Four Seconds to Lose
by K.A. Tucker
Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #3
Publication: November 4th 2013
by Atria Books
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
When a gorgeous young dancer walks through his door, a strip club owner must decide whether to follow his rules or his heart in the third novel by the author of One Tiny Lie and Ten Tiny Breaths.
Owning a strip club isn’t the fantasy most guys expect it to be. With long hours, a staff with enough issues to keep a psych ward in business, and the police regularly on his case, twenty-nine-year-old Cain is starting to second guess his unspoken mission to save the women he employs. And then blond, brown-eyed Charlie Rourke walks through his door, and things get really complicated. Cain abides by a strict “no sleeping with the staff” rule. But being around Charlie challenges Cain’s self-control…and it’s been a long time since any woman has done that.
Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Rourke needs a lot of money, really fast, in order to vanish before it’s too late. Taking her clothes off for men makes her stomach curl but Charlie tells herself that at least she’s putting her acting and dancing skills to good use. And though her fellow dancers seem eager to nab their sexy, sophisticated, and genuinely caring boss, she’s not interested. After all, Charlie Rourke doesn’t really exist—and the girl pretending to be her can’t get distracted by romance.
Unfortunately, Charlie soon discovers that developing feelings for Cain is inevitable, and that those feelings may not be unrequited—but losing him when he finds out what she’s involved with will be more painful than any other sentence awaiting her.
I was genuinely surprised by Four Seconds to Lose. After the first two books in the Ten Tiny Breaths series I thought I knew what to expect, but this third installment is vastly different. It’s more of a romantic suspense than a contemporary romance, and it was really good, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first two books. It has nothing to do with the genre switch up either, as I’m a fan of romantic suspense.
If you’ve read the first two books then you know who Cain is — the sexy, but not sexist, strip club owner that Storm and Kacey worked for at Penny’s. I really enjoyed getting to know Cain better. He’s every bit the man I imagined him to be from the glimpses I was previously given. When Charlie Rourke walks into his bar looking for a job, Cain’s whole world is flipped. She reminds Cain of someone from his past; someone that he cared for and also feels guilty about. Charlie seems strong and confident on the outside, but she’s got a deadly secret. All she wants to do is make some fat cash and run for the hills to escape her horrible life… but can she resist Cain, even if it means putting him in danger?
I always look forward to the dual perspectives Tucker delivers. Getting the story from both Cain and Charlie makes all the difference. It felt great to jump back in with the old crew. It was like hanging out with old friends that I hadn’t seen in a while. I love when stories intertwine like that. Just because one storyline has ended doesn’t mean the people in it have been erased. I was captivated by the tension between Cain and Charlie, and I was thrilled by the suspense in Charlie’s life.
However, I wasn’t as smitten with Tucker’s writing style this time around. There was a lot of repetition with certain words and phrases that irked me a bit, and I wasn’t as satisfied with the ending as I would have liked. It was good, but nothing so spectacular that I was left with a book hangover.
Overall, Four Seconds to Lose is a really good romantic suspense with nice pacing and depth. It’s full of passion, fear, excitement, and of course some steamy bits. 😉 I will definitely be reading Five Ways to Fall. I’m looking forward to seeing what lies beneath Ben’s obnoxious surface.
About the Author
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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