Series: Burying Water #2
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Suspense
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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, DC, 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.
Gripping, dynamic, mysterious, and thought provoking. Becoming Rain was unique and thrilling – a remarkable type of romance.
I just finished reading this book and I can honestly say that I’m giddy. K. A. Tucker knows how to write an epilogue! I’m so happy right now. 🙂 Becoming Rain was a story that I really enjoyed because it had my pulse pounding and my brain turning consistently throughout. This was a very smart, well-thought-out, sexy, yet sweet, romance.
This story is loosely tied to Burying Water, but you don’t need to read BW in order to enjoy this one. Previous characters are mentioned, but only once or twice, and you won’t be lost without their backstory. Although, if you’ve read BW, then you’ll remember Luke Boone as the hero’s cocky, carefree, and irresponsible roommate. It’s hinted that he’s being groomed to take over his uncle’s business – one that’s involved in questionable dealings. In Becoming Rain, Luke has been making his way up the ladder in his uncle’s business, and when the story begins, he’s becoming privy to the seedy world that provides the luxuries he’s accustomed to. He learns the cost of those sleek cars, sweet condos, and fun-loving women.
Clara Bertelli is making her way up the ranks as well, but in her world, she lives in the darkness, so that she can rid the world of criminals like Luke Boone and the people he runs with. Masquerading as an aimless socialite named Rain, she sets herself in Luke’s sights with the hope that she can infiltrate his life and gain his trust.
I have read every single K. A. Tucker book and I’ve never been disappointed. There’s something about her writing that speaks to me, and each time I read her words, I get pulled into a great story. Becoming Rain was both the norm and the exception. It featured Tucker’s unfailingly high standard of writing, but the story was her most diverse yet. It is the second book in her romantic suspense series standalones, and so far, it’s her most traditionally suspenseful book to date. By that I mean that the elements of suspense and romance were more evenly balanced than in Burying Water. Personally, I loved the suspenseful element. I thought that it was diligently plotted, with each twist well executed. That being said, I thought the beginning was a tad bit slow. While I understand the need to build the main characters’ backstories, I thought it took too long for the protagonists to really start interacting with each other. I was almost 30% in before I really felt like I was in the story. It may have just been my mood; nevertheless, I was starting to get frustrated. Alhough, once the story picked up pace, I finished it in two sittings.
The chemistry between Rain and Luke was almost tangible, and their banter was smooth and effortless. I really liked these two together. I loved them separately as well because they weren’t the traditional leads commonly featured in romances. Rain was a bit older than Luke, and their dynamic was refreshingly different. Rain was the more worldly, independent, and mature of the two. Not to say that Luke was immature, but he definitely struggled to find himself and to find the strength to do the right thing.
I thought the characters were well-developed. I was torn between what I wanted to happen, and what I thought ought to happen. The whole time I was reading, I was wondering how everything was going to end. This story definitely wasn’t predictable, which I loved! I loved that these characters lived in a world of grey. No one was perfect, and everyone had to make their own decisions about what they believed was right, and live with the consequences. Choices were made that were morally ambiguous, and I had to ask myself many times what I would do. I identified with everyone in this story – even the baddest bad, because K. A. Tucker created characters with traits that I recognize in myself.
I loved that Rain struggled to balance her professional obligations with the needs of her heart. I could feel the guilt she felt because she lived a lie, and I felt her heartache as she fell in love with someone that she knew she had to betray. She made some tough choices, and I was on the edge the whole time, wondering what she would do. Not until the last few pages did I know whether Rain and Luke got their happy ending, or if their relationship was unsalvageable because of the lies and deceit.
I love a romance that features complex characters in complicated relationships, and Becoming Rain was exactly that. K. A. Tucker’s smooth writing belies the beautiful intricacies and depth of her storytelling, and it only further confirms why her books are automatic buys for me.
“Let us know if you have any more problems.” Luke flashes that wide, charming smile that stalls my feet just a little.
Still no mention of connecting again. In fact, I’d say Luke has gone out of his way to skirt the subject. He’s just not interested. That’s all there is to it. Or maybe he’s waiting for me to bring it up again. But if he’s not, then bringing it up will make me look desperate. I’m guessing he doesn’t like desperate women.
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, as 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.”
Thank fucking God.
I wait until I’m in my car and around the corner before turning off my wire and squealing like a fourteen-year-old who just got asked out to the movies. I dial Warner to debrief, my heart still racing. It’s standard protocol to call in after every meeting with my target. Up until now, I’ve had nothing but failure to report. And, while this may not seem like much . . .
I think I’m finally in.