Review: Heating It Up by Elizabeth Harmon (Red Hot Russians #3.5)


Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Barclay Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

Heating Up is the latest release in Elizabeth Harmon's Red Hot Russians series and it's a novella set in Amity Bay, Antarctica and features Alexei Zaikov, the younger brother of figure skating champion Misha Zaikov, whose story was told in the third novel in the series, Getting It Back. Here, Alexei is basically in charge of the small town of Amity Bay and prefers his life of solitude. Then he stumbles upon what he believes is an intruder in the deserted Glacier Ridge Lodge, but it turns out to be none other than Nora Bradford, the woman he briefly met before while the company she worked for was in town. Nora's hiding out, still mourning the loss of her fiancé and having taken away from her the deserved acknowledgment for having designed the lodge she's now in before she was summarily fired. Soon, Alexei and Nora are heating things up, but will he still want to be with her when he learns the role she played in the creation of the very lodge that may cost the people of Amity Bay, Antarctica their home?

I've enjoyed the three full-length novels in the Red Hot Russians series, and this novella is, I believe, the first one where neither of the main characters is a figure skater. This is also the first book that's been self-published and author Elizabeth Harmon once again makes it easy for any reader to picture just how enchanting a place as seemingly daunting as Antarctica. This is probably my favorite setting among all the books currently released. Nora and Alexei were interesting main characters and they did have a fair amount of chemistry. They've both endured loss in their lives and have dealt with it their own ways. Together though, it's as if they've found a higher purpose as they fight to keep Amity Bay alive and thriving. The novella is, as expected, a short and quick read, and I felt that there could have been more delving into what was happening with Amity Bay and a bit more exploration as to where things were going between Nora and Alexei. As it is, Heating It Up was promising and I'm giving it 3.5 stars. ♥

Date Read: 03 March 2017

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