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Formulaic but with a few surprises.
on March 31, 2014
I've been reading Nora Roberts' books since I was twelve years old and didn't realize what the "magic" and "desire" in her books were (don't worry, I wised up by age thirteen, but I still like how she describes the hot sex her characters always have). The first trilogy I read was the Three Sisters series (by far my favorite), and every time she has a new book out I'm quick to grab it.
Recently, though, as much as I love her books, I have to agree with other readers: they're so formulaic that it's hard to not make comparisons with other trilogies and other characters. If there's someone who's a new NR fan, then, fine, this is a good series for them.
The Cousins O'Dwyer trilogy seems to be just a repeat of The Keys and Three Sisters trilogies. I love her setting: she describes Ireland beautifully, as she always has, but the O'Dwyers resemble the Gallaghers of Ardmore strongly. I like the romances thus far, and I'm fond of Connor and Meara the most, but I'm looking forward to Finn and Branna's relationship, although I think it will just be an expy of Mia and Sam's from Three Sisters.
I think I would actually prefer the prologues of each book (thus far) to serve as her new trilogy. Right now, though, I'm sticking to NR's single volumes (Public Secrets, The Witness, and The Villa are my favorites).