Monday, January 23, 2012

Romance Book Review: Jayne Ann Krentz's Copper Beach

Author: Jayne Ann Krentz
Series Connection: A Dark Legacy Novel
ISBN-10: 0399157875
ISBN-13: 978-0399157875

Genre: Contemporary Romance/ Paranormal/ Psychic
Publisher: Putnam

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A great fan of Jayne Ann Krentz from way back, but I sadly say I can't give this book 5 hearts because it lost something for me when I realized this is about a paranormal mixture of her Arcane Society's two worlds of her Krentz/Castle work. That probably doesn't make any sense, but here goes.

The characters in this book have psychic paranormal powers but yet the Arcane Society is never mention or any relationship to Jones and Jones as in the Krentz's Arcane Society books. There is a whole series of crystals used in the books as they are used in the Castle Arcane Society books. Basically it holds both the principals of the contemporary and the future series. It establishes the the use of the crystals in this contemporary timeline, but really has no connection to Arcane. That was a little disturbing because I kept waiting for a Jones to appear in the story. It was just too closely related to the other stories without establishing any connection.

That said. The story and characters were good and I liked the sexual chemistry and psychic connection between Abby and Sam.

Abby has a special ability that allows her to unlock a book psychically so that the secrets inside can be read. She is the only one around who can unlock a book that has some dangerous information inside. There are many people who want this book and they all know that Abby is the only one who can open its secrets.

Sam is one of the people who is looking for the book. He knows that Abby can help him and it just so happens that he can help Abby stay safe from the bad people who want the book. While the two try to find the book and try to stay safe the realize there is a deep connection between the two, but Abby has a hard time with trust and Sam will have to work really hard if he is going to get the girl in the end.

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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