Sunday, October 19, 2014

Review: Lovely Trigger (Tristan & Danika #3) by R.K. Lilley

Tristan hit rock bottom, and no one felt the impact harder than Danika.  She learned the very hard lesson that love does not conquer all and she was forced to walk away, bruised, bloody, and broken.

After six years of keeping her distance, Danika is forced to spend the weekend with Tristan 
at the wedding of James and Bianca.  She strives to maintain the distance she has put between them over the years, yet she is determined to spend the weekend with Tristan and keep everything friendly between them.  However, just a small amount of time together has Danika remembering what she forced herself to forget:  There was a good reason why she went through hell with Tristan, and many of those reasons are good enough to outweigh all the bad reasons.

After everything that has happened and everything they've been through, can Tristan and Danika find themselves, let the past regrets go, and find the strength to try again?

~My Review~

I waited what feels like forever for this book.  This was the first book by RK Lilley that wasn't already published when I started the series.  And I'll tell you something:  It was totally worth waiting for!  This was my favorite book in the entire Tristan & Danika series, and I think it's because I'm a sucker for a happy ending.  This is truly a second chance romance story, and if you were on the fence about the first two books, this book will change your mind and make all the pain totally worth it.

Books 1 and 2 really lay the groundwork for all the pain and suffering that both Tristan and Danika endured to make their estrangement in the Up in the Air series make sense.  Once we read the first two books, and the Up in the Air series, we knew that something huge had happened, and that they have essentially spent the last 5-6 years avoiding each other and not talking.  So what happened in those lost years?  Well, Lovely Trigger explains it all.

Lovely Trigger has a completely different setup than all the other books.  It's still told in both Point of Views, but it gives us a little bit of each information:  One year after the accident, two years after the accident, three years after the accident, etc.  During each year of their separation, we got a glimpse of how they were coping, how they dealt with the loss of their best friend and lover, and whether or not they were moving on or if they were still hung up on each other.  Every year that they were separated, I hoped that would be the year they rekindled their relationship, knowing that it was probably going to be a long time before we finally saw them together again.  I was happy to see, however, that despite the years and everything that happened throughout the time they weren't together, they still loved each other fiercely.

When they finally did rekindle their relationship and start dating everything, it was all at a pace that made sense.  Nothing was rushed, and nothing was drawn out.  It really was perfect in every way.  They were able to rebuild what had been shattered, and come to trust one another again.  There was still pain and heartache, but there were many more happy moments than sad moments.  The games they played with each other, how they teased each other, how they loved each other:  it was all perfect.

I was most curious about how much of the accident that Tristan learned throughout the years or if he was still ignorant that he was the one to put Danika in the car with Dean.  I wondered that if he really had no clue, would Danika tell him?  And if she did, how would he react?  Also, we know from the end of Book 2 that the Doctor had told Danika that she wouldn't be able to have children.  I always wondered if there was absolutely no chance that she could have children, or if she just didn't have much of a chance but it was still possible.  And once again, how would Tristan react to this news?  I'm happy to say that Lovely Trigger answered all my questions, and I wasn't disappointed!

I am a huge sap for a love story.  I always knew that Tristan and Danika were going to end up together.  I was so happy that even through everything the experienced, they were able to have their happily ever after.

I did think that there were a few unnecessary things in there, and while I don't want to spoil the surprise, I felt like there was an old relationship of Tristan's that could have been left out and it wouldn't have affected the story at all.  It just didn't add anything to the story for me.  But other than that, I really loved everything about this book!!.

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Other books in the series:
Bad Things (Tristan & Danika #1)
Rock Bottom (Tristan & Danika #2)
In Flight (Up in the Air #1)
Mile High (Up in the Air #2)
Grounded (Up in the Air #3)
Lana (A Novella)

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