A suspense-driven new-adult romance novel from the USA Today best-selling 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 a gorgeous socialite named Rain.
Clara Bertelli is at the top of her game - at only 26 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 24-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.
©2015 Katheen Tucker (P)2015 Simon and Schuster
This book exceeded my expectations! I wasn't head over heals with Luke after reading Burying Water, but having read his and Rain's story, I am totally smitten and engrossed in their story. K A tucker, you have done it again, the kaleidoscope of emotions I felt reading this book saw me laughing, crying and on the edge of my seat. I adore Elizabeth Louise & Josh Goodman as narrators, once again, they delivered.
"How to catch a car thief"
STORY (romance/suspense) - Clara is an FBI agent, undercover as sexy rich girl Rain so she can spy on sexy possible car thief Luke. Things get really complicated when Rain starts to actually have feelings for Luke. What follows is a sweet romance and a lot of sticky situations as Rain tries to investigate the car thief ring while protecting Luke from danger...as she tries to hide her feelings and their, um, escapades from her partners who listen to her every move through a bugged necklace she wears 24/7.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the ending. The romance is sweet and the investigation is suspenseful, though I wouldn't call it edge-of-your seat stuff. I won't say the book is slow because it isn't, but it's not fast-paced either. It is a nice, easy listen which comes to a realistic conclusion.
PERFORMANCE - The book has a male and a female narrator, and they alternate chapters and perspectives. Therefore, each has a voice for Rain and a voice for Luke, so the main characters sound differently depending who is reading. I enjoyed hearing both perspectives as the story moved along and both narrators do a great job.
OVERALL - There is no violence in this book, although there is a murder. There are only a couple sex scenes, and they're not very long or explicit. This is the second book in the series, but it stands alone. The story is about 50% romance and 50% suspense, so I don't really think it's a guy-type book. Recommended for gals old enough to hear lots of F-words.
"Good listen, very captivating story"
I really liked the story of Luke and Rain. The narrators did a fabulous job of reading this tale.
The book was very well written, of course, the author being one of my favorites.
Just like Burying Water though, this book is almost a stressful read. You want to know what happens, but you know it's a complicated set up, so it's stressful to figure out how it will end.
It's well worth a credit :)
"Good story but..."
I liked the story and the characters but.. I had to stop listening because every other word was the F WORD.. If that doesn't bother you , then you will like this book.
"Love this series"
I enjoyed that it was an extension of Burrying Water which I really loved.
I was so excited to hear more on Water and Russ and these new characters so likable.
I don't have a specific scene, loved the entire book.
I don't want to ruin it for anyone. These books have heart and the characters are so likeable.
"Huge KA Tucker Fan Now"
This series is awesome. Love the characters and the depth of each story. So far I think this one is my favorite...until I read the next one.
"TOTALLY SURPRISED BY THE SUSPENSE."
Becoming Rain is the second entry in the Burying Water serie by K. A. Tucker, and as much as I liked the first book, Burying Water, Becoming Rain took my enjoyment to a different level.
I eat up these audiobooks like pop-corn strictly for the entertainment value. I don’t expect to find philosophical answers or long life lessons to live by. I love them b/c they take me away, and now, if the author adds a suspenseful plot and twist and turns to an already interesting love story, you can bet I’ll devour it.
Undercover agent, Clara Bertelli has become “Rain” to get close to the target of her investigation.
She was aware of all the risks this mission presented, but she never imagined her heart and career in danger. But as love stories go, the closer she got to her target, the closer he got to her heart – easily understood after we meet Luke Boone.
I was surprised by the level of suspense I found in the plot. Things got slow start while things got setup, but by the middle I was completely enthralled with Luke and Rain’s point of view. I got lost in the world of mafia, crime, romance, and pounding moments that made the 11 hours in the audiobook feel more like three.
Genre: NA Contemporary
Again, Elizabeth Louise proves why she’s ones the best voices and interpreters of NA novels.
Her delivery of Becoming Rain is outright fantastic!
Clara (Rain)’s point of view was a flawless interpretation by Elizabeth. Her delivery yield a strong and smart heroine that even in the moments of doubt never come across as a weak character. I love that!
The suspense and romance are equally transmitted to the listener to ensure a great experience.
I wasn’t 100% sold on the interpretation of Jesse on Burying Water by Josh Goodman. I liked it, but I thought he sounded a bit much of a wise guy. Now for Luke Boone was a totally fitting approach and enjoyed his performance much more than I did in the previous novel.
All in all, I really enjoyed both of their performances, they made Becoming Rain a real winner for me.
"LOTS OF SUSPENSE, INTRIGUE & DRAMA BUT....."
I have to give this story 5 stars because it's full of intrigue, suspense, twists, thrills and chills BUT it didn't have the romance I was expecting. I started off disliking the hero Luke because he was a womanising, ambitious punk.... and yeah he was gorgeous, sexy and fit and he knew it. But as the story creatively and captivatingly unfolded his true nature came out and, as he fell for the heroine, he became caring, thoughtful, kind and it was obvious he was being misguided and misled. Carla was undercover as Rain to infiltrate a car theft organisation and her mission was to get close to Luke (lucky girl) but the closer she got to Luke the more drawn to him she felt. This put the whole mission in jeopardy and it could cost her her job, her heart or even her life.
Loved Luke but didn't love the way he was being lied to and manipulated by Rain, oh I know it was her job but it sucked because whilst he was slowly opening up to Rain, sharing secrets with her and falling deeper for her, she was lying to him, exploiting his feelings towards her and using him. I realise she was between the rock and the hard place because it was her job and her feelings towards Luke were growing stronger too but I would have warmed to her more if she had opened up and somehow warned him. But sadly that's just me rewriting the book to cater for my own selfish romantic viewpoint.
Skilled writing of an ingenious plot, a tight web of intrigue with clever interweaving threads, the sex was mild but unfortunately there was no "I love you's". The narrators were great because some chapters were from Luke's POV so were narrated by Josh Goodman and the others were from Rain's POV and were narrated by Elizabeth Louise which worked well.
Worth a credit? I can't fault the suspense and intrigue but I was disappointed there wasn't more romance so, although this is a well written worthy 5 star listen, I wouldn't recommend it to listeners who are looking for a more romantic love story.
"Loved this one!!"
I liked this one better than Burying Water. It had a lot of "What will happen" moments which is a good way to breeze through a book. I love the characters of Rain and Luke.
Elizabeth Louise and Josh Goodman narrate this book to perfection. They make it work so well and you can lose yourself in your imagination of where they are and what they do. Of course KA Tucker gets another 5 star rating of her writing. Onto the next in the series. Loved this one!!
"As long as you get there in the end"
Loved the story. Caught up in the lights and glamour, Luke finds himself in the middle of a criminal syndicate of stolen cars. He's young and naive. Clara is a cop who wants to make a difference. Sent undercover to crack the crime syndicate wide open, she doesn't mean to fall in love with Luke. How can they make it through to the end when the journey was clouded with lies?
"Love the story...the romance, not so much."
** mild ending spoiler alert **
One one hand, I want to give this book 5 stars. I had a hard time putting it down. I loved the characters and the story. The narrators were awesome.
But, rating this as a romance, I am disappointed. There wasn't much chemistry b/w the H and h and the ending was a huge disappointment. It was abrupt and really only a "happy for now," with no declarations of any kind. If I knew there would be a second book with the same characters, I might rate this one higher.
I love the author's writing style, mostly. There are no cliches or cheesy nonsense.
it was good. not as good as her other books though. one thing I love about her books is they are semi-erotic with an actual storyline rather than just sex all the time which is great because it means that we can actually relate to the characters in the story
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