From Lukov with Love
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.

From Lukov with Love Details

TitleFrom Lukov with Love
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 1st, 2018
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Sports and Games, Sports, Contemporary Romance

From Lukov with Love Review

  • Val ⚓️ Shameless, Skanky, and B*tchy ⚓️ Steamy Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Have you ever seen the amazing 1992 movie that was The Cutting Edge?No?Well, I loved this movie growing up. LOVED it.ADORED it. So much in fact that I had it on VHS - for you youngun's, that was like a big tape cassette that played movies. Oh wait, young people might not know what a tape cassette is either. Here's a visual:Those were the days, folks. Such amazing clarity...Such clear and concise user instructions...But anyrewind, as I was saying...I had it on VHS.And when those went out, I got i Have you ever seen the amazing 1992 movie that was The Cutting Edge?No?Well, I loved this movie growing up. LOVED it.ADORED it. So much in fact that I had it on VHS - for you youngun's, that was like a big tape cassette that played movies. Oh wait, young people might not know what a tape cassette is either. Here's a visual:Those were the days, folks. Such amazing clarity...Such clear and concise user instructions...But anyrewind, as I was saying...I had it on VHS.And when those went out, I got it on DVD.And when those went out, I got it on Blu Ray.And when even THAT became SO 2014, I got it on Amazon Video.So I can legit carry that shit around with me everywhere I go and watch the magic to my heart's content via smartphone.I have this movie memorized backwards and forwards, folks.I can pretty much recite the whole thing. And this book?Reminded me SO much of that movie. There were two people who came together to form a figure skating team, one of whom came from a rich family that owned their own skating rink.They hated each other and argued nonstop. They too had to figure out lift holds. They fell a lot.And then there was the "Pamchenko Twist," the basically impossible, fictionalized figure skating move...which was mentioned in the book and executed in this movie. So part of me has to believe that Zapata had this movie in mind or was paying homage to it in some way.Which I am TOTALLY on board with, because I adored it. This thing was like a Kulti-fied Cutting Edge and it made my inner little 1992 nine year old heart just burst with happiness. Cause not only is Edge one of my favorite all time movies and Zapata one of my favorite authors...figure skating is one of my favorite sports, so this was just a joy to read all around. Per Zapata usual, this is a slow burn and very character-driven story told from the sole perspective of our main female character and I devoured it in one sitting. I didn't love this one as much as Winnipeg, but I truly don't think that book will ever be surpassed for me, so that's really irrelevant; but I do think I might have enjoyed it even more than Kulti, although perhaps that's just a result of the aforementioned movie nostalgia factor.But whatever.I enjoyed the book immensely and know other Zapata fans will too.
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  • ◆ Anna's ƦªϻƁℓℹռg$ ◆
    January 1, 1970
    I give up.And I feel like a traitor. Maybe one day, many, many years from now, when I retire, I will decide to finish this book while I wait for my georgeous future grandkids to wake up from their midday nap. Maybe.Not today, though. The thing is, right now I don’t have time nor patience for this story and this heroine. I can't spend one more second in her head.When you've got a lot of shit going on in your real life, you don’t need annoying heroines with their overblown problems.I still cringe I give up.And I feel like a traitor. Maybe one day, many, many years from now, when I retire, I will decide to finish this book while I wait for my georgeous future grandkids to wake up from their midday nap. Maybe.Not today, though. The thing is, right now I don’t have time nor patience for this story and this heroine. I can't spend one more second in her head.When you've got a lot of shit going on in your real life, you don’t need annoying heroines with their overblown problems.I still cringe when I see a letter in my mailbox. That’s how traumatized I was by the heroine in her last book.And I know what you’re probably thinking. Why did you pick up this book, Anna? Why? You DNF'd her last book. You KNEW this would be a slow burn romance. This is Mariana Zapata for heaven's sake!Let me explain. This is the writer who gave us Kulti. And The Wall of Winnipeg and Me.You see, there are 'authors', and then there are 'writers'. Okay, I stole this sentence from another review. My sincerest apologies.And Mariana Zapata is definitely a writer. I will not give up on her. EVER. I'm sure she will blow my mind again.As I was saying, maybe one day.
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  • Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰
    January 1, 1970
    "If I can’t skate with you, I don’t want to skate with anyone else.” Well this is awkward...This started off as a solid 4 star read for me, and it all went downhill from there. Not to say that this was not a fun read - because it was. I was just expecting more*ahem* Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce you to one of the slowest slow burns in the history of slow burns. ____________ Here's what I think's going to happen This was a unique romance novel. I would even go as far as saying that thi "If I can’t skate with you, I don’t want to skate with anyone else.” Well this is awkward...This started off as a solid 4 star read for me, and it all went downhill from there. Not to say that this was not a fun read - because it was. I was just expecting more*ahem* Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce you to one of the slowest slow burns in the history of slow burns. ____________ Here's what I think's going to happen This was a unique romance novel. I would even go as far as saying that this was more than just a romance novel. I will go even farther and just put it out there...This was not a romance novel. You're confused. I know. So am I. I mean, yes it had romantic elements to it, but this story was revolved around people finding themselves and developing and friendships and family and so so so much more. Romance wasn't even an undertone until about the 70% mark. "I could have been the bigger person, but fuck it, I was five foot three and I wasn’t built to be that person ever." I was expecting a chemical and passionate story about two people falling for each other, instead I got a fiery little cracker who at first was someone I thought I wouldn't get along with, but I grew to love Jasmine. It was her story about learning to love herself as she was, forgiving and growing. And it was so successful in that. I really think a lot of people, like me will enjoy this... I also think a lot of people will love this story for what it is - just like I have. Unfortunately, I speak for myself when I say this story just did not do it for me as a romance, but did so much more as a self journey. The Writing The narration in this book worked in two ways for me:The inner monologue felt odd and frankly, a bit too much at times. I loved Jasmine as a character because even though she was a bitch, and different to any other MC we usually get, she showed how she developed as a person as the story unfolded. The character development was so strong with Jasmine. Cheers to the author for showing that so well. Furthermore, I felt like there was a lot of elements to this story that just dragged on or was all together unnecessary. “I… I… I…,” one of them stuttered while the other looked like she was about to crap her leotard and tights. Good. I hoped she did. And I hoped it had a diarrhea-like texture so it would go everywhere" However, The banter and the budding relationship between Ivan and Jasmine was something that I loved! I laughed out loud multiple times and longed for more screen time of them just going back and forth with comebacks. “You probably sit in your Tesla and cry every time you wrinkle your sweaters.” Ivan barked out another laugh that was pretty much shouted up at the ceiling." They worked so well off one and another, and that epilogue chapter actually made me smile. I'm happy for them and I would be more happy if I could see more of their relationship growing as a couple rather than just friends. Although, I think what the intention was that for them to reach that stage of familiarity, they needed to be friends first... which in a way, I understand. “Take a picture, it lasts longer,” Ivan drawled all of a sudden. I blinked and thought about glancing away but decided that would look even worse. “I will. I think the encyclopedia needs an entry on Assholes and could use your picture as an example.” His right hand let go of the steering wheel and covered a spot over his heart. “Ouch.” I snorted. “Oh please.” The Chemistry This is where things get messy for me. While reading, I could completely feel the sparks going off between both Jasmine and Ivan, and through each endeavor they faced together. Their chemistry was great. But here's the thing: Personally, I felt like their chemistry was at a constant 'best friend' level, because both of them needed that at the time. It felt weird and odd in the last 10% for them to get together as more than just that. It felt rushed and like the author needed to get out that they were actually more than friends. Which brings me to the fact that they only did really make a move at around 88%... When they did get together, it all felt too cringey and unrealistic because it was so sudden and anti-climactic. Sure, there was always tension between them.. but whether or not I would classify that as romantic or sexual tension is debatable. It was like I was building myself up for this massive thing between them to explode and hyping myself up. Once something did happen, I kinda just looked at my kindle and went "Oh..." “Don’t sound so excited,” he replied. Then he smiled. “Which bridge do you live under and how do we get there?”
