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Rock Bottom: Tristan & Danika, Book 2 | [R. K. Lilley]

Rock Bottom: Tristan & Danika, Book 2

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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?

Dankia:

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.

Tristan:

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.

This book is intended for readers 18 and up.

©2013 R.K. Lilley (P)2014 R.K. Lilley, LLC

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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 05-08-14
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 05-08-14 Member Since 2009

    Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books

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    "Rock Bottom - One F***ed up Mess"
    Any additional comments?

    Book 1 was a whole lot gentler on me then this one, and I found it to be quite tumultuous indeed. It was an interesting mix of Beautiful Disaster and Thoughtless. Intense connection, only friends (despite feeling so much more), and an inevitable romantic relationship laden with jealousy and trust issues, and over-the-top reactions. They were absolutely Love - Hate together. And at times, totally insane.

    But this one - This is them… sick. Still so completely wrapped up in each other, wholeheartedly in love, and getting sicker by the minute as their dreams, their happiness, their soul-mate connection (the only thing seemingly worth living for) plummets into a downward spiral.

    Bring on the next book as I just have to find out what happens next!!!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 09-29-14
    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 09-29-14 Member Since 2009

    I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.

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    "A SLOW DECENT TO THE BOTTOM-BROKE MY HEART!"

    This book will go down in history (for me) as being a very conflicted one. It kindled so many emotions that I needed a few days, after finishing it, to try and make sense of my response. Lilley has written this book for someone, hell, for everyone....everyone in life who has lost something very deeply impacting and life changing. Yes, there is grief, loss, drug abuse, and decline. But even if you never experienced addiction, this book will give you a life experience regarding addiction and it's unalterable negative impact on people. This is not a textbook version of addiction, you will experience it as one living in the trenches. Lilley never gives you a scene where the lead is abusing, snorting or anything like that, it's all of the subtle erratic behaviors that become more volatile across settings, as experienced through Danika's eyes.

    This second book left me feeling as though Tristan and Danika were in reach of the world at so many points, yet, it all slipped away. After reading this book I wanted to find myself a dark room and cry for days....that's how I felt. I was also conflicted with Tristan--so angry with him, yet tender sympathetic feelings also flowed through. And, Danika.....precious Danika, she was such a strong, beautiful woman who did not deserve to be part of the collateral damage.

    This book starts off at a steady pace. Tristan and Danika are dealing with the tragic loss of a loved one. Tristan's rock band was doing well as they had been offered a record deal. Danika was still working as a nanny while studying and pursuing her love for dance. Yet, despite challenging schedules, demands from the band, and every other stressor that pushed on Tristan and Danika, they remained really strong and quite insatiable for one another, I might add. On that note, OMG, I freaken loved how Tristan adored Danika. This man could not live without her.....breath without her. He was caveman-possessive, and a beast in bed--so passionate, so immersed in his love for Danika. And, she responded to him with a love so fierce, and so committed that I knew the unraveling of their separation would be huge. They simply loved each other too hard for it to not end in anything less than catastrophe, and immeasurable pain. By the publisher's summary, readers know that this is the book where Tristan and Danika split up. So I read in dread and there are ominous warnings through Danika's memory as she retells some portions of their experience. Yet, for about 75% of this book, the angst was tolerable. You are left feeling like, OK, that was hard, but they will forge through....Tristan and Danika will get through it...THEN, at about the 30 or 25% mark, disasters uncoil and the freight train is released from the hinges and it all falls a part in the most terrible way possible. The hardest part to digest is that all of the disasters at the end were AVOIDABLE!!! They were within reach of someone's decision, but the wrong decisions were made, no attention was given to predators living in the midst of them, and the constant hunt to find numbness created a savage ending.

    After finishing this book, I needed healing for Tristan and Danika and immediately delved into the 3rd book where I knew they would come home to each other.....

