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 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?
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Until It Fades was my first book of 2018, and if I judge the rest of my reading year on this one book it's going to be perfect!
Until It Fades is the story of single mother, Catherine Wright, and her broken and damaged heart. Catherine is a truck stop waitress with a 5 year old daughter, Brenna, who keeps her on her toes. Life hasn't been great to Catherine, the rumour mill and nasty whispers have followed her everywhere for the last 7 years but she's worked hard to provide her daughter with the best life she can.
Brett Madden is a Hockey Superstar and from a very different world to Catherine. They meet under extreme circumstances, Brett is involved in a serious car accident and Catherine pulls him from the burning car and saves his life.
Upon the discovery that the man she pulled from a fiery wreck is Brett Madden she does everything she can to avoid the scrutiny and nastiness of being the town gossip again, Catherine hides her identity from Brett, his family and the world causing more of an up roar than she intended.
“You ready to go out there and face the world together?”
“Or we could just stay right here?” I joke.
“That sounds like an even better idea,” he says softly, as his gaze drifts over my bed and then back to my face, his eyes dropping to my mouth and lingering.
As if he might want to kiss me. Foolish wishes for a foolish girl.
Catherine was a brave character but also incredibly scared about moving forward with life. She thinks she's the only one who has moved on from her scandalous past but in reality she is still very much stuck back there which hinders her relationship with Brett. Being the town pariah has taken its toll on her confidence and her relationship with her family. So has her stubbornness.
Brett is the opposite to Catherine in almost all ways. He's confident and not scared to take risks.
“I have never wanted anyone as much as I want you. Not even a fraction.” My heart swells with his words, raw and emotional and undoing me with their sincerity.
Until It Fades isn't just a love story. It's the story of Catherine healing her broken heart not only through her relationship with Brett but also her friends and family. The events that Catherine is involved in are heart breaking but its a true testament to her character that she comes out braver than she thought she was and full of love for Brett, Brenna and her friends and family. I loved watching Catherine grow into her own, her character's development within the story was complex but suited the style of writing perfectly. With Brett's character it was more the relationship development that Until It Fades concentrated on rather than his character. One thing that happened in the book that I thought was important and different to most romance stories was that Catherine was not only the Herione but the Hero. I think it shows a movement in our industry that we need more often. The female lead saving the male leads life.
I adored Until It Fades, I love K.A Tuckers writing style. This was different to the type of story i was expecting but I loved it still. It's unique and heart wrenching and I'm always surprised which I love as well! The writing was emotive and passionate and her writing never fails to make me feel. I laughed out loud, I smiled, I cringed and my heart hurt. Until It Fades was a slow burn sweet romance that had so many feel good moments that made my heart swell with love.
Him, guiding himself into me with a low, guttural moan that I feel right where we are joined. Me, losing myself in my body as my thighs tense and my hips roll, wanting nothing more than to hear him call my name, to feel his release, to know that he adores me. Realizing that I’ve already fallen in love with him.
Meet The Author: K.A. Tucker
K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge.
She is the bestselling author of 14 books, including Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water, and her latest Adult Suspense novel, He Will Be My Ruin. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA Today, Globe & Mail, Suspense Magazine, and Publisher's Weekly.
K.A. Tucker currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and a Chug.
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