Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: July 27, 2017
Publisher: Atria Books
Format: eARC, 368 pages
How I got it: From the author
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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?
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I’ve been missing K.A. Tucker’s writing so very much. I was thrilled to find out she was releasing a new romance novel and I was even happier when I got an early copy of it. Of course, I got it so long ago that I didn’t even dive right in immediately because I wanted to wait until closer to release before I read it. I managed to hold off until April before my willpower ran out. Haha.
Y’all know I love the famous person and regular person trope. (When done well.) When mashed up with the single parent trope, one that’s becoming a new favorite, it worked perfectly for me. I really liked Catherine. I admired her strength and determination. Life isn’t easy for her for a number of reasons, but she did what she could to give her daughter the life she deserves. When she saves a man from a burning car, she was fearful of her past being dragged back in the spotlight and, if there’s one thing she doesn’t want, it’s *another* fifteen minutes of fame. Hockey player/son of a movie star, Brett, wasn’t going to let the person who saved him go so easily though. Brett? SUPER swoony, sweet and down to earth. I adored him.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was easy to cheer on Catherine, even when her own doubts got to be too much for her, and swoon over Brett. Things might’ve been complicated between them — and there seemed to be obstacles at every turn — but I loved them together. Even when Catherine feared that Brett was mistaking gratitude for attraction, I knew better. What was building between them was real and I couldn’t wait to see Catherine drop her walls and let him in.
Until It Fades was a fun book with a wonderful story and great characters. It was lighter and less-angsty than her other books and I enjoyed the switch up. (Not that I don’t love her angsty books, too.) I still got my feels though. 🙂 It was sweet and romantic and sexy. It’s definitely going on my “reread in the future” book list.
“I don’t think you’re shallow. I just think you’re caught up and the feelings you have for me won’t last. And I’ll be the one hurt when you finally figure that out.”
With Brett… I wouldn’t fall in love, I’d plummet.
“Its’ good to have dreams. Without dreams, we wouldn’t have goals. And without goals… what’s the point of living?”
“I have never wanted anyone as much as I want you. Not even a fraction.”
Do you have a favorite K.A. Tucker book?
Have you read/will you be reading Until It Fades?