Published March 3rd 2015 by Atria Books
NA/A > Romance | Suspense
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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 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 introduced to badass and funny and authentic characters.
Surprised is an understatement. I didn’t expect myself to be so invested to the story. I actually lost sleep over this!! And that, for me, is a sign of a good book. I have no idea why this worked for me but I’ll take a guess and say it’s because of the plot and the slow-burn romance.
I’m also a fan of Clara/Rain despite her faults. Some might say she’s dumb/stupid/no-brainer but I’d say that she’s just human who just fallen in love with a guy who can be the perfect guy for her if only the situation and the timing is right. Yes, I did like the romance but I still had some slight problems with it. First is the love interest. I didn’t see Luke as a swoony love interest at all. I was actually irritated by him at the first few chapters. He’s a stupid rich boy who got spoiled and doesn’t know how to survive without money.
But this is where the book became aces to me. The character development is superb. Seeing Luke standing up for himself and his girl and seeing him finally opening his eyes and senses about the whole illegal crap that his uncle is doing made me see him in a different light. Luke Boone suddenly became this alpha male that I want to hug and kiss all over. And for me, he has more attitude than Jesse (the guy from the first book) I was so hurt for Luke at the last few chapters when all the truth was laid out in front of him. Poor Luke baby.
Anyway, I didn’t say they’re perfect. Not at all. They had their fair share of dumb moments. Especially Rain. But what can I say? Love can make people do stupid things. I was frustrated and I was also feeling sad and hurt for Rain. I HONESTLY DON’T KNOW WHAT MY EMOTIONS WAS CALLED.
The plot was very impressive! Full of actions and shady people dealing with bad stuff and there are people that died! YES I LOVE IT!!! I was a bit pissed about the ending though. IT WAS SO RUSHED!! Why? Why cramp and do the whole wrapping-up-the-book in just 1 to 2 chapters only? NOT. COOL.
So, this is a lesson for me. Just because the first book of a series (which you can read as standalones) was bad, doesn’t mean the following up books would be the same. And one more thing that kept me going: K.A. TUCKER’S AWESOME WRITING. I’m such a FAN!