Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #3
Published by: Atria Books on November 5, 2013
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
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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 » [I felt like Sam got taken down WAY too easily. The whole book he was built up as this immensely powerful and intimidating character.. then he got taken down so quickly and so easily, with just one conversation with the cartel. Then he just disappeared. No drama, no fight, no showdown. It was a bit anti-climactic. « Hide 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.