Book Review: Kulti by Mariana Zapata – Sincerely, Whitney
POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2021 BY WHITNEY IN BOOKS / 0 COMMENTS
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Kulti by Mariana Zapata
Published by Independently Published on March 20, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
“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 27-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 who 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.
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Kulti is definitely in my top three books by Mariana Zapata Slot Online. Reiner Kulti is pretty much the perfect man – in my eyes. He is well-seasoned, meaning he is older and has been through some shit. He also has the perfect mix of grumpy alpha and comforting cinnamon roll. Throw in the fact that he is a world champion soccer player and has an accent. . . I have deceased.
And I totally have a girl crush on Sal.
“A dream is just a wish without a plan.”
Sal Casillas cannot believe that he new soccer coach is going to be her childhood idol and school girl crush – Reiner Kulti. While her feelings have lessened over the years, she still can’t help that she looks at him with hearts in her eyes. Sal won’t let him know that, though. She won’t be another fangirl in his corner.
Acting indifferent is harder than Sal thought. But, instead of admiration, she feels rage. Kulti treats people like trash and it all comes to a boiling point when Kulti is rude to her beloved father. Sal is tired of watching the man that inspired her to pursue her dreams belittle the people around her. So she calls him on it.
The outcome, however, wasn’t something Sal anticipated. It made him look at her differently and even bonded them somehow. She deduces that Kulti was just lonely and needed somebody. Now that they are spending more time together, on and off the field, people are starting to talk. Sal suspects that their weird relationship is effecting her soccer career, but she doesn’t want to give up on Kulti. Or, rather, she doesn’t want to give him up.
“I would do anything for you.”
- Sports Romance
- Age Gap
- Slow Burn
This book should be the blueprint for the enemies-to-friends-to-lovers trope. This was like a rollercoaster ride for my heart and my tummy. Getting to see Sal grew up idolizing Kulti, to witnessing him disappoint her, and then Kulti rising from the ashes to be what Sal needed was *chef’s kiss.* Not to mention Sal being a token of hope for Kulti in a very dark period in his life. This book talked a lot about fate; if didn’t believe before, you just might after reading this love story.
Like most works by Mariana, this is a slow burn romance that simmers deliciously the entire book. It also has emphasis on family and caretaking – my favorites – and MZ does it so well.
If you haven’t read this book yet, what are you waiting on? Read it!