Their love had the power of a runaway freight train, and the potential to be just as destructive.
The tempestuous sequel to Bad Things picks up where the first book left off. Reeling from a profound loss, Tristan and Danika struggle to pick up the pieces and build a life together, but the hard habits of a lifetime are not so easy to escape.
Rock Bottom takes us on a dual point of view journey through addiction and desire, through love and agony, and answers the question we’ve been asking since these characters were introduced in Grounded: “What happened between Tristan and Danika?”
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.
Okay ladies. I am going to try and get my thoughts together the best way possible. Clearly I am getting start a little late on this series. Thankfully my crazy friends pushed me to read Bad Things Series by R.K. Lilley. And so far I both love and hate my friends right about now.
I have never read any of R.K. Lilley’s books before. Truthfully, I am fucking blown away by her writing and storyline.
Bad Things. LOVED!! I fell in love with Tristan and Danika.
Tristan, love that bad boy in him. But even more so, I loved how he threw his man-whore persona right in the garbage and took a chance on Danika. She is beautiful, smart, sassy, funny. I can’t say enough about her. I adore Danika more than Tristan. Yep. Who needs a fucking book boyfriend when your heroine blows him out of the water like Danika does? I am not gay, but if I was, she would be my first choice. I would totally make her my wife, cook for her, worship her body, and I would willingly give her my mind, heart, body and soul.
Broken by the effects of a tragic childhood, she does not let it define her. NOPE! She’s full speed ahead. Estranged from her terrible mother and no longer in contact with her sister, she’s alone with no family. But thankfully she was taken in my two beautiful people Jerry and Bev, and becomes the Nanny for their two sons and 55 thousand dogs. Bottom line, she’s got a good life, considering. AND, now she has this hotter than FUCK man, Tristan, who decides to throw caution to the wind and start a relationship with Danika.
Good choice Dude because she’s fucking perfect. You see that right?? Yeah already my blood is starting to boil as we get started with Rock Bottom.
Okay so fast forward to Rock Bottom.
First things first, these two are hotter than LAVA. The amount of sex and make up sex is out of this world. Normally, I would complain and say, okay enough with the sex. NOPE. It’s a part of their chemistry; their chemical makeup. Wet panties don’t even come close to how I felt reading their sex scenes. He’s a fucking animal and talks dirty and drives me bananas. Sometimes the dirty talk can feel a little degrading. Hells to the NO! He’s so fucking in love with Danika, and it doesn’t bother me one bit when he just tells her to suck his dick. Danika, this boy goes to town on your Vagina and licks you till you’ve had multiples, so yeah, go suck it Girl; and touch yourself, and let him tie you up, and blind fold you, and pour HOT fucking wax all over your gorgeous body!! HOLLA!!!
“This right here,” he rasped out with one long thrust, “this is what I fucking live for. So good, Danika, so fucking good.”
OMG you do hear the conviction in his words?? He can’t live without that!! Lucky girl!!! Together they are amazing. He’s a jealous fuck though. But it’s okay. He has to be. She is finger licking good.
Before I get the nitty gritty of this book, I just want to point out that Frankie, is one of my favorite secondary characters in a book. She’s smoking hot; she’s strong minded, funny and sharp; kinky. And such a great friend to Tristan and Danika. This spunky Tattoo Artist/Domme is no joke. Any scene she’s in has my undivided attention.
So getting back to the “nitty gritty”, Tristan signs a record deal with his boys. Hard enough for him to handle, just coming off the death of his brother and his behaviors spiraling down. So now, top that with constant time apart from Danika and ASSHOLE Dean in his face throwing groupies, drugs and alcohol at him…Not a good mix.
A lot of friends mentioned how I would hate Tristan in this book b/c of how he’s handling his life.
I didn’t hate him.
I pitied him.
He’s hurt, depressed and lost. Numb. Empty.
