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Copper Beach (Dark Legacy #1)

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,249 Ratings  ·  440 Reviews
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
ebook, 290 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Penguin Group USA, Inc
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3.5 stars, rounded up for the sake of nostalgia -- gone are the days when I gobbled Krentz like candy. I've read so many, they all sound similar now. But nice for a predictable comfort read, and always well written.

This paranormal romance series includes Jayne's trademark crystals, auras, and psychic energies, similar to her Arcane and Vanza lore, but it's (thankfully!!!) not linked to her historical Arcane Society novels, penned under alias Amanda Quick. It's an enjoyable suspense romance, fill
Jess the Romanceaholic

I didn't really feel any chemistry between Sam and Abby, but was told over and over and over that they had some mystical connection.

I buy every book Ms. Krentz publishes, but I think it's simply a matter of she's written so much (and I've read them all), that I have trouble differentiating her characters and her plots from her earlier ones. Sam and Abby could have been switched out with any hero and heroine from pretty much any of her books, and I probably wouldn't have noticed.

Add to tha
Sadly 1 star – Contemporary/Paranormal Romance/Romantic Suspense

This is marketed as the first book of the Dark Legacy series, but I felt like I was missing something regarding world, background, and characters. I haven’t read anything by this author previously, so maybe this is meant to be more of an extension/spin-off? Perhaps I might have enjoyed this more had I read the author’s Arcane Society books or other works beforehand. However, as a standalone read, this fell completely flat for me.
May 10, 2013 Debbie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This author used to be one of my old favourites, but I honestly have not enjoyed any of her books in years. This book is another example of how her writing has stagnated with the same basic plot that has been reused in countless books now. Personality deprived main characters form an alliance for business reasons, instantly realize they are meant to be together for no apparent reason and fall into an intimate relationship within hours of meeting, then a lot of nonsensical paranormal drivel happe ...more
And JAK does it again. Again. If there's an author that succeeds in blending suspense, romance, and paranormal in an engrossing, believable, rather realistic, and understandable book, it's her.

Though I haven't seen this book mentioned as part of the Arcane Society series, it's safe to say it's a spin-off. Because you'll find all the Arcane elements in it. Instant attraction between H/h, a bond forged by their intertwined psi, both H/h are strong talents (though their talents aren't categorized a
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Madeleine - 1 star
Ugh! This was just so bad. And I like me some romantic fiction and some Amanda Quick (one of the alternate pen name of this author). Maybe this pen name is for her fiction writing - less romance - but I'm thinking she's not so good at that. All the dialogue was stale and expected and normally she has her characters in fun quirky conversations. Not to mention the redundancy of all the "para" talk. And auras, and psi, and dreamscapes. Felt like I fell i
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.5/5; 3 stars; B+

I haven't read anything from JAK for quite a while and enjoyed this story very much. I know that Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz has stronger books out there but compared to other contemporary PNR I've read this was a solid book. I enjoyed the characters and their paranormal talents as well as the mystery and world building. I both read and listened to this book. Tanya Eby is an excellent narrator.
Aug 22, 2015 Jenny rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yawn, pnr
Paranormal romance genre? Check. Sizzling manflesh on the cover? Check. Smexy roller coaster thrill-ride? Whoops, followed by head smack. I knew I forgot something.

Let's review:
Love chemistry: blah
Who-done-it mystery: meh
Witty dialogue: huh?
Spunky heroine: um...
Tall, dark, and handsome: where?

Even though I've been on an urban fantasy/paranormal romance kick lately and will devour just about anything that resembles that, I can't say Copper Beach can hurdle even my (fairly) low threshold. The sti
Melissa Wehunt
With absolutely no idea what to expect, I am pleased to report that I enjoyed this book. I think it was a good start to a new (for me, anyways) paranormal series and I'm thinking that I might actually continue reading these books. It's not as exciting or gritty or sexy as many of my fav series' but it was solidly written, interesting, and had a new spin on the paranormal genre that didn't feel overdone.

