Becoming Rain by KA Tucker – Review and Excerpt

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Synopsis
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. ​

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Review-001four starRebecca’s Review
This the second SA book in the Burying Water Series.  Click HERE for my 5 Star review of Burying Water.

K.A. Tucker is one of my favorite NA authors and an immediate one-click. Burying Water was one of my most suspenseful reads of 2014, and I couldn’t wait to read the next installment of this series. While Becoming Rain can be read as a stand alone, I recommend reading Burying Water prior. The hero, Luke, is introduced in the previous book and is quite fascinating.  He is set to inherit his uncle’s business that may have criminal ties. He has a deep affection for his uncle and seems to truly want to earn his place within his uncle’s business. He is a huge dog lover too.  How can you not adore a guy who takes such great care of his puppy? He continues to have strong ties with Jesse and Rain, who we met in Burying Water.  Despite some of his questionable activities, I really liked Luke.  It is easy to see why Claire is attracted to him.

“It’s not about what they know. It’s about what they can prove.”

Claire/Rain is hiding a dangerous secret from Luke as she investigates his uncle. As with most K.A. Tucker’s heroine, Claire is strong willed and tough.  Despite her tough exterior and work ethic, she finds herself drawn to Luke, who is likely involved in illegal activities. Thus, begins the slow buildup of their relationship. Claire is careful with her heart and emotions despite her unwanted attraction to Luke. Despite her best efforts, she can’t seem to fight her attraction.  Which will she choose – career or love?  What will happen if Luke ever learns her true identity?

“That’s the trick in this business…everyone has a weak spot.”

The research and depth that went into this book is obvious and shines throughout the entire book. As someone with a Criminal Justice background, I often find these types of story lines completely unbelievable. Tucker does a magnificent job balancing the realistic with the romance. While not all events are true life, it certainly is more fact based than the overwhelming majority of books in this genre. My only complaint was the book ended much too quickly for my tastes. There are lapses in times I wanted to know more about, and certain events were glossed over.  Despite the less than detailed ending, I really enjoyed this book. I recommend it to any romance fan looking for suspense. I can’t wait to see the next book in the series

“People hate it, but the world needs rain.”

four star

Excerpt
“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.
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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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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.

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