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 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.


Wow. just wow. I read the Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata and I really liked the author’s brand of slow burn. It totally worked for me so I wanted more and so I read Kulti, which I liked even more.

I would say that Kulti is one of my favorite reads of the year. It sent me straight to book hangover wherein I just had to read the book over and over again for a whole week. It was that good. If you’re a fan of soccer and slow burn romances, this is definitely your read.
Sal plays professional soccer for women. And Kulti is a famous retired player, who is coaching Sal’s team for the season. The characters progress from ignoring each other, to being great friends to falling in love. To me, this story is perfect!
Rating: 5 stars!!!