I think my only real complaint was with a few of the sex scenes. I'm not sure if it was the a
Fairly nice read if you like JAK. She is a comfort read for me. This book felt very similar to most of her stuff lately. I kept wondering when/if there would be any mention of the Joneses. Surely these people would have some truck with them and the Arcane society. It was too similar in feel to make me believe she was going for an entirely new "world."

There was psychic stuff and working through crystals which felt like the stuff that takes place on Harmony after humans come through the curtain an
Diane ~Firefly~
Jan 11, 2013 Diane ~Firefly~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, paranormal
I always enjoy a new book by JAK. This is the first in a long time that isn't part of the Arcane Society, but it still has paranormal in it. Abby can break codes on books locked paranormally and seems to be the only one around who can (which makes you wonder who was making all the locks...). She gets blackmailed and goes to Sam for help. Sam is smitten, plus thinks she is the key to finding a dangerous lab notebook that suddenly everyone is searching for. Abby has a great dog named Newton and a ...more
Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
Pleasant, but not scintillating.
The crux of the matter is that, if you're a fan of JAK's, then you know exactly what you'll be getting with this book, in terms of characterization, pacing, the amount and type romance, and yes, even predictability. She has not reinvented the wheel here, either in terms of romance novels, in general, or even her books, in particular. So, if you like her work, you'll enjoy this. If you started out as a fan of hers, but have found your interest in her books dwindling lately due largely to that afo ...more
Dec 20, 2011 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 13, 2012 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like The Arcane series by JAK you will enjoy this. Ms. Krentz says she will be keeping this trilogy in the present and just under her JAK author name. I’ll admit that it screws up my shelving to have JAK with Jayne Castle and Amanda Quick.
This is another paranormal, mystery and romance. Nobody does this quite like Jayne Ann Krentz. In Copper Beach we meet Sam Coppersmith and Abby Radwell. I really enjoyed the Sam/Abby dynamic. Abby has a gift for recognizing “hot” books or those that rad
Lizabeth Tucker
This is the 14th entry into the Arcane Society series, but is the first in a sub-series called Dark Legacy. Abby Radwell has a unique talent, the ability to unlock psi-locked books. She's suddenly become wanted by a variety of people who are searching for a 40 year old book long believed destroyed that deals with a new type of crystal that is currently considered by the two surviving men who discovered it to be too dangerous. Sam Coppersmith is the son of one of those men and is hired by Abby to ...more
Kelly Knapp
Nov 28, 2011 Kelly Knapp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Copper Beach is a shining example of a writer's ability to mix mystery, romance, and the paranormal, without loosing sight of any one part of the equation.

Many of Jayne Ann Krenz's recent paranormal stories have played too heavily on the paranormal aspects, loosing many readers who are looking for the mystery and romance. However, Krenz's new series, A Dark Legacy, begins on a perfect combination of of the three styles.

In addition, even those who are anti-paranormal as a whole, should enjoy th
Kathy Martin
Jan 12, 2012 Kathy Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jayne Ann Krentz begins a new contemporary/paranormal/romantic suspense series with Copper Beach. The main characters are Abby Radwell and Sam Coppersmith. Abby works as a dealer in the rare paranormal book market because she has the unique talent of being able to unlock encrypted books. Unfortunately, her family is far more likely to think that she is crazy than to celebrate her talent. In fact, they sent her to a special boarding school in her youth to "cure" her. She made lifelong friends amo ...more
Jan 29, 2012 Kimberly rated it really liked it
If you have been following my blog you know that Jayne Anne Krentz, aka, Amanda Quick, aka, Jayne Castle writes one of my favorite series the Arcane Society. Cooper Beach is a spin-off series that introduces a new family; the Coppersmiths. This is a contemporary paranormal romance filled with mystery and suspense. This is book one of the Dark Legacy series (or trilogy), I devoured it in one evening and loved it.

