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Publisher's Summary

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 17 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.

©2018 Mariana Zapata (P)2018 Mariana Zapata

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  • Brittany M
  • SANTA BARBARA, CA, United States
  • 05-13-18

New Favorite MZ Slow Burn

Ok, first I should preface this review with the fact that, although I have read many amazing books in the past 6 months, I have not felt compelled to leave a review. Mariana is an automatic buy for me, I have all her books in both kindle and audio versions and I have lost count of how many times I have re-read them.

From Lukov With Love has officially moved into the number one spot of my favorite MZ books. I Love Jasmine's scrappy attitude, and Ivan (Vanya) was a total dream once we moved past his defenses. This book was... just perfect. I loved every minute of the almost 15 hour book! I haven't giggled and laughed that much while reading in a long time. The dual narration really added so much to the story, and Teddy Hamilton is a perfect voice for Ivan. Thanks Marianna for continually putting out such quality, well researched concepts, and amazing characters to fall in love with!

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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this has ruined me for all other audiobooks!

I adored this book but it was made 200x better because of the way that Callie and Teddy recorded the dialogue. Having Teddy record all of Ivan's dialogue was genius and really drew me into the story even more. I know I will be revisiting Meatball and Satan's story many many times in the future.

21 of 22 people found this review helpful

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One HECK of a Slow Burn.. LOVED

I like Mariana’s other books I have tried but I never really LOVED them until this one. This story really sucked me in, in a way none of her other books ever have before.

I can’t relate to any of the character’s at all so that really isn’t why I enjoyed it I don’t know if it was the enemy’s to lovers or what it was but this story just cracks my heart wide open and I couldn’t stop listening.

Jasmine is a likable character only once you understand her and Ivan well I loved him right from the get-go. The banter and back and forth worked for me in a big way. I very much enjoyed them becoming friends and still they kept up the banter it’s probably the best part of the book for me how they become more but still keep who they are the same.

I am so going to be giving this author more chances than I have in the past.

Teddy and Callie amazing narration I enjoyed the heck out of this book because of you.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Cyndi
  • Beautiful Michigan
  • 06-02-18

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

This book was super sweet. I enjoyed the story line and the characters very much. While I will say I didn't find it amazing but more just a feel good read which is great too. This book is 1000% a SSSSLLLOOOWWW BBBUUURRRNNN!!! I prefer a book to get to it way faster than this but I've read a few books by this author and I completely expected the slow burn. I enjoyed the banter between these two characters but I will say, I didn't really feel the chemistry between them the way I'm sure most people did. In the end this book left me feeling a little lighthearted which is exactly what I thought it would do!

The narration was PERFECT!!! I loved Callie Dalton and Teddy Hamilton together and I think they did duet better than I have ever heard it before. They flowed perfectly and it didn't feel choppy in anyway at all!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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LOVE

I love that she had Callie Dalton and Teddy Hamilton read this!!! It was so great (I wish she had done that for all of Dear Aaron too... it's still great though. Callie does an amazing job!) I rated it as 4.5 the first time I read it, but after listening to THEM read it, it's a solid 5*

I only wish it was longer. I love all of Zapata's books. I love that there's no big, stupid misunderstanding between the main characters and that the hero loves the heroine for a lot longer and earlier than the heroine knew...but she doesn't find out until the timing is right of course, and then it makes her and our, the reader, hearts feel good.

This book was hard to put down. The first time I read it I went with only 2.5 hours of sleep and finished it in two days (it normally takes me two weeks to finish a book due to life invading...for this book, and all of Zapata's books, I shoved life aside so I could read like I was a kid again, and the lack of sleep was so worth it). Anyway, Ivan was amazing and supportive, but didn't put up with Jasmine being anything but her best...just as a partner should be...cue the swoon. This will be a book I reread again and again.

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I absolutely loved this book!!!! <br />

I can't emphasize enough what a huge difference it makes to have two narrators do their own characters all through the book, that was the perfect narration and one of the best I've ever heard.
Unlike Dear Aaron this story had a wonderful flow and a wonderful ending, I will probably be listening to this book over and over again as I've done with many of her other books. I loved their bickering, their non chemistry that we know all along is more like super chemistry, the slow burn. LOVED, LOVED, LOVED IT!!!!!

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Zapata for the Win (Contains some spoilers)

Books like this are why people are addicted to reading and neglect their everyday lives to live within the world of a good read. Where to start? The narrators were in top form, not that Callie Dalton is ever anything but perfection but that voice for Ivan just took it over the top. Give them excellent material to work with and you have an instant success.

In terms of the book, only a true pet parent could show so much personality in Lacey and really demonstrate what pet parents are like. AKA a little crazy and 100% lovable. If you're a pet parent the fact that Lacey was in a harness and seatbelt doesn't even phase you. Safety first for the fur kids!

