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.
Four Seconds to Lose held me riveted. Aside from being a crazy hot romance, there were dangerous drug deals, the cartel, secret identities, and a more in-depth peek inside the world of strip clubs. The third installment of this series stepped the drama up a notch with the addition of those more dangerous elements. The uniqueness of this book also shows how the author allows each story to be led by the individualism of each character.
Nothing is as it seems in this book at first, except for the genuine bond that clicks between Charlie and Cain. Charlie’s story is gut-wrenching and made me want to hug the adolescent version of her so she'd feel real love and family. Then tack onto that the story of Cain’s tragic past and twisted at my heart. These two have truly taken lemons and made lemonade by the end as they find their peace in each other.
Another MUST READ by author KA Tucker.
5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
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