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  • Bibi
    January 1, 1970
    A conversation between ignorant Bibi and slightly less ignorant Bibi, let's call them B1 and B2B1: Five stars? Really? After all the bitching and moaningB2: *smiles at her e-reader*B1: But you hated Jasmine at the beginningB2: *widens smile*B1: You also said and I quote "what kind of fuckery is this? No 30-yr-old man speaks like this"B2: *ignores bitch1 B1*B1: *wrings hands* but....you dislike slow burn romanceB2: *casts a pitying look at B1*B1: You said Ivan and Jasmine were too old. I was ther A conversation between ignorant Bibi and slightly less ignorant Bibi, let's call them B1 and B2B1: Five stars? Really? After all the bitching and moaningB2: *smiles at her e-reader*B1: But you hated Jasmine at the beginningB2: *widens smile*B1: You also said and I quote "what kind of fuckery is this? No 30-yr-old man speaks like this"B2: *ignores bitch1 B1*B1: *wrings hands* but....you dislike slow burn romanceB2: *casts a pitying look at B1*B1: You said Ivan and Jasmine were too old. I was there, you totally said it. *sniffs*. Why are you doing this to us? *wails*B2: *casts another pitying look at B1* B1: After all that we've been through, you would do this to me? Don't think I didn't see how you cackled at that scene with HRH Lacey. I can't even comprehend those liquid things that fell from your eyes during the scene at the restaurant or how you couldn't contain your joy while reading the epilogue. I totally saw it, you...you...Ivan-fangirling, backstabbing, slow burn loving traitor. * glances away, wipes imaginary tears.*
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  • Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    5 stars!Review at Of Pens and Pages.I LOVE LOVE LOVED IT. Make way, The Wall of Winnipeg and Me and Kulti, From Lukov with Love is joining you in my 're-read all over and over and over again' pile. This book had Mariana Zapata's signature slow burn that I can't get enough, characters I can't help but absolutely love, and fantastic banter that made me laugh out loud, all the while set in a sport world I don't usually encounter in romance novels (If you know more figure skating/pair skating romanc 5 stars!Review at Of Pens and Pages.I LOVE LOVE LOVED IT. Make way, The Wall of Winnipeg and Me and Kulti, From Lukov with Love is joining you in my 're-read all over and over and over again' pile. This book had Mariana Zapata's signature slow burn that I can't get enough, characters I can't help but absolutely love, and fantastic banter that made me laugh out loud, all the while set in a sport world I don't usually encounter in romance novels (If you know more figure skating/pair skating romances, please recommend them to me!). Plus, Ivan and Jasmine are my favorite MZ hero and heroine. Jasmine Santos has been in the figure and pair skating world for as long as she can remember, but at twenty-six and without a partner after he left her in the dust, she might have to hang up her skates. Talented as she is, she hasn't won a gold medal since her junior years, and with people she has attitude problems, it isn't exactly easy to find a new partner. But when world champion and darling of the skating world Ivan Lukov and his coach asks her to become his partner, Jasmine knows this is an opportunity of a lifetime. Only thing is she can't stand Ivan, and the feeling is mutual. Despite Jasmine being Ivan's sister's best friend, the two have been at each other's throats since they were teenagers, and the animosity stayed with them even as they grew up.If they want to make their partnership work, they'll have to try to get along, or at least not try to kill each other while they're training. Outside the rink is fair game. But a partnership like theirs needs a strong foundation of trust in each other, and they don't trust each other at all. I laughed so much at Ivan and Jasmine's antics. These two did not hold back at all. They can't spend time together without throwing insults at each other that the people around them don't know whether to be frustrated or entertained. There were times my chest ached and I wanted to kick Ivan where it hurts because some of the things he said were pretty sore points for Jasmine, and honestly for me, too. Jasmine's not innocent either. But all in all, it's pretty innocent; it's become a routine for them to do it that their words do not have as much heat as it sounds. Okay, let me start with my dear Vanya. I'm pretty sure Ivan Lukov is my favorite MZ hero. He's different than the rest of the author's heroes. He's cocky but not to the point of being conceited, charming, and more outgoing than the previous heroes. He's affectionate and teasing, and has more to him than meets the eye. He's a celebrated athlete, but you can't begrudge him for his fame and success because you know well he worked hard for it. That's what makes him perfect for Jasmine. He understands her pains and struggles as an athlete, and knows better than anyone of the sacrifices they have to give to be where they are. And he's funny as hell!Jasmine, unlike her shy and reticent older sister Ruby (heroine of Dear Aaron), is outspoken and does not hold back to tell others what she's thinking. She's confident in who she is as a person and will never pretend to be something she's not just to please others, and you know what, that's what I admired about her the most. Because of that, people often mistake it for being mean and unapproachable. You are who you are in life, and you either live that time trying to bend yourself to make other people happy, or... you don't." I have a similar outlook on life as Jasmine, and it hit me in the feels when I learned more about her. She's 100% focused on her career, and because of that, she's lost time she should have been spending with her family and everyone she loves. She seems emotionally detached, but truly she's kind-hearted.If you've read DA, Jas was a teenager then and honestly, to me, she seemed selfish or conceited. She's grown since then after finally realizing how much her family has sacrificed for her to reach her dreams, and she's making a conscious effort to make it up to them. But as I've said, Jasmine isn't a touchy-feely person, and she's still trying to figure out how to make it up to her family all the while trying to understand her real goal in her career and her frustrations. It's one of her biggest struggles here, and we get to see how she overcomes that. I loved watching this part of her, the growth Jasmine has to go through in From Lukov with Love.I loved the Santos family dynamic! Jasmine and her mom, Jas and her brothers and sisters (plus their significant others and children), it was such a treat to read about them! You can see it in her family why Jasmine is the way she is. They're not outwardly affectionate towards each other in a conventional sense, but the strong love is obvious. They tease and hurl insults at each other but will threaten bodily harm on people who they think would hurt their brood. Special mention to James who's the best! It was so funny when he and Jas bickered. The family dynamic felt authentic, even her strained relationship with her father. And as a Filipino, I have to confirm that some of the parents (luckily not mine) tend to think the same as Jasmine's father who believes that a college degree and a nine-to-five office job is better than anything else.While this book is full of funny antics, it has its fair share of angst, too. But other than that, there are a lot of feels! When the two decides to become friends, it's obvious how compatible they were, and then when they started caring for each other??? AHHHH. Feels! I love it when guys are affectionate and sweet and thoughtful and ahhh. I can't. From Lukov with Love is a standalone so people don't need to read Dear Aaron to appreciate it, but I still recommend reading DA first since it was set a few years prior to Lukov. But if you've read Dear Aaron already and loved them, you'll see a little bit more of #Ruron here!Fans of Kulti and enemies to lovers romance will love From Lukov with Love! It will make you laugh, tear up, and fall in love, not just with Ivan and Jasmine, but with figure and pair skating, as well.Tropes: Enemies to Lovers, Best Friend's Brother, Sports—Pair SkatingPOV: First Person, Female POVStandalone: Yes Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    4.25 stars!!! I am obsessed with Mariana Zapata's audio books. I'm kind of just obsessed with her books, period, but I love listening to them. They have the amazing narration and make my heart happy. From Lukov with Love was the best enemies to lovers/friends to lovers/slowburn/sports romance. Ivan Lukov and Jasmine Santos have been in the same ice skating circuit for many years. Not only that, but Jasmine's best friend is Ivan's sister. Still, these two have not had the best relationship. On th 4.25 stars!!! I am obsessed with Mariana Zapata's audio books. I'm kind of just obsessed with her books, period, but I love listening to them. They have the amazing narration and make my heart happy. From Lukov with Love was the best enemies to lovers/friends to lovers/slowburn/sports romance. Ivan Lukov and Jasmine Santos have been in the same ice skating circuit for many years. Not only that, but Jasmine's best friend is Ivan's sister. Still, these two have not had the best relationship. On the surface it seems like they kind of hate each other. Jasmine is still skating, but competing seems out of reach for her right now- maybe ever again. That is, until Ivan makes her an offer she can't refuse. Watching these two work together/skate together in the beginning was a hoot. Their back and forth banter was the best. It was ridiculous at times, but in a good way. I loved watching their friendship bloom. Ivan seems like such a jerk at the start, but he is truly the best guy with the biggest heart. I shipped him and Jasmine early on and couldn't have been happier when their friendship changed into more. This was very much the signature slow burn Zapata is known for. I love the duet style narration, even though the book was told solely from Jasmine's POV, Ivan's lines were voiced by a male narrator. Speaking of narrators- the Callie Dalton/Teddy Hamilton pairing was EVERYTHING! I loved the characters, loved the story, and loved the audio. This was a very enjoyable and entertaining read I would highly recommend! “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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  • Tweebs♥️ (hiatus)
