Until It Fades, K.A. Tucker: Book Review

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Until It Fades Book Cover Until It Fades
K.A. Tucker
Adult Fiction

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?

This review contains quotes from the book.

*Special thanks to Atria books for allowing us to read K.A. Tucker’s Until It Fades.

K.A. Tucker‘s Until It Fades made me swoon throughout the whole novel, and I can assure you that this is one contemporary romance you will not want to miss out on this year.

Catherine Wright has only a few goals in life and that is to take good care of her five-year-old daughter and to never be involved with any drama in her small Pennsylvania town ever again. But of course, everything takes a turn for the unexpected when she comes to save Brett Madden’s life one unsuspecting night. And it just so happens that Brett is a very famous hockey star.

Due to her unfortunate reputation, Catherine reserves not to tell Brett who she really is because she is afraid that everyone in the country will find out how she got pregnant in high school after a one- night stand with a drug dealer. Before her pregnancy, though, Catherine was also having an affair with one of her teachers. So as you can imagine, she’s been in the limelight for more than a few unsavory things.

However, things start to change for Catherine when Brett shows up at her door to thank her for saving his life. After this encounter, they start to hang out and their closeness slowly develops into the two falling in love with each other. Reasonably so, however, she’s afraid that their chemistry will fade once and that Brett will eventually get bored of her since she only believes herself to be just an ordinary girl, and the fact that he is the complete opposite of that doesn’t make her feel any more confident about a potential relationship.

“For the first time since the accident, all I can think of is him.

Of his beautiful aqua-blue eyes and his warm, genuine smile.

Of how relieved I am that he’s going to be fine.

Of how much I enjoyed my brief time with him, as shocking and overwhelming as it was.

Of how it felt having his strong arm wrapped around my body.

Of what it would feel like to have him hold me close, not because I’m the woman who saved him but simply because he wanted to.

When I finally drift off to sleep, I’m reveling in that hopeless fantasy.”

– excerpt from K.A. Tucker’s Until It Fades

I would recommend Until It Fades to all the hopeless romantics out there or to someone who believes in true love and soulmates. I loved Catherine because she was such a strong single mother who would do anything for her daughter. She is one of my favorite female leads. I think where Tucker does a great job with is developing Catherine and Brett’s relationship; I liked they way she gradually explores their relationship unfolding because it showed me more of what Brett was really like as a character, and when he decides to go meet Catherine himself.

Overall, this is a book that will not disappoint anyone who loves a good romance.

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Jessica Duffield
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