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Blue Skies

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  1,666 Ratings  ·  140 Reviews
Nikki Burgess survived a terrible marriage and a worse divorce. She's just about given up hope of ever finding happiness. But when her ex-husband suddenly dies, she gets custody of her kids again—and a chance to start over.

Dixie McPherson, on the other hand, has had way too much love. She has eleven tennis bracelets, dozens of trinkets, piles of sexy lingerie and a tarnish
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Harlequin MIRA (first published January 1st 2004)
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Oct 30, 2012 Janet rated it it was ok
Shelves: angsty-goodness
I picked up Blue Skies at the Phoenix airport, which is entirely appropriate, since this is a book about the airline industry. And it's a valentine to Las Vegas, pre the economic collapse and houses going underwater. Three main characters, a female pilot, a flight attendant who reminded me of characters from Rona Jaffe novels, like The Best of Everything, and their gay friend (yes, he was that much of a stereotype). A major plot point -- and no, I don't think I need to include spoilers since thi ...more
Oct 06, 2012 Jeanne rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
This was a different book than I expected. It sounds like it's supposed to be a romance, and there are elements of that, but it's not really. It's a story of three friends and the airline industry. All of them have had problems in relationships, generally because of their own internal issues. Is it low self-esteem that keeps people in bad relationships or relationship patterns? They each make strides in overcoming their pasts, however. Their new starts come in part from the start-up of a new avi ...more
Dec 21, 2014 penelopewanders rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
This is a bit different from some of Carr's other books. This is a relatively deep dive into the world of commercial airlines, in terms of settings, which is different from the rural/semi-rural settings of many of the books I've read by this author. The issues of the main characters were also less conventional than in the Virgin River series, for example. Those books were pure entertainment and I enjoyed them for that purpose. Here there are a few more thought-provoking themes involved - homosex ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
I really like Blue Skies even though I gave it three stars. I liked it because it is set in my world, the world of aviation. I am a pilot and female so I recognized so much of what Nikki had to put up with. My world was not airlines but general aviation but pilots and the aviation world is much the same no matter where you work. The three was for the romance. There was not that much of it and it was only near the end of the book. I did love the one between Dixie and Danny. It was sweet and fun. ...more
Kathy Roling
Not the typical Robyn Carr. Too much technical information;
rambling sentences. Definitely not my favorite book. Would
not recommend it.
Nancy Erskine
May 24, 2009 Nancy Erskine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely excellent read.The characters become 'friends' and you can't WAIT to see/read what happens to them. ENJOY!
Mar 17, 2013 Notserp2002 rated it liked it
enjoyable & interesting relationships amongst many people with the start up of a new airline.
Sarah Eiseman
Originally posted on

One of the things that I love about Romance is that I almost always learn something new. I especially love when authors truly write what they know, because I often find out something that I never would have known otherwise. That was definitely true of this story, which follows the birth of a new airline, something Robyn Carr’s family has had a lot of personal experience with.

A tad more Women’s Fiction than true Romance, Blue Skies tells the story of Nikki
Apr 08, 2015 Dean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This may be my favorite book of Robin Carr's, that I have read, so far. There was some humor, some predictability, but I loved the character's, both the good and the not so good. Robin Carr has a wonderful way of with character creations.

Blue Skies was written about the airline industry and the start up of a new airline company. It follows the lives of an airline pilot, following the death of her ex husband, her two children, and her parents, both divorced and their journal through the highs an
Marcia  Haskell
Oct 14, 2012 Marcia Haskell rated it really liked it
"Nikki Burgess survived a terrible marriage and a worse divorce. She's just about given up hope of ever finding happiness. But when her ex-husband suddenly dies, she gets custody of her kids again—and a chance to start over.Dixie McPherson, on the other hand, has had way too much love. She has eleven tennis bracelets, dozens of trinkets, piles of sexy lingerie and a tarnished reputation when all she ever wanted was true love, a partner and a family.

Carlisle Bartlett is loyal, kindhearted and the
Apr 10, 2012 Darcy rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, romance
I think what I liked most about this book was the hopefulness that the characters had. It wasn't all the time and they went through some bad times, but with the new job and new lives they all were so excited, you couldn't help but to get excited with them.

I enjoyed Nikki being challenged by a dimwit at her job. Those that were in the know knew she didn't have anything to worry about. I loved seeing Dixie start to see herself differently and have to become the pursuer instead of the pursue. Carli
Sep 27, 2016 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 just made 4 stars, it was about three friends finding their way along with a convoluted family environment. In some ways it reminded me of the madness of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. But it had less laughs but it was close. A lot of airline detail, found it interesting. It would have been a touch better if the primaries had a real romance not the promise of one. But Danny and Dixie saved the day.
Oct 18, 2013 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great audio from Robyn Carr. I love the narrator she uses for most of her audiobooks. As for the content, I got a little bogged down in airline terminology, but I admit to learning a lot about the life and inner workings about the airline industry. I loved the characters, particularly Opal. She was so much fun and a perfect match for Nicky's rather uptight lifestyle.
Aug 31, 2015 Camandwmm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story of a successful woman pilot and how she earns respect from the men who put her down. She is also a survivor of a bad marriage in which her husband had custody of children because of her heavy work schedule. So, she was the one that paid alimony. Ex husband suddenly dies and she has her children back and gets a new job with a new airline. Life looks better for her now. Fun book.
Dec 26, 2009 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this story. It sat in my TBR pile far too long! A few poor reviews had deterred me. But I read in a few sittings. I love stories where women break that glass ceiling. Also Robyn Carr had great insight to the air transport business. Loved it.
Mary Ann
I hate when I start reading a book and decide its an old one put out with a new cover.

