Copper Beach

Copper Beach

by Jayne Ann Krentz

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A rare book. An ancient code. A new trilogy that “starts off with promise” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) 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 has 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 Keyhas 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780515151251
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/31/2012
Series: Dark Legacy Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 250,350
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jayne Ann Krentz is the author of more than 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. There are more than 35 million copies of her books in print.


Seattle, WA

Place of Birth:

San Diego, CA


BA in History, University of California at Santa Cruz, MA in Librarianship from San Jose State University (California)

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“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

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Copper Beach 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 161 reviews.
Alwzreading More than 1 year ago
From intriguing characters with a little extra, to a new puzzle to solve, Ms. Krentz delivers another wonderful story that envelopes you. For the first time in many novels, the Arcane Society is nowhere to be seen but we meet a new family with secrets to keep. The Coppersmiths, I hope will be around for 'books' to come. I can see so many interesting possibilites, I can hardly wait for my next visit through Ms. Krentz's world.
Leah-books More than 1 year ago
Intriguing. Fantastic. Full of suspense. stayed up late with this one.
Masquerader888 More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy Ms. Krentz’s books, and this was no exception. She writes with style and panache, creating delectable candy books that I love to devour. Copper Beach was a good opening effort to a new series; however I do feel that much of the creative force in this book was spent on set-up for future installments and not particularly on the story within it. The characterization in a lot of places seemed a bit rushed, and some of the secondary characters felt a little like space-holders, awaiting future books to actually mean anything. The plot also felt the pinch of a new series start-up, spending lots of time cementing elements for future use and wrapping up this story with a hat-trick. I feel that this series has lots of room to grow, and I will enjoy taking the journey with these characters and exploring the world that is being created, but there is still a ways to go before we get to that complete world or fleshed-out series. This is the first book from Ms. Krentz in quite some time that has not been a part of her Arcane Society series. While I happened to thoroughly enjoy the Arcane series I do understand the need to do different things and that all of Ms. Krentz’s fans might not want to only read in that universe. That said, as far as I can see the biggest difference so far in her Dark Legacy series vs. the Arcane is the history and known secondary characters. We are still immersed in the world of the paranormal, but this time we’re working without a net. Abby Radwell was an interesting character, and I happen to adore the concept of her being able to “unlock” psychic code in books. Her history was richly woven even if she bore a lot of the brunt of working without a net when it came to dealing with the peculiarly of her paranormal gifts. With that in mind I found it a bit difficult to embrace her easy acceptance of our hero Sam Coppersmith. With Sam we have a different story. The rare earths and ability to psychically interact with crystals I had zero problem with, I also dig his near-genius talents in designing and creating mechanical mechanisms based on that crystal ability. Sam turned out to be the well-rounded character in this book for me, even if much of his past and endeavors remain hidden.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jayne Krentz books are always exciting. I couldn't put it down once I started reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every book she writes is fantastic in every pen name she writes under!?
lanlynk More than 1 year ago
Contemporary paranormal/adventure romance. Dangerous adversaries are seeking the secret of powerful crystals discovered years earlier. Abby is the only one who can decode the psychically encrypted lab book that describes how to unleash their power. Sam Coppersmith comes to her aid to protect her from would-be kidnappers and murderers. Typical Krentz, with enough twists to keep it from being too predictable. Enjoyable light read. As always, the interactions between the two leads is great. Spicy romance, but nothing over the top. Love the suspense. I'll be sure to buy the next books in the series.
lapymm More than 1 year ago
Totally adicted to Jayne Ann Krentz/Jayne Castle/Amanda Quick books this one does not disappoint. The first book in a new series this is exciting. More pseudo science than the Arcane books this is a good fit both for those who like the Arcane series of books and for tnose who prefer their fiction reading without the paranormal.
proffwen More than 1 year ago
Jayne continues to show why she is one of the top writers in the world with this book. Her character and plot development are both excellent. This is one book you won't put down until you are done
