Getting It Back

Getting It Back

by Elizabeth Harmon

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ISBN-13: 9781459290419
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 04/04/2016
Series: Red Hot Russians
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 644,291
File size: 3 MB

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Getting It Back 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
BiblioJunkies More than 1 year ago
* * * 1/2 I love to watch figure skating. And when I was a kid/teen I was obsessed to the point that I checked out every possible non-fiction book at the library so I would understand EXACTLY what was happening on the ice. As an adult, I still enjoy it but since we don’t regular TV (Netflix/Hulu family here) I rarely see a competition. But the love is still there. So when I saw that there was a romance featuring figure skaters I was all in! When Amy Shepherd receives a call for help from her old boyfriend, Misha, she immediately runs to his side. Not going to lie. This bothered me at first. We learn immediately that Misha left her without explanation. So the fact that she would jump to his aid so dramatically made me uncomfortable. But as I slowly learned more about Amy and Misha the more I was convinced of the strength of their connection as well as their individual reactions to that connection. Although the attraction is still there they are both adamant about not having a romantic relationship. However, they do agree to be friends. Instead of separating after helping him, Amy invites Misha to live with her in Ohio while he figures out what he will do next. He is still mourning the loss of his competitive skating career and is at a loss as to what he should do next. Misha would love nothing more than to compete again and Amy is an athletic trainer that wants nothing more than to focus on training figure skaters. They are a professional match made in heaven. When Misha’s gets in touch with his old coach and makes plans to start training again he begs Amy to take a job as his personal athletic trainer. She understands his back injury more than anyone else and he trusts her to keep him safe and healthy during the rigorous training required for Olympic level competition. Of course, she takes the job. There were a number of things that I loved about Getting It Back. This particular romance had very different all around feel to me. It was almost like reading an epic romance without the super long timeline (i.e. Thorn Birds). I also enjoyed how both characters grew throughout the story. Misha in particular. He has huge hurdles to jump and decisions to make that take both a physical and emotional toll. By the end of the story, I loved both of these characters and cared about them. I had only two small complaints and they were most definitely about my own personal preferences than anything else. The love scenes were a little too flowery. Although I did love how they both enhanced the story telling while not taking away from the main theme of the story. I also felt like there was a lot of repetition in regards to the elusive triple jumps that Misha was insistent on nailing on the ice and that Amy was insisting he NOT do. The author does such a great job in portraying Misha’s physical struggles in other ways that the constant on page mention of the triple jumps became cumbersome at times. But honestly, those are two small things in what was a really lovely atypical sport romance. If you are a fan of sports romance… If you are a fan of figure skating…. If you are looking for something outside the usual box of football and hockey romance… I definitely recommend you read Getting It Back by Elizabeth Harmon. Nat
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
4 star The story has laughs, betrayal, twist & turns, secrets, drama, and heartbreak. If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first Pairing Off (Red Hot Russians, #1) Turning It On (Red Hot Russians #2) This is Amy’s story. When Amy gets a call from Mikhail to train him she is not sure she wants to. He left her broken and she is not yet ready to forgive and forget. Mikhail will do anything to get a second chance at skating. He needs Amy but he is not going to risk a relationship to have her training. He knows he broke her but is she going to be the one to break him this time around? Amy will help him but can she get him to understand that skating is not everything? Can she get him to understand that they need each other on and off the ice? I loved these characters and also the side characters. I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I recommend this book.
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Elizabeth Harmon's first book in the Red Hot Russians series, Pairing Off. So reading the third book was a natural succession. Unfortunately, Getting It Back, did not wow me to the same extent of the author's earlier work. I found the pace to be on the slow-side and the plot to be predictable. I liked the two main characters however, trainer Amy Shepherd and bronze medal figure skater Misha Zaikov. This story is about Amy and Misha's professional and personal relationship. They worked together and were in love once, which ended quite abruptly almost two years ago. Now they are coworkers again, as Misha begins relentlessly training his damaged body for competition, while Amy ensures that his mind and his spine can take the daily abuse. Overtime, they fall in love again and find their happily ever after. Overall, I liked this story. Amy's emotional pain and kindheartedness caused me to shed a tear or two on more than one occasion. Her purposefulness to ensure Misha's safety with the constant roadblocks from his hardheaded Russian coach was invigorating. I loved Misha's determination and his love of the sport, however, I cringed every time he fell. I also loved the happy ending and the way Ms. Harmon concluded the plot with pure joy and togetherness. Complimentary copy provided by publisher via NetGalley.
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
