Review & Giveaway: Becoming Rain (Burying Water #2) by K.A. Tucker

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.

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

All Luke ever wanted was to be in on his uncle's business. The cars, the money and the babes were all that was on his mind. Now finally his uncle is letting him slowly in, and while he knew the business wasn't exactly legal, he had no idea how far things went. Life for him is currently pretty good, certainly when he meets the beautiful Rain.

Clara is an undercover cop looking for her big break that might get her into the FBI. Seducing Luke and getting him to talk, turned out to be more difficult than expected. She will need to put in the work, and also discover that Luke isn't necessarily a bad guy. Lines start to blur, and she needs to be careful to not let her emotions get in the way of her target.

I was actually surprised how naive Luke was at times. He's a good guy, and therefore expects his uncle to be the same. Meaning it's never just stealing and smuggling cars, there are always danger and usually casualties. So Luke mostly just cruises along with his uncle's ideas, and listening to his orders. His saving grace really is the fact that his uncle is a bit paranoid, and never lets Luke in on it all.

After everything that happened in the previous book, there is a change in this guy. He's no longer all about flashing money, and wanting the superficial things in life. Luke is growing up and has matured a lot. He simply got carried away too much with the business. These changes happened before he met Rain, but the way he wants her and the future he wants with her only confirms that he is a decent guy.

Rain/Clara was very interesting. At first she's very focused on getting to connect with Luke and get him to talk. Though the more she gets to know him, she also realizes he's not a bad guy, he's just in too deep. Slowly their connection turns into something more, and it becomes more and more difficult to keep her emotions separated from the job. The way Rain feels about Luke becomes real, she cares about him, but she also knows this isn't going to end well. Still I believe she handles things pretty well, considering. It definitely wasn't professional, but my romantic heart approved.

K.A. Tucker has once again written an amazing story. I very much liked the suspense element in this story. The writing was superb, and the way the plot was set up, it kept you guessing all the way 'till the end. Becoming Rain is a lot about the choices we make as a person, and the way those choices can shape us and the consequences of those. Sometimes the choices aren't easy and I love that she doesn't shy away of making things a bit more difficult for the characters, while keeping it real for us.

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The Author
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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