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?
Since reading Ten Tiny Breaths in 2013, I have become an avid Tucker fan and read everything she writes without question. I went in blind with this one, as I often do with a favorite author. A few chapters into the story, I confess to sneaking onto Goodreads and reading the synopsis. It was unlike anything I’ve read from Tucker, and I had to know what was going on. I enjoyed this light-hearted romance and loved seeing a new side to an author that has ripped me to shreds on multiple occasions. It’s a sweet and entertaining romantic read for summer.
It’s no secret of my adoration for slow burning romance and for a stand-alone, this is one of the slowest ones I’ve read in recent memory. Catherine is guarding her heart, and through well timed flashbacks we learn why. Brett is fabulous and the quintessential good guy hero. Even though it is slow burning, there is chemistry between these two from the first moments. The supporting cast is outstanding, and Tucker does a fabulous job with portraying a family’s unconditional love and battles they face. The moments with Catherine and her parents were some of my favorite moments of the book.
While this is not the typical book you’d usually expect from Tucker, I recommend it nonetheless. There are tense moments to balance out the lighter ones, and I was engaged throughout the story. I continue to devour everything Tucker writes and cannot wait for what is next.
*Thank you to Atria Books and KA Tucker for my advanced copy.*
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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.