– Mariana Zapata
Genre : Sports romance, Contemporary romance, New Adult
I had never heard of Mariana Zapata before but this book was our November read in our Romance Obsessed Book Club. For those of you who don’t know about it, I’m putting the details below. If you’re interested, you should come and join us, it is really fun to share recommendations and talk books with people who are as passionate as you are. Also, we are voting for our December read at the moment so it is the perfect time to join ! 🙂
♥ The story ♥
Kulti by Mariana Zapata tells the story of Sal, a passionate soccer player, as her life is turned upside down by the arrival of the man she admired most her whole life. When Reiner Kulti, international soccer star, is appointed as coach to Sal‘s team, she discovers he’s nothing like she thought he was. He’s rude and seems not to care about anyone but himself. But as they get to know each other on a more personal level, things starts to get interesting.
♥ My review ♥
This read was so unexpected. It’s really nothing like anything I read and I’m so glad I got to read this. I seriously didn’t think I would love this book that much. It’s definitely a slow burn romance (emphasis on the “slow” here) and I thought I’ll get bored before anything romantic starts but that was SO not the case.
I like the start, we’re directly immersed in Sal’s life and being in her head is so much fun.
It wasn’t like I’d called him a worthless piece of retired Euro-trash—which was horribly rude.
She’s a really strong and inspiring character. I like that she is so passionate about soccer and her career but what I love most is her passion for life. She works hard for everything and is a very positive person despite everything that comes her way. I like how she speaks her mind and doesn’t care what everyone has to say about her. I like her loyalty to her friends and especially to her family. She’s a really genuine person and is a relatable character. All her reactions make sense and she’s never annoying. I love it!
Pull up your shirt or I’ll do it for you.
Kulti appears a bit later in the book. And when he does, we don’t really know what’s going on in his head or what’s his deal. He doesn’t talk much and just doesn’t do much at first. It sounds boring but it’s not. It’s kind of frustrating, true. But it is intriguing as well. You just can’t wait to see what happens next. I think that’s what makes this read so addictive. And the best part is that, when the interaction finally happens, it blows your mind.
Do those freckles go everywhere?
Because he doesn’t speak or do much, whenever he does or say a small thing, you’re hooked.
“Go on a date?”
Kulti didn’t even hesitate. “No.”
“No,” he repeated.
Sheena’s desperate eyes met mine. “Sal, what about you? Could you go on a date? Post some pictures—”
That was definitely not me that answered her. It was Kulti who answered almost angrily. I let him.
“No.” That was Kulti again. “Absolutely not.”
“Stop asking,” the German snapped. “I’m not doing it and neither is she.”
It makes everything between them so precious. From the beginning, I had a feeling I was going to love him as I kept reading and I was right!
Now go shower and put on something that covers you up more.
This couple was perfect. Kulti was the sweetest with Sal and I love how she never gives up on him. The trust and respect between them was swoon-worthy.
The story is told in Sal’s POV only. I love what it deals with. You learn more about the condition of the players and what it is like to play on a professional team as well as how the media can impact their career. Also, if you love romances that deals with age-difference. It is definitely one of them!
“Is the idea of a relationship with me that distasteful?”
The fuck? “What?”
He settled his hands on his slim hips. “You don’t find me attractive? You like older men, you told me so. I’m only twelve—thirteen—years older than you.”
I absolutely LOVED it and HIGHLY recommend!
It actually took me a while to read another book after this one. I was in serious withdrawal and couldn’t even write this review. But now I feel better haha 🙂
Have you read it ?
More about Kulti (Goodreads) :
“Trust me, I’ve wanted to punch you in the face a time or five.”
When the man you worshipped as a kid becomes your coach, it’s supposed to be the greatest thing in the world. Keywords: supposed to.
It didn’t take a week for twenty-seven-year-old Sal Casillas to wonder what she’d seen in the international soccer icon—why she’d ever had his posters on her wall, or ever envisioned marrying him and having super-playing soccer babies.
Sal had long ago gotten over the worst non-break-up in the history of imaginary relationships with a man that hadn’t known she’d existed. So she isn’t prepared for this version of Reiner Kulti who shows up to her team’s season: a quiet, reclusive, shadow of the explosive, passionate man he’d once been.
Nothing could have prepared her for the man she got to know.
Or the murderous urges he brought out in her.
“Sal, please don’t make me visit you in jail. Orange isn’t your color.”
This was going to be the longest season of her life.