Kulti

Kulti

“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...

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Kulti Reviews

  • Didi

    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

    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 like this. This felt like I was in the game, it was realistic and amazingly, details of the sport were sporadically blended in and never took over the incredible, romantic storyline.

    2. The older man/younger woman. Sure, it's also quite common, but a girl who's looked up to and admired a renowned and iconic soccer superstar, then to have said star become her best friend and slowly so much, much more? FANTASTICAL. I loved it. I can't even...

    3. The slow, molasses worthy, pack a lunch, SLOW build up. I'll be honest, if you want the bang, bang, thank you ma'am, you ain't gonna get it here. This was a great example of using patience as a virtue. But damn, does it deliver in spades when they get together. The beauty is, the sexual tension and nuances of Kulti's and Sal's fantastic relationship was enough, it was beautiful, amazing, phenomenal and had my heart melting over and over...and that was when they were friends! When they got together? The steam, although not long was TO DIE FOR. The epilogue had me in tears, blissed out tears.

    4. The writing...exquisite. I could not put this down, and this baby was long! But incredibly, when I finished I wanted to cry because I wanted more!

    5. Sal. I like, not love most of the heroines I read about, but this awesome, kick-ass chick was amazing. I loved Sal as much as I loved Kulti and he was THE MAN. Sal was everything I've ever striven to be. She was the best person I wish I knew. And Kutli? Rough around the edges, yes, but a diamond underneath...sigh.

    If I'm building this up then sorry if you'll be disappointed. But sometimes a book just jives with you and affects you in a way that's difficult to put in words. I dreamt about this book when I wasn't reading it, okay? I squeezed in time just to read a damn page! It never dragged, never wallowed and never let me down. I can't say enough. Just remember the love between these two is slow to deliver though you see it in all they do, all the time. The relationship Sal had with her dad was exemplary, touching and pulled at my heartstrings. If I could eat this book I would, I know I sound crazy. But seriously, the BEST I've read all year, possibly in the last two years. YES, THAT GOOD.

    I'm checking out everything this author has written, up to and including any pamphlets she may have penned in her early writing career. This was funny, laugh out loud hilarious! Quoting what Sal called Kulti would look weird out of context ( eg. A German Bratwurst ), but I had to stop and catch my breath a few times! It was engaging, that word created alone for how this book kept me hooked, and incredibly romantic. I can't say enough but I'll stop here because I'm gonna start repeating myself, so yeah...FREAKING LOVED IT to the moon and back!!

  • Mo

    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...

    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...

    I do love my smexy times in books but if you are looking for some hot loving and major sex scenes here you will be disappointed. I did not care. I loved the build up of their relationship, their banter. He had secrets. She had secrets...

    We had the trials and tribulations of training, the play offs to try and get to the finals. The rivalry with other teams. Do you have to be a football fan to enjoy this book? I don't think so ... then again, I was the Mom who was signing her 4 year olds up for the local football leagues. And they loved it. They still love football (soccer). They played for Varsity and Junior Varsity at school, got to travel to different countries with their school. I was the one who paid a fortune when our National team had a new jersey released.

    I loved Sal and her family. Loved her Dad's passion for the game. I grew up with a Dad and two brother who were football fanatics. Highlight of the week used to be Saturday nights watching MOTD (Match of the Day).

    I really feel I could wax lyrical about this book. I really don't know what it was about it that I loved... as soon as I started it, I did not want to stop. Heads up, its a long book.... but I never lost interest in it.

    Another little football story... USA 94. Yes, the USA did host the World Cup. Ireland qualified. My brother, who worked for American Airlines at the time won 2 airline ticket and 2 match tickets to Dallas to see Brazil versus the Netherlands. First class flights, five star hotel... flights from London to Dallas. Himself used to be a huge Netherlands fan when he was younger. He even had the jersey. My brother rang me to ask me if I wanted to go... I thought about it ... for 2 seconds ... then I asked him if Himself could go with him instead of me. Now is that not true love??? no wonder he is still married to me, after 23 years... I will hold that over his head, the fact that I gave up a ticket to Dallas so that he could go.

