I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Becoming Rain (Burying Water #2) by K.A. Tucker
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on March 3rd 2015
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, New Adult, Romance, Suspense
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A suspense-driven New Adult romance novel from the USA TODAY bestselling author of Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water.\r\n\r\nLuke 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.\r\n\r\nClara 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, 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 twenty-four-year-old nephew of a key player who appears ready to follow in his uncle's footsteps.\r\n\r\nAs 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.\r\n\r\n\r\n
Excellent follow-up to Burying Water! I really enjoyed listening to this one. Becoming Rain by K.A. Tucker is a companion novel to Burying Water. You don’t need to read these in order…but I highly suggest you do, because Becoming Rain not only spoils some of Burying Water, but also heavily references that backstory to push the plot along. I really loved Clara (aka “Rain”) as a main character. Where Alex was beaten and meek in Burying Water, Clara is strong, opinionated and a go-get-em kind of gal. She has a job and she’s going to damn well do it. Her sense of ethics is strong, and she constantly wrestled with herself her own mistakes, even as she made them. In fact, I really liked we had a female lead who had a very specific direction in her life and was quite unwilling to waver from it, despite any feelings she may have had for Luke. Luke was a strong male lead. He’s the good guy trapped in a bad situation, and easily wooed by flashy things and cash. He wants to live the good life, but he feels a little uncomfortable with how that happens. I always got the sense that he didn’t quite know everything about Rust’s businesses, but was happier not knowing. As they say, ignorance is bliss. The plot was quick and the romance heady. Supporting characters were intriguing, especially the little gem Clara drops at the end about her summations on another female in the story who may not be what anyone originally thought. I would LOVE to see Tucker write more about that character (name being withheld so as not to spoil). The ending was very in keeping with both their personalities. Loved it. Overall, solid romance, good suspense and I want to listen to more.
If I recall, Elizabeth Louise is not my favorite narrator. Not because she’s terrible at story-telling, but because her voice is too sweet and I think she struggles to deliver different tones. Josh Goodman is great, although I don’t feel like he differentiates the male voices very much. He did a good accent. I’d listen to them again as they carry the story along fairly well.
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