Blood ties and magic fuel Roberts’ latest paranormal trilogy as round two of the fight against an ancient evil gets going. As with Roberts’ previous trilogies, this series revolves around three sets of couples finding both romance and danger, sometimes in unexpected places. Shadow Spell entertains while exploring a stalwart of romance: the friends-to-lovers trope, as old colleagues suddenly see each other in a very different light. Roberts is unstoppable!
As descendents of powerful witch Sorcha, Connor O’Dwyer and his sister, Branna, know and accept the magic that runs in their bloodlines. The recent arrival of their cousin Iona, also a descendent of Sorcha, has bonded the trio together and exposed a deadly danger brewing. Evil Cabhan has been trying to re-manifest for centuries and is currently gaining strength. Meara Quinn is Branna’s best friend — and she and Connor keep running into one another as he guides tourists on hawking adventures and Meara leads them on horseback. Then an unexpected kiss has Meara and Connor suddenly looking at each other with vastly different eyes. In a frightening twist, this newfound affection makes Meara a target for Cabhan. Finding the right blend of magic and power needed to defeat Cabhan will require a unified front. (BERKLEY, Apr., 352 pp., $17.00)