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Mortal Obligation (The Dark Betrayal Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Nichole Chase
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From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author...

Ree will face the darkest form of betrayal before the year is out.

Seventeen year old Ree McKenna has three goals: get through high school, convince her crush she is more than his best friend's little sister, and save money for college. Fate, though, has other plans for her. After the untimely death of her older brother, Ree is haunted by dreadful nightmares and terrifying visions. To make matters worse, Ree has started to suspect that something dangerous is stalking her from the shadows.

A night full of frightening surprises leaves Ree with unsettling news. Gifted by the gods with unusual powers, she must devote herself to a battle that could very well lead to not only her death, but the demise of everyone she knows and loves. After all, Ree is the only mortal standing between the Earth and utter darkness.

Set in Savannah, Ga, Mortal Obligation is the first book of The Dark Betrayal Trilogy.

EXCERPT:

He sighed and smiled a little. "Ree, you are so beautiful. Do you know that? It makes it impossible to think of you as I should. But I'm trying to keep my promise. I'm supposed to take care of you like a sister. I don't think Tristan would appreciate it if I did what I want to do." His cheeks colored a little, and he looked down at the ground. "God, I'm so lame."

"What makes you think his sister would appreciate it?" His face looked horrified, so she smiled to let him in on the joke. "Really, you think I'm beautiful?"

"Very." His fingers were gentle as they brushed the hair out of her eyes and lingered on her cheek. Unconsciously she leaned into his hand and sighed. Several moments passed while they stood like that, still and lost in their thoughts. Carefully, she raised her hand and laced her fingers through his. Leaning down he rested his forehead against hers, and her heart thumped in her chest. A small smile played along his lips and she blushed.

"You can hear that, can't you?"

"Mmhmm."

"Not fair," she whispered. Lifting their entwined hands, he placed her palm on his chest. The warmth of him flowed up her arm, leaving a wave of heat behind. Standing very still, blood rushing in her ears, she could feel his heart beating under her fingers. When she shifted closer to him the rhythm spiked, and it was her turn to smile.

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"There is modern coolness, theatrical tension and old school romance that that makes you root for the characters." -Dean Mayes

"I was really excited to get into Ree's world after reading the summary of Mortal Obligation. And my excitement was generously rewarded as I was swept up in this great story." - Courtney, Fuzzy Coffee Books

"Mortal Obligation is definitely a must read book that you're going to love." -Mandy, I Read Indie


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About the Author

Nichole Chase is a daydreamer. No, really, just ask any of the math teachers that had the misfortune of seeing her name appear on their class schedule. For years she has had story lines and characters begging for attention, but she resolutely pushed them aside to focus on more normal (read, boring) jobs. Well, no longer! She is currently heeding the voices in her head and frantically writing their stories. Nichole resides in South Georgia with her husband, energetic toddler, three dogs, and two cats. When not devouring novels by the dozens, you may find her writing, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises.

Product Details

  • File Size: 488 KB
  • Print Length: 283 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1469905213
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005F9YGN8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,299 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Obligations of Dark & Light September 4, 2011
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Okay, I have to say this from the outset - it's kind of like, the elephant in the room. There has been an explosion of paranormal fiction in the young adult market to the point where, for me, it's almost too much. That said, I am still a huge sucker for the genre, in part because of my total Buffy fandom which still resonates from years ago (YES I ADMIT IT - I AM A BUFFY FANBOY) but also because, every now and then, a book will come along that offers something completely fresh and engaging. It may not be totally obvious what that 'something' is.

And this is indeed the case with author Nichole Chase's debut "Mortal Obligation". This first book in the Dark Betrayal triology (as evidenced by the title) is a considerable achievement for Nichole because she has in a number of subtle ways, introduced a resounding freshness and character to the genre which I think has been lacking in a lot of other titles of late.

Nichole Chase introduces us to Ree McKenna, a earnest and popular 17 year old at a cross road that is familiar to many of us. Approaching the end of high school she is looking towards a college future and has a creative mind and heart that will see her go far. Already, she has an artistic flair that befits someone much older and her job in an antiques shop no doubt fuels her love for all things arty. Unlike a lot of protagonists, Ree is less a loner and engages well within her peer group. She's popular and independent yet she is imbued with just the right amount of vulnerability that lends weight to the romantic threads of the story. In my mind Ree is the whole package, a gutsy young woman who is worldly and wise.

