Rock Bottom (Tristan and Danica 2) by R.K. Lilley
Book 2 in the series, does not stand alone. Read Bad Things first. (See my review)
Oh how I love this series. I fell for Tristan in the Up in The Air Series, and if you read the Up in the Air series before the Tristan and Danika series, you know the future, so going in to this, I knew it was going to be one hell of an intense, emotional read. Tristan and Danika are everything to each other and their feelings and need are so strong it’s like flying too close to the sun, they are bound to get burned.
“I love you,” he rasped out. He said it all the time. He didn’t hold it back, now that he’d admitted it, but it still gave me butterflies, every single time.
“I love you,” I spoke softly into his ear.
He gripped me harder. “I can’t ever lose you, Danika. I’m not sure I’d survive it.”
Rock Bottom was not an easy read. Told in dual POV, but with Danika’s point of view more of a retrospective, the foreshadowing in her words and knowing something devastating was coming kept you on edge the whole time.
“You’ve got me. And I’m not going anywhere. Not ever.”
I meant the words when I said them, but life had other plans for us. I was, by nature, a fighter, and no one could say I didn’t fight for us. I’d have given my life for that fight. In fact, I very nearly did.
Watching a couple who loved each other so much self destruct was not easy at all. Alone together they were perfect (though they really solved most things with sex), but the outside world kept pulling them apart. The party scene, death and addiction took it’s toll on Tristan and Danika too many times. When I was only about 20% in, I had to message RK Lilley to make sure that the third book would be AFTER the Up in The Air series so at least I know there was a chance for these two. Luckily, she assured me that yes, Lovely Trigger (Tristan and Danika book 3) begins right at the end of the third Up in the Air book, Grounded.
Tristan is still so crazy about Danika. She is his whole world. Reading about how much he loved her was incredible…though it was almost to the point of craziness.
“I owned that. She was mine. MINE. That sexy as hell creature belonged to me, and the second I thought someone else didn’t seem to understand that, I lost my fucking mind.”
Danika felt the same way. The two were explosive together. But Tristan’s partying, his band taking off, and Danika’s job and schoolwork all got in the way of their time together. When Tristan needs to go out of town, the rift just kept growing, especially with that dick Dean in the picture.
“There was an anchor, tied around both of his ankles, and it was taking him deep, into black fathomless depths, drowning him slowly but surely.”
“I didn’t tell him that he was dragging me down with him.”
They never fell out of love with each other, but Tristan needed a crutch, and when Danika couldn’t be with him all the time, alcohol and drugs were. Though he may have neglected the relationship for drugs, he never cheated, and he never loved her any less.
“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.”
Tristan knew what he had, but love just wasn’t enough for these two. And then, like watching a train wreck…you want to put the book down but you can’t. You know something bad is coming.
And it does…and it gets worse.
“What was left of a woman when she gave a man everything? The answer was easy. Impossible to deny, even for me. Nothing.”
If it weren’t for the sneak peek at Lovely Trigger, I might be coming after RK with a kitchen knife right now. Luckily though, Rock Bottom…just the title alone lets you know that after you hit bottom, you can only go up. And these two NEED to find their happiness, which may only be together.
“He was too callous, too far gone to realize that I’d never be free of him, and that he’d really done was set me adrift. I never left that bed.”
Was Rock Bottom a cliffhanger? Not really. You knew going in how it ended, plus, R.K. (thank God) gave a peek at Lovely Trigger where it seems like after 5-6 years, the couple may have a chance at reconciliation.
- RK isn’t afraid to go anywhere. She takes chances and things happen to this couple that is just beyond heartbreaking, yet it never seemed morbid.
- RK Lilley can write so well that even the book that I didn’t want to read, that I wanted to put down because I didn’t want to see what happened was finished in 2 days.
- The sex! Yum, she knows how to write some good sex!
- Even though I loved Tristan in the first book, I started to hate him here, even though I still loved him. He just pissed me off so much!
- I can totally see why Danika gave in every time he made it up to her, he just loved her so much how can you stay mad?
- Danika was so strong, but while she was the Rock for Tristan, who was her rock?
- Seeing a scene with James (from Up in the Air) and a sub before he met Bianca.
- Incredibly well written.
- The changing POV and how Danika’s was told in a retrospective way with foreshadowing which kept the tension up the whole book.
- The peek at the next book (Thank God!)
- The worlds colliding bonus scene at the end where her paranormal books collide with the present day Up in the Air/Tristan Danika books. What fun to read!
