American figure skater Carrie Parker’s Winter Games dreams were dashed when her philandering partner caused one of the greatest scandals in skating history. Blacklisted from competing in the United States, her career is over…until she receives a mysterious invitation and is paired with the most infuriating, talented—and handsome—skater she’s ever met.
Russian champion Anton Belikov knows sacrifice. He gave up a normal life and any hope of a meaningful relationship to pursue his dream. And he’s come close—with a silver medal already under his belt, the next stop is the gold. All he needs is a partner. While he’s never forgotten the young American skater he seduced one long-ago night in Amsterdam, he never expected to be confronted with their past…never mind share the ice with her.
When what starts as a publicity stunt grows into something real, Carrie and Anton’s partnership will test their loyalties to family, country and each other. With only a few months to train for the competition of a lifetime, can they master technique and their emotions, or will they lose their footing and fall victim to the heartaches of their pasts?
“This surprised and delighted me in ways I never expected and consider it one of my favorites for 2015. 4.5 stars for Pairing Off!”~ Bookaholics-Not-So-Anonymous
“This quiet, romantic book is such a lovely read and one of my favorites of the year thus far.” ~ Bibliocrack Review
Sightseeing with Carrie and Anton
Pairing Off’s Russian setting made the book a challenge, and a lot of fun to write. Check out some of the places Carrie and Anton go in the story.
Carrie’s first day on her own in Moscow includes a stop at this place to find out if it’s true that Russian Big Macs are topped with caviar, rather than Special Sauce.
On their first date, Anton takes Carrie to Moscow’s famous Red Square. Carrie wonders if the name is a reference to communism, but Anton tells her that it comes from an old Russian word for “beautiful.”
An impromptu skate in Gorky Park on a snowy night brings Anton and Carrie closer to becoming more than on-ice partners. Does the night end with their first kiss?