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My latest reading took me into Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker, a surprisingly enjoyable love story.



Summary on the back: 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?

My thoughts: In all fairness, I'm not much of a fan of contemporary romance novels, and I have zero interest in sports, so if it hadn't been for a glowing review on tumblr, I probably wouldn't have given this book a passing glance. But I was curious, so I checked it out, and surprisingly, ended up loving it. Yes, the story is ridiculous and unlikely to happen in real life. And the ending is overly perfect. But it's all delightful - a syrupy, escapist fantasy with shades of various fairytales and fanfiction AUs tossed together to form a story that I couldn't put down and kept smiling through.

Catherine was thankfully easy to love - it's a breath of fresh air to see a character who behaves like a responsible adult and a good parent, Brett was sympathetic - even if their romance seemed a bit rushed - and Brenna was absolutely precious. A lot of writers don't seem to know how to correctly portray a child in a way that makes them believable for their age, but Brenna was perfect, and the adults interactions with her were lovely. I also really enjoyed the supporting characters, all of whom had actual personalities and unique characteristics that made them unforgettable, and the vivid settings - I could picture the diner and Catherine's home with all the excellent descriptions. And sex scene aside, the romance was mostly adorable and cavity-inducing.

Overall, Until It Fades was a largely sweet and fluffy novel that was the perfect medicine after a hard week.
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Could it be? Did I just finish another chapter of When the Rest of Heaven Was Blue, the Buffy/Spike fic that I started in 2008? Yes, yes I did. It took me four years, and the chapter is very short, but the penultimate chapter of this albatross of a fic is finally ready. And in need of a beta. Any volunteers?

Hey, maybe I'll manage to actually finish this thing before its tenth anniversary!

Funnily, it's actually thanks to Doctor Who that this fic progressed. One of the reasons why I haven't been writing much Buffy fic in the last few years is because my main writing fandom has been The Mentalist, and my Buffy voice was too much like my Lisbon voice. I couldn't hear Buffy's voice in my head without contantly turning into Lisbon, and I can't really write a character unless I can hear them. But I've been working on a Doctor Who fic for a ficathon for the last few weeks, which seems to have cleared the Lisbon voice from my head, and now I could finally return to this fic and not keep thinking that Buffy sounded too much like Lisbon.

(of course, as I was writing this post, I realised that both this chapter of "When the Rest..." and the Doctor/Clara fic I'm working on are yet another variation of the male sleeps and the female watches... Because apparently there's exactly one romantic plotline I can write for het couples)

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