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book from author; she never disappoints! To bad there is missing text and in some cases pages!!!
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A psychic with a talent for unlocking psychically coded secrets in books, Abby Radwell's built a nice network of relatively safe connections in the rare book world. Unfortunately, her talent and a past with "incidents" has brought her to the attention of a blackmailer. When she approaches Sam Copper to play bodyguard, the plot thickens and sparks fly.The start of another clever, crystal-based series with strong characters, clever dialogue, and great entertainment potential.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Within the pages of some rare books there is some psionic information hidden, Abby Radwell is an expert at finding this inforamation and she knows who wants to buy it. When an incident at a private library of a collector turns deadly she hires Sam Coppersmith to help keep her alive and find out what's going on. It complicates her life when they fall for each other and find that, in fact, they compliment each other well. It's part of Jayne Ann Krentz's psionic series and in some ways predictable but the books made it special for me. Abby really resonated with me.
EmScape on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fast-paced, suspenseful and fairly crackling with energy, this book captivated me the entire time I was reading it, which was barely more than a day. High literature it is not, but it is an excellent example of its intended genre. The paranormal twist (books and rocks that resonate with psychic energy, and the people with the talents to work with them) was well thought out, and interesting. This is not your basic vampires, witches and fairies paranormal, which I found refreshing and a lot more realistic. I've always enjoyed the work of Ms. Krentz, regardless of the pseudonym she is using, and I found no reason not to enjoy her latest offering. I am looking forward to more in the series, and am quite interested to see what sorts of talents Sam's brother and sister have.
twylyghtbay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Copper Beach is very entertaining, action packed, contemporary mystery romance with a paranormal twist. Very fast paced and hard to out down. It reminds me of the Arcane series by Jayne Ann Krentz. The paranormal aspect of this story is like reading a book by Krentz and Jayne Castle, two authors for the price of one. This book is part of the Dark Legacy series. I hope future books are about Sam and Abbys family and friends with focus on their paranormal abilities. Recomended to anyone who wants to be entertained by a book with both action and romance. Worth reading more than once.
VmpGirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a huge fan of paranormal romance, I wasn't sure how well rock paranormal was going to go over, but it turned out great. It was a well written book that has enough of a unique twist to keep me hooked. Great Job!
awssis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have only read a couple of paranormal books, and I have to say the plot and charcters in Jayne Ann Krantz's book Copper Beach were quite believable. This was a very enjoyable read with some light suspense mixed in. Abby is a strong female character who struggles with trust issues, who wouldn't with a family that locked her up rather than believe she might be "different". She ends up working with Sam after debilitating a man with her ability. She learns to trust in him, and together they must race to find his families lost lab notebook before it falls into the wrong hands! I would probably read the next book in this series!
Scimone on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was the first time I read a book from Jayne Ann Krentz. In the beginning, I did not like how she jumped around the story. I would start the next paragraph and I felt like I must have skipped a page, but as I continued to read she would set up the next scene rather well. I had to reflect on this read because once I got to chapter five I did not want to put the book down. The author described most all the characters in detail. Sam Coppersmith and Abby Radwell have an interesting relationship. Copper Beach is a great read and I definitely recommend it. The book is not just about Psi-energy, alchemy and Para-rocks or crystals, but also about love (some sex scenes), family issues, blackmail, and murder. I cannot wait to read the next series of Dark Legacy.
KC9333 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fun, fast paranormal romance with a few unexpected twists. I read this author when I am looking for a light, entertaining read - and Copper Beach does not disappoint.
lulu150 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first Jayne Ann Krentz book I have read and I have to say I enjoyed it very much! It was a very easy read,entertaining and also a quick read. I liked the paranormal aspect of this book; it was different from what I normally read. I really enjoyed the humor that was shared between Sam and Abby at different times and of course the romance! I cannot wait until the next one comes out from the Dark Legacy series!!! I will also be looking for more Jayne Ann Krentz (Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle) books to read.
