From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata
Genres: Romance, Chick Lit, Sports
Publication: February 1st 2018
Length: 493 pages
Synopsis: 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.
Review: I have to say, I started reading this book because I already loved a different title by Mariana Zapata, Wait for it. Reading the previous book made me hope that this one is going to be just as good, and of course, I was getting into it with some expectations!
Zapata has been publishing for a few years now and I have now added all of her previous books to my TBR list. She is slaying it!
What I loved about From Lukov with Love were the characters. I could see some similarities to the book that I read before by Zapata, but I thought that the main characters differed. The background of the story certainly did and it felt fresh.
While figure ice skating is something that I secretly love (I always used to watch all competitions on TV as a kid), I also loved how the characters in the book were involved in an incredibly difficult sport and at the same time remained normal people.
I loved the banter between different characters and how the feelings they struggled with were presented.
I honestly find it difficult to write about this book without mentioning Wait for it. Some might disagree, but I can see a clear pattern in these two books that I find appealing. The main characters in both books are big on family – they are in completely different stages of their lives and the families look very different, but it’s still the case. I also found that the emphasis in the forming relationships is on being able to trust each other, rather than anything else. While, of course, Zapata writes Chick Lit / Romance books, which means that the characters are likable and of course they are as close to perfection as possible without sacrificing the integrity of the story, the relationships are not built on a purely physical basis, or something that doesn’t make sense. There is a clear line drawn between characters who are actually a-holes and others who just appear to be ones on the surface.
Because of how the story and the characters are written, it doesn’t bother me, but I know it might be a deal breaker for some: the book contains some explicit scenes. I think in the young adult genre this is absolutely fine.
What I like to take into consideration is the fact that whatever happens between the characters doesn’t feel pointless. It doesn’t feel rushed. To be perfectly honest, the way Zapata writes about falling for someone probably contributed to how I reacted to a different book that talked about physical contact in a very different way.
Last, but not least, I have to say that I adore the afterword in From Lukov with Love. Zapata wrote one in Wait for it too and it was just the perfect topping on the cake for me.
Overall, if Chick Lit and Romance books are your thing, then you need to read From Lukov with Love!
Rating: 5 / 5
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