Series: Dark Legacy
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz
Read copy: eBook
Published: January 10, 2012
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
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 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 with paranormal abilities, and a blackmailer who will stop at nothing to obtain an ancient alchemical code...no one is safe.
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 as they are in Arcane), some sinister crystals are mentioned, a twisted villain is shadowing their every step, there's a red-herring toward the end, lots of dead bodies, lots of gripping suspense, and lots of hot, psi-infused sex.
I absolutely loved it and can't wait to read more about the Coppersmith family, which I suppose will feature prominently in the future books since Sam (the hero) has a sister, Emma, and a brother, Judson, who are still single.
A great start to a great new series (trilogy?).