Blog Tour: Obligation (Underground Kings #2) by Aurora Rose Reynolds - Review, Excerpt & Giveaway
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.
I love Aurora Rose Reynolds and her alpha males. Obligation is another great read of hers and oh Kai you are so great. I loved that it is set in Hawaii with some of that culture inserted into the story. Such a fun read.
Obligation is the unusual love story of Myla and Kai. Myla is the main narrator and I have to say I wish we got a little more of Kai's perspective just because I loved him so much! I wanted to spend more time with him! The two of them are just thrown together and it is just organic growth between the two of them that was really interesting to watch. Myla has had some rough times growing up and some of the worst is not really shared until the end, but it is pretty obvious what happened. She still has issues and things she needs to deal with to be a better person and be able to be in a relationship with Kai and have things work out for them. At times she was a little annoying since she would just get angry at everything without listening to what Kai had to say or letting him explain. She also had expectations for him that she herself was not even doing, but they work everything out by the end which was nice.
Kai is just an incredible guy. He not a completely good guy in the sense of always being on the right side of the law, he can come across as kind of scary if he doesn't like you or if you are a threat to those he loves, but he is great with those he cares. He was so sweet with Myla and you can really see how much he cares about her through all the little things he does. He will do anything from the first moments they met to protect her and make sure she is okay. It is always about her. When the book opens they had just had to get married and even though he wants her and wants to keep her safe he still is very cautious and doesn't push her at all. Really she does not know him at all and he wants her to feel safe with him and not like there are expectations or anything. He just always will do whatever to make sure she is good. Like if he has to go out of town for a few days he checks in with her to make sure she will be okay with him gone. One time she asks him something like if I said I needed you would you just not go? His immediate reply? Of course I would stay here if you needed me. There wasn't even a moments hesitation ever with him no matter how important the other things he had to do were. If Myla needs him he will be there for her, or protect her however he can. I loved it. The story was filled with just these little moments that show much he cares that just melt my heart. That doesn't mean that there are not some bumpy parts, some times when Myla is hurt and upset, but he was amazing to read. I loved him and how loving he was with her.
So if I loved Kai and Myla's story so much, which I did, why isn't my rating higher? Well there were a few small issues with the background story I had. At times, especially at the beginning, I felt like I was missing something. Like there was a book before this one that I should have read that would have explained things for me, like Myla's families history and such. You do get to know some of it by the end, but I still had questions as to why things happened and what exactly the issues were and such. There was such a bog world that was in the background I just wanted to know more about it. Also there were things that happened just kind of popped up and then disappeared never to be seen again. Like having to meet someone, then them not ending up meeting that person, then they never were referenced again. It was like wait if it was so important to meet up with them that it was mentioned why was this not rescheduled or something? Did it actually happen and it was just not included in the story or was it something that was not needed to begin with? Or there were a few times when things seemed like they would be a big deal, but then nothing ever came of them. I don't really want to give anything away so I don't want to use examples, and they weren't huge deals, it is just things like that that were just not followed through with as well as I would have liked. They were just little things and didn't ruin the story of anything like that, but it was enough to drop my rating down some.
Do I recommend reading this book? Yes, yes I do especially if you know and love the author. Really I would have read this book just for Kai (and I did read it more than once already because I loved him)! There were some issues with background things I had, or small details, but it was still a great read and I really enjoyed it. Definitely check it out.
Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2
“Everyone is looking for you.”
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.
Also by this author: The Until Series (click the title for my reviews):
Until Trevor (Until #2) available on Amazon, Amazon.de, Barnes & Noble, & Goodreads
Until Lilly (Until #3) available on Amazon, Amazon.de, Barnes & Noble, & Goodreads
Until Nico (Until #4) available on Amazon, Amazon.de, Barnes & Noble, & Goodreads
Aurora Rose Reynolds is a navy brat who's husband served in the United States Navy. She has lived all over the country but now resides in New York City with her Husband and pet fish. She's married to an alpha male that loves her as much as the men in her books love their women. He gives her over the top inspiration everyday. In her free time she reads, writes and enjoys going to the movies with her husband and cookie. She also enjoys taking mini weekend vacations to nowhere, or spends time at home with friends and family. Last but not least she appreciates everyday and admires it's beauty.
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