Their love had the power of a runaway freight train, and the potential to be just as destructive.
The tempestuous sequel to Bad Things picks up where the first book left off. Reeling from a profound loss, Tristan and Danika struggle to pick up the pieces and build a life together, but the hard habits of a lifetime are not so easy to escape.
Rock Bottom takes us on a dual point of view journey through addiction and desire, through love and agony, and answers the question we’ve been asking since these characters were introduced in Grounded: “What happened between Tristan and Danika?”
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. “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.” “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’d have given my life for that fight. In fact, I very nearly did.
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.
We were introduced to Tristan and Danika in R.K Lilley’s Up in the Air series. We knew they once loved each other. But we also have so many questions such as; why does Danika have a limp? What tore them apart? Finally, we’ll get the answers to those questions in Rock Bottom, the second installment in the Tristan & Danika trilogy, and what happened to these two is far worse than I imagined. I really enjoyed reading Rock Bottom though it was very devastating and intense; I love every second of it. I was in for one hell of an emotional roller coaster. R.K Lilley is a freaking genius!
Rock Bottom begins just where Bad Things ended. Tristan and Danika are both still trying to help each other to move on from the grief they suffered in Bad Things. Tristan is still a hot rock star with a dirty mouth and a very healthy sexual appetite. I mean, really, really healthy. He’s also still passionately in love with Danika. Things start to change when his band finds success and they had to go to LA constantly to record their first album and it made Tristan and Danika spend a lot of time apart. And it just went downhill from there…. It really hurts to watch addiction consume Tristan and made him lose himself little by little.
Danika is very devoted to Tristan. She’s always there during his darkest time. I can’t even imagine the suffering and the pain she’s going through because of her love for this broken man. She truly is one of the strongest female characters I’ve come across. I admired her even more when she decided to move on and not let what has happened to her destroy her or her future.
Tristan and Danika are made for each other, they really are. Their chemistry is off the charts and they clearly love and adore each other. It’s heartbreaking to witness disaster after disaster strike this couple and push them to rock bottom. No matter how hard they try to hold on, they find themselves drifting. Their journey shredded me.
Rock Bottom is another beautifully written book from R.K. Lilley. I just love how she can make us feel what the characters feel. Rock Bottom is no different; I actually felt the struggle, the unhappiness, and the feel of uncertainty of the characters. We still get seriously hot sex scenes, an intense love story and a delicious alpha male. Just a fair warning for those of you who have yet to read this book, bring handkerchiefs or boxes of tissues. Yes, Tristan and Danika’s story is that sad. But it’s really worth it, I promise. This series is one of my favorites that I re-read every once in a while. There’s no cliff-hanger in this second book, but no HEA either. 5 emotionally devastating stars from me!
“Everything you promised, and everything I need. What I’m willing to give to you is what I want from you. Can’t you do that for me, Tristan? Isn’t there enough of you left?”
“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.”
“It just seemed to me, that if you valued a thing, you found ways to keep it from being compromised.”
“I was still hurting, my heart still aching with all of the loss, but I began to attempt to live again. To wake, to move, to try taking small steps in the right direction. I was alone in that path.”
“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.”
“You’ve got me. And I’m not going anywhere. Not ever.”