Book Review + Giveaway – Bad Things (Tristan and Danika #1) – R.K Lilley

I knew I’d love Tristan and Danika’s story as soon as they were introduced to us in Grounded (Up in the Air Book #3). There was just so much hurt there, so much so that I couldn’t help but wonder how they got that way. Then when R.K said, “They’re a mess.  I look forward to straightening them out”, I knew I had to get this book! Oh and in case you’re wondering, yes, Bad Things can be read as a standalone 🙂

Danika is an aspiring dancer, a student and a nanny. She lives with her friend Bev basically taking care of Bev’s kids and dogs. Both Bev and her ex-husband Jerry are lawyers, but while Bev actually works in a Law Firm, Jerry spends most of his time scouting bands as he wants to manage one someday. He always ends up picking stray band members and bringing them to the house. And that’s how Tristan ends up in Bev’s living room.

Them living together starts out innocently (and beautifully) enough. They just click. They have the same sense of humor, she finds him hot, he finds her hot, and initially, that mutual attraction doesn’t threaten the kind of bond they form.

I loved loved that we got to see them falling in like, hanging out, just plain enjoying each others company. And then we got the lust, the jealousy, the love… I absolutely loved their journey.

What I love about R.K Lilley is that she’s never given us a heroine I didn’t love. They’re all sassy, sarcastic, funny, strong… just how I like them. And Danika was no exception. Especially since she really just said what she wanted to say (and isn’t that a relief?!).. but yes, she said it all, the good, the bad and the ugly… and I loved her for it. But because of her past, she has control issues, i.e. she always wants to be in control… and it took Tristan to help her to finally submit…

I submitted to him, my restless mind went quiet and dark, and it was the sweetest feeling in the world to let him take control of it all… For the first time in my life, I trusted someone enough to take that control from me, I gave him that control willingly, and that trust healed something raw and aching deep inside me.

Which now brings me to my new crush Tristan. Tall, gorgeous, tattooed lead singer of a rock band… I loved his crazy jealous streak, his protectiveness, his dominance and even though he was a bit (okay a lot) of a man whore… I still absolutely loved him.

…watching him onstage made me see just how powerful he was, what a force of nature his very presence was. Part of me loved it, loved him like this, in his element, and part of me hated it. It was terrifying, because deep down I knew that you could never hold on to a man like this. He would become too big to live a normal life. It seemed inevitable.

And together they were just HOT! Steam up your windows hot 😉 They had that kind of fire that burns so bright it will either be a beautiful brilliant bonfire or it will incinerate everything to the ground. Which it almost did… the angst was incredible and I felt it… so much so that I had tears at this point…

I just felt… lost. Like life was a maze that I’d never be able to navigate, like everyone else had been born with a map, and mine had been forgotten, and I was destined to keep repeating the same mistakes, again and again.

And when it came to the end, my heart just broke… I had expected pain… lots and lots of it… but what I got… God… I just didn’t expect that… And I seriously must be a masochist or something because when people go through this much pain, I love the book that much more, and I find their HEA that much better.

At the end we get a teaser from Rock Bottom, Book #2. I hardly ever read teasers at the end of a book because I’m always trying to hold on to the happiness or the pain at the end of the book, but this time I couldn’t resist… I just couldn’t bear to let these two go.

I knew I’d love Tristan and Danika’s story… I just never expected how much I would…

5 stars!

Amazon Buy Link: Bad Things by R.K Lilley

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I’d like to thank the author for providing this ARC for my review.


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We have two e-copies of Bad Things up for grabs thanks to R.K Lilley! All you have to do is comment below and tell me your favorite scene from ANY of R.K Lilley’s books; In Flight, Mile High, Grounded, Lana or Breathing Fire. If you haven’t read any of her books, just a short comment on why you want to is enough 🙂

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The giveaway is open internationally and closes on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 when the book comes out! That mean the winners get the books on the 11th 🙂

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83 Responses to Book Review + Giveaway – Bad Things (Tristan and Danika #1) – R.K Lilley

  1. I cannot wait for Bad Things. After reading the Up in the Air series I couldn’t wait to see what was up with Tristan and Danika. The best scene has to be the horseback riding.

  2. Jenny Dauksa Schaber says:

    I’ve just recently started reading this genre and would love to expand my library. All of RK Lilley’s books are on my TBR, I just don’t read fast enough apparently. I have seen nothing but positive reviews and cannot wait to read the books.

  3. I haven’t had a chance to read yet! Hopefully I will win 🙂

  4. I’d say my favorite part of the Inflight series is when James gets the Bianca tattoo. 🙂

  5. Kelly says:

    I was wondering if you can give us a little more. Curious how this book ends??? Is it at the point that Tristan hurts Danika and they are no longer talking, and a starting point for part two where we meet them in Flight? Just wondering how she is presenting this series…..

