Four Seconds to Lose (Ten Tiny Breaths #3) by K. A. Tucker
“I believe some people are inherently evil.
I believe guilt is a powerful motivator.
I believe redemption is something you can strive for but never fully achieve.
I believe second chances exist only in dreams, never in reality.
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.”
I can’t believe I’ve waited this long to read this book. Ten Tiny Breaths is one of my all times favs, and I loved One Tiny Lie. I liked Cain, but for some reason set this book aside, until now.
Cain is the owner of a strip club called Penny’s in Miami, but he’s a good guy and not a sleazy one. Cain takes care of his employees and doesn’t exploit them. Charlie is applying for a job at Penny’s, and she’s got a huge amount of secrets around her. From the moment they see other, Cain and Charlie feel an attraction but neither of them are willing to act on that attraction.
“She’s the woman who stole my heart right out from me before I even realized she had her hands on it.”
Night after night Charlie dances, and she teases Cain. Every night he watches her but doesn’t act. As time goes by tension builds up and the two must decide whether to give in to the attraction or let each other go.
I really enjoyed this book. The beginning was a little bit slow for me but once the book gained some speed I couldn’t put it down. KA Tucker seems to thrive on characters with secrets and boy did Charlie and Cain have secrets. I liked Charlie as a main character, a girl who feels a lot but is not expressive, making her mysterious to other characters but not to the reader.
“For all that I hate about what I’ve done, there’s one thing I can’t regret. It led me to him.”
I also really liked getting some character development on Cain. He’s been present in the last two books but never a central character, and I’m glad his story was told. He wasn’t the most moral or perfect man, but he genuinely wanted to make amends for his past and was a good man to everyone around him.
This book was a bit steamier than the last two which was a bit of an added bonus. TTB was fairly fade to black if I recall and I’m glad the author didn’t do that in this book. The age difference between Charlie and Cain also didn’t bug me too much, Charlie may have been young but had the soul of someone who was older.
“I’m not afraid of anything, yet I think I’m afraid of Charlie. Not afraid of her. Afraid of having her. Of losing her.”
Overall like I said I enjoyed this one. It didn’t pack the same emotional punch as the first two but was still a great addition to the series and definitely worth a read.