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Smoke Screen

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,921 Ratings  ·  664 Reviews
New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown returns with a tale of corruption and betrayal, revenge and reversal - where friends become foes, and heroes become criminals in the ultimate abuse of power.

When newswoman Britt Shelley wakes up to find herself in bed with Jay Burgess, a rising star detective in the Charleston PD, she remembers nothing of how she got there...o

Hardcover, 398 pages
Published August 12th 2008 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2008)
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Oct 21, 2014 Mo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 stars

When newswoman Britt Shelley wakes up to find herself in bed with Jay Burgess, a rising star detective in the Charleston PD, she remembers nothing of how she got there...or of how Jay wound up dead.

5 years ago a fire destroyed the Charleston Police Department. Jay was hailed a hero that day along with three other men.

Firefighter Raley Gannon, Jay's lifelong friend, was off-duty that day. He was assigned to lead the investigation into what caused the fire. He never completed the investi
Oct 20, 2008 Christa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
Smoke Screen was the best Sandra Brown book that I have read in quite some time. It is a terrific romantic suspense novel that focuses more on the suspense, but still manages to have a quite satisfying romance. The romance isn't given a lot of time in the book, but the hero and heroine spend most of the story in the company of one another, and there is plenty of tension and interaction between them. I found both the hero and heroine to be very likeable characters, although the actions of the her ...more
Rachel Regina
Overall rating: 5 stars!!!

Cheating: (view spoiler)
Sex with om/ow: (view spoiler)
Aug 05, 2010 DarienMoya rated it really liked it

Jesu, never had a book pissed me of so much, and it’s not because it sucked, but because it was totally awesome. The characters are so vile I wanted to roast them over my fire pit of hatred. Sandra Brown has true talent when it comes to writing and it is no wonder I have been a fan of hers for over 12 years. I am talking reading them at the age of thirteen, I blame her books for creating my perve personality, high praise I tell ya.

So this book is clouded i

I enjoyed this slightly more than the first time I read it, 5 years ago, but I still feel it was too long. I read the e-book back then and this time I listened to the audio along with the book. It's a 14-hour plus audio which, IMO, could have been cut back to ten or eleven. When an 18-hour Karen Rose juggernaut doesn't feel as long, I know it does need trimming!

I wanted to re-read this because it was my SB comfort time of the month, because I needed
Lea's Audiobooks Hensley
Unabridged audiobook - listened to approximately five years ago. Time for a relisten.

Narrated by the incredible Victor Slezak, I listened to Smoke Screen five years ago immediately after discovering Brown through Envy (also narrated by Slezak) - my now favorite romantic suspense. Nothing could compare to Envy so I graded it 4 stars. Removed from that impossible "search for another Envy", it is now a solid 5. Excellent story and suspense. Brown has a way of making you care even for some of the mo
Jane Stewart
I enjoyed much of it, but toward the end I realized things were missing or weak.

Raley was an arson investigator. He was drugged and set up for something that caused him to lose his job. Five years later Britt, a TV news reporter, was drugged and framed for murder. Both events had something to do with Jay. Raley contacts Britt and together they try to figure out what’s going on, as hit men are after them.

I prefer discovering clues throughout the story to uncover the mystery. In this book, almost
Jan 06, 2015 ..Cécile.. rated it really liked it
4/5 stars