    January 1, 1970
    ✨4.5 stars✨ “My mom said I had serious trust issues, but honestly, the more people I met, the more I didn’t want to meet.” I don't know what's more sad:1) finishing this book2) my love life3) or this gif If I were to become the Prime Minister of Canada; every citizen will be required to read all of Mariana Zapata's books. I heard reading at least one book written by Mariana Zapata will clear your skin, make you hear colors, bring world peace basically no more trump and prolong your life but sss ✨4.5 stars✨ “My mom said I had serious trust issues, but honestly, the more people I met, the more I didn’t want to meet.” I don't know what's more sad:1) finishing this book2) my love life3) or this gif If I were to become the Prime Minister of Canada; every citizen will be required to read all of Mariana Zapata's books. I heard reading at least one book written by Mariana Zapata will clear your skin, make you hear colors, bring world peace basically no more trump and prolong your life but ssshhh you didn't hear that from me. Honestly, this is a win-win situation. You're not really losing anything .......except your social life because her books demand to be binge read.In all honesty, Mariana Zapata's books are a hit or miss. If you go into her books with zero expectations then trust me, you won't be let down and maybe you'd join me in this fangirl club because I need more members. “You are who you are in life, and you either live that time trying to bend yourself to make other people happy, or… you don’t.” From Lukov with Love, is as lovely as the cover. I was left in complete awe about how Mariana Zapata was able to hit in the feels once again. It's like her only obligation is to create books that are specfically designed to fuck me up. Well............ I'd hate to break it to you but you've already fucked me up since reading my all time fav, "The Wall of Winnipeg and Me". When I seen this book, I was scared that this book wouldn't live up to the awesomeness of The Wall of Winnipeg and Me and that STILL didn't stop me from going into this book with the biggest expectations. I can't help it. Expectations are attracted to me. but heyIwasn'tdisappointedatall. What's this book about ?? PLOT ✔️ i could probably re-read this book 67 times and never get exhausted✔️ the plot is very basic and I'm pretty sure you've at least read something similar like this once in your life.✔️ it has that "enemies to lovers" trope✔️ AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND I LOVE IT OKAY I'M TRASH FOR THIS KIND OF TROPE ✔️ even though i've read plots similar to this; It still never failed to surprise me✔️ ssshhh i was so into this okay let me be ✔️ The plot begins when Jasmine is offered to be Ivan's skating partner for a year. This is seen as a horrible idea by Jasmine because 1) she hates Ivan 2) she hates Ivan 3) she hates Ivan. She had to suck it up because the only dream she always wanted can only be achieved.....through Ivan. ✔️ The plot focuses a lot on skating and trust me, I didn't really know that much about the sport. ✔️ I blame my lack of knowledge on the fact that my childhood memories consisted of me falling on my ass. ✔️ skating was horrible to me as a child✔️ the ice wanted to fight me and i wasn't having it✔️ I walked away with battle scars but hey i'm still alive :) ✔️ And don't worry, the author delivers her explanation of the sport efficiently and you won't be lost✔️ If you somehow end up lost.....there's Google. CHARACTERS ✔️i don't know about you but the chemistry in this book was FIREEEEEEEEEE✔️ Living in Canada where we experience snow storms......this is a blessing ✔️ gimme the heat ✔️ If you love slow burn romance then that's what you'll find here.✔️ In all seriousness, the characters were written very well ✔️ At first, I didn't like Ivan✔️ I pictured him as this stuck up skinny dude who is passionate for the skating life✔️ and I was proved wrong because he grew on me✔️ Or more like he redeemed himself with his comebacks ✔️ but we all know jasmine's comebacks are the best✔️ And you know I have to prove my fact that she's the best by showing you an example: "Take a picture, it lasts longer,” Ivan drawled all of a sudden. I blinked and thought about glancing away but decided that would look even worse. “I will. I think the encyclopedia needs an entry on Assholes and could use your picture as an example.” OR “You probably sit in your Tesla and cry every time you wrinkle your sweaters.” I rest my case ✔️ We have Jasmine as our MC, who is a hot mess. She's naive, fiesty, and takes absolutely no shit from anyone. ✔️ except her mom ✔️ and we all know we can't treat our moms like shit unless we're asking to be kicked out ✔️ I loved Ivan and Jasmine together. ✔️ Through out the story, you witness their relationship change ✔️ At first, I was like ?? wow how do you make them fall for each other ???✔️ Then I was like ?? wow i don't see them with anyone else but each other?? WRITING ✔️ i love it like I love fries ✔️ her writing is addictive✔️ i might ask mariana zapata to write my autobiography because wowOTHERS THINGS I LOVED ✔️ If you read "Dear Aaron" then you'll see everyone in this book. ✔️ Ohhhhhhhhhhh trust me i discovered this fact halfway into the book✔️ I was mind blown because umm??? this wasn't discussed?? I was unprepared✔️ I never knew Ruby's little sister will get her own story ✔️ LISTEN I AIN'T DISAPPOINTED✔️ GIMME MORE.....but at least give me a heads up. ✔️ Oh, I loved the FAMILY DYNAMICS IN THIS BOOK OMG✔️ If you were to search up "family goals", then you'll see Jasmine's family ✔️ I have a crazy loud family but they put us to shame WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE✔️ It wasn't a 5 star read for me because the slow burn romance was a bit too slow✔️ I know it's a "slow burn" but excuse me?? does it have to be at sloth mode?? ✔️ like it was the slowest slow burn romance i've ever read ✔️ I could've re-watched Game of Thrones 3 times by the time they officially got together ✔️ I'm not asking for Insta-love or anything but wow this tested my patience. ✔️ OTHER THAN THIS TINY PROBLEM I WAS PLEASED BY EVERYTHING !!I hope you guys give this book a chance and enjoy it as much as I did <3 By now, you know what to do:
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  • Snow
    January 1, 1970
    So, on Feb 2, 2018, I HAVE SAID:on Feb 3, 2018, I'm kinda speechless...This was the fastest long slow burn romance book I have read by Mariana Zapata, and I have read them all...so, i would know *wink*This was as equally or even more beautiful as the rest of her stories, but more closely this story is closer to the cult status KULTI & The Wall of Winnipeg and me have in my heart.And most of all, after reading it, I feel this tremendous joy and fulfillment.Yeah, you might even say It made me So, on Feb 2, 2018, I HAVE SAID:on Feb 3, 2018, I'm kinda speechless...This was the fastest long slow burn romance book I have read by Mariana Zapata, and I have read them all...so, i would know *wink*This was as equally or even more beautiful as the rest of her stories, but more closely this story is closer to the cult status KULTI & The Wall of Winnipeg and me have in my heart.And most of all, after reading it, I feel this tremendous joy and fulfillment.Yeah, you might even say It made me happy. *smiles*I had found so much life altering wisdom in this book interwoven in this amazing 'real life' like story of living your dreams and sticking to it; sacrifices you make on an everyday life basis to get to live & breathe your dream, no matter how hard it gets. It about the friendship, trust, family & love.It's about self-discovery and self-worth, it's about being yourself through and through and giving your best at any point in life...It's about a lot of things that makes us human, vulnerable, strong, real and palpable...But it's also a story of completion. And that's exactly what this story has given me.Thank. You. Mariana Zapata.and I'm ending this review with my favorite quote from the book... 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.Love was effort and time. Fuckin A.
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  • bella ϟ [ bella farren ]
    January 1, 1970
    5/5 starsit's no real surprise that I loved this one, although I did go into it a little more apprehensive than I usually do with MZ books. I knew nothing about figure skating other than I wasn't particularly interested in the sport, but it only took me a few chapters before I was completely in love. rtc x 2(also I just know I'm about to binge reread all of MZ's other books, because that's just the way of life. her writing is addictive).
