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Becoming Rain: A Novel (The Burying Water Series) by [Tucker, K.A.]
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A suspense-driven New Adult romance novel from the USA TODAY bestselling author of Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water.

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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  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (3 March 2015)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc (AU)
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #123,398 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By Renae_Ellen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 March 2015
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I loved this form beginning to end. The way the story just flowed. Absolutely everything about this book was brilliantly written.
I loved Luke and Rain together. Can't wait to read more from the series. I only wish that we got see a bit of Luke and Rain in the epilogue.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well crafted, intriguing, and suspenseful 4 March 2015
By Misha - Published on
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Review originally posted at The Book Enthusiast:

It is difficult for me to believe that it was only a few short months that I discovered K.A. Tucker. Burying Water was one of my favorite books of 2014, so naturally I was looking forward to picking up the next book in the series, Becoming Rain. Tucker certainly did not disappoint with a solid story filled with the perfect balance of suspense and romance. It had a different feel than Burying Water for me, yet it still had that unique and captivating quality that I love so much about Tucker’s writing. It was clear that she put a great deal of time and effort into her research for this book, and it definitely showed in the fascinating level of detail in the story.

Luke Boone is in line to be the owner of his Uncle Rust’s car garage. He knows that his uncle is involved in some shady business practices, but the pull of the lifestyle is difficult to resist. With hot cars, a wealth of attractive women, and a plenty of money at his disposal, Luke is living the high life. Clara Bertelli is a successful undercover police officer charged with bringing down a notorious car theft ring. As rich socialite Rain Martines, Clara has to set her sights on Luke in order to crack the case. Unfortunately for Clara, she discovers that not everything is black and white when it comes to her feelings for her target.

Clara was a strong and likeable heroine. While she was at the top of her game career-wise, she struggled with not knowing if she would be able to find a man who would understand and support her job. Rain’s life was completely different from Clara’s real one, and she soon began to understand how people could be attracted to the world Luke and Rust inhabited. It was clear that she truly cared about Luke, and eventually her affection for him caused her to start blurring the lines between right and wrong. I definitely felt for her being in a situation where she had to find a way to do her job and also protect the man she loved.

I have to say that Luke was different than I had expected after reading Burying Water. On the surface he seemed selfish, but as I was able to get to know him better it became apparent that he was lost and needed some direction in his life. I completely understood that Luke felt a deep loyalty to Rust for everything he had done for him and his family. However, as the story progressed I saw glimpses of a kind and compassionate Luke who had the potential to do something more with his life. I ached for him knowing that the Rain he knew was not real, and that he was on the road to heartbreak.

Clara and Luke’s story was well crafted and perfectly paced. It had the romance I love intertwined with an intriguing and suspenseful plot that made me eager to see what would happen next. I appreciated that neither character was perfect. They both made mistakes, but I was still able to relate to and root for them. I loved the symbolism of Rain’s name and what it meant to Clara and Luke’s journey in this book. Tucker did a fantastic job of creating an engrossing story that kept me on my toes and also evoked genuine emotion within me. Becoming Rain was exactly what I have come to love and expect from this talented author.

*An advance copy of this book was received in exchange for an honest review.*
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 out of 5 stars 5 July 2015
By Anaïs Neumann - Published on
3 out of 5 Stars

Clara Bertelli is the new agent placed on a huge car-theft ring case. She is going undercover as Rain, and her target is the 24-year-old nephew of one of the key-players, who appears to be following in his uncle's footsteps. However, as she dives into the case and gets closer to handsome Luke Boone, her guts tell her that he could still be saved.

How will she be able to do her job and still keep Luke's trust?
What I loved about this book:

The original concept

What I felt needed improvement:

The main characters
The pace of the story
The rushed ending

While I loved Burying Water - the first book in the series, I'm afraid Becoming Rain didn't quite do it for me.

I felt like both main characters were just mediocre. Luke was a just a mediocre male main character because he love 'em and leaves 'em (that's before he meets Rain, of course) and he has absolutely no idea what his uncle is actually involved in (or rather he has an idea, but he chooses to ignore). And once he receives what he wants, which is more ownership of his uncles "business", he literally pees his pants but still doesn't make the decision to not get further involved. He's neither boyfriend material nor a good gangster.

Now don't get me started on Rain aka Clara. I liked her personality - she wanted to bring down Luke's uncle Rust's organization, but as she got closer to Luke and found out that he's not a bad guy, she completely falls for him and risks a lot for his benefit - and for proving that he is not involved. Honestly, I loved the idea, but it was not plausible at all. She was such a "bad" cop that she would have never made it in this job in real life. Especially since it feels like this is her first mission: she falls for Luke's pretty face, and she blurts out personal facts in almost every sentence despite the fact that she's supposed to seduce a potential criminal involved in murder cases.

"What would you say if I told you that I've done some illegal stuff?"
I'd say don't tell me, dammit! Don't admit it. Don't crush the tiny, stupid hope burning bright in my chest that everything is just one big misunderstanding.

