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The Cave of Rúin Ársa (The Cross of Ciaran Book 3) by Andrea Matthews – Review by Susan Ratchford

The Cave of Ruin Arsa (The Cross of Ciaran Book 3)The Cave of Ruin Arsa by Andrea Matthews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Cave Of Ruin Arsa
The Cross Of Ciaran: Book 3
By: Andrea Matthews
Review by: Susan Ratchford
5 Stars

While trying to put his past behind him and move on with his new life, his wife and unborn twins, Ciaran is plagued with dreams of the long dead priest Ruadhan stealing it all away from him. As Aodhan plans a wedding of his own, the two brothers try to decipher the meaning of these dreams that are causing Ciarans anxiety and inner turmoil. Surely there is no way that Ruadhan, the chief priest, loyal to his goddess, suffered the same fate as they did and arose to tell the tale? Until an empty tomb is found by Aodhan and the other archaeologists, and more pieces of the puzzle fall into place. Will Ciaran be able to save his family and his new life? Or will his forgotten past come to steal the present as well?
I am so happy that there will be another book in this series. I love Ciaran’s and Caitlin’s story and was so easily swept into their lives. This installment was so exciting and has plenty of suspense, mystery, with twists and turns you never see coming. I loved learning more about Aodhan and seeing that he found someone like Niamh. This series is just so captivating and heartwarming and the characters possess so much realism. I thoroughly recommend starting this series at book 1, The Cross of Ciaran, and joining Andrea Matthews as she takes you on a 1500 year adventure!!!

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The Book Of Carraig (The Cross of Ciaran Book 2) by Andrea Matthews – Review by Susan Ratchford

The Book of Carraig (The Cross of Ciaran #2)The Book of Carraig by Andrea Matthews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Book Of Carraig
The Cross of Ciaran: Book 2
By: Andrea Matthews
Review by: Susan Ratchford
5 stars

With the help of Father Mike, Ciaran has been able to keep his 1500 year old past a secret from Caitlin and others for almost a year. With two out of three of the entombed priests missing, the rumor mill is flying, and Ciaran and Caitlin embark on a new expedition to Ireland. To the site of the tombs where Ciaran lay still all those years, but the homeland that Ciaran remembers has vastly changed, the land and water engulfing most of what he used to know. He can only think of his lost wife Aisling, the chance he has to find her body and finally put her to rest properly, and of his brother Aodhan, who was entombed next to him, the only priest left whose body never vanished, sleeping as he was. His plans for them must be put on hold however, when a serial rapist and murderer starts roaming the land. Something about the attacks are familiar to Ciaran, a 1500 year old memory he long thought buried. The book of Carraig is the only thing that could answer these burning questions he has about himself and his old life, but can he find it before someone else does? He will have to risk his life and his secret to bring an end to this turmoil.
Great continuation of the series! This installment ups the tension ten fold as Ciaran struggles more and more to keep his secret!!! I seriously could not read fast enough to find out what happens to Caitlin, Ciaran, and Bradiegh. This series just keeps getting better and better. There are so many strong emotions in this book as Ciaran looks back on his former life while wrestling with the guilt of his new found happiness with Caitlin. It really struck a chord with me. I can’t wait to dig into the final book! I highly recommend this series has it all! Great world building, action, suspense, romance, and wonderful characters!

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The Cross Of Ciaran (The Cross of Ciaran Book 1) by Andrea Matthews – Review by Susan Ratchford

The Cross of CiaranThe Cross of Ciaran by Andrea Matthews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Cross Of Ciaran
Cross Of Ciaran Series: Book 1
By: Andrea Matthews
Review By: Susan Ratchford
5 Stars