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  • Nanly
    January 1, 1970
    "If I had to choose anyone to help me bury a body, eat dinner with, or watch television with, it would be you, every time for everything." MY HEART IS SO FULL.I have laughed, cried, fumed, cringed, swooned, and had every other reaction in between while I was reading this book. Mariana Zapata has been so good to me - gracing me with such wonderful writing - that I actually feel guilty that my first impression of this story and these characters was:Because, confession time.It was a little hard "If I had to choose anyone to help me bury a body, eat dinner with, or watch television with, it would be you, every time for everything." MY HEART IS SO FULL.I have laughed, cried, fumed, cringed, swooned, and had every other reaction in between while I was reading this book. Mariana Zapata has been so good to me - gracing me with such wonderful writing - that I actually feel guilty that my first impression of this story and these characters was:Because, confession time.It was a little hard for me to get into this book at first, and some of the thoughts that crossed my mind were: JASMINE IS SO ARROGANT. She is so negative. I hate reading from her perspective. And this book, god, WHY IS THIS BOOK SO SLOW? Why are there so much inner monologue and so little action? And this Ivan dude, he sounds like a total jerk. How can anyone fall in love with him? Is this going to be the first book that Mariana Zapata lets me down???From wherever book gods go to watch their readers suffer, I was certain MZ snickered:The deeper I got into the book, the more I realized that there was more to the story and these characters than what met the eyes. The moment Jasmine and Ivan were put into the same room together? MAGIC. All of the initial hate and doubt that this book could ever please me immediately went away. Because their chemistry was on fire (mostly fueled by their hate of each other.) THEY WERE SO DELICIOUSLY PETTY, SARCASTIC, AND HILARIOUS TOGETHER. "I'm a catch.""A catch and release." Jasmine and Ivan both had a dark sense of humor and they bounced off each other so well. They didn’t take each other’s sh/t and they weren’t afraid to insult each other to the highest burn level possible. The snarky and witty banters were endless and incredibly ridiculous in the best ways possible.Like during their 20 Q&A's interview:"What is Ivan's favorite color?"I glanced at Ivan and made a face. "Black," I answered, but mouthed like your heart.He rolled his eyes."Is that true?" the other woman asked (oblivious), moving from her gaze from the computer back to us."I don't have a favorite color," Ivan answered."What is Jasmine's favorite?" she asked."He glanced at me at the same time the woman looked away, "Red." Then added like the blood of the children you eat. When Karina (Jasmine's friend and Ivan's sister) said "it'll be the Hunger Games on ice," she was not kidding.I initially asked myself, "So what is the point of this book?"And the point was - growth.This was a book about sacrifices, second chances, friendship, family, dreams, love, trust, and discovering your self-worth. "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. Love was effort and time." We've all had days when we questioned ourselves, "Am I good enough?" and "Are all the sacrifices I've made for rewards I have yet to see worth it?" And it was during moments like these in the book that made me fell in love with Jasmine and Ivan. While it was true that they were prideful, prickly, and a pain in the a/ss - they were also kind, hardworking, loyal, and at times, even insecure. Jasmine and Ivan were not perfect, but it was because they were flawed that they felt like such "real" and complex people to me.Watching them lift each other up (emotionally and physically), watching their genuine love and respect for each other grow, and watching their "I am not invincible, nothing can hurt me" facade melt away were some of my favorite things, and I legit cried several times because their vulnerability - their fears and need for validation - really resonated with me. "I want you to be safe. I want you to be happy." I loved their dynamic, their dedication to their craft, their love for their families, their families' faith in them, their love support for each other... I just really loved them.I get that this book isn't going to be for everyone. It might be too slow for some, and there might not be enough physical action / affection for others. I understand, because those were some of the biggest issues I had with this book too. But for me personally, I already get hit in the face with enough instalove stories, that it is always a breath of fresh air when I receive a slowburn romance with depth like this one.We all want a book that will move us, change us, and maybe even help us learn a little something about ourselves, and this book did that for me. That is why despite the rough start I had with this book, I am giving this book a five stars for the overall fulfilling and complete experience I had with it.If you're a looking for a brilliantly told character-driven love story that will connect with your heart / soul / liver / whatever, and you don't mind waiting to be rewarded, then this is it. Jasmine and Ivan's journey from "I'm going to kill you" enemies, to "I will always have your back, you know that" friends, to "There will only ever be you" lovers is worth all the read in the world.Heartfelt, thoughtful, relatable, and it is as sweet as it is hilarious.I'll just leave this here: "Because I’m okay with you having ten other people be your favorite. But you’re always going to be my favorite person. -Research has shown that life is just simply better with more Mariana Zapata books in it. READ THE BOOK! -----RTC.I just need a sec to gather my thoughts, but that was beautiful, y'all. :')----- I'M SO EXCITED TO START THIS BOOK. <3
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  • lucie
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVED THIS SO MUCH! 'No shit.' From Lukov with Love is hate-to-love story about Jasmine and Ivan that features figure skating. You can feel the hate between those two from the beginning. They throw sarcastic and hateful notes at each other like it would be an olympic sport. But in pair (figure) skating you have to trust your partner if you want to win and they both know it. So they have to do something about it. Step by step. From haters to best friends.I loved Jasmine for not giving up. Nev I LOVED THIS SO MUCH! 'No shit.' From Lukov with Love is hate-to-love story about Jasmine and Ivan that features figure skating. You can feel the hate between those two from the beginning. They throw sarcastic and hateful notes at each other like it would be an olympic sport. But in pair (figure) skating you have to trust your partner if you want to win and they both know it. So they have to do something about it. Step by step. From haters to best friends.I loved Jasmine for not giving up. Never. I loved Ivan for the support he gave Jasmine when she needed it at most.I loved their fights because they were the funniest and made me laught out.Maybe this book might not perfect and might have its flaws but it was perfect for me. I cannot wait to re-read it and if anyone wants to buddy-read this, I am in. I need someone I can fangirl over Meatball and Satan.Mariana Zapata is my all time favorite author, she never disappoints. She knows how to write a slow burn romance and no one compares to her. I'd read her book over and over again and I'd not get tired of them. ***New Zapata's book?Love/hate relationship?I AM SO SOLD!
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  • Jennifer Kyle
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 Stars Mariana Zapata gifts an ice skating slow burn romance. This novel does deliver on the banter, family, puppies, however for me fell a bit short feeling the love. Nevertheless, it was an entertaining read!
  • Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••
    January 1, 1970
    First things first, if you love slow burns, you know Zapata is your go to. And this book will definitely leave you with a burn. I burned. Holy shit did I burn reading this book. I not only burned for the love, I burned to get Ivan’s POV. I wanted in his head so fricken badly. Again slowwww burn... We are gifted with getting to know the ever lovely and beautiful lost soul of Jasmine. She’s a professional Ice Skater that hasn’t had luck on her side. She had devoted everything she has to ice skatin First things first, if you love slow burns, you know Zapata is your go to. And this book will definitely leave you with a burn. I burned. Holy shit did I burn reading this book. I not only burned for the love, I burned to get Ivan’s POV. I wanted in his head so fricken badly. Again slowwww burn... We are gifted with getting to know the ever lovely and beautiful lost soul of Jasmine. She’s a professional Ice Skater that hasn’t had luck on her side. She had devoted everything she has to ice skating, and by everything, I mean everything, her entire life. She’s lost her couples partner and isn’t sure what’s left to her ice skating career. So, when she’s approached to pair up with her best friends older brother, that she can not stand to be in the same room with, what will she do? Ivan Lukov is an Olympic medalist, has devoted his life to ice skating, he’s one of the best there is out there. This is solely a heroine POV so we don’t really get in Ivan’s Head, however with saying that, to me he clearly wears his feelings openly, to an extent. Ivan had me swooning, maybe cause I crave the sweet man, the man that does anything for a girl, and will stop at nothing to get her. And he does this, he takes care of her in such subtle ways. But...... Will the hatred, the past, the present, the unknown feelings come between these two that are kept well buried, be left shredded on the ice? Can they achieve their dreams or will they be left shattered? If you have the will to burn, DON’T pass this book up.
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  • Lucia
    January 1, 1970
    I love slow burn romances and I was looking forward to reading this novel. Then surprise happened. Not only whole story was too slow, but there was no burn and definitely no romance for almost whole book. To say the truth, real romance didn’t start until last 15% of the book. I expected enemies-to-lovers trope and hot chemistry but all I got was not so special, slow-paced self-discovery story with juvenile banters and distant romantic undertone. Disappointment!And what was with all that blinking I love slow burn romances and I was looking forward to reading this novel. Then surprise happened. Not only whole story was too slow, but there was no burn and definitely no romance for almost whole book. To say the truth, real romance didn’t start until last 15% of the book. I expected enemies-to-lovers trope and hot chemistry but all I got was not so special, slow-paced self-discovery story with juvenile banters and distant romantic undertone. Disappointment!And what was with all that blinking? I counted 150 times when either Jasmine or Ivan blinked at each other. Let me tell you, it got super annoying after a while!This is a second time I got „burnt“ like that by book by Mariana Zapata because of incorrect expectations. Looks like our definitions of what we consider slow burn romance to be are different and I think it is time to say goodbye to this author. But it is only my subjective feeling, don’t be deterred from reading this book yourself. Just don’t expect novel focused on romance...