- WAITING FOR BOOK 3!!! (Yet I almost feel like we should wait, because really, they wait 5-6 years!
- I love Frankie, but what the heck were those two chapters? I can see if they were her POV about Tristan and Danika, but it was like they had nothing to do with the book. In fact, I went to bed at night in the middle of that part, and when I picked it up in the morning I was so confused and couldn’t figure out if I was reading a spin-off or what.
- Turgid!!! (I hate that fucking word. Who uses it in real life?)
Rating: 5 stars, 4.5 Heat
Rock Bottom by RK Lilley was one of the angstiest books I’ve read this year, and I am usually not an angst lover. But I absolutely love this series. This couple needs their happy ending!!!! RK Lilley has gotten better with every book she writes, and no matter when it is, I’ll be right there to drop everything and read it. This year we have Mr. Beautiful (Up in the Air 4) and Lovely Trigger (Tristan and Danika 2). I just hope Lovely Trigger is soon!
Every question we have about Tristan and Danika from the Up in the Air Series is answered, and we know that 5 years later there is still a major rift between the couple. At least now we know why. I am just so ready to jump 6 years into the present! HURRY UP RK!
Up in the Air Series SHOULD be read first, and I think that is how it is meant to be, but you don’t have to.
Chronologically here is the order:
Bad Things (Tristan and Danika 1) – My review
Rock Bottom (Tristan and Danika 2)
In Flight (Up in the Air 1) – My review
Mile High (Up in the Air 2) –my review
Grounded (Up in the Air 3) –my review
Lovely Trigger (Tristan and Danika 3) – coming 2014
Purchase Rock Bottom (Tristan and Danika 2) by R.K. Lilley
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(Must read Bad Things first)
Make sure you enter my other giveaway HERE to win a $50 Gift Card from RK Lilley, and read an excerpt from Rock Bottom
Leslie T. says
I loved the Up In The Air series and can’t wait to read about Tristan & Danika! Great review, thank you for the giveaway too!
BRANDY GIBSON says
Good luck everyone
cara nicole says
I love Tristan and Danika!
Susan T. says
Can’t wait to read about Tristan and Danika.
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Kim Perry says
I can’t wait to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway!!
Shelby M says
I agree with Veruca..”Don’t care how. I want it NOW!” 🙂 This book looks really good. Thanks for the giveaway!
Laura Mendez says
Thank you for this giveaway. I love paperbacks… they’re so pretty!!!
Megan Wickland says
Oh My God, the ANGST! I’m nervous to read this series because I know something bad happens. Yet I loved Tristan and Danika in Up In the Air. Gah! I feel like I have to wait until Book 3 is out! Can’t wait to read this series! THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY! ♡♡♡
Michele Dewell says
I love her books and your blog. Thank u for the giveaway.
Natalie Gerber says
Can’t wait to read the entire collection
Cam’t wait to read this series!!
Karen G. says
I would love to win a signed copy of Rock Bottom. I am very excited for this release even tho I know it will break my heart. This is a wonderful series! Thanks for the chance to win.
Heather Armstrong says
I haven’t read the series, but I am very interested in trying it out!
Gina H says
Haven’t started the series but would love to start! TY for the giveaway!
Stephanie Phillips says
I love your graphics. They crack me up. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway. Sounds like a great book/series.
Melanie Cannizzaro says
Thanks for the giveaway. Loved Up in Air Series..
jodi marinich says
cant wait to read this book
Can’t wait to read this series.
Can’t wait to read this……..
Ack! MORE to add to my TBR! (Like that’s a bad thing…)
Stacy (StacyHgg) says
I would love to win this for Christina my co-blogger!! She absolutely adores this author!!!
lori moore says
Added to my list!
I am a little over halfway and dreading the end…
Laina G says
Thanks for the giveaway!
Kyla Stein says
I’m so excited for this book! I want to win!
Thanks for the giveaway!
Mick Murphy says
I loved the In Flight series and I cannot wait to read this new series. Thanks for the giveaway!
Feifei Le says
Loved this book!! And I agree, we need book 3 NOW!
I love this series!
Lindsey RC says
I’ve loved all the books so far. I can’t wait to read this, but I’m scared at the same time! (:
This is such a great series, I just love this author!
Ginnie Hutto says
Yay! Look I know it”s not very interesting but I am exhausted and my brain is broken.
Melissa C. says
Need this book!
Sue Pfannenstiel says
Would love to win!
Awesome giveaway! Love R.K.!
Janice U. says
I love R.K. Lilley. I just read the Up in the Air series and I am officially addicted to her writing. Can’t wait to read Rock Bottom.
