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Where There's Smoke

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  5,655 Ratings  ·  233 Reviews
#1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown stuns readers with the breathtaking tale of a powerful oil company and the incredible lengths they'll go to keep their secrets hidden . . . No one knows why Dr. Lara Mallory came back home to Eden Pass, Texas to open up her medical practice after all these years. But everyone remembers her role in the well-publicized scanda ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published May 1st 1994 by Grand Central Publishing (Formerly Warner Books) (first published 1993)
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Dec 04, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it
4 Didn't See It Coming Stars!
It's been a long time since I've read a Sandra Brown book. I used to love her style of how she kept me guessing all the way to the end. She's done it again. I didn't see it coming.
There was a lot going on in this book but you could tell that it all tied together some how but I didn't figure it out till the end.
Lara has moved to Eden Pass to take over the retired Docs place. Nobody wants her in town after the scandal that broke out years before that branded her a ch
Oct 24, 2014 Mo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Enjoyed this one. Love it when the main characters start out not liking each other. Well, he definitely did not like for… and for a good reason.

No one knows why Dr. Lara Mallory came back home to Eden Pass, Texas to open up her medical practice after all these years. But everyone remembers her role in the well-publicized scandal that caused the downfall of White House hopeful Senator Clark Tackett....

To be honest, I had figured out some of the “WOW” factors that came along but that did not det
Jan 17, 2015 ♥Sharon♥ rated it really liked it
This is me at the end of just about every SB book. No joke.

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Thought I had this one figured out. Well I had a bit figured out. But then at 95% or so SB throws in yet another twists. Damn it....

Full review to come.

Jun 07, 2015 Ya~ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sandra-brown
This long book was filled with hypocrites and the word ‘whore’.

There was nothing about Key I found swoony.

I was pretty lenient toward Lara up to 60% of the book, but as the author set the subplot for a war zone in Central America, Lara character turned into a completely delusional TSTL person that I almost wanted to *dnf*.

The romance seemed awkward, and the suspense was almost non-existent.

Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳
Oct 24, 2014 Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳ by: Mo
4 STARS ...more
I was one of the lucky winners of the goodreads first reads program. I've enjoyed a lot of books by Sandra Brown so far, but this one is currently my favorite.

Feuer in Eden (Where There's Smoke) is a really complex story about Dr. Lara Mallory and Key Tackett, the son of a texan oil-dynasty.
Lara Mallory is said to have been involved with Key's brother,Clay , a senator, while being married. When the affair became public, Lara and her ambassador husband are forced to accept a position in a war co
Sep 17, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2011, mystery
I must agree with my friends. Best Sandra Brown book I've read. She is an amazing author with unexpected twists and turns and I was most definitely NOT disappointed in this book. Shocking revelations in the last 40 pages or so. Wow. Might be one that I actually read again, in digital format of course, will be passing this on to my sister insisting she read it first!!
I picked up "Where there's Smoke" without knowing what to think. My first foray into Sandra Brown was her recent publication, "Low Pressure," which was gifted to me by a friend for Christmas. I enjoyed the story but found it highly forgettable. In fact, when rereading the book a year or so later, I couldn't even recall the major events in the plot.

Next, I selected "Chill Factor," which I enjoyed even more than "Low Pressure," although I don't believe it will be much more memorable.

Going into "Wh
Narrator: Natalie Ross

Not even Natalie Ross' narration could save this. I like most of SB's books, both her oldies and newer ones. If I've read Where There's Smoke, I must have blocked it from my memory because I did not like this at all.

At first, it felt like the same old SB southern romance of rich vs white trash (which I enjoy so that's not a complaint) but I never warmed to Lara Mallory.

The first half, before they left for Montesangre, was okay. Good, in fac
Jane Stewart
Sep 10, 2010 Jane Stewart rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
3.5 stars rounded down for Amazon. I was hoping for a romance novel, but this was more of a mystery. I was annoyed with parts of the story.

