Shadow Spell (The Cousins of O’Dwyer #2) By: Nora Roberts
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…
This one was definitely better than the last. I felt like it had more structure and was clearly defined as a paranormal romance. The first one suffered from being too light on romance but not heavy enough on the paranormal and just seemed confused on what it wanted to be. I didn’t get that from this one and it was better because of that.
The heroes and heroines have too much going on to worry about stupid things, which I like. So even though the blurb makes you think Connor’s a dog and that Meara might get caught up on all the women he’s bedded, there’s no time wasted on that at all. She recognizes that she’s had other men and it ultimately it doesn’t matter.
Meara didn’t come off as strong as I would have liked. It was mainly just the other characters telling her that she was but she always had to have Connor save her. It was frustrating. In the battle at the end of the book she didn’t get hurt and she didn’t do something stupid, but the rest of the book she was always susceptible to the evil magic.
Still I liked the book for the most part. It was a nice return to a Nora Roberts trilogy. As a side note it could have been shorter but it was written in Irish. Meaning that almost everyone spoke with an Irish accent so the syntax was longer. It got a bit tiring.