Release Launch/Reviews/Giveaway: Becoming Rain: K.A. Tucker

Becoming Rain
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Released March 3, 2015

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BECOMING RAIN is a New Adult Romantic Suspense novel, and the second novel in K.A. Tucker’s Burying Water Series, published by Atria Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

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. 

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.
Clara Bertelli goes undercover to try to solve a car theft ring by getting close to the major suspect’s nephew, also a suspect himself. This could be the break she’s been waiting to as she tries to join the FBI and she wants this in with the FBI badly. But as she gets to know her target, Luke, she learns that there is more to him than small time criminal.

Luke Boone works for his uncle Rust. Until recently, he’s been a mechanic and office manager, running the legal side of things at the garage. But he knows his uncle has something else going on and he wants in on the more lucrative side of things. As Rust brings Luke further into the backside of the business, Luke begins to see that there is more to this business than simply chopping cars and collecting money. 

I loved the suspense, continually wondering how far Rain would go to get information, how far Luke would go to further Rust’s business interests, and when the glass houses they are each building would shatter. 

Because Rain is hiding her true identity while trying to get close to Luke for her case, the lines between Rain and Clara blend until it is clear that the feelings she is developing for Luke are real. But the heartbreaking part is knowing Luke has no idea who the woman he has let into his life really is and if she completes her task, she will be sending him to prison.

Jesse and Alex appear as part of the story, and provide an interesting bridge between the investigation into Alex’s ex-husband and the current investigation. There are also several new characters introduced as players in the dark games going on behind the scenes. Associates to Luke and Rust add danger and mystery, while Rain’s FBI support team hover in the background.

Becoming Rain was a great blend of romantic suspense and police procedural. There were so many great twists, double lives, and secrets hiding throughout the story that there was always something going on and a new curiosity sparked. 

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Clara Bertelli,  a Washington cop, has the opportunity to work with the FBI undercover and she does not hesitate to take it. She is going undercover as Rain Martines to bring down a car theft ring believed to be run by Rust Markov. Her target is his twenty-four year old nephew Luke Boone.

Luke is just being let into his family's illegal dealings and does not really have time or the inclination for dating. But after several meetings, Rain finally starts to get into his head. And she begins developing a little attachment to her "target" as well. 

I really liked Luke. He was a bit clueless at first, but then was charming, funny, and sweet. He had a hidden vulnerability to him. I loved his close bond with his friend Jesse and his fiance' Alex (Burying Water). I really wanted him to make better choices and I worried about his getting caught up in bad situations and what might happen to him not only because of the investigation but also once he finds out about Rain's deception.

Clara was tough, smart and trying to do a job. But Luke's charisma was hard to deny. And the more they were around each other and opened up, the more I liked them together. They had chemistry and even though there were secrets and false pretenses between them, there were also times of real connection too. I loved the little ways Rain tried to help and protect him. She was really torn between duty and caring for someone therefore was plagued by guilt and fear and discovery.

In a world where trusting the wrong person can get you killed or incarcerated, they are buried under secrets, omissions, and lies. There were many players involved and it was hard to tell who to trust. The first half built slowly, but the second half was more suspenseful. And it kept building until it all had to eventually explode.

Once Luke figures out Clara's secret identity, will her betrayal destroy him? And will Clara have done enough to protect Luke or will he end up in jail or dead anyway?

This was a story with many layers with a romantic suspense feel. The characters snuck up on me and I got attached and more engaged as I went along.  I ended up really liking he characters and enjoyed getting both points of view. I even fell for their crazy dogs Licks and Stanley. Although it was slow to build, it was not boring. It had some surprises and twists and kept me guessing on who was really behind all of the subterfuge. I enjoyed revisiting a bit with the characters from Burying Water Alex, Jesse, Sheriff Gabe, and even came to like Luke's Uncle Rust more. I felt it kind of ended a bit abruptly, but I was still satisfied with it. There were a couple of intriguing side characters in this one that could make good leads for the next book, Chasing River.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
And don't miss the first book in this thrilling series 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. 

K.A. Tucker
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Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

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