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    “We both know you love me.” From Lukov with Love is a unique sports romance with complex characters and a lot of heart! With love and skating in the mix, what could be better? “Give me all your competition dates in advance. It’ll be the Hunger Games on ice. I’ll buy everyone in the family front row seats,” Jasmine Santos is a competitive skater who has spent her whole life striving to be the best. When her partner suddenly drops her for someone else, she continues to train. When her arch nem “We both know you love me.” From Lukov with Love is a unique sports romance with complex characters and a lot of heart! With love and skating in the mix, what could be better? “Give me all your competition dates in advance. It’ll be the Hunger Games on ice. I’ll buy everyone in the family front row seats,” Jasmine Santos is a competitive skater who has spent her whole life striving to be the best. When her partner suddenly drops her for someone else, she continues to train. When her arch nemesis (and best friend's older brother) offers her a one year contract to skate with him, she is dumbstruck. Ivan Lukov is a highly decorated skater who has made it his mission in life to harass Jasmine. So when these two team up to take the ice, sparks are certain to fly! “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.” Told in multiple POV, From Lukov with Love is a slow burn romance full of heart. If you are a fan of the 1992 movie The Cutting Edge than you are certain to enjoy this read. The banter and witty text between these two kept me laughing the entire time. The passion both of these characters have for skating (and each other) is simply unparalleled. When these two discover the love that exists between them my heart swelled with emotion. Jasmine is one tough woman and paired with Ivan she excels on the ice and in life! Overall, I highly recommend From Lukov with Love to anyone who enjoys a slow burn love story between two adversaries. This was my first Mariana Zapata story and I can guarantee it will not be my last! I look forward to reading more from this author!*I listened to the audible version of this book! The narration was fantastic!For more reviews/reveals/giveaways visit:
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  • Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳
    January 1, 1970
    ⭐⭐⭐ 2.5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐ From Lukov With Love was... like : The Wall of Winnipeg and Me—on ice, Wait For Me—on ice,Kulti—on ice. And Kulti was my least favorite book by Zapata.From Lukov With Love wasn’t necessarily bad, just a copy carbon of situations and scenes from the author's previous books, only transposed to the figure skating world.There were really golden moments in From Lukov with Love , the banter and bickering between both main characters was truly entertaining, Zapata did a great job at ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 2.5 STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️ From Lukov With Love was... like : The Wall of Winnipeg and Me—on ice, Wait For Me—on ice,Kulti—on ice. And Kulti was my least favorite book by Zapata.From Lukov With Love wasn’t necessarily bad, just a copy carbon of situations and scenes from the author's previous books, only transposed to the figure skating world.There were really golden moments in From Lukov with Love , the banter and bickering between both main characters was truly entertaining, Zapata did a great job at portraying their hate and animosity... at first at least. That was probably the only part of the book I enjoyed. This, and maybe Jasmine character's development. From the start I was hooked by her tough and blunt personality. At least what was conveyed by her almost constant cursing and bitchy attitude.Later though, as her releationship with Ivan progresses, we can see her losing layers of her body armor and strangely enough, layers of her personality as well. Speaking of personality, I'm probably alone on this one but why does Zapata's male characters always have to act so... juvenile? I mean, Ivan was 30 years old but acting much like my teenage son than a grown up man. Strange. I wish his character would've been a little more fleshed out. I didn’t feel the slow burn as much as it was more of a very contrived and delayed evidence to me.A friend asked me about the romance aspect in this book. I told her in all honesty that it felt more like a strange extended camaraderie taking a sudden 180 ten percent before the end of the book.As such though, Ivan and Jasmine friendship was lovely to read about, but not at any time did I feel any kind of chemistry between them, not even with the fail attempt at throwing them naked together under a lame photoshoot excuse. Nope. Nothing there. Not even a spark.It felt odd at times to witness how both would become a little more... comfortable with each other, maybe even intimate together, but how the author would just purposefully ignore that and go back to show us the characters training like nothing had ever happened. The feeling of being robbed of what the book promised—a romance— is real . It either felt like a cop out to me to drag out a story filled with inner monologue and sport data, or the author confuses slow burn romance with boring sport fiction.Between the lack of romance, the pages of ice skating details, the numerous chapters of Jasmine in her own head... I zoned out. A good slow burn romance will make me want to frantically turn the pages, not to put the book on hold until I can gather the strength to read a page more of sport statistics.I'm all the more disappointed that I loved her latest, Dear Aaron and was genuinely interested to read about Jasmine, the other Santos sister.Nice read, just not my favorite. Hopefully Mariana Zapata next book will pack more punch, as conducting characters so ever slowly through a sport report isn't really what I expect from the usually aptly dubbed "Queen of Slow Burns".More reviews and book talk at : You can find me here too ☞
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  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    THIS BOOK WAS EVERYTHING. It's 2am and I just need to share my love for another fantastic Mariana Zapata book. “If I had to choose anyone to help me bury a body, eat dinner with, or watch television with, it would be you, every time for everything.” “Are you two ever going to get along?” Ivan said, “Yes” at the same time I said, “No,” giving him a dirty-ass look as I said it. I absolutely LOVED IT. I was never worried that my expectations would be too high because she's never disappointed THIS BOOK WAS EVERYTHING. It's 2am and I just need to share my love for another fantastic Mariana Zapata book. “If I had to choose anyone to help me bury a body, eat dinner with, or watch television with, it would be you, every time for everything.” “Are you two ever going to get along?” Ivan said, “Yes” at the same time I said, “No,” giving him a dirty-ass look as I said it. I absolutely LOVED IT. I was never worried that my expectations would be too high because she's never disappointed me. Another hit out of the park. She is so amazing. WRITE MORE BOOKS PLEASE.Jasmine was such a fun character - so strong and stubborn, but so vulnerable I just wanted to hug her. I love love loved Jasmine's family so much. Their dynamic was just.. perfect. MZ writes families so freaking well - the way they talk to each other, the dysfunction, everything. That was just a fabulous family and I'd like to be adopted please. “I don’t want to talk about it anymore. I don’t want to ruin your high. So, tell me about that cute kiss Ivan gave you. When are you two going to get married, win all the awards ever, and have kids that are prodigies at every sport they ever play?” Ivan. Gah. I loved him. He was so different compared to the guys in her other books. Look, I'll be honest, I don't think I've ever thought of figure skating as... erm, manly? Or something I would find attractive? I changed my mind now.I love a good enemies to lovers story and this one just gets that shit DOWN PAT. I love that they don't automatically get new personalities or love each other in 24 hours like some other enemies to lovers books. You actually get to see and understand the progression of their relationship. “You’ve been in my life for thirteen years. How could you think I don’t care about you? We fuck around with each other because we both like it. Because there’s nobody else we can fuck around with that can handle it.” Ivan and Jas... I just loved them together. I loved their past, the banter, how their friendship and relationship progressed. This book puts the SLOW in slow burn, but this is MZ so you should know what you're getting yourself into and BELIEVE ME Y'ALL, HE'S WORTH IT.Mariana is the QUEEN of the slow burn - seriously, she even has it on tshirts and mugs and yes I own them both plus a tote bag, what of it? Get you some.The 'problem' with slow burn books like this is that you know they are gonna end up together but it takes a loooooooooooooooooooong time to get there and you just want to smoosh them together.But there's a reason MZ is the Queen of the slow burn. There are plenty of little snippets and scenes in there that make you feel things and, I mean, is it hot in here or is it just me? You get the roller coaster of feelings of a new relationship and everything that builds up and it is SO MUCH YES. There are plenty of other books out there that aren't slow in that department, and I love them too, but MZ books - and this one was no exception - just rock the slow burn and it is so, so, so worth it. and then you get a beautiful epilogue! YASSS. “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.” I gotta be real corny here for a second - my husband and I, and I know we aren't the only special snowflakes, have this thing where we say you're my favourite person because we're so adorable I want to vomit. So I just loved this bit. So much. “Because I’m okay with you having ten other people be your favorite. But you’re always going to be my favorite person,” he finished. “Always. No matter what.” I am kicking myself I hadn't read Dear Aaron before this one - I was saving it because I didn't want to run out of MZ books but now obviously I need to go read it because Ruby and Aaron were adorable. And then re-read this one.I won't lie, Winnipeg and Me will ALWAYS be my favourite from MZ. But I have loved every single book of hers I have read and I honestly despair at the thought of there not being 75 more books of hers to read. Please write more!I BASICALLY JUST LOVED THE WHOLE BOOK OKAY. MUCH RECOMMEND.-------------------------------------OMG IT'S HERE-------------------------------------OKAY WE HAVE MORE WORDSNOW I NEED A RELEASE DATE PLEASE-------------------------------------OMG WE HAVE SOME WORDSI NEED MORE WORDS-------------------------------------
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  • Jemima
    January 1, 1970
    As I write this review, I have officially binged watched something I never thought I'd be ever interested in- ice skating. Yup. I place the blame on Mariana Zapata's from Lukov with love. I'll tell you something, there's a reason why Mariana Zapata's books are a one-click / no brainer for me...I'd read just about anything she ever writes...and yes, even if there were toilet papers in collaboration with her, I'd buy it. I don't know how she does it but she creates magic. I generally have a love/h As I write this review, I have officially binged watched something I never thought I'd be ever interested in- ice skating. Yup. I place the blame on Mariana Zapata's from Lukov with love. I'll tell you something, there's a reason why Mariana Zapata's books are a one-click / no brainer for me...I'd read just about anything she ever writes...and yes, even if there were toilet papers in collaboration with her, I'd buy it. I don't know how she does it but she creates magic. I generally have a love/hate relation with slow burn romances but Mariana does what she does best... This book is pure bliss. It's worth alllllll the angst. It's worth the slow burn.. from Lukov with love is absolute bliss! I loved this book so much.From Lukov with Love will make you laugh, it will make you sigh with joy and it will make you fall in love with Jasmine and Lukov. These two characters are amazing and their chemistry is off the charts!I'd highly highly recommend this book ❤️❤️For more ...www.jemimajamir.com
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  • Alex ♈
    January 1, 1970
    1st DNF @ 53%#youcandoitAlex2nd DNF @ 55%#loser!!!(?)NOT because of the slow burn, and the writing was good!Alex just couldn't stand the HAnd then she just couldn't...
  • Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦
    January 1, 1970
    I can't even right now. Review to come...
  • Jodi Bibliophile
    January 1, 1970
    IT'S LIVE!!!!!!!!I'm so excited!!!!
  • Wendy'sThoughts
    January 1, 1970
    4 Being Enough Stars* * * * Spoiler FreeIf you read a Mariana Zapata novel, be prepared to dig in, become invested in the people and their quirks, lives and inner dialogue. Know there will be detailed experiences which could be part of anybody's life... and it will be used to show more then you ever thought...and that is her gift. You are seeing a life through Zapata's eyes and they are showing all the good, hurt, determined and wanting in Technicolor Splendor. It is this way of telling her tale 4 Being Enough Stars* * * * Spoiler FreeIf you read a Mariana Zapata novel, be prepared to dig in, become invested in the people and their quirks, lives and inner dialogue. Know there will be detailed experiences which could be part of anybody's life... and it will be used to show more then you ever thought...and that is her gift. You are seeing a life through Zapata's eyes and they are showing all the good, hurt, determined and wanting in Technicolor Splendor. It is this way of telling her tales which can take you on a personal journey along with her characters. Her style is a slow, slow burn...and when all of the reckoning, realization and coming together finally happens, the pay off can be superb.But you must be in for the long haul... full vested. And with this particular story... it is so clear as to how hard it is to be part of an elite level of Sport in this country. The United States does not subsidize Olympic Level Skaters and other Sports which are not part of College participation. For skating, the level of cost alone can cripple a family... and that doesn't touch on all the sacrifices, emotional and financial which happen in the pursuit of this level of perfection. With the world focused on the Winter Olympics in South Korea, this article talks about all of the factors in this book. If interested here is a link http://flip.it/YGr8qk I bought in from the start... Ice Skating has always been a thing for me...Watching the Olympics since little to seeing in person the Olympic team being chosen through the National competition. Seeing Michelle Kwan in the flesh was a true experience. So I couldn't stop reading this. I was there with Jasmine from the start...It was painful to feel all of her wanting to make things better with her family. Her frustrations, feeling as if she had let them down...Yet I also admired her determination to go for what was her love... her life's breath. To feel that and be able to accomplish the level of skill is staggering... and it does take a type of selfishness...a singular focus. Her counterpart, Ivan was exactly as he should be...and it was delightful to see how these two had to be willing to set aside years of teasing and misunderstanding to come together as a team. Did we know it was going to happen... sure... But the way it did with all of the growth happening along the way was what kept me involved... the layers of both of them were slowly stripped away...each laying bare their insecurities... their vulnerable sides... and the understanding of how they both underestimated what each thought of each other. The level of heart and how Zapata confronts personal pain is so real... it would be easy to take a moment to reflect on ones own... and see if it has resolved it. Can be powerful stuff...But with all of these elements, don't forget the amazing humor, banter and zingers Zapata is known for... she had these two acting like oil and vinegar... abrasive... until things were shaken up and then they were like a perfect dressing blended to perfection.Just know when the burn comes... it is good...So this Ice Skating Lover was a sucker for this and hopefully this will hit the mark for you too. This is the list of beloved Zapata books I have read...All of these are stand alone and can be read in any order: Kultihttps://www.goodreads.com/review/show... The Wall and Winnipeg and Mehttps://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Wait For Ithttps://www.goodreads.com/review/show...~~~~~ Before Reading ~~~~~ Mariana Zapata, oh you Sneaky Author...It is either that... Or I have just had my head in the sand...Leave it you to have the perfect book...For the Lovers of Olympics and Ice Skating...I am a sucker for both...BUT to have this done with your abilities...I Cannot wait to start...This is the list of beloved Zapata books I have read...All of these are stand alone and can be read in any order: Kultihttps://www.goodreads.com/review/show... The Wall and Winnipeg and Mehttps://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Wait For Ithttps://www.goodreads.com/review/show...For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways
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  • Jess
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t know if it’s just my personal opinion or not, but I think one of the best compliments you can give an author consists of two things. Number 1: try and leave a review if you can. The second: wanting to pick up the book the second you put it down. Needing to experience the book immediately after having just finished reading it is MAJOR. The instant I put FROM LUKOV WITH LOVE down, I wanted to read it again. And again. I think you’ve won me over AGAIN Mariana Zapata, and I already was a for I don’t know if it’s just my personal opinion or not, but I think one of the best compliments you can give an author consists of two things. Number 1: try and leave a review if you can. The second: wanting to pick up the book the second you put it down. Needing to experience the book immediately after having just finished reading it is MAJOR. The instant I put FROM LUKOV WITH LOVE down, I wanted to read it again. And again. I think you’ve won me over AGAIN Mariana Zapata, and I already was a forever fan. I read some reviews that said Ivan and Jasmine didn’t have any chemistry! I chose to ignore because I’m well aware of how Zapata chooses to have her two mains come together. The slow burn she’s perfected is one of the reasons I keep coming back. I felt the fire from the VERY beginning. I don’t know if we read the same book but, Vanya was ALWAYS it. For Jasmine, for figure skating and for ME. A man on a mission, years in the making, and he made every single premeditated move work to his advantage. I just adore the way Z is always able to provide the funniest dialogue with her leads. Jasmine and Ivan had the most hilarious back and forth going on. I grinned half the book, laughed out loud for the other and literally teared up for the rest. I was consumed and captivated with every single word. When I wasn’t actively reading about Jas and Lukov, I was thinking about them and how perfect for one another they were. Both incredibly sarcastic, almost cruel-in the the most funniest possible way, and so incredibly loyal and caring. Jasmine had me from page one. I connected with her on so many levels. Shes fierce, a fighter, dedicated and hard working; not to mention self centred at times as well as selfish. I really appreciated her journey through the book. Having it take place over the span of year allowed for her character to really develop in the best possible way. Her amazing family was always there, save for one and they brought a level of craziness I thought rounded up the dynamic nicely. That’s not to take away from how much Ivan really brought to the table; of which, was to pull Jas out of her shell, guide her and help her rise to her fullest potential...among other amazing things. In their own effed up way, their catty bickering and witty comebacks kept their interactions real, authentic, and entertaining. It MADE the story. Ivan was able to nurture her, take care of her, and she’d never really had anyone do that for her before, ever. It took a while for her to get used to it, but when she did and she embraced it, it was GOLD. Ivan Lukov is in a category all his own. I love what we discover about him. His likes, hobbies, and dislikes. I loved how loyal and passionate he was and how truly dedicated to his craft he seemed. He embraced life a day at a time and navigated through life in a positive way-it doesn’t come across that way early on, but you learn how wonderful he is. He can be kind of a an A-hole, but it’s one of his best characteristics if you ask me. Jas is No gem either, so it worked perfectly. Zapata really blew my mind with this one. These two really made me gush and I felt little pitter patters in my tummy all the time. I loved every minute. Like I already said: forever fan! But this time she really raised the bar for me. This may have taken over as my all time favourite of hers. Yes. Pretty sure I said that-and I mean it. 5 “You are who you are in life, and you either live that time trying to bend yourself to make other people happy, or...you don’t” Stars. Ps: can we please talk about the pig?!?! LOVED all the pets ❤️Reviewed by Jess for JoAndIsaLoveBooks Blog.
