Friday, 24 January 2014

Four Seconds to Lose (Ten Tiny Breaths #3) by K.A. Tucker

Four Seconds to Lose (Ten Tiny Breaths, #3)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.

Four Seconds to Lose by K.A. Tucker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Four Seconds to Lose (Ten Tiny Breaths, #3)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This is book 3 in the ‘Ten Tiny Breathes’ series, but can be read as a standalone.
‘Charlie’ hasn’t had the most conventional of upbringings, and now she works for her step-father, taking drugs to arranged drop off points and collecting the cash. A job that has gotten her in hot water at times. Now she wants to leave that all behind though and disappear, but it’s harder than it seems.
Cain owns a strip-club where he tries to keep his dancers safe from their pasts. He’s immediately attracted to Charlie, but has rules against having relationships with his staff.
What does the future hold for Charlie and Cain? Can Charlie really get away from her drug-dealing step-father? And what is Charlie’s real name?

This was a really good contemporary romance, and definitely my favourite of the series so far.

I really like ‘Charlie’, she was sweet and trying to do what was right, and I loved how she found ways to do things even though she was nervous about them. I felt really sorry for her and the situation she was in, and I really liked the way she found Cain.

The storyline in this was really good. I liked the mystery over Charlie’s real name, and I liked how we found out both character’s background before reading the story. I thought that the excitement and suspense were both really good, and it was quite hard to put this book down!
The romance was definitely the best part for me though. I loved how slow-building it was, and how they both watched each other from afar, while sending flirtatious looks and actions each other’s way. The love scenes when we got to them were pretty hot, but just the way this pair behaved around each other was enough to get my heart racing. When they were finally physically together it was pretty explosive!
The ending was good, although it felt to me pretty sudden. Maybe it’s just because I didn’t want it to end!
Overall; a really good contemporary romance, with some great lead characters.
8 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. So happy to hear this. I just started reading this one. I am 20% in and love it so far.