Adrean Garcia says
Thank you SO MUCH for this chance!
I think I’ll wait for book 3 to come out first then read them back to back. Don’t think I want to wait that long to find out their HEA.
Tamara Debbaut says
I’m gonna wait until book 3 is there, I’m not ready to have my heart broken.
Would LOVE this!!!
That sounds like an…amazing story with a little heartbreak thrown in. Adding that to my TBR pile…It grows everyday 🙂
Laura G. says
Can not wait to read! These books sound great!
Thanks for the giveaway!
Kelli Stanley says
Loved the Up in the Air series. Just started rock bottom! Thanks for the giveaway!
Love your recs. Thanks much! My TBR is OOC!
Zita R says
Thanks for the give-away!
I absolutely love this Author. R K RILLEY is Amazing. I’ve read all her books and Rock Bottom is fantastic and started where the last book ended seamlessly. I’m so sad i have to wait for the next book. And cried like a baby. It took me a whole day for my eyes look normal again lol but I felt fantastic!!! Loved Tristan and Danika so much. And I’m beyond thrilled that the up in the air series isn’t over with and there is going to be a 4th instalment. I’m so freaking happy!! Thank you for the chance to win this fab prize and you’re review was brilliant 🙂
I love this series!!! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy 🙂
krystal brackley says
Can’t wait to read this series!
Bette Platt says
Thanks for the chance to enter!!!
Sue Mtz says
I LOVE R.K. LILLEY!!!!! thanks for the giveaway
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Meghan Stith says
Thanks for the giveaway!
Ty For the GIveaway!
cathy coffman says
Rock Bottom was a great book. I cried and can’t wait for book three. Thanks fir the give away
Kerry Brown says
Can’t wait to read this! Love this series!
Diana Doan says
I love R.K. Lilley’s books!!! <3
Would love to read this one. I love spicy reads.
April Wal says
Love this series. Can’t wait to read more Tristan and Danica!
Love Up in the air. Waiting for the 3rd book so I can start reading this series.
Thanks for the great giveaway! Excited to read this series!
I love RK Lilley!!
Michelle T says
So excited, cant wait to read this!! Thanks for the great giveaway!
Leslie Rodriguez says
this sounds so good
Genia Rahmlow says
Thanks for the chance
Sarah Lowery says
Thanks for the giveaway
Nikole Mariscal says
Abolutely LOVED Bad Things! Cant wait for book 3 <3<3<3
Andie Wardlow says
Tristan is so yummy…can’t wait to read
I read the first in this series, but I think I’m going to wait until the 3rd one comes out. I tend to forget when there are long spaces between books in a series and I have to re-read the previous book (s). Since my TBR list is SO long I’m trying to wait until a series is complete. However, I do want to read the remaining books in this series. I have really enjoyed all I have read by RK Lilley.
Thanks for the giveaway
I can’t wait to start this series, but I’m going to wait for the last book to come out! People I’m following on Goodreads are killin me, lol. I’m currently almost done with In Flight and really enjoying it.
Jay B. says
Now that I know how Rock Bottom ends I’m already impatient for the third book!
dawn ruchel says
Can’t wait to read this series. Love your blog…
Paola Z says
Thanks for the chance!
Irma Madrigal says
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Thanks for the chance!!!!!!! Amazing giveaway! ❤️
LOVE R.K. Lilley!!
Yvonne C says
Can’t wait to read this!
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can’t wait to read
Laurie Jean says
Amy Malek Concepcion says
I love her writing! Thanks for the giveaway!
Blythe Kuykendall says
I haven’t read the books yet but I’m defiantly going too!
Pepper Wooten says
I want this book so bad!!
This book was so hard to read but an absolute must. I cried myself sick at the end and am now anxiously waiting for book 3 and hopefully a HEA for them.
Evelyn Recinos says
Cant wait To read Tristán!
Denise F says
Up in the Air was awesome and I have been wanting to read about Danika
Thanks for the awesome giveaways
Thanks for the chance to win!
Jennifer M says
I loved. Bad things have been dying. To read rock bottom… thnks for tje giveaway
kim sullivan says
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Amy Pollard Woolard says
The Up in the Air Series is one of my all time favorites!! Thank you for the chance!!
Karen Camp says
I got to meet her this fall. It was such a pleasure. Winning this would be icing on the cake!
Tiffany L. says
This I so on my TBR list. I loved Bad Things and the In Flight series!! Can’t wait to read Rock Bottom.
miranda lewis says
awesome giveaway 😀