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Becoming Rain

(Burying Water #2)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  7,027 ratings  ·  741 reviews
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 wo ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 3rd 2015 by Atria Books
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Jennifer As a "reading books exactly in order" purist, I can't believe I'm actually saying this but I definitely think this one stands alone. There are referen…moreAs a "reading books exactly in order" purist, I can't believe I'm actually saying this but I definitely think this one stands alone. There are references to characters and situations from the first, but you find out everything as the story unfolds and you aren't really missing anything. (less)

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Emily May
Mar 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
Becoming Rain is a book about the worst FBI agent ever. No exaggeration.

I've been in the mood for some romance lately so I've been checking out recent releases that sound interesting. Unfortunately, every book seems to be one more reminder why I keep taking long breaks from the romance genre - there is so much bad. In my experience, though, I have more luck with romances that are combined with other genres - fantasy, historical or mystery - so when I saw that this highly-rated book was romantic
Feb 24, 2022 rated it really liked it
this is such an entertaining story! i dont think ive read a romantic suspense where the undercover cop falls for her assignment, so i found the plot particularly fascinating because of that dynamic.

and luke! oh my gosh. luke. hes so soft with a big heart, but he tries to be so hard and i love him for failing at it. i will say, if i were in his shoes, i would have such a difficult time moving past the deception, but this has the happing ending he deserves, so im okay with how everything is wrappe
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 stars!


When I read Burying Water, I remember being blown away by the story. How it was suspenseful, mysterious yet romantic at the same time. Becoming Rain was a little higher on the crime/suspense, but it was still one I really enjoyed.

Luke Boone is Jesse’s best friend and roommate. He was the guy in the first book who you could tell had a good heart, but made some questionable choices. You see, Luke was born into a life of crime. His uncle is trying to groom him to take over the ‘business’,
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
4.5 stars!!


I really didn’t think I would like this book as much as I did since the first one in this series didn’t wow me, but I stand corrected. K.A. Tucker can write one heck of a romantic suspense read that was a refreshing change to what my usual RS books are like. This book was neither fast-paced nor action-packed (2 qualities I HAVE to have in romantic suspense books) yet the story was equally suspenseful the whole way through and still made my heart race. It might have been my mood becaus
Amy | Foxy Blogs
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Becoming Rain is a suspenseful romance revolving around the world of a high stakes car theft ring. The plot is filtered through dual point of views.

Clara is an undercover officer who has gone incognito, as Rain Matines, to take down this organization. Her success comes with a price of not being able to maintain a normal relationship with a man. While this bothers her to a point, the reward of succeeding in her line of work fuels her fire.

Luke first appears in Burying Water as the best frien
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"It’s not so much that I love rain. I just have a healthy respect for what it does. People hate it, but the world needs rain.”

Becoming Rain is the second book in the Burying Water Series. While in the same series the books focus on different couples and can be read as a standalone. However, I loved Burying Water and highly recommend reading it first.

We originally meet Luke Boone in Burying Water he is Jesse’s roommate and best friend. Luke is a great guy, but he was born and bred to be a cr
3.5 STARS! ★★★☆

"It’s not so much that I love rain. I just have a healthy respect for what it does. People hate it, but the world needs rain.”

It's no lie that KA Tucker is one of my top favorite NA authors and after reading her Ten Tiny Breaths series, I almost made it my personal mission to read anything this lady writes. As always with her reads, they're beautifully written and this was no different but somewhow I was left feeling very neutral about this one. In short, I enjoyed it but it j
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾

Such a precious sun it is, the one that shines after a cold, harsh rain.

I've been a huge fan of this author since she first released her Ten Tiny Breaths series. Her first book in the Burying Water series was definitely quite a bit different from that and I absolutely devoured it. Burying Water was emotional, suspenseful, and with a wonderful love story at the core of it. Burying Water is also where we were first introduced to Luke Boon, Jesse's somewhat wayward best friend. L
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult
Dear K.A. Tucker,
Please keep writing books like this.
Thank you!
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Mysteries and romantic suspense have been my first love when I truly became passionate about reading. I’d stay up into the wee hours of the morning to find out who did it, or to make sure our hero and heroine would come out of their dangerous situation, catch the bad guy, and live happily ever after. So I’m happy that K.A. Tucker has been taking New Adult into that territory. Becoming Rain was less mysterious and dangerous than Burying Water (the first book in this series), falling more into the ...more
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
Becoming Rain is the story of an undercover police officer, Clara Bertelli, who has to essentially "become" Rain, a rich socialite, in order to get close to her target. The problem is that the closer she gets, the closer she wants to be.

