Series Review : Tristan & Danika – R. K. Lilley

Posted 24 September, 2017 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 4 Comments

Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Series Review : Tristan & Danika – R. K. LilleyBad Things Series: Tristan & Danika #1
on 11 June 2013
Pages: 367
4 Stars

Danika hasn’t had an easy life. Being insanely attracted to bad boys has never helped make it easier.
One look at Tristan, and every brain cell she possessed went up in smoke. This man was trouble with a capital T. It was a given.
She knew better. Bad boys were bad. Especially for her. Considering her history, it was crazy to think otherwise. So why did crazy have to feel so damn fine?
For as long as she could remember, Danika had been focused on the future with single-minded purpose. Tristan came along and taught her everything there was to know about letting go, and living in the present. She fell, hard and deep. Of course, that only made her impact with the ground that much more devastating.
Bad Things is about Tristan and Danika, and their train wreck of a love story. This series can be read as a standalone, or with the Up in the Air series.

Bad Things shows just how bad things can come when love can’t conquer all. Gripping story with characters who broke my heart.

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The whole Tristan & Danika series is set in the same universe as Lilley’s Up in the Air series. And I was intrigued by Tristan and Danika’s story from when they first showed up there. Bad Things starts withe Danika and Tristan’s meeting, their incredible chemistry, and how Danika did her best to resist his bad-boy charm.

At first, their story was all about falling in love, but as Bad Things unfolded, nothing was easy for them. Danika needed stability, and Tristan was anything but stable. He loved Danika with all his heart, but when things became difficult for him, he turned towards the wrong solution.

On top of being in a bad place at times, Tristan’s being in a band complicated things between him and Danika. Especially because one of his band mates, who is a creepy bastard, thinks Tristan will give his all to the band if there is no more Danika to distract him from his music.


Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Series Review : Tristan & Danika – R. K. LilleyRock Bottom by R. K. Lilley
Series: Tristan & Danika #2
Published by Selfpublished on 21 November 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Erotica, Romance
Pages: 273
Format: Kindle
Source: Kindle Purchase
Reading Challenges: 17 Summer COYER
5 Stars

Even love couldn’t cushion a fall like ours. My love for Tristan was so big that I felt consumed by it, and even so, it was not enough to overpower our combined demons.
I struggled. I yelled and screamed. I scratched and kicked.
I fought like hell, but even the most determined fighters have to stop before they break.
No one could say I didn’t fight for him.
“I love you,” I spoke softly into his ear.
He gripped me harder. “I can’t ever lose you, Danika. I’m not sure I’d survive it.”
“You’ve got me. And I’m not going anywhere. Not ever.”
I meant the words when I said them, but life had other plans for us.
I’d have given my life for that fight. In fact, I very nearly did.
She was the one.
If I’d ever had a doubt, I didn’t now. She was the one I’d be thinking about, longing for, until I took my last breath. If I lost her tomorrow, I’d pine for her like a lovesick fool.
This was the kind of love that only hit you once in your life.

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Rock Bottom totally broke my heart! It’s only so much a person can take before there aren’t any more pieces to try to put them back together again and be whole.

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This story is where Tristan & Danika’s romance went to hell in a hand basket! And my goodness, how I cried! The reasons why things happened the way they did made so much sense to me. All the while understanding Danika, and rooting for her to be strong, I still couldn’t help but hope that they would get back together.

There was so much heartache in Rock Bottom, both for Tristan and for Danika. I felt like my emotions had been through a shredder, and my heart was in pieces.


Series Review : Tristan & Danika – R. K. LilleyLovely Trigger by R. K. Lilley
Series: Tristan & Danika #3
Published by Selfpublished on 10 March 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Erotica, Romance
Pages: 356
Format: Kindle
Source: Kindle Purchase
Reading Challenges: 17 Summer COYER
5 Stars

Tristan hit rock bottom, and no one felt the impact harder than Danika. She was forced to see, in the most brutal of ways, that love does not conquer all. Bruised, bloody, and broken she had to walk away.
Picking up the pieces of your life after a tragedy is a daunting prospect, and that’s considering you still own all of the pieces. But what if you don’t? What if someone else owns those pieces, and those pieces are a part of your soul?
You dig deep and work with what you’ve got.
That’s what Danika told herself and believed, every single day, for years.
Tristan and Danika’s love had failed every test that life had thrown at them. She couldn’t forget that, not for one second. And if those tests had been overly harsh, well, she wasn’t one to wallow in self-pity. The failure was the thing she had to focus on. The failure was the lesson. She had no intention of working so hard to make it out of hell without learning that lesson well.
Over six years after the night that changed everything, Danika finds herself forced to spend the weekend constantly in Tristan’s company, as they attend the wedding of two of their dearest friends. It’s been long enough that she feels they can be friendly again without it destroying her peace of mind, but just a small amount of time in his presence has her remembering something she had forced herself to forget: There’d been a reason she’d gone through hell with this man, for this man, some true good to precede the bad.
She shocks herself by quickly giving in to a hunger that she never imagined could still consume her.
Even the best intentioned denial has a breaking point.
After everything that’s happened, the rise and the fall, the pain and the aftermath, can these two navigate the waters of acute regret, survive the trials of coming face to face with all that they have lost, and find the strength to try again?

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Lovely Trigger dealt with the past, the present and the future – and it did so beautifully!

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This book broke me in thousands of pieces! Finally, we found out why Danika had left Tristan. And it was ugly. It was bad. It was sad. It was heartbreaking. And he had NO idea! When Danika told him, he was broken, too.

Tristan and Danika was an amazing series, and I loved the character development, the writing, the love, the hurt and everything in between. There were several characters from the Up in the Air series, too, and that enhanced my experience, as I almost felt like I got to know them better in this series.

I hope Lilley will continue with more books from this universe.

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4 responses to “Series Review : Tristan & Danika – R. K. Lilley

  1. I’ve had this series for YEARS, Lexxie, but I haven’t read it yet. ? I didn’t think I would ever read it since there is LOTS of distractions ever week but gosh I want to read it NOW. I’m feeling like I’m missing something. Thanks for your awesome reviews. ?❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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