{Review} Causing Havoc by Lori Foster


{Review} Causing Havoc by Lori FosterCausing Havoc by Lori Foster
Series: SBC Fighters #1
Publisher: Berkley Trade on February 6, 2007
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Pages: 352

Our Rating

4 Stars

Sexy, sculpted extreme fighter Dean “Havoc” Connor has knee-melting good looks—and thick skin. But not from his brutal sport’s enclosed rings. Orphaned and torn from his sisters as a boy, he has no family. That is, until he gets a letter revealing how much the once-little girls want him back in Harmony, Kentucky.

To stop his sister from marrying a man as sleazy as he is wealthy, Dean finds himself teaming up with her pretty-but-smart-mouthed friend Eve—who’s heard of “Havoc’s” reputation and doesn’t need some hunk trampling on her heart. Now all Dean has to do is protect his sisters, win Eve over, and expose a devious criminal. And he thought winning the heavyweight cage fighting belt was hard…

This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.

Causing Havoc by Lori Foster

I first met Havoc in the Ultimate series, which takes place several years after this series.  So when I was suffering from withdrawal between Ultimate books, I went looking for more of Lori Foster’s work and found SBC Fighters.  Before he was helping to train and sign new fighters, Havoc was thrown head first into family drama and an unexpected romance.

The Verdict:  Dean “Havoc” Conor barely remembers the little sisters he was taken away from as a child.  Raised by his uncle after his parents died, he’s lived a somewhat adventurous life and found success as a professional MMA fighter, but a rough bout has him on a bit of a vacation to heal up before he gets back in the ring, and it turns out to be much less relaxing than he expected.

A letter from his long lost sister reaches him, and he sets off to see the two girls who were just babies when he left all those years ago.  His first night in town, he meets Eve, a woman who immediately captures his attention and seems willing enough to have a little fun while he’s there.  As it turns out, she’s the best friend of one of his sisters, meaning he’ll be seeing a lot of her outside the bedroom as well, but after she gets over the initial shock of finding out who Dean is, Eve doesn’t let his family connections get in the way of her fun.

Dean’s sisters, on the other hand, don’t seem to be in as happy a place.  Raised by their ultra-conservative and mean-spirited spinster aunt, money’s tight, life is difficult, and their house is slowly falling apart around them.  They’re not asking for Dean’s help, though, and he’s not about to volunteer his money when he really doesn’t know them at all.  However, it soon becomes clear that they’re in over their heads, and Dean finds himself stepping into the role of protective big brother whether he means to or not.  And all the while, his nights with Eve keep heating up.

Like the Ultimate series later on, Causing Havoc has a bit of a mystery thrown in.  Aunt Lorna has secrets, slimy Roger seems to be up to no good, and it looks like someone may be sabotaging the family’s circumstances and possibly out to harm Dean.  Unlike the other books, though, Causing Havoc seems to be more about family reconnecting than it is about romance.  That’s not to say there isn’t a love story there; it’s just that so much time is spent focused on fixing up the house and getting to know his sisters that Dean’s relationship with Eve often felt like an afterthought.  There’s also some romance between Dean’s youngest sister Jackie and his future MMA opponent Gregor, and to be honest, I liked their story more.  Unfortunately, since it wasn’t really front and center, aside from a few awesome scenes, I was left wanting a lot more.

Causing Havoc is actually a pretty good book, despite my complaints.  I think perhaps I’ve just been spoiled by Foster’s later work, and it’s hard to live up to the incredibly hot perfection that is the Ultimate series.  If I’d read everything in publication order, I might not find myself comparing the two, and perhaps I’d be a bigger fan of Havoc.  In any case, I did enjoy this peek at how the fighter books began, and while this one may not be my favorite, it’s definitely still a quality read.

The Breakdown
Cover Design
4 star rating
Plot & Pace
3 star rating
4 star rating
Style & Editing
5 star rating
Story Conclusion
4 star rating
Overall Rating 4 star rating

About Lori Foster

Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author. Lori has published through a variety of houses, including Kensington, St. Martin’s, Harlequin, Silhouette, Samhain, and Berkley/Jove. She is currently published with HQN.

Lori hosts a very special annual “Reader & Author” event in West Chester, Ohio. Proceeds from the event have benefited many worthy causes, including the Hamilton County YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter, the Animal Adoption Foundation, The Conductive Learning Center for children with spina bifida and cerebral palsy, and The One Way Farm, Children’s Home.

Each year Lori donates all proceeds from one book to charity.

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