My To-Be Read List is a meme hosted by Because Reading is Better Than Real Life where at the beginning of the month visitors can choose which book I’ll be reading this month. On the first saturday of a month the poll will be up, then on the second saturday of the month I’ll announce the book that won and on the last saturday of the month I’ll post my review of the book.
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.
I really enjoyed Burying Water and ever since I was eager to return to this series. Becoming Rain is just as good as the first book and kept my attention with the awesome combination of a great romance and a slow building suspense plot. Becoming Rain focusses on Luke Boone and Rain/ Clara. Clara is an undercover cop who needs to get close to her target Luke to reveal the illegal car trafficking ring they think he’s involved with. Luke slowly get’s more involved in the illegal side business of his uncle Rust and slowly falls in love with rain.
I could hardly put this book down as I had to know what would happen next. I knew Rain is lying to Luke about who she is, I knew Luke is doing illegal things, I knew these two are great for each other and things couldn’t end well. I couldn’t see a way for them to get out of it. It felt like the police are closing in on the car theft ring and the danger get’s upped and Luke and rain fall more and more in love. And gah the suspense was really well done, it made for an exciting read. And I was satisfied with how it all got wrapped up in the end, although there was a big time jump and a few scenes that felt like they had potential for more. There’s also some conflict I would’ve liked them see it work through a bit more, as it felt a tad too easy now.
Luke is a good guy who get’s involved in some bad things. I didn’t like Luke at much in the first book, but now that we get his point of view I quickly changed my opinion. It all made more sense why he did the things he did and how much he looked up to his uncle Rust and how badly he wanted a bigger role in everything where Rust was involved. I liked seeing him change and develop in this book and having him deal with what he got involved with and seeing how it all worked out.
Then we have Rain, who needs to get close to Luke to unveil what he knows. At first it’s just a job to her, but then it becomes more and I really believe she does help him and they are in a better place at the end of the book. Lying characters are one of my pet peeves in books, but here it worked and it made sense. Rain couldn’t just tell Luke who she was as that would ruin the whole case, but I did like how she tried to do both and see her struggle with her loyalties.
I really liked the romance in this book, it develops slowly, but at a nice pace. They keep a lot of secrets at first, but get more open as the book progresses. I really liked these two together and it was great seeing them fall for each other, especially from Rain her side, she knew this was a job, but she couldn’t help but fall in love with Luke. I really liked them together, although the lies Rain was forced to keep made me a bit uncomfortable at times and I felt like I was always waiting for things to come to light and break these two apart and I wasn’t sure how they would survive that.
Beside that there are some great side characters. Some of them who I was really wondering about where their motives lie. there was one female side character that really surprised me towards the end and I was great to get that piece of insight in her character. Then there is Rust and Miller, who both seemed unlikeable in the first book, but in this book I realized there is so much more to these characters than I first thought. I liked getting a glimpse from their personalities and why they were involved in this. Then there are the two dogs Licks and Stanley, who were a great addition and I liked these two dogs and their quirky personalities. We also get to see Jesse and Alex in this book and their story also still plays a part and fits into this one. I liked how this got tied in with the first book like that.
To summarize: Becoming Rain was an awesome sequel to Burying Water. Knowing that Rain was undercover to arrest everyone involved in the car thief ring, made for an exciting plot as you knew this couldn’t end well and I couldn’t wait to see how things would play out. The characters are great and made this book shine. I felt like I changed my mind about quite some characters whom we met in the first book and I had fun getting to know them better in this book. Luke turned out to be a good guy and a likeable character who got messed up in some bad things, but who genuinely cared about his uncle and wanted to follow in his footsteps. Rain was an interesting character and I liked seeing her fall in love with Luke and deal with her conflicted emotions and loyalties. There were a few scenes at the end that felt like there was a bit more potential, but overall I really enjoyed this book!