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 is a full length novel, at roughly 105,000 words.
This book is intended for ages 18 and up.
Source: Purchased from Amazon
Published June 11th 2013 by R.K. Lilley
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This novel was a stand alone novel that delves more into characters introduced in the In Flight series. This new series focuses on the background of Tristan and Danika.
There was lots of sexual tension--lawd have mercy. Holy hell....no doubt...it was so frustrating! Just do it already! They were so attracted to each other that they made rules about how to continue their friendship so that sex would not be allowed to interfere..in other words they were doomed. I'd say within days of making those rules, they had their first sexual encounter...but not sex. These...ahem....encounters were steamy, steamy. I'm not really sure how those two were able to abstain from sex for as long as they did. Moving on...I appreciated that the writer took the time to develop their rapport and that we saw the good, the bad, and the ugly of their growing relationship. Spending the time to build in that background was worth the time and effort because I was invested in their story. There was obviously growing pains and obstacles in their relationship--his distaste for relationships and her eagerness to have one (even as she was fighting it) were gonna throw a wrench into things but somehow, someway they end up working around their issues.
I do recall saying to you that I was so incredibly happy that they worked so hard at being friends first. His desire to help her with her job as the nanny to Ivan and Mat and resident dog-walker was so cute. They are both so very attracted to one another but are truly 100% best friends before all of the rest is ruined...as you know it will be somehow, you just don't know how. So get ready for some Travis Maddox style passion and fighting and f*cking. That's what it reminded me of anyways, and I enjoyed the ride. Tristan is a little cocky and drool worthy and a lot protective and sexy. I wasn't sure what I was going to get with him...but I loved his character a lot, even when he was acting before thinking!
Knowing what I knew about Tristan and Danika from the previous series I knew that things were going to end poorly and yet by the end of this one...the huge event (whatever it is that messes them up) had yet to occur. So...that has me thinking and worried for these two because the tragedy they overcame at the end seems like it would bind them together forever...so what the EFF happens, then? Now. What the heck! I have to read the Up in the Air series, like yesterday, huh....that statement makes me super nervous! Not happy!!!! #$^%&@
Also, I'm hoping in the second book R.K. Lilley goes into their pasts a little more--Danika's mom and sister, Tristan's dad what are their stories???? And, how does she meet and live with Bev and how in the heck does she end up in the gallery I think it mentions this a bit in Bad Things (this was in the In Flight series)...and his magic show...all things I'm hopeful we'll find out more about...also Frankie--how does she know them? Her story is so interesting. I liked the exploration of Frankie and an James Cavendish from a different POV. It helped me understand some things from the previous series. Frankie is hilarious and a partier and also a voice of reason when things get out of control. I liked that by the end, wasn't wanting to murder someone because it was left all cliffhangery. It was left with a true ending but a desire for more--more that I hope we'll get sooner rather than later.
I'll stop cursing you now. Okay...I am a mature adult, right? ;) I love when characters I love cross over in to other series' so these little teases are going to be seriously bad for me I can already tell. There is a lot more to know about these too, even though it seems like in the few short months that they knew each other that they went through a lot. I was incredibly grateful that the crazy event that took place at the end of Bad Things didn't push him away from her, but pulled them together even closer than before. I am still really, really sad....but don't let that scare you off of this book, because it really had a lot of fun and steamy moments. Steamy. Steamy. Steamy. Moments.
Danika annoyed me, slightly, because she knew she was clingy and forsaking herself and yet she didn't stop. Tristan sometimes annoyed me because he allowed her to be that way. It seems like they're codependent and could be a recipe for disaster..but I hope by the end of the series I'm seeing a HEA for these two.
Ya know....they did indeed do some really angsty things, didn't they. They fought so hard to just be friends, but neither wanted the other other to date or hook up with anyone else....I also loved the secondary characters that were good...Like Jared and Frankie and Cory. There were some people *ahem* Dean and Tristan's mother, that leave a bit to be desired...but we can't win 'em all!
Even the preview for the next book didn't leave me wanting to strangle anyone...but now I am genuinely worried...there are so many ways and things that things can go wrong now...I hope the next installment comes out very soon.
Shelley : 4 1/2 stars
Courtney: 5 stars