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Copper Beach [Hardcover]

Jayne Ann Krentz
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Jan. 10 2012 Dark Legacy Novel

A rare book. An ancient code. An all-new novel from the New York Times-bestselling master of passion and the paranormal.

Within the pages of very rare books some centuries old lie the secrets of the paranormal. Abby Radwell's unusual psychic talent has made her an expert in such volumes-and sometimes taken her into dangerous territory. After a deadly incident in the private library of an obsessive collector, Abby receives a blackmail threat, and rumors swirl that an old alchemical text known as The Key has reappeared on the black market.

Convinced that she needs an investigator who can also play bodyguard, she hires Sam Coppersmith, a specialist in paranormal crystals and amber-"hot rocks." Passion flares immediately between them, but neither entirely trusts the other. When it comes to dealing with a killer who has paranormal abilities, and a blackmailer who will stop at nothing to obtain an ancient alchemical code, no one is safe.


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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.

About the Author

Jayne Ann Krentz is the author of fifty New York Times bestsellers. She has written contemporary romantic suspense novels under that name, as well as futuristic and historical romance novels under the pseudonyms Jayne Castle and Amanda Quick, respectively. She lives in Seattle.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars disapointed March 1 2012
Format:Hardcover
I have been a fan of Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick/Jayne Castle since she wrote for Silouette Books.
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good April 22 2013
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I have purchase another of her books from this series. The books are very interesting. It is interesting to think of humans as having a psychic side.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Copper Beach Review by Novel Reaction.com Jan. 10 2012
By Novel Reaction - Published on Amazon.com
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Abby Radwell can unlock the paranormal secrets of books but when she starts receiving blackmail threats, she knows she needs help. Copper Beach by Jayne Ann Krentz , Abby hires Sam Coppersmith, an paranormal investigator, to help her track down her blackmailer and to help for find an ancient text known as The Key.

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.
50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Non-stop thrills and romance! Jan. 10 2012
By Sharon Redfern - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Copper Beach is the start of a new paranormal suspense series, A Dark Legacy . Abby Radwell is a bookseller working primarily with private collectors. She has the power to take psychic energy from book and use it to disable people but primarily she uses her senses to find "hot books" for her carefully vetted clients. She gets involved in the search for a lab book with tremendous energy potential and needs protection-enter Sam Coppersmith. Sam comes from a family that has a long history of paranormal work and research. Added to his background with an unnamed government agency and he is the perfect man for Abby-personally and professionally. There is a lot of chemistry between the two characters and they get involved with each other and the search for the book right from the beginning. Abby is being pressured to find the book by her family and possibly also from an unknown blackmailer. Sam's father was involved in the beginning of the experiment that created the lab book and Sam knows the consequences should it fall into the wrong hands. Floating around in the background is the mystery of how Sam's ex-fiancé ended up dead, why Abby's family needs her to find the lab book, and who the mysterious blackmailer is. The suspense of the story keeps you turning page after to page to see what will happen next. This book is a bit of a departure from her Arcane series but just as enjoyable.
60 of 77 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Derivative and long-winded. Jan. 11 2012
By Anne Ivy - Published on Amazon.com
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I have enjoyed Krentz's books for years, but have been increasingly unhappy with the direction her books have taken, with them becoming far less "romance" and far more "para-mystery." Unlike the winsome characters in "Deep Waters" and "Grand Passion" and "Absolutely, Positively," to name only a few, there wasn't a memorable character in this book. None. Instead, this is a book that goes into excruciating detail about a bunch of crystals that don't exist.

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.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Copper Beach is a shiny new series! Jan. 12 2012
By Susanna - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've been reading Ms. Krentz's books, under all her pseudonyms, for more than 20 years, and I still love her work regardless of subgenre. Copper Beach starts a new series featuring the Coppersmiths, three siblings who are talented with crystals; this is Sam's and Abby's story. It doesn't appear to have an Arcane linkage, although it has a lot of those elements. The story is told with Krentz's usual charm, and the characters are very likeable. I liked Sam's attitude about Abby from the beginning (no spoiler!), and felt the romance was sweet and plausible. The book is clearly setting up the other two in the series, but not in a way that detracts from the Copper Beach story. Krentz does have a style, and "typical" types of characters, so you either like her or you don't. I like her a lot. I bought this on my Kindle, without waiting for the price to lower, because I wanted to read it right away and I KNOW I will read it again. And again. A charming, warm, entertaining and engaging story worth your time (and money), IMHO. Thanks again, Ms. Krentz! You rock!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Copper Beach Jan. 28 2012
By Isabelle Jolly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
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.
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