After a gruesome ritual for his goddess leaves him entombed, comatose in a cave for 1500 years, the Celtic Priest Ciaran, is finally unearthed by Archaeologist Caitlin O’Connell. The exquisite find turns from amazing to extraordinary when two other tombs are located in close proximity to the first. Before even the first tests can be done however, the priest’s body disappears without a trace leaving Ms. O’Connell with more questions than answers.
Awake and Wandering the streets of New York Ciaran finds sanctuary in the only thing he can find familiarity in, the Church. There he finds Father Mike who helps him get accustomed to this strange new world. Moonlighting as the new handyman, Ciaran tries his best to deal with his past, that is, until his present comes knocking at the door in the form of Father Mike’s niece, Caitlin O’Connell. Still distraught and determined to find her missing Priest, she is very suspicious of her Uncle Mike’s new handyman. Will all of Ciaran’s secrets unravel because of this persistent woman? What would happen to him if she found out?
I loved this book. It was so engaging and fun to read. I really loved Caitlin’s character, her stubbornness and her spirit. The pace and the flow seemed so effortless that I just got absorbed by the story not even realizing how long I was reading for. It was so easy to get emotionally invested. Such a unique and heartwarming tale with great character development. You really root for Caitlin and Ciaran! I really enjoyed seeing Ciaran react to the present and to the way people spoke. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series!!! I highly recommend this book!!!!

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The Cave of Rúin Ársa (The Cross of Ciaran Book 3) by Andrea Matthews – Review by Dahnielle Hibbert

The Cave of Ruin Arsa (The Cross of Ciaran Book 3)The Cave of Ruin Arsa by Andrea Matthews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a time travel series that is not a series you can read only one book in. You need the information that comes before this book to understand what is going on. I really like this series. The details bring this novel and the characters to life for me. There is a little bit of everything. Suspense, mystical adventures, threats, romance, the paranormal, secrets, lies, drama and of course time travel!! You won’t regret reading this series.

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The Cave of Rúin Ársa (The Cross of Ciaran Book 3) by Andrea Matthews – Review by Dahnielle Hibbert

The Cave of Ruin Arsa (The Cross of Ciaran Book 3)The Cave of Ruin Arsa by Andrea Matthews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a time travel series that is not a series you can read only one book in. You need the information that comes before this book to understand what is going on. I really like this series. The details bring this novel and the characters to life for me. There is a little bit of everything. Suspense, mystical adventures, threats, romance, the paranormal, secrets, lies, drama and of course time travel!! You won’t regret reading this series.

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The Cave of Ruin Arsa (The Cross of Ciaran Book 3) by Andrea Matthews – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

The Cave of Ruin Arsa (The Cross of Ciaran Book 3)The Cave of Ruin Arsa by Andrea Matthews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ciarán Donnelly is back and he is settling into his new life with his wife and unborn twins a bit more each day and is feeling like the hold his past had on him is not as strong as it was, but now his life is in upheaval yet again when he starts having vivid dreams again. This time though, they are visions of his children being kidnapped by the long dead priest who entombed him for his past misdeeds, Ruadhán, but Ciarán knows that this can’t be true, but he is still very unnerved by them. However, the anxiety which these dreams cause Ciarán are affecting his relationship with Caitlin and she is feeling the stress as well, which is no good for her while pregnant with the twins, but Ciarán as usual bottles everything up inside until it becomes too much and he explodes with the pent up emotion and this helps their situation even less.

As Ciarán is learning to deal with his anxieties, the dreams are repeating and are now affecting his ability to both sleep and keep his emotions in check, but when he does finally speak to those around him, they put forward the valid points that it may just be he fears around being a parent coming to he fore and that because Ruadhán was devoted to his goddess, there is little chance that he could have had the same punishment as Ciarán and Aodhán, his brother and Aodhán is keen to support this theory as well. Meanwhile, tensions still rise as the twins near their due date and with everything else going on, Ciarán knows he needs to be there for Caitlin more than ever.

