From Lukov with Love
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 ...more
Well, I loved this movie growing up.
So much in fact that I had it on VHS - for you youngun's, that was like a big tape cassette that played movies.
Oh wait, young people might not know what a tape cassette is either.
Here's a visual:
Those were the days, folks. Such amazing clarity...
Such clear and concise user instructions...
But anyrewind, as I was saying...
I had it on VHS.
And when those went out, I ...more
Well this is awkward...
This started off as a solid 4 star read for me, and it all went downhill from there. Not to say that this was not a fun read - because it was. I was just expecting more
Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce you to one of the slowest slow burns in the history of slow burns.
Here's what I think's going to happen
This was a unique romance novel. I would even go as far as saying that ...more
And I feel like a traitor.
Maybe one day, many, many years from now, when I retire, I will decide to finish this book while I wait for my georgeous future grandkids to wake up from their midday nap.
Not today, though.
The thing is, right now I don’t have time nor patience for this story and this heroine. I can't spend one more second in her head.
When you've got a lot of shit going on in your real life, you don’t need annoying heroines with their overblown problems.
I still ...more
A conversation between ignorant Bibi and slightly less ignorant Bibi, let's call them B1 and B2
B1: Five stars? Really? After all the bitching and moaning
B2: *smiles at her e-reader*
B1: But you hated Jasmine at the beginning
B2: *widens smile*
B1: You also said and I quote "what kind of fuckery is this? No 30-yr-old man speaks like this"
B1: *wrings hands* but....you dislike slow burn romance
B2: *casts a pitying look at B1*
B1: You said Ivan and Jasmine were too old. I was
Review at Of Pens and Pages.
I LOVE LOVE LOVED IT. Make way, The Wall of Winnipeg and Me and Kulti, From Lukov with Love is joining you in my 're-read all over and over and over again' pile. This book had Mariana Zapata's signature slow burn that I can't get enough, characters I can't help but absolutely love, and fantastic banter that made me laugh out loud, all the while set in a sport world I don't usually encounter in romance novels (If you know more figure skating/pair skating ...more
I am obsessed with Mariana Zapata's audio books. I'm kind of just obsessed with her books, period, but I love listening to them. They have the amazing narration and make my heart happy. From Lukov with Love was the best enemies to lovers/friends to lovers/slowburn/sports romance.
Ivan Lukov and Jasmine Santos have been in the same ice skating circuit for many years. Not only that, but Jasmine's best friend is Ivan's sister. Still, these two have not had the best relationship. On ...more
and thats mainly because i wouldnt consider this a romance book (which is what i was in the mood for). i honestly would just call it contemporary fiction or even new adult. nothing romantic ...more
“My mom said I had serious trust issues, but honestly, the more people I met, the more I didn’t want to meet.”
I don't know what's more sad:
1) finishing this book
2) my love life
3) or this gif
If I were to become the Prime Minister of Canada; every citizen will be required to read all of Mariana Zapata's books. I heard reading at least one book written by Mariana Zapata will clear your skin, make you hear colors, bring world peace
on Feb 3, 2018, I'm kinda speechless...
This was the fastest long slow burn romance book I have read by Mariana Zapata, and I have read them all...so, i would know *wink*
This was as equally or even more beautiful as the rest of her stories, but more closely this story is closer to the cult status KULTI & The Wall of Winnipeg and me have in my heart.
And most of all, after reading it, I feel this tremendous joy and fulfillment.
Yeah, you might even say It made me ...more
reread comment 27/06/19: instead of studying for my exam, I fell into a youtube black hole of figure skating videos, which of course meant I had to reread this. So there you go, an insight into my unfailing thought process.
it's no real surprise that I loved this one, although I did go into it a little more apprehensive than I usually do with MZ books. I knew nothing about figure skating other than I wasn't particularly interested in the sport, but it only ...more
... and I fell in love with Ivan Lukov once again.
I LOVED THIS SO MUCH!
From Lukov with Love is hate-to-love story about Jasmine and Ivan that features figure skating. You can feel the hate between those two from the beginning. They throw sarcastic and hateful notes at each other like it would be an olympic sport. But in pair (figure) skating you have to trust your partner if you want to win and they both know it. So they have to do something about it.
Step by step.
"If I had to choose anyone to help me bury a body, eat dinner with, or watch television with, it would be you, every time for everything."
MY HEART IS SO FULL.
I have laughed, cried, fumed, cringed, swooned, and had every other reaction in between while I was reading this book. Mariana Zapata has been so good to me - gracing me with such wonderful writing - that I actually feel guilty that my first impression of this story and these characters was:
Because, confession time.
