Thursday, March 5, 2015

Release Blitz + Excerpt + Teaser + Giveaway: Becoming Rain by K.A. Tucker

Title: Becoming Rain
Series: The Burying Water Series
Author: K.A. Tucker
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: March 3, 2015
Review Source: eARC
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.

This book had me wondering if and how the ending would turn out.  The more I read, the more my hope grew in the fact that Rain aka Clara could help Luke find the right path.  When all you know is what has been ingrained into you while growing up, it is hard not to want to follow in the foot steps that you have looked up to.

For Luke those foot steps belonged to his uncle Rust. The problem is, that Rust had a knack for dealing in good business and bad business.  The bad stuff is what places Rain in Luke's path.  What she doesn't expect is to find herself in a situation unlike any other she has ever been in.  What happens when your target becomes more that just that?  Do you follow you heart, or do you do what you are there for which is to take down the bad guys, even if the bad guys may not be all that bad?

The different angles that this book takes is great to say the least.  I have my thoughts and theories on several different points in the book, of which I will not mention because I don't want to ruin the suspense for you. But, you will find the questions that I have to be the same as yours and question some validity of others besides Rain.  Is there more than one sting being worked here?  Hmmm, to only know for sure.  This is just one mere example of how K.A. Tucker keeps us hanging on wanting to find out more.  I would love to see what happens to each of these two characters as they move on to the next stages in life.

Screwing the customers . . .” Miller grumbles, pushing the filing cabinet shut with a loud metal bang.
Only the pretty ones.” And she is that. It wasn’t until she lifted her sunglasses that she had my undivided attention. Those big, blue eyes up against an olive complexion are striking. I wouldn’t have guessed Italian. Mediterranean, definitely.
Exotic, dark-haired, killer body—my type exactly.
“You’re going to lose business for the garage.”
“Relax. I wasn’t the one fishing.” And there was definite fishing on her part. For a long while there, I wasn’t sure I wanted to take the bait. Everything about her—her upscale style, her expensive car, her cool demeanor—says she’s my kind of girl, and therein lies the problem. My kind of girl is good for one thing, and it’s not having lunch over at the food carts of Portland. Or conversation, in general.
Give those kinds of girls more and suddenly they become work, and money. Endless streams on both accounts. Rust warned me about them years ago. Thank God I haven’t tumbled into any of their traps. Even Priscilla, my fallback lay, who I consider a friend, knows exactly where we stand in terms of our “relationship” and that I don’t have the kind of money she wants—even she will occasionally try her hand at sucking more out of me. A new bracelet, cash for rent, a tank of gas for the BMW that her last sugar daddy handed her . . .
But Rain was cute today, in a feisty way, humoring me by taking a bite of that sandwich that she was so obviously not going to enjoy. Her nose crinkling up at the sight of it. Her witty little insult. The way she hung back, waiting, hoping for a chance to see me again but not willing to come right out and ask after already being so forward earlier. Girls like Priscilla would have kept pushing. But Rain obviously has some self-respect.
And when she started walking out of the office, I couldn’t help myself.
I punch her number into my phone so I can call her after work. If I’m lucky, I’ll also have her naked and tangled in my sheets later tonight.

Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.


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