From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata
First of all, this is one of my favorite books of 2018. I won’t be offended if you stop reading this review now because this is basically a love letter to this book. FIVE STARS FRIENDS.
This book focuses on Jasmine and Ivan who are both professional figure skaters. It features a spectacular hate to love relationship, which is such a slow burn. It is literally the slowest burn I have ever read (except for Zapata’s other novels which I have read since originally writing this review). If you like slow burn romances READ THIS, plus there is ice skating so what else do you need in a romance novel.
WHAT I LOVED:
- Jasmine’s crazy family and their group chats. I love how they roast each other, but all support Jasmine (and each other) so much
- HOW SLOW THE SLOW BURN WAS LIKE this train is moving very slow friends, don’t expect any action until the book is basically over. But it is WORTH IT.
- So many of the Jasmine/Ivan scenes
- They exchange some quality banter over the course of the book
- All the death glares they share, quality stuff
- Seeing Ivan at his home. I would share more, but it is a bit spoiler-y so I don’t want to share too much
- This novel takes place over a long period of time. Nothing feels rushed and you see the characters grow and their relationship develop naturally
- THREE WORDS: THE ANATOMY ISSUE
- How hard Jasmine works
- Honestly I could go on forever BC I LOVE THIS SO MUCH. This might be my favorite romance novel ever??
WHAT I DID NOT LOVE:
- I will say this is a little slow, it’s super long for a romance novel (511 pages) and it did not bother me, but I know for some people this might be longer than they would like
- There was some miscommunication that annoyed me, but TBH it is not nearly as bad as 98% of other novels
- I wanted a little more before the epilogue. If you have read the book, you know what I would have liked to see more of
- One of Jasmine’s sisters is rarely mentioned/around. I don’t know if I missed a line that said what her deal was, but it is mentioned and isn’t seen again.
If you like romance novels in any form you should check this out. It is a New Adult novel, so keep that in mind if you are a youth. Know your limits kids (by kids I mean literally everyone, but also kids especially). I also plan on reading more Mariana Zapata novels because apparently she is known for slow burn romances so sign me up.
As of September 8, 2018 I have read four of her novels and this is still my favorite, but still can’t wait to read the rest of her books.