Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker
Published by Atria Books
Published on June 27th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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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?
It does feel magical. It does feel like a fairy tale. That a man like Brett – so charming, so talented, so breathtakingly handsome, so seemingly perfect in every way – would become infatuated with an ordinary woman like me.
I have said this before, and I will say it again – I don’t really care for sports romance. Like, I am on sports overload due to to my husband watching every freaking sport ever, and it really just makes me hate it. Sorry, sports loving ladies, but its true. Yet, I keep finding that authors that make a liar out of me. This time, it was one of my all time favorites. So Tucker made a liar out of me. Because its hard as hell not to love this book!
Hockey. One of the many sports I have no interest in. Thankfully, you don’t have to have an interest or know anything about it in order to enjoy this book! It is not bogged down with the sports aspect of it, which I am eternally grateful for. While hockey does take part in the story, it is more the way hockey is involved in Brett’s life, and possibly Catherine’s, than it is about describing every single moment of a game to you. So if you are like me, and leery of sports themed romance, fear not.
Catherine is so likable, and easy to associate with, because she is a mom. I love when there is a single mom in a story, because it really grounds it better in reality for me. It also helps to show women out there who are single mom’s that there is a voice they can connect with, that stories are written about them, and love is possible, even when there is a kid involved! (Maybe not with a celebrity hockey player, but ya never know!) I also like that Catherine’s past and her struggle through life is something we have actually kind of seen in the media recently and is rather taboo. But she is normal, and struggling to make ends meet, like we all have at some point. I love how real she is to me.
And Brett…. swoon. Sweet, down to earth, basically perfect in every way…. yep. Perfect. I don’t really know what else to say. Normally, the obvious perfect guy would make me mad, but…
Just can’t be. this whole love story just makes me so warm and fuzzy inside.
The beauty of this book is that it is slightly different than anything she has done before. It is much more obvious in it’s happy ending. It’s slightly more obvious in it’s characters. It is lighter than you may find other tucker books. There is a strong sense of family, even when that family isn’t by blood. This is just such a wonderful, light, New Adult romance. If you are already a fan, this iwll be a change to what you expect from Tucker. If you haven’t read anything by her yet, please rectify this immediately. This would be a good place to start (though Ten Tiny Breaths is still my fave!).