From Lukov, With Love by Mariana Zapata
February 1, 2018
Awww, I just realized the significance of the roses on the cover. Sorry, I’m starting this review off oddly, but it made me feel all sentimental.
Very nice cover…
Birdie’s back with another Mariana Zapata review, and I’m warning you now, there will be more. The fervor hasn’t abated at all. I know, when I pick up one of her books, I’m guaranteed a story I won’t want to put down. Despite their length, I finish them in around 24-48 hours simply because I refuse to stop reading unless I have to.
If you’re a romance reader, she’s a must-read.
From Lukov, With Love was great. I know I said previously that her heroes were all brooding and grumpy, but I’m actually retracting that statement today. The more I read the more I realize how untrue it was. In fact, I would never describe Ivan Lukov as grumpy. He was private, as was necessary. He was sarcastic, 100%. He had to be able to shoot back at whatever Jasmine Santos was dishing out. None of that equates to “Grumpy and Brooding”. Those characteristics can only be applied to our heroine this time, and I loved it!
Jasmine’s family actually called her “Grumpy” as a nickname, which was really cute. I love heroines who aren’t afraid to shut someone down. The line is if their bite back is deserved, and Jas only gave the smackdown to anyone who deserved it.
I especially loved how Jasmine was aware that the only reason her celebrity status of a “bitch” was because she was female. If she’d been born male she would have been called “empowered”. Jas hated that it was her legacy, but she refused to change.
And the romance… well, it was absolutely perfect for me. I don’t need blatant overtures in order to recognize a character is falling in love. (Or has been in love, on some occasions.) I can read between the lines of subtle interaction. I saw where everything was headed early on, and I couldn’t wait to get there. For this reader, I would much rather a friendship develop first, even for the majority of the book, before the “I’m in love with you” talk. Why? Well, because it is the definition of a book that shows me, rather than tells me.
THAT is why Mariana has become my new favorite contemporary romance author.
Thank god I haven’t hit the end of her backlist!