Text message dump??? Then a second chance at a figure skating title and love. A sweet contemporary sports romance with more at stake than the next championship. Will this result in love or gold? Misha (Mikhail Zaikov) once possessed the riches of a man on the road to success and happiness in love. Events set in motion takes most of it away from him. He throws away the other. Life hits him hard in the time that he has spent wanting to forget. A chance call in the middle of the night brings back some of what this now broken man once had. Amy has now gotten her life back on track and has endured the smothering aspects of her family. She has peace now. All up to the point of that phone call. But being the person she is. Amy will not turn her back on a friend (former lover). She was made of more and was going to show him. This was a sweet telling of second changes. Not just at love but to live and regain a feeling of self. Self-worth. Self-respect. There was some things that kept you going but there were those that should have had you but you got lost. I found moments of 'please get to the point'. Harmon gave a read that was enjoyable overall. **This ARC was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
LightningCityBookReview More than 1 year ago
A Contemporary Second Chance at Love in the intensely competitive world of figure skating. "Getting It Back " is one of the novels in Elizabeth Harmon's Hot Russians series. The story is concentrated on romance and the story rather than the sex and it works out well because the story is truly compelling and draws you not only into the figure skating world but the Russian culture as well. Amy, the heroine, has picked herself up and dusted herself off from a break-up that devastated her and caused her to run away and give up her dream career. Although she's strong in many ways she is also plays it safe as far as her love life goes. She's dating a harmless man, which keeps her heart from the pain it endured from her previous Love. The Hero is Mikhail, a former Olympic Bronze medalist Russian figure skater who was injured by the sport which he feels is his identity. This is an emotional hurdle he needs to jump in order to make room for Love. He also needs to change from his mindset of being a figure skating "rock star" who could get any woman he wants and walk away without a second glance. He realizes that Amy is more than just any woman, she brings his mind peace and she begins to make him feel as though she's "Home". This novel focuses mainly on the Hero and Heroine, there are a couple of secondary characters that play an important role but the action is definitely all about them. The focus on the story is the building of Trust and Love between the couple in this romance story. It is definitely a wonderful change of pace. "Getting It Back" is more than just a Love Story it is a book about trusting in yourself and in others who care about you, and have your best interests at heart. Elizabeth Harmon portrays a rather believable depiction of the physically grueling and fiercely completive world of figure skating. She gives us characters who are very intriguing. Mikhail is not only driven but he's charming, sweet and vulnerable, he's torn between what he feels he needs to do and what/who he wants. Plus he has an adorable Russian accent. Amy is caring and compassionate, she is also bold and passionate willing to take on adventures. The Russian settings, culture. and experiences are fascinating. I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy this book, since Ms. Harmon is a "new to me" author and subject matter is not one I am typically drawn to but I really did enjoy this novel. To read the entire review please visit:
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
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.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Getting It Back, Elizabeth Harmon Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  Romance, I love second chance romance so was keen to read this. It didn’t really live up to my expectations though, it was a decent read but didn’t have any magic spark for me. I know nothing about ice skating but then I knew nothing about snow boarding either and yet Tracey Wolff’s series simply blew me away. Though I didn’t know the terms I still felt I was there with the characters, could feel the snow, the cold fresh air and the danger in the jumps. I expected the same to happen here but it didn’t, and though Misha was risking such a lot doing the more dangerous jumps, I just didn’t feel the excitement, the risk, the danger that comes with their mention, they were just words on a page :-( even when the jumps went wrong.) I did like Amy and Misha, and felt they were right for each other but I just couldn’t get that worked up about them as a couple. I just wasn't invested in them enough to get really worked up when it looked like they would separate. Like I said, all the elements were there, good characters, well thought out plot but the story as a whole just didn’t resonate with me, make me feel alive, I didn't feel there with the characters, suffering as they do. Misha’s gesture at the end was emotional, one of the few times I really felt the drama flow through, and I just needed that bit more of them. Its perfect for others, a good storyline, it just didn’t work so well for me. That's how it goes, everyone wants something different and what works for one reader doesn’t for another. I just found this an OK read for me.   Stars: Three, a good story but didn’t have the magic and drama I needed.   ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Getting It Back is a story about appreciating the important things. Elizabeth Harmon has pinned a story that is about more than romance. It is a redemption song, an underdog story and a second chance at missed opportunities. I received an ARC of Getting It Back in exchange for an honest review. I have never had the chance to experience Ms. Harmon's work before but am glad to be getting the chance now. Misha and Amy's story was not perfect but it was a euphoric escape into one of my favorite sports. There was definite chemistry between the main characters that made the story more captivating and emotive. It was easy to get caught up in the sincerity of this story.