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Turning It On

(Red Hot Russians #2)

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  87 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Book editor Hannah Levinson couldn’t be happier. This “Nice Jewish Girl” is ready to marry the man she’s longed after for half her life. When her fiancé suggests they audition for Last Fling, a steamy new reality show for engaged couples, she lets herself be swayed. Maybe she’ll learn a thing or two.

Vlad Shustov’s fall from a once-bright career as a competitive
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Published June 29th 2015 by Carina Press
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May 28, 2015 rated it liked it
3 "New Beginnings" Stars

Turning It On is the second book in the Red Hot Russians series but can be read as a standalone. This is my first book by the author and I was completely capable of reading this storyline just as it is without having read the first book in the series.

The cover really pulled me in and the blurb hooked me. Hannah is engaged to long time family friend and crush, Jack. They've been together for two years and are planning their wedding when school friend now Holly
There's nothing else to say but that this book was a huge disappointment to me. After falling head over heels in love with the first book in the series, I could hardly wait to get my hands on the second. Unfortunately, none of the wonderful atmosphere and compelling characterization from Pairing Off made an appearance in this sophomore volume. Instead, we got a mindlessly inane reality show (I realize it was intended to be), and a wet blanket protagonist who was equally as mindlessly inane.

Hannah fel
Book Gannet
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Everyone in this book is awful. Seriously, they’re all so nasty – apart from poor Hannah, surprisingly sweet Vlad and a couple of the reality women (literally just two of them). Everyone else is mean. Even the supposedly nice-guy Eric is a spineless, selfish jerk who wants his career and his teenage crush and doesn’t care if he stampedes over one of his oldest friends along the way. Then again, this is about reality TV – and we all know how “real” those shows truly are.

In fact that’s
Renee Entress
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 star

The story has laughs, betrayal, twist & turns, secrets, drama, and heartbreak.

If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first
Pairing Off (Red Hot Russians, #1)

This is Hannah story. Hannah’s fiancé wants her to go on a show called Last Fling to help out a friend. Only problem is Hannah does not have people she really wants to invite to have a Last Fling as she thinks she is only helping out a friend. But when her fiancé invi
2.5 Stars

I wanted to like this book especially after enjoying the first book in the series, Pairing Off. The good news was that both characters were decent and I liked them, but the bad news was they were the only nice people in the book. I think I get what the author was trying to do with this book, but I spent so much time rolling my eyes and shaking my head in disgust at the various antics of the other characters that I couldn't really enjoy the romance. The reality show aspect was intriguing
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hoopla, contemporary
3.5 stars...frustrating at parts, but enjoyable. I think the friend character was a weak man and didn't feel his change of heart or true redemption as it seemed to be with strings, but otherwise, I was satisfied with the ending.
Blue Falcon
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review is of “Turning it On”, book #2 in the “Red Hot Russians” series by Elizabeth Harmon.

The Story: Hannah Leah Levinson, the heroine of the book, an editor for Bettendorf Publishing, and her fiance’, Jack Gordon, an entertainment attorney for the law firm of Windsor & St. Clair, have been asked by Jack’s friend, Eric Conrad, to go onto a “reality” show Eric is producing called Last Fling. The show, which bears a strong resemblance to Fox’s Temptation Island, involves two
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Turning It On" by Elizabeth Harmon. This tells the story of Vlad and Hannah. They meet on a reality show. Being honest, I wasn't overly thrilled with the reality show concept, especially with this one dealing with infidelity. Sadly, it's not so far fetched from shows that are on TV currently. Hannah, a shy, sweet girl, gets caught up in the show with her fiancé. While I liked Hannah, at times she irked me. She isn't a very strong person and is extremely vulnerable. I like a heroi
Ruthie Taylor
Jul 15, 2015 rated it liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads~~

This is the second in the series - and I enjoyed the first one a great deal.

