Review: Obligation by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Publication Date: February 11, 2015
Book 2 of the Underground Kings


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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.

My Review: ★★★☆ 3.5 stars

This was an okay book for me. It didn't suck but it didn’t blow me away either.

We first meet Kai in book1. My impression of him then was this posh, aristocratic, mafia leader whom you don't want to dress with. It was just mentioned in passing that he took a wife--completely out of the blue--and it was such a surprise that my curiosity was instantly piqued. Who's that girl and what's their story?

This was why I jumped at the chance to read OBLIGATION. It was funny because my imagination went into hyperdrive, so I was imagining one story and got another one instead. It isn't a bad thing, but as soon as I realized my impressions from the first book were not quite correct, my excitement kind of plateaued. Again, not the author’s fault but mine.

Having established that this is the story of OBLIGATION, I was still hoping that Kai and Myla had more of a past. They basically just had one childhood interaction, and that was enough for Kai to develop protective instincts for her. Also, like in book 1, the threat over the heroine was very hyped so I expected something huge as the climax for that particular plot. The threat was eliminated quickly though, it was over before I had time to be really worried for Myla.

The characters are really likable though. Kai is an absolute gentleman. He is the head of an influential mafia family in Hawaii, and he is as tough as any. However, he also knows he cannot live a free, happy and safe life with his future family if he continues on this road. He works hard on tying loose ends and at the same time slowly withdrawing from the violent mafia life.

Myla is a tough little cookie. She had a traumatic childhood. The circumstances of her biological parents' deaths and the terrible ordeal she faced in the later years with her foster family... her backstory is a heavy one, but I forgot all about it several times because she is portrayed as this vulnerable, secretive woman who deals with her problems by kind of letting them go over her head. So as the reader, her backstory also goes over my head. I just get reminded about it when she gets a trigger and then the reminder that those terrible things did happen before.

The writing is good, but there's just a teeny something extra missing, for me. I can't pinpoint what it is exactly, though. I think it has something to do with the plot because Aurora Rose Reynolds’ style of writing is definitely my taste. Many readers are loving this series though, so why don’t you give it a try.

Buy Links

Assumption (Underground Kings, #1)
Book 1: Assumption

This review was meant to be part of the blog tour for the release of "Obligation". My thanks to the publisher and TRSOR for the chance to read and review.



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