Four Seconds to Lose
by K.A. Tucker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Series: Ten Tiny Breaths - Book 3
Paperback Publication: April 1, 2014 (Original Publication: Nov. 4, 2013)
Publisher: Atria Books
Genre: New Adult Romance
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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.
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.
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.
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
Four Seconds to Lose by K. A. Tucker
My Rating: 5 Stars
It took ONE PAGE to draw me in and set the hook with K. A. Tucker’s Four Seconds to Lose. Charlie is living in Miami per the instructions of her father, a powerful and dangerous mob boss with a lucrative drug business he is expanding. Desperate to get away from the man she always looked up to as a child, finally able to see him for whom and what he is; Charlie takes a job as a stripper to earn enough money to disappear. Little did she know the club owner, Cain is like a walking sensual fantasy who has the potential to steal her heart. For Cain, Charlie is like a flame and he is the moth being drawn to it, totally against his policy. They each hide their own dark pasts and dance around the feelings they have for each other. Will they be able to hide their pasts from each other or will they risk exposing their wounds to each other, finally trusting another person not to stomp on their hearts? Will Charlie’s past catch up with her as she plays the puppet to her step-father’s wishes? Will Cain accept her, even though he despises both liars and drug pushers?
Once again, K. A. Tucker has taken two brutally shattered characters and pairs them up in such an angst-filled and intriguing way that I actually felt their pain and their turmoil. Cain has worked hard to pay for his past sins, strong, silent and caring, always willing to help those around him. Charlie wants more from life than to be a puppet for her step-father, she wants love, she wants romance and she longs to retract the lies she has told. For an author to so fully develop characters that, no matter what, you root for them is one of K. A. Tucker’s strong points. As she builds her story and fills her world with wonderful satellite characters, Ms. Tucker’s brilliance shines through without a hitch! While creating strong male alpha types, she never fails to create female characters that are able to stand toe to toe with the “boys.”
Looking for romance, tension, intrigue and a walk on the dark side of the street that flows smoothly from scene to sizzling scene? It’s all here in Four Seconds to Lose!
I received this edition from Atria Books in exchange for my honest review.