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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 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.
K.A Tucker has written another blinder with "Becoming Rain" and as much as I was expecting a love story, (yet again) this author has given us a book that was so much more. Covering a number of genres including crime, mystery, suspense, thriller and of course romance, there were so many layers to Luke and Rain's story, each adding something critical to how the couple's journey would unravel. No one element was superior to the next, each one intertwined so intricately to the next, providing both an engaging and captivating story line that drew me in like a moth to a flame. This was one of those books that brought out the inquisitive side in me, that had me questioning everything including the loyalties of each and every character. Were they telling the truth? How would I know? Were there hidden meanings in conversations had? Why were certain characters behaving in a certain way? I should have donned my Sherlock Holmes hat for this one because it really did give my brain cells a good "who done it" workout.
I’ve broken one of the most basic rules of undercover work:
don’t get emotionally attached to your targets.
So what was "Becoming Rain" all about? Well, in a nutshell, Clara Bertelli was an undercover cop who had an impeccable record when it came to bringing down the low lives of society. You could say she was married to the job because when it came to relationships, she just hadn't met the right one yet.. you know, the one who understood and got what she did for a living. Luke Boone was her next sting. This was the man who would help put her name on the FBI list by helping her bring down one of the biggest car theft rings in US history. He just didn't know it yet... and wouldn't until the very last minute when Clara had enough evidence on him and was able to surprise him with a lovely pair of handcuffs and a very long stint in prison. What Clara wasn't expecting was to see a side to Mr Boone that made her question the intel she had on him. What Luke wasn't expecting was to fall for the beautiful Rain Martines (AKA Clara Bertelli). A woman who (for the first time in his life) seemed to see the real him and wasn't after his cash. Now the hopeless romantic in me was desperate for this to work and for the couple to have a HEA. The realist in me knew there was the mother of sh*t storms brewing ahead and that what ever was developing between the pair would only end in disaster. After all, theirs was a relationship built on lies and deceit ... wasn't it???
I don’t care about any of it. All I want to do is lean forward and kiss him.
Steal him away from the bad stuff, convince him to start over
because I believe he isn’t beyond saving yet. I’m so fucked.
As much as Luke and Rain's characters frustrated the hell out of me, I couldn't help but love them for how real they were. Each of them made mistakes, each of them had their heads buried in the sand at one point or another and each of them was playing with fire but chose to turn a blind eye to it, dressing situations up in anything and everything other than what they truly were. I mean, Police officer Bertelli wasn't crossing the line by kissing her target... nah it was all part of the plan to ensure Luke was attracted to her... yup of course honey. And as for Luke ...
"And if they're driving an eighty thousand dollar car and not locking it up in a
garage, they're just asking for it." I guess....
Yup, Luke chose to see things through rose tinted glasses, trusting those who had taken him and his family in when he was a mere boy. I could't help but feel for Luke. He was such a lovable rogue. I could see the downward spiral his life was on but he couldn't see it through the flash cars, designer clothes and the lavish million dollar condo he had become accustomed to. I knew his fall would be one of gigantic proportions and I knew it would hurt like hell when it happened. As for Rain, she was walking on very thin ice when it came to the path she had chosen to take. What about her career? Her hopes and dreams? Was she willing to potentially flush it down the toilet based on gut instinct? As much as I was rooting for Rain and Luke, I knew if KA Tucker chose to keep this book as realistic as possible, my heart was going to take a good old bashing and would probably need re-stringing after I turned the last page.
She’s a breath of fresh air in this world that I’m finding myself in,
a world in which, when I’m lying in the quiet dark and taking long
than usual to fall asleep, doesn’t feel quite right.
"Becoming Rain" was a fantastic addition to the "Burying Water" series. The writing was flawless and the characters and plot engaging. Plus, I loved being able to catch up with Water and Jessie. As much as they didn't feature heavily in this book, they still played a vital role and there were times I feared for the couple and the implications Luke's dealings would have on the pair. If you haven't read the first book in this series, although it isn't vital, I would strongly recommend it. It may help to provide a more complete picture when it comes to Luke, the Russians and the dodgy car dealings.
I can't wait to see who gets a story next in this series. Any thoughts? Whoever it is, I'll definitely be one clicking.
I rated "Becoming Rain" ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Screwing the customers . . .” Miller grumbles, pushing the filing cabinet shut with a loud metal bang.
Only the pretty ones.” And she is that. It wasn’t until she lifted her sunglasses that she had my undivided attention. Those big, blue eyes up against an olive complexion are striking. I wouldn’t have guessed Italian. Mediterranean, definitely.
Exotic, dark-haired, killer body—my type exactly.
“You’re going to lose business for the garage.”
“Relax. I wasn’t the one fishing.” And there was definite fishing on her part. For a long while there, I wasn’t sure I wanted to take the bait. Everything about her—her upscale style, her expensive car, her cool demeanor—says she’s my kind of girl, and therein lies the problem. My kind of girl is good for one thing, and it’s not having lunch over at the food carts of Portland. Or conversation, in general.
Give those kinds of girls more and suddenly they become work, and money. Endless streams on both accounts. Rust warned me about them years ago. Thank God I haven’t tumbled into any of their traps. Even Priscilla, my fallback lay, who I consider a friend, knows exactly where we stand in terms of our “relationship” and that I don’t have the kind of money she wants—even she will occasionally try her hand at sucking more out of me. A new bracelet, cash for rent, a tank of gas for the BMW that her last sugar daddy handed her . . .
But Rain was cute today, in a feisty way, humoring me by taking a bite of that sandwich that she was so obviously not going to enjoy. Her nose crinkling up at the sight of it. Her witty little insult. The way she hung back, waiting, hoping for a chance to see me again but not willing to come right out and ask after already being so forward earlier. Girls like Priscilla would have kept pushing. But Rain obviously has some self-respect.
And when she started walking out of the office, I couldn’t help myself.
I punch her number into my phone so I can call her after work. If I’m lucky, I’ll also have her naked and tangled in my sheets later tonight.
About K.A. Tucker:
Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.
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