Four Seconds to Lose (Ten Tiny Breaths Series #3)

Four Seconds to Lose (Ten Tiny Breaths Series #3)

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

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.

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.

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 his 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476740508
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 11/04/2013
Series: Ten Tiny Breaths Series , #3
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 67,889
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA TODAY, The Globe and Mail, Suspense Magazine, and Publishers Weekly. She currently resides in a quaint town outside Toronto with her husband and two beautiful girls.

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Four Seconds to Lose: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
twimom101 More than 1 year ago
First of all, let me start by saying that Kacey has nothing on baggage when it comes to Charlie. Then add Cain into the mix? Yeah, so much baggage they need their own conveyor belt at an airport baggage claim. Both Charlie and Cain are so tormented by their past it is crazy they are still walking around and living life. I had major feels for these two people. But I didn’t feel that way about Charlie at the start. Oh no. Let me explain… When the book first started I was all against her. I didn’t like her lifestyle. I didn’t like her lies. I didn’t like her. At all. She worried constantly that Cain was going to be her ‘pimp’. When the whole time her stepdad is doing just that, but in a different way. So here I am just reading along thinking I don’t much care for her and then BAM! All of a sudden I am 80% into the story and it hits me. I do like this girl. I don’t want to see her get hurt. I don’t want to see her gone and away from Cain. I need these two together and happy. This girl needs to be with Cain. She is the first person in years that has been able to wake him up and breathe life into his broken soul. She needs Cain to make her feel some sense of worth in her fractured life. He is the only one who can. They need each other. Tucker pulled another winner out of her butt with this one. (And I mean that in the best way possible.Truly I do.) I wasn’t sure I was going to like it with my dislike of Charlie in the beginning, but I truly did. It was fantastic, it was edgy, it was hot! It was an absolute winner in my opinion. Throwing in all my favorite parts of a great book (lots of romance, snarky humor, life and death suspense) I found it hard to put this book down. And when I did, I found myself wanting to pick it right back up again. It pulled at me and sought my attention. I am absolutely blown away by this series. Each one is uniquely different and so very endearing. Old characters make some appearances, new characters prove they are worthy of their own story, and a kick ass storyline shows us that this book is most assuredly a must read. Now bring on Ben's story. I.Am.Ready!
terferj More than 1 year ago
Oh wow how I loved this. In the previous books I always thought Cain came off as a stolic person. Thankfully this book showed more to him. He’s brooding, mysterious, and troubled but then he’s also swoon worthy and a great person. What he does for the people that worked for him was amazing and makes you wish everyone was like this. Charlie was a sweet girl that got put into a bad situation by someone she trusts. She was also very brave to go through with both things. If it was me, I would run as far as I could make it. It was such a great storyline. A first for me in my time reading. Oh man, what Cain did to keep his secrets and Charlie safe was a dirty thing to do but hey he kept his hands clean. Another great one in the series.
Jesszelk More than 1 year ago
I am totally adoring this series. Each book is different yet the characters intertwine. This one is a bit gritty and yet just as captivating.
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I couldn't put down this book. I wasn't disappointed with the plot or characters. While reading it I jogged in-place, ate breakfast/lunch/dinner, not to mention staying up late in last few chapters because I wanted to finish it before I went to sleep!
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Could not finish it. Not into strip club stories and not being able to get out of transporrting drugs. Hated this storyline but loved the others. Did not finish book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one blew the first two out of the water
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Book_Bite_Reviews More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this story! It was such a great addition to the series and I am so happy I finally got around to reading it. I honestly didn't think I was going to like the story since I never really cared about Cain's personal life, but boy was I wrong. K.A. Tucker had me hooked with her beautiful, calligraphy type, writing style. The only thing I didn't like was what we find out about Penny in the end. It felt cheap and like it was thrown in to make the reader say, "What!" There should have been hints or signs leading to our ending discovery, but other than that I absolutely loved the story. If you haven't read this book read make sure you do as soon as possible. You won't regret it.
csingh More than 1 year ago
