REVIEW – UNTIL IT FADES by K.A. Tucker

SYNOPSIS

A sexy new romance about a small-town woman who saves the life of a mysterious man, and finds herself unexpectedly thrown into a whirlwind love affair, featuring bestselling author K. A. Tucker’s signature “well-constructed, pulse-pounding suspense” (USA TODAY).

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?

 

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FIVE STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

I can’t even think straight when I’m near him, when he’s touching me. All I can do is feel. And all I want to feel is him. With Brett…I wouldn’t fall in love, I’d plummet.

 

 

It has been four years since I’ve read anything by K.A. Tucker and I’m wishing that I didn’t wait so long to pick up another book by this author. I absolutely LOVED TEN TINY BREATHS! It’s one of my all-time faves! I was really excited to get the opportunity to read and review UNTIL IT FADESand I was not in the least disappointed with this one! It gave me all the tingly butterflies and feels that I get when I’m reading a fairytale romance that literally sweeps me off my feet. And the cherry on top of this fabulous story was that our Hero is one seriously dreamy Pro-Hockey player!!

Catherine Wright is a young single mother of a precocious five-year-old girl. She made some poor choices as a teenager, like having an affair with her high school art teacher that ultimately estranged her from her family and tarnished her reputation in the small town that she resides in. Months after the drama with her teacher, she ends up sleeping with a guy she meets at a party, who turns out to be a local drug dealer. When she learns that she’s pregnant, Catherine doesn’t run back home to her parents for support—no, she gets a waitressing job at a local diner and saves up enough money to rent a tiny two-bedroom cottage. Life hasn’t been kind to her and the cruelty she experiences from others in town has really chipped away at her feelings of self-worth, but the one true happiness in her life is her little girl. She also has a boss who treats Catherine as if she were her own daughter and some really good friends who are always there to support her.

Catherine’s love life has been pretty dismal for several years and at the urging of her boss, she goes on a blind date with her boss’s nephew. The date is a total failure which convinces her even more that she’s meant to be alone. But then as she’s driving home she comes upon a sports car that took a hard turn on a sharp corner and ended up crashing into a tree. She clearly sees that the driver didn’t survive but then she notices that there’s a man in the passenger seat and he’s still breathing but unconscious and badly injured. The man is ten times her size and she has the struggle of her life trying to get him out of the car. As the car starts to catch on fire, she almost gives up but then the man seems to come to for a second and by some miracle, she is able to free him from the burning car before it explodes. Catherine winds up with a sprained wrist but she successfully saved that man’s life. Turns out, he’s someone pretty famous. She saved the life of Brett Madden, captain of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Catherine tries to hide from Brett and the media for as long as she can because she’s terrified that her past will be brought back up front and center and that she’ll become fodder for town gossip again. But this time it will be worse because now it could possibly touch her innocent child and she will protect her daughter from the scandals of her past at all cost. Ultimately, her identity is revealed and Catherine’s life is turned upside down when the paparazzi and media camp outside her home in hopes of getting an interview with her. Brett Madden showing up on her doorstep only sparks media interest even more.

When these two meet, there is an immediate spark between them. It’s been years since any man has made her heart race the way that Brett does. But Catherine can’t even fathom that Brett, a gorgeous and famous hockey player would ever have eyes for her. The moment Brett met Catherine face-to-face he was completely enamored of her. Whenever he sees her his affection for her is pretty obvious to everyone but Catherine.

It takes quite a while before they both get a clue and then the romance heats up! The slow burn and anticipation nearly killed me! Once Brett and Catherine admit their feelings and their passion ignites, I swear I felt all the tingly warm and fuzzies!!

Things seem to be heading towards the fairy tale happily ever after until a lie is revealed and once again Catherine might just lose the love of her life.

UNTIL IT FADES is currently available!! I devoured this book!! It’s a definite must read!

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