Tristan & Danika Trilogy

Tristan Danikaby R. K. Lilley
Published June 11th 2013 – March 10th 2014
Romance/Adult Fiction
5 Stars

This has to be my favorite series to date. I first met the characters in the Up in the Air series so when I saw that there was a spinoff telling their story I had to grab the books. I read them all in one go and thank God I picked them up when the series was complete. And boy did I love them. I have definitely read the books more than once and I am sure I will keep going back to them.

“Logic meet feelings.  The two of you will never see eye to eye.  Let the lifelong catfight commence.”

Tristan Vega! He is such a messed up character but he makes up for it all. It is hard not to love him. He is the kind of guy you love even when he is being an idiot. And he was an idiot but a lovable idiot.

TRISTAN

Danika is the amazing heroine who gets thrown is controlled. She gets mixed up in Tristan’s life after they meet through a mutual friend.

DANIKA

“How can we be so good for each other in so many ways, and so bad in just as many others?”

Bad Things, which is the first book in the series introduces us to the couple. Danika is an in house nanny while attending school. She meets Tristan through her boss who is sympathetic to struggling musicians and lets them crash at his house. Tristan happens to be one of the many. They hit it off immediately as Tristan impresses her with his cookie baking skills.

“There was something so comforting in the certainty that someone knew about your biggest flaws and was still willing to stick around.”

Throughout the book, he goes out of his way to make Danika loosen up a bit and act her age. He takes her clubbing and she enjoys her time with him and his friends. But as they continue hanging out, their chemistry keeps on growing to the point he decides they should have a set of rules to make sure they never damage their friendship. But when do these rules really ever work?

“THE FRIENDS DON’T LIST
Because I like you too much to sleep with you”

They finally give in and as they keep on hooking up things get messy as usual. One falls the other but the other doesn’t. But they keep it going. The ending made it clear that they still needed to get a handle of their issues.

“I’ll never forget that for as long as I live; the way you were my strength, when I was too weak to even stand.”

Rock Bottom was the second book in the series and this one had me on an emotional roller-coaster. This book would give the answers that were not answered in the Up in the Air trilogy. It’s what pieces everything together. But my heart was taken for a ride by this one. I was constantly mad at both of them for the choices they made and the damn stupidity. Aargh!

“She was the one. If I’d ever had a doubt, I didn’t now. She was the one I’d be thinking about, longing for, until I took my last breath. If I lost her tomorrow, I’d pine for her like a lovesick fool. This was the kind of love that only hit you once in your life.”

Even through it all, I still felt like I understood why they had to do what they did. It was even better because the book was told in alternating POVs. It didn’t stop me from wanting to smack the stupid out of them but it helped. But the whole time I read the book I knew something bad was going to happen (the name of the book also gave it away) from Danika’s POV especially.

“I thought that might have been the worst thing about losing someone, that moment between asleep and awake, when you had to remember and accept the loss again, relive that moment when your life changed, and you lost something dear.”

Danika’s patience was just out of this world. I think she really tried so hard to make it all work out despite of the messed up things going on in their lives. The guilt Tristan was carrying around that made him spiral out of control. It was just so messy and heartbreaking.

“I have many regrets, many bad things I must take credit for, but believe me when I say that the negative impact that all of my actions have had on your life is my biggest one.”

The ending of the book made so much sense. It was necessary after everything they had been through and it fit with their portrayal in Up in the Air. But knowing there was a third book gave me hope for them but I knew it would take them a while to even become cordial. It was all so fucked up.

“Even love couldn’t cushion a fall like ours. My love for Tristan was so big that I felt consumed by it, and even so, it was not enough to overpower our combined demons.
I struggled. I yelled and screamed. I scratched and kicked.
I fought like hell, but even the most determined fighters have to stop before they break.
No one could say I didn’t fight for him.”

Lovely Trigger. This one is in my top of the top list. I absolutely loved this book. Much more than the others in the series. This was a story about rebuilding a friendship. They were friends before they were anything more. It was a book about penance. This was a second chance romance with a backdrop of everything messed up that happened before this point.

“Love is not about want.
Love is not about good.
Love doesn’t let you walk away clean.
Love is messy.
Love takes a fucking piece of you before it’s done.

If it is ever even possible to be done.”

The reunion takes place six years since they last saw each other and they are brought back to each other not from choice. This was not a separation that pissed me off, I just felt like it was a necessary thing for them. Going on after all that tragedy would have just been so unrealistic. It would not have worked out well for them.

“How could one person, who’d proven to be so inherently bad for me, so wrong, still be so utterly necessary for my happiness? It wasn’t fair.”

It is clear that throughout their separation, their feelings for each other never changed. Their journey back to each other was truly beautiful. It was the perfect pace. There was nothing rushed. It was done in the right way that made so much sense. The banter was back and it was lovely. Even better now that they had matured. They got deal with their demons and truths were revealed. It was the ending they deserved.

“You don’t need to follow every impulse in life; you don’t need to take on every gamble. But some, even ones that have burned you before, well some of them you do. Some of the sweetest moments in life come from second chances.”

Pick up these books. I read them first two years ago and they have stayed with me. I can’t honestly say I remember everything that happened in the trilogy that introduced me to this but I can definitely recall everything in this amazing story. Lovely Trigger was the best of them all. Just read them. Don’t let the drama deter you, it was still a great book even with all the flaws.

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