I've been wondering what Cain's story was from the first time I met him in the pages of Ten Tiny Breaths.  I thought I got to know him a little then but it turns out what I'd guessed was just the tip of the iceberg.  I mean you don't often hear of strip club owners who value their "girls" so much.  I was hoping K.A. Tucker would be able to do him justice, and boy did she. Charlie is to be admired.  She's managed to find a way to get herself (mostly) out of a bad situation.  She's doing whatever it takes to make a clean break.  The circumstances will amaze you.  I swear, when the truth was revealed, my eyes widened and my jaw dropped open in disbelief.  I guess growing up the way she did taught her how to keep herself together and in control.  I was so afraid for her and Cain.  I totally understood why she didn't, no COULDN'T afford to fall in love. This book was REALLY intense.  I was literally walking around in circles and reading at the same time.  Every time I sat down, I'd get antsy and would have to get up again.  I'd even put the book down and try to do something else so I could calm down, but that wasn't happening.  My mind and heart were firmly entrenched in the story.  My heart was in my throat for a lot of the book, but it was just that good.   This book has some grey areas, but so do all the other books in this series.  The grey areas are what make the characters so easy to relate to.  It's easy to say you wouldn't do something, but when it comes down to survival or keeping a loved one safe, there are no limits to what people can or will do.  As you can tell somethings went down in this book and I'm totally a-okay with them.  Basically you have to pick up this book.  It can be read as stand alone but there are some awesome books that precede it.  Check them out!
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K. A. Tucker never fails! Cain and Charlie are so great together and their story is a powerful one. One Tiny Lie is still my favorite, but the way Cain loves Charlie...its irresistible! 
LittlePiecesofImagination More than 1 year ago
I honestly don’t even feel like writing a review for this. I feel like this series has gone so down for me that I’m not even sure I want to read Ben’s book. If this is any indication then I’m going to DNF his book which I do not want to happen. Ehhhh.. Okokok, I’ll try not to rant too much and say everything I have to say nicely. “For all that I hate about what I’ve done, there’s one thing I can’t regret. It led me to him.” Cade was a pretty decent character in previous books even if he was there just as a very minor character. I appreciate his attitude towards women. He respects them and as weird as it is to think about a strip club owner being nice, polite and for him to mean strictly business—that is all Cade. He has had a rough time in his youth and that was the catalyst to why he is the way he is now.  Charlie on the other hand… Oh boy. I liked her at first, but then grew to dislike her, because girl..?? You know, you KNOW Cade has the means to save your pretty self from this web of lies and deception yet you still don’t use it *pulls her hair* Plus, after all that talk about how malicious Sam (her stepdad) can be and how hard it is to play your move against him, the final scenes in the showdown sure did feel like anything but hard since the climax to the whole drug-maffia thing was so mild and non-eventful that it actually made me laugh out loud of its silliness. It literally felt like all that huge build up was for nothing other than just to throw a few anti-climatic pages in my face and be done with it *eyeroll*  Also, the love drama? Ehhhh… I liked the build-up very much. When they got together though, it lost the edge a little, and honestly? Some months after reading it I don’t even remember much of the romance. I guess it didn’t leave a huge impression on me. Also, I remember that this book had the good ole “girls steps into the room when another girl is on the guy’s lap and it’s actually very innocent” um. No. Please don’t. I found the explanation the most ridiculous ever and it just made me make a weird face and tap to the next page that more quickly.  I don’t even feel much towards this book other than disappointment mostly thanks to the ending since the beginning was so promising and then it suddenly all fell apart. I didn’t hate it per se, but it’s one of those books that I will never re-read. It would have gotten a tad higher rating than One Tiny Lie, but due to the mild climax of the whole storyarc in this book? Naahhhh, not gonna happen. Only one thing will save Tucker in my eyes and that’s Ben’s book. If that doesn’t work either then I’m done for good.  Overall rating: 2.4 out of 5.0 Originally published on my blog @ Little Pieces of Imagination
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read a ton but rarely write a review. This author deserves a review...amazing writer and amazing story. Loved all 3 books in this series.
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
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. 
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
It took ONE PAGE to draw me in and set the hook with K. A. Tucker’s Four Seconds to Lose. Charlie is living in Miami per the instructions of her father, a powerful and dangerous mob boss with a lucrative drug business he is expanding. Desperate to get away from the man she always looked up to as a child, finally able to see him for whom and what he is; Charlie takes a job as a stripper to earn enough money to disappear. Little did she know the club owner, Cain is like a walking sensual fantasy who has the potential to steal her heart. For Cain, Charlie is like a flame and he is the moth being drawn to it, totally against his policy. They each hide their own dark pasts and dance around the feelings they have for each other. Will they be able to hide their pasts from each other or will they risk exposing their wounds to each other, finally trusting another person not to stomp on their hearts? Will Charlie’s past catch up with her as she plays the puppet to her step-father’s wishes? Will Cain accept her, even though he despises both liars and drug pushers? Once again, K. A. Tucker has taken two brutally shattered characters and pairs them up in such an angst-filled and intriguing way that I actually felt their pain and their turmoil. Cain has worked hard to pay for his past sins, strong, silent and caring, always willing to help those around him. Charlie wants more from life than to be a puppet for her step-father, she wants love, she wants romance and she longs to retract the lies she has told. For an author to so fully develop characters that, no matter what, you root for them is one of K. A. Tucker’s strong points. As she builds her story and fills her world with wonderful satellite characters, Ms. Tucker’s brilliance shines through without a hitch! While creating strong male alpha types, she never fails to create female characters that are able to stand toe to toe with the “boys.” Looking for romance, tension, intrigue and a walk on the dark side of the street that flows smoothly from scene to sizzling scene? It’s all here in Four Seconds to Lose!