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 was fantastic! Kick-ass undercover female cop and gorgeous male suspect.
My Becoming Rain review:
Becoming Rain captivated me from the very first word, and I immediately felt for Clara and what she needed to do to get her job done. As I had already met and enjoyed Luke in Burying Water, I was happy to read a whole story with him as one of the main characters. He was a suspect in a car stealing ring in Portland, and Clara was brought in from the DC office to be undercover, dressed and acting like a socialite to entice Luke, she was ready to show the FBI that she would be right for any job they would offer her… That was not counting on Luke’s charm, and the fact that he might be on the very fringes of the family business, though.
Clara did make some pretty stupid decisions as she grew closer to Luke, but because I was so into the story and the characters, I really didn’t care. At all! As Becoming Rain moved forward, I was so engrossed in the story, at trying to find out who the real bad guys were, and what would eventually happen to both Clara/Rain and Luke.
Written in dual points of view, from both Luke and Clara’s perspective, I got a good handle on what both of them were thinking and feeling, and Luke was definitely endearing, which made it much easier to understand why Clara took the chances she did. Seeing Alex and Jesse from the prior book was really good as well, I enjoyed seeing that they had continued to move on with their lives. Now, I can’t wait to start reading Chasing River to see what kind of adventure Tucker has in store for me.
Some of my favorite Becoming Rain quotes:
“And the people…”
“Bought theft insurance if they’re smart,” he fires back quickly, seemingly unbothered by the same moral twinge pricking the very back of my conscience. “And if they’re driving and eighty-thousand-dollar car and not locking it up in a garage, they’re just asking for it.”
“That is not a lap dog. His eyes aren’t even in the right place.” I’ve spent days googling pictures, and based on his smashed-up nose and curly tail and ears like satellites, my best guess is an obese pug-Boston terrier cross, with a little bit of swine mixed in for good measure. But I’m no expert.
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