This is the first book in a new paranormal trilogy. If you don't like paranormal, don't read it.
Abby Radwell, a very exclusive paranormal book dealer, is going through a private library when she hears a man threatening the wheel chair bound owner. She sees a shaking, nervous man with a gun saying he needs a certain book and the woman who can decode it, Abby. She calls him upstairs, finds the 'hot' book he wants and hands it to him. He complains that he can read it. She explains that coding leaves a readable book, but that it must be decoded before the actual book appears. He insists that she decode it which she does and hands it to him. When he touches the book she also is touching it, and uses her power to knock him out.
The next thing she knows she's getting blackmail notes about it. When she tells her close friend, the reclusive book collector Thaddeus Webber, he insists that she get in touch with Sam Coppersmith. She does. When she gets to the island where he lives, she finds out that everyone thinks he is grieving about the murder of a woman he had been seeing, but that Sam sure didn't do it because if a Coppersmith committed a murder, no one would ever know! When she meets Sam, she finds that she believes it. After he hears her problem, he follows her home, stays with her.
Her family is a blended family and she has never cared for her step-brother nor he for her. He has come to her and begged her to get a certain book for him as he was broke. He had invested in what turned out to be a Ponzi scheme and so had his snooty, rich mother. When Abby refused, he blamed it on 'payback' from when they were kids.
Sam and Abby are extremely attracted to one another. When her apartment is vandalized and destroyed, Sam takes her back to the island where she'll be safe.
There are several people looking for the journal her step-brother was asking about. It gives information about a mine of powerful paranormal crystals. Sam's family also wants it as his father and a friend were nearly killed in an explosion set up by the third partner. They do not want the crystals mined as they know they are very dangerous.
That pretty much lays it out. If I go further it would be a spoiler.The story is complex; a mystery, a love story, amusing in spots, has a lot of characters, surprises, and holds the reader's interest.
Recommend it highly.