Dream Eyes

Dream Eyes

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by Jayne Ann Krentz
     
 

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A suspicious death. A ghost in a mirror. The new Dark Legacy novel from the New York Times bestselling author known for crafting stories of burning passion and chilling suspense…

The death of her friend and mentor, Evelyn Ballinger, brings psychic counselor Gwen Frazier back to the small town of Wilby, Oregon, and brings back memories she would

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A suspicious death. A ghost in a mirror. The new Dark Legacy novel from the New York Times bestselling author known for crafting stories of burning passion and chilling suspense…

The death of her friend and mentor, Evelyn Ballinger, brings psychic counselor Gwen Frazier back to the small town of Wilby, Oregon, and brings back memories she would rather forget. Two years ago, a killer stalked the members of one of Ballinger’s research studies—including Gwen, who survived while two others didn’t. Now, she’s sure that Ballinger’s death is related. 

Sent by a friend to help Gwen, psychic investigator Judson Coppersmith arrives in Wilby barely in control of his own talent and his own life, and haunted by urgent dreams. His attraction to Gwen is primal, but there are secrets he must keep to protect himself from surrendering to her completely, even as their investigation draws them into dreamscapes, into decades of deception and into the paranormal fires of a desire too strong to resist…

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Krentz returns to the world of her sexy psi investigators in a strong sequel to Copper Beach (2012). Judson Coppersmith’s innate psychic gifts allow him to detect resonance from violent events and sense the emotions of a killer’s mind. Gwen Frazier is a dream counselor who reads auras and translates the psychic resonance of violent deaths into visions of ghosts. When Gwen’s mentor is murdered with a paranormal weapon, Gwen turns to the Coppersmiths for help, giving her a chance to explore her compelling lust for Judson. Krentz balances the protagonists’ mutual attraction with their insecurities; Judson, who is fighting nightmares of a traumatic event, fears being viewed as a potential client, and Gwen worries her contagious dreams will ruin this relationship as it has others. The triple twists in the murder case make the plot convoluted and tedious, but a long denouement gives the characters a chance to build a real relationship after the threats of violence are gone. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Psychic counselor Gwen Frazier is drawn back to tiny Wilby, OR, by an email from her mentor, paranormal researcher Dr. Evelyn Ballinger. When Gwen arrives to find Evelyn dead on the office floor, she knows Evelyn didn't die naturally—the ghost in the mirror and her own uncanny ability to sense violent death tell her that much—but proving it is another matter. Suspecting a link between this murder and a series of deaths two years earlier and now a suspect herself, Gwen reaches out to psychic investigator Judson Coppersmith for help and gets love in the bargain. A lethally talented heroine haunted by the past; a powerful, enigmatic hero with issues of his own; and a complex, multifaceted plot that takes fans into a mind-bending dreamscape maze result in another winner from the consistently creative Krentz. VERDICT With walk-off-the-page characters, crackling sexual tension, swift pacing, and the author's trademark sassy humor, this wonderfully inventive high-stakes adventure will whet fans' appetites for more. Krentz (Copper Beach) lives in Seattle.
Kirkus Reviews
When Gwen Frazier returns to Wilby, Ore., to investigate the death of her mentor, she knows she's opening up psychic wounds she'd rather forget, and when her best friend sends in investigator Judson Coppersmith to help, she realizes she's met her match, romantically and psychically. Will their attraction, skills and talent be enough, in time, to solve the mystery and save them both? Psychic Gwen Frazier would just as soon avoid Wilby, Ore., since she was nearly the victim of a serial killer two years ago, when she was participating in a psychic research study. But when the researcher, Gwen's friend and mentor Evelyn Ballinger, winds up dead, and names Gwen as her sole heir, she simply can't stay away. Returning to the town opens Gwen up to even more danger, physically and psychically, and turns the sheriff's suspicious mind to Gwen as the prime suspect. Gwen's friend sends her Judson Coppersmith, of the wealthy Coppersmith family, a renowned investigator who has some strong psychic talent himself, as well as a wildfire physical attraction. Judson might as well be the cavalry as far as Gwen is concerned, with his security and weapons skills, plus his psychic intuition toward violent crime. He's just what she needs to solve the crime and stay alive. As bodies start piling up in Wilby, it becomes clear that Gwen is once again a target. Judson and Gwen must race to find a link between the past and the present to solve the mystery and catch the killer determined to take Gwen's life. And as the two work toward answers, they'll realize just how good they are together--in oh-so-many ways. This is the second novel in the Dark Legacy series from Krentz. The master storyteller once again creates authentic, well-drawn characters, a quick-paced, engrossing plot set against a backdrop of a psychic world imprinted effortlessly on our own and a relatable romance one can't help but root for. Romantic suspense with a psychic twist--or, a little bit of everything, all wrapped up in wonderful.
From the Publisher
“Full of witty quips, harrowing chases and sizzling sex scenes, Dream Eyes takes off like a rocket and doesn’t slow down.”—The Seattle Times

