From Lukov With Love By Mariana Zapata Book Review

From Lukov With Love By Mariana Zapata Book Review. One of the best slow burn romance books.

You know when a book sticks with you emotionally and you feel like you have a bit of a hangover after reading it? From Lukov With Love gave me that feeling. I enjoyed the story and hanging with the characters so much that I was sad it had to come to an end.

This book had the usual Mariana Zapata slow burn and an enemies-to-friends-to-lovers trope. You know when a book uses these tropes so well that it makes you want to cackle with glee over a pure genius moment? Well, Lukov did that for me.

From Lukov With Love Plot

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.

From Lukov With Love Review

This was my first Zapata book where I actually found the male lead attractive from the beginning. Usually, she starts really bad and unattractive and builds them up for me until I’m sold on the grumpy bastard, but Ivan Lukov is hot right from the start. I’ve never been so attracted to someone who wears spandex for a living.

It all comes from the glee-inducing rapport between Jasmine and Ivan. They spar verbally in such an entertaining way, their fighting is a highlight of their building relationship. There’s an interview between them at the beginning and it’s hilarious how much they’re enjoying hating on each other. And the best part is it doesn’t go away when they fall for each other. They just keep on being wonderfully horrible to each other.

This is the book with the most drama that I’ve read from Zapata, but it made me fly through the story. Jasmine is at her lowest and you’re really sucked into her struggle to turn her life around. There’s one scene that is just Ivan hugging her while she has a breakdown, but it is a fucking beautiful gut punch that scene, and that hug is crazy sexy.

The cast of characters as always is wonderfully developed. Zapata doesn’t do one-dimensional side characters. Some of them are so vivid I briefly wondered if they featured in one of her other novels (but they didn’t). I was especially pleased to see the Gay brother after her women’s soccer team in Kulti was so glaringly missing queer characters.


From Lukov With Love stuck with me ages after reading it, because I just didn’t want to have finished it. I loved the characters, I enjoyed their arcs, the love story, and especially the banter. Get reading, you’ll love it.


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