It was a little hard ...more
We are gifted with getting to know the ever lovely and beautiful lost soul of Jasmine. She’s a professional Ice Skater that hasn’t had luck on her side. She had devoted everything she has to ice ...more
And what was with all that ...more
Love to me was honesty.
Knowing someone’s best and worst.
Love was a push that said someone believed in you when you didn’t.
Love was effort and time.
Jasmine hates quitting.
But she’s alone now. Her partner and her coach left her some time ago.
It’s hard training for partner skating if you don’t have a partner.
She thinks that maybe she doesn’t have a choice. She needs to give up.
But then her frenemy Ivan Lukov, big brother of her best friend and owner of the skate center she ...more
From Lukov With Love was... like :
The Wall of Winnipeg and Me—on ice,
Wait For Me—on ice,
Kulti—on ice. And Kulti was my least favorite book by Zapata.
From Lukov With Love wasn’t necessarily bad, just a copy carbon of situations and scenes from the author's previous books, only transposed to the figure skating world.
There were really golden moments in From Lukov with Love , the banter and bickering between both main characters was truly entertaining, Zapata did a great job at ...more
“We both know you love me.”
From Lukov with Love is a unique sports romance with complex characters and a lot of heart! With love and skating in the mix, what could be better?
“Give me all your competition dates in advance. It’ll be the Hunger Games on ice. I’ll buy everyone in the family front row seats,”Jasmine Santos is a competitive skater who has spent her whole life striving to be the best. When her partner suddenly drops her for someone else, she continues to train. When her arch ...more
Marian zapata has taught me patience and discipline. I feel like a well trained dog who has to be such a good little puppy to get his treats.
"Because I’m okay with you having ten other people be your favorite. But you’re always going to be my favorite person,” he finished. “Always. No matter what.”
This was an enjoyable enemies to lovers story that got me so hooked! I loved jasmine’s family and her relation with them so much. Jasmine and Ivan’s banter were so fun! Or I’m just a silly ...more
I was expecting something along the lines of ACOMAF or The Hating Game, but the characters and the plot had little substance and neither was their relationship convincing to me. It took place in a span of a year (I think) and jumped from season to season. Was that meant to be the slow-burn aspect? I mean, this is close to 500 pages!!! There could've been so much more ...more
“If I had to choose anyone to help me bury a body, eat dinner with, or watch television with, it would be you, every time for everything.”
“Are you two ever going to get along?” Ivan said, “Yes” at the same time I said, “No,” giving him a dirty-ass look as I said it.
I absolutely LOVED IT. I was never worried that my expectations would be too high because she's never ...more
She was good enough to perform on the national level, but was never able to win anything. Not even close. I think I know the reason: she was in the wrong competition. She should have been participating in a competition for the title of Bitch Queen; she would leave everybody else far behind. I am really sorry to call her a bitch, but she behaved exactly like one: open any dictionary for the explanation of the word and you ...more
As I write this review, I have officially binged watched something I never thought I'd be ever interested in- ice skating.
Yup. I place the blame on Mariana Zapata's from Lukov with love.
I'll tell you something, there's a reason why Mariana Zapata's books are a one-click / no brainer for me...I'd read just about anything she ever writes...and yes, even if there were toilet papers in collaboration with her, I'd buy it.
I don't know how she does it but she creates magic. I generally have a ...more
My exams have finally come to an end and I can hopefully read more. I thank Mariana Zapata for keeping me highly entertained during my exams.
The book bears an uncanny resemblance to the movie "A Cutting Edge". I kept picturing the two main actors as the movie's protagonists while I was reading the book.
Jasmine and Ivan are forced to collaborate by becoming figure skating partners, although they seem to be unable to be in the same room or breathe the same air without killing one another. They are...more
Now, From Lukov with love, is a freaking slow burn romance centered IN PAIR ICE SKATING. Not only one of the most beautiful sports, but also is a sport played in couples dancing and skating and making figures and THIS IDEA IS SO GENIUS. AND NOT ONLY THAT, but the protagonists hated each other, so is a hate-to-love kind of romance and IT WAS ...more
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2018 Best Romance Semifinal Round Nominee
UPDATE: I have been so fortunate to have read many of these Semifinalists. If this review helps in deciding your voting choice, then I have done my job. Happy Reading
If you read a Mariana Zapata novel, be prepared to dig in, become invested in the people and their quirks, lives and inner dialogue. Know there will be detailed experiences which could be part of anybody's life... and it will be used to ...more
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