Four Seconds to Lose by K.A. Tucker

April 14th, 2014 kimbacaffeinate Review 74 Comments

14th Apr
Four Seconds to Lose by K.A. Tucker
Four Seconds to Lose
by K.A. Tucker
Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #3
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

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 is the third book in the Ten Tiny Breaths series. A little darker, with two complicated and flawed characters I found myself fully engaged in this action packed tale. Mini review: Gritty, hot, romantic and suspenseful.

Coffee Date with Four Seconds to Lose

First Date: I enter Penny’s night club excited to be back in Tucker’s world and anxious to learn more about heart-throb and strip club owner Cain Ford. This tattooed hottie acts like a bad-ass, but from the previous novels I already know how he takes care of his employees. A newcomer has arrived by the name of Charlie Rourke, and she is looking to pole dance. Cade’s “no sleeping with the staff rule” is about to be put to the test. The chemistry between them in sizzling. His intense gaze says one thing but his kindness and then cold shoulder attitude confuse the heck out of Charlie. They begin to play this dance, and it’s fun to watch. Things are about to get intense. I settled in with my coffee flavored liqueur and prepared to enjoy the ride.

Second Date: Charlie has secrets and boy howdy is our blonde haired pixie in a heap a trouble. She finds Cain attractive so to ease her nerves while dancing she pretends to dance only for him. The scenes were hot and I loved all the teasing Cade got. As the two get to know each other, Cain gets cranky. The staff and his friends encourage him to take a chance. Holy Hotness! Things are heating up; the pages are curling. Cain is sharing stories from his past. As he opens up I want to hold him. He knows Charlie is in trouble and patiently waits for her to open up. I want, need Charlie to spill before it’s too late. *bites fingernails*

Third Date: I love Charlie and Cain together; the chemistry felt genuine and those tender soft-spoken moments. Whew, someone, get me a fan. Tucker had my palms sweating because Charlie is knee-deep in some serious shit, and Cain could be in trouble. Secret calls, creepy evil men. Gah! Twists, turns, and bodies kept me flipping the pages. Mystery and danger had me spellbound, and my heart twisted for Charlie and Cain. This last date kept me up late as we raced towards the conclusion. While I still needed some chocolate, Tucker kept the angst low, and the suspense high making these dates a success.

Four Seconds to Lose was such an intense ride. The mystery aspect thrust this into the romantic suspense genre for me. Having read all of the previous books I would have to say Tucker stepped up her game giving me one heck of a ride. For fans of the series, we see past characters, and get to spend some quality time with them. Five Ways to Fall is the next book in the series due out in June of 2014 and will feature bouncer turned lawyer Ben Morris.

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About K.A. Tucker

Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen 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 the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

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74 Responses to “Four Seconds to Lose by K.A. Tucker”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I loved it Jennifer 🙂 I can handle slow-building if it feels genuine and liked the tension 🙂

  1. Nick

    Great review, Kim. I’ve read the first two books in this series, but it seems like this author is not for me. I have to say though you are tempting me with your review. The couple seem to have great chemistry together. Do you think I would enjoy it if I didn’t like the first two?
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Honestly I do not know Nick, I enjoyed the first book, liked the second and loved this one..I would just grab from the library 🙂

  2. kindlemom1

    I scanned your review because I didn’t know if it had any spoilers and I haven’t started this series yet but I am so excited to see that 4.5 star review! This is one series I really want to make time for soon because of all the great things I have heard about it.
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      No problem Ali, I mostly talk about feels and what synopsis mentions, enjoy!

  3. Siiri

    It was definitely hot, romantic and suspenseful (well, until the climax which was so uneventful in my eyes. I hated how the takedown happened since.. so much build up for nothing -.-) I felt for Cain though. I’m so happy that you enjoyed this novel even if it didn’t happen to be one of my favorites. I hope we’ll both enjoy Ben’s book 🙂
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yeah I am curious about Ben 🙂 I hope he makes us both smile 🙂

  4. Aimee

    Honestly that blurb scares me. I know this sort of things happen in real life, but I’m not sure I want to read about it! It’s not a topic I would love to get into. Anyway, I’m glad you enjoyed this one! I’ve had Ten Tiny Breaths on my TBR for ages, seeing as everyone loves this series. Although this particular book? I’ll still think about it. Lovely review, Kim!
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  5. Jenny

    Sounds like this is definitely a hot read Kim! I’m looking forward to the sizzling chemistry, and it’s always a good sign for me when someone says they needed a fan while reading:) Fantastic date!

    • Finley Jayne

      oops, meant to type ‘its setting is set in the city that I live in’-I really need to stop typing and eating at the same time 🙂

      • kimbacaffeinate

        LOL, it is all good I understood you and I do stuff like that all of the time!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I didn’t know you live there, we lived in Coral Springs for six years 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I think you can get away with reading them as standalone, however I enjoyed the ride.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I go through moods too, the angst was fairly low in this, more suspense.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      To be honest Mary if I hadn’t read the other books and gotten to know Cain and the peeps at Penny’s bar I am not sure I would have picked it up with the setting. Cain’s book was one I was waiting for..LOL

    • kimbacaffeinate

      not all of them, but this one had suspenseful moments Braine 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL agreed, there is more too it, and I think if you have read previous novels it doesn’t seem so crazy..lol

  6. Andrea

    I don’t know why I’ve gotten behind on this series! I liked TTB well enough, but I loooooved One Tiny Lie. I’m very interested in Cain’s story, and Charlie seems like an interesting character too.
    Thanks for the review!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I was excited to finally get his story and Ben is next..woot!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Sometimes series slip by me and then I am racing to catch up.

  7. Melliane

    I heard about this one but I confess I haven’t read it. I should. You made me curious about Cain past and about Charlie’s problems. It’s so intriguing!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Glad I piqued your interest. Have a good one Melliane!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh I cannot imagine the feels and humor on audio..I hope it is amazing!!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Enjoy, this series has been fun, and thank you 🙂

  8. lily

    I absolutely LOVED this one! I hadn’t read any of K.A Tucker’s book before and i’m glad this one was the one i started with since it was just SO INTENSE and intriguing and i’ve been told this is her best one yet. The mysery aspect of the story really hooked me in and I compleyely feel for Cain. He was the good guy who used to be the bad guy and it’s written all over him and I loved it.
    Great review
    Lily @ Lilysbookblog

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Sweet, I am so glad you loved this! Yes, the suspense added to this tale for me as well.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      hahaha..so true my friend. I cannot wait for Ben’s story too 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Glad I piqued your interest Lindy, I enjoyed this one!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I have enjoyed this series Lauren, and connect with the characters

  9. Lily B

    I really liked her character in the first book, so it’s awesome for her to get her own book. I so need to get my hands on this one.

  10. Lorna

    I have loved all of these books and just requested the new one from Net Galley. I am glad you loved this one too! Have you read her paranormal series?

    • kimbacaffeinate

      No I have not tried her paranormal.I will check them out!