Tristan hit rock bottom, and no one felt the impact harder than Danika. She was forced to see, in the most brutal of ways, that love does not conquer all. Bruised, bloody, and broken she had to walk away.
Picking up the pieces of your life after a tragedy is a daunting prospect, and that’s considering you still own all of the pieces. But what if you don’t? What if someone else owns those pieces, and those pieces are a part of your soul?
You dig deep and work with what you’ve got.
That’s what Danika told herself and believed, every single day, for years.
Tristan and Danika’s love had failed every test that life had thrown at them. She couldn’t forget that, not for one second. And if those tests had been overly harsh, well, she wasn’t one to wallow in self-pity. The failure was the thing she had to focus on. The failure was the lesson. She had no intention of working so hard to make it out of hell without learning that lesson well.
Over six years after the night that changed everything, Danika finds herself forced to spend the weekend constantly in Tristan’s company, as they attend the wedding of two of their dearest friends. It’s been long enough that she feels they can be friendly again without it destroying her peace of mind, but just a small amount of time in his presence has her remembering something she had forced herself to forget: There’d been a reason she’d gone through hell with this man, for this man, some true good to precede the bad.
She shocks herself by quickly giving in to a hunger that she never imagined could still consume her.
Even the best intentioned denial has a breaking point.
THE HARSH REALITY
After everything that’s happened, the rise and the fall, the pain and the aftermath, can these two navigate the waters of acute regret, survive the trials of coming face to face with all that they have lost, and find the strength to try again?
Lovely Trigger is the last book in Tristan & Danika series. I think it’s a perfect conclusion to the trilogy and is by far my favorite. It was emotional, intense and hot; everything you’d want in a book. Book three begins a few months after the accident, Tristan and Danika are separately trying to deal with the aftermath. The story follows them through the next few years as they try to move on with their lives.
Tristan really hit his rock bottom at the end of book two. While Danika tries her best to forget Tristan and create a new life for herself, Tristan is clinging to the memories of their time together and hoping someday he’ll get Danika back. And to do that he realizes that he need to get his life back in order. He goes to rehab, starts seeing a counselor and attends group therapy. Tristan is obsessed with getting Danika back and relentless in his pursuit. I absolutely LOVE Tristan in this book; I’ve never seen/read a man fight this hard for the woman he loves. Although I feel sorry for him in Rock Bottom, I didn’t like him much by the end of it. But, he really has come a long way in Lovely Trigger.
After all the devastation Danika has suffered, she stayed as far away as she possibly can from Tristan. She keeps things in her life stable and uncomplicated. She moves to LA and tries to make a go with other men, but it just doesn’t work. Her heart still belongs to Tristan. Things got complicated when she moved back to Vegas (but don’t worry, people! It will all work out in the end). Danika is definitely one of my favorite heroines of all time. I admire her character and how she handles everything; I don’t know how she can rise up after all she’s been through. She’s a lot more mature in this book, and she becomes this elegant woman that makes people around her respect and admire her.
This book is everything I hoped for and more. Just wow! This whole series was a wild roller coaster of emotions. There was so much agony that sometimes made me just want to hug the characters and other times just made me want to punch something; Gah! The drama just kept me on the edge of my seat. Tristan & Danika series was one intense ride and it was worth every crazy emotion I experienced along the way. I cannot stress how good these books are. This series has it all; hot and passionate lover, crazy and tragic events, sad and heartbreaking moment. I smiled, cried, laughed through this book. It’s that kind of book that you’ll always remember with a smile on your face. And it’s a series that I will read over and over again and feel the same branding intensity every time. Thank you so much R.K. Lilley for writing this amazeballs series! 5++ second chance stars from me!
“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.”
“How can we be so good for each other in so many ways, and so bad in just as many others?”
“I am the guy who has been in love with you for over six fucking years. I am the guy that has thought about you every day. I miss you every day. What happened —what we lost together— breaks my heart, but it doesn’t change anything.”
“She was mine again. And, even when she hadn’t wanted me, when I’d lost all faith, I’d always, always been hers.”
“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.”