    Ok, better shut up now. I will definitely be checking out more by this author. Whether you are football fan or not ... that's SOCCER to some of you ladies or gents ... I highly recommend this book. I think the title is a bit off-putting but that's just me.

    Now, lets have one more last picture of KULTI (Xabi Alonso, the sexiest football player ever)

    I will dedicate my review to Bill O'Heirlihy.... (Bill O'Herlihy (26 September 1938 – 25 May 2015) was an Irish television broadcaster and public relations executive. He was best known for his broadcasts for Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ), mainly covering sporting events.) His funeral was today. I grew up with his commentating on all our major football achievements ... and losses.

  • Mysza

    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

    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 started training football in the first place. Years went by and while growing up, she grew out of this infatuation. Now, she is playing for Houston Pipers and guess who took a position as a new assistant coach in her team? Kulti is a dick from the moment he starts working with the Pipers, but our Sal here won't take his shit calmly and quickly calls him on it. That's how their journey starts.

    And be aware, the book is long and their journey is long but oh so worth it. And though long it is, I devoured it. The writing is excellent, flows naturally, you turn page by page and never get bored. It's a classic example of slow build up, but it is exactly what made this book magical for me. The tension, the anticipation, it worked so fine here. Sal and Kulti started as kind of enemies, went to friends and then naturally, when they were ready, became lovers.

    I loved their banter and bickering. Kulti was very serious and grumpy most of the time but he also had a healthy dose of humor in him, and Sal was no worse.

    Sal was such a likeable heroine, she was sweet, sincere, helpful and generally a nice girl. She, as no one else, was able to get close to Kulti, gained his trust and made him open up more.

    Kulti, well, he was a man of a few words, and I totally dig that brooding, grumpy kind of heroes. He never said much but once he opened his mouth, here's what came out. Don't you just get swooned on the spot?

    And I loved the names she called him. I have Germany right across the border, been a few times, know the language a bit and I think her nicknames were so darn cute. Just a few...

    Kulti didn't stay indebted for long and came up with

    for her.

    And if you read for the nookie than you might be disappointed, because there is almost none, almost... but those two scenes that were here, were effin hot! And the whole anticipation thing was so wonderful that it easily made up for lack of too much sex. And you know what? I didn't care, cause when the book is as good as this one you will get by without it.

    Well, to sum up, I would give it perfect ten stars if I could.

    And in the end, I just want to say this is why I love GR and my friends here, because I would have probably not read this book if not for Mo and Didi. I've had my sight on it for a long time but never got to it. If I didn't see their updates and reviews, I would probably never read it. So big shout out to you girls, thanks for updates:)

  • Saffron

    I am fine.

    I am okay.

    No wait....

    Jesus!! This is epic, you guys!

    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

    I am fine.

    I am okay.

    No wait....

    Jesus!! This is epic, you guys!

    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 all of my time so I don't have time for real life people. Like my husband (who I love very much). So we fight a lot over my book love. Can you believe that I haven't had a book fight with him in like months??!!! I mean, no book was holding me captive enough to not give time to my husband.

    But yesterday night, we fought, people!!! We fought over

    book. After a long ass time. I can't even...

    It could possibly have been one of the best moments of my life!

    Anyway, enough gushing...Let's move on with the review.

    So this is a story of Sal, a 27 year old soccer player who has admired Kulti ever since she was a kid. However, she has gotten over her crush now since she has grown up and so she doesn't get affected when Kulti is chosen to be their assistant coach. Not much, anyway. It takes a little bit of pep talk and lot of thoughts about Kulti "pooping" and doing other normal human activities for Sal to gather enough courage to talk to to him the first time.

    However, as you can guess, Kulti is an asshole and a bit robotic. He isn't at all like the passionate player Sal has been seeing on TV. So of course, that makes her curious at the same time it makes her inner fangirl die a little.

    From then on we see...Kulti and Sal become best buddies slowly but steadily. Until Sal realizes she loves him.

