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Review: Heating It Up by Elizabeth Harmon

Series: Red Hot Russians #3.5 heating-it-up

Title: Heating It Up by Elizabeth Harmon

Author: Elizabeth Harmon

Publisher: Elizabeth Harmon

Published: February 27th, 2017

Pages: 85

Rating: 4/5

My Review:

This novella romance takes place in Amity Bay, Antarctica and will certainly warm you up! Both main characters have suffered losses and are struggling to come to terms with their loss or to trust again. Alexei Zaikov is in charge of the small community and loves life with the mismatch of people and personalities living there, though as the ‘boss’ he feels it precludes him from any close relationships with the other residents.

Glacier Ridge Lodge is the new self-sufficient building in the area. It was designed by Nora Bradford who put her whole focus on making it the very best possible, a great distraction after tragically losing her fiance in a diving accident two years ago. Her boss, however, instead of living up to his promise to ensure she was recognised for all her innovative hard work chose to promote a male colleague who had actually hardly done anything towards the concept or building. When she challenged him about this, he immediately sacked her. Now she’s chosen to hide out at the lodge, but she hadn’t counted on the red hot Russian finding her. The attraction between the two is rampant but the lies force restraint. As the Amity Bay community, researchers and everyone else now face losing their roles because of her innovative design, will discovering this alienate him from her? Can love find a way?

I’d thoroughly enjoyed other books in this series and generally did this short novella too, as long as I suspended my belief that no way would the boat have left without finding where she was. They really couldn’t leave someone stranded in the Antarctic like that, I hope! I would assume some for of health and safety procedure would prevent it happening really. If you disregard that – it is a story, after all – then it is a story of resilience, overcoming what life has thrown at you to move on to a more promising future, keeping love and hope alive. I really want to know if they succeed in their endeavours discussed at the end of the story. It is these two aspects the caused me to lower my rating. It is still a great read and heartwarming romance in a cold climate. I would have liked an epilogue at least to share how things worked out – or there to be a sequel in the pipeline! I’m not sure if there will be on to continue this story, but certainly hope so.

Just amending my review within hours of posting it. The author tweeted me to say that a sequel is in the pipeline . . . that ups my rating to 4/5 – can’t wait to read the sequel, I want to know what happens to this couple and the community!

Many thanks to the publishers for gifting me a copy of this novel, via NetGalley, with no obligation. This is my honest review.

Synopsis

Red Hot Russian Alexei is king of the Ice…Antarctic style

Alexei Zaikov loves his life in remote Amity Bay, Antarctica, until a new luxury guesthouse threatens the small town’s future. As head of Amity Bay, he’s driven to save it, but first must discover who is hiding out in the supposedly deserted lodge…and why. Nora Bradford has lost everything; a promising career and the man she loved. Glacier Ridge Lodge, the architectural masterpiece she designed but was denied credit for, seems like the perfect place to grieve her loss, until a ruggedly handsome Russian arrives on her doorstep, determined to bring her in from the cold. Desire sparks, leaving them hungry for more. But will the truth about Nora’s role in Amity Bay’s demise, doom their romance?

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