Becoming Rain: A Novel

Paperback | March 3, 2015

byK.A. Tucker

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A suspense-driven New Adult romance novel from the USA TODAY bestselling 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 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, 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.

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.

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A suspense-driven New Adult romance novel from the USA TODAY bestselling 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 ga...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 1 inPublished:March 3, 2015Publisher:Atria BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:147677420X

ISBN - 13:9781476774206

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorite novels Becoming rain is a great follow up to burying water. K.A. Tucker got me into her books with ten tiny breaths and never seems to disappoint with her books. Becoming rain continues on after everything that happened in burying water and brings you deeper into the world introduced by it. You get to go deeper into Luke's life and are introduced to Clare as their lives are brought together. Becoming rain might just be my favorite one yet.
Date published: 2015-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of my favorite k.a. tucker novels Becoming rain is a great follow up to burying water. K.A. Tucker got me into her books with ten tiny breaths and never seems to disappoint with her books. Becoming rain continues on after everything that happened in burying water and brings you deeper into the world introduced by it. You get to go deeper into Luke's life and are introduced to Clare as their lives are brought together. Becoming rain might just be my favorite one yet.
Date published: 2015-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! I really enjoyed this book. It was super suspenseful with all the action and drama. I couldn’t put it down! I was really surprised by Luke. I went into the book not really being a fan but as the story progressed, I found myself liking him more and more. He’s like an onion. Luke has a lot of layers to his character. The more you read, the harder you fall for him. Clara was a character that made me laugh. Her relationship with Stanley had me laughing so hard (especially when she first got him) and she had a goodness about her that was never really tarnished. Even with her difficult career, she was so very strong. I think Becoming Rain has to be one of my favourite books in this series. It had an excellent balance of romance and suspense. I would reccomend this book to readers who aren't afraid to think outside the box.
Date published: 2015-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read I really enjoyed this book. It was super suspenseful with all the action and drama. I couldn’t put it down! I was really surprised by Luke. I went into the book not really being a fan but as the story progressed, I found myself liking him more and more. He’s like an onion. Luke has a lot of layers to his character. The more you read, the harder you fall for him. Clara was a character that made me laugh. Her relationship with Stanley had me laughing so hard (especially when she first got him) and she had a goodness about her that was never really tarnished. Even with her difficult career, she was so very strong. I think Becoming Rain has to be one of my favourite books in this series. It had an excellent balance of romance and suspense. I would reccomend this book to readers who aren't afraid to think outside the box.
Date published: 2015-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I need me a luke! This book was amazing! Rain and luke were too cute! and holy cow the surprises thrown at you! one big one I cant say bc it would ruin it! PICK THIS UP NOW!!!!
Date published: 2015-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Story!! I absolutely love everything that K.A. Tucker writes. I fell in love with her writing when I read Ten Tiny Breaths a few years ago. Her books always take you on an emotional rollercoaster and I love it. Becoming Rain is the story of Luke Boone who we first meet in Burying Water. I recommend reading Burying Water first as it gives a look into the lives of some of the characters we see in Becoming Rain. "Guilt and happiness go to war inside of me as I fall. I wonder which one will win." Luke Boone works for his uncle Rust at his garage and wants to learn more about his uncle's side job. He isn't sure what it all involves but he loves the money, the women and the fancy cars. He has had to work his way up in the business and when Rust finally lets him Luke is beyond excited. His world though is quickly turned upside down when a beautiful girl named Rain comes to the shop to get her car fixed. Will Luke let Rain into his world or will he keep her away so she doesn't get involved in his sketchy life? Clara Bertelli (AKA Rain Martinez) is a twenty six year old girl who works as an undercover agent for the FBI. She has been sent to Portland to help expose a car theft ring. Her target is the very sexy Luke Boone. She must figure out a way into his world without revealing her true identity. The relationship between Luke and Rain starts out pretty slow but once everything is in place it picks up pretty quickly. The last thing Rain should be doing is falling for the target but when she is with Luke she see a different side of him. What will happen when the lines begin to blur? Will Rain be able to stay away from Luke and get her job done? Will she be able to save Luke from a life he doesn't know he is getting himself involved in? I loved the connection between Luke and Rain. I felt bad for Rain as she had to decide between her job and a relationship with Luke. It was nice to catch up with Jesse and Alex. I wish we would have gotten a look further into the future of Luke and Rain. I highly recommend this book and can't wait to see what K.A. is working on next.
