Review: Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker


A twenty-four-year-old single mom finds love unexpectedly after saving a man’s life in K.A. Tucker’s newest standalone romance, Until It Fades.

Tucker masterfully imbues the relatable excitement, nerves and insecurities of a nascent love into a story that takes shape in circumstances far from normal.

Catherine (Cath), a truck-stop waitress in Balsam County, Pennsylvania, wants nothing more than to pave a good life for her five-year-old daughter. Mistakes from her youth have made her feel like a pariah, and so for years she’s kept her head down, feeling the weight of those transgressions.

One foggy night, after a blind date gone wrong, she comes across a horrible car accident and manages to save the life of a man twice her size, seconds before the sports car is engulfed in flames. Little does she know she’s saved the life of Brett Madden—famous hockey player and movie star son.

A media circus quickly ensues and this time, Cath is determined to hide in the shadows, away from the media attention that once made her life a living hell. Unfortunately, before too long, word gets out and she finds none other than Brett Madden at her doorstep.

Cath never expected to feel a connection with Brett, but from the very first instant, sparks fly high and bright between them. But even as the chemistry intensifies, she wonders if it’s all just an overwhelming feeling of gratitude, or whether Brett could actually be feeling something real too.

Their lives couldn’t be more different, their situation far from normal, but for the first time, maybe ever, she feels herself really falling for this hockey player who is both charming and honest. And yet, when her past is revealed, will he run away? Could they even make a relationship work when they lead such different lives?

When it comes to summer reading, this is the kind of feel-good book you want to pick up. I read it in a single sitting—easily done with its fast pace, charming characters and swoony romance. Best of all, it reminded me how much I love K.A. Tucker romances… don’t miss this one!

About Until it Fades

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?

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  1. This sounds like such a cute, fun romance book to read by the pool or something. So glad you shared it. Great review!

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