This is a tough one for me. I liked it, and at the same time it was predictable, which always takes away (at least a little) from the enjoyment of a story.
With that said, it’s a sweet story with great characters and a fun plot line. I mean, who doesn’t want the chick to save the dude?! Righteous!
The small town element of the story is actually spot on (though that makes me want to punch someone in the face) and the desire to believe the assailant and not the victim goes far beyond podunk towns like this one (and the one I live in). What Catherine had to live with was awful, yet KA wrote it well and with honesty. I loved how she found “her people” through it all and created a life for herself.
Yes, her and Brett come together pretty hard and fast, but I’m okay with that. I appreciated their trials and enjoyed watching them come together. He protected her as best he could, he wooed her, and she entered the relationship as openly as a single mother can. Respect.
The only thing that made me purse my lips and glare at my kindle was Catherine’s relationship with Blake. WHY?! Why can’t he just be the friend? Why do they always ALWAYS have to suffer from loving the heroine from afar and watching her fall for someone else. Freaking hate that. There are times where that adds a lot to a story, but in this case, it added nothing and irritated me.
Overall, it’s a good, lighter read that is quite romantic.
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?