Date published: 2015-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Luke!!!! We met Luke Boone in Burying Water but Becoming Rain features Luke in a whole new light. Throughout this read, I had to keep reminding myself this was a KA Tucker book. If this is your first Tucker read, I highly recommend starting with Burying Water. If this isn't your first Tucker read, then you are already aware of her literary genius as she plot weaves beautifully and develops her characters fully to achieve a solid read. Becoming Rain features Luke as a 24 year old man, trying to earn his place in Rust's world. Rain enters his life and while the reader knows the secret of Rain, Luke is unsuspecting and captivated. Their relationship unfolds and sometimes it gets awfully stormy as they discover who they are individually, together as a couple, and also in the world they have chosen to immerse themselves in. To me, the title Becoming Rain can be explained in Rain's dialogue, "People hate it, but the world needs rain. It washes away dirt, dilutes the toxins in the air, feeds drought. It keeps everything around us alive." As a reader I'm not sure I would classify this as NA or Contemporary Romance because it's so much more, so much deeper. The realness and the amount of research required to write this piece of literature had to be cumbersome for Tucker but thankfully she committed to telling Luke's story because it was enlightening.
Date published: 2015-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great book by KA Tucker Burying Water is still my favorite, which I was emotionally more invested in. I didn't really like Luke that much in the first book (I don't like spoiled playboys), but we saw a whole other side of him in Becoming Rain. I really liked Clara-Rain, because I just have a thing for strong heroines who can take care of themselves. Normally I am not a fan of undercover stories, but this one worked really well. I loved the beginning where Clara tried to get Luke's attention and that it took some time before she had it. Luke proved her wrong --> don't judge a book by it's cover. This was definitely the case with Luke. Eventually I warmed up to Luke more after getting background info on him, I understood why he tried to please his uncle so much and why he was involved in the criminal activities. The chemistry between Rain and Luke was of the chain. I loved the build-up in their romance. I do wish the epilogue was longer. What I love so much about KA Tucker is that she comes up with an unique storyline-plot for every book she writes. If you enjoyed her other books, then you will enjoy this one as well.
Date published: 2015-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Total Must Read! Didn't think Burying Water could get thrown under the bus so easily, but it happened. Becoming Rain was so incredibly fantastic! Damn. KA Tucker sure knows what she's doing. She has completely blown me away with her latest novel. I'm currently reading the third book in this series, and so far it's even better. This series gets better and better and better.
Date published: 2015-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Mix of Crime and Romance! " Becoming Rain" a mesmerizing mix of crime and contemporary romance begins with a murder and the theft of a red Ford truck. Sent undercover by the FBI Officer Clara Bertelli is determined to find evidence that will dismantle a well-organized car theft ring, bringing the criminals to justice. What she doesn't expect is to fall for Luke Boone the twenty-four-year old nephew of Rust Markov who's grooming him to take over his illegal business interests. Tempted by his uncle's wealthy lifestyle, a million dollar condo, fast women and a high-end car Luke sets aside any guilt or reservations about the racket until smitten by Rain Martines (aka Clara Bertelli) who recognizes his underlying goodness and generosity and tries to get him to stop his criminal activities before it's too late. When a death forces lies and secrets to the surface Clara and Luke must face a hard truth that could destroy their sizzling love affair. Told from both Clara and Luke 's perspective K.A. Tucker weaves a well-written plot that looks at a forbidden romance in the world of organized crime with its duplicity, double dealing and hunger for power and money. The plot progresses quickly as Clara an officer with Washington D.C.'s Major Crime Unit sent deep undercover to expose the players in an organized crime ring discovers that Luke may not be the cold-blooded, merciless thief she thought he was. Sparks fly between Clara and Luke as the romance quickly heats up and both have to make choices that have serious repercussions. When challenged by an intriguing woman like Rain, Luke wants more than shallow sexual encounters with social-climbing, insecure women while Clara who's obsessed by her attractive and engaging target has to find a way to hide her desire from her team. Tension and suspense quickly escalate as deceit and treachery threaten Rust Markov's plans and Luke must make a life-changing choice. With a sudden tragic death Clara and her team also make a decision that not only exposes her identity but culminates in an explosive climax. In a story filled with fascinating complex characters, the reader once again gets to revisit Jesse and Alex's horse farm in Sisters, Oregon where his technical savvy and her resourcefulness have created a contented and successful lifestyle that could unravel if their association with Luke is revealed. Yet it's the main characters that add passion, excitement and energy to this thrill ride. Clara Bertelli is a twenty-six year old who's ambitious and driven, determined to further her career in the ranks of the FBI if she can solve this case. As Rain she's a cool, confident socialite who wants to keep Luke at arm's length, only to follow her heart instead of her head. Although different in many respects with her alter ego Clara's uprightness and integrity not only shine through but attract her target. Luke Boone seduced by wealth and loyal to the man who raised him cannot see through the subtle dishonesty of a high-powered crook and often seems very naive. Handsome, charming and wanting more than meaningless sexual encounters, he gravitates to Rain's pretense of open honesty. Although I enjoyed reading "Becoming Rain" as Luke tries to overcome a storm of bad choices and Clara does everything in her power to wash them away so he can have a second chance at life, the story did not engage me emotionally like "Burying Water." But as a fan of K.A. Tucker's novels I still highly recommend it.
Date published: 2015-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read It Becoming Rain is the second book in the Burying Water series even better than the first. K.A. Tucker outdoes herself with each new release.
