Author: Mariana Zapata
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Published: March 20th 2015
Rating: 4/5 stars ★★★★
“Destiny is a ladder, a series of steps that takes you where you’re supposed to go.”
“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.
4 of 5 stars to Kulti by Mariana Zapata
Kulti is another slow-paced but enjoyable read from Mariana Zapata. It reads exactly like “The Wall of Winnipeg and Me” but I find that this one is more entertaining thanks to a funny dynamics between Sal and Kulti as well as Sal’s quirky family.
I’m not sure if I’m up to more Zapata novels after reading two books from her back to back that are generally the same in format and, character templates and dynamics. Vannesa from Winnipeg and Sal from this book Kulti sound exactly the same. The only difference is that Sal is funny. The heroes are outright carbon copies of each other’s personalities.
I also noticed the same problem in the writing style. There are wordy monologues, lengthy sentences that could be structured differently for easier reading.
This would have been a perfect read if not for the lukewarm coupling scene (that I skipped). The characters aren’t short of chemistry but I’m just not feeling this part which I think the author needs to work on more.
Having said so, Kulti is definitely a good Sports Romance deserving a place in the top.
***cover art: 3/5 stars. Not tacky for a sports romance but too simple.***