Until It Fades: A Novel by K.A. Tucker

Until It Fades: A Novel

byK.A. Tucker

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“Touching and complex…Tucker unerringly hits all the high notes of romance—the spark, the emotional depth, the mental and physical struggles—while creating a couple who seem perfectly attuned even when they are in conflict.” —Publishers Weekly (starred 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 three thousand outside of tourist season).

And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed date, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has rescued: 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. There’s an immediate connection, and it’s more electric than the bond of two people who endured a traumatic event. It’s something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something she 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?

Title:Until It Fades: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 27, 2017Publisher:Atria BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:150113339X

ISBN - 13:9781501133398

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Contemporary romance at its finest! Until It Fades is contemporary romance at its finest. It captured my full attention at the very beginning and kept me completely engrossed until the final page. With characters that I immediately cared about, a story that is rich with emotion, and a romance that will make even the most hardened hearts believe in love, Until It Fades is a perfect, well-rounded romance that just hit all the marks. Living in a small community, you can expect that everyone is going to know your business – your triumphs, downfalls, and your misfortunes. Unfortunately, once you’ve made a reputation for yourself in a small town, it’s nearly impossible to shake it. Catherine has experienced her share of difficult times in her twenty-four years. She made some poor choices in her teenage years. She did things that, looking back now, she regrets. Despite her attempts to move forward with her life, she still feels the judgment, hears the whispers, and sees the sneers from the locals. The book is told from Catherine Wright’s perspective. It is told from the present day, but it does have flashbacks to 2010. In my opinion, the flashbacks were an important aspect to understanding what was transpiring in Catherine’s life at such a pivotal time. While her past was complicated, messy, and raw, it did help to shape her into the strong, determined, resilient woman that she was today. It didn’t matter how many times her situation got her down, she persisted and persevered for her daughter’s sake. She did the best she could with what little she had. Catherine wasn’t a perfect character, she had flaws, but that’s what makes her so real and normal. She had grown and matured from her experiences, and while those experiences did leave her hesitant to love, trust, and risk her feelings again, she couldn’t help but want to open her heart to a man with whom she felt an undeniable connection to. Let me just take one moment to mentally appreciate the fictional character that is Brett Madden. I adored him. You know when an author has created wonderful characters when her readers can feel their intensity and charisma jump off the pages. She created the perfect love interest for Catherine. I wanted them to find peace and happiness, I wanted them to lean on each other, to heal, and to fall hopelessly in love with each other. K.A. Tucker has excelled at writing a slow burning romance. I always appreciate when an author takes her time to develop the relationships between the characters. This slow building chemistry added to the anticipation. She allowed her readers the time to become acquainted with the characters, to become invested in them, to feel the emotions right along with them. She didn’t rush any part of the story. It flowed effortlessly and superbly. I was captivated and savored every word as I witnessed Catherine and Brett’s story unfold. Until It Fades is an impeccably written romance. It is filled with realistic emotions, fantastic characters, swoon-worthy romance, humor, and so much heart. Oh, and K.A. Tucker still succeeded at throwing in a twist that I can honestly say I didn’t see coming (shakes head in shame). As I was nearing the end of the book, I was dreading getting to the final page. I didn’t want it to end. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to these characters and their story. I could have easily read another three hundred pages or more. When a reader can say that, you know that the book is a winner!
Date published: 2018-07-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Really Solid Read! 3.5 stars! This was the first book I've read by K.A Tucker, and it will not be the last. The writing was fantastic, and she is clearly a superb storyteller. There were so many parts of this story I loved and completely got lost in, but also a few that really ruined it for me. I loved the premise, and the characters, but I was just so frustrated by the Cinderella story at play here. The ending was just such a "perfect" ending that it just didn't sit well with me. It was predictable and unrealistic, but nonetheless cute as hell. This book was very enjoyable, heartwarming and romantic. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author. This was a good start for me!
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brett Brett Brett This man is is amazing, My second favourite Tucker book!
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read KA Tucker never disappoints. I know I can pre order any of her books and I will love them. Another great store.
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from k.a. tucker never dissapoints! Soft, Romantic, and a fast read. Until it Fades is my favorite book of 2017!