If you haven't read Dear Aaron, you can appreciate this story more if you read it first, as you get to see those character in this book as well, plus the other family members that are mentioned in Dear Aaron. It makes this book all the more enjoyable because you get to revisit those characters years later, and the family dynamics are just fabulously done.

From Lukov With Love was so different from Wait For It (her last release prior to this) and only showed Mariana Zapatas versatility and ability to create totally different characters --who are still equally lovable. Jasmine is flawed but so endearing. And she isn't afraid to call people out when they're wrong or bullies. She says screw manners and does the right thing --something people can struggle with, but not her. She isn't worried about being a people pleaser, she loves her small group of people fiercely, loves her sport, and screw the rest.

Ivan is a great balance to Jasmine's more fiery temper. He can be just a sassy and quick-witted, but can keep his head better in a situation and calms her down. He isn't without his own struggles that come with fame and success as a professional athlete, but he knows who he is, what he likes, and fights for what he believes is worth it. The rest is background noise.

If it has been awhile since you were totally immersed in a book or author, do yourself a favor and get this NOW.

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Amazing.

Love Mariana Zapata! Plus I used to be a figure skater so this felt very personal. Excellent details. Very sweet story. More than met my high expectations and perfect narration.

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Not enough of a Story

This is supposed to be a romance but the entire book is just them bickering back and fourth. Don't get me wrong, I love that dynamic but it usually turns flirty and that just didn't happen. There was 20 minutes left of the book and I just stopped. Didn't finish it. There was no romance however they fell in love... I get why they fell in love I just wish we could have heard about it.

I LOVED that Teddy did the narration of all his parts, in fact that's the reason I chose this story even if the story line wasn't very intriguing. If this story would have had Ian's point of view as well it would have made this story 10 times better.

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It’s great - unusual plot

4:5 stars: it’s great. Sweet enemies to lovers story, but with an unusual plot of competitive figure skating to make it interesting.

The main characters are well-rounded and believable. Good cast of supporting characters. The narration is good. BTW: if you are looking for an erotic novel, this isn’t it.

Criticisms:
1. The author often goes into a repetitive loop when writing inner monologues - using a 1000 words when 10 would do. Annoying because the reader keeps thinking “yes, you said that three times already.”
2. The author sets up great scenes but misses opportunities to follow through, e.g. the photo shoot. Disappointing.

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  • L
  • 05-22-18

Like the story, hate the narration

I really like the story and purchased this audio book after reading the book, however I hate the narration style. Callie Dalton and Teddy Hamilton are okay by themselves but the style that has been used for this title - Callie doing the main narration with Teddy throwing in a word or sentence here and there - is terrible. It's jarring and annoying.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-06-18

Great audio

Brilliant story but what makes it better is the best audio I have heard. I have listened to this book over and over again.

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  • Jangler
  • 05-26-18

Enjoyable

I loved this book and I loved the narrators they brought the characters to life

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  • Jodie Wilkins, Fanlovesbooks
  • 05-17-18

Freaking love this so hard.

Once again Mariana had done a beautiful job at writing another amazing story. I can't wait to see what she has no store for her readers next. This book is amazing, the story the Chemistry between Jasmine and Ivan was beautiful and Callie and Teddy did an amazing job at Narrating it.

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  • J Davoday
  • 10-10-18

loved the story and both narrators

loved this story..all the characters are great . The story had it all as do all of this writers books. Slow burn love , hilarious banter, great side characters. Great writing and loved the 2 narrators !!

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  • Buffy
  • 06-28-18

Fantastic

Another great storyline from Mariana Z. Well written and narrated. The story development was well paced. The characters fantastic.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-04-18

loved "From Lucov with Love"

Absolutely loved this book. Had already got to meet and get to care about the more minor, but still significant characters in this book through "Dear Aaron". Wasn't sure how I was going to connect with Jasmine having seen glimpses of her in her more self absorbed, but still very much loved stage in "Dear Aaron". But Mariana Zapata just nails her character development of Jasmine in "From Lucov with Love" We travel with her as she grows and matures in her relationships with others, and centrally in her acceptance of herself . Mariana's characters are real, there's times you want to shake Jasmine and times you want to hug and reassure her, if she'd allow it. Her lack of awareness of what seems blatantly obvious to the reader, Ivan's love and admiration of her is frustrating, endearing and very real, as is their scrapping relationship. Ivan wriggles his way into the readers heart and takes up residence there, much the same way that he inserts himself into Jasmines, maybe slightly quicker due to a lack of blinders on the readers part.
Absolutely loved this book.

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  • books are my crack
  • 08-19-18

amazing narration!

I already loved this book from when I read it myself, but having the dual narration was so wonderful!