I am the ultimate fair weather sports fan. I watch one football game a year, become a hardcore soccer fan once every four years, and only notice gymnastics and figure skating when the Olympics roll around.
Well, in case you were living under a rock, the Olympics did roll around this year, and I watched far more figure skating than I probably needed to, but I loved every second of it.
So that got me thinking about figure skating romance books. There had to be some, right? I briefly considered writing one before I remembered that I didn’t write contemporary or really know anything about figure skating.
Luckily, a kind soul on Twitter pointed me to From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata. Here’s the blurb:
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.
This book is so, so good. It’s a slow burn, enemies-to-lovers story revolving around two talented, competitive pairs figure skaters, but you don’t really need to know anything about figure skating to enjoy the book.
After Jasmine is dumped by her figure skating partner, she thinks her career might be over at the ripe old age of twenty-six, despite the fact that she’s never won the championship she so desperately desires. Her nemesis, Ivan Lukov, on the other hand, has won plenty and never passed up the opportunity to rub it in.
But when Ivan’s partner decides to take the season off, he needs an experienced skater in a hurry. Jasmine and Ivan strike a devil’s bargain to work together to win gold—if they don’t kill each other first.
From Lukov with Love is emotional and captivating and I stayed up waaayyy too late trying to finish it in one sitting.
It’s seemingly only available on Amazon (or as a very expensive, likely print-on-demand paperback), but if you have Kindle Unlimited, it’s included.
Standard disclaimer: Books are very subjective. Always read a sample before buying to see if the writing style works for you. :)