  6. Jenny says:

    Horseback riding scene was my favorite. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. eerecinos says:

    The sex scenes in the plane was great!!! Loved all 3 books!!

  8. johoov says:

    OMG… Like I can only pick one favorite scene… God I loved them all… uuummmm. How about when she has to work with something inserted somewhere… and she has difficulty composing herself. Or when it gets to hot.. that he TAKES her on the plane. Omg.. This has to be my all time favorite series.. and for those of you who haven’t read them…. READ THEM!!! You won’t regret it if you like HOT books. 😉

  9. Thanks for this great giveaway! I can’t wait to read Bad Things and immerse myself in Dannika and Tristan’s story. My favorite parts of the Up in the Air series, was the horseback riding, and James’ tattoos and Bianca’s tattoo.

  10. Angela R says:

    Favorite quote: “How about we call it lovingly f*cking your brains out?”
    Favorite scene: Oh man…so hard to pick. I loved their first “personal” conversation. The horseback riding scene was freakin’ hot. I also loved the private scenes between Bianca and Stephan. I just seriously loved the series!

  11. dgmolly says:

    Ooooo, two words…horseback riding.

  12. Jeanette F says:

    I LOVED LOVED LOVED the series…. HELLO the Mile High Club…lol… Its really hot knowing u can get caught by any1 on the plane.

  13. kimlrkim says:

    Love the series. Just received a signed copy of Grounded in the mail!! Totally excited. One of my favorite scenes is at James’s hotel at the spa. Loved it! Thank you for the giveaway.

  14. The horseback riding scene was HOTTTTTT!! Wow…I need some horses. 🙂

  15. Jenny says:

    Definitely the horseback riding!!!

  16. I love all the In Flight series… but besides the horseback reading scene which everyone with a pulse loves, I love the photo shoot, where James gets Bianca in the photos with him, and shows of his Bianca tattoo

  17. Jay B. says:

    Thanks for the review! Now I’m all the more excited for it! 😀 as for my fave scene, that would be the most heartbreaking scene on Grounded 😦 I normally HATE IT when the main characters are harmed, but in this case I loved it because you can see how much James and Bianca love each other.

  18. My favorite scene was from Grounded. When James is in his office thinking bad of himself because Bianca saw his sex tape and she tells him she saw that with her it was the first time he made love.

  19. farmersbell says:

    I’m going with the consensus and say the horseback riding.

  20. orlandolibra29 says:

    Giddy up at the ranch!

  21. Laura Mendez says:

    Horseback Scene was the BEST!!! 😀

  22. denise Fick says:

    I loved when we first saw them meet and he grabbed her and kissed her in the galley.

  23. Sparks says:

    My absolute favorite was the the horseback riding in Mile High.

  24. winter says:

    In Mile High..i like the part where James was so clingy to Bianca especially in front of Damian.. He looks cute when he turned jealous and how possessive he is. I remember the part where this was a get together of pilots and stewardess. I love all of R.K. Lilley works, so I’m looking forward to Bad Things. Curious about what happened between Tristan and Danika. ❤

  25. darci paice-bailey says:

    Haven’t read this series/author yet, want to because they sound HOT HOT HOT!

  26. Beth Yarborough says:

    Haven’t read any of your books yet but always looking for a good D/S book. Love the picture above. From the comments above can’t wait to read the Flight series!!

  27. I read the ‘Up In The Air’ series some months back & I cannot tell you how much I love this series ; James & Bianca’s story. They are my favourite couple in an erotic romance/suspense.I have enquired about buying signed paperbacks to re-read the books as they moved me that much. I can’t honestly pick out a favourite scene, there’s too many: some hilarious, some HOT, some heartbreaking, some horrifying; I got so much from the story. However I did re-read a scene this week on Facebook that was VERY memorable & made me shudder. It’s when James turns up on the nightclub early on in ‘In Flight’ and whispers in Bianca’s ear i.e. then word ‘ruin’ is in there (sigh) Thanks for the giveaway. Bye for now 😀

  28. Marta says:

    In Lana’s story there was a scene where the H masturbated while looking at the h, that was so hot!

  29. Meghan Mack says:

    Lana – the table sex. Totally hot! Thanks lady!! fishinlovingal at yahoo dot com

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  32. jeanniezelos says:

    i’ve just finished a re read of all three books. I love the build up of attraction – that backward and forward dance where bianca is saying no and james is still pushing ahead. Love the horseback scene – tho as a rider i’m not sure its actually possible! – that tattoo he gets and the modelling scene, the part where she meets the bitch Jules, towards the end of the first book. Jules and Jolene were both excellent characters – i always feel love stories need a good bitch and here we’ve got two. They make the downs so much better and that means the highs are sweeter to me. Great sereis 🙂

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