    This is a very character driven story so that makes it kind of heavy on characterization (Duh!) and hence long and for some people, slow. For me, it wasn't long enough. I enjoyed every single moment of this. I was sad that it ended. I even loved a couple cheesy scenes towards the end. Because let's face it, this author made me (a cynical bitch) care for her characters and I can forgive a little cheesiness.

    I loved Sal,

    I loved Kulti.

    I loved Sal's dad.

    I loved Sal's friends and her coach.

    I even loved Kulti's friends.

    Yikes! Can we get more of them??!!! I am going into a withdrawal or something.

    Anyway, if you haven't read this and you are in a book funk...Then you

    read this one. Trust me on this!

    Okay, so if you do decide to trust me and end up hating it...Don't hit me too much! Remember, I love you all!!

  • Christy

    OMG THIS BOOK!

    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

    
OMG THIS BOOK!

    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 around fantastic!

    Kulti used to be Sal’s hero when she was a child. She was in love with this older soccer player and he gave her the drive to be the best she could be. Now she’s 27 and has been playing professionally for some time. Then she gets the news. That the elusive Reiner Kulti will be a coach for her team. Sal and Kulti have this fantastic love hate relationship to start with. I cannot tell you how many times this story made me laugh. Their back and forth banter was so well done.

    The relationship between them is such a SLOW BUILD. It felt like it took an eternity to get to where they needed to be, but guess what? I didn’t even care. Not one bit. The friendship, the banter, the back and forth, the love that eventually developed… it was perfection. Sal and Kulti together- they were wonderful. He was an ass a lot of the book, but he was her ass. He could also be sweet though. When he calls her ‘my schnecke’ I melt…

    Sal is one of the most fun, entertaining and refreshing heroines. She’s relatable, interesting, and being in her head is never annoying or boring. My man Kulti was not quite as lovable as Sal in the beginning, but by the end he had me swooning! And a special shout out to Sal’s dad. What a fantastic secondary character! It’s a long book, but I never felt like it was long, slow or boring. It was paced well. And written well. And all around AMAZING! Seriously, can you tell how much I loved this book?!?

    This is for sure the best sports romance I’ve ever read. I can’t recommend it enough! And if you like audio, do yourself a favor and pick up the audible version. The narration was fantastic and Kulti’s German accent was done perfectly!

    gets 5+ stars from this reader!!!

  • Val ⚓️ Shameless, Skanky, and B*tchy ⚓️ Steamy Reads

    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

    (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

    that little bullshit travel size is

    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

    (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

    that little bullshit travel size is just NOT going to be enough.

    All I knew when I one-clicked this is that I had read another book by this author -

    - and I really enjoyed it.

    So, like I said, I said fuck it and I went in blind.

    And I'm glad I did, because otherwise I might have thrown this on the back burner, because Jesus F. Christ, this thing was LOOOOOOOONG.

    I REALLY enjoyed this book.

    As a formerly serious athlete myself with a SUPER tight relationship with my own father, I related to Sal in spades.

    Also, a benefit to the length of Zapata's stories (I went back and re-read parts of

    , which I then remembered was also quite lengthy) is that you

    get to know the characters after spending so much time with them and you

    feel their connection.

    Another bonus?

    The whole older male coach/younger female coachee dynamic.

    I DIG it.

    I am a SUCKER for it.

    Me love it long time, every time.

    My only complaint with this book is that it takes

    for anything to happen between these two outside of friendship.

    For serious though.

    I don't

    need things to move fast or for their to be tons of steam, but I was starting to wonder if these two were

    going to get anywhere.

    Also, I REALLY wish this had had a more in depth epilogue.

    I felt a little cheated.

    But anyways, long story not so short, if you are someone who typically likes things to move a little faster and needs a little more snap with your crackle, this might be a little too slow moving for you.

    Otherwise, I say give this thing a go.

    Just make sure you know it might take a year off your life to finish this.

    Seriously.

    I am a VERY fast reader and I think I noticed a gray hair on my head after finally finishing this thing.

  • Jennifer Kyle

    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

    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 Kulti. Kulti is a world famous retired German soccer star who Sal had been obsessed with as a young girl. Reiner Kulti was well written in his broody, rude clipped tone. I loved their interactions and rejoiced in the friendship and dreamed of their friendship heading into more.

