Copper Beach Hardcover – Jan 10 2012
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“The first book in a new ‘Dark Legacy’ trilogy, and Krentz clearly is on a roll.” —The Seattle Times
“A joy to read.”—USA Today
“Charming and compelling characters.”—St. Paul Pioneer Press
“A combustible combination of sharp wit, sizzling romance, and a riveting plot rich in paranormal-infused suspense.”—Booklist
“An engaging thriller.”—Midwest Book Review --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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In her last few, including "Copper Beach", the characters are not as well developed and the plot is more formulaic. I hope she goes back to the style of character and plot development she used so well in books like "A Golden Chance", "Twist of Fate", "Desire", "Shameless" and "Surender" to name but a few or I will have to go back to buying her books in paperback because I am not likely to reread them.
I hope she reverts to the great style she had before she started basing all her books on psychic abilities, because I realy liked the books before 2008.
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Sam Coppersmith, has an affinity for crystals and he is willing to help Abby but in exchange he needs Abby to help him find The Key. When dead bodies start showing up, Sam worries that he won't be able to keep Abby safe especially since his feelings for Abby have gotten stronger the more time they spend together.
When I hear the words "paranormal romance" I immediately think vampires and shape-shifters, but Copper Beach is not your normal paranormal (I grinned after I penned that phrase). Jayne Ann Krentz is the queen of physic powers in the paranormal field. The chemistry between Abby and Sam is hot but it is the character of Newton, Abby's dog, that made me smile most often. Being a devoted cat owner (translation: slave to the grumpy old man cat who is currently sitting on my lap making it so I have to bends my arm unnaturally to write this review), I love Krentz's pet characters. With as many devoted pet owners out there who read romance novels you would think that more authors would include them in their novels but beyond just including a pet in her novels, Krentz does an amazing job of having the pets in her novels play an important role to the movement of the novels without overshadowing the main characters (dust bunnies are my favorite under her pen name of Jayne Castle). Copper Beach was a fabulous read that I highly recommend and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
There's not even a dust bunny, and the fact I would miss a fictitious creature tells a tale. The dust bunnies are turning into the most entertaining characters in Krentz's books. Goodness knows the primary characters all run together, being indistinguishable from one another.
What really bugs me is I paid - with tax - $14 for the ebook, which I will likely never read again. Unless you are enthusiastic about the direction Krentz's recent books have taken, save your money and either skip it entirely or get it from the library.
The villain was obvious, based upon her past books. It was no surprise at all. Realized who it'd be as soon as that particular character showed up. Okay, to be strictly honest, I thought another character was involved, too. If you read the book, you'll know precisely who I mean when you get to that part.
It's a pity that an author who has, in the past, brought to life such characters as Serenity Makepeace and Elias Winters (from "Hidden Talents" and "Deep Waters," for the uninitiated), has chosen to rely heavily on creating imaginary stuff such as the crystals in "Copper Beach" rather than unique characters and situations, both of which were once her strength.
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.