Author: R.K. Lilley
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Genre: Erotica, Contemporary Romance
Format: EBook, Print
Publisher: R.K. Lilley
Release Date: June 11, 2013
Recommended Reading: AGE 18
[divider top=”0″]OVERALL THOUGHTS: This book came recommended from one of my smut loving book friends and I didn’t have any expectations for it since her and I can sometimes have totally opposite reviews on the same book. The cover is not eye-catching and neither is the title. The synopsis wouldn’t have originally hooked me either, but she insisted that I read it and she strongly believed I would like it. Well, I liked it…but I didn’t love it.
SYNOPSIS: 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.
THE LOWDOWN: The story started out strong for me, even though I felt the female protagonist’s background was familiar. Danika is a beautiful, young girl with a messed up childhood, working as a nanny for a family in Las Vegas when she meets Tristan Vega. Tristan is exactly the type of guy Danika likes – BAD. Bad boys are her drug of choice and Danika is determined to stay far away from Tristan and concentrate on bettering herself. Tristan Vega is charming, smart and sexy. He is also the lead singer in a rock band, which is conveniently not mentioned in the synopsis of the book. He also got burned by his past relationship and is not interested in ever having another committed relationship. I liked that they started out being friends and Danika makes it clear to Tristan that she would not sleep with him. I was entertained by the ease of the friendship between the two, but it was a little annoying that Tristan wouldn’t let his brother or any of his friends go near Danika, saying she was his. Like most typical Alpha males, Tristan enjoyed the “challenge” of trying to get Danika into bed, even though she states she only wants to be friends. Of course that doesn’t last and Danika falls madly in love with Tristan and their messed up relationship of not being together and then being together, begins.
I felt the storyline of the book began to fade once their relationship became sexual. Danika started to become that whiny, jealous “almost” girlfriend and Tristan’s way of only dealing with things is to have sex…and sometimes NOT with Danika. Tristan is a man whore and it started to disgust me when every time they had a fight, he would go sleep with one of his groupies. Even though they were not in a relationship at the time, it bothered me that Danika would be angry about it for a hot second and then go back to sleeping with him. What happened to “bettering” yourself? Their making up in one scene and fighting in the next also got old real fast. Then the author decides to bring on the tragedy that I felt was uncalled for, a basic ploy to try and bring these two characters together. A snippet of their future together is revealed that will lead into the sequel of the next book and predictably, it is not all roses.
OVERALL THOUGHTS: The book is an entertaining read and if you enjoy the erotica genre, then I recommend you read this book. Please leave me a comment below and tell me your thoughts on Tristan and Danika!