Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Until it Fades by K. A. Tucker

K.A. Tucker
Atria Paperback | ISBN: 9781501133381 | On sale: June 27, 2017 | 368 pages | $16.00
Atria eBook | ISBN: 9781501133398 | On sale: June 27, 2017 | 368 pages | $7.99

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?

Until It Fades came to me at the right time. I needed something sweet and it hit the spot perfectly.

Just like K.A. Tucker says in her acknowledgments, this romance is different than her prior work. I was a little worried I wasn't going to love it. Sometimes when an author changes her style, it doesn't work for me. I'm glad this wasn't the case. I fell in love with the characters and I couldn't wait for them to be together. 

Catherine Wright made some terrible choices. As a teenager, she fell in love with her art teacher who's a lot older than her. When their latest rendezvous is discovered by her mother, she's forced to go to the police to accuse him. She, later on, recants her testimony and she becomes the pariah of Balsam, Pennsylvania. She's not the only one affected by her actions, her parents and younger siblings suffered too. Soon after, Catherine leaves her family home to distance herself from her family and her mother's recriminations. She seeks a new job as a waitress but she has a new complication. She's pregnant.  Fast forward seven years and Catherine's still at the same job but her daughter Brenna is a happy kid despite them not having much money.  Catherine is talking to her parents again and her mother helps her with babysitting on weekends while she's working. However, fate has plans for Catherine. In the blink of an eye, she's faced with a horrible car accident. One of the victims is still alive. She tries to help him but he's big and heavy. When the car ignites, she knows she's running out of time but leaving him is not something she wants to do. 

Brett Madden is a famous hockey player. Some say he might be the best there is. He's also the son of a famous beloved actress and the spotlight loves him. He's not sure how he survived the car accident that took the life of his best friend but he's very grateful to the person who saved him. He wants nothing more than to meet his savior. When he finally learns it is a woman who pulled him out of the Corvette, he wants to see her to thank her in person.  When he does, he feels an instant connection to Cath. He wants to get to know her better but she has created huge walls around her heart. Also, the reporters who have descended on the town trying to find more about the good Samaritan, are making Cath's life difficult. Brett will do whatever is necessary to make her life easier even if it means stepping away.

At the beginning of the novel, I wasn't sure I was going to like Cath. She was selfish and rude but with time and life hitting her hard, she matures into a very nice person. She's a hard worker, a good mother who wants the best for Brenna and who wasn't going to let a man hurt or use her again. 

Brett was too good to be true. It's true. Still, I couldn't help but fall for him. He was sweet, attentive, and patient. 

Overall, Until It Fades made me happy. I enjoyed reading it. Cath deserved happiness and Brett was there to provide it.  The only thing missing was a big epilogue. 

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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.

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