About Becoming Rain
Genre: New Adult Romantic Suspense novel
Series: Burying Water Series,
Published by: Atria books, an Imprint of Simon & Schuster.
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Becoming Rain (Burying Water #2) by K.A. Tucker
Expected publication: March 3rd 2015 by Atria BooksLuke 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.
“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 f*cking 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.
And don’t forget BURYING WATER, the first book in this thrilling series…
About BURYING WATER:
The top-selling, beloved indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths returns with a new romance about a young woman who loses her memory—and the man who knows that the only way to protect her is to stay away.
Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him?
Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried.
The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.
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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Alluring. Mysterious. Heartbreaking.
Becoming Rain was all of those things and more. I was captivated by the mystery, saddened by the guilt and heartache, and thrilled by the suspicion and suspense. A delicious mixture of intrigue and romance, K.A. Tucker developed a story that intrigues from start to finish. One where we experience the story through the eyes of her endearing characters. The plot was thoroughly developed and the pacing perfect.
Clara Bertelli is on an undercover case with the FBI which will make or break her career. Currently a cop in Washington DC, she was asked to take this case. If she is successful, she could move up to a FBI agent. The job – become Rain Martines and help bring down one of the West coasts’ most notorious car theft rings. She has her mark – Luke Boone.
Luke works for his uncle Rust, a man who has been more of a father to him than an uncle and a man whose business dealings reach further than just the mechanics garage where Luke works. Luke enjoys the nice cars, nice clothes and condo his uncle provides and while he doesn’t know everything his uncle does to provide this lifestyle, Luke does know he wants a part of it.
When Rain comes into his garage with car troubles and flirts with him, he finds he needs to know more about this woman. A friendship and budding romance begins based on lies and “her cover”. Rain knows she has to maintain a balance between her character and her job, but what happens when lines blur and emotions come in to play? How do you maintain that balance? What lies do you tell to maintain it…lies to your mark and yourself?
My heart broke for Luke. Knowing he was falling for Rain was killing me. I knew his heart was going to be broken and waiting and watching it happen gripped my heart. Of course it wasn’t easy for her either, I know she felt torn and guilty and unsure, but my heart lies with Luke. I was angry with her and her decisions, whether they were right or wrong. I just wanted them to be together. He was such a great guy. His vulnerability and sensitivity made it all the more heartrending watching it all play out. Knowing he had never wanted to let his heart trust anyone and that he had been taught to not settle down, yet here he was trusting and caring for someone who couldn’t give back what he was giving was sad.
A follow-up to Burying Water, I hesitate to admit that this is the first book I have read by this author. But it certainly won’t be the last. This was a 5 Star read for me and I can’t wait to read more from K. A. Tucker.
Thank you, Atria Books and Netgalley for graciously providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.