March 3, 2015

Release Day Blitz: Becoming Rain by K.A. Tucker – Review, Excerpt, and Giveaway

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We are dying to share this Release Blitz with you all to celebrate K.A. Tucker’s BECOMING RAIN! BECOMING RAIN is a New Adult Romantic Suspense novel, and the second novel in K.A. Tucker’s Burying Water Series, published by Atria books, an Imprint of Simon & Schuster. We hope you’re ready for this!

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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.


MaryAnn-2013You know, I have not yet been disappointed by any of K.A. Tucker’s books. All of them manage to suck you into this storyline that you can’t help but want to get lost in. I love that there are strong female characters who can take care of themselves, regardless of the obstacles that lie ahead. And Clara Bertelli (aka Rain) is not an exception. For one thing, she’s a young undercover cop who can kick butt. She’s smart, driven, and sassy. I really enjoyed her character. She has her eyes set on getting on with the FBI, and when an opportunity presented itself, she doesn’t hesitate to get on it. Her case? To get close to one, Luke Boone, who the cops are sure is part of an illegal car ring. They are hoping that Clara’s womanly ways will loosen his lips, and give them the dirt needed to shut them down, and make the needed arrests.

Not only are her female leads unforgettable, but the male counterpart is totally and completely swoon worthy. If you read the first book in this series, Burying Water, you get a slight glimpse of the character Luke Boone. Becoming Rain is all about this sexy, rich, Russian hottie (I can’t remember if he’s full Russian). Luke has been waiting and waiting and waiting for his Uncle to finally pass the business down to him, and mayhaps gain some respect from the guys in the garage. But his Uncle is slower on the pass off then he was hoping.

When Rain pulls into the garage with car problems, Luke is hooked. But playing it cool is his way, and he seems to enjoy the fact that this rich girl has her eyes set on him. But there’s something about Rain that he can’t get out of his head, and soon he becomes the one doing the chasing…and Rain is enjoying every minute of it. Maybe too much? How far will she go, and what will she sacrifice to get the information needed to close the case and look good in the eyes of the FBI? Luke does not trust anyone. Will Rain be the one that changes the game for him?

As in Burying Water, Becoming Rain is a darker read than the Ten Tiny Breaths series and was such a great read. I’ve always wanted to read something where the undercover cop falls for the criminal that she is scoping out, or vice-versa, and this one certainly did not disappoint.

From beginning to end, the story of Luke and Clara is one that readers will fall in love with. My heart broke for both Luke and Clara (during different parts), and my heart sang with happiness in other parts. K.A. Tucker’s stories do exactly that, over and over again. It’s a no brainer why I keep coming back for more, and scramble to get the next book she has written.

There’s something about the characters in her books that seem to stay with you well after the last page. Like, the next book that you attempt to read just can’t compare, and you go into a bookish hangover for a bit.

If you haven’t read anything K.A. Tucker has written, I suggest you get on it stat. You can definitely read Becoming Rain as a standalone, but the fun for me is watching characters from the other books in the series make their appearances. Fans of reads involving crime mafias and falling in love when you least expect it will adore Becoming Rain by K.A. Tucker.

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“Let us know if you have any more problems.” Luke flashes that wide, charming smile that stalls my feet just a little.

Still no mention of connecting again. In fact, I’d say Luke has gone out of his way to skirt the subject. He’s just not interested. That’s all there is to it. Or maybe he’s waiting for me to bring it up again. But if he’s not, then bringing it up will make me look desperate. I’m guessing he doesn’t like desperate women.

Luke Boone has me in a tailspin. No target has ever had me second-guessing myself this much, this early. It’s just the pressure of the case, I remind myself. “I’m sure I will.” I take long, slow steps, ensuring my movements are sleek and appealing, the opposite of my frantic thoughts, as I desperately search for another hook, since nothing I’m casting has caught so far.

“So, when did you say you’re cooking dinner for me?”

I fight the urge to groan with relief but I can’t keep the smile from exploding across my face. “Whenever you call me.” I turn to regard him, to see his smug face—like he knew I was waiting for it all along, like he was toying with me—and nod to the sheet on his desk. “You have my number.”

“I do.” His eyes twinkle. “I’ll call you soon.”

Thank fucking God.

I wait until I’m in my car and around the corner before turning off my wire and squealing like a fourteen-year-old who just got asked out to the movies. I dial Warner to debrief, my heart still racing. It’s standard protocol to call in after every meeting with my target. Up until now, I’ve had nothing but failure to report. And, while this may not seem like much . . .

I think I’m finally in.


And don’t forget BURYING WATER, the first book in this thrilling series…

Burying Water

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The top-selling, beloved indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths returns with a new romance about a young woman who loses her memory—and the man who knows that the only way to protect her is to stay away.

Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him?

Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried.

The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.


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Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.


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  1. Yash Levi

    My undercover cop name would be Sarah Levi because Sarah is a really common first name, great for cover (and I may have a girl crush on Sarah Walker of Chuck so I love that name lol)

  2. Sherry Hoernig

    My undercover name? Fayth, or Noonies……

  3. Judy Thomas

    My undercover cop name would be Faith Shine :)

  4. lea

    I have no idea :) Maybe Danger Lea – lol :)

  5. Amanda C

    My undercover cop name would be Nicole Smith because I’d be undercover and need to seem like an average person

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