Published by Atria, Simon and Schuster on 6/27/17
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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?
Tucker’s return to contemporary romance is brimming with sweetness. This love story is built on a beloved trope and it’ll make any fairytale lover swoon.
With a relatable heroine, and a dreamy hero, Until It Fades is the kind of slow-burn, ultimate fantasy romance that’ll have even the most skeptical dreaming of this kind of happy ever after. I enjoyed Catherine and Brett’s story, though it was at times frustrating and predictable. It moved at a slow pace, but I think that only made the seduction sweeter, because by the time I read the last word I was sure it was me who saved a stranger on a foggy night and then had my world upended and my heart turned around.
I know authors must follow their muse, and that K. A. Tucker is more often led to suspenseful stories lately, but I have my fingers crossed that she’ll be inspired to write more sweet love stories soon.
Until it Fades is the first K.A. Tucker book that I’ve read in quite some time. It’s been at least a couple of years. She tends to write books that are on the darker or heavier emotional side and for me, I can only handle so much of that. But I loved the cover of this one so I read the synopsis and I was pleasantly surprised.
This book is definitely lighter than Tucker’s typical works. It leans much more rom-com and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The added bonus for me, of course, was the hockey player love interest. It’s the off season right now so I’ll take all the doses of hockey that I can get.
I will admit that the beginning of this book involving Catherine’s past made me pretty uncomfortable, but it’s pretty understated once you get the backstory. Cath has had a difficult life and she has no idea that her hero moment will set her on a course towards her happily-ever-after. I loved this Cinderella-like story.
Brett Madden is an incredibly sweet, talented, and surprisingly grounded guy. He grew up with a famous mother, a charmed life, and became a talented and revered professional hockey player. The fact that he’s humble and down-to-earth is a shocking and endearing quality.
I do wish I’d gotten a little bit more in the way of the build up from friendship to relationship though. I can see going through a traumatizing experience together sort of pushing on the gas pedal a bit, but it seemed to go very quickly from Zero to Like and even quicker from Like to Love. But really that’s the only “negative”—if you can call it that—that I have with this book.
The story is well-written, the is dialogue organic and funny, especially where Cath’s daughter is involved. It was an entirely enjoyable read from start to finish. I only wish I’d had more time to dedicate to reading it. Life made it difficult to find the time, and I have a feeling that if I’d been able to stay more immersed in the story and not had so many breaks in between reading sessions, I think I would have loved it even more. Either way, I definitely recommend this book when you need a feel good Cinderella story.