Genre: New Adult - Contemporary/Romance
Publishing Date: November 4th, 2013
Page Count: 345
Source: Sent to me for review
Description from Goodreads.com:
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.
When I first started reading Four Seconds to Lose I was a tad confused. When Cain is described in Ten Tiny Breaths I was picturing a man in his late 30's, but in this book he's only 29. He acts very young and cool, and for a second I thought this story was taking place before Ten Tiny Breaths, but it actually happens after. I quickly learned the time frame and was gladly mistaken.
I also didn't know if I was going to love this story. No offense to K.A. Tucker, but never once while reading the other two books in this series did I wonder about Cain's story. He didn't seem like a significant enough of a character to get his own book, so when I saw that this was going to be Cain's story I was a little put off and going into expecting to just like the story. I was very, very happily wrong as I ended up loving his story. It was amazing!
I think all the credit for my love goes to K.A. Tucker's writing style. She honestly has an amazing way with words. Her writing his beautiful and reminds me of calligraphy. I was hooked to the story because of her words, and I absolutely loved that she wrote so well as both genders. It all felt extremely genuine and I never questioned the characters.
The ending was beautiful and really well paced. A lot of books dealing with this complex and heavy of a storyline would end up rushing the ending, but K.A. Tucker had complete control of this book. I loved how clean and easy the ending was, because it could have gotten really muddy.
The only thing that irked me was what we find out about "Penny" in the end. How did we (the readers) not know? I think I would have liked to know this little fun fact from the beginning and watch as everyone else found out. It kind of felt a little cheap when we find out, because there should have been signs pointing to it, or even hints, but there never were.
I absolutely loved this story! It was such a great addition to the series and I am so happy I finally got around to reading it. I honestly didn't think I was going to like the story since I never really cared about Cain's personal life, but boy was I wrong. K.A. Tucker had me hooked with her beautiful, calligraphy type, writing style. The only thing I didn't like was what we find out about Penny in the end. It felt cheap and like it was thrown in to make the reader say, "What!" There should have been hints or signs leading to our ending discovery, but other than that I absolutely loved the story. If you haven't read this book read make sure you do as soon as possible. You won't regret it.
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 5/5
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