    Narrators: Sarah Naughton and Chris Ruen were amazing! Sarah was utter perfection. I was even touched by her voices for the little boys Danika took care of. And, well Chris's voice is male perfection....gorgeous voices made this one well-planned, well-performed, well-executed audiobook.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    karyntalbot 05-11-14
    karyntalbot 05-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Everything R K Lilley writes I love!!!"
    If you could sum up Rock Bottom in three words, what would they be?

    Heartbreaking! But I am still rooting for each character!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like how R K Lilley doesn't just give us what she thinks we want. I seems like now everyone gives us the "Grey" formula, billionaire, great looking cold dominate plus an everyday girl love story. R K isn't afraid to break our heart and show a little ugliness. This makes me feel the story and invest more. I love this writer.


    What does Chris Ruen and Sarah Naughton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The woman narrator really sounds like Danika would in my head. Her "man" impression isn't bad either.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The consequences that Tristan doesn't know about yet. What he doesn't remember from the last night.


    Any additional comments?

    I check back each day for the next installment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Avid listener 05-24-14

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    "Captivating story and characters"

    This is a romance that does not strictly follow the formula for romantic story writing; it does not have the fairy tale ending for starters. It is captivating and unpredictable and sets the scene for the sequel which I read straight after this one and can't wait for more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 05-12-14
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 05-12-14

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    "THE AGONY OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE THAT SLOWLY BREAKS"

    Never before, and I mean NEVER, has a book put me through such an emotional free-falling tail-spin and, as I plummeted screaming through all the beauty, heartbreak and devastation, I didn't know up from down and right from wrong as there was no easy answer in this intense destructive love story that leaves three people's hearts broken (yes, I'm including my own too) broken with no glue to fix it.

    I laughed, I cried, I celebrated, I sighed as devastating/tragic or sweet/touching chapter after chapter held every "OH" moment.... OH SO BEAUTIFUL", "OH SH*T", "OH WTF", "OH NO, NO, NO", "OH THAT'S GREAT NEWS", "OH DON'T DO IT", "OH HELL", "OH THE PAIN"...... well you get the drift around and around it went. Deeper and deeper they fall, through dramas, barriers, tragedy and guilt trying to hold on to each other through sex, through desperation and through their love.... until fate eventually deals the final heartbreaking blow.

    Worth a credit? It didn't just pull at my heart strings... it wrenched it out and left me broken, bleeding and dying inside for their devastating losses which only time is going to heal the deep soul destroying scars. It's full of pain, addiction, loss and love and this brilliantly written journey, through two people's desperate destructive love for each other, is soooo worth the credit.... even when it hurts so much.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley Raeford, NC, United States 09-25-14
    Ashley Raeford, NC, United States 09-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "BEST book ive listened to in a very long time!!"

    I am pretty good about giving star ratings on the books I listen to but this is only the second time I loved a book so much I felt the need to write an actual review. I've listened to and read hundreds of books. I am a mail carrier so that's all I do everyday while delivering mail just to give you an idea of how many ive listened to. That being said this series is the absolute BEST I've listened to in a very long time! I like a variety of genres but I've been on a romance or dystopian kick for quite a while and there are many great books I've read but the story lines are almost always the same. Billionaire guy that's a player girl next door with no experience they fall in love have some bumps along the way and live happily ever after. One of the things I loved so much about this book is it is NOT predictable at all and does not follow the typical romance novel plots. Its refreshing to read a book that isn't all roses and rainbows. It shows the struggles of love and not all endings are happily ever afters. I definitely recommend this book to adults this novel is NOT teen or under 18 its a mature romance story with graphic sex, drugs, violence, rape, and adult language. You will not be disappointed for spending your credits on this series!

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    Datagirl75@gmail Antioch, TN, United States 08-09-14
    Datagirl75@gmail Antioch, TN, United States 08-09-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Why isn't this book longer!!"
    Would you listen to Rock Bottom again? Why?

    Yes! It was just a roller coaster ride with Tristan and Danika that never stopped. There was always something happening to them and their relationship.


    What other book might you compare Rock Bottom to and why?

    The Crossfire series. It was a well rounded story of lives and not just a series of sexual encounters that makes this series a good read.


