Pairing Off

Pairing Off

by Elizabeth Harmon

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ISBN-13: 9781426899508
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 02/02/2015
Series: Red Hot Russians , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 586,370
File size: 373 KB

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Pairing Off 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Ice-skating - An awe inspiring sport where poise, grace and beauty take center stage. With her Red Hot Russians series, Ms. Harmon gives her readers an up close and personal look at the drive of the athlete. The successes and losses, as well as backstabbing betrayals that are often overlooked within this beautiful sport. Through fictional characters we get a look at the drama behind the scenes of it all. Pairing Off is the first book in the series. Through no fault of her own, Carrie lost out due to the scandalous actions of her partner. At a crossroads, she receives a second chance to fulfill all her hopes and dreams, but it comes at a price. An injured partner, a foreign country and a complicated relationship are at the forefront of this second chance story. How far will she go to succeed? Good start.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Carrie Parker has been chasing a figure skating gold metal her entire life. She is the daughter of a wealthy businessman and she is desperate to replay her father''s investment She is already struggling with low self-esteem when a scandal with her partner forces her to quit her current program less than a year before the Olympics. Carrie is forced to find a new partner and her best candidate lives in Russia. She decides to travel to Russia and train/partner with Anton Belikov, whom she met at a previous competition. Carrie and Anton have a deep connection and are compatible both personally and athletically. As the Olympics draw near, will they be able to overcome the personal, political, and national ties keep them from achieve their dream? I have loved figure skating since I was a little girl, and Pairing Off brought me back to the days of Nancy Kerrigan and "The Cutting Edge". I love how Ms. Harmon balanced realistic details of the sport with a steamy, slow building romance between the main characters. I also enjoyed the Russian setting and supporting characters and found that they added a lot to the novel. If your a sucker for a good sport's romance featuring a hot Russian skater and a plucky American princess, you will love this book. I was given this book for an honest review, but I had previously purchased the novel.
CleverGirl1 More than 1 year ago
Anton and Carrie's story begins in Amsterdam, they're both teenagers, young athletes at a party, sharing neither language nor their names, but sparking a connection. They're brought back together years later when both Anton and Carrie have been treated abominably by their skating partners, by switching partners and with a scandal that destroys Carrie's career as an American skater respectively. They both have a second chance to achieve their dreams though by working together. Their journey is rocky as they struggle to build trust, a relationship on the ice, to perfect their programs. Anton is strong, generous, loving - a little too loving when it comes to his ex-partner/current girlfriend, the vile Olga, but it shows how deeply he cares and how he sticks by his commitments. Carrie is dedicated, kind and gentle, haunted, and both brave and timid. She was brave to leave her country, to travel halfway across the globe to a country where she didn't know the language, culture and knew no one. But she also allows her father to control her life, to keep his secrets, to endure his condemnation. I liked watching her evolution over the story. Trust and honesty don't come easy to her and she has to work through her past if she wants any chance of happiness with Anton. I loved Anton and Carrie together as friends - they're generous with their time and their support - and especially as romantic partners. They're a lot alike. Both fiercely loyal, both hold on too tight to relationships that cause them pain, but once they realize that they deserve better both are willing to fight for what they want. They face many obstacles to a life together - their nationalities, her family, her secrets - and someone is going to have to make a sacrifice. Moscow was almost another character. Following Carrie around Moscow, seeing Red Square, churches and many other sights, I found myself Googling pictures so I could see what she did. I look forward to reading more by Elizabeth Harmon and see what she has in store next in the Red Hot Russians series. Disclosure: ebook provided in exchange for an honest review
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Wonderful love story in the cutthroat world of figure skating. Anton is an absolutely lovable hero - from his first encounter with Carrie to his loyalty to Olga - he will win you over. It is a slow building romance with lots of "almosts" that will sometimes frustrate you, but the wait is well worth it.  I also really enjoyed the setting and great descriptions of the country.  Looking forward to the next couple - wonder who it will be? ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