I was mad at Lara toward the end. Key deserved to be told all truths, but Lara chose to keep secrets from him. She didn't tell him that Clark was gay because she didn't want him to be hurt. Her logic was wrong because Key thought she didn't want him when she really did. Another problem: on the night of explosion, Jody left home to stop Janell
May 02, 2015 Kristen rated it it was amazing
In Sandra Brown's Where There's Smoke, this was another one of her early favorite and classic romantic suspense novels ever. For Dr. Lara Mallory, when she returned to Eden Pass to open up her medical practice, no one knew why she returned back home after the scandal of the downfall of Clark Tackett she caused many years ago. So when the matriarch of Tackett oil tried to use every weapon in her arsenal to drive her out of town, she doesn't go quietly. That's when she was thrown together with Ke ...more
Jan 18, 2016 Dina rated it it was amazing
Just how she kept me guessing till the end, amazing. This is an loving, exciting, emotionally book, I could't stop turning the pages
Cindee Bowen
Jul 27, 2012 Cindee Bowen rated it liked it
OK, a fun trashy summer read. My 93 year old grandma passed it on to me!
From start to finish - amazing story!
Gerry Bartlett
Jul 01, 2014 Gerry Bartlett rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, contemporary
I'm on a Sandra Brown roll now. This one had another surprise that I didn't see coming. Not quite as great as Deadline, but still managed to make me say, hmm. This one is set in a small Texas town run by a matriarch of an oil family, the Tacketts. Now I've always appreciated my sweet mother, but this mama is cold and mean. Our hero turned out great anyway, though he's something of a bad boy. But we love those, don't we? Our heroine was caught in a scandal with the golden boy of the oil rich fami ...more
Kara Jorges
Aug 09, 2011 Kara Jorges rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Lara Mallory is a fallen woman since a tabloid incident involving her and Senator Clark Tackett. She had been married at the time, and found anything but a forgiving attitude following the scandal. Finally, after Clark Tackett dies and leaves her a medical practice in his home town of Eden Pass, Texas, she decides to start over there. Besides, she believes the Tackett family owes her, and she’s in town to collect a favor from Clark’s younger brother, notorious playboy Key. Things are even to ...more
Apr 07, 2011 Gerd rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
First off: I got this book as a goodreads giveaway.

I always wanted to read something by Sandra Brown and I’m grateful for the signed copy of her book. But, sadly, after reading close to a hundred pages of the novel I have to say that it isn’t mine.

There’s certain romance tropes that I can’t stand much, and one of them is to start out with a as irredeemable appearing male main character as possible, and Key, the books male hero, is a role model in that department. Lead character Key hates Lara, o
Canan  ^^
May 09, 2013 Canan ^^ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wid
Offf Offf Offff!
Nasıl bir kitaptı bu...
Bir bakmışsınız Teksas'ta bir bakmışsınız medeniyetten uzakta bir ülkedesiniz.
Özellikle son 30-35 sayfası yok muydu? Olaylar adeta uçarcasına sürükleyici bir hızla oldu bitti.

Kitabın konusuna değineyim az biraz...
Kadın karakterimiz Lara Malory.Doktordur kendileri.
Erkek karakterimiz Key Tackett.Serbest pilot.

Olaylar Eden Geçidinde yaşanmakta.Lara Bu kasabaya doktor olarak çalışmaya gelmiş ve bir muayane açmıştır.
Key ise kız kardeşi Janellen'in çağrısı üzerin
Apr 13, 2012 Cyndi rated it really liked it
This novel, like the other ones I have read by Ms. Brown, was pretty good. She knows how to weave a tale.

This was a romance with thriller elements. The female characters are represented as strong willed women, who know how to get what they want, just not always in an above board fashion.

There were many incidences of "karmic retribution", and twisty redemptions. I have to admit here that I had already figured out one of the big reveals beforehand, but was more than satisfied with a number of surp
Wow, this was one of the most action-pact Sandra Brown’s books I‘ve read. But I’m afraid not everyone will like this novel. The reason? Key Tackett. He is rude, even offensive. Key Tackett reminded me of Cash Boudreaux from Slow Heat in Heaven.

