Saturday, June 21, 2014

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

About Four Seconds to Lose:

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 doesn’t need to complicate her life with romance.

Unfortunately, Charlie soon discovers that developing feelings for Cain is inevitable, 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.



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About the Author:

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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Review by Michelle:

The thing about a TBR is that it is unrelenting. An unfortunate side effect of this is that subsequent books in a well loved series don't always get the attention that they deserve, sometimes they get lost in the shuffle. Sometimes it is easy to forget just how much you love and appreciate a certain author and the third or fourth book in a series gets unintentionally and regrettably buried. How could I have possibly let this happen with Four Seconds To Lose by K.A. Tucker? Why on earth did I ever wait so long to read this book? Don't worry, I have definitely learned my lesson. While I can't promise this won't ever happen again, I can say with absolute certainty that it will not happen when it comes to a K.A. Tucker book. Four Seconds to Lose reminded me of the magic of the first two books as well as the spellbinding storytelling of K.A. Tucker. It knocked me over the head with the realization that this author, this series, and these books are just too good and too special to let fall by the wayside.

I am a firm believer that the first few words of a story can actually make it or break it. First impressions are everything, even in books. While I wouldn't go so far as to set a book aside if I'm not overly impressed with the beginning, and there have been many a book that I have come to enjoy despite a slow or shaky start, these first few words can be the difference between a really good, really great, and really incredible book. The feeling you get at the beginning of a really wonderful book; the excitement, the anticipation, the sense of wonder and awe from reading just a few striking and stunning lines is unlike any other and hooks me each and every time. Within just a handful of lines, I read Cain's introduction and the words "You have seconds. Seconds to win them over, And seconds to lose them." This struck a chord with me, it hit me hard, it grabbed a hold of me, and I knew right then and there I was in for something really incredible.

While reading the first two books in the Ten Tiny Breaths series it was very apparent that there is much more than meets the eye to the enigma that is Cain, a devastatingly handsome strip club owner who seems to have a soft spot for his girls and a heart of gold, leaving you to wonder what exactly is his deal and why this chosen profession? Cain does not disappoint. He is seriously hot, mysterious, and his past is all sorts of complicated, but he is inherently good with the absolute best of intentions and wants nothing more than to right the wrongs of his past in some way by balancing the former bad with the current good. What I love so much about K.A. Tucker and this series is that all of the characters are so very different yet each new character is just as enthralling as the last and each original and unique story just as absorbing.

There was not a single thing that I did not love about Four Seconds to Lose. This book had me hook, line, and sinker from the very first page. The characters are so genuine, so well developed and so fascinating while the connection that the two have as well as their struggle to deny the draw to one another was captivating and hard to walk away from. The storyline is fun and sexy yet edgy and suspenseful with plenty of twists and turns and the overwhelming desire for just one more chapter, just one more page, was addictive and consuming.

Rating: 5 Stars

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