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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 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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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 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.

30 review for From Lukov with Love

  1. 4 out of 5

    Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️

    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 go 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.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰

    "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 th "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?”

  3. 5 out of 5

    A.

    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 cr 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 an envelope in my mailbox. That’s how traumatized I was by the heroine in her last book. And I know what you’re probably thinking. This is Mariana Zapata for heaven's sake. You knew this would be a slow burn romance. Let me explain. This is the writer who gave us Kulti. And The Wall of Winnipeg and Me. I will not give up on her. EVER. I'm sure she will blow my mind again. As I was saying, maybe one day.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bibi

    A conversation between ignorant Bibi and slightly less ignorant Bibi, let's call them B1 and B2 B1: Five stars? Really? After all the bitching and moaning B2: *smiles at her e-reader* B1: But you hated Jasmine at the beginning B2: *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 romance B2: *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 B2 B1: Five stars? Really? After all the bitching and moaning B2: *smiles at her e-reader* B1: But you hated Jasmine at the beginning B2: *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 romance B2: *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.*

  5. 4 out of 5

    Teodora

    4.45/5 ⭐ Full review on my Blog: The Dacian She-Wolf 🐺 I honestly was far from expecting this book to make me tear up a bit at the end. But it happened. And it was more like a tiny wet something in my eyes though…but hey, no one is crying here, okay? Mind your own business. From Lukov with Love , huh? I would definitely not lie if I told you that I have heard about this book multiple times a couple of years ago when everyone around me was reading it and I was just sitting there with my Crime a 4.45/5 ⭐ Full review on my Blog: The Dacian She-Wolf 🐺 I honestly was far from expecting this book to make me tear up a bit at the end. But it happened. And it was more like a tiny wet something in my eyes though…but hey, no one is crying here, okay? Mind your own business. From Lukov with Love , huh? I would definitely not lie if I told you that I have heard about this book multiple times a couple of years ago when everyone around me was reading it and I was just sitting there with my Crime and Punishment copy, rolling my eyes. And now…here I am. Becoming all heart-eyed over it. *sigh* Okay, it took me a while to appreciate it but hey, better later than never, right? So far, I think this is my favourite slow-burn contemporary romance. I am not that well-acquainted with this genre so I don’t want to speak from my side-of-the-road-puddle-deep experience with them, but for now, this is just up there on my list. It has been so very great and it made me so very warm inside. Which is dumb to admit because the whole thing happens on ice (which is kind of cold ahem). But anyway. This is the story of Jasmine Santos and her determination to prove everyone – herself included – that she is one of the best figure skaters out there. Her time has not come yet and she would definitely smash the door in its nose if it were to come by any time soon. I honestly loved Jasmine. She was this mean, hard-working bitch with a big, loud family that loved the shit out of her hard ass and she loved the shit out of each one of them too. She is definitely a tough cookie and a bit too intense for some people to put up with but damn, it’s like she’s me and I am her. Most of the time. And I honestly love her because I can relate to her. A badass heroine like her is hard to put up with and some people don’t care or don’t want to try to know her. Expect for Ivan Lukov. Normally, I don’t fall for contemporary romance characters (I’m more of a sci-fi/fantasy whore anyway), but there was something about Vanya Lukov. I simply fell in love with him. Me and Jasmine, both of us. I mean, for real, he’s so sweet and considerate, full of interesting personality and he loves animals and has I-don’t-know-how-many dogs, a pink piggy pig and a bunny? Yeah, uh-huh, marry me already, Lukov. Ivan and Jasmine’s relationship is full of snarky banter, the hate-to-love trope thriving. Both of them are so full of shit that they are kind of adorable, I mean, their relationship literally goes like this: Jasmine and Ivan *always hugging like the world is ending* *spending 90% of their time together* *having dinner with each other's families* *seeing each other naked* Jasmine *hating on his face but constantly thinking about it* *ogling his tight buns* Ivan *supporting the hell out of Jas* *calling her baby* *cuddling* *taking care of Jas every time she fucks sth up* *basically telling Jas how much he loves her with every breath he takes* WE ARE FRIENDS THAT'S WHAT FRIENDS DO Honestly now, adorable. I also loved the fact that in this book, the main issue discussed has been about bullying and harassment – the type that starts online and ends up going on in real-life too. I mean disgusting pervs and stalkers. And sadly, this happens a lot, especially when it comes to female athletes. Jasmine has to deal with this kind of harassment and unwanted attention for years and years, and she decides not to tell anyone about this situation because she doesn’t want to trouble them – because it’s not big of a deal. Uhm, no. It is a pretty fucking big deal. And choosing to try to ignore it or solve it all by yourself is not going to help your cause. I really do believe that people – and I think mostly girls, but I don’t want to generalise – put up with things like this and don’t tell anyone because they are either afraid or ashamed. And that is why those people start to disintegrate mentally. I am sure everyone has in their life someone like Ivan Lukov – someone who gets mad and disgusted by such morally-rotten creatures and feels the need to help their friend whatever it takes genuinely because they care deeply about them. Cry for help if you need it and someone is going to answer, I can guarantee. This is, yet again, another crusty-on-the-outside-soft-on-the-inside romance that Mariana Zapata serves us and – with the risk of repeating myself – I honestly believe that it’s one of my favourite contemporary romances ever. If you haven’t read it yet, there is still plenty of time to do that. It’s super easy to read, the story flows and the characters are to die for. All you need to do is to give it a try! Oh and, P.S. The two are totally giving me the perfect mix between Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Masot’s incredibly well-timed routines packed with great difficulty and Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir’s fabulous chemistry on ice vibe. *SWOONS INTERNATLLY* (Book-styled)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog

