Published by Atria Books on June 27th 2017
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I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my 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 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?
Until It Fades was a REALLY slow novel. I wasn’t sure what to expect from K.A. Tucker. I’ve heard positive things about her romances, and I’ve been meaning to get around to reading some of them for myself. This was the first one that I was able to read and I honestly wasn’t that impressed. At first, I thought it was a charming premise that sort of reminded me of Gilmore Girls. It focuses on a young single mother who has a strained relationship with her own mom. So it was promising at first, but I slowly grew tired of it. The book just seemed to go on and on. The romance also didn’t play a huge role in the plot, which is important to me as a reader. This wasn’t awful, but wasn’t the best first impression for this author.
Catherine was a character you can easily cheer for. She’s been through a ton of shit and she’s still pretty young. She has a bad reputation in her small town because of charges that she brought against a young teacher and quickly dropped. So Catherine hasn’t had an easy hand at life based on all the rumors and bullying that followed her. She also cut off her parents once she had her baby because they didn’t approve of her choices. She became a hero when she saved a man from a burning car. She later learned that the man she saved was a star hockey player who has an Oscar winning mom. Catherine is definitely brave for doing what she did. But she wasn’t totally prepared for the backlash and debates that came once her identity was revealed. As I said earlier, she’s an easy character to cheer for. You also can’t help but fall in love with her five (nearly six) year old daughter.
Brett is the star hockey player who’s life that Catherine saves in that one split second. Brett wasn’t your typical hockey player. He was sweet, especially to Catherine’s daughter. His injuries were pretty extensive so he’s not totally sure if he can ever play hockey again. He also lost a close friend in the car accident. His friend was the one who was diving that night, and he was beyond saving for Catherine. Honestly, I wish that we’d gotten to know even more about Brett because all I know to say about him is that he was nice throughout the story. Obviously, he was extremely grateful to Catherine and everything that she risked just to save him.
The romance was boring and slow in my opinion. They have rather limited interactions throughout the novel. They spend a lot of it apart since he goes to Canada and other places while she stays in her small town. It was a ridiculously slow burn to say the least. So don’t expect crazy sex at like 30%. To be honest, there is zero crazy sex at all. The sex isn’t super descriptive, it’s slow. I didn’t hate it, but it was okay. This isn’t the book if you’re looking for a hot and steamy romance. If you don’t mind some slowness and a bit of censor to it, this book is for you.
Until It Fades was a book that was just okay for me. I’ve seen some nice early reviews so I was looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately, it was slow paced. I just wanted it to hurry the hell up. It took me like three days to read it because I truthfully had to push myself to get through it at all. If you don’t mind something slow and with a mediocre romance, feel free to pick this one up.