Wednesday, February 26, 2014

REVIEW ~Bad Things by R.K. Lilley~

Title: Bad Things
Author: R.K. Lilley
Series: Tristan & Danika #1
Release Date: June 11, 2013

My Rating: 5+ 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 is a full length novel, at roughly 105,000 words.
This book is intended for ages 18 and up.

This book absolutely blew my expectations out of the water. As in... I was 100% surprised with where this book took me. Going in, I only had the knowledge from the Up in the Air series, where Tristan and Danika were first, briefly introduced to the readers. I didn't read any teasers, chapters, nothing. So, imagine my surprise when Bad Things is actually a predecessor to the events in the Up in the Air series. But, truthfully? I loved it. I was going to get to see everything that happened in detail. Not just glimpses of the past, or vague references that kept me guessing. Although, I still don't know how I didn't know about this! Anyhow, I'm passed my incredulous stage now. This book is AMAZING! Absolutely stupendous. There is a bad boy lead who I loved to hate, and hated to love but, also loved to love. And then there's Danika. She is an enigma. So incredibly strong, yet also a little weak where Tristan is concerned. I didn't fault her for her weakness, it was more of a testament to Tristan's beguiling ways than anything else. 

Bad Things starts from the very beginning. It opens with Tristan and Danika's first meet and journeys through every twist and turn thereafter. I was utterly entranced with Tristan and Danika's friendship at the start. Their mannerisms toward each other were equal parts hilarious and seductive. Tristan is a true bad influence but, Danika can't help but be pulled under. They have a very dynamic relationship, even when they're not together. And the cast they surround themselves with feeds into that drama as well. We have Frankie, who I absolutely adore. Tristan's brother, Jared, who comes with a whole host of his own problems, and several other friends and band members that lead the same hectic lifestyle that Tristan dragged Danika into. Partying all night, drinking everyday. It is very much an eye opener. I was always waiting for the other shoe to drop. But it was never predictable as to when it would or how far it would fall. 

This book had me laughing, pissed off, hurt, angry, swooning, and crying. Yes, the tears. You win this one R.K., but I'll be prepared when I read Rock Bottom (though, based on the name, I think I'll lose the crying battle during that one too). Bad Things is a smorgasbord of drama, hot sex, jealousy, and a complete out of left field moment that will shock you to your core. However, and I stress this, it ISN'T a cliffhanger. Just completely unexpected. In the end, I was left needing more but, not necessarily wanting it. I knew if R.K. Lilley could tatter up my heart with just one book, she might just destroy it over the next two. Honestly, I'm frightened to start Rock Bottom. Because eventually Tristan and Danika are going to catch up to point B, that I got a glimpse of in the Up in the Air series and I might not be able to handle it. Not because it will be a bad story but, because I know it's going to blow my mind and that at some point I'll most likely be cursing the dear Ms. Lilley. I don't know, that's just my educated guess. I'll have to see, I might get someone to buddy read it with me :) Overall, a superb read and highly recommended!

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