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From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata – Book Review

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Title: From Lukov with Love

Author: Mariana Zapata

Contemporary Sports Romance, Standalone

The Story

37683751If 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.

My Review

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If you have read any other book by Mariana Zapata, you must know that she is the Queen of Slow Burning Romance.. (You have been warned if you still haven’t read anything by her) And when I say slow I do mean sloooowwww.. not kidding. Her stories developed beautifully and I’m a sucker for them which is why I picked this one up..

And I honestly don’t know what to tell you about it, I’m so conflicted… This book was such an amazing story of accepting who you are, of growing confortable with yourself, of friendship and family, of fighting for your dreams and never giving up… All of this was worth a 4 Star rating…

And yet the romantic aspect of it was a failure of epic proportions for me… And that hurt me since I had very high expectations.

I really enjoyed the journey this book takes us in, we fall into the world of figure skating with all its ups and downs, the training, the risks of injuries, the sacrifices that must be made in terms of time and family and relationships… All of this was amazing you get sucked right in.

“Challenges were only hard if you went into them expecting not to succeed.”

Jasmine and Ivan our main protagonists were great together… their slowly growing friendship, their banter, their support of one another, their understanding of each other… I love their relationship as friends, from their dislike at the beginning until they become the bests of friends — exactly what the other needs. This growing friendship goes on through most of the book, until at least the 85% mark where it suddenly changes to a romantic relationship and it wouldn’t have been a problem for me but it was done like an after thought, it felt like “oopps I forgot that they are supposed to be a couple and not just friends” and suddenly Bam! they hook up… It felt weird to me and disappointing.

I liked Jasmine’s character, she was a firecracker and she didn’t take shit from anybody, living with her through her struggles to managed her career (which she is not giving up no matter what) and her family who she loves, and wants to make up for the sacrifices they made to help her get to where she is now, her confidence in herself.. she was a refreshing character to read about.

My mom said I had serious trust issues, but honestly, the more people I met, the more I didn’t want to meet more.”

As for Ivan he was adorable, he was cocky but not annoyingly so… let’s just say that he was a confident man who knows his worth and he works hard to get to be the star that he is, he’s also loving and supportive, there’s so much more than meets the eye with him and getting to know him along with Jasmine was a treat.

“Don’t sound so excited,” he replied. Then he smiled. “Which bridge do you live under and how do we get there?” 

The other amazing thing was the Santos (Jasmine’s family) all of them together are a character of their own their dynamic was so sweet, so fun, I was laughing out loud a lot with them… they felt so real..

Overall I truly liked this book, except for the romance (I can’t believe I just wrote this) I would have been happy if they had either remain the great friends they became through the story or maybe if we had seen a bit more development of them as a couple…

I’m adding this one to my A to Z Reading Challenge as the letter F — I’m on a roll…

As Always

Happy Reading

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