“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.”
– Taken from Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17571140-four-seconds-to-lose)
This was, in my opinion, the best book in the series so far. I’ve always liked Cain and wanted to know more about why he does what he does. While Kacey and Livie, the main characters in Ten Tiny Breaths and One Tiny Lie, were psychologically messed up (Kacey far more than Livie), Cain’s and Charlie’s issues were more gritty, more relatable to.
Furthermore, there was an elemente of mystery as well, thanks to Charlie’s POV. I kept turning the pages, eager to find out more about her, and, at the same time, hating the situation she was forced into. And both Charlie’s and Cain’s reactions felt real, not forced or unnatural.
This is book has, in my opinion, one big difference from the other books, and that’s probably one of the things that made it better than its prequels: there is no weird psychiatrist meddling here. In Kacey’s story, she needed him, granted. But I still don’t know if his intervention in Livie’s life was justified. So I was kind of glad to see him gone. Another thing that I liked in this book were the glimpses we got into other characters, such as Storm and Ginger (I sure hope Ginger gets her own book. Would love for Storm to have one as well, but that seems unlikely).
My one qualm with this book was the ending. It felt a bit rushed and abrupt, as if the author could go on and on, but had to cut short. It was not an easy ending, but the way it was done makes it seem so. After all, they had this huge obstacle to overcome (not spoiling it), and it was done in a few pages. I’d like to have had a more drawn-out ending.
Rating: 4 out of 5