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Lovely Trigger

By: R.K. Lilley
Narrated by: Chris Ruen,Sarah Naughton
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The Impact

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.

The Aftermath

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.

The Reunion

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.

This book is intended for readers 18 and up.

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

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Outstanding Conclusion Just WOW!!

Tristan and Danika's series is a spin-off of the Up In The Air books. But I have to say, these books are my favorite. Tristan and Danika's story has been a tumultuous ride... sweet, and angsty and slow building in the first book, tragic and heartbreaking and raw in the second. All things I absolutely crave when reading any good romance.

But the third... the third book, Lovely Trigger is perfect because it's all of those things. It's painful and angst ridden, slow building and so drawn out. It's laugh out loud funny, and heartrendingly sad.

The very first page brought me right back to the painful ending of Rock Bottom. From the very first page, I felt like a tiny fist reached into my chest, grabbed hold of my heart and squeezed. And it didn't let up the entire way through.

Danika and Tristan are very different from the characters we last saw in Rock Bottom. Tristan had literally hit rock bottom in his addiction. Danika had lost everything she held dear, her relationship with Tristan and all of the dreams she had for her future. So when we meet them again in Lovely Trigger, they are both shells of who they once were, having lived without each other for years, but they've also grown significantly, no longer the young kids in love they had once been.

When I say this book is perfection, I'm not lying. For a listener like me, who loves the angst and pain as much, if not more, as I love the sweet sexy romance, this book fed my habit.... it gave me everything I was craving and so much more. I love a happy ending, but I never want to be certain that I'm getting one. This couple had been through so much, their story is one of the most tumultuous, heartbreaking, ill fated romances I've ever read. But I still had hope for them. And this grand finale gave me everything I hoped for. The build and the sexual tension were perfection... giving me a little taste of what I craved before snatching it away.

There seems to be a "curse of the third books" in so many series lately. Maybe it's the waiting game, maybe it's the high expectations set on the final installment in a series, I don't know. But third books tend to be a huge letdown all too often. RK Lilley has beat the curse with this story. It gave me exactly what a third installment should give a reader... I was flooded with memories from the other books, never forgetting where it all began, how rough the ride really was. The characters stayed true to who they had always been, but they were given new life in this final book, showing how well developed they are, and how they've grown. The momentum was perfect from the first word of the first book to the last word of the last. The angst and the drama and the curve-balls in the plot were believable and perfectly placed in the story. And I was given the ending I'd hoped for, but it was never assumed, never predictable. I had to grovel for it, and I love that. This entire series is a MUST. It's a drop everything else and bump to the top of your list kind of series. I loved every minute of it.

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One must trust in Soul Deep Attainable Love

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The last book Blew my Mind And Soul... I thought there was no way back for these two. My emotions were set at High buy with R.K. Lilley's writing skills i began to believe in Hope... 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... 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.

SPOILER ALERT - 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 intentional denial has a breaking point.


R.K. Lilley is one of my “I will buy everything she publishes” authors. She creates characters that stay with you and move you. Characters so flawed yet so perfect. Tristan Vega is a royal mess, of epic proportions. However, beneath the mess is a man that you just want to win and thrive. A man that, when healed would be any woman’s ideal. He is strong, he is sweet, he is a bit territorial, he’s all those things that make a woman tingle in all the right places... :)

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TRISTAN & DANIKA-STUNNING & UNFORGETTABLE

There are not many love stories that can pull you in, grip your heart, tear it apart and then sew it all back together like this one. OMG! I have been obsessed with this book (3rd & last in series) as it brought Tristan and Danika home.

So, entering this last book you already know that Tristan and Danika have been separated for 6 years. Now, I thought they had NO contact during those years, and that made me resentful, but I was dead wrong. While Tristan worked on his sobriety, he never lost sight of her....and I loved that (of course Danika never lost sight of him either). This 3rd book tells a story of two people who never let go of each other, even when they were separated.

In this book, Tristan and Danika move toward each other like magnets, but the push was initiated by Tristan. He set himself on a mission to win her back and I ADORED how he did it! He was cunning, he was sexy, he was resourceful, sympathetic, sensitive, tender, assertive, relentless and so dam loving! Tristan is still the same man, but he definitely had a better reign on his caveman tendencies (I mean he only beat one of Danika's suitors this time), he communicated his feelings so well and he simply loved Danika with every part of him...he loved her like a starving man who had been without sustenance for too long. Danika also matured. She had always been stunning, but now she was more grown up with a polished elegance, yet the same gift for words. I admired Danika like no other heroine. She handled her casualties with grace and fortitude, and when she directed her healing words toward Tristan, well it was no wonder why the man could never give her up.

I have to say something about the biotches who came out of the wood work to disturb Danika, and try and steal Tristan from her....they were IRRELEVANT and INCONSEQUENTIAL...they didn't even come close to touching the power and strength of Tristan and Danika's bond (even though they annoyed the hell out of me). I must add, Danika handled them like a charm.

Since I was obsessed with this book, I could go on and on, but I just have to say that it was awesome to see all of the surrounding characters from the Up In The Air series get their HEAs as well. Yet, the ending of this book was absolutely amazing and so touching. Out of all of the things life had taken away from Tristan and Danika, they came away as champions with so much more than they had lost, and that's saying something. Their love story will stay with me forever......