I was a little apprehensive to read this story because it's about Luke and I didn't really think much of him in the first book, Burying Water. (He was Jesse's roommate and they worked at the garage together.) Let's just say that I was pleasantly surprised. There
Jacqueline's Reads
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 4-star-books
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4 Under covering Stars

Becoming Rain is a standalone that is part of the Burying Water series

I really liked Becoming Rain. For one, it’s written differently than Burying Water (which I enjoyed as well). Becoming Rain does not have any flashbacks or prologue. You start from the beginning and it is read from start to finish. I loved this.

This is a romance novel, but it has some suspenseful elements too. It’s not overly romance and flowers, but there is some steam. I also liked
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Becoming Rain is the second book in the Burying Water series. However, we don't follow water and Jesse again. Different characters are introduced and we get to fully grasp why Jesse's best friend did what he did in the previous book. I'm pretty sure this book was my favourite when I read it last year, that no longer applies, I think. I've always been a sucker for a book, movie or tv show with detectives in it. I just like the mystery. Sure, most of this mystery was explained but I liked the fact ...more
“Guilt and happiness go to war inside of me as I fall. I wonder which one will win.”

4 stars

KA Tucker has once again given us an intricate and intense story that I happily lost myself in. This book loosely follows on from Burying Water. Luke was introduced in the last book as the best friend of Jesse, and his story links into the dark and gritty world that formed a part of Burying Water, although this book delves deeper into the dark and dirty underworld of organised crime, with bad guys, even w
Beatrice Masaluñga
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, new-adult, btb-2020
Becoming Rain is a great romantic suspense. It's more lighthearted than the usual ones I've read and I like it gives the mystery vibes. Timely it's perfect for this season.

Officer Clara Bertelli is on an undercover mission as Rain Martines to investigate Luke Boone, who's involved for a murder and car theft. She worked hard to achieve the ranks and this is one of the biggest assignments she handled. It's dangerous because there's mafia involved here and getting close with Luke, she got the wrong
Alex is The Romance Fox
What a great follow-up to Burying Water
I was so looking forward to Luke Boone’s book!!! This is some hot and gorgeous with a bit of badness thrown in!!!
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And Rain…aka Clara!!! What an awesome character. I adored her. She’s strong, kick-ass, funny, sexy…just my kind of woman!!
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This is a suspenseful, thrilling and exciting story of an undercover agent trying to bring down the bad guys…aka Luke Boone and his cahoots. There is nothing gla
The second book in the series, 'Becoming Rain' focuses on the story of Luke, as he rises to a position of power within his uncle's criminal organization. Finally getting what he's waited years for, he can't help but feel let down by the reality of his new life of crime. More and more, he's wondering if he made the right decision and if he can change his mind.

Clara is the FBI's newest undercover agent to be assigned to infiltrate this notorious international car theft ring. She's upwardly mobile
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

Clara Bertelli a member of the Washington D.C. Criminal Unit has been handpicked by the F.B.I for a high profile criminal undercover case. Under the pseudonym of Rain Martines, she has to get close to her "subject" in order to obtain pertinent information, that will be used to take down a criminal ring. A vibrant, sexy and rich young woman, that lives directly across from her "subject." Clara isn't accustomed to the lifestyle of the rich, but as Rain Martines, it's a lifestyle that she
Paula M
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
"It always ends with the same damning question: how could that ever work, with him being who he is and me being who I am?"

FYI, I hated the first book. I didn't like it at all because I was bored the whole time. So that's why I was having second thoughts whether I should give this a go or not. I really like the idea of the main character as an FBI agent. Bland characters was my main problem at the first book that's why I was so glad that when I decided to give this a try, I got in
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 "Undercover Love" Stars! Burying Water, book 1 in the Burying Water Series was one of my top favorite reads in 2014, so when I saw that KA was releasing another book in this series, I , of course, rushed to read it. Proving once again her unique style of engaging her readers with emotionally intricate characters, Becoming Rain delivers an impactful story of two characters arguably on diametrically opposed courses in life, whose paths converge together at a crucial point, calling everything t ...more
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Becoming Rain is a suspenseful read, centering around the world of illegal car sales. As soon as I started reading this book I couldn't wait to get further into it because it's about an undercover cop who fall sin love with her target. This book was really enjoyable to read, but it took me a really long time to get into this one and there were several moments that were just really slow.

