The bit on the back…
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.
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.
This book initially attracted me to K.A. Tucker way back when it was released at the end of 2013. At the time I thought it was quite a high price to pay considering it was a Kindle book, however, after reading ten Ten Tiny Breaths and One Tiny Lie I knew that I was going to have to download this straight away regardless of cost!
It’s the third book K.A. Tucker’s Ten Tiny Breath series and features on character who we already know a bit about (Cain) and brad new character Charlie.
I was really looking forward to reading this. One big hit for me in this book was the dual narrative between both characters. I love reading from the guy’s point of view and after reading Burying Water I knew that the author executed a dual narrative in a way that I liked. The narrative flicks back and forth between the characters and I really liked getting to know Cain more.
Cain’s past is all sorts of shades of grey with some very very dark years thrown in. He strives to do his best for his staff even though owning his own strip club makes him seem like a shady character. He really does seem to look out for them and goes above and beyond to help them study or get through addiction and even puts a roof over their heads if that’s what they need. This demonstrates just how much of a kind and caring guy he actually is.
Charlie Rourke is a mysterious one. She has a shady present to rival Cain’s shady past and there is so much more to her than initially meets the eye. I found her to be quite a shifty character and always felt tense reading from her POV. Cain tries to resist the pull he feels towards Charlie but his protective side overtakes his rules about not sleeping with his staff and the constant feeling the Charlie gives is that she needs to be rescued although you’re not entirely sure what from in the beginning.
Charlie hasn’t been my favourite leading lady so far – Kacey definitely has that title. However I loved the fact that this was a dual narrative and learning about the man behind the strip club owner was great reading. I’m looking forward to the next in the series.