Becoming Rain (Burying Water #2) by K.A. TuckerBecoming Water by K.A. Tucker
Published March 2015
Series: Burying Water #2
Genres: Romantic Suspense
three-stars
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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.

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 mindfucks – 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.

Detailed Rating
Storyline
4 Stars
Characters
3 Stars
Writing
5 Stars
All the feels
3 Stars
Overall: three-stars