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 honestly wasn’t prepared for this book. I screamed at the end, seriously, that ending was beautiful but kind of really mean.
I’ve broken one of the most basic rules of undercover work: don’t get emotionally attached to your targets.
This can be read as a standalone, but I would recommend to read Burying Water (you can find my review here) first, since it’s really good. I loved the setting for this story so much! Clara is trying to get into the FBI so when she gets the opportunity to go undercover to bring down a car theft ring she’s all in. She has to attract Luke, one of the main suspects’ nephew, and get him to trust her and tell her everything he knows.
Guilt and happiness go to war inside of me as I fall. I wonder which one will win.
But Luke isn’t the easy target she thought he would be. There’s a lot more to Luke; he’s actually a really good guy. I wasn’t his biggest fan in Burying Water, but here he was brought to life brilliantly and I couldn’t help falling for him. Unfortunately though, even the best ones can be blinded by easy money. Coming from a poor family, even Clara finds it hard to resist the luxury she’s facing.
All I want to do is lean forward and kiss him. Steal him away from the bad stuff, convince him to start over because I believe he’s not beyond saving yet.
The more she gets to know him the more it becomes difficult to separate Clara from Rain, to remember that he’s a criminal, that this relationship between them, which develops amazingly, can’t end well, no matter what. The most she can do is to try and keep him out of trouble, and give him a clean start when this is all over, even if that means risking her own career. I loved the whole internal battle going on with both Rain and Luke. They have a lot of decisions to make, but what’s right and what’s wrong when your head and your heart are at war?
“You are perfect, almost too perfect.” I close my eyes with his words, as his mouth finds my collarbone. “Sometimes I wonder if you’re even real.” I am real. At least, parts of who he’s seen are. And this is real, what’s happening between us right now.
I adored this book, it was fast paced, with an interesting and exciting plot, strong characters, great romance, and enough angst to make it all the more entrancing. The ending was incredible, I wasn’t expecting such depth. K. A. Tucker definitley didn’t take the easy way out of this one, she stayed true to the characters and to their development till the very end.