Title: Until It Fades
Author: K. A. Tucker
Genre(s): New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Sports
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: June 27th, 2017
Number of Pages: 356
My Rating: ⭐⭐ (2.0/5.0)
Hi everyone! 👋 This time I’m bringing you a review of Until It Fades by K. A. Tucker. I don’t think I’ve ever read any books by this author. And for a first taste, this book was pretty disappointing actually. 🙎 I remember seeing this book for the first time on my Goodreads feed. One of my friends added it to her to-read list. I was drawn by the cover because it’s beautiful and simple. Also, for a new adult contemporary romance book its cover is decent compare to others which often feature close up shots of muscles and abs. 🙄 Then I was intrigued by the synopsis. Before I knew it, I went to search for the ebook version and got to read it right away.
Young, single mom saves life of hockey star and celebrity son and then wins his heart? It sounds like a fairy tale.
Yep, that pretty much sums up what this book is about. I’m not going to go deep into the book. There’s nothing much to talk about, so it’ll be just a short non spoiler review. I’m only going to be talking about the characters, the plot line, the writing, and the overall book.
“I wake up every morning thinking about you.” My head thumps softly against the wall as I close my eyes, reveling in the feel of his mouth against my ear. “I go to bed at night thinking about you.” Blood rushes through my veins with the adrenaline his words create. “Please tell me it’s not just me.”
First of all, this book is sweet. Not the cheesy kind of sweet, but something in between cheesy and beautiful. Sometimes you’ll roll your eyes because it comes too close to being cheesy. Other times, you’ll come across something that is just right, relatable, and beautifully delivered.
Life is too short to do what other people think you should do.
It has this gorgeous female MC named Catherine Wright who has a checkered past. She is a single mother of a five year old girl. What I like about her is that she’s very independent and selfless. Because of her distressing relationship with her parents (her mother mostly), she learns to live by herself at the age of 17 by working as a waitress.
Wondering what kind of example I’m offering my daughter. A mother who has perpetually sad eyes. A mother who hides behind her fear. A mother who has forgotten how to let herself love. A mother who everyone keeps touting as brave but who isn’t, really. Not at all.
However, her positive qualities are sometimes tarnished by her stubbornness, her often hesitation to take risks, and her slowness to catch on something then act on it. She’s against receiving helps. Everyone in her life has basically offered her a hand, yet she’s always too stubborn to take it. If someone genuinely wants to help you, it doesn’t automatically make you a charity case when you accept their help. Another thing is I understand that her being careful with life choices is because she doesn’t want to get caught with the same mistakes she made in the past, but it’s frustrating when you let it ruin your chance of having something which maybe is better than what you have now and can make you happy.
It does feel magical. It does feel like a fairy tale. That a man like Brett – so charming, so talented, so breathtakingly handsome, so seemingly perfect in every way – would become infatuated with an ordinary woman like me.
The MC male character in this book is named Brett Madden. He’s a hockey player and the son of a top female actress. His life becomes tangled with Catherine’s when she saves him from a car crash. At the time, Catherine doesn’t know that she saves a big hockey star’s life. Brett isn’t the type of celebrity you often found describes in books. I kind of expected him to be an ungrateful jerk and a little snobby. Surprisingly he’s everything but that. He’s really good, helpful, someone you can trust and depend on, also very patient with Catherine. His life is smooth I would say. His parents are both good people and very supportive towards him. His father is an ordinary guy who is unselfish, caring, and wise. His mother is loving and very passionate with her talent. Brett and Catherine’s love story seems to mirror his parents’. This whole almost perfect family situation is what annoys me the most.
There are several other minor characters, such as Catherine’s male BFF –I can’t remember his name– who is a cop. They’ve been friends since before high school. This friend, he has a feeling for Catherine for quite a while. I would ship him hard with Catherine if I wasn’t so charmed by Brett. Him and Catherine would’ve been more realistic than Brett and Catherine. There’s also this female BFF of Catherine’s whom I also forgot what her name is. She’s a great friend, but she’s annoying sometimes. It irked me that every time something happened to Catherine she wanted to be the first to know. I mean it’s normal because they’re best-friends, but it’s not okay when she runs her mouth everywhere and keeps bugging Catherine to tell her all the deets when Catherine herself still needs time to process everything. Also, there’s Catherine’s mother. She’s the type of parent who claims to know what’s best for her children and does everything for the sake of their well-being. She and Catherine have a rough start, but I’m glad in the end her mother tries harder to be understanding.
For the plot line, overall it’s fine. I’m pretty sure it has a good premise if not for how cliche and utterly slow it develops. Because there’s not much complication, the story becomes easy to foretell. To make things worse, it goes unhurriedly sluggish —if that’s even a good phrase to describe it–. I see no point in bringing up Catherine’s past through flashbacks when we are already very aware of what happened to her then. Catherine’s confrontation with the media regarding Brett’s accident and with Brett regarding her feelings for him is also taking too long. Moreover, during that time both Brett and Catherine do not really do anything that strengthens their chemistry. They rarely meet. They only think of each other. They merely text each other which most of the time Brett’s texts get ignored by Catherine. On the other hand, it does a pretty good representation with the hockey stuff, the unhealthy neighborhood, the credible or lies feeding media. I just hoped that it had more dynamic. The writing is also okay. I didn’t find any problems with it.
To summarize everything, I give the book 2.0 stars. When I began reading, I was so pumped and eager. However, I got super upset and disappointed because the story was progressing painfully slow and everything was predictable. 😭 Seeing how it shredded my expectations and ruined my mood the entire time that day, it deserved the rating I gave. 😤 If I could convert everything in 5 words, that’ll be boring, predictable, cliche, repetitive, and bland. 🤷
Well, that is all for the review. I’m sorry if it turned out to be too long. 😋 Just wondering, have you heard about this book or have you read it? If yes, what do you think? Or maybe you have read other books by K. A. Tucker? I’d love to hear your recommendation. 😍 Thank you for reading. I’ll see you on the next review. Hasta mañana! 🙆