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Review: Becoming Rain by K.A. Tucker

Becoming RainTitle: Becoming Rain

Author: K.A. Tucker

Genre: NA Contemporary Mystery/Romance

Series: Burying Water (Book #2)

Publication Date: March 3, 2015

Format: Paperback, 384 Pages

ISBN-10: 147677420X (Simon & Schuster)

ISBN-13: 978-1476774206 (Simon & Schuster)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

Luke Boone doesn’t know exactly what his uncle Rust is involved in but he wants in on it-the cars, the money, the women. And it looks like he’s finally getting his wish. When Rust hands him the managerial keys to the garage, they come with a second set-one that opens up the door to tons of cash and opportunity. Though it’s not exactly legal, Luke’s never been one to worry about that sort of thing. Especially when it puts him behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 and onto the radar of gorgeous socialite named Rain.

Clara Bertelli is at the top of her game-at only twenty-six years old, she’s one of the most successful undercover officers in the Washington D.C. major crime unit, and she’s just been handed a case that could catapult her career and expose one of the west coast’s most notorious car theft rings. But, in order to do it, she’ll need to go deep undercover as Rain Martines. Her target? The twenty-four-year old nephew of a key player who appears ready to follow in his uncle’s footsteps.

As Clara drifts deeper into the luxurious lifestyle of Rain, and further into the arms of her very attractive and charming target, the lines between right and wrong start to blur, making her wonder if she’ll be able to leave it all behind. Or if she’ll even want to.

Quick & Dirty: Action packed story that has great romance, loveable characters and a unique plot. There were a few moments that dragged a little but overall this was a great read!

Opening Sentence: It’s a modest Seattle suburban hone, with two stories, steep gables, and cream-colored siding.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Luke Boone has always figured he would eventually join the family business. He knows that his uncle Rust doesn’t always follow the letter of the law, but the rewards seem to be totally worth it. With endless amounts of money coming in and living the high life, it seems that breaking a few laws is totally worth it. Until very recently Luke has pretty much just done grunt work that is 100% legal, but his uncle is finally going to give him a shot at making a name for himself. Luke didn’t think life could be any better, but then he meets Rain. She makes him feel things he never thought possible and he might have finely found the girl for him! But Rain isn’t the exactly who she seems.

Clara Bertelli loves her job. She is only twenty-six years old but she is one of the best undercover cops in the D.C. area. But she does have dreams of joining the FBI one day and she is handed an opportunity that could make that dream come true much sooner than she was expecting. There is a huge car theft ring that spreads internationally and the FBI wants Clara to infiltrate it by getting to know Luke Boone, the nephew of the ring leader. Clara will go undercover as Rain Martines, a rich young woman that should easily catch the eye of Luke Boone. But soon Clara is thrown into a life of luxuries she have never experienced before and finally meets her target. She is surprised by how much she loves being Rain. Clara has never had trouble fulfilling her job before, but the charming Luke Boone has her crossing lines she never thought possible. Clara is doing things that could not only jeopardize her career but the whole case.

Clara/Rain is a very unique character. I loved that she was a female cop; I haven’t really read many books where the girl is a cop. She is obviously a strong protagonist and one of those people that you can easily look up to. She is a beautiful, confidant woman that knows what she wants out of life.  The one area that she does struggle in is relationships. She is married to her work and it always comes first. Personally, I didn’t love that about her, but I respect that she at least has priorities. She wants to make a difference in the world and she does that by putting the bad guys away. She always tries to do the right thing and I admired that about her. I thought it was very interesting to watch her change as she got to know Luke better. She comes to realize that not everything is as black and white as she thought. Overall, I thought she was an amazing character and I loved reading her story!

Luke is such a great character. First of all, he is a total hottie and has one of those extremely charming personalities. He is a bad boy, but at the same time he is also a really sweet guy. His father abandoned his family when he was a little, so his uncle Rust stepped into the role of being Luke’s father.  Rust is filthy rich and not all his money comes through honest dealings. Luke always figured that someday he would join the family business, even if it isn’t the most honest work. But I loved that Luke hesitates when it comes to doing illegal things. You would think that someone raised with his lifestyle wouldn’t really have a moral compass, but that is something Luke certainly has. He is actually a pretty honest person and surprisingly I found that I respected him. The way he treated Rain was so adorable and I loved them together.

Becoming Rain was a unique romance filled with mystery, suspense, and emotion. Once I started reading this I found that it was really hard for me to put down. There were a few moments that seemed to drag out throughout the story, but for the most part the pacing was spot on. I loved the romance! It developed slowly and was just beautifully written. I thought the characters were very well rounded and easy to connect with. The plot was really intriguing and keeps your interest. The only thing about the story I didn’t love was the ending. I felt that it was a little anticlimactic, and I was hoping to get a little more from it. Things were wrapped up nicely and it’s not that it was a bad ending, I just thought it could have been a little better. This is the second book in a series, but you can easily read it as a standalone. I actually haven’t read the first book yet, but after reading this, Burying Water is going in my TBR pile. I think that Tucker has a great style of writing and she really knows how to tell a wonderful story. I would highly recommend this to anyone that is looking for a great new adult book with mystery and romance!

Notable Scene:

Luke Boone has me in a tailspin. No target has ever had me second-guessing myself this much, this early. It’s just the pressure of the case, I remind myself. “I’m sure I will.” I take long, slow steps, ensuring my movements are sleek and appealing, the opposite of my frantic thoughts, and I desperately search for another hook, since nothing I’m casting has caught so far.

“So, when did you say you’re cooking dinner for me?”

I fight the urge to groan with relief but I can’t keep the smile from exploding across my face. “Whenever you call me.” I turn to regard him, to see his smug face—like he knew I was waiting for it all along, like he was toying with me—and nod to the sheet on his desk. “You have my number.”

“I do.” His eyes twinkle. “I’ll call you soon.”

Burying Water Series:

1. Burying Water

2. Becoming Rain

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FTC Advisory:  Atria Books/Simon & Schuster  provided me with a copy of Becoming Rain.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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