I really liked reading this book, even though I wasn't suprised by the ending. If you like books by sandra Brown, you should give this one a try, for what it's worth, I enjoyed it and liked Britt and Raley's characters and story.
May 25, 2013 Melissa rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
Paced too slowly. Nothing really happened for 350 pages and then *poof* a confession and it was over. The "romance" scenes were typical rather than sexy. The ending was not shocking at all. I dragged myself through this read. Two things that bothered me: (view spoiler) ...more
Sep 08, 2010 Jaime rated it really liked it
Another pretty good one from Sandra Brown, though I made the mistake of reading this too closely to the poorly done Standoff, which also featured a reporter and the man she (inadvertently?) harmed. There’s generally not a lot to be surprised about in these sorts of books — you know the male and female leads (Raley and Britt, in this case) are going to eventually join together both for their crusade and for their libidos — but I still enjoy the journey we’re taken on. Though I had some suspicions ...more
Helen Deakin
Nov 21, 2015 Helen Deakin rated it it was amazing
I was literally so sucked in by this book I barely put it down. I spent so much continuous time reading this book, I had my better half making cheeky jibes at me about how he was concerned I was having a love affair with this book. It was just one of those stories that keep you hooked on every page. When I wasn't reading it, I was dying to get back to it. This is only the second Sandra Brown book I've read, but just as with the other one Low Pressure, it kept me guessing right up till near the v ...more
A very nice, fast paced suspense which had a couple of unexpected twists, especially near the end, to keep me on my toes. The romance part was nice, even though it took little space, and the hero wonderful. I'm glad I read it.
Sep 19, 2013 Dannaca rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed-books
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Sep 05, 2009 Nikki rated it it was amazing
"Smoke Screen" was an excellent read. Real page turner. Newswoman Britt Shelley woke up to find herself in bed with Charleston PD detective Jay Burgess, though she remembers nothing of how she got there or how he wound up dead. Burgess was one of four heroic city officials who risked their lives five years earlier leading others safely from a catastrophic fire. Raley Gannon, a lifelong friend of Burgess, was later assigned to investigate but never finished his inquiry because in one night his ca ...more
Sep 06, 2008 Becky rated it really liked it
When I was asked to join GoodReads by my sister, I told her I don't tend to read 'lofty' material, nor do I like to get a 'brain strain' while I'm reading for fun. So...

Smoke Screen isn't intellectually challenging. However, I have always loved Brown. (My favorite is still Chill Factor.)

This book has everything I enjoy reading - a murder, a mystery, a cast of characters, great protagonists and a little romance all wrapped together.

Sep 01, 2010 Sidran rated it liked it
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Nov 13, 2013 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first Sandra Brown book ~ This romantic/suspense was easy to read and nice for light reading and a contemporary murder mystery. Will probably read more of her books.
Jan 13, 2015 Belén rated it liked it
Shelves: meh, thriller
I'm not sure what to say about this book.

I didn't find it all that intriguing, to be honest. It's like, the main characters are always trying to make sure us readers realize how clever they are by constantly explaining what the whole plot consists of and how they got like 80% of the mystery solved right from the very beginning, leaving pretty much nothing to the imagination. The story takes a twist eventually (Somewhere close to the last 10 pages or so lol) but you could say the errors Raley and
Jun 25, 2014 Nicole rated it really liked it
Sandra Brown is one of my favorite suspense authors! She is phenomenal at weaving intricate storylines and unfold perfectly. She masterfully leads you along, never revealing enough so that you catch on to the who-dun-it but always giving you enough to keep you interested. I had no idea who the guilty party was in this story until just before they were revealed! Brown also throws in a bit of romance but it is usually fairly tame and is kept to a minimum.

Britt is a newsanchor who wakes up one mor
Sheetal Dash
Jun 20, 2014 Sheetal Dash rated it it was amazing
I have heard that Sandra Brown can always be counted on for an excellent story. This book was no exception. I was engaged throughout.It's more suspense than romance which is a nice change. Smokecreen is a great title because everything seems normal but beneath the surface nobody is what they seems to be. Britt is on to a potential newsstory thanks to her friend Jay until she wakes up to find him dead besides her and not able to remember what happened. Her only ally is Raley a man she basically r ...more
Feb 18, 2014 Titah rated it liked it
Smoke Screen ini ceritanya tentang Britt Shelley, wanita reporter yang tiba-tiba menjadi pembunuh Jay Burgess. Britt disangka menjadi pembunuh Jay hanya karena kebetulan dia orang terakhir yang bertemu Jay, dan kebetulan pagi itu dia bangun disamping Jay yang kebetulan sudah mati. Lalu kebetulan pula hasil autopsi mengatakan Jay mati karena sesak napas akibat dibekep sama bantal yang kebetulan ditemukan tak jauh dari jasad Jay yang kebetulan lagi terdapat sidik jari Britt di bantal itu. Haha.. y ...more
Aug 18, 2009 Michael rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mystery fans, romantic mystery fans.
Recommended to Michael by: Enjoy the author's writing.
TV newswoman Britt Shelly wakes up in bed with heroic detective Jay Burgess. She doesn't remember going to bed with him and when she tries to awaken him, he's dead.
Britt got her first big break in a story of a fire at the Charleston P.D. and the heroic rescue that occurred there. Jay Burgess and three other city employees resued others to safety.
Firefighter Raley Gannon kidnaps Britt and tries to make her tell him what went on at his friend Jay's apartment but Britt can't remember anything. Then
Feb 10, 2016 Widala rated it really liked it
This book was quite a ride. The story telling was engaging.
The mystery kept me guessing and the suspense kept me in the edge of my seat.
I like how the main protagonists were flawed and I couldn't like them right away, made them more human. Slowly we learned why they acted like that, their reasoning and they past, we begin to understand. And they also learned by their mistakes.
Carolyn F.
Audiobook - playaway - from library.