The heroine is Abby Radwell. She uses her psychic talent to unlock rare books locked
May 24, 2012 Erin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
I usually like Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick's paranormal romance novels. They're enjoyable formulaic escapism. So maybe it was listening to this one on CD that made the difference, made me realize just how repetitive and ridiculous the language, characters, and story were. At first I was excited that finally one of these novels didn't have the instantaneous, sizzling mutual attraction between the two main characters, but no, that did not last or make the hero or heroine at all three-dimensional ...more
Description: 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 she needs an investigator who can also play bodyg ...more
Nov 16, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I won a copy of this through a goodreads giveaway. I am really glad that I did because WOW! This novel was a great adventure, and I will have to watch this series, because it has certainly started off with a bang.

I found the charectors believable, and the story was fun. I liked how there was a lot of talk about book collecting, and ancient books, which I found interesting. Krentz's main charectors had lots of chemisty, and I loved the charector Newton, he was a super cute dog, and made me laugh.
Mar 20, 2013 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: krentz, pnr-uf, own
For those of you that have read JAK's Arcane series, this is similar in style.

Abby Radwell, is a freelance hot psychic book-dealer. Not stolen but psychically enhanced, sometimes encrypted, book-dealer. She becomes aware that a 40yr old hot lab book is out there when she is simultaneously bribed and blackmailed to find it.

She approaches an old friend for advice. His answer is to contact Sam Coppersmith, pronto!

Our Hero Sam Coppersmith, head of the R & D lab of Coppersmith Inc, has a parano
Nov 28, 2011 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 r ...more
I really enjoyed this story. The plot has more interwoven elements than the usual Krentz novel. In addition, the heroine is less conventional in her attitudes and values. I'm looking forward to the next installment in this new series, which is paranormal but not Arcane. In fact, it is interesting to have characters who have psi ability but were born to conventional families that were freaked out by their children. Jan 13-13, 2012

Second read: I've been wanting to reread this book ever since the s
*3.5 Stars*

Typical JAK, reliably good, but not necessarily great. I liked the story in this book and the characters, but found it odd that it so closely paralleled the world of the Arcane with no acknowledgement of it. They used the same terminology - they had "talent" and ran "hot" and so on, it just felt like not mentioning Arcane was odd.

Of the audio version, I have listened to or tried to listen to several books with this narrator, Tanya Eby, and I will definitely think twice before doing so
Jan 15, 2015 Deanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bit of romance, bit of a guilty pleasure which doesn't require to much thinking about the story.

Sheila Melo
Jul 15, 2015 Sheila Melo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somewhat Forgettable Story and Characters

THE STORY: Abby Radwell is a psychic talent with a sensitivity to books. She is thrust into danger when the laboratory notebook regarding powerful gems is up for auction. Someone wants her expertise and is willing to kill for it. In seeking help, she ends up hiring Sam Coppersmith. Sam has his own agenda: his family also wants the lab notebook to keep it from falling into dangerous hands. A specialist in paranormal crystals and amber, Sam comes to help Ab
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz
First published: 2012
Length: 328 pages
Setting: Contemporary Seattle.
Sex: Reasonably explicit but infrequent.
Hero: Some sort of PI/bodyguard/rich scientist with a paranormal affinity for crystals.
Heroine: Can unlock psi-codes placed on books.
Includes: Excerpt from Crystal Gardens by Amanda Quick.

Set in the World of Krentz/Quick/Castle's Arcane Society, "Copper Beach" is more of the same I'm afraid.

Sure, it's a nice ride. It's engaging. It's well plotted.

But we've read it b
3.75 Stars. Although this is supposed to be a move from the Arcane series, it felt exactly the same. Luckily I didn't mind it and it felt entirely comfortable. Now having said that, I am ready for a something different from JAK, she has some writer's chops, but I haven't seen them lately from any of her pseudonyms.
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The author of over 50 consecutive New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 30 million copies of her books in print.

She earned a B.A. in History from the University of California at Santa Cruz and went on to obtain a Masters degre
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