This story made me wistful, and even rather sad. Hannah and Vlad have been dealt some rough hands, and Hannah seems to be oblivious to it in many ways. The tv reality show is inspired, but incredibly painful, and annoying to read. I have a major aversion to them in real life, but here it was a train wreck definitely about to happen. I have read books based on the sam
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
I like Harmon generally and I always like her characters. I thought Hannah did a good job of slipping behind Vlad's walls and learning what he was all about. But oy, the reality show thing was awful. I just hate reality shows in general, so the whole spying-camera-curated-fakeness aspect turned me off so hard. I'm rooting for H+V though :)
Feb 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
With a few exceptions the characters in this book were horrible; well written and developed, but horrible. It says much for the author's skill that even though a lot of the book is cringeworthy it remains compelling, like a train wreck that you cannot look away from.
Jun 20, 2015 rated it liked it
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I am so torn in my rating of this book. Enjoyment vs. Technical aspects. So let me start this out by stating I am not a fan of "reality" TV, but I've read a few books set in that world and managed to enjoy them, and many many moons ago there was a show called Temptaion Island that I did watch (which was similar to Last Fling) so despite my general aversion I decided to read this since Hannah is a book editor (and in my head that would be a drea
Jul 07, 2015 rated it liked it
After reading Ms. Harmon's engaging Pairing Off I knew I'd found a series, and author, to keep an eye on. While this book doesn't reach the heights of that release it still presents readers with a delicious hero that I'm still dreaming of. With its intriguing premise and diverse cast of characters the stage is set for a rocky road to HEA for a woman who thinks her life is perfect and the handsome Russian stripper who longs for more out of life. When a scandalous reality show brings them in close ...more
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Jul 13, 2015 rated it liked it
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So my guilty pleasure the past few weeks (well not really guilty because I talk about it all the time and I am totally obsessed) is the new show UnReal, a really dark look at dating reality shows. Anyway, when I saw the premise of this book, I knew I was in. I mean I don’t actually watch reality dating shows, but I figured this would be kind of like an insiders look, so I was immediately interested.

So the book starts off and you are i
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Check out the full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

Note: This ARC was provided by Carina Press in exchange for an honest review.

Turning It On by Elizabeth Harmon is the second book in the Red Hot Russians series and is about book editor Hannah Levinson and male stripper Vladimir Shustov. I adored the first book, Pairing Off, where Vlad was introduced in as the teenage nephew of Ivan Shustov, coach to lead characters Anton Belikov and Carrie Parker, and had recently quit as an ice danc
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: skating
A fun romance with a good look behind reality TV mixed in. I really like how Hannah handled things and I just wanted to hug Vlad. And that ending line! Priceless.
Books, Coffee & Passion
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Books, Coffee & Passion

Turning It On is the second book in the Red Hot Russians series but it can be read as a standalone. I haven’t read the first book in this series, but the blurb seemed original and the idea of reading a book set in a reality show world got me curious.The fact that I like hot, broody Russian male characters was just a plus.

Hannah is a book editor and she’s going to marry the man she’s wanted all her life. Jack, her fiancé, works as a lawyer but he always w
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"I did it because you are a beautiful, desirable woman, and a long time ago, someone made you think you weren’t. I’m not saying a few lessons from me can undo everything, but I want you to see a little bit of what I see when I look at you.”

Turning it on. Sounds sexy, right? How bout a reality TV show called Last Fling? Engaged couples have chance at a last fling, contest style. Bachelorette with a lousy twist? Ok we all see the writing on the wall here, right? The “fling” chosen on F
Lassarina Aoibhell
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Girl has had crush on boy forever. He finally notices her at her sister's wedding. Girl and boy get engaged. Boy has always wanted to be an actor and so he pressures girl into going on a reality TV series wherein they will both be Tempted By Others and have the opportunity for One Last Fling before settling down to no-fun married life.

Do you hate boy yet? Because I surely did.

