Published November 2013 by Atria Books|Pages: 256
Where I Got It: nook store
Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #3
Genre: New Adult Contemporary/Romance
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.
What I Thought:
I’ve really been enjoying the Ten Tiny Breaths series, and Four Seconds To Lose is a great addition to the series. I don’t love it the way I loved Ten Tiny Breaths or One Tiny Lie, but I still really liked it!
This book focuses on Cain, who owns the strip club that Kacey works at. We don’t see a lot of Kacey or Livie in this one- though they do make an appearance- but I also liked seeing Cain’s story. Mostly because he’s such a mystery, and I did want to know more of his story because of that. You really do find out why he does what he does, and how great of a boss he really is.
It fits in so well with the series, even though it has a very different vibe to it. I think I got so used to Livie and Kacey and their story that something focusing on a completely different character was going to be different. And Four Seconds To Lose is different in a good way. I just don’t think I connected to it the way I felt connected to Livie and Kacey.
We do see quite a bit of Dan and Storm in this one, and I wish they got their own book. I know that we get quite a bit of their story throughout the series, but there’s a part of me that wants them to have their own book! And I’d love to see a book about Nate, who also makes quite a few appearances throughout the book. I did like his friendship with Cain, and it’s clear they have each other’s back.
There is a certain darkness in Four Seconds To Lose than we see in the previous 2 books, and it’s definitely because Charlie and Cain have been through a lot. They both have a lot of baggage, and I don’t blame them for acting the way they do. I did feel for them, and I wanted them to be happy because they deserved it so much! I also loved them together, and how Cain realized that he can’t let Charlie go.
Let’s Rate It:
While I really liked Four Seconds to Lose, it also didn’t have the same appeal the other books in the series have had. I like that each book in the series stands on its own, and that you don’t need to read them in order…but I also love that there is a common thread that connects the books. Four Seconds To Lose gets 4 stars.