Book Review: From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata
POSTED NOVEMBER 24, 2021 BY WHITNEY IN BOOKS / 0 COMMENTS
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From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata
Published by Independently Published on February 1, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
If someone were to ask Jasmine Santos to describe the last few years of her life with a single word, it would definitely be a four-letter one.
After seventeen years—and countless broken bones and broken promises—she knows her window to compete in figure skating is coming to a close.
But when the offer of a lifetime comes in from an arrogant idiot she’s spent the last decade dreaming about pushing in the way of a moving bus, Jasmine might have to reconsider everything.
Including Ivan Lukov.
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There is no denying my love for Mariana Zapata’s writing. From Lukov with Slot Gacor Hari Ini Love is one of my favorites by her. A unique sports romance and the best friend’s brother trope? How could anyone not love this one!
Jasmine is so close to giving up her dream of becoming an accomplished ice skater. After many years of no awards or metals, she is starting to doubt herself. Yet she still practices everyday because she feels like she owes it to her family. They have made sacrifices for her barely there career over the years. That all changes when her skating rival offers her a deal she cannot turn down.
Ivan Lukov has been a thorn in Jasmine’s side for as long as she could remember. He is her best friend’s brother that just happens to love ice skating. His skating career, however, has been more successful than hers. He and his skating partner have always been her biggest competition. But now, he is in need of a new partner – and his team wants Jasmine.
“Love to me was honesty. Being real. Knowing someone’s best and worst. Love was a push that said someone believed in you when you didn’t.”
- Sports Romance
- Slow Burn
This book is top tier sports romance material. If you are a fan of sport romances and haven’t read this one, you better get on your A game. There are very few ice skating romances out there. That experience alone makes this book worth the read. I adored getting to see the inside of the skating rink and how demanding the sport really is. Research was done and it was presented well.
And, of course, this is a MZ novel so it has all her staples. You can expect a loner/grump hero and a badass heroine. There is definitely the whole enemies-to-friends-to-lovers vibe going on. Or it could also be a rivals-to-lovers storyline. There is caretaking, wonderful family dynamics, and pets! With the book coming in at a whopping 540 pages, it is a masterful slow burn that explodes at the end. Beautifully, in my opinion.
From Lukov with Love is also a standalone. It does have a few nods to other books in her backlist, very common in her books. Mariana loves sprinkling in easter eggs for her readers to find. Dear Aaron ties into this book a lot as Jasmine is the sister of that book’s heroine. You necessarily don’t need to read it first. It just made me happy to revisit previous characters. But you do you, boo.
“I believe in you. In us. Regardless of what happens, you will always be the best partner I’ve ever had. You’ll always be the hardest working person I’ve ever known. There will only ever be you.”
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