Goodreads Rating: 4.21 / 5 stars
My Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: November 4th 2013
Publisher: Atria Books
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.
If you remember Cain Ford, he’s the owner of Penny’s –a strip club where Kacey Cleary bartended. His character intrigued me because he got this mysterious vibe. He’s lethal man with a dark past and anyone who messes with or his employees, he’ll take you down. He’s a man of few words, generous, sexy and unpredictable. He only trusted a few people and inexperienced on dating life. He only prefers no-strings-attached.
When Charlie Rourke stepped in his club looking for a job as a stripper, he find it difficult to control his attraction. There’s something about Charlie that makes him drawn to her. What he didn’t know, Charlie is involved in a drug syndicate. She’s used as a pawn by his stepfather, Sam “Big Sam” Arnoni for drug shipments. She needs a job to save up money so she can get away for good. She so sick of being trapped with illegal deeds and wants to live a normal life with a real identity. The last thing she wants is to be involve with Cain but the attration between them intensifies, it trumps every problem they have. With the reality catching up, both of them are in danger and their relationship can fall because of it. Will they be able to redeem themselves and have a happy ending?
Four Seconds to Lose is exceptionally great! I think the plot is better compared on the previous books. Maybe because I’m into romantic suspense. Though this book dragged out a little, it’s well crafted and it keeps you interested on the story, making it difficult to put down. I love Cain and Charlie’s intimate connection. The way tease each other at first, goodness! The tension is so palpable! The ending is really clever (view spoiler) and proved that they’re destined for each other. That puts a smile on my face.
I forgot to add yesterday: Aside from being excited to Ben’s book, I really want Storm and Dan have at least a novella. I adore those two 😭❤️ I’m happy for them
Final rating: 4.5 / 5 stars