Here’s another review that’s a little out of my normal reading genre. Kind of.
The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy isn’t a mystery. It falls squarely in the romance genre. So squarely, in fact, that it’s a Nora Roberts trilogy.
However, the setting and the topic appealed to me (Ireland and magic), so I couldn’t resist picking up the first one. I’m glad I did.
In the first book, Dark Witch, Iona arrives in Ireland from America. She’s come to find her cousins (Branna and Conner) and her destiny. That destiny, being one of the three who are called to defeat a terrible, evil demon. As Iona finds a place for herself in Ireland, her cousins and their close friends (Boyle, Meara and Fin) accept Iona and teach her to use the magic that she’s inherited.
Now, since this is the story of Iona, and this is a romance, she falls for Boyle.
In the second book, Shadow Spell, we find the focus on Meara and Conner. The demon hasn’t been eradicated and the three cousins and their friends are still searching for the way to end the centuries long battle between good and evil. Conner and Meara, however, find that the friendship they have shared their entire lives is developing into something more.
Finally, we get to the third book, Blood Magick, where the third of the cousins (Branna) and the final friend (Fin) finally decide they were meant to be. And their love, in part, helps to finally defeat the evil that’s roamed the Earth for centuries.
Okay, so that’s the basic storyline.
And not why I picked up this trilogy.
The descriptions of Ireland were amazing. The concept of the ancient witch’s curse that plagued not only the cousins but the area appealed to my love of paranormal.
Each of the books were quick reads, on top of it.
Did I enjoy them? Yes. But more for the good-versus-evil aspect than the romance story. I will even admit that I skimmed over some of the romance “does he love me, do I hate him” parts to get to the “how do the good guys get the bad guys” parts.
If you’ve read them, tell me what you thought.
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