Publication Date: March 20, 2015
Publisher: Mariana Zapata
Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
Cover Thoughts: Much better than some of the earlier covers of this author/publisher. This is just perfect for the theme of this book and I like it!
“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.
It took me several tries to finally get into this book. I really enjoyed another one of this author’s books and absolutely hated another book she wrote so I wanted to give this one a try. It took a good quarter of the book for me to finally get invested in the characters and the story. I just couldn’t connect or feel it all at first, it eventually came and I ended up really enjoying it!
Sal is an amazing soccer player who is willing to do anything for the team. When her childhood crush/soccer dream guy/favorite player who is supposed to have been retired joins her team as a coach, she is but isn’t thrilled. He is moody and completely ignores the team. She also has reason to really dislike him as he and her other star soccer player brother had a major incident that caused headlines.
She doesn’t like confrontation which at times bothered me because I don’t think she should’ve let some things go. However there are many things I did like about her, she’s strong and stubborn at times, she’s caring and fame hasn’t gone to her head. She does what she feels is necessary to keep the peace.
Reiner Kulti had it all and has nothing to really show for it. He is alone and in many ways depressed. However, he has a passion for soccer and then Sal is there when nobody else is. He has nobody. He is drawn to Sal because of her talent and frustrates him knowing she could be so much more.
I liked him but boy he did need help and felt Sal helped him in ways that many books don’t show. You don’t need sex to help someone. She challenged him in the sport and in many ways that made him really have to think, move and change. I appreciated that a lot.
What I really appreciate a lot about this book and The Wall of Winnipeg and Me is the very slow process in these books. This is a very slow burn, it shows a slow change of hearts and growth and character development. That leaves a lot of room for an actual storyline and plot instead of, “Oh, I think you’re hot and you have problems but let’s have sex and it will all get better.” no, this actually has a good plot and lots of time given to grow feelings and what-not.
Overall I really liked it. It took a bit for me to get into it at first and then I couldn’t put it down.
Sexual Content: heavy