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From Lukov with Love

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the relationship development with Jasmine and Ivan was so raw and realistic. the mere fact that their love language is to insult one another had me banging my head against the wall 😭💖✨ they and so funny and i love them so much! i didn’t know what to expect and at times i thought they’d just be good friends if anything. i was mentally preparing myself for that tbh. but alas we had that epic epilogue that brought happy tears to my eyes. there’s nothing i love more than a strong female whose only weakness is her other half. good half 🫠

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. From Lukov with Love also followed this pattern very closely. And for the first time, I felt like that bothered me a bit. With all her other books I read, I would just think – well, here’s Mariana Zapata I know and love. And now, for the first time, I was like – yeah, OK, but I’ve heard this story 5 or 6 times before. 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.

I’ve been meaning to read one of Zapata’s books for the longest now because I have to see the slow burn that everyone loves!! This one sounds so good, and the ice skating part sounds super fun to read about!! Great review!! 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. He didn’t even have his eyes open as he responded. “Because you don’t give it to everyone.” His cheek rested against mine, that sweaty chest did the same as he said, “And I don’t plan on sharing you.” 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. This book is perfect for romance enthusiasts seeking a captivating and emotional journey. If you enjoy slow-burn romances with complex characters and heartfelt storylines, From Lukov with Love is a must-read. Dive into the world of figure skating, where love and personal growth intertwine, leaving a lasting impact. Experience the power of second chances and the transformative nature of love in this beautifully written tale. Conclusion

Some topics, themes and tropes are repeated in her novels and it might irritate those who have read more than one of her works. But to be frank, I was ok (to a certain extent) with both of the above problems. 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. But in this book, I wish we got to see at least something of that choreography. Because the choice of music and the theme sounded really interesting, but we don’t really get to see practically any of that. Este es de esos libros slowburn que son bastante slow. Si empiezan a leerlo pensando que les van a dar mucha acción no lo hagan porque no es así. Puedo ver porque a algunas personas les cansó el hecho que en la pareja no suceda mucho hasta el final pero yo no me quejo. Estaba viviendo mi mejor vida leyendo como poco a poco estos dos se iban encariñando y, honestamente, no necesitaba nada mas. Mariana Zapata tiene un talentaso para desarrollar un romance lento y necesito leerme sus otros libros ya.

A "but" was about to come out of her mouth. I could feel it. There was always a "but" when someone paid you a compliment. Only in figure skating, and maybe gymnastics, could you be considered ancient at twenty-six years old."

So part of me has to believe that Zapata had both jasmine and lukov were just really immature icl. i just didn't like either one of them much, and while there were moments i tolerated jasmine she was also... very annoying Jasmine Santos knows that feeling. Mariana Zapata captures that anxiety, and that’s why From Lukov with Love feels like a breath of fresh air. It’s not a love letter to figure skating, nor a tirade against it (the beautiful sport that it is). Jasmine is unbelievably real, and in this romance novel, she gets the chance to grow as a person.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: 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. One of the things that impressed me the most in From Lukov with Love was the figure skating. Man, was the attention to detail about it good. It feels weird saying that because I wasn’t watching it, but I feel like I learned a lot about what it takes to be a figure skater. It’s something I’ve never really thought about before. All that practicing and falling and… well, just everything. It’s made me excited to watch the competition in the upcoming Winter Olympics. I gained even more respect for those athletes than I had before.

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.I’ve seen you before. There’s no way anyone would see you on the ice and think there was a price limit on it,” 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" Also, it was Ivan who showed up more feelings than Jasmine. She was just leaning on Ivan and that was it. Beside of the trust issues, she was very flat on that aspect, too.

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