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Where There's Smoke | [Sandra Brown]

Where There's Smoke

No one knows why Lara Mallory opens up her medical practice in the rowdy Texas town where Tackett Oil owns everything. But everyone remembers her role in the well-publicized scandal that caused the downfall of White House hopeful Senator Clark Tackett. Now the ironfisted matriarch of Tackett Oil intends to use her money and power to drive Lara out of town...especially when Lara meets Key, the hell-raising, youngest Tackett son.
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No one knows why Lara Mallory opens up her medical practice in the rowdy Texas town where Tackett Oil owns everything. But everyone remembers her role in the well-publicized scandal that caused the downfall of White House hopeful Senator Clark Tackett. Now the ironfisted matriarch of Tackett Oil intends to use her money and power to drive Lara out of town...especially when Lara meets Key, the hell-raising, youngest Tackett son. Before long, this determined woman doctor and brash, daring flyer find themselves hurtling on a soul-searing quest for the one secret that can destroy the Tackett empire, as rumors start flying that...Where There's Smoke.

©1994 Sandra Brown; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Kyla Narangba, Australia 12-13-10
    Kyla Narangba, Australia 12-13-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved It!"

    I've listend to a few Sandra Brown books and this one was the best. I even listened to it again straight after I enjoyed it that much. The twists and turns were brilliant. Thank you for a great read/listen...makes my nights at work go much quicker...thanks

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 03-18-10
    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 03-18-10 Member Since 2007

    avid reader

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    "Awesome story!"

    This is an awesome story with great characters and a thrilling plot. The story was long, but there were several twists and turns in the story to fill the time. And the narrator was fantastic!

    Not sure what the previous reviewer disliked this story so much. I found it thoroughly entertaining and well worth the credit!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sara British Columbia, Canada 04-20-13
    Sara British Columbia, Canada 04-20-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Not up to expectations"

    I decided to pick up Where There's Smoke after devouring both Mirror Image and White Hot. I'm glad it was on sale. The story wasn't bad, but it didn't live up to my high expectations after reading the first 2 books. Although the book maintained a good pace throughout with many twists and turns, I had a hard time enjoying it, especially after its conclusion.

    One of the big problems with the audiobook was that the main characters weren’t likable. Key was more relatable than Lara, but halfway through the book he was still acting like a playboy. And while Lara wasn't a bad person, I found her very self-righteous, which turned me off her character. She was always preaching or harping at someone, which was funny since an affair had landed her in her current situation.

    However, my biggest dislikes were the sex scenes and the final mystery. Usually I have no issues with sex in books, but in this case I found the vocabulary used vulgar. It wasn't sexy at all! And then the twist at the very end also put me off. Had it been revealed closer to the beginning I would have found Lara more relatable.

    Although Where There's Smoke was an entertaining audiobook that contained a maze of mysteries, there are better books out there, including ones by Sandra Brown. I guess I'll just have to resume my search for the perfect book, because I didn’t find it here.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Martha Quinn New Orleans, LA, United States 09-12-11
    Martha Quinn New Orleans, LA, United States 09-12-11 Member Since 2008
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    "only finishing to find out "big unknown"..."
    Would you try another book from Sandra Brown and/or Natalie Ross?

    probably not!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Hated sex scenes & any dialogue about sex...language was beyond unrealistic...lots of contradictions.....describes character or situation & within 2 minutes whatever happens next doesn't fit with the character development. Poorly written...felt like modern day harlequin romance. BLECK!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment ....found myself speaking out loud to the narrator about how unrealistic a comment or situation was.


    Any additional comments?

    wish I hadn't bought....

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    09-17-10
    09-17-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Where there is Smoke"

    I have read most of Sandra Brown' s books. This one was very hard to get into. I finally gave up after a few tries.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Myrna Oakland, CA, United States 06-12-14
    Myrna Oakland, CA, United States 06-12-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great intriging story!"
    What made the experience of listening to Where There's Smoke the most enjoyable?

    The various characters and their stories.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Where There's Smoke?

    The conclusion.


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

    An abundance of talent. Natalie Ross is one of my favorite female readers.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The final chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Sandra Brown and have listened to almost 20 books on tape but I was really impressed with this one. Actually one that I started a few years ago but got away from it, Glad I finished it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maria BARCELONA, Spain 04-07-14
    Maria BARCELONA, Spain 04-07-14 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I liked it very much!!"
    What did you love best about Where There's Smoke?

    That not everything ends well like a fairy tale, but well enought not to have a sour taste when you finish reading


    What other book might you compare Where There's Smoke to and why?

    Mirrow image or other Sandra Brown novels


    Which character – as performed by Natalie Ross – was your favorite?

    The secondary characters. Key's sister


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Lugoff, SC, United States 02-26-14
    Heather Lugoff, SC, United States 02-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Dud"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There is WAY TOO MUCH filler. So much going on that is really not important at all. I get why some of the characters were introduced - but too much time was spent on completely insignificant stories. Additionally, the trip to South America was way too farfetched and lent little to the story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sandra Brown again?

    Yes. I have enjoyed some of her works in the past.


    Have you listened to any of Natalie Ross’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I dont remember. However, I though she did an excellent job on the different characters.


    Could you see Where There's Smoke being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No!


    Any additional comments?

    I am writing this review mainly because I depend on reviews in making my decisions. This book is ok. I agree with previous reviewers that said the main characters were unlikeable. Honestly, I couldn't have cared less if they ended up together or not. I really dont know why they did based on the events of the story. On top of that, the woman was an idiot. She supposedly made these career decisions against the will of her parents and made decisions about going to South American - decisions that would make one think she strong willed; however, she sits by and lets the men in her life make decisons that ruin her life. Those are conflicting personality traits that make her unlikeable. And the main guy is just a major jerk.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen CA, United States 02-10-14
    Karen CA, United States 02-10-14 Member Since 2011

    Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.

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    "Classic Brown listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Where There's Smoke the most enjoyable?

    good story line


    What did you like best about this story?

    the unexpected mystery, Ms Brown always adds in her story


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

    I love all of Ms Ross's reads...I buy stories based on her reading it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Classic listen


    Any additional comments?

    You do not want to miss this one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    QueenofKenway Canada 08-05-13
    QueenofKenway Canada 08-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A quick Summer Read."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This is a Sandra Brown novel; can't help but read her books. Didn't care for the narrator's voice. Story was predictable.


    Would you recommend Where There's Smoke to your friends? Why or why not?

    Good or bad Sandra's stories are captivating. Even it the story may not have depth, it still enjoyable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The released from captivity and was in the hotel.


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

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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