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Blue Smoke

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  22,874 ratings  ·  659 reviews
Reena Hale at 12 is almost raped, her family restaurant burned to the ground. In university, her boyfriend burns in his apartment. She becomes an arson investigator, haunted by obscene phone calls and horrific crimes. On the good side is Bo Goodnight, who sought Reena for years, and will not let her go.
Mass Market Paperback, 440 pages
Published May 30th 2006 by Jove (first published January 1st 2005)
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Sep 07, 2015 TL marked it as gave-up-on-lost-interest  ·  review of another edition
DNF at page 282

It was: "Started off well went meh in the middle the briefly picked up again" By that time though, I didn't care anymore.

At first I liked Reena, even if she seemed a little unrealistic at times. I would love to have that good of a memory sometimes. Loved her family and the pizza place, the pride everyone took in it.

Reena started to lose her appeal... not that she got on my nerves exactly, I just stopped caring. While I loved Bowen Goodnight, I never felt the chemistry between them
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Jacob Proffitt
So disappointing in so many ways. The story is spread out over twenty years and takes way, way too long getting to the "present" (2005). Roberts spends lots of time in key time periods that, sure, are integral to the story, but there is just so very much piled in. I feel like what should have been vignettes were artificially inflated to make them not just chapters, but entire sections of the book. Which mean that the book doesn't really start until it's practically over.

The two main characters w
BLUE SMOKE (Romantic Thriller-Baltimore-Cont) – G+
Roberts, Nora – Standalone
Putnam, 2005- Hardcover
When Reena Hale was 12 years old, events lead to her family's restaurant being burnt by an arsonist. With that, Reena was determined to become an arson investigator with the Baltimore police. Other fires have touched those know to Reena, but now it has become very personal and very dangerous.
*** I am a huge fan of Ms. Roberts work and applaud her moving more into stories where the emphasis is more
Jennifer Wardrip
When Catarina "Reena" Hale was eleven years old, she watched with her family--father Gib, mother Bianca, sister Francesca, sister Isabella, and brother Xander--as their family business, Sirico's, burned to the ground. The case came to a swift conclusion, when the father of a boy who had attempted to assault Reena is picked up for arson. The family rebuilds their business, their family ties stay strong, and their love and respect in the neighborhood grows.

We fast-forward to Reena in college, whe
BJ Rose
Mar 23, 2010 BJ Rose rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to BJ Rose by: BHB challenge
This was a reread for me, and I think I liked it even more the second time. Obviously the suspense was muted, but I was surprised at how many details I had forgotten about the fires and deaths. This time I was able to concentrate more on the emotions and interactions of the characters, and this was simply wonderful! I know some readers were disappointed with the slow development - Reena and Bo didn't even meet until nearly 200 pages into the story! - but to me the strength of this story is in th ...more
Já pensou no que aconteceria se provocasse um sociopata com uma afeição particular pelo fogo?
Se ele voltasse anos depois para se vingar discretamente, deixando atrás de si um rasto de crimes horrorosos sem que você conseguisse fazer a ligação?
E se de repente ele mudasse o seu modo de agir e começasse a lhe dar pistas?
O que aconteceria quando conseguisse "unir os pontos"?
O que aconteceria quando percebesse que ele está perto, a observá-a? A seguir todos os seus passos?
E como sentir-se-ia quando
Se há algo que adoro na Nora Roberts é que ela é uma grande contadora de história, a fórmula até pode ser sempre a mesma, mas ninguém pode negar que os livros desta autora são entretenimento puro.

Opinião completa aqui.

The rating probably reflects me having read Chasing Fire just before tackling this one. And let me tell you, the books, at least for me, are worlds apart.