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  • Warda
    January 1, 1970
    I'm considering myself confused here. I wanted to fall in love with this book, because who doesn't love a slow-burn romances?! I was expecting something along the lines of ACOMAF or The Hating Game, but the characters and the plot had little substance and neither was their relationship convincing to me. It took place in a span of a year (I think) and jumped from season to season. Was that meant to be the slow-burn aspect? I mean, this is close to 500 pages!!! There could've been so much more bet I'm considering myself confused here. I wanted to fall in love with this book, because who doesn't love a slow-burn romances?! I was expecting something along the lines of ACOMAF or The Hating Game, but the characters and the plot had little substance and neither was their relationship convincing to me. It took place in a span of a year (I think) and jumped from season to season. Was that meant to be the slow-burn aspect? I mean, this is close to 500 pages!!! There could've been so much more better development, if half the monologue was removed and the pace was allocated better. Everything about this book just felt rigid. Nothing about it really flowed. As Zain (who I was buddy-reading with) mentioned, the writing was sloppy and needed polishing. Major polishing. It's the writing and the characters that could've gotten the depth of their romance across, and their dream that they were striving for, but since that felt weak, it meant that every aspect of the story was weak. It's not that this book was bad, the potential for it was there, but I just couldn't connect with it.
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  • majo
    January 1, 1970
    I have made an important decision: Mariana Zapata, queen of slow burn romance, is now one of my favorite authors of all time. I am so happy with myself.Now, From Lukov with love, is a freaking slow burn romance centered IN PAIR ICE SKATING. Not only one of the most beautiful sports, but also is a sport played in couples dancing and skating and making figures and THIS IDEA IS SO GENIUS. AND NOT ONLY THAT, but the protagonists hated each other, so is a hate-to-love kind of romance and IT WAS AMAZI I have made an important decision: Mariana Zapata, queen of slow burn romance, is now one of my favorite authors of all time. I am so happy with myself.Now, From Lukov with love, is a freaking slow burn romance centered IN PAIR ICE SKATING. Not only one of the most beautiful sports, but also is a sport played in couples dancing and skating and making figures and THIS IDEA IS SO GENIUS. AND NOT ONLY THAT, but the protagonists hated each other, so is a hate-to-love kind of romance and IT WAS AMAZING.Jasmine and Ivan are two skaters extremely talented. The problem is, Ivan Lukov has won every competition ever, and it's kind of a celebrity in the sport, and Jasmine Santos has always be in second, third, fourth place in all of her competitions. And now, she's alone because basically his ex-partner ditch her to be with other skater. So, she's frustrated, sad, and angry and the least thing she expects is for Ivan freaking Lukov to ask her to be his new partner. They both have hated each other for years, but Jasmine knows its her last chance to compete and win, SO THEY ENDED UP BEING A TEAM. If that doesn't sound like the most amazing romance ever written, I don't know what will. It was beautiful, and it was written by queen Mariana Zapata. *sigh* Now I know I have to read every book by her, because her stories are that incredible.
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  • Jessica Gadziala
    January 1, 1970
    God, yes. My soul needed this book.
  • Wendy
    January 1, 1970
    I was so freaking excited to read this one !! I love this author's work, and "Kulti"  is one of my all time favorite MF books.Now I have got to be honest though...I liked this one, but I didn't love it. Not as much as all the others I have read by Marianna..... sorry.This one started out really awesome. I liked the hero, I loved the heroine and the sports aspect was great...but then...nothing.Jasmine is a professional figure skater...or well she would have still been if her partner hadn't dumped I was so freaking excited to read this one !! I love this author's work, and "Kulti"  is one of my all time favorite MF books.Now I have got to be honest though...I liked this one, but I didn't love it. Not as much as all the others I have read by Marianna..... sorry.This one started out really awesome. I liked the hero, I loved the heroine and the sports aspect was great...but then...nothing.Jasmine is a professional figure skater...or well she would have still been if her partner hadn't dumped her. Being who she is and having a bit of a "reputation" it's not easy finding a new partner....That is until she is approached by Ivan and his coach.Everyone knows Ivan Lukov,  figure skating "golden boy" and champion. He is also Jasmine's best friend's brother and frenemy.The banter between these two was pretty funny and I loved how they challenged one another. Partnering up means getting to know each other better and growing closer. They even become friends....Now everyone knows that this author is the queen of "slow burn" , but in this case I didn't really feel the burn.Yes they were friends, and yes they were nice to each other...mostly....but I didn't feel any real romantic build up.So when they finally did take that jump....the leap was too big for me and I wasn't all that invested in their romance.. It felt like the "I love you" came out of nowhere. I didn't feel that way with all the other slow builds this author has written.... For me, something was just missing, and that something was.....love and chemistry and attractionNow I stil really enjoyed reading this one....I just don't think of it as a romance....I have seen lot's of raving 5 star reviews, so I am probably the odd duck out. My advice is to pick up the book and make up your own mind ;)
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  • Manju
    January 1, 1970
    the first time i read about this book i knew i was going to read it, after all it's Mariana Zapata. she is one of my favorite romance author. hence i started reading it as soon as i came out. and i was quite disappointed. while reading it, I enjoyed it but once i finished, and started thinking about it I found that this was not something that i haven't read before. I have read this same thing from this same author with just different set of characters. Ivan and Jasmine, classic rivalry. they kne the first time i read about this book i knew i was going to read it, after all it's Mariana Zapata. she is one of my favorite romance author. hence i started reading it as soon as i came out. and i was quite disappointed. while reading it, I enjoyed it but once i finished, and started thinking about it I found that this was not something that i haven't read before. I have read this same thing from this same author with just different set of characters. Ivan and Jasmine, classic rivalry. they knew each other since childhood. there was no chance that they both would work together but then Ivan offered Jasmine something that she couldn't deny. they came closer, started feeling something stronger than friendship but surprise, surprise, it was revealed later that Ivan was in love with Jasmine since forever.now I have read this story in Wall of the Winnipeg and Me, Kulti, and Wait for Me. I love this author and could not believe that she has written this. I mean how could she not see the similarities in this and her own previous works? Had this been my first book by her, I would be head over heels but this is my fourth and i just can't ignore the fact that how repetitive this all feels. hopefully she will write something fresh for her next story.
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars.Stayed up late to finish reading this. Will review later. Mariana is still my Queen of the slow-burn.2/23/2018.Having read so many mixed reviews from friends, I was thrilled but not surprised that I really loved this book.I have always had a thing for second chance romances but lately Mariana's style of slow-burn romance has become my absolute favorite type of romance to read. I am slowly making my way through her entire collection.This book is an enemies to lover's story and I was hoo 4.5 stars.Stayed up late to finish reading this. Will review later. Mariana is still my Queen of the slow-burn.2/23/2018.Having read so many mixed reviews from friends, I was thrilled but not surprised that I really loved this book.I have always had a thing for second chance romances but lately Mariana's style of slow-burn romance has become my absolute favorite type of romance to read. I am slowly making my way through her entire collection.This book is an enemies to lover's story and I was hooked from the very start.Ivan and Jasmine (aka Satan and Meatball) were so much fun to read about.I always find myself falling for Mariana's hero's no matter how much of an asswipe they appear to be initially and this book is no exception.Could not put it down until finished.Jasmine was an exceptional character, her determined, no-quitting mentality along with her sass and attitude really did it for me. I loved how she interacted with her family and they were a bunch of characters too. Fabulous book and I loved the whole figure skating aspects to this story. Will definitely reread this one.
