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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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  • L
  • 22-05-18

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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Great read

I have once again loved a book from Mariana Zapata. While the "recipe" stays relatively the same, I really like the fact that all the characters, especially the female ones, have very distinct personalities, flaws, and histories. I love to see their progress through the story, and how events push them to evolve, without entirely changing the core of their personalities and what makes them. I also love them being so driven and passionate about their dream, and how the male characters support and love that. They are making things happen, on their own and by their own merit.
The performance felt a bit weird. I would have put 4.5 if I could, but 4 felt too little. I have loved each narrator: Callie Dalton does a great job, and Teddy Hamilton has a wonderful voice that suited Ivan very well. The idea of having a male narrator speaking his part was great, and something I have been looking forward to since I started to listen to audiobooks. It makes the dialogue between the two main characters that much more awesome, and considering the level of sass sometimes, it makes for a great experience. My only criticism is the imbalance between the two narrators. Callie Dalton does all the other voices and the narration, while Teddy Hamilton only speaks up occasionally (which is frankly a waste). Maybe having him doing all male characters would have helped to balance things out?

Anyway, a great listening experience, and I will definitely listen to it again.

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

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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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  • Brittany M
  • 13-05-18

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!

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  • SkirmishofWit
  • 16-05-18

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.

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  • Listening is Reading
  • 13-10-18

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.

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  • Cyndi
  • 02-06-18

✫✫ 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!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-05-18

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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  • NAD
  • 05-01-19

Listen if you enjoy constant self doubt

This was a long book. Some was fun and made me laugh. But mostly I was over the female character constantly berating herself. It just went on and on. I liked the male lead. And his character.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-05-18

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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  • V1985
  • 13-01-19

LOVE Mariana Zapata and this story.

Mariana hit it out of the park with this one. Love the banter and sarcasm between Jasmine and Ivan. Also the duet narration is amazing. I was worried I wouldn't like it because Callie Dalton is so amazing but Loved it! It made it feel like how I would experience it while reading it.

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  • Cupcake
  • 03-01-19

Zapata knows how to deliver the feels, I tell ya.

Were I to rate this on how the ending made me feel it would be 5 stars. No doubt. However, there's this pesky little thing called Kulti that I always compare everything of hers to and this fell short of that, though I still did really like it.

And she did a follow up! Kinda. Sorta. Jasmine is Ruby's sister from Dear Aaron; not necessary to read that before this, though.

It's no secret that MZ has a formula. Sure she changes up some of the details but you can bet the farm she's going to slow burn the becreepis out of you. There will be conflict. The female protag will have some sort of body/self-image issue. There will be family drama of some sort.

It's a good formula. A solid formula. I dig her formula. I especially dig it when she goes enemies to lovers like she did here and in Kulti and in Winnipeg.

But... you knew it was coming... that formula does have l'eau de one trick pony wafting off of it. The pony's still cute as all get out and will usually worm it's way into the feels zone but... still.

I like Jasmine. Just not as much as I loved Sal. And, p.s., she sounded A WHOLE LOT like Sal.

Ivan... *scratches head* IDK I feel like even though all of Kulti was told through Sal that I still got Kulti, y'know? Ivan was like a ghost image of Kulti. Even though I could tell he had feels for her, I still really wanted (and at times was frustrated by not getting) his POV which was something that wasn't problematic for me in Kulti.

Though it could've been that I wanted to hear more of Teddy. Because Teddy.

I also was frustrated by there not being a whole lot of competitive events which is also prolly on me since I'm kind of a nerd when it comes to figure skating.

Before it sounds like I hated the thing, which I absolutely did not, I will say Callie and Teddy go together like peas and carrots, peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese. I absolutely loved how this was produced with Teddy doing all the Ivan speaking parts even though there's no Ivan POV. IDK how they did it but it sounded like they were together recording it and I loved that. They're both phenomenal in their abilities and they both bring it every time which has made them staples for me in the audio game.

Recommend to MZ fans.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-12-18

The main characters are so real.

I love the banter and chemistry between the main characters. I laughed, cried, sighed and maybe even giggled a few times. 😁

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