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?
I have to say, it’s been a while since I’ve read one of K.A. Tucker’s books, but I’m so glad I decided to pick this one to read!
I actually forgot how much I just love to read one of Kathleen’s books. She just has a way with how she tells her stories, that just captivate you right from the start.
Until it Fades was exactly that, truly and utterly captivating. I did not want to put this book down once I started it.
Catherine or “Cath” for short hasn’t had an easy start in life. Living in a small town and being part of a scandal years before that she does not come out of unscathed, life just seems to always be against her. But her life is soon thrown out of balance when she saves the life of NHL star Brett Madden.
Now she is the talk of the town yet again, and Cath wants nothing more than for things to go back to how they were before she saved Brett’s life. But when she meets him, the pair instantly have a connection, and not just the fact that Cath is Brett’s hero.
I went through so many emotions when reading this book, and felt like I constantly had my heart in my throat. I got so emotionally invested with Cath’s character and the awful things that life threw at her. But she just proves time and again that she is one very strong woman and mother, and nothing will bring her down as long as she can help it.
Cath and Brett’s relationship is a bit of a slow burner, but the sparks most certainly do fly between them, and you will be flying through the pages just like I did, just to see how their relationship unfolds.
The side characters just add so much more to this story, you can’t help but love them as well. Especially Brenna, Cath’s little girl. Who is the sweetest ever and will have you laughing so much with the things she comes out with!
So if you haven’t read any of K.A. Tucker’s books before, I highly recommend this one!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.