Clara Bertonelli's dream is to work for the
Alluring. Mysterious. Heartbreaking.

Becoming Rain was all of those things and more. I was captivated by the mystery, saddened by the guilt and heartache, and thrilled by the suspicion and suspense. A delicious mixture of intrigue and romance, K.A. Tucker developed a story that intrigues from start to finish. One where we experience the story through the eyes of her endearing characters. The plot was thoroughly developed and the pacing perfect.

Clara Bertelli is on an undercover case with the
Donna {Book Passion For Life}
Is it just me or are there simply not enough books out by K.A. Tucker? Every time I finish one of her books I left want more and that’s because her stories are so addictive and, Becoming Rain is just as addictive as the rest!

Luke Boone knows his Uncle Rust’s business isn’t legal but he doesn’t care, whatever Rust is up to he wants in on it because he wants the lifestyle that comes with it – fast cars, fast girls and fast money.

Clara Bertelli has just been given the opportunity of her career and
Sandra Cortez
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was halfway through this book and wasn't sure if I was 'feeling' it but KA Tucker did a doozy on me because days later I can't stop thinking of these two. What are they doing? How are they living? Where are they working? LOL. So needless to say I thoroughly enjoyed this addition to the Water series and it left me with quite the book hangover. ...more
Sammy ⭐️
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star, series
4 stars

Becoming Rain is the second instalment in the Burying Water series and although it's a stand alone, I'm glad I'd read Jesse and Alex's story in book 1 before reading this, it isn't essential though, I'm just a little OCD when it comes to series.

Clara Bertelli is a cop, she's been on the force for the last four years and worked undercover for the last two. When the FBI seek her out as the perfect candidate to go undercover in a major car theft ring, she sees this as the opportunity to ma
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it

After reading this book I can finally say that I get what all the hype is about surrounding this author. I mean she actually makes New Adult (a title that often leaves me shivering with fear), readable and *gasp* enjoyable without following the extremely overdone formula that many New Adult books follow of Broken lead #1 + Broken lead #2 + insta-love and insta-sex = success?

I was hooked pretty early on in this book, its so different from anything I would have read but I am glad that I gave into
Sláinte Wanderlust
“Are you lying to me?”
“I’ve never lied to you.” Clear blue eyes stare hard at me. I can’t read anything besides pain and accusation in them. So acute, though, that I’m forced to look away.
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
Rain Martines has a target: Luke Boone. He's her gateway in to taking down Rust Markov, Luke's uncle, the head of a massive auto theft empire. Rain is working undercover, attempting to lure Luke in to use him for information to cripple this crime ring and put Rust away. But before she became Rain, she was just Clara, a small-town girl with simple taste and a career she loved. Becoming Rain means forgetting everything Clara is and turning into the type of girl she believes Luke Boone wants. The p ...more
nick (the infinite limits of love)

K.A Tucker is fast becoming one of my favorite NA authors. The first book in this series, Burying Water, was pretty much a masterpiece for a NA book. It was unique and very well-written. I was very excited to pick up Becoming Rain because I knew that K.A Tucker would once again impress me. While reading the book, I was completely enamored and I had a hard time putting down.

Clara, the protagonist of the novel, is an undercover cop. Her latest job, as Rain Martines, involves her having to get into
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
A suspenseful, sexy, nail-biting ride.

K.A. Tucker’s second installment in the Burying Water series is full of that edge-of-your-seat, nerve-racking suspense. It’s a story about choices, destinies, deceit and unexpected love. It’s a story where good intentions get mixed and morphed into something else entirely and before too long, our protagonists, Clara and Luke, are both in too deep to see clearly.

“I’ve been in this deceitful place before. And yet, this time, it feels completely new and diff
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Those people have seen the sun again after the harshest rain, and they appreciate it so much more.”
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