Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Review: Four Seconds to Lose by K. A. Tucker

FOUR SECONDS TO LOSE is the third novel in K.A. Tucker's Ten Tiny Breaths Series, published by Atria Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster)

Four Secondsto Lose
Available At:  Amazon  |  Barnes and Noble  |  Other Retailers

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.

My Thoughts:  I have enjoyed this series so much.  I really liked Ten Tiny Breaths and One Tiny Lie, and couldn't wait to read Four Seconds to Lose, because I was so curious about Cain's story and I couldn't wait to meet Charlie.  True to form, K.A. Tucker writes a book that sucks you in from the get go and keeps you there until the very last page.  This has been one of my favorite books so far this year, and one of the best books I've read in a long time.    

I loved Cain from the get go and have been so curious to know more about him.  We originally were introduced to him in Ten Tiny Breaths.  He owns a strip club, but is nothing like you would expect a strip club owner to be.  He truly cares about the girls and wants to help them, a desire that was born from past tragic events that have scarred him and left him with many regrets, something he is trying to make amends for.  Cain is very hot, mysterious, and only lets people get so close to him.  There are very few that really know him on a deep level, which is how he likes it.  He prefers to keep business and his personal life separate.  He really is a good guy at heart though and I just loved him.  He is calm, cool, and collected, that is until he meets Charlie, who causes his world to turn upside down then totally rocks it.  

I loved Charlie's character also.  I felt sorry for her, wanted to shake her, slap her, and then hug her.  Charlie also has deep dark secrets and is running from a life and family that are not only dangerous, but also deadly.  She wasn't looking for friends or a relationship, but she falls hard for Cain, just as hard as he falls for her.  

The story itself had the feel of a romantic suspense to me.  There was the great romance that K.A. Tucker writes so well, and there are things that transpire that will have your biting your nails, delving into a world of violence and darkness, where sometimes getting things right involves doing something wrong in order to save those you love.  While each of the books in this series (and they can be read as stand alones), have the romance we all are looking for, they each have their own individual story that makes them stand apart from one another.  Four Seconds to Lose is definitely the most dark of the three novels, but also the most captivating, at least to me.  I enjoyed where K.A. Tucker took me as a reader and I experienced the events and emotions in the book right along with the characters.  I also really liked the fact that we get to see the characters from the previous books make an appearance in this novel.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Four Seconds to Lose and found it to be captivating.  If you are a fan of contemporary romance, mystery, suspense, and just a downright great story, then Four Seconds to Lose is definitely a must read. 

“I believe some people are inherently evil.
I believe guilt is a powerful motivator.
I believe redemption is something you can strive for but never fully achieve.
I believe second chances exist only in dreams, never in reality.
I believe you don't have years, or months, or weeks to impact a person's life.
You have seconds.
Seconds to win them over, And seconds to lose them.” 

“She’s the woman who stole my heart right out from me before I even realized she had her hands on it.” 

“For all that I hate about what I’ve done, there’s one thing I can’t regret. 
It led me to him.” 

Author Photo
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.

Blog  |  Website  |  Author Facebook  |  Twitter
Author Goodreads  |  FOUR SECONDS TO LOSE Goodreads


  1. So happy to see a 5 star rating! Great review.

  2. I'm really looking forward to reading this book, I skipped book 2 but this sounds great!

    A wonderful review Ellen!

    1. I really like it. If you liked book one, then you should like this one to.

  3. I wasn't sure if I wanted to read the series or not. But after your review, I decided I will read it! Thanks

  4. Ugh! I'm behind on this series! So glad this one's good. NOT that I doubted.

    1. It really is good. I hope you like it when you get a chance to read it.

  5. Great Review Ellen! I love story with a lot of romance, and suspense! You know it's an excellent book when you feel everything that the characters are experiencing as you read the story!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    1. I really enjoy romantic suspense also. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. I've been curious about Cain too. I'm glad you liked this!

  7. I am so lame, I haven't read this series at all and a lot of people really love it. Sounds good, too.

  8. This one was a bit more intense. I'm glad you loved Cain and Charlie too!


Thanks for your comments. I love hearing from you!

Entangled Teen Weekly

What Kind of Reviewer are You? Click on the banner to visit Ashley @ the Book Nook to find out.