by K. A. Tucker
on June 27, 2017
Published by Atria an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season.
And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.
Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works.
For a time.
But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust.
Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?
An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review and did not influence my opinion of the book.
❝Life is too short to do what other people think you should do.❞
I love this author’s voice. She speaks to the romantic in me. Whether it is a romantic suspense or contemporary romance, K.A. Tucker brings her “A” game every time!
I think what I love so much about her stories is they “feel authentic”. With Until It Fades, Tucker brings us a swoon-worthy romance with a sexy, passionate hero and a heroine who has been through hell, yet manages to maintain her dignity while she fights for a better life.
Now, can we take a second and talk about this cover? Don’t you love it? Sorry, I just can’t stop staring.
Where was I?
Catherine Wright is our heroine. As a teen, she was taken advantage of. She was ridiculed and kicked when she was down. Now an adult, she has more to fight for than herself. She has an absolutely adorable little girl. As she struggles to put the past behind her and away from her child, one night of heroic proportions, threatens to bring it all up again.
“Brett Madden, hockey icon, and media darling” was out celebrating his recent win on the ice when rounding a corner, the driver of his car loses control. Unconscious and trapped in a car that soon becomes engulfed in flames, he is at the mercy of passersby.
Neither expected to find love that tragic night. Yet, neither can resist the chemistry that pulls one to the other.
The secondary characters shined in this book. From the stoic Lou to precious Brenna to the wickedly wild and funny Misty, Tucker created a supporting cast that helped to round out this story.
❝If this is being smart, then you need to be stupid. Be an absolute idiotic moron. Be like me.❞
When reading this book I became frustrated with Catherine’s internal dialogue. I wanted to yell at her and tell her she was being stupid. However, after thinking on it for awhile, I realized, Tucker captured the pain and self-doubt anyone would have under those same circumstances.
A second chance at love, Until It Fades will capture the hearts of romantics.