Published by Self-Published on 02/01/2018
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.
Oh, my heart. This is easily one of my favorite books of 2018. I’m a fairly new Mariana Zapata reader, having only previously read 2 of her books, both of which I loved. Now I’m convinced I should read every book she’s ever written. This now makes 3 of the most delicious, slow burn books I’ve ever read.
If you ask me if I’m a fan of a slow burn, I’m inclined to say no because often times they can be frustrating for me. But if it’s done really well, the way few authors do for me, then it’s just… incredible. I savor it and I love every second of it, which is what I did with From Lukov with Love.
I was suspicious that I’d ever find a figure skater attractive because I tend to like my men “manly”, but obviously that because I’m a judgmental bitch. Ivan Lukov is delicious. Truly. Especially since I’m a huge hockey fan, I should be familiar with the kind of talent and strength skating takes. Shame on me. I learned my lesson though. I’ll be watching winter Olympics with fresh eyes.
I don’t know if I can name one thing about this book that I didn’t enjoy. Both of the main characters, Ivan and Jasmine, were fantastic. Both were beautifully flawed, both had character growth and story arcs, there were subplots that helped drive the story but didn’t feel “convenient”. Everything felt very organic and genuine.
The journey of these two characters, separate and together, is just… something special. My heart feels full after finishing it and my first thought was that I was sad it was over. My second thought was if I should read it again. I highly recommend this book, whether you think you enjoy a good slow burn or not.