Four Seconds to Lose (Ten Tiny Breaths #3)
First of all I loved getting an update on my favorite characters from Ten Tiny Breaths. I love when authors give us a peek into the lives of characters we know and love! Secondly, I loved getting to know Cain better. Learning more of his back story, and why he does what he does. Obviously I think his characters does make some poor decisions, and he is a bit harsh on himself, but overall he is a good guy looking to help out those he cares about. I felt so sad for Charlie and her back story. What a horrible way to grow up, and I hated all the guilt she felt. I thought Ms. Tucker did an amazing job writing all the characters, their back stories and helping me actually have strong feelings for a lot of these characters!
I do have to say I feel like this book is borderline New Adult. Charlie is younger, but Cain is in his late twenties. I also think the book is pretty explicit, and had to skip over some stuff (just my own personal preference). I really love K.A. Tuckers novels, but I may have to not read them anymore due to explicit scenes.
Overall, a great story. I really do love her writing and her characters! If you loved Ten Tiny Breaths, you'll love this one!
I quickly got lost in Cain and Charlie's worlds. While they are two different people, they still have a lot in common, and there is initial chemistry and attraction between the two of them, so it was fun to watch the torture towards what I know is the inevitable as the reader. The banter, the stolen moments, their thoughts and trying to control their attraction to the other all make this perfect storm of angst for me.
We know pretty much Cain's history and what makes him like he is because the book starts out with his life and how he feels he failed to protect his sister and that alters the course of his life. We find that Cain truly is a good guy and he keeps the club as legal and straight up as he can and he really invests time and energy and emotion into the girls, especially the ones who are dancing for reasons of a dark past or messes they are in. We find out that Penny was one such girl and that it was the only one who worked for him that he had a relationship with. Things obviously didn't end well there, and he has this heavy weight on his shoulders andhis mind--guilt, pain, responsibility and a vision to help who he can.
Charlie is more of a mystery, we know she is hiding, and wants to earn money so that she can get a whole new identity and life, but only as the story unfolds do we realize why. Its a pretty unique twist on why and the details of her past that she so desperately want to escape and I feel for her and can see how she got herself in so deep. Charlie also has never stripped or pole danced at an adult club so we can see her unease and how she gets through it. We get to see Ginger kind of take her under her wing, so she has someone to confide in and work with as she's learning.
I did enjoy seeing the characters from the first two, we get a lot of repeat performances, especially the ones that are at Penny's and there is also some time at Storm's house. It was worked in well, and since Charlie didn't know them before if you are just stepping in, you wouldn't be confused I don't think.
It took a bit for either Cain or Charlie to act on their attraction, but when they did it went from zero to sixty pretty darn fast. This book is darker than the other two, and even though Cain is upfront with Charlie and tells her about what went down in his past, Charlie is more close lipped. And while I understand her reasoning at some point, it got to me and made me mad and hurt for Cain. But it did help the book to come to an exciting conclusion and I don't think that Charlie would have felt safe or things would have made sense otherwise.
I will def be continuing this series, and hoping not only for more glimpses at what Kasie is up to, but now Cain and Charlie and seeing how things are for them with things settled down. I am also looking forward to getting a deeper connection with some of the characters that I've met and one that I haven't.
Bottom Line: Darker than the first two but I loved getting into Cain and Charlie's head and reading their stories and romance.