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A few months ago I read a Nora Roberts book for the first time. Her books never appealed to me before because I considered her a romance writer. I’m not much into the romance genre. Or at least, I wasn’t before. I’ve changd my reading tastes a lot in the last year.
But my mom has always read her books. She always tells me about how good they are, and how they range in genres. Finally, one of the latest series we picked up from Barnes & Noble sold me. It’s The Cousins’ O’Dwyer Trilogy that starts with Dark Witch. A book set in Ireland following an ancient magical line of witches? Of course I decided to read it.
The whole thing had promise. The beginning of the book sucked me in. But when it jumped to the present day with the witch’s descendants, that’s when it fell apart for me. It became a paranormal fantasy that favored the protagonist’s love affair over the building of a magical world. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s just not my thing.
I didn’t care much for the love interest and the dynamic between him and the main character. Frankly, I didn’t care much for the main character. She wasn’t my cup of tea. But I read the book all the way through.
On the one hand, my mom really loves Nora Roberts books, and she wanted to share those stories with me. I share my books with my mom all the time. She reads the Shadowhunters books as voraciously as I do. There’s something special about being able to share the stories that mean something to us with one another.
On the other hand, Dark Witch just didn’t live up to my expectations. But I want to share in that magic with my mom. I want to share her enthusiasm for these books, so I’m willing to put in the effort. I might have to trudge through a protagonist that, honestly, I find obnoxious, and a romantic relationship that makes no sense in my mind. But if it means swapping reactions with my mom, who raised me to be a fangirl like her, then I can do it.
What Nora Roberts books have you read? How do you feel about her writing? Let me know in the comments.