Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker
Release Date: June 27, 2017
Rating: 5 stars
Synopsis: 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 three thousand outside of tourist season).
And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed date, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has rescued: 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. There’s an immediate connection, and it’s more electric than the bond of two people who endured a traumatic event. It’s something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something she 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?
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**Disclaimer** I received a digital ARC from Simon and Schuster/Atria via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The views and opinions that I have expressed here are solely my own and are in no way a representation of the views and/or opinions of the author, publisher, and/or distributor.
This book, to sum it up in K.A. Tucker’s words, is very different when compared to her other books and I find it quite refreshing. In K.A. fashion we are absorbed into this amazingly descriptive and unique story and you never want to come up for air. This entire storyline is full of laughter and togetherness; it makes you want to pull the ones you love most closest to you and love them as hard as you can for as long as you can. It has a genuine, heart-felt plot and will leave you smiling for days after you are done.
This story is completely from Catherine’s POV. Even though this may be a turn off for some I found it enlightening because K.A. did it in a way that kept me both intrigued and entertained as a reader. She didn’t lay all of Catherine’s cards on the table from the start; she slowly built up this character in a way that left a good balance between feeling as if I knew who this character was as a person and still wanting to know more. K.A. never once rushed this story, she allowed the plot to reveal itself on its own time and I believe that is why this story is so good. She took the time to give us the backstory but interwove it into the present. She helped us really see who Catherine is and where she came from, and this helped us understand her reasoning behind wanting to stay out of the spotlight, not for just her sake but also her daughter’s. She had to grow up fast and in a way that no child ever should and becaue of this, it has had last affects on her repuation around her town. She wants to keep all of that as far away as she can from her daughter.
When she saves the life of a national hockey hero she can’t keep to herself any longer. She’s back in the media and even though this time it’s for a good cause, she can’t quite shake her past and the damage that it did.
Brett is a swoon-worthy character that you easily fall head over heels for because even though he’s this hockey-god and comes from millions of dollars, he’s this genuinely nice, down-to-earth guy that people just want to flock to. I loved everything about his character and I found that it seemed to fit perfectly with Catherine’s. He was patient and seemed to know when to push and when to let her breathe. He was a complete gentlemen and better yet….his interactions with Catherine’s daughter were the best. He 100% included her in everything he invited Catherine to. He knew she was part of the package and he never once made it seem like an inconvenience. That definitely made me fall more in love with him.
The romance between Brett and Catherine was a slow-burn one. It wasn’t instant and, again, I found that refreshing. Also, K.A. throws in some twists and turns that you may not see coming, but I think that is defnitely typical of her writing style and it enhanced the entire plot in general. I absoloutely loved everything this book had to offer; I read it in one sitting and it has definitely made it into my top 2017 reads!
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About K.A. Tucker:
K.A. Tucker is the author of He Will Be My Ruin and the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series. She currently resides outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and a Chug.