“I wake up every morning thinking about you.” My head thumps softly against the wall as I close my eyes, reveling in the feel of his mouth against my ear. “I go to bed at night thinking about you.” Blood rushes through my veins with the adrenaline his words create. “Please tell me it’s not just me.” -K.A. Tucker, Until It Fades
Book Rating: 5 out of 5
Goodreads’ Book Description:
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?
Valeria’s Book Review:
For anyone who knows how much I love to read Romance, it is no secret that one of my absolute favorite authors is K.A. Tucker. Her books are amazing and they always capture my heart and hit me right in the feels. So when I found out about Until It Fades, you know I was already pre-ordering it!
I’ve said it before and I will say it again, she does not disappoint. Her writing is amazing and it just flows effortlessly. She makes her stories both so raw and real that you get so emotionally attached to the story and all the characters. She makes you feel for them with either their struggles or joys.
Until It Fades was like a Cinderella story, and this story was nothing like she has ever written before which she mentions it at the end in her acknowledgements too, “I needed to write this story. It’s very different from the ones I’ve written recently.” But having it be different made it stand out from her previous books and it was so fairy-tale like that you wish that you could get your own experience like Catherine gets with Brett.
I can see why people would think that it was a very predictable story line and very cheesy as to how the whole famous, non-famous couple meets and how it all turns out to be so magical. But K.A. does a great job at adding more than just romance and twisting it to make it different and stand out from anything you would think as repetitive and boring.
“Life is too short to do what other people think you should do.”
We get to meet Catherine, a strong, independent single mother who has done it all for herself and her daughter, Brenna, while dealing with a problematic past that haunts her everyday. And we also see who Brett Madden is, the incredibly handsome, super-star hockey player with piercing blue eyes who struggles to recuperate his life back to normal after a tragic accident.
After barely surviving a tragic car accident where he comes out more broken than alive and losing his best friend all in one night, Brett needs all the time in the world to heal. But it is all thanks to Catherine that he did make it out alive that night. If it weren’t for her and the courage to pull him out of an almost burning car in time he never would’ve been able to see another day, or stand in her doorway to personally thank her for being his hero that night.
“I would be dead if it weren’t for you.”
“Anyone would have done the same.”
“No. That’s not true. A lot of people would not have done the same. A lot of people would have taken one look at the car and not bothered. Or they would have seen the first flame and ran… You’re half my size, you have a child, and you did the impossible, and because you did that, I’m standing here right now.”
But a heroic story turns into a fairy tale when Brett meets Catherine and is completely blown away by her. He admires her and is extremely thankful, especially for someone who risked their life knowing that she had a little girl to come home to that night.
The connection is felt that night when they meet, and there is no hiding it. But Cath has been hurt before and the last thing that she needs is someone like Brett in her life to turn it all upside down…especially after what happened in her past.
Her excuses for not wanting to be with Brett only make him insist more. But Cath believes that he only feels that way for her because he is grateful for what she did that night. And that only makes Brett prove her wrong.
“He meets my gaze again, his eyes raw and heated, his breaths ragged. “This has never been about gratitude, Catherine.”
I’m having a hard time breathing.
“Tell me you believe me.”
Both Catherine and Brett were made for each other. You can feel it from the very beginning that the love for one another is there, despite their differences and social status.
“I’m crazy about you and you won’t even answer my calls. I need to know how to fix that so you’ll give me a chance. Please.”
I really liked how the connection between Catherine and Brett begins.
It starts off slow, with a friendship forming between the two and then as time passes the feelings grow, only making their love story more beautiful. This makes everything more realistic because we get to see how they become good friends and how they easily understand and need each other. I absolutely loved it though, Tucker did a great job at making it work and never making the story dull or making me impatient with their love story!
“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 loved both Catherine and Brett, and all characters in the story as well! Brenna, Catherine’s daughter was so cute, I loved the interactions that she would have with everyone, especially with Brett. My heart would melt every time!
If you’re looking for a romantic, dream-like, small town romance I would highly recommend this book!