    What about Chris Ruen and Sarah Naughton ’s performance did you like?

    Loved both narrators. They had the perfect voices for these characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I was so tiered from trying to stay up many nights to listen to just a few more minutes.


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    Megan 07-05-14
    Megan 07-05-14 Member Since 2014

    23. Love to listen to books while i clean/drive/and pretty much anything else!!!! genre loves: romance, contemporary, suspense

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    "ITS NOT FAIRRRRR :("
    Any additional comments?

    UHH wow ok!!! I'm ready to write my review now! Let me start off by saying this book is a lot more eventful and in my personal opinion BETTER than book 1 (Bad Things). I think it was a lot better because there was more drama between Tristan and Danika and there were actual BAD THINGS that happened. LIKE BADDDDDDDDD. Wow. I was really pleased that the things Tristan did were actually bad not just hmm thats not that bad kinda thing. And I like how the book showed Danikas enabler ways that she used with her mom as well. Let me just say that there are more people who died in this book and there is 1-2 of them that i am honestly (wow thats sad) glad about because I couldnt stand either of them. The other 2 are really really sad...

    SO BASICALLY this is a train wreck of a novel but I LOVED IT!! it was suspenseful and had me wanting to yell omggggggggggg JUST YELL FOR SOMEONE ANYONE!!!!!!! KNOCK ON THE NEIGHBORS DOOR!!! JUMP OUT THE CAR .. IDK DANIKA JUST SOMETHING hahahahaha so yep id say it was worth the read!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 05-16-14
    Lia Sutton, Australia 05-16-14 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "So much heartache...,"

    Book two of Tristan and Danika's story literally hits rock bottom as the title suggests. The book starts pretty much where Bad Things left off, with Tristan still reeling from tragedy and loss. His band wants to go out on tour and he needs to decide if he should do it or not. Danika, being the most supportive person ever tells him to do it. They are separated for days and weeks at a time and Tristan's addictive personality prevails and he falls headlong into some pretty heavy drug use. Danika's addictive personality of needing to be in a relationship causes her to be an enabler to Tristan, wanting to try to help him break out of his cycle but always giving in to him. R.k. does an excellent job of portraying the life style of their addictive personalities. At times it was extremely painful for me to listen to, but it is very true to life and life is sometimes very, very ugly.

    Tristan and Danika are fierce fighters, both very stubborn, so as I said, they literally hit rock bottom by suffering life changing events before they make changes.

    My only detractor in the book and why I gave it four stars instead of five was I felt there was just too much sex. I am not a prude and I love a good sex scene but it got so repetative. We get it, he is huge and he stretches her, the same scenario over and over again. I started to become agitated that Tristan tried to solve every little thing, whether it was a fight, or Danika was hurt by something, or trying to get him to change something, he used sex to fix everything. And Danika let him. I yelled at her more than one time while she was trying to talk to him about something important and he would start kissing her or feeling her up and she would lose her whole train of thought and poof they're having sex and the problem never gets resolved. I realize that is how their addictive personalities work, but I felt that Danika really lost traction in this book.

    The ending of Rock Bottom literally gutted me. I was a bawling, blubbering mess. I am can't wait for the next installment.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Charlotte Aksdal, Norway 05-15-14
    Charlotte Aksdal, Norway 05-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "OMG, Im totally left rung dry..."

    ... with tear tracks left down my cheeks.
    Im an emotional wreck after this one and I've listened to quite a few series the last year.
    This story is an emotional roller coaster of a love story and I'm left with a deep sense of loss and grief. I'm desperately hoping for a Book 3 to give them some kind of a happily ever after - but right now, Romeo and Juliet can eat their hearts out - this is tragedy. Sucked my right in from the punch. Well spent credit!

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    "Great read"

    I have listened to all 3 books & each one has been addictive. It was a well constructed story, leaving one feeling totally involved with both Tristan & Danika. I was sorry when I finished the trilogy, however, the ending was a good one so that I wasn't left wondering about the future for them.

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