Narrators: The narrators were excellent: Chris Ruen with his sexy voice, and Sarah N. with her incredible talent at conveying deep emotion...Needless to say, I was impressed. The only complaint is that Sarah N. kept mispronouncing Stephan's name as she pronounced it as "Steven."--Come on! Otherwise, everything was perfect!

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Final book of Danica and Tristan was a wonderful story

Would you listen to Lovely Trigger again? Why?

I would listen to the story again

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

wonderful job reading the book it really pulled you in

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

RK Lilly did a wonderful job with this book it made you laugh made you cry

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Dysfunctional Love

Tristan and Danika have suffered for so long they don’t know which way is up. I feel like this was a long time coming and wish that their suffering had turned around earlier in the book but then I guess it would be a different story. I am totally hooked on anything R.K. Lilley writes. She has a way to taking tortured souls and finding their inner strength and proving that there is someone out there for everyone. I liked that Danika became more than a babysitter and really used her brains. This gave her a little more of an edge in this book and not so much of a follower. Tristan finally gets over himself and learns that he needs to grow up. It took him long enough to figure this out. This book ends their journey together and leaves you feeling satisfied with no missing pieces.

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Tristan & Danika - What a great story!

Would you listen to Lovely Trigger again? Why?

I loved this series and will listen again. It is a great series and I think this was my favorite book of the series. Very well written and the narration was great!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I have to pick? I liked both Danika and Tristan. Danika is a very strong women who loves with everything she has. She lived through some devastating circumstances and came out even stronger. Tristan is what every woman wants from a man. Dedicated to the woman he loves. Tristan tries hard to make amends and to heal his relationship with Danika even though she fights him at every turn. A difficult fight when he doesn't know all that has transpired. I loved them both.

Which character – as performed by Chris Ruen and Sarah Naughton – was your favorite?

Chris Ruen has a great voice. I loved listening to him as Tristan. In saying that, Sarah Naughton does an exceptional job herself as Danika. I just really loved Mr. Ruen's voice.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

OH YES I did have extreme reactions. I tend to listen to audio books while I'm doing other things when I can not read. I kayak a lot and listen to these books frequently. There were areas in this book that I had to stop what I was doing and listen because I was practically holding my breath until I found out what would happen. There were several areas that I cried and there were a couple of times Danika and Tristan's games made me chuckle....for instance the dick pic....can't beat that one! hehehehehe

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This is a great well written series. I highly recommend it.

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EXCELLENT! LOVED IT!!! A FAV FOR SURE!!

This story broke my heart and then put it all back together again! So incredibly good. I've been eyeing this whole series for some time and I'm so so glad I finally got it! Don't waste time like I did, GET IT NOW!!

Tristan and Danika's story is one of the most romantic, tragic, emotionally captivating, and HOT reads I've had the pleasure to enjoy. I'd give it 10+ stars if I could.

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It sucks you in

What did you love best about Lovely Trigger?

You wanted Tristan and Danika to get together. They were explosive and there was always something ridiculous and unexpected happening. So many things took place in this book. So much love, hate and craziness you couldn't stop listening! So many twists and turns.

What other book might you compare Lovely Trigger to and why?

Bared to you by Sylvia Day. Really good character depth, growth and attraction. A definite must read!

Which character – as performed by Chris Ruen and Sarah Naughton – was your favorite?

Tristan of course. He was a sexy hot head that made so many crazy choices you fell in love with him and wanted to see him get the girl but there was always something in their way.

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

Oh yeah!

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ANOTHER AMAZING TRILOGY BY AN AMAZING AUTHOR !

Well, where do I start…I guess by saying that I have only come across a small handful of authors who are able to write with such passion that the story I am listening to draws me into the world of the characters at such a depth that I feel every emotion described or portrayed. I have cried, sobbed really, laughed; my heart has palpitated with anxiety, felt the depression and despair, the hopelessness and hopefulness. I felt the anger when there was anger, disgust and compassion for an addiction that so often sucks the goodness out of life and oh yeah, that ever demoralizing monster of codependency.

Whew, this trilogy was an emotional roller coaster that was exhausting but well worth the sleepless nights and neglect of everyday mundane chores that would only serve to draw my attention away from seeing how this all played out.

RK Lilley you truly are a remarkable writer. You are one of the best and I look forward to whatever you decide to grace us with next. Thank you.

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Awesome series!!! Groveling at it's best!!

This is the best book of the series.. Tristan and Danika prove you can come back from Rock Bottom... Warning..you will fall in love with Tristan..!!

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  • 09-09-15

great ending to Tristan & Danika

Would you consider the audio edition of Lovely Trigger to be better than the print version?

like i said in book two i like to listen & to read

What other book might you compare Lovely Trigger to, and why?

bared to you & in flight

Have you listened to any of Chris Ruen and Sarah Naughton ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

yes the other books & they did a great job on all

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

yes they eventually get what they want & Tristan is clean

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brilliant loved all three books

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  • 04-27-20

I loved this book

I loved this book, the narrators did a fantastic job bringing the characters to life.

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