by K.A. Tucker
Series: Burying Water #2
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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 by K.A. Tucker is the second book in the Burying Water series and while this is dubbed new adult it could very easily fall in the adult romantic suspense genre. Undercover FBI, romance, fancy cars and swoon-worthy moments had me quickly lost myself within its pages.
Clara Bertelli is twenty-six and currently one of the top undercover detectives in the Washington D.C, major crime units. She has been assigned a high profile case that may land her the FBI job she has been coveting. The job takes her to Seattle where she poses as Rain Martines. Her job is to gain the trust of twenty-four year old Luke Boone. Fans of Burying Water will remember this yummy mechanic. Luke works for his Uncle Rust. Rust owns several legitimate businesses, in particular the auto shop that Luke works at. It is believed that Luke is being groomed to run the shop and the illegal businesses as well.
Tucker shared the tale in dual perspectives letting us inside the minds of both Clara (Rain) and Luke. I think it worked perfectly and allowed me to understand where they were coming from as well as experience their emotions. The romance felt genuine and progressed slow. The forbidden romance trope added additional suspense to the tale and balanced out the investigation. I love that Tucker took things slowly, kept the angst low and did not rush things. We spent a little bit of time with Water and Jessie and I enjoyed how their story was threaded into the tale.
“I don’t care about any of it. All I want to do is lean forward and kiss him. Steal him away from the bad stuff, convince him to start over because I believe he isn’t beyond saving yet.”
“You’re perfect. Almost too perfect … Sometimes I wonder if you’re even real.”
I close my eyes with his words, as his mouth finds my collarbone. I am real. At least, parts of who he’s seen are. And this is real, what’s happening between us right now.”
The criminal case, wire-taps, and high profile players created suspense as Clara weaved her way into Luke’s life. Fast cars, boats, guns and secrets had me flipping the pages. I love the slightly darker romantic suspense that Tucker delivers leaving the angst of your typical new adult books behind.
Fans of Burying Water, Tucker and romantic suspense from new adult to adult will enjoy Becoming Rain and its well-developed characters and nail-biting case.
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