The book was okay.
Feb 08, 2013 Dee rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, borrowed
Two-haiku review:

She's airline pilot
Goes to help startup airline
All kinds of trouble

Too many details
Business, not relationships
Much of it boring
E-Reader Addict
Mar 18, 2017 E-Reader Addict rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bpl
Blue Skies is an amazing book. But it's not your typical Robyn Carr fare. If you're looking for her usual small town romance with quirky characters, this isn't it. At all. And you'll be sorely disappointed if that's what you're expecting.

Instead, you have a fascinating story about the start of an airline company. Which you might not think would be interesting, but it really was. The story is very light on the romance, but you still get great character development and compelling storylines.

Karen Geurts
Jan 10, 2017 Karen Geurts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked Nikki, Dixie, and Carlisle's story. Robyn Carr has created and blended some wonderful characters. Interesting storylines, and a HEA.
This book had some potential. I liked the idea. But there was some language and some sexual references. I ended up not being able to finish the book. Very disappointing!
Nikki Burgess’s life is thrown into chaos as soon as her ex-husband dies and she gets full custody of her two children. As an airline pilot, this is not the most ideal situation for her but she loves her kids and she is willingly to do whatever it takes to take care of them. Immediately, I thought this is a great start to a book about a woman who is dealing with the pain of the past and adjusting to life.

To top it off, Nikki has two best friends (also in the airline industry) that come with thei
Patricia Solla
Apr 20, 2014 Patricia Solla rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own, donated
This was one of the best books I've read in quite a while. The back of the book best describes the main characters involved in the storyline. 'Nikki Burgess survived a terrible marriage and a worse divorce. She's just about given up hope of ever finding happiness. But when her ex-husband suddenly dies, she gets custody of her kids again - and a chance to start over. Dixie McPherson, on the other hand, has had way too much love. She has eleven tennis bracelets, dozens of trinkets, piles of sexy l ...more
Sep 30, 2014 JoAnne rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot. It is the story of three people that work for Aries Airlines. Nikki is a pilot. Her dad is a pilot. Her mother left them when she was nine. She was raised at an FBO. After getting dumped by the man she thought she would marry, she fell into a rebound relationship with Drake. She got pregnant and they married. It did not work out. He was a jerk but Nikki tried for 11 years. Since she was a pilot and gone for a few days each week, Drake got custody of their two children. H ...more
While I’ve enjoyed reading Ms. Carr’s Virgin River series, this book felt like a retread of other romance novels of hers, particularly ‘The House on Olive Street’ where the author takes several main characters and spins subplots around their lives.

In this book, a new airline is getting off the ground (pun sadly intended) and Nikki Burgess is given the opportunity to be a chief pilot. She’s the survivor of a bad marriage and even worse divorce. She’s probably one of the more relatable characters
Sep 03, 2016 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me start by saying I have not read a lot of Robin Carr books. I am pretty much a stand alone book reader not series books which limits my choices of Robin Carr books. The ones I have read I have enjoyed.

This book was not exactly what I expected, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is set in the aviation industry which I found fascinating and it was not as much a romance book as a story about three friends. There is romance thrown in but it is not the main focus of the story. NIkki, a pilot, Dix
Jan Mcleod
Oct 03, 2015 Jan Mcleod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nikki, Dixie, and Carlisle work for Aries Airlines, and they are all ready for a change. And what a change it is!
A pilot Nikki knows (she is Captain Nikki) is starting a new airline after 9/11 in Las Vegas. The three of them decide to risk taking a chance on New Century Airlines, so they quit Aries and go to work for Joe Riordan at New Century.
The novel beautifully describes the intense start-up and requirements of a new airline and its personnel. It also centers on the lives of Nikki, Dixie, a
Mar 09, 2013 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is nothing like the Virgin River series and I'm glad it wasn't. I love the River series and have the whole set. I really liked this book as it was a different side of writing for Robyn Carr, drawing on her own husbands life as a pilot and an excutive in the commercial airlines. I was so facinated in learning about the airline industry and what its like to start up a new airline. She developed all the characters so well that you became part of their lives. It wasn't a big romance book w ...more
Nov 19, 2015 LaSibila rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nikki Burgess es una joven viuda, madre de dos niños, nacida y criada en un aeropuerto, que acepta el cargo de Jefe de Pilotos en una nueva aerolinea en Las Vegas.
Su amiga sufre del sindrome de la Bella-pero-inocente que la hace elegir el hombre equivocado muchas veces. Su amigo es gay y tiene una pareja que lo maltrata físicamente. Hay un par de madres problematicas, perros enemigos, un padre adorable, muchas data sobre la industria y un villano muy habil en manipular gente pero que no sabe ni
I really would give this book a 3.50 if possible. It was my first Robyn Carr book and I thought it started out slow but it didn't take long for me to change my mind. It was just filling in the backgrown information. The story kept growing until I didn't want to put it down. It's a story of the airline industry and the effects of 9/11 on the industry. It's also about a woman that grew up at her father's side in that industry and her mother that never accepted her decisions and how all those thing ...more
Nice little story. The first time I read it, I thought it was too much airline and not enough romance and reading it again didn't change my mind about that, although it didn't bother me as much this time. It was interesting but to some extent it felt like a series of linked vignettes, maybe because it tried to cover so much time. Or maybe because the emotions seemed to be skimmed over. Don't know. It's a hard balance to find between overwrought drama and skimming over the surface. I almost felt ...more
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