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“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 marr
Kindle Edition, 570 pages
Published March 20th 2015
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Rose Tyler I thought the same thing, I pictured Kulti as Ballack! I think there wasn't much thought put into where he played as long as it was German and I also…moreI thought the same thing, I pictured Kulti as Ballack! I think there wasn't much thought put into where he played as long as it was German and I also thought of Iker Casillas, but it is a common Spanish name so, possibly a coincidence.
Also I don't think the author is a huge soccer fan(less)
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Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Christy by: Jennifer Kyle
Shelves: 2016-audios
5+ German Chocolate Cake stars!

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“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’s so much more than that! It’s fun, heartwarming and all a
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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, but I was also annoyed with myself for letting his a
Val Shameless ⚓️ Steamy Reads ⚓️
4 Slooooooow Strong Stars

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
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
A well known fact about me: I can't play sports. I am the least athletic person you'll ever meet. I hated gym class with a passion. I also have an irrational fear of balls. Don't laugh, it's a real condition. It's called sfairesphobia. In elementary school, I'd been forced to play volleyball. And it went something like this

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Working out has never been my strong suit. Basically the only thing I can do is-

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That is the extent of my exercise.

However, I know a thing or two about sports. My mom was al
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I'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 that neither of those concerns ended up coming to fr
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-read
"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 player - Reiner Kulti, he was the reason she sta
Jennifer Kyle
Jun 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

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


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 that her team’s new assistant coach will be none other than Reiner K
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!!
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. Many books are soccer related, right? Sure, but not
◆ Anna's ƦªϻƁℓℹռg$ ◆

Boy this was....


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...


It's amazing how realistically the author portrays the slow
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5" Million" Stars!!!

I am fine.
I am okay.

No wait....

Jesus!! This is epic, you guys! Epic!!!

I have been having shitty luck with books lately. Even if I like something I don't love it. I only see flaws. How the story is dragging...or how the ridiculous amount of fillers are getting on my nerves...the stupid, cliched plot twists...blah..blah..blah...It's like I am cursed or something...

In the midst of chaos, I found this little gem.

I am a big reader like you all. And sometimes reading takes up
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult
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, but it was so accessible I was always in the mood for i
Sophia Triad
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book goes straight to the shelf with my favorite books because it combines three of the things that I value most in life:
2. TRUE LOVE and

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 stadium and watch my favorite team kick ass every
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 that a brilliantly developed friendship, top notch bick
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-colored" (whatever THAT means), just make a point
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Soccer Fans, Sport, Mariana Zapata Fans
Recommended to Wendy'sThoughts by: Mo
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 to this amazing reading experience. The following
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-favorites
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 beautiful package.

I quickly got lost in the world
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."

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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 longer Sal's idol. In fact he injured her brother in
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.
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
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,
P.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 office. It was my third fan letter ever and the other t
Shannon Moore
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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! <3**
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 to gush about, so many things I want to share with you, but I w
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
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 honestly couldn't care less about Sal, the h in K
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First Read 6/15-18/15
Re read 12/15
Re read 12/-01-05/17
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 moderation, but were killed with overuse), "the German ...more
chandler ainsley ❁
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 shit and does not return those warm feelings, at
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Re-read: 24.02.2018
I still like this one, though perhaps not as much as I did the first time reading it, but oh well. Also, I have forgotten how long this book was. So slow-burn and forever taking. Barely no romance at all, though we get a great friendship build-up that you just know will turn to love. The professional league football/soccer forward player for the Pipers, Salomé ‘Sal’ ‘home-state sweetheart’ Callisas (27) was still awesome, kind and loyal. And
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I’m a little late showing up to the “I Love Kulti” party but hey better late than never right! I remember when it came out (over a year ago) because so many of my GR friends were reading it and coming to the same conclusion! Absolutely loving it! Why on earth did I not read this book sooner?

There are so many 5 stars reviews and even 10 star reviews that sing its praises. I’m not sure what I can add so I will keep it simple.

I LOVED HIM. Reiner Kulti was rough around the edges but had a heart of g
Tessa Bailey
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 emotionally mature. It makes the moment where they admit
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: For those that appreciate those slow building relationship to lovers stories.
03/07/2016 -- Re-read this recently and enjoyed it as much as the original read last year.

03/26/2015 -- Original read

Very engaging. You know what I like and rarely get? Those romances that are slow burning. They have two people. Just people, but circumstances bring them together and it evolves over time. These are the stories I really like. When I hear one is available, I snap it up. This book, just so happened to be written by an author I found last year and really enjoyed -- so a huge plus for
Beatrice ~ Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Beatrice by: Rhyzza Marie
Shelves: new-adult
Kulti is an iconically slow burn romance and officially the first Mariana Zapata book I've read. It was first recommended to me ages ago by one of my book gfs, Rhyzza (Thank you, Rhy! 😊💛) and I'm glad I've finally read it. The book was slightly intimidating, it's chunky and the chapters are long. My reading pace was excruciatingly slow and it took me weeks to finish. It was all worth it because the romance was well done.

The story follows a twenty seven year old professional Soccer player, Sal Ca
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“What would I gain from telling you the first moment I realized you were meant to be mine? Nothing. You’re supposed to protect what you love, Sal. You taught me that. I didn’t wake up one day and know I didn’t want to live without your horrible temper. I saw so much of me in you at first, but you aren’t like me at all. You’re you, and I will go to my grave before I let anyone change any part of you. I know that without a doubt in my mind. This,” he pointed between us. “This is what matters.” 146 likes
“When one door closes, another one opens. I might just have to do a little breaking and entering to get the right one for me.” 110 likes
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