Series: Underground Kings, Book 2
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4.5 Sweltering Keys
**Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Obligation is out and it was unbelievably G-to the O-O-D Good! Aurora Rose Reynolds has made it to my totally obsessed list along with Nalini Singh, Kristen Ashley, Harper Sloan and Christine Feehan. To say that I hang onto every word in her books is an understatement and Obligation is no different.
An obligation is a course of action that someone is required to take, whether legal or moral.
At six years old, Myla was sent to a family her father and mother had chosen for her when they knew their time on earth was almost up. What they were unaware of was what they thought would be her safe haven would become her living hell.
Kai has been watching Myla from afar since he took over the family business from his father and inherited the responsibility of keeping her safe. When word gets back to Kai that Myla is not only in danger, but that his assets are being compromised, he immediately jumps into action and does the only thing that can be done at the time by marrying her.
Neither Myla nor Kai would have thought that something that started off as a farce would become the most important thing either of them could've ever done.
Obligation is book 2 in the Underground Kings Series and features Kai and Myla story. Readers were briefly introduced to Kai in the first book Assumption and his character was portrayed as bad ass. In Obligation, we learn that the bad ass side of Kai is only one layer and overall he is just a man who fell for a woman when she was barely 4 years old.
Myla's parents knew their family business would soon lead to them ending up dead so they did the only thing they could....faked her death and left her with a family they trusted to love and keep her safe. That's exactly what her adoptive family did until she was sixteen and her adoptive brother decided he wanted more than a sister. Enduring the pain for 3 long years, Myla fled her family and moved away as soon as she graduated high school. Her life was great until her adoptive brother finds her and threatens her life.
Kai knew the moment he found Myla crying that she would someday be his and it was his job to protect her. Having kept tabs on Myla for her entire life, it's no surprise to Kai when he finds out that she's in trouble. Convincing Myla to marry him to keep her safe was the easy part....convincing Myla that he really wants forever will be nearly impossible.
I loved everything about this book. The chemistry between Kai and Myla is undeniable and when the two characters finally give in to their desire for one another it was explosive. I also enjoyed the secondary characters. Myla's body guards Aye and Pika were icing on the cake in the book for me because they added quite a bit of humor. Most of all I loved loved loved Uncle Frank. Seriously, who knows a Hawaiian named Frank? Uncle Frank gets up to all kinds of trouble and drives Kai crazy but he means well.
I'm looking forward to the next book and hoping with fingers crossed that ARR gives Pika his own book because he absolutely deserves to find his happily ever after. Even more, I would love to know more about Kai's brother Kale. If you are a fan of ARR's other books and you love Kristen Ashley, check out Obligation. I'm giving this one 5 Sweltering Keys!
I turn my head, pulling my hair out of my face as I watch a boy I’ve never seen before climb up the stairs and into my tree house.
“Who are you?” I ask him as he sits across from me.
“Kai,” he smiles, looking around. He looks a lot different than the other kids I know. His hair is long, and his skin is a lot darker than mine. “Why are you hiding?”
I shrug and look away from him. Daddy was yelling earlier; he was so mad that he was turning red. Then Mommy started crying, and Daddy started yelling louder. I heard Mommy telling Daddy that he had to send me away. I don’t want to go away. I try to be good, but sometimes, I forget to listen.
“Why are you crying?”
I look up at him and wipe my face. “I’m scared,” I whisper, wiping my nose.
“Come on. I’ll protect you,” he says, holding his hand out to me.
Then my mommy calls my name again. I look at his hand, move Mr. Bear under my arm, and put my hand in his.
“Myla!” Mommy yells, running towards me.
I can tell she has been crying again.
“Where did you go?” Her hands grab my shoulders and she shakes me hard.
“It’s my fault. I asked her to show me the tree house,” Kai tells her.
She stops shaking me then looks at him. “You shouldn’t have done that. You knew we were looking for her,” she says angrily her head.
“I’m sorry. I wasn’t thinking,” Kai says softly, putting his hands in his pockets and looking at the ground.
I look back at Mommy, and she shakes her head before grabbing my hand and pulling me with her. When I look over my shoulder at Kai, he smiles, making me smile back.
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