Book Review: “From Lukov with Love” by Mariana Zapata

Book Review: From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata

From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata is a contemporary romance that follows elite figure skater Jasmine Santos’ career. This book is definitely one for athletes who have spent years of dedication on their craft, as they will easily be able to relate to Santos’ experience. It highlights a professional athlete’s struggle to continue loving the sport, as well as committing to a lifestyle that is often without glory or recognition. The story itself is a journey of self-discovery and coming to terms with several hard realities.

Jasmine has spent 17 years of her life as a competitive pairs figure skater, but when her previous skating partner and ex sets out to ruin her, she struggles to get back on her feet. The world seems to be screaming at her to hang up her skates, but Jasmine is determined to be able to compete and finally win a gold medal. After practice one afternoon, she receives a coveted offer: Ivan Lukov, a renowned skater who has won several awards, needs a partner. The only problem? Jasmine and Ivan can’t go a minute without arguing. Even their coach is in disbelief at the creativity they each put into their insults. They have less than a year to get it together in time to win the gold medal they’ve trained for. Will they make it? Only time will tell.

Topics such as ageism, learning disabilities, and difficult familial relationships are also woven in. This story will keep you on your toes! From Lukov with Love is a phenomenal novel that I would recommend to anyone.