Author: K.A. Tucker
Published by: Atria Books
Publication Date: June 27, 2017
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?
I’ve read and loved several of Tucker’s books, so I decided to read Until It Fades without paying much attention to what it was about. Turns out it wasn’t quite what I expected, but still a good read. The previous books I read by Tucker were more romantic-suspense, so I kept waiting for that suspense element to pop up, but it never did. This is a straight contemporary romance that doesn’t involve excessive angst or drama.
I totally feel for Catherine and her situation. After an effed up incident that occurred when she was a teenager, she prefers to live a low-key life with her daughter and avoid any type of spotlight. Yeah, so much for that plan. When she rescues Brett, one of the most famous hockey players known to man, the media wants a piece of her. Turns out Brett wants a piece of her too.
The pace is a bit on the slower side, but doesn’t feel like it drags. It’s just that it really gets into the character and plot development. There’s a lot more going on than a romance between two people; it delves into what Cath went through, the relationship with her friends and family, and how everything has impacted her life. I really like that it’s basically Catherine’s story and her growth as a person.
I like Catherine and Brett, but don’t feel strongly about the romance either way. It’s interesting, because it seems like it takes awhile for the romantic aspect to build up, but at the same time it happens quick. There’s plenty of time from when they technically meet to the end of the book, but I would have liked to experienced more interaction between Cath and Brett, even if it had been through text, because I didn’t fully feel their chemistry together. There’s definitely something between them, but it just didn’t do much for me. I’m not saying it’s a bad story, because I really did enjoy it. I just wanted to experience them getting to know each other better.
Overall, though, Until It Fade is a good book that kept me interested from beginning to end.