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Publisher's Summary

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. A number of ruthless people are searching for the book. Some believe that Abby can find it for them.
Abby wants no part of it. But the pressure mounts after a rare-book dealer dies mysteriously. Convinced that she needs an investigator who can also play bodyguard, Abby hires Sam Coppersmith, an expert in paranormal crystals and amber - “hot rocks.” Passion flares immediately between them, yet neither entirely trusts the other. Both are concealing secrets. Both have their own agendas. Sam concludes that the only way to keep Abby safe is to take her to property owned by his rich and reclusive family - a compound in the small town of Copper Beach, on a private island. But small towns are no safer than large cities when it comes to dealing with a killer who has paranormal talents, and a blackmailer who will stop at nothing to obtain an ancient alchemical code....
©2012 Jayne Ann Krentz (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Valerie on 01-18-12

Copper Beach- ok story (Paranormal but not arcane)

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I think my biggest problem with this story was that I felt that I was in limbo as to where this story fell. It felt like an arcane book even using the same terms for discribing the paranormal stuff but not once was Arcane mentioned. I had a hard time buying into the cocept that the 2 paranormal worlds could be running parallel, yet be completly oblivious of each other.

SO I would either tie this story back to the arcane series* (are they or aren't they supposed to be running in parallel lines?) or use different terminology to describe the paranormal (because its very distracting to think that there is a branch out paranormal type culture that knows completely nothing about the first yet they all use the same coded terms to describe stuff.)

Because of this issue I had a hard time focusing in on the story... I found myself becoming distracted and missing stuff but not really feeling invested enough in the story to go back to the point I had become distracted. It was kinda disappointing to me because I happen to have every book In the arcane series* under all three names (A Quick, Castle, and Krentz) as well as a good number of her other books either in audio or book format. Her book just before this one (Canyons of night) was pretty good and was suppose to be the start of this new series, so I was really looking forward to this one (THIS WAS NOT ONE OF HER BEST)

What was one of the most memorable moments of Copper Beach?

I don't know maybe the scene on the balcony garden, because they get all involved in the moment only to be brought back to reality by the dog! I could relate because if you have kids (or a dog) you know that they are always interrupting you right when you get to the good part.

Which scene was your favorite?

I kinda liked the scene in the garage parking lot because it had some funny dialog. Also because I have a hunch that Garrison (or maybe it was Garrett or whatever his name was because Like I said I really wasn't paying too close of attention) I think he may figure in a future book ( probably with Sam's sister Emma)

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

possibly it would depend on my mood

Any additional comments?

once I got past he whole discrepancy between terms and vocabulary and whether or not this was running on a parallel time line (because honestly Abby would've at least been aware of Arcane... what with her job, and arcane (particularly Fallon) would've been aware of coppersmith Inc.) But once I got past what was really bugging me it was an alright story and I did like the characters and the dialog as always was witty and clever.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Captain Skurvy on 01-13-12

Something just does not click

Would you try another book from Jayne Ann Krentz and/or Tanya Eby?

YesI like both the Author and Narrator

I am not sure if it's me but i just could not get really drawn into the book

This is an arcane style story with out any mention of the Arcane Society or Jones and Jones etc but this should not matter if the story compels

I also think this will be a series set around the Coppersmith Siblings not the normal arcane past, present and future trilogy format.

Maybe I will feel different after a reread.

It's not as if it's a bad story it's just not one that drags you into it's world deeply . . . at least for me.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Not bad with a twist some may not have seen coming but a bit rushed all the same

What does Tanya Eby bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Tanya's character voices are distinct but as is the case in most books with a male and female lead i think audiobooks would be better served with male & female narrators. This is no reflection on Tanya as All female narrators can't do an excellent full range of male voices just as male narrators can't do female voice really well.

In fact i think female narrators do a more credible job of the male voices as a whole that the male narrators do of female voices

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Movies are never as good as the books . . .

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8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sue Wilson on 11-17-16

A Great Read

As usual JAK gives us a great story if you like a paranormal twist. Action, tension and romance.

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