“Another perfect fusion of suspense and romance from an author at the top of her game.”—Booklist (starred review)

“A solid story with charming characters, wit and romance.”—The (Bend, OR) Bulletin

“Exciting, intriguing…Krentz’s writing is crisp, filled with imagery, solid writing and a lovely twist to the story.”—US Daily Review

“Romantic suspense with a psychic twist—or, a little bit of everything, all wrapped up in wonderful.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“[Krentz] is on a roll.” —The Seattle Times

"The master storyteller once again creates authentic, well-drawn characters, a quick-paced, engrossing plot . . . a little bit of everything, all wrapped up in wonderful."—Kirkus, starred review

"With her signature sharp wit, Krentz flawlessly juggles a richly imaginative, paranormal-tinged plot . . . and an engaging pair of protagonists whose combustible sexual chemistry threatens to permanently singe readers' fingers. The end result is another perfect fusion of suspense and romance from an author at the top of her game."—Booklist, starred review

"With walk-off-the-page characters, crackling sexual tension, swift pacing, and the author's trademark sassy humor, this wonderfully inventive high-stakes adventure will whet fans' appetites for more."—Library Journal

 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399158957
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
01/08/2013
Series:
Dark Legacy Series, #2
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,148,570
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.16(h) x 1.14(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“Full of witty quips, harrowing chases and sizzling sex scenes, Dream Eyes takes off like a rocket and doesn’t slow down.”—The Seattle Times

“Another perfect fusion of suspense and romance from an author at the top of her game.”—Booklist (starred review)

“A solid story with charming characters, wit and romance.”—The (Bend, OR) Bulletin

“Exciting, intriguing…Krentz’s writing is crisp, filled with imagery, solid writing and a lovely twist to the story.”—US Daily Review

“Romantic suspense with a psychic twist—or, a little bit of everything, all wrapped up in wonderful.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Meet 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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Seattle, WA
Place of Birth:
San Diego, CA
Education:
BA in History, University of California at Santa Cruz, MA in Librarianship from San Jose State University (California)
Website:
http://www.krentz-quick.com

