Jan 27, 2014
Title: Four Seconds To Lose
Author: K.A. Tucker
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: November 4, 2013
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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.
Four Seconds to Lose was a great follow up. I really enjoyed this book, maybe even more than I enjoyed One Tiny Lie. I’m not sure how that’s possible, but it’s true.
Let’s start with Charlie, I loved Charlie from beginning to end. I probably shouldn’t have loved her ethics, but let’s face it most of us will do what we have to, in order to survive. Charlie doesn’t apologize for this, although she regrets that her actions probably hurt others. Charlie doesn’t get the luxury of worrying about those people, she has bigger problems. I really liked that for most of the book we didn’t really know what exactly was going on, it almost didn’t seem so important because Charlie was busy creating a new life for herself.
Cain was the real shining star in this book though. He is just so genuine, and once I found out why he is so good to the girls he employs my heart just broke for him. I also liked that he wasn’t a saint, he admitted that he found the girls attractive, but I loved that he would’ve never acted on that for so many reasons, just starting with the fact he was the boss. He also really started to care for Charlie, and I just knew that it was going to end badly.
What I love about K.A. Tucker’s writing is that she creates such wonderful characters. The last two books were about people who were merely side characters in the first book. What I love is that she made them so believable in the first book, that they stick with you and yell for their own book. I’m so excited that this series is continuing because while I don’t believe everyone gets a happily ever after I want all of these characters too.
Overall I would give the book 5 out of 5 stars, because it is just as good as the first two. Usually by this point in a New Adult series, I’m struggling to still find myself connected to the characters and that didn’t happen here. I’m looking forward to the 4th installment, and I hope it keeps my attention as much as the first 3 have.
5/5 – MUST READ, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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