Friday, August 1, 2014

Review: Four Seconds to Lose by K.A. Tucker

Rating: ★★★★★ stars
Date published: November 4th, 2013
Publisher: Atria
Synopsis: 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.

What I Thought:

I've been wondering what Cain's story was from the first time I met him in the pages of Ten Tiny Breaths.  I thought I got to know him a little then but it turns out what I'd guessed was just the tip of the iceberg.  I mean you don't often hear of strip club owners who value their "girls" so much.  I was hoping K.A. Tucker would be able to do him justice, and boy did she.

Charlie is to be admired.  She's managed to find a way to get herself (mostly) out of a bad situation.  She's doing whatever it takes to make a clean break.  The circumstances will amaze you.  I swear, when the truth was revealed, my eyes widened and my jaw dropped open in disbelief.  I guess growing up the way she did taught her how to keep herself together and in control.  I was so afraid for her and Cain.  I totally understood why she didn't, no COULDN'T afford to fall in love.

This book was REALLY intense.  I was literally walking around in circles and reading at the same time.  Every time I sat down, I'd get antsy and would have to get up again.  I'd even put the book down and try to do something else so I could calm down, but that wasn't happening.  My mind and heart were firmly entrenched in the story.  My heart was in my throat for a lot of the book, but it was just that good.  

This book has some grey areas, but so do all the other books in this series.  The grey areas are what make the characters so easy to relate to.  It's easy to say you wouldn't do something, but when it comes down to survival or keeping a loved one safe, there are no limits to what people can or will do.  As you can tell somethings went down in this book and I'm totally a-okay with them.  Basically you have to pick up this book.  It can be read as stand alone but there are some awesome books that precede it.  Check them out!

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About the Author
Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker 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 currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls,  and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

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* I purchased a copy of this book.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

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