The actual hero of the story, Vlad Shustov, is quite likeable. Most of the side characters are a
Jun 28, 2015 rated it liked it
I really liked the idea of this novel. It is not your average romance story – a reality television show as the backdrop for a love story. The television show itself is quite realistic. The producers are twisting and turning everything everyone says to make the story that they want the viewers to see. Reality has very little to do with it. Harmon is a great story teller. Each character is well developed – not just the main romantic pair. There are several side stories shooting off from the main l ...more
Kate  K. F.
I didn't expect to like this much as I did because I wasn't certain that the inside of a reality show format would completely work. I ended up being impressed and adding Harmon to contemporary authors that I trust. This was a complicated book that took on a lot of tricky issues such as sex work, fame, infidelity and making relationships work. I found that overall some stories worked better than others, Vlad and Hannah's relationship while in a contrived setting felt real. At the heart of this bo ...more
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Enjoyed book 1 in this series, but was not nearly as charmed by this one. While its male protagonist is a former figure skater, this story is not set against that backdrop. Instead, we meet Vladimir, aka Vlad the Bad, after he's left skating, and is working as a male stripper in Florida. He gets talked into appearing on a new reality TV show, in which two engaged couples are wooed by a group of their dream "flings" (people they've chosen to appear on the show with them). If a "fling" can persuad ...more
Laura Hannaway
Apr 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Mixed feelings about this one.

The good:
Vlad - he was lovely, sexy and tortured whilst at the same time retaining his sense of humour. Brilliant book boyfriend material. (And I loved the premise of the novel he wants to write!)
Supporting characters - they were great. Whether heroes or villains they fleshed out the story wonderfully.
Hannah - at the END!
The Epilogue- very sweet and funny!

The not so good:
The reality TV thing and the whole premise
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I loved this story. I identified with the heroine, Hannah, who wants to give her fiance all the support she can, even though it means sacrificing her own dreams, or at least delaying them. I also loved the hero, Vlad, who is struggling to re-invent himself after surviving a difficult childhood and young adulthood.

The setting in Puerto Rico is also very appealing and exotic, and there are lots of laughs along the way with a far-flung cast of characters. I especially liked the outrageo
Angel Hatfield
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hannah is a book editor who is engaged to Jack who is an entertainment lawyer. Jack and Hannah have been together two years. Eric is an old school friend who wants Hannah and Jack to go on his reality show Last Fling. Vlad is a stripper and agree to the show for the money he is a writer and just hasn’t made it yet. Jack betrays Hannah and Vlad steps in to help her.
I did like the story and plot. Seems like everything is all about reality tv today so this plot did not surprise me . I loved some o
I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as Pairing Off, but it was still an enjoyable read. Hannah and Vlad were both sweet characters and I was happy to see that there really wasn't a lot of manufactured angst over the "editing" done by the show-runners. There was enough angst over the real actions of Hannah's fiance and her friend. An interesting secondary romance between the friend who talks Hannah and her fiance into the show and his celebrity crush. Male stripper as a romantic lead is definit ...more
Jul 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I liked Turning It On. I was often worried that Hannah and Vlad’s interactions would have been exploited further by Last Fling. I would have liked to know the parents’ reactions to the conclusion and fallout of Last Fling. I’m also uncertain about the friendship between Eric and Hannah; I would have liked a more in-depth exploration.
Maria Bikaki
Jul 27, 2015 rated it did not like it

Interesting idea but the execution was a total deception for me. I couldn’t follow the story because the main heroes didn’t get to win my heart. Indifferent characters who fell in every book cliche without being memorable. As much as an idea seems interesting without the best elements which are strong main heroes make the reading painful. Sorry but this book really wasnt for me.
Ashley Stevenson
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received ARC copy for a honest review.
Hannah engaged to her family friend and high school crush Jack. When they go on reality tv show she would she have confidence and she need to beloved. Cause he a jerk who only want fame and to be someone else.
Nancy Jones
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Gifted copy for honest review.

I enjoyed reading Turning It On the second in the series Red Hot Russians. I am not a big fan of TV reality shows, other than that I enjoyed the story and the characters. I would recommend this one.
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Elizabeth Harmon loves to read and write romances with a dash of different. She is the author of the Red Hot Russians sports romance series, and her debut novel, Pairing Off is a 2016 RITA Award Finalist.
A graduate of the University of Illinois, she has worked in advertising, community journalism and as a freelance magazine writer. She feels incredibly blessed to have a career that allows he

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  • Pairing Off (Red Hot Russians, #1)
  • Getting It Back (Red Hot Russians, #3)
  • Shining Through (Red Hot Russians Book 4)
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