Copper Beach (Dark Legacy)
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|Format:||Paperback, 352 pages|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 10 January 2012|
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 has taken her into dangerous territory. After a deadly incident in the private library of an obsessive collector, Abby receives a blackmail threat, and rumours swirl that an old alchemical text known as The Key has reappeared on the black market. Convinced she needs an investigator who can also play bodyguard, she hires Sam Coppersmith, an expert in paranormal crystals and amber. Passion flares immediately between them, though neither entirely trusts the other. But when it comes to dealing with a killer with paranormal talents - and a blackmailer who will stop at nothing to obtain an ancient alchemical code - no one is safe.
About the Author
Jayne Ann Krentz, who also writes historical and futuristic fiction under the pseudonyms Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle respectively, has more than fifty NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers under various pen names; more than twenty-five million copies of her books are in print. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.
The powerful and reclusive Coppersmith family have lived on the cliffs above Copper Beach for years but no-one has discovered their hidden secret, until now...
Krentz's latest paranormal mystery/romance is heavy on the woo-woo and short on the sexual tension. Abby Radwell's talent is unlocking magic within spelled or "hot" books. Sam Coppersmith works crystal energy. Sam needs Abby to unlock a hot tome coming up for auction. Unfortunately, Abby's talent makes her a valued commodity, and others are willing to kill to get her. Abby trusts Sam to keep her safe even if she isn't sure she trusts him on other levels. Narrator Tanya Eby is competent but unable to elevate the pedestrian prose into something more entertaining. She has a good feel for Abby, a strong woman who isn't afraid to show it, but the other characters, including Sam, are not as fully developed and provide less material to showcase. VERDICT Krentz is an essential purchase for public libraries, but be prepared for fan disappointment. ["Wicked wit, psi-enhanced passion, and a delightfully twisted plot come together with sparkling precision as Krentz delivers another funny, sexy, suspenseful paranormal gem, the first in a new series," read the more-appreciative review of the New York Times best-selling Putnam hc, LJ 12/11.-Ed.]-Jodi L. Israel, MLS, Birmingham, AL (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Bestseller Krentz (Fired Up) describes a world where people will kill to get their hands on a book, but this disappointing series starter is unlikely to inspire such fervor. Abby Radwell, a rare book dealer with paranormal talents, likes to keep her business in the shallow end of the underground market. After she's held at gunpoint, she uses her abilities to escape, only to have a blackmailer threaten to reveal her talents. Sexy mad scientist Sam Coppersmith offers to protect Abby and track down the blackmailer if she'll hunt down a dangerous encrypted book in exchange. But Sam is interested in more than a business relationship, and the way their auras resonate makes sparks fly. Unfortunately, the contrived story is peppered with character inconsistencies, romance cliches, and plot twists that fail to surprise. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
|Publisher: ||Piatkus Books|
|Dimensions: ||23.0 x 15.0 x 2.0 centimeters (0.47 kg)|