My Review of Kulti by Mariana Zapata


I love this book so much!!!!

Honestly, hearing from GR reviews how amazing this book was, I had skyscraper expectations from this book and it did not disappoint me at all.

This book is so mature (opposite of childish, not the other meaning) in romance, so adorable and realistic in its portrayal of its characters and the story. I was left wanting for more.

The story is about Salomé Casillas, 27yrs old professional soccer player who, since age seven, worshipped Reiner Kulti, a 39yrs retired international soccer player with a status similar to contemporary Messi and Ronaldo. The story begins when Kulti comes to coach Sal’s regional women’s soccer team and slowly, slowly, friendship followed by love blossoms between the two.

The uniqueness about this book is not just the sports setting and premise. The book shines on its realistic portrayal of the characters and the plot, the humorous voice of the narrator, Sal, and how much the romance is slow burning and smoldering.

I was left wanting for more truly. I’m not a big romance reader and I pick them up once in a blue moon. But after reading some really good romance books recently, the genre is getting my interest. And this book increased my interest in romance books even more. I’m so in love with this book. It was somewhat long to be honest, but the slow burn was worth it. Unlike some erotica and romance novels where the characters have insta-love and spend 70% of the book ogling at each other’s body, this book explores a healthy love built on friendship, support and trust. The characters explored so much hardship and obstacles and the ending was worth it. I’m not gonna go into dissecting the elements I usually do but that doesn’t mean I don’t love it. I absolutely adore it and it’ll go to my GR shelf of favorite books. But I got my finals to cram for so I’m gonna leave with some quotes from the book.

Hope this review will encourage you to pick it up. I’ll strongly strongly recommend it.