From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata
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.
Including Ivan Lukov.
Have you ever had a boy/man that you just loved to hate? Always bickering, putting each other down every chance you got? Well, this is the frienemeyship of Jasmine and Ivan Lukov. Seventeen years of skating against each other. Everyone knows there is bad blood between the two.Whereas Jasmine and Ivan’s sister are best of friends, Jasmine and Ivan are far from it. Let’s just say their bickering on and off the ice definitely keeps things interesting.
“Dumbass, I mouthed before I could stop myself and be better. Meatball, he mouthed back.”
After practice one day, Jasmine is called into the GM’s office, wondering what she did wrong she is surprised to find Ivan’s coach and Ivan waiting for her. What they had to say was definitely something she never expected but also an opportunity of a lifetime and her chance to get the gold.
Ivan Lukov is everyone’s favorite ice skater. Every partner he has skated with, has won gold. He has more trophy’s than he knows what to do with, heck, the ice rink is even named after him. To be his partner sounds great, right? Remember- they are enemies, they can’t even be in the same room without insulting one another. When one of them tells each other to break a leg, they mean it, literally, physically.
“Ugh, Overachiever. Ass, Jerk.”
Can you feel the love between these two? See where this is going?
Hate, love, love, hate is how to describe their interesting frienemyship. We all know that being someone’s partner, no matter the sport, requires, trust. How do you trust someone you can’t stand?
Jasmine is dedicated to her sport. To others she came across as a b!tch but in reality she is just focused. From figure skating to couples skating, Jasmine is looking for a new partner. Her last partner, Paul (aka the piece of shit asshole) bailed on her with no warning and paired up with Mary, another skater she hated. Knowing her time as a skater is coming to an end, she wants to prove to the world and herself, that she is winner. She wants to prove to everyone that all of her hard work has paid off. To win a national, a championship, she will take it. Her dream though, it to make it to the Olympics and win the gold. That would be worth all of her heartache, broken bones and sacrifices she has made.
“Everyone, Jasmine, everyone that’s an athlete—that’s successful—has had to give up a lot. Some of us more than others. You’re not the first person, and you’re not the last person that sees that and feels bad about it,” he started to say, his voice steady and even. “You don’t get to become good at anything without sacrificing something to make time.”
I pressed my lips together and closed my eyes and tried again. “Successful people, Ivan. It’s worth it if you’re successful, not if you’re not.”
Jasmine and Ivan come to an agreement and begin their training for upcoming competitions. Step by step they are able to work together and slowly and I mean oh so slowly they begin to trust each other and their frienemyship turns into a friendship.
And let the slow burn being…….
I do not want to spoil anything but all I have to say is #realtionshipgoals!
Their sarcastic and hatefulness towards each other was a huge buildup of some fantastic foreplay.
I loved Jasmine and her ability to focus and dedicate her life to making her dreams come true. She did this through broken bones, pain, suffering and a lack of a social life. I loved how she stands up not only for herself but for others.
Ivan, that man. He comes off as a cocky and full of himself athlete but behind closed doors, he is the most loving and caring man. Just you wait, he will knock your skates off.
“Something about his words made me shake on the inside. Maybe it was the conviction. Maybe it was the anger. The passion. The reality that he wasn’t leaving me any room to not do what he said. Mostly though, it was something else completely. This was my partner. This was more than my partner. He was my other half.”