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November 10, 2013

Blog Tour: Four Seconds to Lose by K.A. Tucker – Review, Excerpt, and Giveaway

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Welcome to our Tour Stop for

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

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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.

add to goodreadsFour Seconds to Lose (Ten Tiny Breaths, #3) by K.A. Tucker
Publication Date:  November 4, 2013
Publisher:  Atria Books

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You can read our review of book 1, Ten Tiny Breaths, HERE!
You can read our review of book 2, One Tiny Lie, HERE!

MaryAnn NewI was so excited to start reading Cain’s story.  He is, by far, my most favorite character in the Ten Tiny Breaths books.  Even though he was more of a minor background player in book 2, One Tiny Lie, I found myself absolutely giddy when he did make an appearance.  Something about his suave ways, the way he carried himself, and the mystery that is Cain, is what completely drew me to his character.

As a strip club owner, Cain is not typically who you would think would be such the owner that he is.  Outside from his mafia-ish exterior (which was how he appeared in my mind), he has this heart of gold where all he wants to do is help out his employees in any way that he can.

Whether it be helping them with a place to live and a job so that they can start their lives over, or taking care of “business” when things start to get out of hand and out of control for someone, Cain is someone that you can trust and rely on.  But he also has his own dark demons that he battles every day.

And out of nowhere, it appears that his demons have returned to haunt him again.  Enter Charlie Rourke, a girl with her own mission.  Needing to change her identity ASAP, and escape the suffocating stronghold her stepfather has over her, Charlie definitely fits the bill as someone that Cain would want to help.  But the changes that Charlie needs in her life takes time, and it’s in that amount of time that both Charlie and Cain find their lives intertwined, and where the help they both need to get over the past, can be found in each other.  But is Charlie’s past even too much for the man with the gold heart?

What I loved the most about this book was the sexual tension that you could cut with a knife.  I thoroughly enjoyed the cat and mouse game that these two played with each other.  With Charlie’s flirting on the stage towards Cain, and Cain’s responses, which in all honesty, made me chuckle and fall deeper in lust for this man.

I loved that we are able to see Cain’s past and just how messed up his secrets are.  And it’s also awesome to read just how hard Cain has worked to make a name for himself, and make himself into something that is nothing like his father.   Cain’s past intrigued me.  I needed/craved to know everything about him, and thankfully, author K.A. Tucker delivers.  Any questions that I had that needed answered were answered…and then some.

The author does a fantastic job showing the readers just how different Cain is from the other sleazy strip club owners.  I loved that his softer side came out time and time again.  I loved that we see his struggles with coming to grips with his feelings, and I totally cheered when he caved.

I found myself cursing Charlie for some of her thoughts about leaving him to start her life over.  I was annoyed that she wouldn’t reach out to Cain to let him know just how much in trouble she really was in.  BUT I totally understand why the author played things out the way that she did.  And I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.  I found myself totally invested in the lives of the characters in Four Seconds To Lose.

The writing in Four Seconds to Lose by K.A. Tucker is the best so far, of this series.  I enjoyed that past characters came back for their customary recurring roles.

Fans of the first two books in this series should not hesitate to read Four Seconds to Lose.  I know I wasn’t the only one who was intrigued with Cain, and his story is told to perfection.  If you haven’t yet started these books, what are you waiting for?  Get on it stat…you will NOT be disappointed.  Of that, I am certain!

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A knock on my door only seconds later makes my temper flare unexpectedly. “What!”

Ginger’s face pokes in.

Taking a deep breath, I gesture her in with a “sorry,” silently chastising myself for barking at her.

“Hey, Cain, my friend is coming in to meet you tonight,” she reminds me in that low, husky voice suitable for phone sex companies. The customers here love it. They love everything else about her, too, including those naturally large breasts and that sharp-witted tongue. “Remember? The one I mentioned earlier this week.”

I groan. I completely forgot. Ginger sprung it on me last Friday as I was refereeing an argument between Kinsley and China in the hallway. I never did agree to meet with this person but I didn’t say no. Ginger is clearly taking advantage of that. “Right. And she wants a job as what again? A dancer?”

Ginger’s head bobs up and down, her wild short hair—colored in chunks of platinum blond, honey, and pink—in styled disarray. “I think you’ll like her, Cain. She’s different.”

“Different, how?”

Ginger’s hot pink lips twist. “Hard to explain. You’ll see when you meet her. You’ll like her.”

