Luke Boone doesn’t know exactly what his uncle Rust is involved with 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.
Abby Masters is at the top of her game—at only twenty-six years old, she’s one of the youngest detectives in the Portland 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 Donnally. Her target? The twenty-four-year-old nephew to one of the major players, who appears ready to follow in his uncle’s footsteps.
As Abby 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.
Releases: March 3, 2015
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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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Review by Michelle:
First there was the Ten Tiny Breaths series by K.A. Tucker for which I have no words, a series that will always be near and dear to my heart and a permanent fixture on my reread list. Then I read Burying Water and was blown away by the different and totally engrossing story that was one of my favorite reads last year and easily a part of my all time favorites list. Suffice it to say that when I began Becoming Rain I certainly had high hopes, yet at the same time, I expected nothing less than near perfection from K.A. Tucker, a true master of charming and intriguing characters, searing emotion, and unputdownable books. Becoming Rain was all of this plus a gripping and original storyline, characters that are not only endearing and captivating but beautifully complex and completely enthralling, and suspense and intrigue that kept me glued to the story from beginning to end. Could it really be possible that each story continues to get better and better or am I continually so impressed with this author and her magnificent storytelling that it just seems that way with each new experience? Either way, I simply could not get enough of Becoming Rain and absolutely loved every minute of this thrilling and moving story.
We begin with a small, outwardly incidental story within the story. We are introduced to characters that do not have a direct connection to the main characters and are seen in just the briefest of glimpses but will end up significantly impacting both protagonists in a profound way. Despite the seemingly insignificant role these secondary characters play from the very start, this first heartfelt description of practical strangers is our first emotionally charged insight into a story that is sure to form a lump in your throat and tears in your eyes. This simple, small, poignant story is the first of many lures that elicits the need to devour this story as quickly as humanly possible, an irresistible force pulling you deeper into the story with each word, and a promise of what is to come that makes it all too enticing to be able to step away from.
The intricacies of Clara's character are simply brilliant. The constant second guessing of her potential betrayal, the role that she must play, and the delicate balance she must keep between playing that role, upholding her new persona, and being herself, as well as the struggle that she fights with throughout her relationship with Luke is true and is the significant difference between loving and hating Clara. Not only do these things make her absolutely fascinating but also very real and easy to identify with despite her deception.
In Burying Water Boone always seemed a bit arrogant, just compassionate enough to love his dog to death and to help Alex and Jesse, but definitely a bit spoiled, carefree, selfish, and maybe even a tad obnoxious. I never in a million years expected to fall for Luke Boone so quickly and so completely. The real Boone is certainly your typical twenty-four year old man looking to have a good time with the ladies, always with an eye for a nice body, be it on a car or on a woman, and even a bit egocentric in the attention he pays to his physique and clothes. He is also undeniably good, caring, monumentally compassionate, and generous. No matter his culpability, knowing his actual motivations and intentions, it was easy to see just how effortlessly he could fall into the position he ended up in.
The interaction between these characters is steamy, touching, amusing, and complicated. Luke brings out the unguarded, playful, and fun side of Clara while in a very serious and dangerous situation. This connection flawlessly offsets the heavier, tougher aspects of the story with a brightness and levity that is refreshing and perfectly balanced. There were more than a few times that I found myself with a silly grin on my face because of Luke, his antics, and his charm as well as the heartwarming connection and sizzling chemistry between the two.
When it comes to an undercover cop, a car theft ring, the Russian mob, and the FBI it would be fair to expect some suspense. Becoming Rain is definitely suspenseful, but also surprising, thrilling, and intensely emotional. The majority of the story is spent waiting for the truth to come out, anxious for Luke in every possible way, and yearning for a different outcome other than the only one that seems inevitable, but there are quite a few twists and turns that really shake things up, that will break your heart, and will ignite hope and dread at the very same time.
Becoming Rain is a bit of everything wonderful wrapped up in a completely addicting story that will leave you in awe of K.A Tucker's incomparable storytelling and talent. When I say this could very well be my favorite of her books, I mean it...at least until the next book that is.
Rating: 5 Stars
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