Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Until it Fades by K.A. Tucker
[eBook Purchased from Amazon]
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?
Every once in awhile a book comes along that does everything right. A book where I have no moments of, “Hmm… was this necessary?” or “This could have been done better.” Until it Fades was that book for me.
There was nothing particularly groundbreaking, however, in my opinion, this book was a perfectly executed slow burn, angsty, sports romance.
This is a sports romance for people who don’t like sports romances. Or those who are just getting introduced to it.
Until it Fades was all the things that I hope for in a romance novel (moments that make me visibly and audibly react while reading – I laughed, I cringed, I squealed). There were several times that I got that look from my husband like, “WTF are you squeaking about?” as I was reading this book.
There was just enough drama in this book for me, too.
Typically, I don’t like a lot of drama in contemporary romances because it often is not very believable, but I was ALL IN during this book.
I bought everything the author was selling.
And the sensitive subject matter – a teacher seducing a student – was handled extremely well in my opinion.
I highly, highly recommend this book and I can’t wait to read more books by this new-to-me author!
Butterfly Rating: 5 Stars
Oh my goodness, I had so many butterflies so many times throughout this book. I most certainly squealed a number of times, much to the confusion of my family.
Re-read Worthiness: Yes
I’ll be downloading this audiobook for sure! I want to listen to it!
Bookshelf Placement: Yes
I absolutely need the hard copy of this one for my library!
Book Boyfriend Rating: 5 stars
Brett is a breath of fresh air. He has his shit together, he’s humble yet charming, he’s understanding and trustworthy, he’s sweet without being annoyingly so… he’s perfect without being too perfect if that makes sense. I absolutely adore him!
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