Date published: 2015-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't forget to breathe while reading this!! Ever since Luke Boone was thirteen he has idolized his Uncle Rust. Luke wanted to be just like him; dressed in sharp-looking suits, driving luxury cars, and when he got older - the women. Eleven years later, his dream is becoming true but at what cost? What exactly will Luke have to do in order to live the life he has always wanted, or thought he wanted? Clara Bertelli is a young and ambitious undercover officer that will do whatever it takes to get her target. She’s hand-picked to help investigate one of the west coast's most notorious car theft rings by trying to get Luke Boone’s attention. This investigation isn’t anything different from what she’s done in the past, or is it? “I’m not used to targets looking like this” K.A. Tucker has done it again. I felt like I was holding my breath the entire time I was reading this book. The emotions you feel from both Rain (Clara) and Luke were intense. Luke isn’t one for relationships yet he can’t stay away from her. Rain is seeing a side of him that isn’t in the files she’s read up on. She can see the good in him and she desperately wants him to not have any involvement in what she’s investigating. “You’re doomed the second you start having feelings for someone” I hated having to put this book down to do normal-everyday tasks. It hurt me to see how much Luke was giving to Rain and knowing that she couldn’t give back to him the way she wanted to. You know what will eventually happen. You anticipate it but you’ve been through so much with these characters you just can’t help but hope that things will turn out for them anyway. “I miss her. She’s standing a foot away from me and I miss her so damn much” For the fans of Burying Water we get to visit with some “old” friends in this one. If you haven’t read it yet (WHY HAVEN’T YOU READ IT YET?!) you won’t be lost in the story. It was nice to get a glimpse of how everyone was doing and how close they still are with Luke.
Date published: 2015-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from K.A. Tucker does it once again! I am such a huge K.A. Tucker fangirl and I will read and will very likely love just about anything she writes. This was true of her Ten Tiny Breaths series, and it’s been true with her Burying Water series so far. I loved the first book, and the second one, Becoming Rain, completely blew me away. Luke has always known there was more to his uncle Rust’s business than just an auto-repair shop. Sure, the garage is successful, but there’s no way it could support his uncle’s lifestyle. And Luke wants in on it. He doesn’t care that the dealings may are shady, he wants the women, the cars and the money his uncle’s business seem to bring in. Especially when he meets Rain Martines. What Luke doesn’t know is that Rain isn’t exactly who she says she is. Rain is also Clara, an undercover cop on assignment. And her target? None other than Rust, Luke’s uncle. Clara knows what she has to do in order to take down Rust’s car theft ring. Her assignment is clear: seduce Luke Boone and gain access to the operations. But lines becomes blurred between where Rain ends and Clara begins, especially as she spends more time with Luke. When the time comes, will Clara be able to do what she needs to? And if she does, will Luke ever be able to forgive her? Oh how I love reading a new K.A. Tucker story. There’s just this feeling when starting a new book by a favourite author that I just won’t ever get tired of. And that feeling was definitely there when I started reading Becoming Rain. When I first received my copy of the book for review, I told myself I would just read a few pages and then go back to what I was supposed to be reading. Yeah, that didn’t happen. I got completely sucked in, and before I knew what was happening, a few pages turned into a few chapters and then that quickly turned into me staying up way too late because I couldn’t put the book down. To say that Becoming Rain was captivating and engrossing would be a serious understatement. With this new series, K.A. Tucker has included an element of mystery to the stories, giving the books an almost thriller feel. And I love it. The whole time I was reading, I was waiting for things to be explained, to see if how I had pieced things together was the way they actually were. And as with any good K.A. Tucker book, the romance was there and it delivered. But of course I can’t talk about the romance without talking about Clara and Luke. Let me just preface any talk of Clara and Luke by saying that my feelings about them were complicated. I knew what I felt, but there were times when I was conflicted about what I was feeling. But by the end of it, there was no doubt in my mind that I was rooting for Luke and Clara. But rooting for them when for the better part of the book one of them was pretending to be someone else was hard. At first I just felt very conflicted. I was reading and I could see the chemistry between Clara and Luke and I could see that they were attracted to each other. But at the same time, Clara was so against the idea of being attracted to Luke that I started to feel that way. But I still wanted them to be together. Did I mention that my feelings were complicated? Beyond wanting Luke and Clara to be together in spite of everything happening around them, I really loved them as their own people. Sure, there were plenty of moments when I wanted to yell at Luke. When I wanted to tell him that he should turn around now before he got in way over his head. Hell, I’m pretty sure there were times when I was straight up talking at the book as if Luke could actually hear me (I swear, I’m not crazy). But at the same time, I knew that Luke was a good person. He was just stuck in a bad situation. And I could understand Clara’s struggle about the way she felt about Luke because half the time I was right there with her. Through it all Clara was being pulled back and forth between her feelings and her duty as a cop. I really enjoyed seeing her work through all that, and I kept hoping that whatever decision she came to would involve her being with Luke. Because as confused as I was about my feelings about their relationship, I would have been seriously angry if Luke and Clara didn’t find a way to work it out. K.A. Tucker’s Becoming Rain was absolutely fantastic. If anything, I loved this story even more than I did the first one in this series. It’s a little darker, it’s sexy and it has some of the best characters I’ve read about recently. I”m excited to see whose story K.A. Tucker will be tackling next!
Date published: 2015-03-02

