Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #3
Published by Atria Books, Simon and Schuster Australia on November 4, 2013
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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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.
WOAH if Ten Tiny Breaths was intense, Cain’s story in Four Seconds to Lose is completely off the radar when it comes to sexiness and intensity. Everything about the story, from Cain himself, to his love interest Charlie, to owning a strip club and the secrets they had to keep was a powerful, intense and romantic thrill ride.
As a strip club owner with some past demons, Cain is a noble man who treats his employees like his own family. He does everything that he can to provide the strippers with a better life than they would have on the street, and that includes interfering with their personal lives and beating up their cheating husbands. Cain is probably my favourite male character out of the ones presented in this series so far, because he is so noble and has good intentions. He is as chivalrous as they come, and even with women flaunting themselves at him every night, he never lays a hand on them.
That is, until he meets Charlie, the young, mysterious girl who reminds him of a previous lover, who walks into his office wanting a job. Charlie holds some dark secrets of her own, and everything she does is cold, calculated, and an act. She’s caught in a dangerous web of lies, and the guilt, self doubt, disgust and conflicted feelings that Charlie felt throughout the novel was portrayed really well. She is a complex character to write about, and K.A. Tucker pulled her off perfectly.
The Cain I’ve been using as a prop onstage all these weeks is an emotionless man who wants nothing more than sex. He’s aggressive and demanding and walks away when he’s gotten his fill. Aside from a lustful crush, it’s difficult to picture myself forming an attachment to a man like that.
But the Cain I experienced last night is nothing like that prop. That Cain is passionate and gentle and, I’m afraid, has the ability to consume me.
Pretty much the first half of the book involves drawn out foreplay between Charlie and Cain, as they tease each other mercilessly before they finally act on it. It is worth the wait though, because Cain doesn’t do anything halfway. The passion that they have for each other is intense and enveloping, especially when the book picks up in the second half. The plot of the book really speeds up and comes to a head towards the end, with everything from drugs, sex, gang involvement turning the whole story into a blockbuster action flick.
There is no beating around the bush (excuse my term lol) here, with Cain working as a strip club owner in the sex trade, there is a lot of boobs, sex and action. The number of times Charlie described another male staring at her chest started to grate after a while, as it seemed like every male besides Cain and his buddies were horn dogs. The cattiness of the other strippers and their relentless gossiping and competitiveness was something I never got used to, but I was thankful that Charlie was different.
Four Seconds to Lose is one of the best books in the series so far with it’s intensity, action, complex characters and really, really hot romance. Usually I’m not a fan of cliche romances with damaged characters, but with K.A. Tucker’s amazingly powerful writing and deep, well developed characters with an air of mystery captured my attention and I was enthralled.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Thank you to Simon and Schuster for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.
As a sex addict, Lily Calloway must do the impossible. Stay celibate for 90 days.
Cravings and fantasies become her new routine, but while Loren Hale recovers from his alcohol addiction, Lily wonders if he’ll realize what a monster she really is. After all, her sexual compulsions begin to rule her life the longer she stays faithful to him.
Progress. That’s what Lily’s striving for. But by trying to become closer to her family—people who aren’t aware of her addiction—she creates larger obstacles. When she spends time with her youngest sister, she learns more about her than she ever imagined and senses an unsettling connection between Daisy and Ryke Meadows.
With Lily and Lo’s dysfunctional relationship teetering and unbalanced, they will need to find a way to reconnect from miles apart. But the inability to “touch” proves to be one of the hardest tests on their road to recovery. Some love brushes the surface. Some love is deeper than skin.
Lily and Lo have three months to discover just how deep their love really goes.
Review contains spoilers for Addicted to You – the first book in the series. Review here.
Wow, even though Ricochet is a companion novel, there is nothing that was lacking about it. It offered so much character development for Lily, Lo, and the cast of characters and couples that it is unmissable if you pick up this series.
Firstly, I am just SO proud of Lily for the growth that she undertakes and the restrain that she practices while Lo is away. She’s not perfect, she is a sex addict, but slowly but surely, she tries and does right by Lo. Rose enrols her into therapy and she wants to get better, if not because she needs to recover, but because she doesn’t want Lo to leave her after he gets out of rehab.
There’s so much development in their relationship even though Lo is away, Lily shares some of their pivotal moments during their teenage years that led to them being attached at the hip, and she also shares some pretty saucy fantasies of Lo. Ricochet is a lot more blatant about Lily’s actual sex addiction, as she watches porn, practices self love, and fantasizes about Lo. She sinks to her deepest moments as she compulsively tries to fill the need without Lo, and the guilt eating away at her as she can’t exercise self control over her own addiction. I really, really felt for Lily during Ricochet, because it shows that she’s destructive on her own without the sleeping around as she did in the first novel.
And then I begin to wake up from my dream. He’ll see what a fiend I am. He’ll realise how needy and gross I can become, and he’ll toss me away as a friend and as a lover. If I cross the line – if he fills this need inside of me – what will become of us? What will become of me?
Ricochet featured great glimpses between the other two couples that will eventuate – dynamo couple that is Rose and Connor, as they are already on and off again and fighting incessantly. The two are just too smart for their own good, and their constant snipes at each other was endearing and just so true to their natures. Daisy and her fearless attitude with her supermodel friends and her ability to be able to match Ryke’s intense, intimidating personality was refreshing, although I’m still weirded out that she’s only 14 and wonder where that’s going to go.
Ricochet features some great character development and Lily while she sinks to her darkest moments with Loren away, and it also offers a great glimpse of the characters as they began to develop their destructive relationship. It’s a companion novel that is not to be missed, and I can’t wait for the two to be together again.
Rating: 5 out of 5