Review: Becoming Rain (#2, Burying Water) by K.A. Tucker

My Thoughts

A suspenseful, sexy, nail-biting ride.

4stars

Synopsis

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.

My Review

K.A. Tucker’s second installment in the Burying Water series is full of that edge-of-your-seat, nerve-racking suspense. It’s a story about choices, destinies, deceit and unexpected love. It’s a story where good intentions get mixed and morphed into something else entirely and before too long, our protagonists, Clara and Luke, are both in too deep to see clearly.

“I’ve been in this deceitful place before. And yet, this time, it feels completely new and different. And somehow, more dangerous.”

Clara has an opportunity to prove herself. She can take her career to the next level. She just needs to get the bad guys behind bars by going under cover. She needs to become Rain Martines. A wealthy socialite who catches the eyes of Luke Boone.

Luke is the nephew of a man at the helm of a powerful car theft network. He’s being groomed to take over and Rain must infiltrate the ring, get close to him, feed information that will shatter their best-laid plans. But from the very beginning, there’s something different about Luke. A desire she shouldn’t feel. A vulnerability in him that calls to her. A softness a criminal shouldn’t have… right?

“I’m needing to remind myself exactly why I’m here in the first place. To arrest him, and put everyone he works with in cold, dark cells.”

Getting Luke to pay attention to her, however, is not so easy, especially when Luke finally gets pulled in to a part of his uncle’s business that’s really raking in the cash. It’s not legal. It’s not entirely safe. But he’s all in. Why not? It’s entirely too enticing, especially when he gets keys to a Porsche 911. But the deeper he gets, and the more Rain learns, the dirtier the business seems to be, and before they both know it, their worlds come crashing down. Trouble is, now Rain feels something more than she should… something a lot more… and she’s about to destroy the man that’s made his way into her heart.

“Guilt and happiness go to war inside of me as I fall. I wonder which one will win.”

This book kept you at the edge of your seat, waiting for things to unravel. It’s super sexy and all kinds of complicated. So complicated, that even at the end, it was difficult to get past some of the issues our protagonists battled through. Could they find their happiness when trust is irrevocably broken?

“I chose to act with my heart and not my head. I chose to think that I could somehow change him.”

I love K.A Tucker’s writing. She is a smooth and seamless storyteller and her consistency will keep me devouring and enjoying her books one right after the other. I can’t wait to see what’s coming in the next book in the series, Chasing River.

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Reading Order and Links

Each book can be read as a standalone.

 

About K.A. Tucker

KathleenTuckerBorn in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

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Cover Reveal: Becoming Rain by K.A. Tucker

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I adore this cover!!! Isn’t it striking???  I anxiously await the release of the newest romantic suspense novel from one of my favorite authors, K.A. Tucker. It’s coming on March 3rd of next year and I can hardly wait. I’ve loved every book I’ve read from K.A. Tucker and I’m thrilled to share this stunning cover with you.

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Synopsis

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.

Reading Order and Links

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Each book can be read as a standalone.
Read my review of Burying Water.

About K.A. Tucker

KathleenTuckerBorn in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

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Review: Burying Water by K.A. Tucker

My Thoughts

Emotionally haunting. Richly evocative. Dangerously sexy.
A stirring story of resilience, courage and the healing power of love.

5stars

Synopsis

Burying WaterThe top-selling, beloved indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths returns with a new romance about a young woman who loses her memory—and the man who knows that the only way to protect her is to stay away.

Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him?

Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried.

The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.

My Review

From one of my favorite authors, K.A. Tucker, comes a story of a girl who’s adrift in the vastness of her empty thoughts. Her identity forgotten. Her memories buried in the deep recesses of her mind. Her body, broken and bruised and just barely alive. Left for dead, our Jane Doe personifies resilience as she wakes to a life bereft of anyone she knows, with permanent reminders of a brutal act she can’t recall.

“My memory—my life—isn’t simply riddled with holes. It has been sucked into a black hole, leaving nothing but this battered husk behind, my mind spinning but unable to gain traction.”

She decides to give herself the name of Water… a word that somehow resonates deep inside and is seemingly meaningful as evidenced by a tattoo that links her to a past she can’t remember. Helped by her doctor’s family, Water moves in with a crotchety neighbor of theirs who has experienced the same kind of violence. Her memories continue to seem out of reach, until she feels an unexpected pang of familiarity with her doctor’s son, Jesse. But despite his intense gaze settling on her often, he is never around for her to chase that feeling down.

“… the truth is like water: it doesn’t matter how hard you try to bury it; it’ll always find some way back to the surface. It’s resilient.”

Jesse can barely contain himself and the raging turmoil of emotions every time he sees Water. There are so many things that should stay buried. Mistakes. Fear. Memories best forgotten. And although Water seems to be making his small town of Sisters a home, he fears she will never be safe from a past that has gripped her mercilessly for so long. A past that dictates he must stay away for her own protection. But the closer they get, the less he can retain his control, and what he’s tried so hard to bury threatens to burst through the surface.

“Maybe the truth is that we were meant to find each other. A simple truth that would have kept finding its way to us, no matter which path I tried to turn down.”

The novel alternates between various perspectives, past and present, Jesse and Water, as we piece together a history that inches closer to the savage truth of what happened when she was left to die in an abandoned lot. This is a stirring story of being trapped in an impossible situation, of falling in love and desperately wanting to break free. Of starting anew when one feels irreparably broken. Of choosing resilience over fear. Courage over desperation. K.A. Tucker pens a story quite different from her Ten Tiny Breaths series, but a story that encapsulates all the emotion, solid character development and addictive engagement we’ve come to expect.

“I am lost and yet somehow found.

I am afraid and yet somehow comforted.

I am drifting and yet somehow… home.”

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About K.A. Tucker

KathleenTuckerBorn in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

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I love author K.A. Tucker and I love romantic suspense, so to say I am anxiously awaiting for this book, Burying Water, is a severe understatement! Coming October 7th! Mark your calendars! 

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Synopsis

The top-selling, beloved indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths returns with a new romance about a young woman who loses her memory—and the man who knows that the only way to protect her is to stay away.

Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him?

Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried.

The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.

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AND… You can read Chapters 1-4 of Burying Water in the back of In Her Wake, the Ten Tiny Breaths prequel novella from Trent’s POV which will be out September 1st. Pre-order here.

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About K.A. Tucker

KathleenTuckerBorn in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

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