Dark Witch by Nora Roberts
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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 horsemen, 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…
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Now the beginning of this book (like forty pages) we find out an ancestor of Iona, Branna, and Connor was the Dark Witch, and she is being attacked by Cabhan, an evil male witch who is obsessed and wants her powers as well as her. It sets the scene for the destiny part of the story but honestly I think this could have been a book all in it’s own. There is a lot there and room for so much more.
Brining us forward we meet Iona who sets out for Ireland and the home country of her grandmother whom she loves very much. While there she meets Branna and Connor O’Dwyer, her cousins who invite her to stay with them. This is bringing the three chosen together for their joined destiny.
Iona also realizes that she can make her life there in County Mayo and finds a job at the local horse stable. Of course that is where she meets Boyle who is her love interest. I liked Boyle but there wasn’t that spark that many of Nora Roberts’ other characters have. He seemed a little narrowminded at times for someone who grew up with witches.
The story was good enough to lead me to the next two books in the story because I really loved some of the other characters. Not that Iona was a bad character, I just felt she could have been a little better.