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Blue Smoke

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  24,382 Ratings  ·  721 Reviews
Reena Hale grew up with an intimate knowledge of the destructive power of fire. When she was a child, her family's restaurant was burned to the ground, and the man responsible was sent to jail. The Hale family banded together to rebuild, and Reena found her life's calling. She trained as a firefighter and then as a cop, always with the end goal in sight: to become an arson ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 440 pages
Published May 30th 2006 by Jove (first published January 1st 2005)
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Apr 30, 2016 Mo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mo by: Crystal~BIG book addict~
“Why couldn't the merciful God turn down the sunlight so it wasn't blasting like a red furnace against his aching eyes? Because he'd worshipped the god of beer, thats why. He'd broken a commandment and worshipped the false and foamy god of beer. And now he was being punished.”

I think one of the main reasons I like these Nora Robert's books is that her heroines are smart, independent and strong. The heroes are down to earth and likeable.

Catarina (Reena) came from an Italian family. So plenty
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Nora’s books are one of my most reliable cures at times when my brain begs for a much needed rest. All of us readers have this amazing capacity to shut down and unplug, and for me, the best way to achieve this state of complete detachment from my everyday troubles is through one of Nora’s books. While I don’t much care for her paranormal work (PNR is just not my genre), no one writes romantic suspense better than she.

Blue Smoke is an old one, released more than ten years ago, but aside from the
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
Dec 09, 2008 Jay rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, romance
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Jacob Proffitt
Jun 30, 2014 Jacob Proffitt rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, steamy, thriller
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
May 03, 2008 Jennifer Wardrip rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 12, 2016 Paraphrodite rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, 2016
3.5 stars. I think I might have read this before as the story feels very familiar. In any case, it's a solid book and Joyce Bean's narration was good as usual.

I liked the almost movie-like feel to Bo's first 3 glimpses of Rina (who became his "Dream Girl") before they finally met up 15 years later when she bought the place next to his... talk about fate working slowly...

The mystery/suspense side was very evident and I thought the final confrontation slightly anti-climatic. I really enjoyed Rina'
BJ Rose
Mar 23, 2010 BJ Rose rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 09, 2012 Cata rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: emprestados, 2012
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
Feb 01, 2013 Mafi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pt
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
Sep 11, 2012 Tempo de Ler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 15, 2014 Sandra rated it it was ok
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 it was amazing  ·  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
Mar 23, 2008 Jen rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
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.

Jul 09, 2015 Cathy rated it really liked it
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
Feb 22, 2008 Megan rated it did not like it
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.
Feb 01, 2008 Jaime rated it really liked it
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 GoodLemmon
Mar 11, 2007 Jessie GoodLemmon rated it it was ok
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.
Feb 18, 2016 Eve rated it it was amazing
Blue Smoke by Nora Roberts
Romantic Suspense / Thriller / Contemporary Romance

The Hale family lives in a Baltimore and is the second generation to run Sirico's, an Italian pizzeria. The very Irish Gibson Hale married the lovely Bianca and was quickly assimilated into the family business and the growing Italian family that lived and loved richly in the neighborhood. Their children were loved, going to school and helping in the restaurant and learning the business. However, the attempted rape of 11-year-old Caterina "Reena
Tania Martins
Jan 23, 2012 Tania Martins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Marion Marchetto
Aug 19, 2011 Marion Marchetto rated it it was amazing
Shelves: action
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
Jan 11, 2013 Sara Gonçalves rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mine, 2013
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
May 28, 2009 Josette rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 24, 2010 Georgina rated it liked it
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
Mar 13, 2013 Mushanga Vandenbussche rated it really liked it
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
May 31, 2007 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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
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“Why couldn't the merciful God turn down the sunlight so it wasn't blasting like a red furnace against his aching eyes? Because he'd worshipped the god of beer, thats why. He'd broken a commandment and worshipped the false and foamy god of beer. And now he was being punished.” 50 likes
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