Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Standalone or Series: Standalone
Published on: June 27, 2017
POV: First person POV from the heroine
Rating: 4 STARS
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If you love Cinderella stories, you would love Until It Fades. It is a complete standalone to a well written, fairy tale love story from K.A. Tucker.
What is the story about?
The story follows a 24-year-old, struggling, single mother who was pregnant when she was eighteen. As a waitress at a small-town restaurant, raising a five-year-old daughter has not been easy, but with the help of her friends and family, she has made it. One night, on her way to go home, she witnessed a car accident and managed to save one man out of two in the car. Unknown to her, the man she saved is a famous hockey player with a super famous movie star as a mother. The accident then quickly becomes public and all the media, including those from the biggest names in the industry, in the country suddenly crowd her little town and ask for more information.
Because of her painful, humiliating past, getting attention has been a traumatic event for Catherine, therefore, she decides to hide her identity from the media and the people in town. However, the man she saved, Brett Madden, is determined to meet the woman who saved his life. He even made his intention public. In no time, her identity finally becomes public–including her past–and she finds herself hiding in her house and cannot help but to agree to meet Brett. Their first meeting then leads to friendship and a slow-burn romance.
A fairy tale.
The poor, lonely waitress with a past, the jaded single mother with scars, who scrubs ketchup off tables and serves fries to truck drivers ensnares the rich, gorgeous, kind prince. I guess it’s kind of like Cinderella. Though Cinderella got herself beautiful glass slippers on her night of magic. Mine involved shabby black heels, which were left for dead in a ditch.
What did I think about it?
The world building was fantastic. The author did take the time to provide us with the background story of Catharine’s past and the incredibly detailed of the town(s) she lived, which was awesome. When the story shifted to present time, I felt like I was living the story with her, surrounded by familiar characters and situation. Everything was well thought.
The characters’ development was awesome. There was an aspect of believability in each of the characters—how they dealt with the conflicts to the way they reconciled. I believed everything they felt and understood why things happened the way they did. The message behind some of the conflicts are the ones we all can relate to and the way the characters handled the situation was something we could have imagined we would have done had we had been in their shoes.
However, all the things above made the romance take a backseat to the story. It didn’t happen in the first half of the book which frustrated me. As much as I enjoyed the world building and the slow-burn romance, the romance itself should have been the focus and should not have suffered. It was too slow for my taste and bored me at times.
Moreover, I had a problem with the hero and their insta-attraction. I understood why she was instantly attracted to him with him being a famous hockey player and super attractive guy but his instant special feeling for her was a bit unreal for me because I couldn’t understand the reason. Hence, it had me question the reason behind it considering how they met. Honestly, I didn’t quite connect with him. Don’t get me wrong; he was, no doubt, a great hero. He was just too dreamy for my taste, and didn’t feel real sometimes. In addition, her pull-and-push acts when it came to their relationship took me away a little bit from the story; I found them inconsistent at times.
Overall, despite my issues, I did enjoy Until It Fades. There were moments that made me swoon while dreaming and hoping that it happened in MY own real life. How often did you feel like a Cinderella? Who doesn’t want it? If you love a slow-burn romance and believe in fairy tales like I do, you will love this story. 🙂
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