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Until It Fades This is my first time reading a book by K.A. Tucker. What immediately drew my attention about this book in particular was that the protagonist was a single mom. I was excited to see what this was about and how everything would possibly pan out in the end! It's a fairly light and fun book to read. At times it was a bit of a slow book to read but it just made me anticipate when Catherine and Brett would finally get together. I adored the characters and plot, and loved K.A. Tucker's writing. This entire book was just overall amazing to read. I would highly recommend picking this book up and checking out today! Seriously, it's that good. eARC was kindly provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! great novel. KA tucker has a way of writing her novels that really touches her audience. This was the second book by her ive read and while I feel that the ten tiny breaths series was better I did enjoy this one I loved her characters and the story was really nice.
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really enjoyable romance This is a romance, but I think it managed to stay away from the over-the-top, too good to be true romances that often turn me off. I loved the characters and their development. Great read
Date published: 2017-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from sweet great plot/character development and not a lot of angst. definitely on the less steamy side but that didn't take away from the story at all. it was wonderful to read such a well written romance. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet Great plot/character development and not a lot of angst. Definitely on the less steamy side but that didn't take away from the story at all. It was wonderful to read such a well written romance. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST READ FOR SUMMER! just in time for the long weekend!!! K.A. Tucker is one of those authors that I will read no matter what. I don't need to read the back, or know a thing about the book. I am never let down by her books. Until It Fades did not disappoint. From the moment you open this book (until you sadly put it down because it ended too quickly!) you fall into a world of amazing characters and settings. It's a place you want to live and people you want to know. Catherine is a young single mother working to support her family. Brett is an amazing hockey player with a great future a head of him. One night their lives unexpectedly collided. He owes her his life, if he could just figure out who she was. She wants nothing to do with the spot light, but a force pulls them together that neither can ignore. But how long can a famous hockey player love a diner waitress. How long will it last Until It Fades? I absolutely loved this book. As always KA Tucker doesn't disappoint.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life Until it Fades is a girls dream type romance. You know growing up when you imagine your celebrity crush(or just a celebrity) coming into your life in some way and sweeping you off your feet in some whirlwind romance? Until it Fades is mostly that for Catherine. She saves the life of one the NHL's biggest stars and her life immediately changes. Catherine is a small town girl, who had a really rocky and tough time in her later teen years. A scandal that the town blamed her for and then becoming a mom at eighteen. Catherine works at a truck stop diner to support her daughter, Brenna, well trying to build a relationship with her family again. Then enters Brett. Catherine saved his life and well that's going to bond two people whether they want it to or not. Until it Fades is a pretty light read. There are a few grittier subjects that shaped Catherine and where she is today. But for the most part, Tucker lightly touches on what could have been a really dark book. Romance is the genre here, but I feel like it wasn't fleshed out enough. Until it Fades it quite plot heavy. Catherine isn't in the best head space, so she needs to build up her confidence again. The fact is that Catherine and Brett spend more than half of the book apart and barely talking. So yea there was that element of the slow burning, but also once they get together it really is a whirlwind. I mean rich guy, poor girl, you know. I really liked it. It really worked the for the book and their characters. Let's talk characters. Catherine is super likeable. She fell for the wrong guy as a teenager; more like manipulated into falling for him and that caused her life to derail. But she knows what hard work is. Catherine is humble and kind(almost to a fault). Being there for her daughter, Brenna is everything to her. Brett is a really stand up guy. I dare you not to fall for him. For someone who could be a total douchebag based on his families status, he's the farthest thing from him. Watching him fall for Catherine and Brenna is really sweet. The accident made him realize that even at twenty-six he needs to plan for a future that can change at the drop of a hat. Brett is a truly nice guy who gives a crap. He's caring and adorable. Where do I find a Brett? Not being a kid person, I'm surprised by my thoughts here. But Brenna totally stole the show. She's a really smart five years old. Has her wits about here. Listens to Catherine and her grandparents. But like any kid, she's going to repeat things or speak her mind. Which is really hilarious on the page when it gets Catherine into an awkward moment. Supporting cast is awesome! Keith, Catherine's best friend is so dependable and a true friend. Misty is a bit of a mess herself, a little overeager, but you can't fault her where Catherine is concerned. Leroy and Lou, Cath's surrogate parents. The owner's of the diner and her safe place. Catherine's family could not be any different than Brett's. It's funny to watch them interact the few times they do. Jack, Catherine's brother is a mischievous college hockey player whom I'm crossing my fingers gets his own book soon. Until it Fades is a really solid book. It's more of a plot-driven romance, and although that's not my favourite I still found it to be super enjoyable. I sped through the story just wanting to see Catherine and Brett finally kiss. I know patience is a virtue that I don't have. But it definitely pays off. If you're looking for something on the lighter side of the romance scale. Something that leaves you wanting more with a side of great characters than pick up Until it Fades ASAP. P.S. That easter egg for Toronto fans; I see what you did there, Tucker.