Title: Bad Things (Tristan & Danika ~ Book 1)
Author: R.K. Lilley | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Website
Publication Date: June 11 2013
Length: 366 Pages
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Source: Purchased (Kindle Edition)
Cover Love: I wasn't a fan at first, but I have grown to like it now.
Point of View: Alternating 1st person between both Danika and Tristan, however there is more Danika than Tristan.
My Rating: 5 Stars
Well, if there is one thing I have learned in the last week, it is that R.K. Lilley is a an amazing author. I fell in love with her Up in the Air Series, and then I immediately started Tristan and Danika's book. Now, I have also completely fallen in love with all of these characters.
Danika. She is strong willed and at many times stubborn beyond belief, but that made me love her even more. Which is saying something because normally I get upset with this type of character. But I have to say, she is written so well that I understood the walls she put up and the emotions she struggled with. She has had a hard life growing up, and she has a fear of people leaving.
Tristan. Holy hotness. This man is sexy, confident, just the right side of kinky, sweet, oh... and did I mention sexy? Honestly, he has it all. Dimples, tattoos, lead singer for a band, and he bakes. Yes, you read that correctly, he bakes. He is always cooking and baking for Danika, honestly... swoooooon. But, he is just as messed up as Danika, but just in a different way.
Tristan and Danika together is like watching a roaring fire. They are smokin' when they are together. Their chemistry is off the charts, but it's not all about sex. I mean yes, there is sexual chemistry but their relationship is ultimately built on friendship. They hit it off immediately and become fast friends. The banter between the two of them had me laughing constantly. You can see how each of them care for the other and how they want nothing more than to be together. However, neither of them can deny the sexual chemistry but neither want to ruin the friendship they have. Danika only does relationships, and Tristan only does flings. It takes a long time for the two of them to get on the same page, but once they do... wow.
As you may know, Tristan and Danika were first introduced in Grounded, the final book in the Up in the Air series. Even though Bad Things could be read as a standalone series, I would recommend that you read In Flight, Mile High and Grounded first. Bad Things takes place before the first book in that series, In Flight, but you still get to meet some of the same characters. I think it will make the story more rounded if you read them in this order.
The ending? Well, I wouldn't necessarily call it a cliffhanger, but I would say that you will be left begging for the second book, Rock Bottom, which at the time of this review doesn't have a release date yet. From Grounded, we know that there is something major that happens between Tristan and Danika, and that at the time of that book they are not in a very good place. I truly went into Bad Things assuming that is how this book would end, with that major event. I was wrong. They are in an okay place at the end, so now we have to wait a bit longer to find out what happens, and to hopefully see them have their happily ever after.