From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata
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.
Title: From Lukov with Love
Author: Mariana Zapata
Publication Date: February 1st, 2018
Shelves: Contemporary; Romance; Sports
Format: Kindle (493 pages)
For starters, this is my first book on figure skating. Since I was a little girl, I would watch with my mother all championships on TV – that brought me sweet memories.
Secondly, I always know a good book when I reach 8% on my Kindle and look forward to see what it brings, even if I know that they will end up together, I just enjoy the ride.
When I start a book at 7 in the evening and finish it at 5 in the morning, I know I ve read a good book.
What brought this book in my line of sight was the many good reviews I ve seen on the websites I hunt for fabulous books.
The story follows Jasmine Santos, a very talented and har working figure skater, a character that makes a lot of sacrifices for doing what she loves. I relate with her stubbornness and her will to become better on what she does best. We will learn how she evolves, but what I don t really understand is why she wasn t that good from the beginning, even though everybody praised her. Maybe it does matter your partner, just as we will find out, same as it does in the real world on every aspect of our life. Ivan Lukov comes to help her when she needed it most, after a year without a partner, where she would train alone. I had from the beginning the feeling that he wanted her, even if the chemistry between them comes with hard words, but most of the time funny ones. I enjoyed both characters very much, but maybe I would have loved more intimacy between them. I think I would have loved Ivan to be an Alpha Male, stronger and more arrogant on what concerns Jasmine as a woman.
Also I would have loved reading more about their competitions, about the feeling of winning, reaching, finally, on what you desire most, especially when one does that many sacrifices. As would have loved to imagine myself on that rink. These are the cons that I see most, but all in all I enjoyed the book a lot.
I am used to read about male characters which are arrogant, taking what they want without asking, and I wish Ivan was one of them. Oh well…
I read a lot; 2018 isn t even ending and I have more than 200 books so far this year, so I know that I really really enjoy a double POV. Maybe Ivan will have a book with his thoughts.. who knows?!
Finally, this book [resents you a world where many who nothing about, a hardworking world, with full of sacrifices, where we learn that when you wish it that much, you get it.