I loved the writing. K.A. Tucker writes great stories - complete mindforks - as evidenced by Burying Water . Becoming Rain is no exception here (as far as the writing goes, which is beautiful), even though I would have loved more detailed steamy scenes. If you were expecting some sexy time, you'll be fairly disappointed. Just like you might be disappointed at some aspects of the plot, which I felt was lacking. It is not so twisted and dark as the in the previous book, and some things were quite predictable. Some things also really dragged on although in the end of the story, everything was just way too rushed.

Especially where the relationship between Luke and Rain is concerned. Do you sincerely believe that an undercover agent can get back to his/her target after the reveal and still engage into a sincere, trusting relationship? Apparently, according to K.A. Tucker, it is possible and fairly easy. But I don't think that way and would have loved to become familiar with the logistic. Especially if undercover agents continues working with the feds and i dating her ex-target. There it is again: the completely not-plausible aspect of this story. A relationship that somehow works without too many obstacles. And believe me, there should have been plenty of obstacles here but the author chose not to go there. Unfortunately.

"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."

Yep, so all in all, not a first-class read for me. It was one of those books I dragged on and on. It took me almost 4 days to read it when my average is 2. I will not give up on K.A. Tucker though, and will be looking forward to the next release, hoping the MCs will be great, strong characters, such as Jesse and Alex from Burying Water .
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars 4 March 2015
By Sandra Renee Farmer - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I’m a big KA Tucker fan. Ten Tiny Breaths blew me away. It’s one of the few books that I’ve actually made time to re-read in the last year. The other books in her Ten Tiny Breaths series were good, but not AS good to me. Then KA Tucker comes out with a new series, right? I thought Burying Water was just going to be released as a standalone initially, but I was immediately drawn to Luke from that book, and so I was excited to hear that he was getting his own book. Burying Water was actually a bit of a letdown for me. My issue wasn’t that Burying Water was so different from the Ten Tiny Breaths series but that one of the major plot points came up against something I just have a hard time getting behind. I didn’t feel like I could root for the characters like I wanted to. And that’s one thing I was worried about when I read the description of Becoming Rain as well.

Even though I was drawn to Luke from Burying Water, it was easy to see that Luke was way too comfortable with the world that he was getting pulled into. Despite it not being specifically stated that his uncle’s other businesses were illegal, Luke’s not an idiot. He knew that Rust was dealing with some bad people. Luke was involved with everything that went down with Alex and Jesse in Burying Water. He knows that although the garage and Rust’s other legit businesses are doing really well they don’t make Porche-911-kinds of money.

And here’s where I struggled with Becoming Rain, how can an undercover agent respect someone who is eyes open walking into this world? And that’s where I get frustrated with this book. Sure, Luke has a soft spot for animals, family, and the elderly/homeless. But does that equal enough reason for a police officer to fall in love with a criminal? And “fall in love” is the key there. Sure they spend time together, but more than anything, I just felt like Clara was attracted to Luke physically and she closed her eyes to everything else. I hoped Luke wouldn’t get drawn into Rust’s side businesses, but then that wouldn’t have made for much of a story would it?

When I try to look past my small issue of whether or not this relationship could actually work given the circumstances and whether or not these two could overcome the lies their relationship is built upon (IRL I think the answer to that would be a big fat “no”) then I found myself enjoying this book. I read it in one sitting. I pretty much made up my mind that I was going to read until I was done, and I did. The writing style was easy to read and flowed from one event to the next nicely. I highlighted a good bit, but most of that included notes like “idiot” and “I’m only going to back this relationship if she can respect him,” etc.

All in all (without spoiling as much as I can), Becoming Rain was also a letdown for me. Again, I felt like even though I liked the characters individually, I just couldn’t back their decisions. I couldn’t see why they were in love. And I don’t think a relationship built like this and lacking such a necessary component as respect could really stand the test of time. I enjoyed the story, but it didn’t feel realistic in these areas. I feel like there’s more to say, but that’s the gist of it. Becoming Rain gets 3.5 Stars from me. Here’s hoping that Chasing River will be about some characters I can fully get behind. Have you read Becoming Rain? What did you think? Let me know!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Luke Boone is my new favorite KA Tucker hero! 4 March 2015
By Jessica Sotelo (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads) - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Rain Martines has a target: Luke Boone. He's her gateway in to taking down Rust Markov, Luke's uncle, the head of a massive auto theft empire. Rain is working undercover, attempting to lure Luke in to use him for information to cripple this crime ring and put Rust away. But before she became Rain, she was just Clara, a small-town girl with simple taste and a career she loved. Becoming Rain means forgetting everything Clara is and turning into the type of girl she believes Luke Boone wants. The problem is, she might not know as much about the real Luke Boone as she thinks she does. There's a lot more to Luke than what her intel shows him to be on paper. And by becoming Rain, the Clara that Luke may have been drawn to must be pushed under the rug.

