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Bad Things (Tristan & Danika #1)

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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
Kindle Edition, 367 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by R.K. Lilley
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Cevrine Honestly I think you would be fine. In the Up in the Air series you only see them in the future with obvious damaging baggage. They're not a couple,…moreHonestly I think you would be fine. In the Up in the Air series you only see them in the future with obvious damaging baggage. They're not a couple, however as a reader you question their relationship. And thats when Tristen and Danika's series answer all you questions.

Moreover, I do suggest you read the Up in the Air series. Its one of the best I've read. James and Bianca's relationship is so much less complicated than Tristen and Danika which is really nice. I think it would actually be nice to read Bad Things first as it looks at the past and you get a feel on how James, Tristen and Frankie become friends. If you dont know what I'm talking about then this gives you a reason to read the book. definitly worth spending the time and energy on. (less)

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Aestas Book Blog
Feb 21, 2013 Aestas Book Blog rated it it was amazing

Holy hotness, guys!! You HAVE to meet Tristan Vega!!
“I’m going to fuck you hard on the hood of this car, in the pouring rain. And. You. Are. Not. Going. To. Forget. It.”

*fans self*

I loved this book!! It made me swoon, squee, and swear which pretty much is the perfect mix, right?

I couldn’t put it down. Another winner from R.K. Lilley!

When Tristan unexpectedly becomes a fixed part of Danika’s world, he throws her whole life out of whack. Fun, flirty, and bossy with a devilish charming that co
♥ 5 STARS. ♥


I absolutely LOVED this book! After having devoured the Up In the Air-series, I was already a fan of author R.K. Lilley, but now I just became an even bigger one. Seriously, if you have not read this book yet, read it ASAP! I assure you, you won't regret it. This book had all the ingredients for it to be an absolute MUST READ.

I loved Danika's sarcasm and feisty character, Tristan's sexy bad boy-attitude, their playful banter and let's not forget, the "off the charts" HOT s
5 Stars!!!

R.K. Lilley did it again! Now, Tristan was no Mr. Cavendish, but he was pretty damn close. It was intense- sweet, sexy, and an emotional roller coaster, but I loved every minute!

Tristan is a club promoter. He is in a band. He is all kinds of sexy and awesome, but he has commitment issues.

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Danika is working as a live in nanny. She also goes to school full time. Even though she’s only in her early twenties, she is living the life of someone much older. And she ONLY does relationships.
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HOLY COW! I'm mentally EXHAUSTED! I wasn't prepared for such an angsty, emotional, and gut-wrenching story. In fact, I felt it became a bit over-the-top with the all angst and drama toward the end. However, I was completely spellbound and consumed while reading this book.

Where this story really shined for me was in the writing, characterization and chemistry between the two main leads. It was exceptional. In fact, I'm not sure I've read a book
"That's All" Ash
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Ever since I got a taste of this couple in the “Up in the Air” series, I knew that their story was going to be EPIC.

And it is.
It so is.


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Light-footed and heavy-hearted.

And she doesn’t want to fall in love again.
Love is too fragile.
Too toxic.

And then she meets Tristan.

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Oh, he’s a bad boy.
The bad boy.

With an angel’s face and the devil’s body.
A burning smile and wild-fire ha
Raine Miller
Jun 06, 2013 Raine Miller rated it it was amazing
A masterpiece! Tristan and Danika have a story told so realistically by R.K. Lilley, you'll ache for them in BAD THINGS, and have a hard time remembering this is a novel. A very well written novel at that. Off the charts sexy, soul-baring emotion, and explosive chemistry between the two mix together here into pure literary gold. BAD THINGS is a beautiful thing!

~Raine Miller
NYT's Bestselling Author of The Blackstone Affair
Lisa Jayne
Mar 23, 2013 Lisa Jayne rated it it was amazing

"I fell apart and came back together again, my whole world thoroughly rocked."


Welcome to 'Bad Things' a novel that combines easy reading and combustible in one addictive story. A tale about a love that is as much messy as it is meant to be. R K Lilley's books are a reading habit that I don't want to break anytime soon. I loved the 'in flight' series, James Cavendish is more than a little unforgettable, so it goes without saying that I was more than looking forward to what
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If, like me, you’re a bit of a R.K. Lilley fangirlie, then you’re probably already a little familiar with Tristan and Danika. We’ve had a few teasing hints of their story in the Up In The Air Trilogy. We know that they were not speaking to each other, that Danika limps and this has something to do with Tristan and that she has forgiven him but is unable to forget what has happened in the past. It’s all very mysterious and we begin this one years before when Danika is just twenty-one and they mee
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
"Bad things were going to happen if we spent too much time around each other."

That's what Danika thought when she first met Tristan and she wasn't exactly wrong. She has always been attracted to bad boys but they are bad news for her. On top of that, Tristan only does hook ups and Danika only does relationships so her and Tristan decide to just be friends. And that really is for the best because they've both been through a lot in the past.

