Four Seconds to Lose (Ten Tiny Breaths #3)
by K.A. Tucker
Published November 4th, 2013
New Adult | Contemporary Romance
Source: received from Atria in exchange for an unbiased review (THANK YOU!)
About the book:
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.
K.A. Tucker’s Ten Tiny Breaths series is absolutely one of my favorite new adult series. I love Ms. Tucker’s writing. I love her stories. Both of her first two books had crazy twists and turns that threw me and had me craving more. These were books that refused to be put down.
I’m not sure why but I put off reading Four Seconds to Lose. Maybe it was the premise. I wasn’t as invested in Cain as a leading character. I knew he had a great story to tell but it looked, for all accounts, to be one I’ve heard before. So I fretted that perhaps this book might not be as good as the previous two books.
Dang, I hate when I’m right… sometimes.
I really, really, REALLY wanted to love this book. I wanted my mind blown. I wanted to fall head over heels for Cain and feel like Charlie totally deserved Cain’s guarded heart. Ms. Tucker weaved a fantastic back story for Cain so I really got to know him and understand his motivations. I did get swept up in how he fell hard for Charlie at first (hence my “liked it” rating) but he tempered it with common sense. Like I said previously, Ms. Tucker is a fantastically talented writer.
And she did a fabulous job writing the intrigue behind Charlie and all she was forced to do for her “family”. She was in an impossible position and way too young to have to deal with how to escape it. It was her youth that caused her to make some silly decisions. The characters were written well.
We even got to see some characters from the other books serve a small purpose in this story – not just the gratuitous, “Hey! Look who’s here!” mess.
Granted, I did read the ARC but I felt like the story could have been about 50 – 75 pages shorter. Perhaps this story would have been better as a novella, I don’t know. I’m not an author! But it just seemed to me that it took way too long to get anywhere with Cain and Charley’s relationship. There were some scenes that just felt like they were filler scenes. I guess I just like my books a little tighter. Eh?
But this is a series I will NOT be giving up on. I will be reading Ben’s story, which is up next. Five Ways to Fall is expected to be published June 24th, 2014.
About the author:
Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker 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 currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.
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