This book is described as "The Cutting Edge with a Russian twist" and it's an apt description as it engendered in me the same heartwarming, feel-good feelings as the movie. From its immensely likable main couple to the colorful cast of secondary characters to the vivid depictions of the rigors of ice skating I was fully immersed in this story from the first page to the last. The descriptions of Moscow further enhanced my engrossment in this story and as an homage to the city it was a beautiful addition to the already emotionally engaging storyline. American skater Carrie came from a family of wealth with a father more concerned with appearances than his daughter's feelings. Growing up she had plenty of heartache that took away her confidence and left her untrusting of others. A recent debacle starring her pairs partner has left her reeling even more and trying to start over in Russia with new partner, Anton. Her past connection with this new partner though could once again lead to conflict as the attraction she felt for him is as intense as ever, but as she doesn't want to be seen as the other woman she keeps her feelings hidden. As the pressure to succeed keeps mounting she finds the support of Anton the only thing she can count on in a world where she feels all alone. With the Games only a few months away, and with pressure coming from her father and blackmail from her ex partner battering away at her self-confidence, she'll need Anton's support more than ever. But will it be enough to win or will she feel like a disappointment once again? Carrie's an immensely likable girl whose self-confidence has taken a beating. She never felt good enough and hides behind a facade of the sweet Southern girl when she longs to speak out. With Anton though she slowly comes out of her shell. She carries guilt over events blown out of purportion but she closes herself off for fear of them coming to light. Her family is more concerned with their future than hers which sets her further adrift until Anton and his family take her to heart. She's a kindhearted girl hurt by those who should've protected her and it's not until she goes half-way across the world that she finds a real family who support her wholeheartedly. Anton was always made to feel inferior to his glamorous skating partner. When she dumps him he finds Carrie to be the perfect partner as she too was seen as inferior in the skating world. He admired her loyalty though and knew she'd give her all to see them succeed. She also engenders surprising feelings in him from the moment they first met that have them soon becoming more than friends. As Anton works to earn Carrie's trust and to get her to lower her emotional walls, the truth comes out about their past connection which makes her even more important to him. To prove his commitment he's willing to sacrifice his promise to win by upending Russian tradition. Will it pay off in a gold medal, and more importantly will they stay partners off the ice once the Olympic flame is extinguished? Anton is a delectable hero, truly caring and supportive. He's a romantic man in his words and deeds and I loved his broken English and self-deprecating humor. He's loyal to family and to others who don't deserve him and in Carrie is someone truly in need of loyalty which had me rooting for them. The romance here is a slow burning one but held me captive from the very beginning and I look forward to more action on and o
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
I was looking for an intriguing sports romance when I came across Pairing Off from new to me author Elizabeth Harmon. The majority of this figure-skating centered novel takes place in present day Russia, and by the end of the book, my knowledge of the country and its language greatly increased. This story is about the unlikely union of two pair skaters, American Carrie Parker and Russian champion Anton Belikov. Due to circumstances beyond their control, they both find themselves without a partner less than a year before the winter Olympics in Lake Placid, and they want to be a part of it. So Carrie temporarily relocates to Russia to train with Anton, in hopes of finally obtaining the positive recognition she deserves, while simultaneously squelching the unscrupulous scandal that abruptly ended her American figure-skating career. With the odds stacked against them politically, professionally and personally, Carrie and Anton fall in love and finally achieve the happiness they spent their entire lives training for. Mrs. Harmon executes the tortured heroine romance trope with great finesse and understanding. The story flows at a nice pace with an effortless quality, very much like the way her characters perform their skating routines. Ms. Harmon has created wonderful, realistic characters that are both appealing and engaging. Many times my heart ached for Carrie, as she dealt with the obstacles of living and training in a foreign country, while working through the demons from her past. Her guilt was especially intense, when her politically obsessed father was creating havoc. I loved Anton with his gentlemanly and energetic approach to life. Not only is he a talented and good-looking man, he is genuine as well, which pulled at my heartstrings. I really enjoyed this contemporary romance. Ms. Harmon is a very good storyteller and I am so glad Carina Press provided me with the opportunity to read this well-written book. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.