Lovely Trigger by RK Lilley
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?
I must say, RK Lilley has a way of evoking every possible emotion from the reader. This is my pick of best books of 2014. Yes, it is early in the year but the pain and heart break that the reader goes through with these two characters is not something that will leave you. I found myself rooting so hard for these two to finally have their happily ever after.
Tristan and Danika’s volatile relationship reaches its epic conclusion in Lovely Trigger. When we last saw the couple, Danika had been in an accident caused by Drew, Tristan’s bandmate. She’d lost hers and Tristan’s second child, her ability to dance and Tristan.
The book bounces back and forth from each character’s POV with the events after the accident and leading up to Bianca and James (Up in the Air trilogy) wedding six years later.
The struggle that these two go through leading up to their reunion made me cry. Tristan wakes up and realizes that he destroyed the one thing that gave his life meaning. Danika struggling to feel after everything has been ripped from her. She tried so hard to forget everything that happened between them and live again, even trying to date once again. Once they reconnect, the pieces that had been missing from her soul try to put themselves together again.
“I missed him dreadfully. I convinced myself it had all been passion, not true love. True love was a myth, a misdirection from the solid things in life.”
Tristan has struggled just as much. Trying to conquer his addictions, reliving his past mistakes and trying to make a new name and life for himself. Through all this, he realizes that Danika was the one thing that was light to his darkness and does not know he can ever live without her.
“Because that’s how love works. It doesn’t die, even when you don’t feed it. That’s just the way it is. I wouldn’t change it, even if I could. Loving her has become a part of who I am.”
Once they meet in the wedding, the heat between these two explode and we begin to see the Danika and Tristan that have grown and have that real potential of being a couple. Having their friendship back with one another, you just see those pieces that were missing within each other come together. There really is no Danika without Tristan and vice versa. And Hot Damn those love scenes heated up my kindle!! These two are one of my favorite couples and I’m so happy the way RK Lilley ended the trilogy.