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 three 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?
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About the Author:
Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.
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Review by Michelle:
K.A. Tucker is an automatic must read for me. I never read the blurb, I never question if I am going to read the next book, I never check the release date to see if I can fit it in my schedule, my only concern is how quickly I can get my hands on it. To say I went in to Until It Fades blind is an understatement. Which is why I was incredibly surprised by a story that begins with a sixteen year old that has made some pretty significant mistakes, only to be even more surprised by the plight of a single mother struggling to make ends meet, and to be quite pleasantly surprised to find it is also a sports romance of sorts that is so sweet, fun, and swoony, I have only, just barely, refrained from shouting my love for this book from the rooftops. All the euphoria of an exquisitely feel-good read without over exaggeration, without undue angst, and without unnecessary drama, Until It Fades is packed with delightful merriment, good laughs, and silly grins and has shot right to the top of my list of favorites this year.
A uniquely touching story of a struggling single mother, Until It Fades may read like a famous fairytale at times, but is unlike any story I have read before. Starting with a young woman who is stubborn, who thinks she knows it all, who has been disgraced, and can't seem to catch much of a break, readers may hope for redemption, but the end to hard times doesn't seem to be anywhere in sight for this woman who faces misplaced guilt and shame, discrimination, and hardship after hardship along the way. This woman doesn't deserve the hole she has been dropped into and is meant for much bigger and better things, but when instinct takes over and a heroic act is performed, all the pieces finally begin to fall into place for this strong, intelligent, talented, courageous woman. Captivating, page-turning, and exceptionally compelling, if you are able to put this one down, Catherine's story will keep you coming back for more time and time again.
Brett Madden is nothing short of perfect. Everything you could possibly want in a hero; a gorgeous, talented hockey player, a man that knows what he wants and isn't afraid to work for it, the swooniest of attentive and adoring boyfriends, and an all around good, sweet, honorable, humble, and grounded man with a spectacular sense of humor. What's not to love? I dare even the most jaded and skeptical of readers to read this story and tell me they didn't fall absolutely head over heels for this man.
Enter a precocious and completely irresistible five year old who brings an immeasurable cuteness factor, tons of laughs, a few embarrassing situations, and the sweet contentment of family to the story that just makes you feel good. You will feel light, you will feel happy, you will feel satisfied, you will feel overjoyed, your heart will feel full to bursting, and you won't' be able to keep a smile off of your face no matter how hard you try to resist, guaranteed. When Brenna and Brett get together? Hold on to your ovaries ladies, the adorable meter is off the charts!
Something unexpected, but oh, so welcome from an all-time favorite author, Until It Fades is an easy, lighthearted, cheerful read that will have you smiling, swooning, squealing in delight, and singing its praises all while melting your heart and brightening your day. K.A. Tucker does it yet again.
*complimentary copy provided by publisher for an honest review
Rating: 5 Stars
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