Becoming Rain by K.A. Tucker
Series: Burying Water #2
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Atria Books
Format: eARC, 384 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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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.
Why oh WHY did I wait so long to read this book?! Seriously… why? I have no excuse. I loved Burying Water. So much, in fact, that I read it twice! I was over the moon when I got an early copy of this book because I couldn’t wait to get Luke’s story. But somewhere along the line, it got shoved to the back of the line and I didn’t pick it up until this past weekend. I could kick myself for waiting this long, but at the same time, I’m thrilled I read it when I did.
All you really need to know about Becoming Rain going in is that it’s a story of the ultimate forbidden love – that between an undercover cop and her target. (Can we talk for a second about how much I LOVE that there was a female cop in this book? Hooray for strong, kickass women!) It’s rife with suspense and enough twists that you’re guaranteed to be on edge for at least half of the book. I certainly was. There were actually points in this book where I was afraid to turn the page for fear of what would happen next. But, all that said, it wasn’t overly angsty or overplayed. It was just engaging as hell. Of course, I’m not going to tell you anything else about the plot because really you just need to experience it all for yourself.
I loved Rain (er, Clara?). I adored Luke. I was as hopelessly wrapped up in their romance as I was the darker storyline of the underground car fencing and everything that came with it. As they started to get closer, I was both anxious for Luke to learn the truth and terrified of what would happen when he did. Not because he was dangerous, but because he was a genuinely good guy who was in over his head because he trusted his uncle and got in over his head. I didn’t want to see him hurt. I didn’t want to see Rain hurt. But I also knew that thinking they could escape everything without getting hurt was naive. More than anything, I just wanted them both to make it through safe to the other side. I hoped they could work through everything else at that point.
Kathleen’s books always have a way of grabbing ahold of me and not letting go until long after I’ve finished reading. This is exactly why I was thrilled to get a glimpse into Alex and Jesse’s lives now, after the events of Burying Water. It’s also how I know I won’t be forgetting about Rain and Luke anytime soon, either. Excuse me now, it’s time for me to jump right into Chasing River. It just seems like the right thing to do.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.