I get it Dude. You’re down and out, and the drugs are numbing you. BUT remember Tristan, that beautiful girl that is there to pick your ass up after your stupid nights of drinking and getting numb; and your jealous rants. Remember….Who’s your rock Tristan? WHO?
Getting madder as a type!
But Danika just can’t help him…He has too many demons!!! too many…
“Can you see what you’re doing to yourself? Can’t you see what it’s doing to me? Don’t you care that it’s tearing me apart?”
OMG R.K. Lilley, are you aware that I had a fucking panic attack while reading??? And my hands were shaking at that ONE FUCKING scene at the end..??? Yeah you know the scene I am talking about ladies; if you read the book then you know what I am talking about. I had to skim the whole damn scene to find out what happened because I am such a wuss and can’t handle freakin angst. Then I went back and re read it again to make sure I didn’t miss anything. So much for Trish trying to read Angsty books.
My friends warned me about the Ugly Cry. I know about the ugly cry, I perfected it. This was a more, “Pissed Off Cry.”
I went from feeling pity for Tristan to pure hate!!! Hate!!! Oh no, that doesn’t even cut it. Trish is marching in a whole different band now! Now, I am in rant mode.
I know we are reading fiction here, ladies. So why the heck am I getting so mad??? Because this fucking story ROCKS!!
“I HIT ROCK BOTTOM!”
Sorry to the woman sitting next me on the bus because I was ranting out loud. Sorry to Traci Parker for my screaming rant phone call.
I pretty finished the book and called my friend, and needed to rant. If you didn’t realize yet ladies, I am HATING Tristan right about now. My rant when pretty much like this……
***************SPOILERS AHEAD…..DON’T READ AHEAD IF YOU DON’T WANT SPOILERS*****************************
“OMG OMG OMG!! Are you kidding me?? My heart, I am having a panic attack. And he…he….I hate him….Tristan, you can take your apology and your 12 step program and go F yourself dude…Yeah, and your big cock too! Take your BIG MUTHA F*CKING COCK AND GO F*CK ANOTHER GROUPIE! While “YOUR ROCK” as you called her, wears a fucking knee brace and orthopedic fucking shoes asshole! Yeah she can’t dance!! Did you know that???………”
I said way more and I could go on for days here.
Just one thing I would say to DEAN!! GO to F’IN HELL in handbag my friend! Enjoy the heat!!
Now, I have officially had about 4 hours to calm down. I will purchase Lovely Trigger and read.
Tryst……Yeah I called you Tryst! You better get on your Mother f’in knees and BEG, GROVEL for her back. Licking her pussy to the crack of her ass ain’t gonna do shit. Your “Rock” as you called her, she can’t dance dude!! Thanks to your asshole friend. You should have been protecting her. Oh but you were too busy.
I read the synopsis for Lovely Trigger. Sounds like another Rip my heart out with a spoon book. Can’t wait!! I told you all I would try and break out of my shell of hearts and flowers and read some angst. But I have to apologize; this is what you get from Trish Mint when she reads Angst. I need a Xanax, and defibulator and a smack in the face. How Stabby Amy reads these books every day, and laughs it off is beyond me.
All kidding aside here, I want to finish with saying that this series deserves 6 HOLLAS. Or 6 STARS. Everything….the writing…the angst….the up and down emotions, the love, the hate, the hurt….this bang up story line.
R.K. Lilley is getting added to Trish’s Top Reads.
ps……………As much as I am sitting here HATING on Tristan, the fact of the matter is, he loves her with all that he is; his whole heart, his soul. And you feel that through both of these books. Which is why you are left at the end of Rock Bottom gutted.
Look out for our Lovely Trigger review soon and check out the giveaway below!! HOLLA!!!
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About R.K. Lilley
R.K. Lilley has been a writer since she can remember, but has held down some interesting jobs to pay the bills. For several years she was a first class flight attendant, and she always swore that she just had to write a book about it. Mixing her love of romance and all things BDSM, the Up In the Air Trilogy is her debut into the world of contempary romance and erotica. She is currently working on the final installment in the series.
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