Series: Burying Water #2
Published by Atria Books on March 3, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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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.
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
Thank you to Simon and Schuster Australia for sending me this book for review.In Her Wake by K.A. Tucker
Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #0.5
Published by Atria Books on September 1, 2014
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