Four Seconds to Lose by K.A. Tucker

Four Seconds to LoseFour Seconds to Lose by K.A. Tucker
Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #3
Published by: Atria Books on November 5, 2013
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 416
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Rating: ★★★★★

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.

THIS BOOK! HOLY SHIT, THIS BOOK! It blew my mind! That’s what it did. It completely addicted me and owned me.

Four Seconds to Lose is my favourite book in the series! It rocked my universe in ways that I didn’t even expect. I seriously hoped I’d love the book, but I did not expect it to own and dominate me in every way possible. I was literally GLUED to the pages! I started Four Seconds to Lose at around midnight, expecting to just get started, but I couldn’t put the book down until I finished it—at 4:30am. I couldn’t stand the thought of being parted from those characters, that romance, the incredible story that sucked me in..

Cain is officially one of my favourite characters ever. He’s not a bad boy, although he did used to be. Presently, he’s an amazing, sweet, generous guy. He goes out of his way to look after girls who slip into the world of drugs and violence. He has strict principals and goes above and beyond to uphold them in his club. These traits really made him an amazing boyfriend, and I adored his relationship with Charlie! I love how he treated her and he was so quick to forgive the bad parts of her life. And hot damn, Cain and Charlie had AMAZING chemistry!

And on that note: Four Seconds to Lose was more explicit than the other books in the series. There are more hot and heavy sex scenes.. and damn, they were SERIOUSLY HOT! But if you don’t like more explicit sex scenes, you may want to avoid this book.

But I think what really had me hooked was the story. Four Seconds to Lose gives us the sex trade (strip clubs), drug trafficking, abusive families, and a hot romance. Throw that all together and you have one hell of a book! Charlie’s story was super intense and I was constantly desperate to see how it would pan out. It had me completely hooked!

I think my one slight disappointment was with part of the ending. View Spoiler » But other than that one piece of the ending, I enjoyed everything else! The most important parts of the ending were done well and I did enjoy those!

If you enjoyed the other books in the series, you NEED to pick up Four Seconds to Lose! I promise, you won’t regret it.

The Verdict


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    1. I was hesitant too, but the book is sooo good! I mean yes, it takes place in a strip club, but it doesn’t feel gross and dirty. I think part of it is that Cain has such firm principals. He’s not a pervert and he really wants to take care of the girls who work for him. He wants them to feel safe and respected and he knows that some of them are there because they have no other choice.

      I think it’s worth a read for sure!

    1. I would say it’s more NA. I mean given that it’s a strip club, it probably seems like it could be adult… but the main character is young and I think some of the ideas in the book go more towards NA (abusive parents, first love, etc.).

  1. Ha I love middle of the night read binges! 😀 I read the 1st and I didn’t LOVE it but it was not the worst book ever either. I actually listened to the audio on the way back from NYC and the ride was long and boring so maybe it was a factor in my boredom overall >.< I am curious where the rest of the series will go so I might get the sequel eventually and then this one. I'm assuming this is the last in the series? If so it sounds like a strong finale with a well done ending – if not perfect.

  2. AGH! I loved Cain in Ten Tiny Breaths, and was so happy when I found out he’d get his own story. Now my only question is: do I buy the Kindle version then the paperback when it’s released, or wait for the paperback? DECISIONS!

    Gosh darn it I had tempered my need to buy this series but now I can’t stop staring at the Amazon pages… Thanks a lot!

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    1. Go for the Kindle version! The paperback doesn’t come out until like April! X_X If I were you, I would not be able to wait!

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