Becoming Rain

KA Tucker
Becoming Rain
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Release Date
March 2015
Book 2 of Burying Water
Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

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.

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
May 11, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
129 people found the following review helpful
4.5 "Undercover Love" Stars! Burying Water, book 1 in the Burying Water series was one of my top favorite reads in 2014, so when I saw that KA was releasing another book in this series, I , of course, rushed to read it. Proving once again her unique style of engaging her readers with emotionally intricate characters, BECOMING RAIN delivers an impactful story of two characters arguably on diametrically opposed courses in life, whose paths converge together at a crucial point, calling everything they thought they had been working towards into question. But is a love premised on a stack of lies doomed to fail due to a faulty foundation or will true love find a way to make the impossible possible?

Interestingly, BECOMING RAIN has a slightly different feel than Burying Water. Whereas the reader goes into Burying Water with blinders leaving him or her to slowly discern what is real and what is fantasy, BECOMING RAIN is less twisty and more straightforward in its plot. Focusing more on the behind the scenes of the car theft ring with ties to the Russian Mob that is alluded to in Burying Water and the complex lives of undercover officers, who are on a mission to break up this crime syndicate, this story was more focused on the development and growth of the characters rather than the suspense.

Luke Boone, being practically raised by his uncle Rust, has been aiming to follow in his footsteps for a very long time. Although Luke is not entirely sure exactly where Rust makes all his money, he is fairly certain that not all of his uncle's businesses are as clean as the mechanic shop Luke works in, and which Rust has alluded he will eventually gift over to Luke. Luke being a 24 year-old who enjoys the fast life, expensive cars, million dollar condos and rich women, is determined to prove to Rust that he is finally ready to be introduced to Rust's more lucrative, albeit shady, enterprises.

Clara Bertelli is at a turning point in her career. After routinely excelling in her undercover operations in her local precinct major crime unit, she's asked to go undercover with the FBI for an international case that could open the doors to her moving up the ranks to the FBI full-time. Not like she needs an added incentive to nail criminals, but when she witnesses the devastation of this car-theft ring in person, in the form of a small child who is now living in poverty because his father was killed in a carjacking gone bad, she is even more eager to put away every single person even remotely tied to this ring. After all, any person who could be tied to such a terrible organization must be devoid of any moral redemption, right?

Thus, Clara goes undercover as "Rain Martines", a rich socialite who just happens to live across the street from Luke and who fits his type to a T. The fact that he happens to be an extremely fit and good-looking man will just make what she has to do a little easier than the typical slimy drug-dealers and pimps that she usually busts. But she's not worried, as she's a pro at keeping targets at bay, so it's not like she is going to get that physically close anyway.

However, not everything is what it seems to be, and it doesn't take long for "Rain" to discover that there is a lot more to Luke then just a man who may potentially be tied to an international theft syndicate. Even more perplexing is the fact that he fails to fit her typical "criminal" stereotype. As black and white begin to turn her world grey, Clara comes face to face with her own moral quandaries. Soon Clara will begin to question just how far she is willing to skirt the law when her heart gets involved.

Engaging, angsty and thought provoking, BECOMING RAIN will cause you to question what is right and wrong, and just how far you would be willing to go to protect someone whom your heart begins to fall for. KA Tucker is one of my favorite new adult romance writers. After having read a number of her books, I'm convinced she can't turn out a bad one, and the best part is that each has its own unique feel to it. I can't wait for Chasing River, the third book in the Burying Water series!
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