Kulti by Mariana Zapata


“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 go...

Details Kulti

Release DateMar 20th, 2015
GenreRomance, Sports, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance, New Adult

Reviews Kulti

  • Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
    Update: 5/4/19:You can find a really cute little epilogue scene here: https://www.marianazapata.com/kulti-o...... Thanks to Hulya for mentioning it in her review...just paying it forward for others to enjoy by doing the same.Review: Slooooooow Strong StarsSo 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 typi...
  • Christy
    5+ German Chocolate Cake stars! “He was my coach. And I was his friend. Or something like that.” OMG THIS BOOK! Kulti is one of those books that has been sitting on my TBR soon pile for months and months. I never found the time to read it, then I saw it was on audio so I made the time. I’ve read 14 books so far this year and it is by far the BEST book I’ve read so far. My first 5+ star read of the year! Kulti is a soccer book, but it...
  • Mo
    I loved this one, just loved it. First off, I love football ... that is "soccer" to a lot of you. I love the World Cup, the Champions League, The UEFA Championships... I was the girl who stood in the pissing rain at Terryland Park to watch Galway United because my then boyfriend, now husband, supported the team. The FA Cup Final is on this weekend and I will be glued to it, even though I don't support either team in the final... He annoyed me, bu...
  • Candace
    Check out more of my reviews at www.bookaddicthaven.comI've had this book sitting on my TBR for a long time. I had put off reading it for a few reasons, but the most notable reasons being that: 1) I am not a sports fan - at all- and I was worried I wouldn't enjoy it since this story was centered on two athletes; and 2) I was worried that I'd be disappointed after reading so many fantastic reviews for this book. Now that I've read it, I can say th...
  • Mysza
    "Every single thing that has ever happened in my life has led me here, Sal. Destiny is a ladder, a series of steps that takes you where you're supposed to go. I am the man that I am, and I have done the things that I've done, to get me to you." The story is about twenty-seven-year-old Sal Casillas, who is a professional football (or soccer for some of you) player. Throughout her child and teenage years, she had a big crush on now retired German ...
  • Jennifer Kyle
    4.5 Stars ”He was my coach. And I was his friend. Or something like that.” [image error]Truth be told, I’m not a huge soccer fan but I played sports in my early years so reading about a professional female player is a total win for me. This sports theme book is centered around a full soccer season taking our heroine and her new coach through a slow building friendship to more. Sal, our heroine is a professional soccer player who finds out ...
  • A.
    4 StarsBoy this was....Long. Really, really LONG. And slow. But I liked it. I liked it A LOT. Because, let me quote from the book: "What a fucking douche-bag!" I'm not going to lie. I was struggling in the beginning until I reached the 30% mark and then finally, finally the story caught my interested. Sal is a likable heroine and although I admire her strength, I didn't connect with her one hundred percent. But Kulti? He is...PERFECT.It's amazi...
  • Didi
    10+++++ STARS!!!!!I haven't read a book in awhile that has left me so affected, so happy, so...GAH! I LOVED IT, LOVED IT, LOVED IT. I'm feeling particularly confused right now because I want to say so much but I don't know how! So to save time and space, I'll point out what I loved, adored, gobbled up so much:1. SOCCER, SOCCER, SOCCER. Love that sport. The World Cup? It's a Holiday at my house where everything can wait until 'The Game' is over. M...
  • Lola
    What an adventure. Almost six hundred pages long. I feel like I know Sal inside and out. God, I haven’t read a book this voluminous in a long time, because I lack patience. But surprisingly, I didn’t mind taking my time with this one. Every chapter was a new surprise. I enjoyed the genuine writing style. It was not at all pretentious. I wouldn’t say it was incredibly lyrical either. In fact, it was pretty repetitive when you think about it,...
  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    Oh. My. So many lessons learnt reading Kulti. Sociopaths have a soft spot for blinking. A lot. 34 times for Kulti to be exact, and 86 times total. Now that's a bit much, don't you think? For the first time ever, my eyes twitched at the recurrent use of the same words to name a character. Someone save me from The German. Like please. This is getting old.There are such things as too-much vague adjectives to describe eyes. "Light-colored", "warm-co...
  • Sophia Triad
    This book goes straight to the shelf with my favorite books because it combines three of the things that I value most in life: 1. FOOTBALL2. TRUE LOVE and3. FATE First of all, I love football. Or soccer, as it is called on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. I think that it is the bestest sport that has been created on the face of Earth.And you may think that I will tell you now a heartbreaking story about my childhood, how I used to go to the ...
  • Wendy
    Re-read again still absolutely love the shit out of this book and I still have a major girl crush going on ;) I can honestly say that this book has been the best I've read this year so far !! It was absolutely awesome. It's hard for me to explain why I loved it so much. Maybe it was the great writing style. It could also be, because of the amazing characters. I loved Sal and Kulti, but I also really Sal's father and her friends. The character bui...
  • Karla
    ***5 German chocolate cake stars!!***First Read 6/15Re read 12/15Re read 12/17Re read 1/19
  • ღFloღ the coffee addict
    5 **Fußball** STARS “He was my coach. And I was his friend. Or something like that.” What a fantastic read. A phenomenally written friends to lovers story surrounding a female soccer player and her new coach - a retired professional player, an icon and he is German. If you don't know, that happens to be my nationality and we like our football. So it was a foregone conclusion that I would love this just because of the premise alone. Add to ...
  • Wendy'sThoughts
    5 Schnecke Stars * * * * * and any other you may want to personally add! Spoiler Free I have started this review a few times since reading; had a review halfway done and then in editing lost it- What else is new- you have all heard it before... The next time I sat and just thought about all of the amazing feelings and memories this book brought home to me. Before I go into my personal review, please take a moment read the reviews which brought me...
