Pairing Off (Red Hot Russians #1) by Elizabeth Harmon – Review

Pairing Off (Red Hot Russians, #1)Publication Date:

February 2nd, 2015


Carina Press

Goodreads Synopsis:

A scandal-plagued American figure skater’s last chance at gold means pairing up with Russia’s sexiest male skater…who happens to be the first man she ever loved.

“The Cutting Edge” with a Russian twist.

American pairs figure skater Carrie Parker’s Winter Games dreams were dashed when her philandering partner caused one of the greatest scandals in skating history. Blacklisted from competing in America, her career is over…until she receives a mysterious invitation and is reunited with the most infuriating, talented—and handsome—skater she’s ever met.

Russian champion Anton Belikov knows sacrifice. He gave up a normal life and any hope of a meaningful relationship to pursue his dream. And he’s come close—with a silver medal already under his belt, the next stop is the gold. All he needs is a partner. While he’s never forgotten the young American skater he seduced one long-ago night in Amsterdam, he never expected to see her again…never mind skate with her.

When what starts as a publicity stunt grows into something real between them, Carrie and Anton’s partnership will test their loyalties to family, country, and each other. With only a few months to train for the competition of a lifetime, can they master technique and their emotions, or will they lose their footing and fall victim to the heartaches of their pasts?


*I was provided a copy by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

As you might or might not know I love to watch figure skating and every time I have the opportunity to read a book or watch a movie that includes figure skating I know I’ll want to read/watch it. That’s why I decided to request this book from NetGalley.
I did enjoy the story but I still had a few problems with it. I enjoyed the characters and what I loved to see them skating together and how important the sport was for them. It was so important that Carrie moved from the US to Russia so she could keep skating. I also really liked the chemistry between the characters and it seemed real. I just think that there was a lot of things happening at the same time and a lot of unnecessary drama sometimes. I especially didn’t like all the political stuff and all the negative press that Carrie would get just because she moved to Russia to be able to skate. But I did loved the ending and I wasn’t expecting some of the things that happened. Another thing that threw me off a little bit was when Anton or Galina, who are Russians and talk Russian, were talking in English. I understand why the sentences were not well constructed, we’re talking about people who didn’t grew up talking English, but sometimes it would look a little bit weird for me.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read. I did have a few problems but it wasn’t nothing that I couldn’t deal with and it didn’t affect how much I liked it that much. If you’re in need of a romance filled of drama and a little of heartbreak you should give this one a try.


3.5 stars

Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If you haven’t read it would you read it?

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