My hand finds its way to the back of my neck, trying to rub the permanent tension out. It won’t work. Weekly trips to a massage therapist do nothing for the kind of knots this place creates. “It’s not about liking her, Ginger.  It’s about being overstaffed. I don’t need any more dancers or bartenders right now.” Given Penny’s reputation, this place has basically become the crème de la crème of adult entertainment clubs. I don’t take walk-ins or random applications. Employment is by referral only and turnover is low. Aside from Kinsley, I haven’t hired anyone new in almost a year. Too many dancers means catfights over money.

“I know, Cain, but . . . I think you’re really going to like her.” Ginger has been bartending for me for years, longer than anyone else. I trust her opinion of people. The three others she recommended turned out to be outstanding employees who are now on healthy life paths, leading far away from the sex trade business. Hell, she’s the one who introduced me to Storm—my shining success story!

After a long pause, I ask, “And her preferences? Is she . . .? Not that it matters, of course.”

Teal-green cat eyes sparkle as she smiles at me. “I’m pretty sure she’s into dudes. Haven’t seen the proof yet, but that’s what my vibe tells me. Unfortunate for me.” I’ve come to truly appreciate Ginger’s sexual orientation. There’s never been that awkward moment with her, where she’s decided that I would welcome her hand on my cock. She’s one of the very few female employees I can say that about. It’s one of the reasons why I get along with her so well.

“Her name?”

“Charlie.”

“Real or stage?”

She shrugs. “Real, I think. ‘Charlie’ is the only name she’s ever given me.”

I pause to take another sip of my drink. “You vetted her?” Ginger knows the requirements. No track marks. No pimps. No prostitution. I have zero tolerance for drugs and prostitution. I’d get shut down in a heartbeat if the cops caught on, and too many people rely on Penny’s to let that happen. Plus, there’s no need for it here. I make sure the girls can rake in the money safely, without selling the last shreds of their dignity.

Her curt nod answers me.

“Experience?”

“Vegas. She had a couple of interviews here, including one at Sin City.”  Ginger’s brow arches meaningfully. “You know what Rick makes them do.”

I lean back in my chair. Yeah, I’ve heard what Rick’s requirements are for getting and keeping a job in his club. The fact that the guy’s a fat, sweaty tub of hair doesn’t help. “She didn’t comply?”

Ginger giggles. “She barely made it out of there without puking, from what she told me.”

I nod slowly. That definitely earns her a few points with me. I want to help out every woman who feels she needs to take her clothes off to survive but I’m only one man, and not every woman is strong enough to avoid the pitfalls of this industry.

I’ve seen too many of them fall fast.

And trying to catch them over and over again is so very exhausting.

Taking in Ginger’s exotically beautiful face, I finally ask the big question. “What’s her deal, Ginger? Why strip?” With a finger, I slowly trace the rim of my glass. There’s usually a good reason. Or a bad reason, depending on how you look at it. As far as ratios of completely normal to fucked-up employees go, the numbers generally weigh in heavy for the latter. “High school dropout with no future? History of abuse? Douchebag boyfriend wanting extra cash? Daddy issues? Or is she just looking for attention?”

Ginger’s head tilts as she murmurs in a dry tone, “Jaded much?”

Chapter-by-Chapter-header---About-the-Author

KathleenTucker

 

 

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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10 Comments

  1. Sophia Rose
    11/10/2013

    Enjoyed your review thoughts and look forward to my turn reading the story. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway opportunity.

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  2. Shai
    11/10/2013

    Looking forward to getting to know Cain!
    “He is, by far, my most favorite character in the Ten Tiny Breaths books.”
    Since you put it like that. Yea. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. I’m curious about Cain too. I’ve read Ten Tiny Breaths and have One Tiny Lie in my TBR pile, but Cain seems interesting.

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  4. Janhvi
    11/10/2013

    The fact that Four Seconds To Lose is Cain’s story excites me the most. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  5. Emily
    11/10/2013

    I have not read the other books, but this sounds like a captivating read.
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  6. Lu Worley
    11/12/2013

    I am anxious to read/review from the first book on! I have not read any of them.

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  7. Roxy
    11/12/2013

    I think I’m the only one who hasn’t read any of these books, and I’m dying to get my hands on one/all! Thanks for the chance to win!!! P.S. Love the looks of your blog – new Bloglovin’ follower here!
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  8. Nikki Ooi
    11/13/2013

    Ooo it sounds fun! And so interesting. I’m starting to feel for Cain already, having such strong principles about not touching the goods but not being able to deny his heart.

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  9. dean holder fan
    11/15/2013

    cain is mysterious but i am looking forward to everyone in the series!!

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  10. Esraa
    11/18/2013

    Amazing review. I was so excited to read this book after all those amazing reviews, but just wanted to read the first two first. I’m glad I did, I loved the series so far.

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