    3 German Chocolate Cake 's “You are the most honest, good thing that I've ever had. I won't deny it to anyone.”My Sal & Rey “You are my equal, my partner, my teammate, my best friend.” This is my very first Marinna Zapata book. There are so many amazing reviews for this book, I was really excited to dive in, but it kinda left me drowning. I didn't HATE it, not at all, but I can't say I love it either. It was ridiculously freaking long (l...
  • Hulya Kara Yuksel
    Edit: If you've read the book, pls check this cute bonus epilogue! Sal & Reiner Kulti are sooooo funny together.
  • Beverly
    O.M.G. this book, for real, I absolutely loved it! When I started this massive audio, well by massive I mean 16 plus hours I was worried I would get bored. I thought there is no way I am going to love this, but I had to give it a shot. I mean a professional soccer player and coach relationship, a 13 year age difference, forbidden love - it’s like it was written for me. This was like the best dream and the worst nightmare all wrapped into one ...
  • Bibi
    The Wall of Winnipeg and Me was my first book by Mariana and after reading Kulti, I am now convinced the author is the queen of slow-burn romance but not entirely in a good way.As with TWOWAM, this book also has a brooding H who basically broods for no apparent reason. Nothing wrong with the strong silent type but jeez Louise, must they also be douche-bags? Further, the MCs in both books were just annoying and had zero character development and I...
  • sraxe
    I love slow burn novels. When a novel builds up to the eventual consummation, I feel it's so much sweeter. That's why I'm disappointed with how much I disliked this. While it picks up in the second half, it's hard to forget how the first half dragged and felt like a chore. In the end, the pay-off felt sub-par at best. I needed something a bit more spectacular after enduring pages of food names and "poop" (both of which would've been funny in mode...
  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    3.5 Pumpernickel stars! "You are my best friend, my love, my playmate and my teammate. You'll have a team with me wherever we are, with whatever we're playing." At the age of 7 Sal developed a crush on a 19 year old German soccer player that would forever affect her life. Coming from a soccer family, she knew she would play but the superstar Kulti is what inspired her to go pro with the sport. Fast forward 20 years later, and Kulti is no long...
  • Lyn
    I don’t know how to review this book. Do I really need them? The rating details say it all.Melanie A., you called it. This is SORCERY!! This book…it was love at first page for me and the enchantment continued with every single page til the end. I am now hungover and have no idea where to go from here.
  • UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
    Full review now posted...“Every single thing that has ever happened in my life has led me here, Sal. Destiny is a ladder, a series of steps that takes you where you’re supposed to go. I am the man that I am, and I have done the things that I’ve done, to get me to you.”Kulti is one of those difficult-to-review books, not because there’s anything wrong with it but because there is just so much “right” with it. There are so many things...
  • Em Lost In Books
    Increasing rating from 3 to 4 on rereading. Not writing a review but putting my favorite lines from this book here.Dear Mr. Kulti,You are my favorite player. I play soccer 2 butt I'm not good like you are. Not yet. I practice all the time so 1 day I can be just like you or better. I watch all of ur games do don't mess up.Ur #1 fan,SalP.S. Do u have a girl friend?P.P.S Why don't u cut ur hair?"I was nineteen when that showed up to the club's offic...
  • EmBibliophile
    4.75 starsBut it wasn’t like I could or would think about that too much. He was my coach. And I was his friend. Or something like that.This is the slowest slow burn romance in the history of slow burn romances!!This was a HUGE book, but you know what? I wouldn’t have minded a few more chapters. It was so freakin enjoyable!! I could’ve kept on reading about those two forever. ”Trust me; I've had the urge to punch you in the face a time or ...
  • chan ☆
    5 fucked-me-right-up stars“He was my coach. And I was his friend. Or something like that.”this book was fcking EVERYTHING to me. in typical zapata fashion, this was a sloooooow burn romance between professional soccer player Sal & her coach Reiner Kulti. Rey is a renowned soccer star & was someone that Sal looked up to long before he became her coach. and of course she's had a crush on him since she was a kid.thankfully Rey doesn't give a shi...
  • Shannon Moore
    HOW DID I JUST READ THIS NOW? How did I come this far in my life without Sal and Kulti? WTF guys?! Why weren't you throwing this book at me for the past two years??? ;) xo I think it's time to go on a Mariana binge. What should I try next? I've read Wall of Winnipeg and Rhythm, Chord and Malykhin. **See you all on the other side!
  • Liz
    "I have so much to teach you, Taco." Kulti is another masterfully crafted slow burn contemporary romance from the slow burn queen Mariana Zapata. Sal Casillas is a professional soccer player living in Houston, Texas. She has always been driven to achieve great things. When the new season is beginning, imagine her horror and surprise to discover that one of her new coaches is none other than the great soccer legend Kulti. Although Sal had idolized...
  • Lady Heather
    Third Read July 2019Second Read: March 2018First Read: April 20155 fantastic stars!A few things went through my mind when I finished this book:1) Wow, what an AMAZING story!2) Why is this author not more well known?3) Why the hell haven't I read her work before now?This story was so well written, and the character development was SO good that you could have sworn that these characters were real. I loved Sal and Reiner's characters!Reiner is a ret...
  • Tessa Bailey
    New favorite author. Hands down. I'm sure I can't say anything original here, because everyone loves this book, but I have to TRY. Because this book made me feel so many things. It was stellar. One. Zapata's ability to really, honestly make me believe the heroine has no idea the hero would literally perish at her feet for a single touch...it's mind-blowing. And very difficult to pull off, especially when her heroines are so damn smart and emotion...