Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts
Narrator: Alan Smyth
Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
Date Read: April 2014
Genre: PNR, Romance
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts comes a trilogy about the land we’re drawn to, the family we learn to cherish, and the people we long to love…
Book Two of The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy
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
Publisher: Berkley, Brilliance Audio
Series: The Cousins O'Dwyer #2
Listened for Review
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 3.75
Character Rating: 4.25
Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: How much I enjoyed listening to Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts. This is the second book in the Cousins O’Dwyer series and I really struggled to finish reading the first book Dark Witch. I felt like this story was back on track with the Trilogy style that Nora Roberts generally brings to the table and I am looking forward to the final book.
Story Thoughts: Favorite Parts: I loved the extended beginning with Eamon and the original sisters Brannaugh and Teagan. The stray thought came to me that if Nora Roberts goes back and writes a book about how those three, way back when, found romances that led to the family line of the O’Dwyers, I would be interested in reading it. I thought the story flowed well and kept my interest, though it wasn’t action packed. There was not much real interaction into who Cabhan was and what he was after from his point of view. This is book two of a Trilogy, so going into it, it’s going to be something that moves the story along and no real resolution. But I felt Shadow Spell did exactly what it should do, draw me into the story more where I want to see how it plays out.
Character Thoughts: What isn’t to love about a coven of Irish Witches fighting against evil? Shadow Spell didn’t really introduce any new characters that were not in the first book so they felt already familiar to me. The love story in Shadow Spell is between Connor O’Dwyer and Meara Quinn. The romance went over very easy in general as these are life long friends who one day just rolled into a romantic relationship. The main issue of conflict between them is that Meara has father abandonment issues and fears she isn’t meant for forever love. I do feel their relationship happened so easily, without any real questions, it just came out of no where and fell right into step. It fit the story and when you are going up against the big bad, I am sure it takes out a bit of the normal relationship bull, but it seems a bit under whelming. I loved the character of Meara. I found the things she was struggling with very relatable as far as the abandonment issue from her father and trying to be there for her mother but at the same time hold firm to her own independence. I am very intrigued with the character Fin. Fin is a descendant of the evil Witch Cabhan and in the first two books you can feel his struggle with that legacy as well as his love for Branna. I feel very drawn to his story and will read book three at the top of the TBR just to learn more about him and to see that he gets his HEA.
Narrated By Alan Smyth / Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story. I do not know if I would have enjoyed readingthe story so I give a lot of the credit to my enjoyment to the amazing Alan Smyth. He did a great job making me feel like I was in Ireland listening into the Villagers conversations and I felt very much a part of the story.
Final Thoughts: Nora Roberts is to me like cozy socks and a snuggle under the blanket. It’s a dependable kind of comfort that doesn’t usually let you down. In Shadow Spell she brought this trilogy back on track and has me, as usual, waiting on the next part of the story.