I was listening to an audio version narrated by Natalie Ross. I really like her narration, but after her brilliant work with Mac from Fever series by Karen Marie Moning I was afraid that Natalie Ross’ voice would forever stay Mac’s voice for me. At first I
Aug 30, 2014 Kara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have never been disappointed by a Sandra Brown novel. She writes with feeling and the detail is such that I can often see exactly what she's projecting with my mind's eye. This novel was no different. While all of the novels I have read so far have an element of romance in them, it isn't the driving force. They have many other elements as well, suspense, drama, mystery and she weaves the tapestry together so well. Some books are easily figured out long before the last page has been read but Sa ...more
Apr 10, 2009 Louise rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Hmmm...I didn't seem to enjoy this particular Brown novel as much as I have some her other's. Ca la vie!

"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 iron-fisted matriarch of Tackett Oil intends to use her money and power to drive Lara out of town...especially when Lara meets Key, th
Shaina (CreoleChick)
Jun 09, 2014 Shaina (CreoleChick) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sandra Brown fans, people who like soaps, people who like the show Dallas and others like it
Disclaimer: No synopsis here, considering you can read the blurb for the book and PLENTY of those in other's comments. Relatively quick & to the point.

Secrets, lies, malicious persecution, undeniable attraction, excitement,and adventure over multiple story arcs. Reading it now, it felt almost like historical fiction...considering it occurred in my lifetime,it made me realize how much has actually happened in the last 20+ years. Anyway, a pretty good read and solid work that you expect from S
Dec 06, 2014 Paula rated it really liked it
I was torn between giving this book a 3 and 4 stars. The reason is that I found some parts (albeit a small part) quite unrealistic. My four stars were garnered by the characters, especially Key and Lara. I won't go into what the story is about because one can read that on the back of the book, but this book had several story lines happening concurrently and culminating into one big ending, each impacting one another. The relationship between Key and Lara was intense, dark, abusive, sweet. The bo ...more
Dec 29, 2015 Debora rated it really liked it
Awalnya agak malas baca buku ini karena dari sinopsisnya kok mirip2 Breathe of Scandal *cmiiw* Apalagi gak ada detektif yg ganteng plus punya perut 6 kotak, jadi tambah ogah2an. Ternyatah isinya bikin panas dingin :D

Di awal2 cerita gak begitu terbius sama polahnya si Key Tackett karena udah terbiasa di grepe2 bad boy kayak Key ginihh :P Tapi lama2 gak tahan juga sama pesonanya yang bikin silau kayak masa depanku. Cuma agak kesel aja sama keluarga Tackett yang berlagak sok2an banget.

Ceritanya ga
Jul 10, 2014 Dlytle rated it really liked it
Romantic thriller that was a quick, easy read. The characters were somewhat stereotyped, but you still cared about them. Dr. Lara Mallory is given a medical practice by Clark Tackett, the man whose political career she ruined by being found in his bedroom in the middle of the night. The practice is in his family hometown, where his wealthy and powerful mother Jody is determined to ruin Lara. Clark's brother Key, back in town after a long absence stumbles into the medical practice bleeding from a ...more
Aug 25, 2012 Erica rated it really liked it
Great read. I think that I enjoy Sandra Brown books because almost all of them are set in Texas and Louisiana so I can really picture the settings. This one moves very fast and has a good plot. Key and Lara are good characters that develop throughout. Definitely not a disappointment.
Nov 23, 2010 Lois rated it did not like it
Very promising start. Oh, good!> I thought,one of her readables ones.>

OOOPs. The more I read, the worse it got--the language, plot, preachiness, characters full of psychobabble about themselves and others. Ugh. I had to stop.
Feb 03, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it
I always love Sandra Brown's books. She does such a great job of taking what seems to be unrelated subplots and entwining them together to make a larger story that is interesting. I have to admit that some parts of the ending surprised me, but other parts I kind of knew would happen. I'm not going to say what things here, because that would be a major spoiler, but I will say that Sandra Brown had me riveted until the very end. I am joyed the main characters quite a bit, although I could've done ...more
Marlene Chabot
Dec 28, 2014 Marlene Chabot rated it liked it
A typical romance with many antagonists, including Key Tackett. The Tackett family saga and their hate for the new doctor in town Lara Mallory. What had she done in the past that was so terribly wrong? Why was she being blamed for the ruin of Senator Clark Tackett, son, brother and politcian? Why was Matriarch Jody Tackett so adamant about destroying Dr. Lara Mallory's position as a physician in Texas?
I think the story could've been shortened, but then I don't know how many words an author mus
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