“Touching and complex…Tucker unerringly hits all the high notes of romance—the spark, the emotional depth, the mental and physical struggles—while creating a couple who seem perfectly attuned even when they are in conflict.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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?
Sort of skips right over the “getting to know you” part and goes straight from meeting to in love. But overall enjoyable.45
I seriously loved Brett and Cath. So sweet and real. Great read.55
Very cute love story considering the major surprise of The Philadelphia Flyers being the hockey team that was chosen. I am a huge huge fan and was so happy to read about this story being about a fictional player from my favorite team. What a random find and surprise for me.55
I don’t often give 5 stars, but this one definitely deserved every one of them.55
Slow start and difficult to follow. Didn’t even finish.15
This book is an overall easygoing love story between two people that meet in an unfortunate situation. I agree with another review that states that the Epilogue could have been better, especially ending the book the way the author did. Meaning, I felt like the author kind of threw the ending together and ended the story fast without much detail. There were a few details that were left untied, that kind of thing. However, the novel is short and sweet and perfect for a weekend read!45
The story was great but it need a better epilogue.45
I can't say enough wonderful things about this book and how much I enjoyed reading this beautiful and emotional story. K.A. Tucker knows how to write a story that immediately transports me into another world and I never want to leave. I enjoyed all the characters, but I loved the two main characters, Brett and Catherine. They have great dynamics flowing between them and they are portrayed realistically. It is unlikely Catherine Wright and Brett Madden would have ever crossed paths because they live in two separate worlds. However, one night Catherine saves Brett from a burning car and their lives are forever connected. Brett is a famous professional hockey player and he has a perfect, privileged life and Catherine lives in a small town, has little money and has made some mistakes she continually pays for. Brett is a nice, humble, down to earth guy and he wants to help Catherine and make her life better. He finds Catherine breathtaking and he is spellbound from the moment he meets her. Most people only care about Brett’s fame and fortune but for the first time, he meets someone who doesn't want anything from him. He is frustrated by Catherine's refusal for any help but he also admires her independence. Brett doesn't believe all the rumors swirling around Catherine, he only sees a strong, lovely, kind person. For years, Catherine has been on her own and she doesn't expect anything from anyone. When she meets Brett, she continually fights him. She fights how feels about him and she won't let him help her in any way. Life has been heartbreakingly unfair for Catherine. Catherine lives a simple life and she has learned she can't trust anyone but herself because few people have been nice to her. I was rooting for Catherine I wanted her to finally have a chance for something good in her life. This enchanting story slowly unfolds. On the one hand, I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next, but I also wanted to savor every minute of this compelling story. This is well written with strong characters and a good plot line and I felt like I was right there. This sad and gut wrenching story also has laughter and lightness to even it out. Perfect. Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book vIa Cocktails and Books and Netgalley. The opinions expressed are my own.55
Until it Fades is really just a beautiful love story. A second chance at life between two souls who never knew they existed for each other. Catherine hasn’t had it easy. Ever since being a teenager she’s been the talk of the town, and not in a good way. Brett is the all American Hockey player, his only dream is Hockey, basically. This was a bit different than Tucker's other books. But I fell in love with them. It's slow moving, but very beautiful. I’ve missed her books and it's been awhile since I’ve dived into one of her stories. I’m thankful I was given a chance to read it. Overall, it's Five Boundless Stars55
Until It Fades had a jumping timeline throughout the book referencing back to the past. I didn't quite understand the relevance of this format until later. Catherine was primarily the main character and narrator of her own love story. She lived in a small town where gossip mongers destroyed her image from one teenage mistake. Catherine was an impressionable teenager who was easily manipulated by her art teacher. Her involvement with her teacher caused Catherine to become ostracized. Catherine always dreamed about leaving the small town, but found she had limited options when she became pregnant. Catherine moved out at eighteen having brought shame to her family for her scandalous affair with her teacher. “she was victimized not only by a teacher but also by the school principal and her community”. Then one foggy night Catherine played hero to a hockey player who had the capability to redeem her reputation. Brenna's character was an adorable five year old, but I had a hard time believing most of what came out of her mouth. I know children are very observant but they also have short attention spans so when Brenna made observations in regards to sad eyes I thought that was too much for a five year old to notice. Most of what Brenna remembered in conversations was questionable for her young mind. Brett's character was caring and thoughtful. The connection was a hard sell for me with Catherine's questionable doubts and fears. I didn't feel the attraction in an angst driven way. Too many obstacles were part of the reason for the disconnect. He himself was a wonderful character and welcome addition to the story. Catherine's character was stubborn and independent. It was admirable her drive to provide a life for her daughter with limited resources. Her stubbornness was annoying and stupid at times. Her relationship with her mother was a huge factor in her choices, but she was so determined to prove her independence that she isolated herself. Ms. Tucker delivered a lighthearted contemporary romance. She proved she can write story's from various genres without it infringing upon her writing ability. However, at times I felt the storyline moved too slowly. Certain scenes seemed to drone on and on as if rehashing the same scene from one character to another. Some of the information regarding Brenna was not typical knowledge of a five year old. I did love all the minor characters who were supporters of Catherine's. They added to Catherine's growth and development.45