Review: Until You a feel good read

Until You is a decent first effort from debut author Melody Heck Gatto. It’s a straightforward story of two people who’ve carry past hurts, either physical or mental, meeting while they both vacation far from their respective homes. They have a good connection, as do their dogs. And I must admit I’m a sucker for well-portrayed pets.

The writing style is simple and easy to read for the most part. The only thing that threw me was that the story has head hopping, otherwise known as third person omniscient, and also has breaks in the middle of scenes. These types of mid-scene breaks are usually reserved for stories told in third person limited as a signal that the POV has switched from one character to the other, so they felt unnatural and unnecessary to me in a third person omniscient story.

In the end, this is a quick read (took me about an hour and half). Don’t expect to find deep character development or heart-wrenching scenes. It’s a sweet story that keeps things light (even when discussing tragedies and trials in the characters’ lives) and offers some steamy sex scenes. I give it three and half cat kisses.

3.5 cats


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Trina just wanted to wake up each morning and go to bed every night at peace with the tragedy that was her past. She had been through hell the last year. After losing something she never knew she had, then almost losing her life, things were finally looking up. Desperately wanting to move on, Trina and her dog, Toby, decided the beach was where they wanted to go. Maybe they would stay here and call this home.

The east coast was as far away from home as Sam was going to get. He was still reeling from a losing season riddled with injuries. He was emotionally and physically exhausted. He needed to clear his head before he embarked on a summer of make believe, dress up and baby dolls, with his niece.

Sam never counted on meeting her. The beautiful blonde with the edgy look, amazing voice and hot body. She blindsided him. Before he knew what had happened, he had fallen hard and fast for her. After only one passionate night he couldn’t imagine going back to the west coast without her.

Trina didn’t see romance coming until it was too late. One night of sex with the hot surfer boy turned into more than she was prepared for. She had demons in her past that he didn’t yet understand, and she wasn’t sure she was ready to let Sam in. Could only a few days with him change the rest of her life?

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About the Author 

Melody was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she lives with her husband, son and two dogs. The whole family are avid Pittsburgh Penguins fans and like going to hockey games when they get the chance. Melody enjoys taking her son to meet the players on game days. It’s no secret that meeting the players is just as exciting for her as it is for her son; especially when it comes to her favorite player!

Melody has loved writing since she was small, in school she never met a creative writing assignment that she didn’t love. She is lucky enough to have a wonderful husband who encourages her to write. When she was laid off from her job of 14 years, he was supportive about letting her stay home and take care of their son. During that time she discovered hockey-romances and found a renewed love of reading as well as a passion for writing.

She spends her spare time reading hockey romances. At holiday time she really enjoys any romance about Christmas. During the hockey off-season, she enjoys swimming and spending her days out in the sun.