Four Seconds to Lose (Ten Tiny Breaths #3) by K.A. Tucker
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.
In this installment of the Ten Tiny Breaths Series, we don’t get to see much at all from Kacey, Trent, or Lizzie. And we don’t see Ashton at all throughout this book. I found this to be a bit disappointing. I mean, I know this book is Cain and Charlie’s story and they absolutely should get the forefront of the story, but considering it is part of a series that was about other characters as well, it would have been nice to see a bit more from the previous characters.
Aside from that, Cain and Charlie’s story was intriguing, emotional, and rewarding. They both have, like all the characters in this series, issues they need to get through before they can truly be happy together.
While I was fully on board with Cain and Charlie’s romance, it didn’t have that extra something that I felt in the first two romances of this series. I did enjoy the book and connect with the characters and rooted for their relationship, however, so I’m not sure what it was that was just a bit off.
The characters were well-developed. This story is told in alternating perspectives, through Cain and Charlie’s narration, and I thought it was done well. They each had a unique voice.
I’m looking forward to reading more of this series.
Best Aspect: Characters
Worst Aspect: Romance