First problem: the first half of the story. Completely redundant, IMO, I couldn’t care less for Reena’s life story spanning twenty years from the beginning of the novel until the story actually began. I couldn’t care less for her choices of boyfriends until the right man came along...
Second problem: the heroine. I simply couldn’t bring myself t
Tempo de Ler
Uma fumarada de prazer!
Dos livros individuais de Nora Roberts, «Fumo Azul» está definitivamente entre os melhores: aos onze anos de idade Reena presencia o incêndio que destrói a pizzaria da família…e que condicionará toda a sua vida futura. Agora, vinte anos depois, alguém se esconde por detrás do fumo, algures, à espera de uma oportunidade para matar

Gostei especialmente da oportunidade de seguir a protagonista e a sua família ao longo de vários anos, presenciando verdadeiramente a história, o
Em primeiro lugar tenho de dizer que adoro a escrita de Nora Roberts. Mas é como tudo, gosta-se mais de uns livros do que outros. E por vezes a avaliação depende da disposição com que se está para ler um determinado género de livro. Dito isto, e após o último livro que aqui saiu da Lisa Gardner, enjoei o género. E este fumo azul, está mais para o triller do que para o lado do romance. Por isso tenho de dizer que foi um pouco difícil manter-me interessada no livro, porque já estou enjoada de ler, ...more
I enjoyed this to a certain point, especially young Reena but I found it much too long with lots of unnecessary filler before we get to the main story and I found the bad guy too clever (given he is setting fires and killing people for a 10 yr period and he eludes capture wreaking a ridiculous amount of havoc even after they know who he is but there is no mention of a particularly high IQ at any point) and the amount of damage he was able to inflict before they caught him ridiculously high. I th ...more
Jul 12, 2008 Haylie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: romance
Really good book! it was kinda slow in the beginning and it kept skipping ahead to different years and events but in the end it was a really good book! Soo glad my grandma got it for me and *Spoiler* I was glad that Bo and Reena had a happy ending!!!

I recently watched the movie to this book, it was a good movie and most of the events were correct but it wasn't really all that good compared to the book. First, the movie totally left out Bella and in the book she played an important character. Al
I really liked this book.

It centers around a big Italian family living in Baltimore; they own a pizza place and they live right down the street.

One day thier lives change forever; a neighborhood boy and his dad burn down the pizza place to get revenge on thier family.

Even though the father goes to jail and the son goes into a detention center, they do not stay locked away forever.

The family, especially Reena (the youngest daughter) continues to be haunted by the those 2 people for a long time.

They've been showing a lot of Nora's books-that-made-it-into-movies over here lately, and since I have them all on my Tivo I figured it was a good reason to go on a bit of a Nora Roberts kick.

And this might be my favourite of hers so far. Or maybe tied for first place with Montana Sky. I loved Montana Sky.

This really worked for me. I am generally a fan of missed opportunities and chance encounters and whatnot, and okay yeah, Bo did seem very weird when first meeting Reena since she had no idea w
This book is the reason I wish I could stop reading once I realize I can't stand any of the characters. But I can't. Somewhere deep down, I don't want to give up. I just keep hoping that somehow, someway, the book I am reading will get better. In this case, it never does. It's just gross, and graphic, and violent.

I've decided I'm not a big Nora Roberts fan. I think she's a sell-out.

Don't read this. You've been warned.
I really enjoyed this. I liked how Reena and Bo circled around each other for years. It did seem that it took Reena a bit too long to connect all the fires together. I mean, who has fire touch their life *that* much? And the ending seemed a little rushed. But all in all, it was romantic and suspenseful, as any good Nora Roberts should be.
Jessie Lemmon
This is terrible. No wonder she can pump out about two a month. Worst book ever. Don't think she knows how to use articles, conjunctions. Very frustrating. Don't read. Sounds like this. Only worse. Well, with sex. So a little better.
Já tinha saudades.
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Tania Martins
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Marion Marchetto
While I haven't read every one of Ms. Roberts works I must state that I have read quite a few. I absolutely adore her way with words and the way she moves a story along without being obvious. Since many other reviewers have given a synopsis of this book I will limit myself to comments on the whole.

