By KA Tucker
Release Date: June 27, 2017Twenty-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?
Ever since I saw this cover, I was dying to get my hands on it. I have read two books by KA Tucker in her Ten Tiny Breaths series and LOVED those, so I couldn't wait to see her newest hockey romance!
Catherine Wright's life has ended up far from where she thought it would be. As a high school student, she had aspirations to go to college in the city, study art, and live happily ever after with the love of her life. Now, she's a 25-year-old single mother working as a waitress. One night, though, she saves the life of a hot shot hockey player and finds herself thrust into the spotlight. Catherine wants to protect her daughter and ignore the attention, but the man she saved shows up on her doorstep wanting to thank her and everything changes. There is no denying Catherine finds him attractive, but she's no dreamer and no man like Brett could ever love someone like her. But is the spark a figment of her imagination or does Brett really feel it too?
From the moment I started this book I could not get over how adorable it was. Catherine has already had enough attention from her town when she was in high school and then when she had a baby very young. I understood how she didn't want attention for saving Brett's life and how she just wanted a quiet, safe life for her daughter. Catherine was such a good mom and it was so sad how much she wanted to give her daughter but really couldn't. It was just them against the world. So when Brett showed up, it was so stinking adorable how much Brett liked Catherine. This one was definitely a slow romance where Catherine didn't even realize that Brett liked her and, when she thought that he might, she pushed him away. She had already been through so much heartbreak and didn't want to put her heart out there again.
While Catherine had extreme doubts when it came to a relationship with Brett, it wasn't annoying or unbelievable. Catherine had literally just saved his life and didn't know if his emotions for her were just left over from being thankful or if he really truly saw something with her. Catherine had to really put herself out there in the public eye after having an emotional experience with that in the past, so you really feel yourself wishing you could protect Catherine and stop all of the people who judge her. And did I mention that I loved Brett? Because I freaking loved that man.
Overall, I absolutely loved this book! While it wasn't an action filled sports romance since our athlete was injured and didn't actually get to play his sport during the book, I still loved how hockey was Brett's life and Catherine found herself thrown into his world. Emotionally charged with amazing chemistry between our two main characters, Until It Fades is a must read!