    Reiner was slow to reveal himself but his appreciation for Sal’s talent and the woman she is was worth the wait as the two come to the end of the season with strong feelings for one another.

    Overall, the writing, delivery and the humor were all very well done. The banter, those nicknames and Sal’s dad were also so very enjoyable. At times yes I have to admit the story was slow going for me but I held out hope that there was more behind this hot German superstar. In the end, he more than delivered in the love department and in the bedroom!

  • Ana

    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

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

    That is the extent of my exercise.

    However, I know a thing or two about sports. My mom was al

    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

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

    That is the extent of my exercise.

    However, I know a thing or two about sports. My mom was always very athletic. My family has always been huge football fans. Croats take football very seriously. A little too seriously if you ask me. There's an old Croatian saying, 'Football is the single most important parallel thing in the world.' Yeah, we're a little obsessed. I think I learned a thing or two about the game.

    I most definitely don't look like that during matches. I find football very delightful, ok?

    There's something about the game. Nothing brings people together like football. So when I heard about this book I knew I had to read it.

    Reiner Kulti. Er ist so scharf - as my German friend would say. He's handsome, he's incredibly talented, and he's deeply troubled. All very swoon-worthy qualities.

    I imagined him as Gerard Piqué. You see, I know who Gerard Piqué is! But my goal is not to try to show off my vast football knowledge; being modest is all about not showing off.

    Sal. I loved her. She's crazy awesome. She's quirky, strong-willed and unpretentious. Sal is a tomboy but she's also a woman. A girl can be tough and feminine at the same time.

    It took me forever to read Kulti. Somehow it took longer than I expected because I got sidetracked a few times. This book is long but worth it. So worth it.

  • Candace

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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

    Check out more of my reviews at

    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 fruition.

    I listened to the Audible version of this book and I thought that it was fabulous. I loved the humor and the wittiness of the heroine, Sal Casillas. Kulti was a real piece of work at times and I loved that Sal wasn't afraid to call him out on his assholery. (Yep! I'm making that a word.)

    Sal and Kulti were a great pair. I spent a lot of time laughing my butt off at Sal's inner monologue. She was just so "human" that it was hard not to love her.

    On the other hand, Reiner Kulti was an acquired taste. He was the polar opposite of the easy-going Sal. He was wound tight, closed-off and outright rude for most of this book. However, little by little, a softer side of him was revealed.

    To say that this book was a slow-burn is putting it mildly. This story seemed to go on forever. I enjoyed it immensely, but I did think that it could have been trimmed down a little.

    The only other thing that I would've changed was the ending. Don't get me wrong, I liked the way everything played out. I just wanted more. It took so long for Sal and Kulti to get their HEA and after all the time spent describing every detail of every game, I felt like more time should've been dedicated to them as a couple. After all, I waited long enough to get there.

    Everything considered, I thought that this was a fantastic story. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that all of my worries had been completely misplaced. I enjoyed every minute of this book. If you've been putting it off like I did, don't.

  • ◆ Anna's ƦªϻƁℓℹռg$ ◆

    Boy this was....

    Long.

    Really, really LONG.

    And

    .

    But I liked it. I liked it A LOT. Because, let me quote from the book:

    I'm not going to lie. I was struggling in the beginning until I reached the 30% mark and then 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...

    PERFECT.

    It's amazing how realistically the author portrays the slow

    Boy this was....

    Long.

    Really, really LONG.

    And

    .

    But I liked it. I liked it A LOT. Because, let me quote from the book:

    I'm not going to lie. I was struggling in the beginning until I reached the 30% mark and then 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...

    PERFECT.

    It's amazing how realistically the author portrays the slow development of their love and relationship.

    It’s also amazing how she managed to use almost every possible element so popular in the contemporary romance genre today and create a perfect

    romance featuring a strong heroine and a silent, broody, jerk hero without being over the top or too cliché.

    If you’re a fan of slow burn character-driven romances I highly recommend this book.

    : 4/5

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