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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“For the fairy-tale lover in all of us” is from the author’s dedication for this book and it fit perfectly. A rags to riches, doomed and saved, ostracized and applauded(take your pick)type of read, this is at times a perplexing, sad and angry book, before moving on to giddy, smile inducing, and just all around feel good. This book definitely has all the “feels.”
When Catherine was seventeen she fell in love with her thirty year old English teacher. And he totally took advantage of it. When caught, he gets away with it, and Catherine ends of taking the heat for it. Total reversal of what usually happens, due his family being pretty much the royal family of this small town in Pennsylvania. Everyone thinks she lied, she loses any friend she might have had, and her life is in shambles. It doesn’t help that she has the mother from hell, one that wouldn’t know what an encouraging smile or hug was, if her life depended on it. The story jumps forward in time and now she is a single mother, working at a diner and barely scrapping by. One night her life changes when she saves the life of a megastar athlete.
How much do I love this book? Let me count the ways. First, it features wonderful main characters. Catherine, or Cath as she is called, has made big mistakes in her life, but has also managed to scrape out a living of sorts for her and her daughter, with very little help. Her daughter is her life and she is a wonderful mother. Brett, the athlete, is a super nice guy, one that hasn’t been ruined by the spotlight due to being brought up by loving, involved parents-even if his mother is a superstar actress. Brenna, Cath’s daughter is a total delight in this book. You can sure tell this author is a mother to daughters! Cath’s mother is a horrible excuse for a mother, all about how anything effects her, regardless if it hurts Cath. She is truly the villain of this story-well, along with her English teacher anyway. Second, the romance was so wonderfully written by the author. Of course, it’s not an easy ride, but then I wouldn’t like it near as much if it were. Third, it’s just such a feel good book. I finished the read with a big smile on my face. Sometimes you just have to read a book like this! I can see re-reads in my future for this one.
K.A. Tucker fans will not be disappointed. It’s not her usual sort of book, but it certainly should be a genre that she explores for future books. Don’t get me wrong, I love her romantic suspense, and her young adult paranormal books are what cemented my love for her writing very early on, but this definitely is another way for her to go.
Highly recommended to contemporary romance readers and anyone that likes an adult fairy tale. Recommended to readers ages 17 plus.
About K.A. Tucker
She has come a long way from working in crayon. All four books (ANATHEMA, ASYLUM, ALLEGIANCE and ANOMALY) in her best selling YA Paranormal Fantasy series – Causal Enchantment- are available now.
Her USA Today best selling New Adult Contemporary, TEN TINY BREATHS–originally self-published–was acquired by Atria Books (a division of Simon & Schuster), and is available now, along with subsequent books in the series: ONE TINY LIE, FOUR SECONDS TO LOSE, FIVE WAYS TO FALL. The prequel novella, IN HER WAKE, will be available September 2014. Her next project, BURYING WATER, will be out in October 2014 from Atria Books.
K.A. is a voracious reader and currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.