Dark Witch: Iona Sheehan and Boyle McGrath
(The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy #1)
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…
I almost gave up on this one, but the ending wasn't too bad and pulled itself out from being really boring. The best part of the entire book is the first two chapters which is kinda sad for a novel especially a Nora Roberts joint. But seriously it was kind of disappointing; it’s like she took pieces from the Three Sisters Island trilogy and pieces from the Gallaghers of Ardmore trilogy mashed them up, changed the names of the characters and the evil bad and poof... done... and pawned it off as new. What is really sad about the whole thing is, it's a cheap knock off version and she didnt even improve upon it.
There wasn't nearly as depth of character in this book as there was in those two series. I don't think we even met Boyle until about 25% of the way through the book and she just kind of threw them together as a couple. They barely interacted in the book until ahh maybe 70% of the way through and we were supposed to be believe there was some sort of romance going on. Boyle, I think I would like him, if I knew anything about him, but after reading an entire book that is supposedly about him all I know is he has golden brown eyes, he's big, and likes to fight but now he doesn't go looking for it anymore. There you go, pretty much everything there is to know about him summed up in one sentence. LOL. Ilona isn't much better, she's a cheerful, optimistic little thing, but we still don't know much about her. Except for the beginning the whole thing was pretty eh. In the end the story picked up a bit enough to save it from being put down to never be picked back up. Will I read the next two stories in this book? Probably not, because I already know how it is going to go, because I've already read this trilogy, about 10 years ago when it was called Three Sisters Island. HAHAHA