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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

presented by InkSlinger PR!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

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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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