Four Seconds to Lose by K. A. Tucker

Four Seconds to Lose by K.A. Tucker
Atria | ARC, 394 pages
Publication Date: April 1st, 2014
Adult Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

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.

I must admit that Ten Tiny Breaths was enjoyable enough. I liked how easily the story sucked me in; so much so that I read it in one sitting. Back then, I knew that I wanted to read Cain’s story. He was this protective, righteous, decent guy from the get go and I was really looking forward to reading how he became the bad-ass with a purpose that he was. I couldn’t help but be elated when this book pop up in my mail. I knew the second book wasn’t for me. But this one I was looking forward to reading.

I always find it difficult to review books like these. I never know what to say. For what it’s worth, the author is a crafty romance writer. She knows how to sucker her audience in. And I don’t mean that in a bad way. I, for one, read this practically in one sitting. She knows how to make the time disappear. And for a lot of readers, that’s plenty enough of a reason why the book is good.

Cain and Charlie’s story is something that we probably have read before. It’s about a strip club owner who has had some bad luck in the past. Considering his line of business, this guy is pretty moral. He has rules: no sleeping with his employees, no drugs of any kind and he acts like a body guard/big brother to his employees. And when it comes to protecting his girls, he’ll stop at nothing to give them what they need. Including, some actions that would be considered as criminal and immoral. Cain is some sort of a dichotomy in that manner.

The story is not just about a man trying to resist temptation. It’s also about drug trafficking and ghost of a former love. Sadly, the ghost kept popping up in most of Cain’s point of view. It became easily irritating. And the tiny little twist in the end was…overdone.

For the most part, this book was a romance through and through. And those who are huge fans of the New Adult revolution will get their money’s worth. Four Seconds to Lose is still infinitely better than Ten Tiny Breaths, in my opinion. And I’m more than willing to give the author another go on her next endeavour.

Kids, my reading taste is evolving. I’m finding it hard to get through most of the books I have on my shelves. So when I find a book that I couldn’t stop reading, it’s euphoric.