Becoming Rain by K.A. Tucker
Published by Atria Books on March 3, 2015
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Romance
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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.
Becoming Rain is a sexy…complex…romantic suspense…
In a nutshell it rocks! K.A. Tucker has gone above and beyond my expectations. Every book she writes is unexpected journey that will be remembered. Becoming Rain is smartly written and for me the first time I’m giving her 5 stars!
Rain is undercover and hell bent on taking down Luke’s uncle, Rust. Luke is desperate to be accepted into Rust’s world of Russian mobsters and stolen cars. What neither expect is each other. I loved what the author did with both of the main characters. She took a small town girl trying to get into the FBI and forced her to become an undercover rich girl that would attract her targets attention. She was outside her element, not looking at anything but her career and getting ahead. The unassuming Luke is just a boy trying to impress the only family he has, trying to succeed by gaining his uncle’s approval by any means. He knows that his uncle’s side business is illegal. But he justifies it by saying that no one gets hurt in the process. He’s naive yet smart, sexy, and surprisingly caring. His sweet soul really comes through and it was totally unexpected after meeting his character in Burying Water.
As the story develops we see both of these characters realize just how easy it is to push the boundaries of right and wrong. They both question each other’s motives but also their own. As they realize the depth of their feelings they begin to question everything. Can a “good” person be bad without being too bad? Where do you draw the line between misguided/confused and dirty crook? What if you fall for that person? What if you change? Can you fall for someone you really don’t know? Rain and Luke need each other and not in the literal sense. They end up being important to the process without even realizing.
I stayed glued to my kindle. I was a nervous wreck for the entire freaking book. I kept waiting for the proverbial shoe to drop. I didn’t know who to believe or who to trust. I didn’t know if I wanted Luke caught. I didn’t even know if I wanted Rain to like him. I was a bundle of nerves and it was AWESOME! You can really tell that the author did her homework on this one. The aspect of an undercover is so well developed and thought out. It certainly makes you appreciate the men and women who put themselves on the line every single day.
The best part of this story is the realization that we’re all human. Our emotions play a huge part in how we think and what we do. Some people are inherently good, others not so much. But there are quite a few who are just lost. Looking for the right path, looking for acceptance, looking for their place in society. Becoming Rain shows us that although sometimes that journey is rocky the potential beauty on the other side is worth it. Kudos to K.A. Tucker for this superb story.
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*