Shadow Spell (Book 2 in the O'Dwyer Trilogy) by Nora Roberts
Rating: 4 Stars
Why I Picked This Book: It's a Nora Roberts set in Ireland. I cannot resist!
I read the first book in this series (my review of Dark Witch) last year and was kind of meh about it. I loved the setting but didn't really connect with Iona and Boyle who were the first couple. So even though I knew this was a friends to more story and I had really liked Connor and Meara in Dark Witch I put off reading this one for a year.
When I finally picked Shadow Spell up I was a little nervous. Had my reliable Nora Roberts lost her touch? Was this going to feel like a rehash of previous books? I shouldn't have worried. I was sucked into the story pretty much from the first page. So much so that I didn't realize that Connor and Meara don't really interact for the first 100 pages Normally this would be a pretty big downside in a romance but in this one it really works. We really get to know Meara and see her family issues and understand her feelings and reactions a little better. We also get to understand Connor better and see that he's not quite shallow fun loving guy he's portrayed to be. Also, I kind of want to go hawking. We also get a refresher course on all the drama that's going on and the war between good and evil that the 6 are facing.
Then after a near death experience there's a spontaneous kiss and the romance takes off. Once this romance takes off it's amazing. I'm half in love with Connor myself and I really relate to Meara. She's tough and incredibly brave but at the same time caring and kind with a good solid sense of humor. I really loved seeing her relationship with her mother and her relationship with not just Connor but Finn and Branna. It's not hard to believe that these 4 people have been lifelong friends. I really enjoyed the way Meara and Connor work together. He wants to protect her but also listens to her and respects her opinion and her abilities.They get angry with each other and then they talk about it and trust each other.
The battle with Cabhan is ramping up in intensity and the pace of the book reflected that but there were plenty of lighter moments mixed in. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and am now very curious to see how the 3rd book plays out. Branna and Finn have quite a lot against them.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Well, yeah. Roberts is still on my auto-buy list!
Would I Recommend this Book?: If you like romance and Irish settings this is a good one. This isn't my favorite Roberts book but I enjoyed it much more than the first in the series.
Challenges Met? Alphabet Soup (S), TBR Challenge