dhaupt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Abby Radwell antiquarian and para psi book finder is in over her head when it becomes obvious that someone wants her to find a certain para coded lab book missing for forty years and they won¿t stop at anything to get what they want. Abby also knows what it means to be a loner so when Sam Coppersmith in all his testosterone filled glory comes to the rescue Abby doesn¿t know how to handle him or the fever she seems to have when Sam is around.Sam Coppersmith is on the trail of a lab notebook that disappeared forty years ago when the mine his father and partners were working in exploded, it was always assumed that all the notes were lost with the partner who didn¿t survive the blast. Now there are sure signs that the notebook is out there and he¿s determined to get it to stop it from falling into the wrong hands but he needs help from one very talented psi book de-coder. When they meet there is more heat in the room than he can ever remember feeling and he knows right from the start that she¿s going to be trouble and she¿s going to be permanent, now he just has to convince her. Together Sam and Abby search for the lost book with murder and mayhem all around them and some unlikely help along the way. Will they survive to see where this attraction leads or will they be psi-murdered like others before them.What I expect from Ms. Krentz is a marvelous contemporary tale with great suspense, hot romance and maybe a touch of woo-woo, what I didn¿t expect was for her alter ego Jayne Castle to show up, but that¿s exactly what happened when Castle meets Krentz in this one of a kind story. We get the contemporary of Krentz mixed with the over abundance of paranormal we¿d expect from Castle only in a contemporary setting instead of sometime in the distant future and on a distant planet. With characters all across the realm from super good to super bad and a little dog to boot instead of a dust bunny. Her hero and heroine are very enigmatic and will pull readers in right from the start with the independence of Abby and the protectiveness of Sam Ms. Krentz as usual puts all the good traits into her special couple but doesn¿t stop there as her other characters are all important to the tale. The romance is great and the conclusion is obvious to everyone but Abby right from the start. The love scenes will psi-sizzle right off the page. If you¿re looking for something to warm up the coldest days of the year, start with a sure thing because if you¿re a fan you¿ll know you can¿t go wrong with this amazing author in all her incantations, Jayne Ann Krentz, Jayne Castle and Amanda Quick.Need something to get over the after holiday blues, this will start you right up, want the first must read of the new year, it¿s between these pages.Thank you Ms. Krentz for another incredible journey through your incredibly imaginative world.
SharonR53 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 help with a blackmailer-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.
mschweer432 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is VERY paranormal. However, it was very good. I enjoyed reading it. I did not feel the connection between Abby & Sam as strongly as I would like but I did like the characters. One area I wish had some more development was Sam's brother & sister. I know this book was about Sam and the siblings will have their own books but I would have liked to see them at least introduced in this book. They were mentioned, but I feel like the technology summit would have been a good place to introduce them. At this point, I am so so as to wether or not I will read the rest of this series when it comes out.
keeneam on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Jayne Anne Krentz.I love her characters and para-psi powers and this book was another great example. I can't wait to read the next two. I felt this plot moved at a great pace and still invalid a lot of elements. I love when a book makes you feel like you are there.
Books007 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first Jayne Ann Krentz book I have read in a while (her last series just ended up falling flat for me.) But I have to say, this is the first book of her new series and I'm hooked! It was a very light/quick read and entertaining. It is a paranormal romance. Abby is the key to unlock a very dangerous book that many bad people are after. Sam is the only one she can trust. They race to find the book first all the while dodging "bullets" so to speak. Would definitely read the next book in the series and recommend it to anyone who enjoys paranormal romances.
Nicholette on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jayne Ann Krentz is one of my favorite authors. I think I have every book she's put out. This book is set in today and combines the paranormal with a nice mystery romance. If you like strong characters, mystery and romance you should enjoy the book. Even though it's a Dark Legacy Novel it stands on its own.
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Abby deals in rare books with paranormal aspects (*not* occult, she likes to make clear). After she psychically stuns a deranged dealer who broke into the mansion where she was working, she hires Sam Coppersmith to find out who is blackmailing her about the incident. His family, meanwhile, is desperate to find a resurfaced lab notebook dealing with dangerous crystals, before the notebook can fall into the wrong hands.Despite the psychic abilities, this does not seem to be related to Krentz's Arcane Society novels in any way; I kept expecting it to be, which was a slight distraction.