.”
He brushed a kiss across her lips. “For you, I will be.”