Meanwhile Aodhán is working with the archaeology team again and decides to go and see the tombs in the Hills of ár Sinsear for himself so that he can put Ciarán’s mind at rest about Ruadhán, however, what he finds there just makes their anxieties worse, an unoccupied tomb which has all the calling cards of use, despite being empty. While Aodhán spends more time with his almost adopted family, a surprising piece of history is unearthed and leads to another interpretation of what Ciarán’s dreams could mean and opens a whole host of new complications to an already stressful scenario. Could Ruadhán have survived the fifteen hundred years and come back to haunt the two brothers, if so, what is his plan and can Ciarán and Aodhán stop it before their loved ones are hurt? This is another whirlwind ride in this historical fiction meets modern day romance, in this time travel fantasy which keeps you enthralled as the other books while spinning a yarn you will want to speed through, yet savour at the same time.

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The Cave of Rúin Ársa (The Cross of Ciaran Book 3) by Andrea Matthews – Review by Jana Lewis

The Cave of Ruin Arsa (The Cross of Ciaran Book 3)The Cave of Ruin Arsa by Andrea Matthews
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a great addition to the series! Plenty of suspense, mystery, hidden identities, and a bit of sensualness thrown in! With the focus on family, old and new, the stakes are higher now that Ciarán and Caitlin have children, reopening old wounds from Ciarán’s past. The power of the goddess is shown to those who know what is going on, but the group of people who know about Ciarán and Aodhán is growing and that can be dangerous. I enjoy reading about the strong bond between Ciarán and Aodhán and, just when I thought we were done with them, there will be more! I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait for the next one!

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The Cave of Rúin Ársa (The Cross of Ciaran Book 3) by Andrea Matthews – Review by Shelly Kittell

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is the third book in the series. This is one of my series. It is unique, original and very engaging. I am a fan of all things Celtic. I usually have to have a dictionary near me to look up some of the words used but then I’m learning new things (educational 🙂 win/win). The characters are so full of personality. Not only do the accents crack you up but the fact that they are time travelers make it so unique that you can’t put the story down, you have to know what’s going to happen next. The author does such a wonderful job of researching the history and incorporating it into the story. Fresh and engaging, this story is still fantastic. The drama will keep you on the edge of your seat. What will happen? You are going to have to read to find out. I was thrilled to see there will be another coming after this. Still a favorite series. I will always recommend. Can be read as standalone or in series order.

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The Cave of Rúin Ársa (The Cross of Ciaran Book 3) by Andrea Matthews – Review by Erica Fish

The Cave of Ruin Arsa (The Cross of Ciaran Book 3)The Cave of Ruin Arsa by Andrea Matthews
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Cave of Ruin Arsa by Andrea Matthews’s third book in The Cross of Clarann series. I enjoyed all the elements of this paranormal romance. There is magic, history, adventure, and all good time travel needs secrets and lies. The story was well written. The characters are fully developed and complex in nature. Claran wants to focus on his new life but something always gets in his way. Mainly his past is what is haunting him. He has been having his dreams again. He is newly married and he is anxiety is still high. He is trying to move on from his past. Will his dreams stop? What does his new life hold for him? I highly recommend this book and the whole series as they are all good reads.

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The Cave of Rúin Ársa (The Cross of Ciaran Book 3) by Andrea Matthews – Review by Francis O’Sullivan

The Cave of Ruin ArsaThe Cave of Ruin Arsa by Andrea Matthews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Cave of Ruin Arsa is the third book in the Cross of Ciaran series. This time travel series is best enjoyed in order, starting with The Cross of Ciaran, to get to know the characters and contextualise the story.
The historical setting in this book is great, and I like the use of archaeology in the modern-day setting to connect with the past. It’s also fun seeing the ancient characters navigating a modern world – this is a trope I always enjoy!
The Cave of Ruin Arsa is a captivating story, with plenty of twists to keep readers engaged. We learn more about Ciarán and Aodhán’s past as it comes back to haunt them, while they are trying to build a new life for themselves. There are themes of faith and religion, and love and loyalty that run through the story and motivate the different characters.
This book gets five stars from me! If you’ve enjoyed the Thunder On The Moor series by the same author you’ll definitely love this series! Or if you enjoy historical and time travel romance.

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