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Kulti by Mariana Zapata

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Mariana Zapata
Fiction, New Adult, Sports Romance
March 20th 2015

“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.

Val’s Review

So not gonna lie, I went into this book completely blind.

I didn’t read any other reviews on this before starting (which is typical for me).

Shit, I didn’t even read the blurb (which is NOT typical for me).


All I know is that I was “packing” my kindle for my recent vacation and this book was kind of like that random extra bottle of full size conditioner you throw in your suitcase right before heading out the door, because you just know that little bullshit travel size is just NOT going to be enough.

All I knew when I one-clicked this is that I had read another book by this author – Under Locke – and I really enjoyed it.

So, like I said, I said fuck it and I went in blind.

And I’m glad I did, because otherwise I might have thrown this on the back burner, because Jesus F. Christ, this thing was LOOOOOOOONG.


But this was worth it.

I REALLY enjoyed this book.

As a formerly serious athlete myself with a SUPER tight relationship with my own father, I related to Sal in spades.

Also, a benefit to the length of Zapata’s stories (I went back and re-read parts of Under Locke, which I then remembered was also quite lengthy) is that you really get to know the characters after spending so much time with them and you really feel their connection.

Another bonus?

The whole older male coach/younger female coachee dynamic.

I DIG it.

I am a SUCKER for it.

Me love it long time, every time.

My only complaint with this book is that it takes forever for anything to happen between these two outside of friendship.


For serious though.

I don’t always need things to move fast or for their to be tons of steam, but I was starting to wonder if these two were evergoing to get anywhere.


Also, I REALLY wish this had had a more in depth epilogue.

I felt a little cheated.

But anyways, long story not so short, if you are someone who typically likes things to move a little faster and needs a little more snap with your crackle, this might be a little too slow moving for you.

Otherwise, I say give this thing a go.

Just make sure you know it might take a year off your life to finish this.


I am a VERY fast reader and I think I noticed a gray hair on my head after finally finishing this thing.