    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 Skating POV: First Person, Female POV Standalone: Yes Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

  7. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    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 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.”

  8. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    i have seen nothing but good things about mariana zapata, so i was really excited to finally read one of her books. and knowing that this was a goodreads finalist in the romance category only got me even more hyped. so maybe my expectations were a little too high because ughhh! this was a massive let down. and thats mainly because i wouldnt consider this a romance book (which is what i was in the mood for). i honestly would just call it contemporary fiction or even new adult. nothing romantic ha i have seen nothing but good things about mariana zapata, so i was really excited to finally read one of her books. and knowing that this was a goodreads finalist in the romance category only got me even more hyped. so maybe my expectations were a little too high because ughhh! this was a massive let down. and thats mainly because i wouldnt consider this a romance book (which is what i was in the mood for). i honestly would just call it contemporary fiction or even new adult. nothing romantic happens until the last 40 pages! and it comes out of nowhere. i literally spent the entire book thinking, ‘okay, when are things going to get good and heat up?’ and then when it does FINALLY happen, i didnt even enjoy it. also, jasmine is super unlikable. i get the whole ‘im tough because ive had to work hard for what ive earned, even when people put me down about it.’ but goodness, girl. theres no need to be a massive jerk to literally everyone in your life. tone it down a bit. 

 and the last point is, as someone who has been involved in competitive figure skating on both an athletic and coaching level, i appreciate the effort zapata put in to represent the sport accurately. there are a lot of things i thought she got right about it, but it still makes me cringe every time when having to read someone explain a sport they have obviously never participated in. even though i expected as much, it was still difficult to ignore. anyways, this isnt the story i was hoping it would be. i mean, its entertaining enough and the writing is decent, but its nothing spectacular. i would say its most likely great for prior fans for zapata, but i wouldnt recommend it to someone who wants to get to know her and her writing. ↠ 2.5 stars

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chloe

    4.5 stars A slow burn hate to love SPORTS ROMANCE!? UGH! This was everything.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Drey

