on March 20, 2015
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“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.
“Every single thing that has ever happened in my life has led me here, Sal. Destiny is a ladder, a series of steps that takes you where you’re supposed to go. I am the man that I am, and I have done the things that I’ve done, to get me to you.”
Reading Kulti is like starting from a tiny seed and watching it grow into something so beautiful that my words could never do it justice.
I don’t know what has held me back from reading this other than hearing it was a slow burn romance. But I was freaking STUPID for that! The second I started the book I was all in. Mariana is fabulous, how she isn’t all over the place blows my mind. She has written 2 characters I will hold so close for FOREVER!
“This is what matters. You are my gift, my second chance, and I will cherish you and your dream. I will protect both of you.”
I went in totally blind, no reading blurb, just purely off my friends love for this. Sal is so funny, witty, sweet, badass and a friend in my head. I adore her! The relationship she has with her family and friends…the girl is loyal with a capital L.
Kulti…Kulti, where do I begin with him. He is the best brooding leading man I have read in a really long time. He has walls built up so high, I never thought anyone could break through. But Sal is that good.
I think the best part of this book was how well the author and developed the characters and their relationship and then their LOVE. I mean the last 90% I felt like I was free falling.
“Eyes up here, Taco.”
I don’t know how I am going to get into another book after this, so I mine as well read another by Mariana. I will forever cherish my taco and handsome pumpernickel <3 Top reads of 2015 FOR SURE!!!! READ IT, EVERYONE!
“What would I gain from telling you the first moment I realized you were meant to be mine? Nothing. You’re supposed to protect what you love, Sal. You taught me that. I didn’t wake up one day and know I didn’t want to live without your horrible temper. I saw so much of me in you at first, but you aren’t like me at all. You’re you, and I will go to my grave before I let anyone change any part of you. I know that without a doubt in my mind. This,” he pointed between us. “This is what matters.”