If you read the Up in the Air series, you've met Trist
Jun 12, 2013 Mo rated it really liked it

Saw some good reviews for this one here and decided to give it a go. Was not disappointed. I really enjoyed it. As one reviewer said, it flowed. Tristan Vega, very nice indeed. Tough Rock Star. Danika, bit messed up by her past – They are friends but can they stay just friends. Don’t think so, their attraction is too hard to resist. Good solid story. Look forward to reading more about this couple.

The "just friends" thing has Tristan needing to take many showers...

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♥~♥Geri Reads ♥~♥
Jun 09, 2013 ♥~♥Geri Reads ♥~♥ rated it really liked it
4.5 super hot, rollicking stars!

Considering how I disliked R.K. Lilley's Up in the Series, I wasn't expecting much of anything going into this book. But color me surprised, I actually ended up loving it.

Yes, it was angsty, both the MCs annoyed at me at some point, some of the drama were a bit juvenile, and yet, I really enjoyed the whole thing. To me this has an entirely different feel than Up in the Air series and I find Danika and Tristan's story more relatable, more gritty and more raw than
Farah *Professor Dean's Beauty*

R.K Lilley has wOwed me again!!

I really didn't think it was possible for any book to come close to James Cavendish but this book has.

Danika works at her friends house as a nanny for the past 2years and meets Tristan through her husband. Danika has been through some pretty sad things in her past.



They quickly become friends partying it up. They are both very attracted to each other and its obvious they want each other.

The problem is- Tristan doesn't DO relationships

Danika doesn't DO
Vika aka ♔ of GIF & Grumpy Smut-ateer *P/T Freebie Fairy
1st time read from July 17-19 2013

5+++ Rating

My Tristan

My Danika

“I knew that we were going to be a dangerous combination. Bad things were going to happen if we spent too much time around each other.”


Well I am going to go on the limb here and say this is MY FAVORITE of all R.K. Lilley's series. Even though seeing some of the characters from Up In the Air series made me sequel like a true fan girl this book still blew
Katy Loves Romance ❤️
Everyone has to Meet Tristan and Danika Star's*****

Whatever your doing Put it down because everyone needs to meet Tristan!!

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I have been waiting what feels like a lifetime for this book, we were introduced to them in the up in the air series with Mr James Cavendish and Bianca. Danika's got a limp and they are hostile towards each other I was very intrigued to what there story was and how is it going to end!! I am happy to say this one did NOT disappoint I was captivated by there
Jess-i-ca ~Sometimes a Gif Witch~
Ok so in general this book wasn't awful but it had drama overload. Wayyyy too much drama for me. Tristan is an ass and Danika has no backbone. She forgave him too easily. I will NOT be reading the next two books.

WARNING! WARNING! Gif overload below!

So this is kinda how the story goes:

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Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
His kiss was insidious, seeping into every part of me. He took me over in a way I couldn't believe I allowed. A few seconds into the kiss, and I was ready to relinquish all control, which I'd have sworn was the antithesis of everything I was before I'd met Tristan.

I knew we were going to be a dangerous combination. Bad things were going to happen if we spent too much time around each other.

This book! Sweet baby Jebus, THIS BOOK! I was not expecting to be as good as it was or to suck me into
Jacqueline's Reads
Mar 15, 2013 Jacqueline's Reads rated it it was amazing


You fucking did it again Ms. Lilley! I’ll tell you, I LOVED the Up In the Air Series and I loved BAD THINGS!!!

I don’t really have to explain this story, I mean, there’s no reason why I should. The reason why you should pick up this read and well read it because it’s just FUCKING GOOD!!!

BUT if you need to know, there’s Danika, the beautiful and controlled Heroine. Who is absolutely adorable, sexy and just all around awesome. Then there’s Mr. Slutty McSlutFace Trist
Nothing sucked worse than having feelings for someone who just may have been your best friend. Especially when that someone clearly didn’t return those feelings.

Two words…HOT DAMN! I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with more intense sexual chemistry between the two main characters. I could actually feel the heat coming off of these two. As an added bonus we’re treated to an actual story, too.

Danika was like a breath of fresh air. A breath of fresh air that I didn’t get to fuck.

Danika doesn’t
Amy (Foxy)
My kindle was emitting smoke as I read Bad Things.
Bad things were going to happen if we spent too much time around each other.

Danika and Tristan meet through a mutual friend. From the moment they met the sexual tension was high. When these two hook up it's off the charts. Trust issues hinders their relationship around every corner.
"I see now that I didn't know a thing about love before I met you. When it's right, like it is with us, it doesn't make your life harder, it makes your li
Jamie *Gypsy Smut-a-teer*
Re-read Review March 22, 13
Just as good as the first time. Love Tristan and Danika and I can't wait to read the rest of the series. :)

Initial Review July 20, 13
"I knew that we were going to be a dangerous combination. Bad things were going to happen if we spent too much time around each other."

I have soo many emotions right now. That ending just made me a hot mess. I have so much to say, but just can't seem to get it out....

The ending has left me..

