Book Blurb: (Goodreads)
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?
About The Author:
K.A. Tucker is the author of He Will Be My Ruin and the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series. She currently resides outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and a Chug.
K.A. Tucker has become one of my favourite authors over the past few years, but after reading the description for this one I admit I had some concerns! Was this going to be another run of the mill romance that fell into predictable patterns? I soon found (because I read it in one sitting) that my worries were for nothing and that I should never have doubted Tuckers’ mad writing skills -lesson learned! I absolutely loved this story and instead of what could have been a predictable story line, K.A. Tucker made it completely her own and honestly made this story just feel…real.
The story focuses on Catherine Wright, a 24 year old waitress, and Brett Madden, the star hockey player of the Philadelphia Flyers. I loved the progression between the two characters, the chemistry between them was evident from the beginning but things weren’t rushed, and I think that’s why the book felt more realistic for me. The timing of this novel just made sense for the characters (no insta-love thank goodness!) Catherine was such a well developed character, and I felt so drawn into her story that I couldn’t put the book down.
As I have come to expect from Tucker, she created a cast of characters that absolutely absorb you into the story. I couldn’t get enough of the secondary characters and felt that they added great depth (I’m hoping we haven’t seen the last of them!) While the main focus may be on the relationship between Catherine and Brett, there was so much more to it than that. It examined the relationships Catherine had with her friends and family, and how her past had shaped her life. There are some elements of the story that were predictable but there were also a few twists and turns that surprised me along the way. Overall, I really enjoyed this story!