    5 CHAMPIONS Stars! ... I simply love it. Note: This is an enemies to lovers, sports romance. Dear Ivan and Jasmine, When Jasmine started the story by stating that she was jealous of you, it completely got my attention. I laughed at the names that she used to describe you. Jackass, jerk, devil, and worse Satan. I understood why she was jealous of you. It's because you were always remembered and she's not. That you often won and she never had. That she did all her best but only for nothing. But, s 5 CHAMPIONS Stars! ... I simply love it. Note: This is an enemies to lovers, sports romance. Dear Ivan and Jasmine, When Jasmine started the story by stating that she was jealous of you, it completely got my attention. I laughed at the names that she used to describe you. Jackass, jerk, devil, and worse Satan. I understood why she was jealous of you. It's because you were always remembered and she's not. That you often won and she never had. That she did all her best but only for nothing. But, she never gave up, Ivan. And I liked her for that. I adored you, Jasmine, for that. Jasmine was abandoned by her partner, Paul. When you offered her to be her partner, I was glad. But the smile disappeared from my face when you told her it's only just for one year. That made Jasmine doubt your intentions, Ivan. It made her thought that maybe your playing with her. But, you convinced her that you could win championships and gold medals together. You assured her that you could find her a partner after that one year contract. Jasmine agreed then. You know what? It was her greatest ambition to win, Ivan. To make her family proud, especially her mother who sacrificed a lot for her. I liked it when you two were always arguing and bickering for nothing. There's also a time that I was very frustrated. No doubt. You really were a perfect match. The two stubborns, hardheaded, and annoying shits. I noticed how you, Ivan, treated her. You cared for her. You wanted her to be happy. You put a smile in her face everytime she's down. I'm mad with you, Jasmine, for ignoring his sweet gestures. Yes, I knew that you have insecurities and trust issues. You needed support from someone you could trust. I loved how you grew. It was worth waiting for that you achieved it, at last. "The ones that matter are the ones who have always known what you’re capable of." I didn't expect your truths, Ivan. That got me pierced in the heart. Your story was wonderful. Unique. Messy but beautiful. I loved you as enemies. I loved you as friends. I loved you as bestfriends. I loved you as figure skaters. I loved you as a couple. And I really loved you as husband and wife. With Love, Drey "I love you so much I spend all day with you, and it still isn’t enough for me," I highly recommend this to those who likes: enemies to lovers, friends to lovers, sports, slow burn, and especially HEA. Just bring your armors: patience and understanding. @Lau Novas without you I think I wouldn't read this one sooner. You told me that this book is one of your all-time favourite, right? Could you include me with your list?

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tweebs♥️

    ✨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 book 2) my love life 3) 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 s ✨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 book 2) my love life 3) 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 hey I wasn't disappointed at all. 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 wow OTHERS 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:

  12. 5 out of 5

    Snow

    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 happ 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.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Whitney Atkinson

    some people might say this is slow burn. i would just say it's slow. i wasn't a fan of the writing at all so i don't think i'll be returning to zapata's work. the figure skating plot was what hooked me, even though i think 200 pages of this could be reduced of the main character's super extended inner monologue. also only one sex scene? a scam some people might say this is slow burn. i would just say it's slow. i wasn't a fan of the writing at all so i don't think i'll be returning to zapata's work. the figure skating plot was what hooked me, even though i think 200 pages of this could be reduced of the main character's super extended inner monologue. also only one sex scene? a scam

  14. 4 out of 5

    lucie

    1st re-read ... and I fell in love with Ivan Lukov once again. 💚 *** 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 b 1st re-read ... and I fell in love with Ivan Lukov once again. 💚 *** 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 be 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!

  15. 4 out of 5

    bella farren

    5/5 stars reread: 06/06/18 04/01/19 27/06/19 reread comment 27/06/19: instead of studying for my exam, I fell into a youtube black hole of figure skating videos, which of course meant I had to reread this. So there you go, an insight into my unfailing thought process. it'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 5/5 stars reread: 06/06/18 04/01/19 27/06/19 reread comment 27/06/19: instead of studying for my exam, I fell into a youtube black hole of figure skating videos, which of course meant I had to reread this. So there you go, an insight into my unfailing thought process. it'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.

  16. 4 out of 5

    N.

