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My latest reading took me into Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker, a surprisingly enjoyable love story.



Summary on the back: 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?

My thoughts: In all fairness, I'm not much of a fan of contemporary romance novels, and I have zero interest in sports, so if it hadn't been for a glowing review on tumblr, I probably wouldn't have given this book a passing glance. But I was curious, so I checked it out, and surprisingly, ended up loving it. Yes, the story is ridiculous and unlikely to happen in real life. And the ending is overly perfect. But it's all delightful - a syrupy, escapist fantasy with shades of various fairytales and fanfiction AUs tossed together to form a story that I couldn't put down and kept smiling through.

Catherine was thankfully easy to love - it's a breath of fresh air to see a character who behaves like a responsible adult and a good parent, Brett was sympathetic - even if their romance seemed a bit rushed - and Brenna was absolutely precious. A lot of writers don't seem to know how to correctly portray a child in a way that makes them believable for their age, but Brenna was perfect, and the adults interactions with her were lovely. I also really enjoyed the supporting characters, all of whom had actual personalities and unique characteristics that made them unforgettable, and the vivid settings - I could picture the diner and Catherine's home with all the excellent descriptions. And sex scene aside, the romance was mostly adorable and cavity-inducing.

Overall, Until It Fades was a largely sweet and fluffy novel that was the perfect medicine after a hard week.

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