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  • Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
    January 1, 1970
    The most I’d ever seen out of him was a smile or two around his family, specifically Karina.But that was it. I hadn’t even known he knew how to laugh….Unless he was doing something shitty, like taking people’s souls and stuff. There are very few things in life I love as much as I love the books my favorite authors write. Even fewer still are the moments where I can’t even finish a page because I can’t seem to find the breath to support the amount of air in my lungs it takes to supply hosting The most I’d ever seen out of him was a smile or two around his family, specifically Karina.But that was it. I hadn’t even known he knew how to laugh….Unless he was doing something shitty, like taking people’s souls and stuff. There are very few things in life I love as much as I love the books my favorite authors write. Even fewer still are the moments where I can’t even finish a page because I can’t seem to find the breath to support the amount of air in my lungs it takes to supply hosting a mass amount of butterflies inhabiting my stomach, throat, and chest cavities. I don’t do the dance where I can’t move on to another book very often…but this author, in the span of two months, has managed to do just that-make it impossible to read anything for a week or more after-with two novels I think I’ll take with me to my grave. Me and Ivan? Partnering? There was no way. No chance.They had to be full of shit. …right? That’s right, bury me with my preciouses, because I can’t live without them now! Okay, sorry to get creepy, but, again, I’m very creepy. You should know this. How do you not know this? And, upon further inspection with a friend, it’s come to my attention that I am one picky starts with a ‘b’ and ends with an ‘itch’. See? My girl Zapata taught me that little trick. She has become my new favorite terrible influence. You are who you are in life, and you either live that time trying to bend yourself to make other people happy, or… you don’t. And I sure as hell had better things to do with my time. I find it so hard, at the moment, to just zero in on one thing to talk about, because my brain is just flooded with all the epicness that was this novel (and I even have gone so far as to flood some Winnipeg moments in at the same time-Brain=FRIED). How do you compartmentalize what you love so deeply that it all makes you happy at the same time? How can I possibly communicate the cuteness that comes with this novel? I can’t. I really and truly can’t. So, I guess I won’t. I suppose I’ll just get on with what makes these books so special. Figure skating had always made me feel invincible. But more than anything, back then, it had made me feel amazing. I hadn’t known it was possible to feel like you could fly. The characters. Without the characters, I don’t think I’d give a darn about these books. And that’s the beauty of Mariana Zapata-her books are 100% character driven, and you care so deeply for Ivan and Jasmine, Aiden and Vanessa, that every little thing that happens to them rips and tears at your soul, makes you a puppet to their emotions, twisting and pulling at each and every hardship, failure, or triumph. These characters aren’t just characters, they’re YOU. They’re your BEST FRIENDS and soul mates and whatever you want them to be. You care THAT much about them. Or, at least, I did.Ivan Lukov and Jasmine Santos have been enemies for years. From the moment they crossed paths (close enough, anyway) they’ve hated one another. And, come on, we all know it’s not as simple as that. But each and every interaction between the two had me cracking up silently (I lie-I guffawed long into the night, causing many looks from my husband wondering as to why I looked like a deranged loon) all night long. I’m not kidding-every time I picked this up, there wasn’t a scene that wasn’t hilarious. Neither one of us said a word, but our eyes met. And I mouthed you suck. And he whispered back with his pale pink mouth, you suck more. There was another sigh, but it sounded even more resigned. “My eyes work. I can read your lips. Both of them.” And, if you’ve ever read a book by Zapata, you know that there is a hell of a lot of internal monologue (dialogue?). I JUST LOVE THIS. I don’t always in other books, but I do when it’s this author. She just knows how to tug on my heartstrings, how to reach my inner self-whether it’s for failures, triumphs, encouragement, or any little thing, she touches me in ways I can’t explain. Is it perfect? No. Far from it-but it should say something that I am not sitting here dissecting every little mistake, oversight, or overall imperfection, and instead singing the praises of this woman’s hard work. ‘Cuz writing books THIS LONG…and making me care?? That’s HARD to do. And she has THOUSANDS of fans who tend to agree with me-so yeah. Think on that. Was I dying? Was this what having you heart broken felt like? Because if it was, I was sure fucking glad I’d never fallen in love before because goddamn. My God. It felt like my organs were rotting away. Talent. Raw talent. And heart. You can’t fake this-it’s authentic and real and it reaches you in ways fancy words can’t. And with each new admission these two characters share, I became more and more enraptured, bound, and obsessed. It’s like crack. Truly, this is the definition of book crack. Not because his last name was the same last name as one of my favorite people in the world, but because his first name reminded me of Satan. I was pretty sure his parents had adopted him straight out of Hell. Alas, I keep repeating myself, so I will wrap this up with some fangirling (wait, isn’t that what I’ve been doing, you ask? YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE LEAST I CAN DO (hehe Cruel Prince shoutout WOOT WOOT). Jealousy I had no right to feel, but couldn’t exactly ignore, pierced right through my sternum, and I hated it. I fucking hated it. Ivan is the most decorated figure skater of all time, and Jasmine is…not. She skates at his family’s complex and has worked her ass off for years-all for nothing. These two are at each other’s throats every time they pass. And….I JUST LOVE IT. The things they say are absolutely horrible, but they give it as good as they get. He crosses lines that tear your heart out, and she misunderstands sooo many different things, guarding her heart against the guy that has been nothing but nasty to her since they met. “You really want to wait around here for someone to come get you?” he asked, raising his eyebrows again. He had me there. But I also didn’t want to get into the car with him, so…. “Get in, loser.” And that had me blinking. “Did you just quote—” But when we start to see the change in Ivan, when he begins to defend her, when he starts to help her out, when the barbs get less sting and more affection…you just cannot-I repeat, CANNOT-defend your heart. You want Jasmine to open up, to see that he’s trying to be her friend-but how can she? After everything he’s done and said, she can’t give in that easily. And, she can’t forget, their contract is just for a year, just until his other partner comes back. She can’t let her heart get invested. But she’ll give it her all, her everything. But I wanted to win. I wanted this. I’d always wanted it. I’d bled for it, cried for it, bruised for it, had broken bones, had concussions, pulled just about every muscle in my body, never made friends, never went to a single school anything, never loved anyone, ignored my family, all for this. The obsession is real, yet, I don’t want to start gushing about Ivan like I thought I would-is that weird? I find I just want to bottle him up, keep his best moments to myself-maybe this is a more mature me but…I feel like I want y’all to find out for yourself, almost. It’s the oddest feeling. I mean, because, there’s really no way to express how I truly feel through just words (I’m not an author, after all), and I don’t want to hype it up [more than I already have] and ruin it for others. So, yeah. I’ll leave it, I guess. Sometimes it’s easy to take something so essential to your existence for granted. Or maybe I’m just tired. Who the HELL knows? Either way, I’ll leave you with my positive thoughts. Zapata’s men never want their girl to play the damsel in distress- they always want them to be more, to take care of themselves and to not let their weaknesses show-because they know how strong their girls are….it’s precious. But then, always always, always…they are the first to save them. To catch them before they fall. They are their biggest supporters, fans, friends, and teammates-they are their not-so-white-knights in shining armor. They don’t want them to lose themselves in their doubts or weaknesses, but they only want what’s best for them-it’s the most precious thing. They are their princesses in distress…and I can’t even. And I love everything animal this woman creates…just lol. That’s all. So. Hope I didn’t ruin too much, say too much (or too little?). When I read books I love more than words can express, I find the reviews are 50 times harder to write. I really don’t know what else to say except…I love this author. I’ve now officially stalked all the things and have ordered two signed copies of her books, and I still have my unsigned Winnipeg copy I’d never part with, so I have three books [or I will]-with one that I already owned ha. If that’s not obsession…I really don’t know what is.**SPOILER Quotes** MY FAVS EVER but do NOT read if you want don't want moments ruined (and believe me-you wait far too long in these books to let this stuff be spoiled!(view spoiler)[ “I wanted you to be my partner for years, dumbass. When Karina had told me you were thinking about switching to pairs, I had thought you would say something to me, even in passing as a joke. I thought you would say you were going to kick my ass, and I had planned on talking to you over it. But you never did. The next thing I knew, you had a partner. Some dipshit that wasn’t half as good as you.” Was I on imaginary drugs again? And that had to be the right fucking answer he was looking for because the smile that came over his face was the best one he’d ever shared with me yet. “Give me back your wrist, you little shit,” he ordered, beaming that smile that I wished with all my heart was mine and only mine. And except for his dogs and his pig and his bunny, it might very well be. So I gave him my wrist. “Because I’m okay with you having ten other people be your favorite. But you’re always going to be my favorite person,” he finished. “Always. No matter what.” (hide spoiler)]For more of my reviews, please visit: **********Me, after these two Zapata books:Sad...but true. I'm the equivalent of a shaking chihuahua with all the feels I can't begin to handle.This author. This author slays me. No book-NOT ONE BOOK-has made me want to stay up so late it's almost morning in years...yet, between this book and TWOW, I have stayed up until 4 in the morning countless times to immerse myself in everything Ivan, Aiden, and Mariana Zapata. I love you, Mariana-I LOVE YOU. There is no way to come back from this obsession-no way. And I don't want to. Not at all. This woman is my spirit animal....and these two books (Winnipeg and Lukov) are in a serious death match with one another over who will be my #1 2018 read....because it's all them, baby. ALLL THEM. ALLLL THE FEELS. ALL OF THEM.And two new amazing book boyfriends I would stand in front of and take a bullet for so early in the year?? COME ON NOW. I. Can't. EVEN.Review to Come.
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