The Throwback Thursday Three

Time for another Throwback Thursday Three! This time it’s the Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy from Nora Roberts! I know this looks decidedly similar to my Series Reviews, but this is different in that I’m not reviewing these books as a series, just as a series of posts, enjoy!

This entire series was recommended to me by my wonderful Godmother, who is also my aunt on my mom’s side. She reads a bit, but mostly travels, and while traveling together and reading on planes, she suggested “the witch series” to me.

Dark Witch by Nora Roberts Each book focuses on one of the cousins O’Dwyer: a brother and sister from the UK and a cousin from the States. The Stateside cousin is up first, and of course they’re all witches thanks to Grandma.

Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts The male cousin is up next and in all the books the featured cousin finds their true love, but they also do battle with an ancient evil that their ancestors also fought.

Blood Magick by Nora Roberts The female cousin is last because of her on-again, off-again relationship with her lover. It also is the final confrontation with evil, and the end of series.

I really should reread this series, I’d almost forgotten about it since I read so much. But it really was very good, and Nora Roberts certainly knows her genre.

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Blood Magick by Nora Roberts

Blood Magick (The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, #3)Blood Magick by Nora Roberts

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The conclusion to the Cousin’s O’Dwyer Trilogy is not what I thought it would be. Well, I did figure that the last couple would finally get their heads out of their butts and make a go of it, and I did figure that the main plot line would be resolved, but the little details that turned up I didn’t think would happen.

This trilogy is set up to follow three couples, so of course they end up engaged by the end of each book. No big surprise there. And because this couple are both witches, some rather exotic play time occurs. As with some of the other reviews on Goodreads, Branna does do a lot of cooking, but she did a lot of cooking in the other books too. We just get more of it since we’re focused on her now.

Anyway, as a wrap up, I like witches and sorcerers (even if they are named the Irish version of Kevin) and magick, and demons. So I liked it. It was fun to read about all the things they were doing and how they did it. Some of it was even based on what modern witches do. I liked that too. I’d read it again for fun sometime.

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Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts

Shadow Spell (The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, #2)Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this series but I have an idea now after reading this second book by Nora Roberts. Three cousins – three romances – three books. I’ve noted this theme in other book reviews and here it is again, with a bit of a twist, witches.

Our sextet takes another swing at the dark evil hounding them, this time from a man’s point of view. Two life long friends discover their friendship is much more than either thought, and with their newly laid plans to end the terror of an ancient sorcerer everything is in place.

Except there is a third book in this series. It’s not over yet.

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Pegasus by Danielle Steel

PegasusPegasus by Danielle Steel

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I don’t read a lot of Danielle Steel but I like that her novels, while romantic in nature, don’t specifically focus on the romantic elements of her storylines. They more so tell a story that encompasses many lives and generations, eventually completing a circle that she started at the beginning.

I also was deeply interested in the horses of this novel. Lipizzaner. As someone who has grown up with horses I love that this element was weaved into the lives who’s stories unfold here. While some of it is not entirely realistic, I respect that it was used to prove how important the horses were to the lives of the characters.

I have other books by her, maybe I need to read a few more of them.

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Dark Witch by Nora Roberts

Dark Witch (The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, #1)Dark Witch by Nora Roberts

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a book and a series recommended to me by my godmother. I’ve read Nora Roberts before, but never anything like this. Never about witches. The story takes place across generations, ending with the return of one to the homeland, Ireland.

This is a series about 3 cousins, each with their own book, and their own path to romance. The overall plot is a typical good versus evil story. Even with this fairly common storyline, I enjoyed the writing, the animals, the witchcraft, the magick, and even the setting.

I have the rest of this series and will be reading them.

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With Open Arms by Nora Roberts

With Open Arms: Song of the West / Her Mother's KeeperWith Open Arms: Song of the West / Her Mother’s Keeper by Nora Roberts

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is a set of two short stories: Song of the West and Her Mother’s Keeper, collectively called With Open Arms.

I willingly admit that I liked Song of the West more than Her Mother’s Keeper. I have a couple reasons for this. One, I was raised on a farm, rode horses, and worked around cattle most of my life. I identified with the characters and the setting. The story was believable, I liked it.

Her Mother’s Keeper… well I couldn’t get into it like I did with Song of the West. One of the main characters is a writer, and as a writer, I liked him. But her…she was a terrible daughter. The main premise (spoilers!) is that the man lets her believe that he is involved with her mother, yet she has no willpower to stop kissing him even though she believes he’s with her mother. Yeah. Couldn’t wrap my head around that one.

Anyway, I liked Song of the West, wasn’t impressed with Her Mother’s Keeper. I received this book from a co-worker as a gift, otherwise I’m not sure I would have gone out and purchased it on my own.

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