Island of Glass by Nora Roberts

As the hunt for the Star of Ice leads the six guardians to Ireland, Doyle, the immortal, must face his tragic past. Three centuries ago, he closed off his heart, yet his warrior spirit is still drawn to the wild. And there’s no one more familiar with the wild than Riley—and the wolf within her…

An archaeologist, Riley is no stranger to the coast of Clare, but now she finds herself on unsure footing, targeted by the dark goddess who wants more than the stars, more than the blood of the guardians. While searching through Irish history for clues that will lead them to the final star and the mysterious Island of Glass, Riley must fight her practical nature and admit her sudden attraction to Doyle is more than just a fling. For it is his strength that will sustain her and give her the power to run towards love—and save them all…

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You know, until I read the discussion about it in another Nora Roberts review, I never really noticed how that there is a formula to her stories. Or to be more precise, that the trilogies have a formula to them, although in defense of one of my favorite authors, she has her own formula and not the kind of formula you see in those monthly Harlequin novels that have lots of sex, but very little plot development (a personal pet peeve because some of those stories would be quite good if they  put more effort into plot and character development). Island of Glass is, after consideration of past magical trilogies, follows this formula in that the last couple always seems to have the most difficulty in coming together for their romance because one side of the couple is being a bonehead stuck in their own personal woes.

Still formula or not, Nora Roberts tells an entertaining tale of good vs. evil where good always win as life should be often isn’t much to our disappointment. I know it’s been quite a while since this book was actually released (it was released in December 2016), but I’ve only recently had a chance to get to it since I was marathon reading first the Morganville Vampire series and then Joe Ledger series which I have already mentioned requires several day effort to finish each book. In any case, as always Nora Roberts provides a solid book for reading pleasure that gives the reader a gateway away from real world problems and dilemmas, which is a nice break from watching the news which can be depressing and aggravating (not really a combo for one’s blood pressure).

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