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Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: March 3, 2015
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.
Becoming Rain is a thrilling and emotional romance between an undercover cop and her target.
K.A. Tucker excels in crafting a story with real stakes for the characters and never undermining to them because it’s useful to the budding romance between Rain and Luke. Less experienced writers might have thrown caution to the wind and focused this story on the romance and only the romance by giving the characters a clear path to happiness. Instead, Tucker builds up the tension and sexual chemistry without having a clear happily ever after escape. I loved every second of this novel because I wasn’t able to predict the outcome easily.
My bias for Tucker may be showing with my star rating for this novel, but I really enjoyed reading a romance that had an actual plot that didn’t suffer at the hands of creating sexual tension.
I’ve seen a lot of negative and positive reviews for this book, both with legitimate points.
Is this the best portrayal of an undercover cop? Maybe not, though it’s definitely not the worst. There wasn’t a moment I felt pulled out of the story because of something seemingly unrealistic.
Overall, Becoming Rain in the perfect read for those looking for something more with their romance novels. Tucker excels at creating a romance within an actual story with real stakes and consequences.