From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata
Published by Self-published on February 1, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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 dreaming about pushing in the way of a moving bus, Jasmine might have to reconsider everything.
Including Ivan Lukov.
I’m not a life in the slow burn lane kind of girl unless you’re talking about Mariana Zapata’s brand of slow. She tends to add in loads of emotion and scads of hilarious banter which somehow tricks my action-loving soul into not caring that there isn’t any kidnapping, bombs, or copious amounts of blood in the plot. Usually, I have to wait until I’m in my version of a chill mood, but it worked out that I was able to get to this one fairly quickly after it published. The timing could not be better for From Lukov With Love with its figure skating theme as the Olympics are going on. I freaking adore the Olympics, especially the Winter Olympics. It’s one of the only times I actually watch TV.
If you’ve read Dear Aaron, I can happily report you get lots of Aaron and Ruby time since Jasmine happens to be Ruby’s sister. I was a bit unsure about Jasmine as the heroine, and rightly so. Although I warmed up to her as the book went on, that girl spent way too much time in her own head and she was all over the place—angry, down on herself, and kind of pitiful when her skating career was crapping out. My guess is that most world-class athletes would do the same thing in her situation so I tried to ignore it, but it was hard. The fact she’s a skater weighed heavily in her favor here as I’ll forgive figure skaters a lot because they freaking rock.
Now Lukov, he was awesome. He started out quite the ass, but then his actions started speaking loud and clear. All was not as it seemed with our Lukov, and underneath the jerk exterior was a marshmallow of a man. I’ll save the surprises for you to discover, but I’ll tell you when I found out about why he had a minivan, my heart turned to complete mush. So freaking sweet.
I do have to say, the first part of the book was slooooooooooooow but I’m glad I soldiered on because once it got started, I devoured it. I wish we’d had less time in Jasmine’s head, and more time spent on their competitions at the end as I felt a bit cheated. I do warn you, that slow burn took way too long to ignite for me, even though I did love it when it finally did. I just felt like I didn’t get enough time with them as an established couple before it was over. I did like the epilogue though.
This was a long drawn out slow burn. It reminded me of making caramel: it took forever to get to the good stuff, but it was worth the wait. It was slow, sweet, and extremely funny at times, but it did have a bit of heartbreak to it too. From Lukov With Love is not my favorite MZ, but it’s well worth the read.
Rating: 4 Slow Can Be Good Stars
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