Okay I'll try. This is a spin-off from the U
Robin Hill
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I fell hard for both Tristan and Danika immediately. They are a hot mess and a half so you can just imagine the angst. There's a huge back and forth pull with these two, and by the time I made it to the final misunderstanding/disagreement/overreaction (or whatever you want to call it), I wasn't all that upset about it. I LOVE the couple, but after a while, it's like Dudes! Just chill!

Their romance is addictive, to say the lea
Georgia ♥ Team Dex ♥
Feb 16, 2013 Georgia ♥ Team Dex ♥ marked it as to-read


And.................... it's Tristan/Danika!!!

destini mia
Feb 16, 2013 destini mia rated it really liked it
“Tell me not to kiss you,” he said.
“Don’t kiss me.”
“Mean it.”
“I can’t.”

Sassy heroine, witty dialogue, dysfunctional couple… it was like my book soulmate.


Danika’s life has been anything but easy and now with her feet under her, she’s determined to keep it that way.
I needed stability. I clung to it.

And then, Tristan comes barreling into her life and she learns how to let go and live in the moment. Even with the Don’t List they created, she falls hard and deep for him.
Jul 30, 2013 Mia rated it it was amazing

I freaking love this series! This was my fourth re-read and I can honestly say I enjoyed it just as much as the first time. With the third book's release just around the corner, I figured it was a perfect time to come back to these books and I'm so glad I did! I am obsessed with these characters. Seriously, the amount of time I've spent thinking about them can not be healthy!

Anyone who enjoyed the In flight series needs to pick this up, ASAP. We met Tristan and Danika
✝✝ Ⓓaisy ❣ ✝✝


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I have no words!!!!!!!

Danika is 21 and works as a nanny while studying. She has been having bad relationships and after knowing her past, I did feel sorry for you! Though, at times, I felt like kicking her.... but not a bad way LOL

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Enter Tristan, a lead singer in rock group, he cooks, runs errands and please help me, he is so good with his f
Crystal~BIG book addict~
Jun 12, 2013 Crystal~BIG book addict~ rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, buddy-reads
Oh boy,

The first half of the book had me

Danika and Tristan were so funny together. There was so much lighthearted banter and teasing, it was just fun watching how they were getting to know each other. There was a lot of sexual undertones but they were determined to be friends as they just genuinely liked each other so much.

“Didn't you know I was out here, just waiting for a friend like you?"
"Of course I didn't know. I'd have been dancing on top of every bar in town, instead of studying, if I'd
Feb 16, 2013 Jen rated it it was amazing
Okay you’ve probably heard already that this book is



Danika is working as a nanny while going to school. She lives with the family and takes care of two fun little boys, the laundry, cooks, cleans and walks some rambunctious dogs. She meets Tristan through her boss Jerry who likes to bring home struggling musicians. From the beginning there is an attraction to Tristan, but all she can see is “trouble” with a capital T. Tristan is a bad body no doubt about it, but he is also a club pr
Vikki ~ *squee* lite ~
Feb 16, 2013 Vikki ~ *squee* lite ~ rated it it was amazing

4.5 heart-wrenching-all-consuming stars

WOW. Yeah.

Ok, so I liked but didn’t love James and Bianca (yeah, yeah, I can hear the boos now), and while I really enjoyed Lana and Akira’s story, it wasn’t going on my favorites shelf, so nothing prepared me for how I would just fall head over heels in love with Danika and Tristan.

They meet when Tristan crashes for a few weeks with Jerry and Bev (Danika is their live-in nanny/girl Friday as well as Bev’s good friends). Right away, it’s obvious that the ch
 ♥  Barb ♥
Jun 12, 2013 ♥ Barb ♥ rated it really liked it

4.5... stars for BAD BOY Tristan

“I wanted to belong to someone, and for someone to belong to me.”

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This is a spin off of the "In Flight" series about Danika and Tristan. Danika hasn't had an easy life and being attracted to bad boy Tristan doesn't make it easier, but one look at him...who could resist?? Tristan came along at the right time and taught Danika about letting go and living in the present. I really enjoyed this one and can't wait for Book 2. No cliffy...and for all you Mr. Beautiful
Dee Montoya
*****5 Explosive Stars*****

I don't even know what to say right now, except for the fact that this book completely consumed me.
Bad Things was a passionate and electrifying read that will stay with me forever. I felt every word, every touch and every kiss to my core. I went completely blind when reading this book , I just listened to all my GR friends, who kept telling me this was amazing and having read Mr. Cavendish's books I knew of Tristan and Danika, but Bad Things is about their beginnings,
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R.K. Lilley has been a writer since she can remember, but has held down some interesting jobs to pay the bills. For several years she was a first class flight attendant, and she always swore that she just had to write a book about it. Mixing her love of romance and all things BDSM, the Up In the Air Trilogy is her debut into the world of contempary romance and erotica. She is currently working on ...more
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“I'm going to fuck you hard on the hood of this car, in the pouring rain. And. You. Are. Not. Going. To. Forget. It.” 88 likes
“I wanted to belong to someone, and for someone to belong to me.” 66 likes
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