Fully rounded characters were what first grabbed my attention. It is through the central character's interaction with those around her that we learn of the events that have brought her to the present
Sara Gonçalves
Como disse enquanto lia este livro, ele é bem diferente do que Nora Roberts nos habitou, em muitos sentidos.
Esta é uma história forte centrada numa família unida, num amor indestrutível e inesquecível mas também na vingança, no fogo, na loucura.
Reena Hale é a protagonista que deixou de ser criança no mesmo dia em que um incêndio destrói o Sirico's - um negócio de família, mas que também faz parte da família. Este incêndio parece ser apenas uma pequena vingança - mas é um ponto de viragem para d
This is now one of my top favorite Nora Roberts books. I've read some of her other romantic mysteries — "Montana Sky," "Angels Fall," "Northern Lights" — but what I like most about this book is that it not only takes place over the course of twenty years, while the others at most cover a year, but Roberts also adapts her writing style to fit the personality or age of the characters depending on which stage of their lives they are at that point in the novel.

The novel begins in 1985 with the main
I've been reading a lot of Nora Roberts lately. I do prefer her contemporary romance/suspense to her urban fantasy but I feel the novelty is beginning to fade for me.

While I appreciate the immense detail Roberts gives us, showing an incredible amount of research in different areas, whether it be a location or a person's profession (in this case, arson investigation), I feel it takes away from the story itself, and the endings are too hurried. In Blue Smoke, she gave an enormous amount of descrip
Mushanga Vandenbussche
Toen Reena Hale klein was zag ze hoe het restaurant van haar ouders afbrandde voor haar ogen. Ze probeerde de onderzoekers te helpen met het zoeken naar de dader en dat is wat haar inspireerde om ook politieagent en onderzoeker te worden.
Het vuur blijft haar echter achtervolgen in haar leven. Haar eerste vriendje stierf in een brand en een ander vriendje werd doodgeschoten en dan werd zijn auto in brand gestoken. Hoewel er een connectie zou kunnen zijn tussen al deze gebeurtenissen merkt Reena
A friend loaned me this book, which I will categorize as a better than average awesomely bad romance novel. Nora Roberts is an uneven writer, sometimes giving her characters dialog so contrived you want to tell everyone to just shut up already, but then there's Bo Goodnight, the book's knight in shining armor, who is, of course, not only attractive, but gets all the best lines, many of which are pretty witty. Bo ends up being the most fully realized character in the book, which is weird given th ...more
Hiba Jabar
2015 Reading Challenge : a book with a color in the title

Blue Smoke

Okay so here's the thing, I'm saying to myself "hiba, don't open another book until you finish Lolita" because you know I had to finish Lolita. but because I said that I got so tempted to read another a book, so I took this one, read few pages then I couldn't put it down.
I only choosed the book because of the title, so zero expectations, and I wanted to read something for Nora Roberts.
I loved the story, the suspense, the characte
Cindy Newton
As always, it did what it was supposed to do--entertain me. If you're looking for a book that exposes deep truths about the human condition, or examines some stark reality of life, you're not going to pick up a romance. Romance reading is like watching a sitcom. It's something to take your mind on a quick trip through fantasyland for a short period of time. You're not really looking for deep analysis of symbolism, character development, or theme when you pick up a romance. But if you're going to ...more
Jan 17, 2012 Stacey rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Women
Recommended to Stacey by: Book club
I have to say, I'm surprised I would give a Nora Roberts book such a distinguished rating, but I was impressed with the storytelling and character development of Blue Smoke.
This is the very first book of Roberts that I have ever read because I was (mistakenly) under the Impression that they were barely a step up from a Harlequin romance, but this novel was wholly without cheese.
I admit, yes, romance is a major thread in the storyline, but there was more than enough plot here to balance it out.
Oct 29, 2008 MaryAnn rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Other escapist adults
I listened to all 14 CDs of this book. Though it ran out of gas a little towards the end, it was Robert's usual good, compelling story. I think it is interesting how she explores different fields, like arson and fire fighting, through her characters.
I appreciate the less graphic sex scenes and her strong women characters. I could have definitly done with out the one intimate encounter in the back yard swing. (Who does this stuff? And doesn't leave the scene crippled.)

You have to wonder about th
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Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland. She began writing when a blizzard in February 1979 kept her in her hilltop home with a three and six year old for nearly a week of canceled kindergarten and dwindling chocolate supplies.

During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write a story for her own entertainment. From the first page, she knew it was wha
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