Britt meets with a friend for a story she might be interested in and wakes up the next morning not remembering anything with him lying dead beside her. They think she's the killer. She's kidnapped by Raley who 5 years earlier had a similar thing happen to him, which she reported on. Now they have to figure out who killed Jay and set both of them up.

I really didn't care for this book, they seemed to be constantly trying to shock the bad people into a confession
Robert McKim
Sep 28, 2014 Robert McKim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid hit

I liked how the story hung together with the details and the development o the characters.
At times it was a little slow and directionless but needed the space to give the reader time to digest the flow.
This was an ok read.
I found the reason behind it all a bit weak and unoriginal, to be honest.
I also found that those FBI agents were way too smart, almost miracle men. They almost figured it out before the main characters did. I mean, really?
Then, it was the romance. Way too weak and unconvincing. I could have done without it.
All in all, this was alright. The story was decent and I sympathized with the characters but it didn't grab me. It felt more like a story waiting to become a Hollywood b
Andrew Langert
Apr 19, 2016 Andrew Langert rated it really liked it
I am a regular reader of the always-entertaining Sandra Brown novels. She is a master storyteller and her plots are fascinating to me and fast-moving.
This book was pretty good for 300 pages and terrific for the final 100 pages. Often a book starts strong and then fizzles with its ending. This book was quite the opposite of that.
Smoke Screen is about a fire in a Charleston police station that killed 7. But 4 heroes were made as these 4 men rescued many others from the burning building. But the ci
Jan 20, 2015 Ruth rated it really liked it
The walk of shame is one thing when you are in college. It is quite another when you are a well known broadcaster on the news. Britt wakes up in Jake's bed after meeting him for drinks where he has told her that he is going to give her the scoop of a lifetime. The bad part is that Jake isn't waking up..... ever again!

Jake was a local hero who rescued people from a horrible fire that engulfed the Charleston Police Station five years earlier. With his death, Britt discovers that she is not the new
Aug 17, 2014 Carole rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-books-read
TV newswoman Britt Shelley is on her way up in her profession until waking up next to a dead man changes everything. Even though she calls the police, they immediately think that she killed him, especially when they find out through the autopsy that he was smothered by his pillow. She tells the police that she has no memory of what happened after she got to his apartment, that she must have been given a date rape drug while they were at the bar where she had met Jay, the victim and her friend of ...more
Dale Safford
Jun 12, 2014 Dale Safford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was really good and it was interesting how the author tied one mystery in with another. When Sandra Brown writes a mystery instead of her temptuous love stories, she does it up good! Those love stories get a little sickening, and I don't want to waste time reading them.

Newswoman Britt Shelley wakes up in bed with Jay Burgess, with no idea how she got there, and he is ... dead. She flees, and is helped by Raley Gannon, Jay's lifelong friend. Five years earlier there had been a fire at t
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Sandra Brown is the author of more than sixty New York Times bestsellers, including FRICTION (2015), MEAN STREAK (2014), DEADLINE(2013), LOW PRESSURE (2012), LETHAL (2011), & TOUGH CUSTOMER (2010).

Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published over
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