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More than a fairy tale Reading over the acknowledgements written at the end of this story I have to agree with a few sentences that K.A. Tucker has written there: "It's very different from the ones I've written recently. It's light (for me), it could be called trope-y (by others), it's full of love and family and laughter, and it has left me with a broad smile and a sigh of content." Wow - what else needs to be said? I concur on all of these points. I loved the "lighter" side of Ms. Tucker's writing. (although I will love any-and-all things written by her). I wouldn't necessarily call it "trope-y" all-around; there were a few twists and turns, a few places where I audibly gasped, and a few more times where I sighed happily with tears in my eyes. Brett and Catherine's friends and family are the perfect mix in this story. I loved that the relationships seemed honest and true. The term "fairy tale" was tossed a few times within the dialogue and I agree with it. And that's not a bad thing. With all the bad in this world, it's nice to pick up a book and escape into a world where even when bad things happen, you have that little flash of hope that the characters will find their fairy tale ending. **Complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review**
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! 4.5/5 stars KA Tucker is one of my favorite authors. So Until It Fades was one of my most anticipated reads of 2017. And it did not disappoint me! Until It Fades is a contemporary romance. I would categorize it as somewhere in between New Adult and Adult, but it also could be considered Woman's Fiction. It is a standalone. The narrator is 24 year old waitress Catherine/Cath. The book is set in the tourist town of Balsam Pennsylvania, which has a population of three thousand people. The book takes place in the present (2017). But there are some flashbacks to 2010. I was completely hooked right from the first chapter. I am not usually a big fan of going back and forth in time. But in this case I was so interested in 2010 that I did not mind at all. Also most of the 2010 stuff is in the first couple of chapters. The premise: Something happened in Cath's life when she was 17. It was a turning point in her life and it greatly affected her relationship with her family. But there was also a backlash from the community and the town turned against her. Now she's an adult trying to live her life. Now in the present, Catherine is on her way home from a date when she sees something that ends up being key to the story. The pace of this book is very different from most books in the contemporary romance genre. It's definitely a much slower pace in regards to the romance. But I actually enjoyed the slower pace. I really could not put this book down. I do like contemporary romance. But I don't like predictability. There were actually a lot of enjoyable things in this story, including some twists that I did not see coming. The things I liked: Hockey plays an important part of the story. I loved how the author made hockey such a key element in this story. Two of the characters in the book play hockey. And a few others are big time hockey fans. It really worked for the story. The characters were so unique and well-developed. I was so impressed with the characters in this story. I adored Lou, the lady who owns the diner. I loved actress Meryl Price. I enjoyed Cath's friends Misty and Keith, and her brother Jack. I even enjoyed Cath's parents. Brett was such a lovable guy. And little Brenna was fantastic. I was really fascinated by Catherine's relationship with her family. I liked seeing what it was like in 2010 and what it was like in the present. Not all families get along all of the time. And sometimes people make choices that their family does not agree with. I really love that the author spent so much time on Cath's family dynamics. I thought that the small town/tourist town setting was very interesting. I really enjoyed that Cath was from a small town. And found that it worked very well with this story. The slow pace of the romantic aspect of the story was so unusual. There are no romantic scenes at the beginning of this story. The book takes a completely different approach. There is a lot of character development and plot development that takes over the first half of the book. But there is romance. The author just takes her time to get to it. I found it interesting that we only get Cath's POV. There are so many books these days that give us dual points of view. But I loved that we only get to see what Cath is thinking and feeling. This is her story and it totally works for this book, IMO. Overall, this book is a different kind of book for this author. The pace of the romance is very slow. There were a couple predictable events. But I could not put this book down. It was sweet and charming and it made me feel good while I was reading it. There were definitely enough interesting plot points to keep me completely invested in the story. I would highly recommend this book! *I only read the full book blurb after finishing the book. I hate spoilers and find that so many book blurbs give away too much of the story. I was shocked at how much this blurb gave away. Do yourself a favor and don't read the entire book blurb. I really do not think that I would have enjoyed this book as much if I had read the blurb beforehand. Complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thanks to Atria and netgalley for allowing me to read this book.
Date published: 2017-06-12