And because of the strength of Nichole's protagonist, Mortal Obligation's plot moves crackingly along.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicole Chase is a rising star!! August 2, 2011
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Mortal Obligation is by far one of the best YA books i've read, ever! I loved all of the characters, the flirty moments, the action, and the humor. While other teenagers are worrying about mundane problems, Ree is tasked with the job of having to save the world from the Dark Ones, which are bad vampires who want to enslave the humans. I was so intertwined, I had to keep flipping the page to find out what happened. I love the chemistry between Ree, Roland, and Paden and the twist at the end of the story. I can't wait for the next installment in this series!! Highly recommended!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing adventure! August 2, 2011
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From the moment I picked this book up I was enthralled. I stayed up far too late only to wake up and begin reading again. If I were forced to think of something negative to say it would be that the characters never listened to me no matter how loud I shouted or that it ended. It is evident that Nichole Chase is a master storyteller and I look forward to her future endeavors, not to mention the rest of Ree's story. If you like supernatural beings, mythology, excitement, and romance, you will love Mortal Obligation!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit confusing February 17, 2012
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This was only OK for me. It started off kinda like I might have missed a couple of chapters.(I didn't) And when everything started happening everyone seems to just accept it as if it was the norm and they already knew about the Dark Ones and Alastrania etc.(they didn't)
What pulls it up to 3 stars is it definitely picks up about half way through and I got a lot more invested in the characters. I'll keep an eye out for the sequel and see what happens but I won't be waiting with baited breath.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So so YA novel October 28, 2012
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Mortal Obligation (The Dark Betrayal Trilogy)
This book was ok. As an adult I have read a lot of good YA novels but this one seemed to be for a very young audience. It was a slow moving story with a lot of boring details about training. The love triangle was more annoying than intriguing. I don't really care who she ends up with. The thing about a lot of teen heroines is that all hell is breaking loose and their concern is does he like me as much as I like him. Then they have a tantrum about it. I don't plan on buying the sequel.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining! August 3, 2011
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Mortal Obligation is a fast-paced story of Ree who's teenage life is thrown into a race to save humanity against the Dark Ones. Nichole Chase has a very captivating writing style which brings the reader in and keeps them turning each page until the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Obligated to read the next! December 4, 2011
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God must've realized how crappy my day was yesterday because he finally gifted me enough time to sit down and finish Nichole Chase's Mortal Obligation. This book was truly wonderful. The cast is big, but they are fleshed out and well written.

I love that Ree isn't your average high school girl. She's sort of awkward and shy. Mrs. Chase does this character a great honor by not allowing her personality quirks to disappear the moment she discovers she's "special."

Paden is a moral guy that is kind, warm, caring and good natured. His relationship with Ree is sweet. You feel for him through out the entire book, but you also empathize with Ree's frustration. Their relationship is real, honest and builds at exactly the right pace.

Roland. Enough said. He manages to steal every scene whether by accident or intention, and his presence in this book, in Ree's life, is undeniable. I am uber impressed at how ingrained his personality becamse with such an airy backstory. That is NOT a criticism on Mrs. Chase. In fact, quite the opposite. The way Roland is presented works for him. It woks so well that I'm totally Team Roland forever.

Bryce was another character that stuck out for me. I don't know. Maybe I'm a head case here, but he stole the show in the car scene. Don't get me wrong. Everybody else was present and accounted for, but until Roland was introduced I kind thought...huh...Bryce is a strong, bad ass character. He could be a second love interest for Ree. I know he had a girlfriend already and blah, blah, blah, (lol) but when a character has such overwhelming stage presence the reader automatically wonders hmm? What bigger role might he/she play? Good job, Mrs. Chase. Very good job.

Some other noteworthy events in this novel: the twist.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars addictive
Loved this book could not finish fast enough. Very fun to read n kids can read too. Sad when finished gotta get another
Published 3 days ago by Lulasyn
4.0 out of 5 stars amy 62
I am new to this type of story, but I have enjoyed this very much.
I hope to enjoy more.
Published 1 month ago by Amy L Maus
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweeeet
So good. I wish the rest of the series was free.....but life just isn't fair. Can't wait for the rest of the series!!!!!!
Published 2 months ago by Haley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
It was a little bit confusing at first but I loved it!!!^°^ it is greater people who like a serious but funny paranormal story!! So gonna by da next one!!!!!! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Zoe Pitts
5.0 out of 5 stars book
that was a good book i like it and then the little part of the second. i really like the book bye
Published 5 months ago by kaylee
5.0 out of 5 stars Took my breath away
Loved this book couldn't put it down it is a amazing !!!!!!!!

Plz read and u will also see how happy I am right now!!¡!!!!!!!
Published 6 months ago by cecilia
5.0 out of 5 stars Immortal Interferance
What would life be like if the gods took an active hand in our lives today? This series answers that question in a very original way :) I found the characters to be endearing and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Nocturnus
2.0 out of 5 stars NAW
JUST NOT MY STYLE ! i did not like it but i really can not say way. oh well !
Published 6 months ago by Okiegirlnow
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing...
Book one of Dark Betrayal Trilogy is full of surprises for all of Ree's friends in the fact that they all find out that they are all special. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jo-Ann Doyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Immortality rules!!!!!
You got the synopsis!!! that's all u need.read this because it is everything about a paranormal that u love!!!!you won't regret it an I can't wait for book two :)
Published 7 months ago by Robertprice3991
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More About the Author

Nichole Chase is a daydreamer. No, really, just ask any of the math teachers that had the misfortune of seeing her name appear on their class schedule.
For years she has had story lines and characters begging for attention, but she resolutely pushed them aside to focus on more normal (read, boring) jobs.

Well, no longer! She is currently heeding the voices in her head and frantically writing their stories. Ms. Chase is the author of the Dark Betrayal Trilogy and the upcoming novel, Flukes.

Nichole resides in South Georgia with her husband, energetic daughter, super-hero dog, tortoise, and two cats. When not devouring novels by the dozens, you may find her writing, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises.

If you would like to learn more about Nichole and her projects, check out her website and the following social networks.

Represented by Rebecca Friedman of the Rebecca Friedman Agency.

www.nicholechase.com
http://www.facebook.com/author.nicholechase
Twitter: @NicholeChase

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I am ready for the second book.
Read the second book!! Loved it!! Can't wait until the next one comes out!!!!
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