Friday, June 28, 2013

Blog tour: Bad Things by R.K. Lilley


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.

4 star review

Danika has a history of disastrous relationships with bad boys. She had a troubled childhood; after being neglected by her mother (no father in the picture) she was placed in foster homes. She had a falling out with her sister and has had no contact with her in years. She is emotionally scarred from abuse and has a penchant for making poor choices. She is going to college and working as a nanny for an estranged couple caring for their 2 kids and assisting Jerry and Bev with anything they need. She vows to do better for herself after her latest break up. Tristan is just such a bad boy. Nice guy; doesn’t do relationships but he will rock your world. He had his heart torn out a few years ago by an old girlfriend named Natalie-once burnt twice shy.

He is in between apartments and will be staying with Jerry while waiting for his new place to be ready. Since Bev is sick of Jerry taking in “strays”, Danika covers for him and pretends that Tristan is a friend of hers from school who will be staying for a few weeks.

From their first meeting Danika and Tristan are WOW!! Their attraction is off the charts and overwhelming.

They can’t help being drawn to each other, first becoming friends and hanging out. Tristan has a band and also works as a club promoter. He takes Danika dancing and they fight to keep things platonic. She won’t let herself get involved with another commitment phobia guy and he believes she is too good for him and his no strings life style.

Danika meets his family and has a great relationship with Tristan’s brother Jared, who’s sweet but enjoys partying and drugs way too much. Danika’s old boyfriend, Daryl, is as total stalker and pushes all the protective buttons in Tristan. As much as they hang out together, Danika finds it hard not to be jealous of Tristan’s hook ups. Eventually lines of friendship are blurred and they take things to a physical level. Seems there is a little bit of a Dom in Tristan.

“This isn’t for me, Danika. This is for you. To really let go, you need to give up control. All of it. Every bit.

They each have quick tempers and insecurities. These lead to fighting and break ups. Danika has to learn to deal with Tristan’s discarded female baggage who don’t wish to be discarded. Dean, one of the guys in Tristan’s bad, is a major douche who never misses an opportunity to cause trouble between them. In spite of all their differences these two heat up the sheets, and counter tops and any other durable surface. They open up their souls and that part of their hearts that they have guarded so vigorously. The more popular Tristan’s band becomes (with James Cavendish’s backing them) the more jealousies and fears Danika faces. She eventually tires of the non- stop partying and endless nights.

“In just a few performances, I’d seen panties thrown on stage, a topless woman, and several with tops, try to grope Tristan, and heard things shouted at my boyfriend that no one should ever have to hear without a plate handy to throw. That was the hell.”

Can these two learn to overcome their hang ups and insecurities? When an unspeakable tragedy strikes will they be able to find each other again and help each other heal to become whole once more?

“The way I feel about you…the way it’s been between us from the start, I was an idiot for denying it to myself. I want to be exclusive. I want to be with you.”

Bad Things sucks you up in its vortex of emotions. I was intrigued by these two characters when I first read about them in Grounded. Although in that book, they were well past the events that take place in this one, I am eager to find out how they became so estranged in Grounded, when they are so perfectly imperfect in this one.

About the author

R.K. Lilley lives in Colorado with her husband and their two beautiful sons. She's had a lot of interesting jobs, from being a first class flight attendant, to being a stablehand, but swears she never knew what hard work was until she had children. She's been addicted to both reading and writing fiction since she can remember. She loves to travel, read, hike, paint, game, watch anime, and make the most of every single day. She is the author of the erotic romance novels In Flight, Mile High, Grounded, and the novella, Lana.

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