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Synopsis

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 figure skater was swift. Now trapped by a shameful past and an uncertain future, "Vlad the Bad" strips for cash. Joining the cast of Last Fling could earn him a fortune—or at least enough to finally leave stripping. But to win the show's prize, he must seduce an engaged woman, something he can't even bear the thought of.

Hannah's not like any woman Vlad's met before. Betrayed by the man she thought she loved and relegated to the ugly-duckling role she'd worked so hard to shed, can she trust there's more to Vlad than meets the eye? With sleazy TV tactics shattering the last shreds of the contestants' confidence, they'll have to believe true happiness is not only possible...it may be looking right at them.

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Book Reviews

Turning It On
Average rating
4 / 5
Hot Russian alert
July 11th, 2015
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 wanted to work as an actor so he convinces Hannah to join a reality show, called Last Fling, after they were invited to it by Eric, a common friend and now screenwriter. Hannah doesn’t really see the point in it but Jack is successful in convincing her that she would be making one of his dreams come true. Vlad is a male stripper that wants to be a writer and gets invited to the show to be a fling, he hesitates, worried about what kind of man he would have to become to perform the task required, but eventually agrees to do it for the money he can make by participating. I hated Jack from the very beginning, actually, I can share that I hated pretty much all the characters apart from Vlad and Alison. Even Hannah got on my nerves until she started to have a connection with Vlad, then I slowly warmed up to her. When I started reading the book, I literally could’t put it down, it was obvious that Jack manipulated Hannah in every aspect and she let him get away with it, always afraid that he would dump her. I felt like I was watching a train wreck and I couldn’t stop looking at it! That’s when I realized that Elizabeth got me totally hooked in the story. I really don’t want to spoil much, but I can say that I loved Hannah and Vlad’s dialogues and Vlad was definitely my favorite character in the book. There were moments when I really didn’t want to know what Jack was doing, or Eric by the way, and just wanted more and more of Vlad! The reality show guidelines and mind games felt very realistic, the way Vlad helps Hannah to get her self esteem up is sweet and their moments together, even though it’s a slow build relationship, are really good and Vlad’s respect for Hannah is perfect for the all situation. I just wished we got more of Hannah and Vlad’s story and less details on other secondary characters. If you like reading books about hot Russians and set in a reality show world, you have to read this book.
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Hot Russian alert.
July 10th, 2015
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 wanted to work as an actor so he convinces Hannah to join a reality show, called Last Fling, after they were invited to it by Eric, a common friend and now screenwriter. Hannah doesn’t really see the point in it but Jack is successful in convincing her that she would be making one of his dreams come true. Vlad is a male stripper that wants to be a writer and gets invited to the show to be a fling, he hesitates, worried about what kind of man he would have to become to perform the task required, but eventually agrees to do it for the money he can make by participating. I hated Jack from the very beginning, actually, I can share that I hated pretty much all the characters apart from Vlad and Alison. Even Hannah got on my nerves until she started to have a connection with Vlad, then I slowly warmed up to her. When I started reading the book, I literally could’t put it down, it was obvious that Jack manipulated Hannah in every aspect and she let him get away with it, always afraid that he would dump her. I felt like I was watching a train wreck and I couldn’t stop looking at it! That’s when I realized that Elizabeth got me totally hooked in the story. I really don’t want to spoil much, but I can say that I loved Hannah and Vlad’s dialogues and Vlad was definitely my favorite character in the book. There were moments when I really didn’t want to know what Jack was doing, or Eric by the way, and just wanted more and more of Vlad! The reality show guidelines and mind games felt very realistic, the way Vlad helps Hannah to get her self esteem up is sweet and their moments together, even though it’s a slow build relationship, are really good and Vlad’s respect for Hannah is perfect for the all situation. I just wished we got more of Hannah and Vlad’s story and less details on other secondary characters. If you like reading books about hot Russians and set in a reality show world, you have to read this book.
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