Author: K.A. Tucker
Release date: June 27, 2017
(Sub)genres: Contemporary Romance
Buy: Amazon US ~ Amazon UK
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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?
For some reason I’ve never read a K.A. Tucker book before, I’m not sure why, maybe because the blurbs of her books ‘scare’ me a bit. The blurb from Until It Fades however is different, I just knew I had to read this story. And I’m so glad I gave it a chance, I love Catherine and Brett and their sweet story.
“Tomorrow. Tomorrow, I go back to work at Diamonds. Tomorrow, I face whatever shit storm this is going to produce. Because I’ve been here before and the only way to get past it is to just try to forget and move on.”
Catherine is a sweet, hardworking waitress and single mother to her five-year-old daughter Brenna. As a teenager she made a mistake that put her in the middle of town gossip, and all she wants now is a peaceful, quiet life for her and Brenna. Since she’s busy with working and taking care of her daughter, Catherine doesn’t date and doesn’t want a man in her life. For the moment she’s content with what she has. Rescuing Brett however changes that, the guy awakens all kinds of feelings in her.
“He cannot be the same man I begged and pleaded and screamed at, to please get out of that car. He cannot be the man I tumbled with into the swampy ditch. He cannot be the man I saved. He’s utterly flawless.”
Catherine and Brett meet under less than perfect circumstances. Brett has been in a horrible accident and Catherine is the one who rescues him. When she finds out who she rescued, Catherine goes out of her way to avoid any contact with Brett. He turns out the be a famous hockey star and son of a Hollywood legend and Catherine doesn’t like all of the attention. But Brett doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer and slowly works himself in Catherine’s life. Although they have very different lives, Brett and Catherine are perfect for each other.
I adore Until It Fades. Is it a typical romantic story about a single mother and a famous guy falling for each other? Yes, but I love it. It’s a well written story with some flashbacks to the past and some little twists, which make it very enjoyable for me. I feel so sorry for what happened to Catherine in the past and how she was treated, she didn’t deserve it at all. I love how she gets her Happy with Brett (and Brenna ofcourse). My only comment; since Until It Fades is written from Catherine’s POV, I kind of miss the one from Brett, I want to know what he’s thinking and feeling. Although this is not your typical K.A. Tucker book, I’ll definitely pick up her other books.
“Better smile and pretend you love me, then.” “I do lo—” I cut myself off right before I say it, feeling my cheeks burn. We have yet to say those words to each other, though they’re on the tip of my tongue every day from morning until night.”
I love Until It Fades, plain and simple. I give this story 5 stars.