[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]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.[/quote]
I’m a KA Tucker fan for life now. I’ve not even gotten my review written for One Tiny Lie yet because I’m a bit behind, but seriously, this series is a must read. Four Seconds to Lose is Cain’s story–he’s the owner of the strip club where Storm and Kacey worked–and he’s a total mystery. This story starts off so strong, and different from the others. The feel is the same, but there is a different vibe right from the get-go. When twenty-two year old Charlie Rourke walks in to the club needing a job, things get a bit complicated.
[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]I’ve finally lost it. I’ve finally become so obsessed with Charlie that I’m seeing her everywhere.[/quote]
From the sounds of it, you’d almost wonder if this was a cookie-cutter type story–unattainable boy with a dark past meets girl who wants to get the hell outta dodge, but somehow, through it all, they fall in love. This is so much more than that. KA Tucker kept me guessing ’til the very end here, I swear.
The relationship between Cain and Charlie is such a slow burn. Almost painfully so. But it hurts so good. I like that there was this attraction, for sure, but neither acted on it, but rather stuck to their tasks at hand. Cain is dead set on not sleeping with his employees and he doesn’t do relationships, not to mention fears his past would scare anyone worth having away; and Charlie, well, she’s got a past of her own, and even her present isn’t truthful.
[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]I’m living a life where safety is a luxury… Yet it took this man – a stranger – mere seconds to decide he would protect me.[/quote]
There were plenty of interesting plot twists and turns, and like I said before, Ms. Tucker really knew how to weave such a layered story into this “romance.” Because that has to be mentioned–this was more than a romance novel. I feel like, anymore, I’m hard to surprise because I read so much, I start to wonder if I can honestly be caught off guard with a storyline, and while I didn’t necessarily feel like “OMG! WHAT?” about certain aspects, there were turns here I didn’t see her taking, or twists I’d not thought about.
As a whole, every aspect of this story was intense. From Cain’s past, to Charlie’s, to her present, and their relationship–but then you also add in the amount of secrets and lies and really, I found myself barely able to read each page fast enough. I will note, this can be read as a standalone, but we do see glimpses of some past faves like Kacey, Trent, Storm, and Livie; however, just read the other two books, as well. You won’t regret it. KA Tucker has really nailed the NA genre so wonderfully, and if you’re looking for something powerful, well-written, addicting, and intense, this series, and Four Seconds to Lose, in particular, is for you! Oh, and of course, I’m now anxiously awaiting Ben’s book in February, Five Ways to Fall. I totally dug him in this book and can’t wait to get his full story!
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.WEBSITE | BLOG | ATRIA | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | GOODREADS