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Where There's Smoke

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  6,710 ratings  ·  302 reviews
When she returns home to start a new medical practice, Lara finds she can't escape her troubled past. to open up her medical practice after all these years. Soon she finds herself in the sights of a powerful oil executive who wants nothing more than to be rid of Lara. Lara decides to find the truth behind the corruption and secrets in town- even if it could cost her everyt ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published May 1st 1994 by Grand Central Publishing (Formerly Warner Books) (first published 1993)
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~Anna's ƦªϻƁℓℹռg$~
4 Bumpy Stars

A quick résumé:

Two chapters in

I'm loving this. I can't believe it's flown under my radar for so long!

40-ish percent in

This will be (at least) a 4-star read for me. I can feel it!

60-ish percent in

My eye starts twitching.

The plot becomes so ridiculous it cracks me up to the point of tears. I have to suspend a HUUUGE amount of disbelief.

70-ish percent in

I am so PISSED.

I mean, really, what was the author thinking? Was she drunk when writing this part?

The urge to call it qu
Dec 03, 2015 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 22, 2014 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 13, 2015 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.

Feb 15, 2015 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.

Preeti ♥︎ (Romance She Reads)
Another SB thriller with enough twists and turns to leave you winded. I was smug enough to think I had caught onto the suspense, but the author had a trick or two up her sleeve to leave me floored. So the suspense part is good even if the length of the book could have been shorter.

Key is a typical SB H –an unapologetic aphahole.
He’s an indiscriminate manhoe, the town badboy rebel who never really grew up; sexy, charming yes, but with a mean streak a mile wide especially where the h is concerned
Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳ by: Mo
⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ...more
Kimberly Carrington-Fox
Como culebronazo que este libro es, me lo he pasado pipa leyéndolo (no tanto como con Imagen en el espejo pero es que ese es lo más culebronesco que he leído en la vida, jeje). Esta lectura no es una novela romántica sino un libro de suspense romántico, donde lo principal es el pistaco, el secreto que todo Penry oculta y que queremos descubrir a toda costa, y el amor es algo más secundario. La relación entre Key y Lara es más bien una atracción pura y de boa dura que impregna toda la lectura y q ...more
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
Better buckle yourself in for this one! Author Sandra Brown never fails to deliver the suspense while molding a story riddled with twists and turns on the way to a shocking reveal near the end. She's quickly becoming one of my favorite go-to authors for suspense. Another Must Read by a Master of the genre!
Galina Shishkova
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
По скоро 4,5 *
Sep 13, 2011 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!!
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My first book of Sandra Brown and definitely not the last one

I've never heard of this author before, shame on me....but I love taking risks and discovering new authors and I was not disappointed..Now I am a big fan and I can smell other favorite’s books coming... (Can’t wait)
I love how passionate her writing is and Oh ...I love the mind-blowing chemistry between the characters, the breathtaking events ...Sandra Brown have a beautiful style that kept me guessing all the way to the end. I lost
Jun 01, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. This book had lots of twists and turns and unexpected events. I really enjoyed the ride.
Tetty Marlinda
#26 for 2017 RC
Genre : Suspense
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
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
Jane Stewart
Sep 10, 2010 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
Apr 15, 2008 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
Nov 23, 2010 rated it did not like it
Very promising start. Oh, good! I thought, one of her readable 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.
Nov 22, 2015 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
From start to finish - amazing story!
Cindee Bowen
Jul 27, 2012 rated it liked it
OK, a fun trashy summer read. My 93 year old grandma passed it on to me!
Jan 29, 2011 rated it liked it

“It was difficult to sympathize with a protagonist whose dilemma was mild when compared to her own.”
Linda Munro
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Secrets, everybody has them; some are just bigger than others. When Sr. Lara Mallory moved to East Texas, no one knew her secret, until Tacket Oil Queen, Jody Tacket made sure that everyone knew she was responsible for ruining her son Clark’s political career. Jody could not believe that her son Clark has changed his will, purchasing the rural clinic from the retiring doctor and leaving it to Lara before he committed suicide; but she guaranteed that Lara Mallory would never practice in her town. ...more
Susan Beamon
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm not really sure how to classify this book. It isn't a romance, although there are a couple of strong romances in it. It isn't a mystery, because most everything can be explained by the reader in a few short following pages. It isn't a romantic suspense, because the lead female isn't being threatened by unseen or unknown forces. It isn't a thriller, even though it spends time in a revolutionary war zone. It isn't a woman's fiction or what's commonly called chick lit, because it isn't upbeat e ...more
Judy Churchill
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a slow starter that had a very exciting ending. This story included a third world country take over by vicious bandits, a nasty political scandal and a motel fire with loss of life and many injuries. Truly an adventure book!
Never saw that end coming.
Why on God's green earth would Lara Mallory decide to set up her medical practice in Eden Pass, Texas; home of her scandalous lovers family? Oh, yeah because before he mysteriously died he purchased it and deeded it too her. Awkward. Changing her name after her husband, who stood by her side, was murdered in a coup in the Central American country they were shushed to after the scandal didn't help her keep jobs anywhere else. She didn't have a lot to lose and she had a mission. With interwoven st ...more
Mar 02, 2011 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
Kara Jorges
Aug 09, 2011 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
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