Double Review: Becoming Rain & In Her Wake by K.A. Tucker

June 10, 2015 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 3 stars, Books, Reviews

Double Review: Becoming Rain & In Her Wake by K.A. TuckerBecoming Rain by K.A. Tucker
Series: Burying Water #2
Published by Atria Books on March 3, 2015
Source: Publisher
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Amazon | Book Depository | Publisher | Angus & Robertson
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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.

It seems like K.A. Tucker books are a hit or miss, although I wasn’t the biggest fan of Burying Water, the first in this standalone series, I really liked Becoming Rain. Romantic suspense is a genre I haven’t read much of before, but I liked having an underlying plot to direct the romance.

When you pair an undercover cop with a hot mechanic who is heir to his uncle’s criminal empire, you know what’s going to happen. This is a romance novel, after all. Clara is predisposed with dealing with dodgy drugdealers and criminal scum, but when she meets Luke Boone, she can’t help but be attracted by him. I know we’ve all thought it, but the way she thought about criminals was a bit off the mark as a cop who deals with them in her day job. I mean are they all necessarily dodgy, pudgy, greasy haired people with shifty lecherous eyes?

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

So that’s why, when she meets Luke with his muscular body, manliness and charm, does she start falling for him despite her role to deceive. Hell, even I started falling for him. This guy was perfect, charming, with just the right amount of insecurity as he’s being inducted into his uncle’s empire. Clara has reached him at just the right time, and he is easily swayed by her attentiveness and easy forgetfulness. Not to mention her body.

Yes, there is definitely insta-love there, but there’s obvious a complexity to their HEA – Clara’s job is to use Luke for intel and then bust his uncle’s car smuggling ring.

Although Clara is a real professional in her role, which is why she’s been selected for the FBI investigation, I was surprised in the risks that she would keep taking. She’d turn off her wire, misplace it here and there, sneak out of her post and mess around with Luke. I’m incredulous at her ability to remember what her cover team has heard on the wire and off the wire, given the amount of time she spends with Luke during the latter. Because when you dig a web of lies, eventually it’s too hard to remember where the lies end and the truth begins.

Luke has seen only gold watches and fancy cars, luxurious apartments and beautiful women, promises of endless money and opportunities. But sooner or later, he is going to face the storm that comes from the choices he has made. It’s going to pummel him where he stands, drown him in regret, punish him for his ignorance and greed. I can only hope it’s harsh enough to make him leave his life behind for a new one. An honest one that he can be happy with. 

There was so much chemistry between the two though, and I could definitely see where Luke was simply a victim of circumstance. There’s ongoing suspense, in the people that Luke meets and the information that we’re waiting for him to reveal. I was glued to the FBI activity and the complexities of being an undercover agent. This research was done really well, especially since the author obviously doesn’t have first hand experience in the matter, and it was believable for the most part.

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Romantic suspense is a genre to watch out for, with chemistry and romance mixed in with crime and suspense. I enjoyed the FBI activity here and Luke and Clara’s slowly developing romance, despite the obvious risks associated with it and the instant love. Clara’s actions were a bit questionable as she let her feelings get in the way of her job though, but I suppose that’s what the story is about.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Thank you to Simon and Schuster Australia for sending me this book for review. 

Double Review: Becoming Rain & In Her Wake by K.A. TuckerIn Her Wake by K.A. Tucker
Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #0.5
Published by Atria Books on September 1, 2014
Source: Borrowed
Genres: Romance, New Adult
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Before you knew him as Trent in Ten Tiny Breaths, he was Cole Reynolds—and he had it all. Until one night when he makes a fatal, wrong decision…and loses everything.

When a drunken night out at a Michigan State college party results in the death of six people, Cole must come to terms with his part in the tragedy. Normally, he’d be able to lean on his best friends—the ones who have been in his life since he could barely walk. Only, they’re gone. Worse, there’s the shattered body of a sixteen-year-old girl lying somewhere in a hospital bed, her entire life ripped from her because of a case of beer and a set of keys.

Although the Ten Tiny Breaths series is over, it was nice reading a novella that brought us back to the characters from a point of view we haven’t seen before. I would recommend reading this book only after you’ve read the first Ten Tiny Breaths book, as it contains some major spoilers.

In Her Wake tells us Trent’s past before he met Kacey, tying it all together and showing us the depth of his trauma and emotion following the car accident that changed everything. Not only do we see what he was like before the accident, we also witness his family and friends before his life changes.

It’s a really confronting book, as Trent spirals into deep depression and his whole demeanor changes – just like it did for Kacey. We see how much the accident tore both of them apart, and how they learnt to cope in different ways. Kacey, on a reckless disregard for her own life and Trent, on his unwillingness to accept what has happened and scarily, his stalking of Kacey. I didn’t expect to see this side of Trent, with his guilt over the accident leading him to obsess over Kacey’s wellbeing. He does some pretty creepy things, but we know the reason behind it is because it’s his way of coping after the accident, and somehow knowing how it all turns out kind of made it seem less creepy.