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Dream Eyes 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 89 reviews.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Great mystery, romance and a smidge of paranormal.   In Dream Eyes, Gwen Frazier, school buddy and sister from another mother of Abby Radwell from Copper Beach (Dark Legacy #1), is in a bit of a bind.  She’s found her friend and mentor dead in the small town of Wilby, Oregon and she believes it may have been murder.  Gwen asks Abby for help of the psychic nature to find the truth.  Help is sent in the form of psychic investigator Judson Coppersmith.  Judson is recovering from a psychic trauma but figures this will be a quick look-see and done.  He doesn’t count on his attraction to Gwen and the mystery surrounding her and the town. This is classic JAK Gwen & Judson have great chemistry and the mystery kept me guessing till the end.I know some folks don’t get it but I ADORE Jayne Ann Krentz novels.
booksonmynook More than 1 year ago
Really great book with intriguing story line. J. Krentz never disappoints!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Krentz comes through with an engaging & entertaining story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful mystery and romance.
anniemichelle More than 1 year ago
Well. This book is almost a copy of the first in the series "Copper Beach" and I do like this one better than the first, maybe the characters? I love that there is an animal in each book so far, and in this one a cat and I want to know what kind of critter will be in book number 3...(hehehe) the plot line? I like it better than the first book. I like Judson better than Sam. I think the author has got a formula that she likes, 1/4 of the way in there is sex, then 1/2 way and then 3/4 of the way in more sex... and not to much or to graphic, I hate gratuitous sex! This was a good quick and fun read. I have read a book by Amanda Quick before, not knowing it was Jane and it would not matter as I enjoyed it as well. I know what I like to read, When you want escapism... she is the author for you. this is a "just barely" ... 4 stars
auntcharlotte More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the book, but I should have reread Cooper Beach before I read this book, I seemed to forget a lot about a book if the next one comes out a lot later. I'm not going to get in to the story and give things away,buy you will thank me later for that. The chatter in this book are great together and the has no lag time so there is always things to be done, and people too see. I really enjoy JAK books, but I cant wait to read the new Jayne Castle when it comes out. This a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like Jayne Anne Krentz youll like this. It's her standard formula, no pun intended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First time I've read a Jayne Ann Krentz book. The story kept me guessing and the paranormal element was perfect. I thought the way she ended a chapter could have been smoother. But otherwise a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very much up to top enjoyment expected from Krentz.
AphroditeGH More than 1 year ago
Sometimes I can deduce the villain in Krentz's stories but this one kept me guessing up until the final reveal, and even then there were a couple of extra plot twists. Added to the suspense are Krentz's typical quirky characters, plus the Coppersmith family cast of characters, and Krentz has another paranormal romance hit.
eileenb52 More than 1 year ago
what a great book cant wait for her next one. love everything she writes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read everything she writes
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy the paranormal in her books. They are well written
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
totally enjoyable
robodogs More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Krentz has alot of talent and this series is proof. Been a fan forever. Read and enjoy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great, I loved it.
robynh More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it because I love anything about Phychics.I read the first one so had to get the second one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not magical, but adequate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
enjoyable story
Masquerader888 More than 1 year ago
Jayne Ann Krentz is my all-time favorite author and reading a book from her is always a treat. That said, I must admit to the fact that her Dark Legacy series is not turning out to be one of my favorites. Whether it is the forgone conclusion of the couples or the heavy-handed attempts to tie into her Arcane series—without actually being a part of it to benefit from the past history—I just have not be as engaged this time around. Dream Eyes was a fun story and the dynamics between the main characters, Judson and Gwen, were explosive in the best of ways as they unraveled the mystery in this book. The mystery itself however left me feeling a bit disengaged. Some of this disconnect may have resulted from the fact that a good portion of the events happened in retrospect but a lot of it came from the fact that I didn’t really get a solid picture of anything in this book, which surprised me in one of Ms. Krentz’s works. Some of this story was fabulous. I loved getting to know Nick better—he might turn out to be my favorite character in the whole series—and I liked both main characters. The story as a whole however, failed to inspire a suspension of disbelief or any real connection. It felt more like a vehicle for set-up and tie-in than a story of its own. I, sadly, am only able to give it three stars.
MyUrbanFantasies More than 1 year ago
Originally published on my blog, My Urban Fantasies. (myurbanfantasies.blogspot) Dream Eyes is the second book in the Dark Legacy series. The way Krentz has set up this series, Dream Eyes can be read as a stand-alone book. The first book, Copper Beach, is Sam and Abby's story. Dream Eyes is Gwen and Judson's story. Characters from Copper Beach are in Dream Eyes, but only in a minor capacity. I would definitely read Copper Beach first if you want a little more history on the Coppersmith family, Abby and Nick. Knowing their history is not necessarily important, but may make it a little less confusing when they are introduced. Copper Beach will also explain more about the Phoenix stones, again they are not that important in this storyline. Gwendolyn Frazier, Abby's friend and soul sister, receives an email from her mentor Evelyn Ballinger. When Gwen can not reach Evelyn by phone, she goes to Evelyn's house in small town Wilby, Oregon. Gwen finds her dear friend Evelyn dead in Evelyn's office. To the untrained eye it appears that Evelyn has died of natural causes. Gwen thinks that Evelyn was killed by paranormal means. She also believes that Evelyn's murder is connected to the two murders that happened in Wilby two years ago. Gwen needs a second opinion on Evelyn's death and, if she's correct, someone to help her find out why Evelyn had been murdered. Gwen needs a psychic investigator, which leads directly to the Coppersmith family. Judson Coppersmith, Sam's brother, is a psychic investigator, half of Coppersmith Consulting. Judson is on the Oregon coast recovering from the aftermath of his last assignment. Judson made it out of the incident alive, but his mind is stuck in a dark place. Judson receives a phone call from Sam asking him to help Gwen. Judson decides that Gwen may be the perfect distraction, a way to escape his recurring nightmares. My favorite character would have to be Nick Sawyer. Nick plays a small but important part in Dream Eyes. I don't know exactly what it is about him that draws you in. He's funny, loyal and has this mysterious quality that insists you learn more about him. Dream Eyes is the perfect combination of mystery and romance with a little paranormal thrown in just for fun. It really was a fantastic read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Typical of Jane Ann Krentz. Action and romance combine with page turning suspense!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must read
jmdu1 More than 1 year ago
Great book for JAK fans!! No other words are needed :)
Hello_Love_81048 More than 1 year ago
A great read. Enjoyable story.