Title: From Lukov With Love
Author: Mariana Zapata
Category: New Adult
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.
Note: Chronologically, this book comes after Dear Aaron, which I found out only while reading Dear Aaron but it does not affect reading this book first in any way.
I was cruising the New Adult new release section on Goodreads when I saw this and it drew me because it’s main character is a figure skater. After I saw the movie Ice Princess, I’ve become interested in stories about figure skaters so I immediately got this book.
Jasmine has had a hard time in the figure skating world. After a hard lose in a competition that she was sure she’d win, she switched to pairs skating and was ditched by her partner only after a year together.
She’s almost given up hope, breaking her diet and practicing less while taking up more hours of work. Everyone knows that once you reach a certain age, you’ve aged out of figure skating and the only person who’s still going good is Ivan Lukov, the hottie exception and Jas’s arch nemesis.
Jas and Ivan have been trading insults for YEARS and they do NOT get along. So one day when his coach reaches out to her asking her to skate pairs with him, she’s shocked. She wants to flat-out refuse but it may be her only chance back into the game.
If there’s one thing you’ll learn from Jasmine, it’s to ALWAYS get back up after falling. I’ve begun to associate Jasmine with determination because no matter how many times she’s knocked down—figuratively or literally—she still gets back up and tries again. She’s a sore loser but she’s NOT a quitter. She’s got major flaws, I don’t deny that, but she’s also inspiring and that’s what made me like her.
Ivan Lukov is the perfect match for Jasmine. He’s great at figure skating, popular and is the only person who can keep up with Jas on trash-talking. He’s also understanding and really nice.
But the highlight of the book was Jasmine’s family. I absolutely loved all of them and will defend this statement to death. The siblings quarrel, fight and prank but will defend each other to the end. I absolutely loved all scenes involving the fam, including the really funny group chats. If I had a chance to be a part of that family, I would drop everything for it.
Zapata is known for her slow burn romances, which is what I learnt after reading other reviews. Now I attest to that as well.
If you’ve been following my reviews for a while, you’d probably know that I HATE insta-love romances and I absolutely love romances that take time and have relationship growth. We have that here.
The romance in this book is slow to progress and I absolutely loved it! The relationship between Jas and Ivan went slowly from hate to less hate to friendship and only then even reached like status.
More than anything, I loved their trash talks and insults. It made me laugh out loud multiple times.
If you like slow-burn romances, you HAVE to read this. Also if you’re interested in reading about figure skaters, this is for you. It’s been a while since I read the book and writing this review is making me want to reread it now.