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KULTI by MARIANA ZAPATA

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SYNOPSIS

“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.
 

Kulti

Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

Rating: ✯✯✯✯✯ Stars!

 ‘He was my coach. And I was his friend. Or something like that.’

This is without question one of our favourite reads in a very long time. Don’t you just love to find hidden gems? Well, this is definitely one of those. Kulti was beyond unique insofar as storyline and character development was perhaps one of the best we’ve come across in regards to build up and connection.

‘At some point, you just have to decide to be the best version of yourself, the one you can live with and look at in the mirror day after day.’

The story moved at a pace that was spot on. Often when we read many either fall into the insta or the incredibly slow. Kulti got the balance so right that we actually felt like it was real time, it enabled the characters to develop in a way that made them our friends, we cared so deeply for them and we were with them every single step of the way in a relationship that started as fan to ‘enemies’ to friends to something incredibly deep. This story was written with that in mind there’s no doubt about that.

“Have I told you that you remind me of a splinter I can’t remove?”

‘I felt something for him even if he was an egotistical, arrogant, stubborn pain in the ass.’

Both of us are huge football fans and what thrilled us and wowed us was that both the heroine; Sal and the hero, Kulti were high profile football players. The sport featured heavily as it was integral to the crux of the storyline and we revelled in that. A book that does what it says on the tin is never a bad thing, right?! However, it was not just a story set in the land of sports. It had an intense emphasis on friendships, family, loyalty and acceptance. It had such incredible heart that we felt absolutely every single word in Sal & Kulti’s story. And believe us; this is a whopper of a book – you certainly get your money’s worth not only in length but in pure and brilliant addictive writing.

“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 – the story – had high emotion, great humour, sarcasm and banter. How could it not with an arrogant German world class football player who holds a multitude of secrets close to his chest as well as a strong, level headed sassy South American girl who plays to win for her team as well as herself and family. We were willing them to happen as we followed their ‘dance’ around each other as they their friendship grew. Their relationship felt REAL!

“This is what matters. You are my gift, my second chance, and I will cherish you and your dream. I will protect both of you.”

This Author has managed to achieve something so different, so exciting, so vivid and so bloody brilliant here that we just hope you all go pick it up. If you’re a sports fan; a fan of emotional relationships or a fan of romance in its purest form then this is the book for you. No question! We can’t even describe how MUCH we love this story and Kulti & Sal. And let’s not forget Sal’s Dad; he was what we’d all love from our Dads. It was PERFECTION!!!!

‘He wasn’t warm or cuddly, quiet or particularly nice to others, but he was nice to me and in my heart I knew he would stand by me every time I needed him.’

 ♥  

KULTI by MARIANA ZAPATA
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