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Heating It Up

(Red Hot Russians #3.5)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  24 reviews
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 th
Kindle Edition, 85 pages
Published February 27th 2017
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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
Suze Lavender
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nora is heartbroken. After losing the man she loved she put everything she still had to give in her job and designed a beautiful house in Amity Bay, Antarctica. The guesthouse is mostly self-sufficient. Nora is an architect and has done the largest part of the work, but someone else took credit for it and stole her promotion in the process. Now Nora also doesn't have a job any longer. There's no reason to leave Amity Bay together with her ex colleagues, instead Nora wants to be on her own and hi ...more
Emily (Falling for YA)
This was alright. Nothing special. I liked that it was set in Antarctica but found the romance lacking. The two characters could've solved their argument/misunderstanding in one conversation but it was dragged out over this 90 page novella.
Jennifer Comeaux
I enjoyed learning about life in Antarctica. The author obviously did her research!
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I loved this story, which features a sweet and sexy Russian hero, Alexei, fighting to save a remote scientific outpost, Amity Bay (in Antarctica). He meets Nora, an intriguing castaway who is trying to recover her balance after a tremendous loss. There is an immediate attraction between them. But when Alexei discovers what brought Nora to his beloved home, they're challenged to reconcile their differences and their feelings in order to find a way forward for themselves as individuals, and as a c ...more
Tracy Lynn Shaw
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Four out of Five Stars! I would definitely recommend this novella to anyone who enjoys an interesting setting. I know that sounds "lame"... (do the kids still say that?), but this is my first book set in "The Ice", as it is called in Antarctica, and it was my favourite character. Yes, I said it, the setting was my favourite character. It manipulated the other characters to be where they needed to be, to do what they needed to do, and to react the way they needed to react.

That's not to say I didn
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Isha Coleman
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Heating It Up ARC Review: Heating It Up (Red Hot Russians) By Elizabeth HarmonElizabeth Harmon designs stories that are sultry enough to fight off the chill and emotional enough for the romantic in her readers. The previous novels in her Red Hot Russians series have bordered around the backstage life of skaters. From the heartbreaking failures to their triumphant returns, Ms. Harmon set hearts racing and hormones raging with her champions of the arena. Heating It Up is just as winning, but it's ...more
Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
An enjoyable short read, both characters have recently experienced both pain and betrayal, in Alexei's case both together, which makes the reader feel sympathetic towards them. I liked the descriptions of Antarctica and the oddballs that you find living in 'the back of beyond' and the wording was such that I could 'hear' Alexei's Russian accent. However, I didn't really feel the heat between the characters and the ending felt rushed and unfinished. Perhaps there is to be another companion story/ ...more
Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it
"Heating It Up" is a sweet romantic novella set in Antarctica. Both main characters have been in pain, a different kind for each one, but they are certainly very hesitant. He is Russian and she is American and they weren't out looking for someone, but somehow, they ended up liking each other. Lonely places, cut off the rest of the world tend to bring people together.
It wasn't steamy and there were no sex scenes whatsoever, but the reader could understand the chemistry between those two.
InD'tale Magazine

Author Elizabeth Harmon has given readers a refreshing story of loss and love in a fascinating location.

Read full review in the 2017 June issue of InD'tale Magazine.
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
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A quick read about a woman hiding in the Antarctic and a hot Russian. She’s got reasons to hide after losing everything. As things heat up between them, her secret might doom any chance of togetherness.

A short read that will have you swept of your feet or in these case pages.
Stacey (Sassy Book Lovers)
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story, it was a whole new experience for me since I've never read anything about Antarctica before. Elizabeth Harmon's words made me feel like I was there.

A fun & quick read with a very in-depth feel, wonderful characters and some saucy romance. A story I'd definitely recommend. ^_^
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked the concept, but would be remiss if I didn’t say I wish it had been a bit longer. This author is really good at slow builds and that is hard to accomplish with a novella. It was good. But definitely felt rushed at the end, with everything resolving itself within a wink, and not really any time to savor the resolution.
Elizabeth Harmon
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Antarctic romance? Why not? I loved writing this book, I hope you enjoy reading it.
Jun 30, 2019 rated it liked it
I know this was written in the space of a novella, but it seemed to move too quickly. The romance went faster than character development. I just wanted to know more about Alexei and Nora.
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Believeable settings and appealing characyers. Great dialogue!
Nov 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Cute, short, sweet, standalone.
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
A lovely little novella based in Antarctica. This is a quick and fun read that will keep you interested and really hoping for more but trust me, you will be satisfied with what you read. Hot Russian, Alexei Zaikov runs a small community called Amity Bay. He loves the cold weather and solitude living in Antarctica offers him. He's suffered a loss and likes his new simple life. When a development threatens to disrupt his sheltered life, he takes action.

Nora Bradford has also suffered a devastatin
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, contemporary, novella
A short and sweet novella about starting over complicated by a mistaken identity, Heating It Up was an entertaining read. Alexei and Nora are sympathetic characters, and though I think this story could definitely have been expanded into a longer book that would have allowed us to get to know them even better, it was still easy to root for them to both get together and resolve their work problems. I did miss the ice skating theme (Alexei is the brother of another series character, though) but fou ...more
Feb 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Novellas tend to be tricky. They should be short but complete stories. The characters should be well fleshed out and their motivations should be clear and concise. There is very little room for extras in a Novella and maybe that is why I found this book a bit flat.

Heating It Up is a complete story, more or less. The main characters, Alexei and Nora, seemed a little bit wooden to me and I didn't find much heat between them. Nora's secret seemed dumb to me, and I wondered how she could stay behin
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 Star review.

Heating it Up is the ultimate snowed in romance. The story is a novella, so we don't get to get into the nitty gritty of the characters, but still, Nora and Alexei are complicated characters. Both are running, both are seeking the loneliness of the Antarctic.

The circumstances that force the two together are odd, and a unique take on an old troupe. The romance is a bit forced, as the two attempt to heal. Overall, this is a cute, quick romance, perfect for someone looking for a f
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a nice little read i liked Nora and Alexei they were cute together just could not feel any chemistry between them other than that it was a cute little story
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Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've been a fan of the author's sweet, gentle and sincere "beta" heroes through her Red Hot Russian series, and I think Alexei is my favorite so far. The setting of Antarctica is a first for me, and I found it fascinating--almost a character in itself--while not feeling as if I was getting big chunks of research dumped on me. Both Nora and Alexei are wounded, and finding their way back to being vulnerable again. A short read, but very satisfying. Easy to recommend.
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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 her to s

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