"Skating Champs Leave This Reviewer Cold"
Reviewed by Kristen Donnelly
Posted August 1, 2016
Y'all, I was so excited about this book. I love
sports romances and I love figure skating. I've also watched
all season of THE AMERICANS which has
led to me to a fascination with Russia. A book which
scratched all these itches?
COUNT. ME. IN.
But, meh. The whole thing just didn't work for me. I
found Amy to be a frustrating heroine; someone who felt
more like a caricature than a character. I never fully
understood her motivations or her reasons for certain
decisions and overall, she read as a dramatic child. I
know us romance readers tend to be hardest on the
heroines, but sometimes it's with due reason. Also,
personally, I'm not a huge fan of the particular plot
device used to provide dramatic tension between Mischa
and Amy, so that had me emotionally checking out of their
Mischa, on the other hand, I could have read reams about.
He felt realized and developed, and deserving of someone
who knew herself better than Amy did! I really enjoyed
getting to know him, and his character arc.
This isn't an awful book by any means. It's enjoyable and
many aspects of it are well written. Just because Amy
didn't work for me doesn't mean she won't for you (there
are loads of folks on the Internet who love her, so
perhaps you'll be one of them!). If you like figure
skating, I'd still give this a whirl, as just about
everything to do with that in the book was fun and
In this second-chances romance, a former top men's figure
skating champion is willing to risk everything for a
comebackâ€”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
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 rejoin 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.
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