Hello sweet readers!
Here I am with another book review/rant. Don’t worry about spoilers, I will make sure to write this review as spoiler free as I can. And like the title says, it’s about Kulti, the third book I read by Mariana Zapata, which I think she is now one of my favorite romance authors. But let’s get into the review…
Sal Casillas had a big crush on Reiner Kulti when she was very young, she told everyone she was going to marry him and have super-playing soccer babies with him. Until he broke her heart without even knowing her and she broke up with him. Years later, she wasn’t expecting to see the international soccer player in her team as the coach, but he seems to be only a shadow of what he was when he was younger.
This is a very slow burn enemies to lovers story, super big emphasis in very slow. There were times when I couldn’t anymore with the tension between the characters and I just wanted them to follow their feelings and kiss, at least. But at the end, the wait was worth it, in my opinion. Although, this book was very sport centered and since I’m not a very sporty person or soccer fan, I kind of got bored in those parts but thankfully they were fast paced and there was always something going on, so it was bearable. If you don’t have a problem with the sport or if you’re actually a big fan of it, then you will most likely end up liking those moments in the book.
Now, about the characters. The main ones are Sal and Kulti. Sal is our MC and she is very funny, but she is also very determined, responsible, loving and sure of herself. She didn’t have things easy, she struggled with a lot of obstacles, but like the winner she is, she overcome all of it. Even though she is a soccer player and she and I are nothing alike, when she was talking about how much she idolized Kulti, I could totally relate to her. She was such a fangirl I saw parts of myself in her.
Then we have Kulti. He was not a very likable character at the beginning, but as we get to see more of him through Sal’s eyes and perspective, and he becomes more open with her, we see more of his character and the length he is willing to go for the people he cares about. Honestly, I’m not sure I would approach someone like him in real life because I’d feel intimidated and scared lol so there goes ten more points to Sal for keeping up with him and his attitude.
We also get to see a little bit of Sal’s family. Her dad is Mexican and her mom is Argentinian, so we get a lot of latin representation there. I loved her dad a lot, he was so funny and very supportive of his daughter. Of course her family is not perfect, but which one is, right?
I seriously don’t know how Mariana does it, but she manages to catch my attention from page one of her books and Kulti was not an exception. My favorite book by her is still The Wall of Winnipeg and Me, but it’s because that one is about American football and that’s my favorite sport and I’m being biased, but that book is perfect in my eyes. However, Kulti was a great book and I’m sure that if I played sports or at least liked soccer a little bit more, Kulti and Winnipeg were going to be fighting for the spot as my favorite Mariana Zapata book.
I recommend this book to anyone that feels interested in reading it, but since this book is heavy on the sports side, if you don’t like that, then you might not like it that much. It’s still worth a try, though. The only warning I would give to anyone that would like to read it, is that the sex scenes are not necessarily for the younger readers. I mean, this book is not erotica so it’s not like you’re going to be reading Fifty Shades of Grey, but there are sex scenes and I think young readers should know that before starting the book. Also, there’s a big age gap between Sal and Kulti, I think you should know that too before starting this book.
Anyway, I wasn’t sure what rating to give this book. At first I opted for 4 stars, but then I thought about it and I think it actually is a 5 star read for me. I didn’t enjoy the soccer moments of the book as much as the rest of it, but I loved the story and how it made me feel the whole time I was reading.
I wrote the review at 3 am, right after I finished reading because I needed to get this out of my chest. I really hope my review helps you somehow in making the decision to read Kulti. I’m sure that you won’t feel disappointed if you decide to pick it up.
In the comments tell me if you have read Kulti or any other book by Mariana Zapata and what your thoughts were about it. I really like reading your opinion!
Until the next post!
Happy reading 💙