#romance #fantasy #magic #Ireland
Series: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, book 1
Characters: Iona, Boyle, and the other 4 of their circle.
Sexual Themes: Sex and harassment
Violence: Yes; magical, physical and blood
If you're looking for a touch of romance, a bit of magic and a wonderful back story and world building adventure without a complicated deep read, this one may be a good one for you to pick up.
From the very beginning it was easy to see that this "trilogy" was going to three separate novels based off of three different romances with one interwoven story line. "Dark Witch" was Iona's story and how she moves her life from the US to Ireland in the hopes of finally "fitting in" somewhere. If by fitting in she meant finding two long lost cousins and moving in with them within hours of landing in the country. Or finding a job in her desired field within twenty-four hours and her true love in less time than that... then I think she did well. The speed at which this, desperate for love, woman finds exactly what she's looking for was astoundingly fast. Boyle, Iona's love interest was just a flat and one-dimensional as she was and there was nothing that made me root for them.
My main issue with this novel, is actually the writing. Sentences were repeated one after the other with just minor phrasing changes and it overall felt really difficult to read.
Despite all of the flaws I felt the story/writing had, I did finish the book and I am currently reading the second one. That being said, I am only doing so because I have borrowed the books and would not have spent money buying the second one otherwise.