Luke Boone was a seriously underappreciated character when I was first introduced to him in Burying Water. He was a secondary personality and didn't leave much of a footprint in my thought process in that book. He wasn't meant to. But wow. I was immediately taken by his presence in Becoming Rain. Two hundred pounds of sexy. He snuggles with his dog. He works on cars. He rocks a suit as well as he dons running shorts. This guy is yummy. Rain Martines is exactly the kind of female character I want to root for. She's putting up the pretense of being this high brow spoiled rich kid but the real Clara beneath is your typical girl next door. She's stunningly beautiful and she's real. She doesn't care about getting her hands dirty, she's not all that impressed with material things. Both are caught up in their own circumstances, but I could just feel that once those pretenses were stripped away, once both Luke and Rain could see each other for who they really are without the the charade of their respective careers masking who they truly are beneath it all, magic would happen.

I felt such a mixture of conflicting emotions while reading. I was so emotionally invested in the potential for something real to grow between Luke and Rain. Even though both are hiding behind secrets and lies, their chemistry is so real. Their attraction so evident, I knew that once those masks were cast aside, there would be fireworks. But on the flip side, I read with such a strong sense of foreboding. How could this possibly end well for either side? The reality is that this isn't supposed to end in a happily ever after. This will end with someone's downfall. And even if both walk away unscathed, they'll still walk away. How could any semblance of a romance survive the foundation of lies and deception it was erected upon? I was giddy with butterflies over the notion of a genuine attraction blossoming between these two characters, but I was equally wrought with knots in my stomach over where it might end up.

What I appreciate most about K.A. Tucker and her stories is how multifaceted they are. She layers Becoming Rain, as she does with every story, with so many dimensions. With romance. With crime and danger. With sexual tension and raw emotion. With intriguing dynamics between a multitude of characters. But she does it in a way that seems effortless. The details are all just perfectly placed, perfectly paced, fluid. It's everything a fantastic, gripping story is supposed to be. It's more than that. As quickly as I got caught up in the blooming romance between Luke and Rain, the coast guard swoops in, the pizza guy knocks, the phone rings... all of it reminding me where they actually are, what roles they really play in this situation. Every nuance of this crime ring, the players, the course of events from page one to the very end, all methodically etched out, every detail brought to it's resolution.

Rain's off-the-record relationship with Luke is almost jaw dropping. As much as I wanted to high five her for deviating from the plan and acting on her true feelings, I secretly couldn't believe she was actually going as far as she was. I, obviously, wanted this relationship to happen. But I also wanted to shake Rain and scream "but what about your career!?!" She walked a very tenuous line and I had no idea how all of this would play out. What would happen when Luke and his associates found out who Rain really was? What would Rain's colleagues do when they realized how far Rain strayed from the mission at hand? Luke is the target here, the alleged criminal, but Rain is the liar. Both have everything to lose, their jobs, their lives, their freedom, their circle of people... and at the root of it all is this relationship, the most precious thing of all hanging in limbo, all of it teetering on the precipice and about to tumble over the edge. This entire story is such a juxtaposition of truth and lies, of right and wrong... how far can these characters go into the dark side of their tasks without it being too far to ever come back from?

Once again, K.A. Tucker surprises me. I should know better by now, I really should. I should know that her genius has no limit. I should know with absolute certainty that her writing grows with every book. It should be a given that her story telling and her knowledge base and her research and her character development and her dialogue and her plot twists and her pacing and timing are just superb. I should know all that. Becoming Rain should have come as no surprise at all to me in how amazing it is. And yet it did. K.A. Tucker blows my mind every single time. I'll tell myself that I'll remember for next time, but it's likely she'll just do it again... she'll knock me on my ass with another story that completely consumes me, with a storyline that's completely unpredictable and characters that I want to devour. Every single time I'm blown away. Every single time Tucker ups her game.

K.A. Tucker is a refreshing reminder of what a great romance should be, what every author should be striving to achieve in their own work. She just nails it. She delivers. Becoming Rain is perfect. It pulled me in from the very first page and never let up. It's edge of your seat suspense, it's steam up the windows sexy, it's slow building, it's nerve-wracking, it's fun and flirty and frightening. And it's delivered in this perfectly beautiful package of dynamite writing talent. Becoming Rain just became my new K.A. Tucker favorite.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The passion and action was intense 4 March 2015
By Home Is Where the Wine Is Book Blog - Published on
Rating: 3 Stars

Clara a.k.a Rain is an undercover agent assigned to bring down a car theft ring. Here person of interest. Luke, a very handsome and confident nephew to the man in charge. Her thoughts. Get in close to Luke and she will be able to get enough evidence to bring them all down. Only thing she didn't realize is how much she would end up liking him…

Luke Boone is mechanic working at his uncles garage. He yearns to have more control of the business. When his uncle finally gives him control he had no idea what he was getting himself into but what do you do when people are throwing wades of cash and fancy cars?

He meets Rain by happenstance…or so it seems. Beautiful girl with daddy's money she steals his heart right out from under him. Rain keeps reminded herself that he is the bad guy but she finds it harder and harder to see the criminal inside of him.

When people start getting hurt she must reveal her true identity but will it be too late for the both of them?

My Thoughts: The book was a little slow paced for me. I did enjoy the double POVs from Rain and Luke. The passion and action was intense. The book picked up after about 70% and finished strong.