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Becoming Rain PROLOGUE CLARA It’s a modest Seattle suburban home, with two stories, steep gables, and cream-colored siding. A row of artless bushes lines the walkway, courtesy of the builder’s unimaginative landscaping. It looks exactly like the house to its left and too similar to the house to its right. And yet the number above the garage marks this house as altogether unique. I hunch down in the passenger seat of the cruiser, just enough to spy the glow from the second floor through the cold drizzle. A bay window frames the blond woman swaying, the little boy curled within her arms, his cheek resting against her shoulder in a way that suggests he’s asleep. “Where are they going to go?” I ask, eyeing the large “For Sale” sign staked into the front lawn. Just another thing for the neighborhood to look at as they throw sympathetic glances on their way by. “She can’t make the mortgage,” Officer Burk confirms through a casual sip of coffee, its pungent aroma filling the car’s interior. “Her parents have a farm outside the city. Sounds like that’s where they’re heading.” “He had no life insurance? Nothing?” “She had to take a loan out on the house just to pay for the funeral.” A dull pang throbs in my chest as I watch Betty-Jo Billings drift over to the window, listless eyes resting on the driveway below, where puddles of water pool in the indents formed by the tires that used to sit there. The exact place where her husband waved to her for the last time before climbing into the passenger side of his cherry-­red Ford F-250. The truck he had advertised for sale on Craigslist. The truck he was allowing a prospective buyer to test drive. Seattle police found Wayne Billings’s body fourteen days later in a city dump. The truck hasn’t turned up and it probably never will. No witnesses to interrogate, except for Wayne’s wife, and all they could get from her was that the driver wore a baseball hat and he was dropped off by someone in a dark sedan. She hadn’t been paying any real attention and I understand why. With a two-year-old hanging off her leg and a three-week-old baby in her arms, the poor woman was asleep on her feet, exhausted. When Wayne left, all she was probably thinking about was the family-friendly minivan they would buy with the cash from the truck. The wipers swish back and forth in a monotonous song and heat blasts out from the dashboard to counter the chill in the damp spring air. I arrived on the West Coast one week ago and, though locals swear it’s not usually this bad, it hasn’t stopped raining. I don’t mind it at all. I find it soothing, actually. “It’s a real shame. Everyone says he was a decent guy. His kids will never get to find out,” Burk murmurs in that wearied voice that tells me that this is just another case to him. He has succumbed to the job. It’s not his fault; it’s how many cops learn to deal with the kinds of things we see every day. Detachment. The case sits open, but the local police force has pretty much written it off. I knew that the second I made the request for the files. Under a generic guise of a Washington, D.C., cop researching similar cases on the East Coast, of course. None of these guys knows why I’m really here. I peer up at the little boy’s angelic face again. And make a silent promise that Rust Markov—and anyone tied to him—will pay.

Editorial Reviews

"Dark, ominous, and sexy...compelling from beginning to end."