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From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata: FAQs + Books Like It

Updated: Aug 14, 2023

Are you enchanted by figure skaters? Do you love a good enemies-to-lovers slow-burn romance book? If the answer to both of those questions is yes, then From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata is the book for you. (Kindle | Paperback)


Since I've just finished it and everything is still fresh in my head, I've answered some of the most frequently asked questions about the book below, as all as recommended five books like From Lukov with Love to read next. (Warning: This article contains spoilers)


What Is From Lukov with Love About?

The book From Lukov with Love is about the story of two competitive figure skaters, Ivan Lukov and Jasmine Santos. They start out as enemies who relentlessly fight and make digs at each other's expense. This makes them less-than-ideal figure skating partners and yet that's exactly what they become. From there, it becomes the type of love story you always hope happens behind the scenes between real-life figure skating partners.


Is From Lukov with Love a Spicy Book? What Are the Spicy Chapters?

While there's definitely some sexual tension and a single spicy chapter (chapter 23), I wouldn't say From Lukov With Love is spicy. At least not if you're used to Ana Huang, Tessa Bailey, or Ali Hazelwood's books like I am.


Is From Lukov with Love Dual POV?

No, From Lukov with Love is not a dual POV. Jasmine narrates it from only her point of view.


How Long Does It Take to Read From Lukov with Love?

According to How Long to Read, it will take the average reader approximately 7 hours and 35 minutes to read From Lukov with Love.


Is From Lukov with Love Part of a Series?

No, From Lukov with Love is not part of a series. It is a standalone book. The author, Mariana Zapata, does have several other unrelated sports romances though.


How Old Are Ivan and Jasmine? Is There an Age Gap?

In From Lukov with Love, Ivan is 29 and Jasmine is 26, which means there is a 3-year age gap between them.


Is Jasmine Filipino?

Yes - Jasmine confirms that she is half Filipino.


Does From Lukov with Love Have a Happy Ending?

Yes - rest assured, From Lukov with Love has a happy ending! Once Jasmine recovers from her accident, she and Ivan go on to compete and win together for several years. During this time, they also get married and have three children. Eventually, Ivan requires surgery for an injury and is forced into retirement. While he tells Jasmine to continue without him, she chooses to retire with him.


5 Books Like From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata

Whether you're looking for another sports romance or simply just a juicy enemies-to-lovers romance, here are five books like From Lukov with Love to choose from for your next read.


Icebreaker by Hannah Grace

1. Icebreaker by Hannah Grace

Besides From Lukov with Love, the one sports romance book I see all over BookTok is Icebreaker by Hannah Grace. It's about a romance between a competitive figure skater and a hockey player. Here's the description: "When a misunderstanding results in the two teams sharing a rink, and Anastasia’s partner gets hurt in the aftermath, Nate finds himself swapping his stick for tights. The pair are stuck together, but it’s fine, because Anastasia doesn’t even like hockey players…right?"


Pairing Off by Elizabeth Harmon

2. Pairing Off by Elizabeth Harmon

While this book might not be as popular as the last, Pairing Off by Elizabeth Harmon comes highly recommended by readers on this Reddit forum about figure skating romance books. In a lot of ways it sounds like From Lukov with Love, especially in the enemies-to-lovers department. However, I don't think it's too similar that gives you the been there, done that feeling. After reading this description, you'll see what I mean: "A scandal-plagued American figure skater's last chance at gold means pairing up with Russia's sexiest male skater, who just happens to be the first man she ever loved."


Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

3. Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

If you want to stay in the sports romance realm but are open to a different sport, I would recommend giving Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey a try. Plus, this book is WAY steamier than From Lukov with Love. It's about a major league baseball player whose forced to retire early after suffering an injury and returns to his hometown depressed. There he's faced with his best friend's sister, who refuses to let him wallow for too long. As the two spend time together, they begin to see each other differently than they ever have before.


Only When It's Us by Chloe Liese

4. Only When It's Us by Chloe Liese

Another book that falls into the sports romance category is Only When It's Us by Chloe Liese. It's described as "a frenemies-to-lovers, college sports romance about a women’s soccer star and her surly lumberjack lookalike classmate, complete with juvenile pranks and a smoking slow burn." Sounds familiar, doesn't it? As one GoodReads reviewer, Nilufer Ozmekik, wrote: "The hot chemistry between makes you want to scream. Several times I wish they could hear my shouting at them to tear each other’s clothes! It’s so slow-burn story which I don’t really like but it fits so good with this couple’s story."


Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood

5. Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood

One of the first books I thought of when thinking about books like From Lukov with Love that I could recommend was Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood. While it's not a sports romance, the enemies-to-lovers relationship is definitely what feels similar. If you haven't heard of this book before, here's a brief synopsis: "When Bee is been offered a job leading a project at NASA, the last person she wants co-leading it with her is her archnemesis Levi Ward. But when her equipment starts to go missing and the staff ignores her, Bee sees Levi softening into an ally, backing her plays, seconding her ideas, and devouring her with those eyes. The possibilities have all her neurons firing."

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