    "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 litt "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

  17. 4 out of 5

    Melanie A. *mostly on hiatus*

    4.5 STARS! "You're always going to be my favorite person." This was me while reading this book: ==> 0 to 80% 😍😍 5+ STARS!! ==> by 85% 🤔 4 STARS!! ==> by 95% 😬 2 STARS!! ==> by the epilogue 😍😍 5+ STARS!! Yeah, I know, I'm a weirdo. But I think most of you know that already. Anyway . . . I love the way MZ painstakingly builds up her relationships and sets the stage, but then (with the exception of Kulti) they always fizzle out for me near the end. I need OOOMPH in my romance, dammit! How 4.5 STARS! "You're always going to be my favorite person." This was me while reading this book: ==> 0 to 80% 😍😍 5+ STARS!! ==> by 85% 🤔 4 STARS!! ==> by 95% 😬 2 STARS!! ==> by the epilogue 😍😍 5+ STARS!! Yeah, I know, I'm a weirdo. But I think most of you know that already. Anyway . . . I love the way MZ painstakingly builds up her relationships and sets the stage, but then (with the exception of Kulti) they always fizzle out for me near the end. I need OOOMPH in my romance, dammit! However, I absolutely get that the main focus wasn't the romance, but this: 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. So I won't whinge on, especially because some of those insults Ivan and Jasmine traded were of the highest quality. 😂😂

  18. 5 out of 5

    chan ☆

    “Because I’m okay with you having ten other people be your favorite. But you’re always going to be my favorite person. Always, no matter what.” CUE THE BIG SLOPPY TEARS. I fucking loved this. I can understand why people don’t love it, Jas can be annoying and this was a true slow burn. But damn if I didn’t relate to Jas’ passion and her attitude and her need for support and validation. And it didn’t help that Ivan’s quotes were basically ripped directly from my bf’s mouth. Idk this just resonated “Because I’m okay with you having ten other people be your favorite. But you’re always going to be my favorite person. Always, no matter what.” CUE THE BIG SLOPPY TEARS. I fucking loved this. I can understand why people don’t love it, Jas can be annoying and this was a true slow burn. But damn if I didn’t relate to Jas’ passion and her attitude and her need for support and validation. And it didn’t help that Ivan’s quotes were basically ripped directly from my bf’s mouth. Idk this just resonated with me. Love this author, love the slow burn.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk

    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. Story 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Jasmine hates quitting. But she’s alone now. Her partner and her coach left her some time ago. It’s hard training for partner skating if you don’t have a partner. She thinks that maybe she doesn’t have a choice. She needs to give up. But then her frenemy Ivan Lukov, big brother of her best friend and owner of the skate cente 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. Story 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Jasmine hates quitting. But she’s alone now. Her partner and her coach left her some time ago. It’s hard training for partner skating if you don’t have a partner. She thinks that maybe she doesn’t have a choice. She needs to give up. But then her frenemy Ivan Lukov, big brother of her best friend and owner of the skate center she’s training at, makes her an offer. Partner up for a year, win as many things and train and learn as many things they can from each other and then when it’s over Ivan and coach lee will find her another partner to pair up with. So Jasmine takes the chance and even though it’s hard training with a person you hate she finally realizes that they are a great team. Oh, I’m a sucker for a good old hate-to-love story. And this one was a good one. It did remind me a little bit of the hating game, but it still had its own style and story. I really loved and enjoyed it and finished it in just a day. Character 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 My mom said I had serious trust issues, but honestly, the more people I met, the more I didn’t want to meet more. I’m so in love with all of these characters. First of all Jasmine, who hates lying and being fake and will tell you the truth no matter what. She’ll support, defend and love you no matter what. She’ll do what she thinks is right. She’s a cussing, strong woman with a loyal big heart. And you know where she got that from? From her awesome mother and family. They’re so real with each other, supporting each other no matter what. I wanted to be part of this family so much! I always wished I had such a big family. Jasmins mother was definitely the coolest mum I have read about in a while. And her brother, sisters and brother/sister in laws 😍 And then there was Ivan, always being a smart ass, arrogant and funny guy. He gave Jasmine a reality check all the time and was supporting her like crazy. I loved him so much 😍 All in all I was totally crazy about these characters. Relationships 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 ”Scary?” “You sound like a Psycho when you laugh, all heh, heh, heh, heh.” “What am I supposed to sound like? Hehehehe?” He was still grinning. “No, your heh, heh is just like you, and don’t ever laugh like that again. That’s creepy. I might have nightmares tonight from it. God. You sound like a possessed doll or something laughing from a dark corner, waiting for me to go to sleep. Oh, a hate to love love story with ice skating involved? Perfect. Absolutely freakin perfect. They were so mean to each other in the beginning I never doubted they actually don’t like each other. But soon they realize hate and love are so much alike and those two learn to love each other like crazy. I loved it. I loved it. I loved it. Writing style 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 This one was not a beautifully written book full of poetic phrases. But it was full of great dialogues, funny parts and supporting and important messages! It’s not one of my favorite writing styles and I guess many people can have a problem with all the cussing, but I was totally in love with it. I was so addicted and enjoyed every minute of it! I’m not going to give up what I love just because I might not have it forever. _____________________________________________________ Reasons why I’ll try this book out: 1. the Hate-to-love Trope 2. because ice skating is so beautiful. Just look at this ♥️

