Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy by Nora Roberts {Updated}

Title: Dark Witch
Nora Roberts
  Romance | Contemporary
Series: The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy #1
Pages: 342
Format: Paperback
Source: Airport library 50% off!
Average Rating {on Goodreads}: 3.9 stars

Sam’s Rating: 4 stars

From the Publisher: With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends.


County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations—and where her destiny awaits.

Iona arrives in Ireland with nothing but her Nan’s directions, an unfailingly optimistic attitude, and an innate talent with horses. Not far from the luxurious castle where she is spending a week, she finds her cousins, Branna and Connor O’Dwyer. And since family is family, they invite her into their home and their lives.

When Iona lands a job at the local stables, she meets the owner, Boyle McGrath. Cowboy, pirate, wild tribal horseman, he’s three of her biggest fantasy weaknesses all in one big, bold package.

Iona realizes that here she can make a home for herself—and live her life as she wants, even if that means falling head over heels for Boyle. But nothing is as it seems. An ancient evil has wound its way around Iona’s family tree and must be defeated. Family and friends will fight with each other and for each other to keep the promise of hope—and love—alive…”

Sam’s Thoughts: No surprise here for the awesome Nora Roberts… she never disappoints and she certainly hasn’t with this first book in a new trilogy {to me at least}. I’m looking forward to the next two, which I’m sure won’t disappoint.
I was unsure what to expect as far as the “magic” in this book, and how Nora Roberts would go about it– and of course, the descriptions, the information, the history, all of it was so well written… it was as if I knew exactly what she was saying, despite the fact that I didn’t know.
Iona is a great character to follow- I love that her personality is strong and relate-able, I felt like I knew her and I sympathized with her; felt her fear, her determination, her urge for something “new”, wanting that connection she’s longed for…
The relationship between Iona and Boyle is sincere and passionate while Boyle is stubborn and sexy, a troubling combination but it works for “Dark Witch”.
Not to mention- I want to go back to Ireland, I want to stand where they stand, I want to feel the rain on my face while looking at the hills and greenery of Ireland. The want is real, no lie, I desperately wanted to pack our bags and hop on a plane… sadly we did not, but there’s always time.

Here’s to happy reading and having a great author to read!


Title: Shadow Spell
Nora Roberts
  Romance | Contemporary
Series: The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy #2
Pages: 319
Format: Paperback
Source: Local Library
Average Rating {on Goodreads}: 4 stars

Sam’s Rating: 4 stars

From the Publisher: With the legends and lore of Ireland running through his blood, falconer Connor O’Dwyer is proud to call County Mayo home. It’s where his sister, Branna, lives and works, where his cousin, Iona, has found true love, and where his childhood friends form a circle that can’t be broken…

A circle that is about to be stretched out of shape—by a long-awaited kiss.

Meara Quinn is Branna’s best friend, a sister in all but blood. Her and Connor’s paths cross almost daily, as Connor takes tourists on hawk walks and Meara guides them on horseback across the lush countryside. She has the eyes of a gypsy and the body of a goddess…things Connor has always taken for granted—until his brush with death propels them into a quick, hot tangle.

Plenty of women have found their way to Connor’s bed, but none to his heart until now. Frustratingly, Meara is okay with just the heat, afraid to lose herself—and their friendship—to something more. But soon, Connor will see the full force and fury of what runs in his blood. And he will need his family and friends around him when his past rolls in like the fog, threatening an end to all he loves…”

Sam’s Thoughts: …TBA…



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