This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: June 27, 2017
Publisher: Atria Books
Format: ARC, E-book
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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?
What a wonderful slow-building romance! Until it Fades was such a sweet treat for me. The story slowly unfurls starting with the backstory of Catherine Wright. Then it moves on to the crash that nearly cost Brett his life and dealing with the aftermath that would come with saving a hockey hero. For lovers of romance there are some swoony times which culminates with the sweetest happily ever after. A perfect romance story for anyone looking to enjoy two people falling in love without any unnecessary and complicated drama.
The story is set in a small town in Pennsylvania and the main character Cath has been on the receiving end of small town ostracizing due to her relationship with a well-connected scumbag….oh wait sorry, I meant older gentleman 😉. Trying to scrape her life together after reality slaps her upside her head, Catherine has had a tough go of things but has managed this far. She has kept her head down with her only focus being her beautiful daughter.
Until everything goes up into the air after Catherine manages to miraculously save Brett Madden, a pro-hockey player. Although she tried to stay out of the limelight she was not able to remain anonymous for long. Caught up in a media storm Cath had to accept that she would have to publicly acknowledge that she did indeed save his life. This was not what she wanted at all after having lived through one scandal she did not want this new sensation to dig up her old dirt.
Gratitude doesn’t begin to explain how Brett and his family feel but after meeting Cath, Brett is feeling more than just gratitude. He is enamored with this slight of a woman who saved his life. What follows is the push pull of attraction versus fear. Catherine has to choose to overcome her fears in order to allow herself to experience all that Brett has to offer. If she is going to have the fairytale ending then she needs to be all in.
This was a darling little romance that isn’t completely predictable. There were some potential problems and obstacles thrown in to the story that made me wonder if things were going to turn for the worst. I did keep waiting for the inevitable conflict that would arise between the two characters that would threaten to tear them apart in an overly dramatic fashion. Luckily, there was none of that. This was a romance of boy meets girl and they fall in love. Yes, there is doubt and conflict over trust but it was just such a cute romance. I loved it!
If I could change anything it would have been that the story included Brett’s point of view. I would have given almost anything to have been in this character’s head. His feelings were well described but I would have loved to read how he felt, what he thought, and to experience his emotional reactions both said and unsaid. There is only so much that can be described from another’s point of view.
The characters in this story are very realistic and I really appreciated the attention the author paid to not only the main characters but the supporting characters as well. The cast as a whole really made this story utterly charming and it is a book I would read again! This is a happily ever after romance and a perfect read for all romance readers. Just a lovely delight of a read.
*Thank you to NetGalley & Atria Books for this eARC of Until it Fades*