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••

    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 ska 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.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lucia

    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...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Kyle

    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! 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!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Irina

    This was one of the best enemies to lovers book that I read. I have no words to discribe it. Even though the slow burn romance killed me the last chapters were amazing. If you like this kind of books I highly recommend this one.

  24. 5 out of 5

    ♛ may

    excuse me while i hyperfixate and obsess over figure skating for the next 9243 years also ivan and jasmine?? they own my heart. goodnight buddy read with my fav romance stan, menna ❤️ excuse me while i hyperfixate and obsess over figure skating for the next 9243 years also ivan and jasmine?? they own my heart. goodnight buddy read with my fav romance stan, menna ❤️

  25. 5 out of 5

    ✰ Liz ✰

    “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 “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:

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ⓐlleskelle - That ranting lady ッ

    ⭐️⭐️ 2 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 jo ⭐️⭐️ 2 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 ☞

  27. 4 out of 5

    EmBibliophile

    4.25 stars Marian zapata has taught me patience and discipline. I feel like a well trained dog who has to be such a good little puppy to get his treats. "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.” This was an enjoyable enemies to lovers story that got me so hooked! I loved jasmine’s family and her relation with them so much. Jasmine and Ivan’s banter were so fun! Or I’m just a silly pe 4.25 stars Marian zapata has taught me patience and discipline. I feel like a well trained dog who has to be such a good little puppy to get his treats. "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.” This was an enjoyable enemies to lovers story that got me so hooked! I loved jasmine’s family and her relation with them so much. Jasmine and Ivan’s banter were so fun! Or I’m just a silly person who enjoys banter so much. Overall, this was such a cute enjoyable book to read. “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.” Song recommendation: Papercuts by Illy ft. Vera blue Why by Shawn Mendes

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lianne

    5 𝗦𝗧𝗥𝗔𝗜𝗚𝗛𝗧 𝗧𝗢 𝗠𝗬 𝗙𝗔𝗩𝗘 𝗦𝗛𝗘𝗟𝗙 𝗦𝗧𝗔𝗥𝗦 First of all thank you to everyone who convinced me to read this. Second of all enemies to lovers I AM NOT READY FOR THAT. Third, ehem IVAN LUKOV. Fourth, the audiobook is so good. Lastly, AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!! that's it. That's the review thank you very much. It's nice to be back here. And even better because Im back with a new fave and a new book boyfriend. IM FINE EVERYTHING IS FINE. AAAAAAAAAAAH!! 5 𝗦𝗧𝗥𝗔𝗜𝗚𝗛𝗧 𝗧𝗢 𝗠𝗬 𝗙𝗔𝗩𝗘 𝗦𝗛𝗘𝗟𝗙 𝗦𝗧𝗔𝗥𝗦 First of all thank you to everyone who convinced me to read this. Second of all enemies to lovers I AM NOT READY FOR THAT. Third, ehem IVAN LUKOV. Fourth, the audiobook is so good. Lastly, AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!! that's it. That's the review thank you very much. It's nice to be back here. And even better because Im back with a new fave and a new book boyfriend. IM FINE EVERYTHING IS FINE. AAAAAAAAAAAH!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Warda

    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.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Riley

    the romance in this book was so slow burn it literally gave me a stomach ache.

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