Review: Bad Things (Tristan and Danika #1) by R. K. Lilley


Title:  Bad Things
Author:  R. K. Lilley
Publisher/Year:  R. K. Lilley 6/10/13
Length:  366 Pages
Series: Tristan and Danika #1


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.

My Thoughts

What a nice spin-off series – i think that it’s great that we’re able to get a glimpse into the history and story of Tristan and Danika since we met them in ‘Up in the Air’ and really wanted to know what the back story is there.

What we get here is a really nice love story between these 2 and we get to see how there’s some great emotion to set it up.  This first installment into their tale starts off at the moment that they meet, when Danika is the nanny for a ‘power couple’ and Tristan is in a band that the husband (sorta) is trying to manage.  Because of some past nonsense, if the wife finds out that Tristan is in a band, all hell will break loose so Danika sets up the story that Tristan is her friend and things go much smoother from there.

We find out that these 2 have a lot in common based on their upbringing of not knowing their father which is nice and we see that they are both a bit cynical about love and relationships because they’ve been burned.  They try the ‘friends’ thing as much as they can since they don’t want to ruin what they have but we quickly see that they have such powerful chemistry that it can never be ‘just friends’.

Tristan shows Danika a side to sensuality and sex that she’s never experienced before and this in turn scares Tristan because he starts to feel emotions that he’s kept bottled up and hidden for so long.

The story takes us through that journey and you want to see where things end up.  What i really liked about this is that since we know where things ended up between these 2 from the other series, i spent most of this book trying to figure out when the ‘shoe would drop’ and find out when things would go wrong.  We got a bit of anxiety and pain and a story that i wasn’t expecting so that was a pleasant surprise.  We also get a nice lead into the next installment that’s still on it’s way for these 2 and i can’t wait to see where it takes us.

We get the same style of writing that we have in the other series with great heat and passion among our leads.  We get to see the dominant man who knows what he wants and how to bring his woman to extreme pleasure.  it’s hot and passionate and that’s become an expected for me with this author.