For it’s short length, a lot happens in this novella as it covers two years from when the accident happened to the characters as we know today.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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29 responses to “Double Review: Becoming Rain & In Her Wake by K.A. Tucker

  1. Lily

    I'm so thrilled that (for the most part) you enjoyed Becoming Rain Jeann! I loved the whole FBI aspect of the book as well, and like you said, for the most part, it was all very believable (and it'sobvouis K.A Tucker doesn't have any first hand experience in all things FBI so that was a pleasant surprise) Yet, if there's one thing K.A Tucker know's how to do, it's research killer topics for her books and make it evident.

    I haven't read all the Ten Tiny Breaths books (only the last two, WHICH I LOVED) So hopefully, once I get my life together and get to read the first two books, i'll get to read the lovely novella. Although the idea of a guy stalking another girl isn't getting me all that excited….

  2. I do love a good romantic suspense and so far, I'm really liking her Burying Water series. I have yet to try her other but I do have them, at least I know I have the first three, LOL!

  3. Ohh Becoming Rain sounds amazing! I've been looking for a strong female character with a cop or military role for a while and this sounds like it with romance! Yay. I am a little cautious about the instalove and recklessness but I can see how it can work. Great review and thanks for bringing this to my attention.

  4. I haven't read In Her Wake yet, but I really liked Becoming Rain though, much more than you did. I didn't even notice the insta love until you brought it up. It felt more like insta attraction when I first read about it, but I do see your points though. I like where her new series is going so far though 🙂 Awesome reviews!

    • I did really enjoy Becoming Rain, don't let the 3.5 star rating fool you! Although yeah, there was a lot of insta here. Thanks Benish!

  5. Great reviews Jeann! I only read Becoming Rain from these books and quite enjoyed it too because of the FBI activities as well and the slow burn romance. It's my favorite from the Burying Water series. I still haven't read her first series, maybe I should? 😛
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  6. I like that you're reading more NA nowadays, Jeann. I just read one recently, actually, but still convinced that NA is Erotica. Perhaps I'm classifying them wrong. Sigh.

    I quite enjoyed In Her Wake, but have not discovered her Water series just yet.

    • Thanks Joy, I have a few select authors that I like going back to hehe 🙂 I think NA would be more people in their 20's that go to college and have jobs and such? I guess there's not really a defined genre.

  7. I really enjoyed both of these novels, too, Jeann! And like you, Finding Water wasn't the best one, but Becoming Rain made up for it 🙂
    I had to laugh a little bit at Clara's views of criminals, and in some ways she was definitely acting a little naive, but I enjoyed both of them anyway.
    Romantic Suspense is fast becoming my favorite genre, it's so great to have the suspense element to help move the characters and the plot in the right direction.

    • I'm so glad I continued with BR after the first book, after yours and others reviews Lexxie! Yeah, it was so weird she had naive views of criminals, especially since she's meant to deal with them everyday? I do enjoy the suspense as well!

    • Yeah, I'm interested in novellas for series that I love, so was pleasantly surprised with the emotional depth of this one. Thanks Kimba!

  8. I'm a huge fan of romantic suspense Jeann! Like you said, when a mystery/thriller helps drive a romance, good things happen. I haven't read anything by KA Tucker before, but this series seems like a good place to start even if the first book wasn't quite as strong for you. Fantastic reviews!
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    • Glad to hear, this is the first one of the genre I've read and I really enjoyed it! Definitely if you love romantic suspense this series would be perfect for you. Thanks Jenny!

  9. keionda

    I think I might have tried out the first book but, I don't really like instalove. 🙁 I like it much better when the characters start as friends and then it slowly develops. In life usually (well most of the time) that's how it happens. Slowly. And can you believe I've never read a freaking crime story before?? Like… never..

    • Yeah, the first book wasn't one of my favourites at all. I do love friends to lovers as well! WOW I cannot believe it!

  10. I haven't really read any romantic suspense either, but Becoming Rain sounds really good! The FBI and undercover agent activities sound super interesting; I might have to give this ago. I'm glad you enjoyed it ^^

  11. Lisa @ Lost in Lit

    When I first opened this review I was thinking, "I hope she liked them! I hope she liked them!" because KA Tucker is probably my most favorite author. At least the top 5. So I love seeing others enjoying her books too. 🙂 Sooooo I'm happy to see you liked this two!
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    • Hahaha Yeah, aside from Becca and Krista Ritchie, Colleen Hoover and K. A Tucker, I haven't read many others.