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Causing Havoc [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Lori Foster
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August 2007 Thorndike Core
Orphaned and torn from his sisters as a boy, sexy extreme wrestler Dean "Havoc" Conor gets a letter revealing how much his siblings want him back in Harmony, Kentucky. To stop his sister from marrying a sleazeball, 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 belt was hard.

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Orphaned at nine, Dean "Havoc" Conor has grown into a tough-as-nails extreme fighter happy to live a solitary life. When he receives a letter from his two little sisters, who he hasn't seen in the twenty years since their parents died, Dean reluctantly decides to honor their request and return home to Harmony, Ky. Once there, he finds that the aunt who raised his sisters has squandered most of their inheritance and that one of his sisters, Cam, is engaged to a sleaze named Roger. He also meets Cam's best friend, Eve Lavon, an opinionated beauty who already has the commitment-phobic Dean figured out. However, if Dean's going to drive off Roger and figure out why someone in Harmony is trying to kill him, he'll need Eve's help—and he'll have to confront his growing feelings for her. More interesting, though, is Dean's struggle to become the family man his sisters need, a transformation that Foster executes with skill, elevating the tight if typical romance plot with convincing, heartfelt family drama. (Feb.)
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Dean "Havoc" Conor, a gorgeous "extreme" fighter, returns to Harmony, Kentucky, in response to a letter from one of his two estranged sisters. Camille needs money to repair their old home so she can sell it and marry a guy Dean dislikes immediately. The younger sister Jacki, 21, is still acting and dressing like a spoiled teenager, but she also has a quick wit and smart mouth, much like Dean himself. Then there's Aunt Lorna, who raised the girls with a heavy and humorless hand and spent their inheritance on herself. While all this is being revealed, Dean becomes smitten with Camille's best friend, Eve, and a fight buddy of his arrives and winds up falling for Jacki and helping put a new roof on the old house. In the end, Camille's fiance is redeemed, Aunt Lorna gets hers, and the guys get their women. Foster supplies good sex and great humor along the way in a thoroughly enjoyable romance reminiscent of Susan Elizabeth Phillips' novels. Mary K. Chelton
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5.0 out of 5 stars very satisfied July 7 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
havent read the book as of yet, waiting for the complete series - did enjoy the quick service and confition of the book
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional, Romantic Read Nov. 19 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lori has written a potent story in CAUSING HAVOC. This story takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride, where you feel a myriad of emotions love, hate, sadness, protectiveness and humour.

Dean Connor, aka "Havoc" is a fighter with the SBC and a heavy weight champion. Twenty-one years ago, upon the death of his parents he is split up from his two small sisters and brought up by his Uncle. Over the years he has never heard from his family, it was like he never existed. When he receives a letter from one of his sisters, asking him to come and see them, he is torn with his feelings towards them. Anger is the first reaction, and since he has some down time between his fights, Dean decides to travel to Harmony, Kentucky to follow-up on the letter, because he senses something in the tone of the letter. When he lands in town he stops at the bar where he meets a hot number. As soon as they make eye contact across the room, there is enough heat between them to set off a roomful of Roman Candles. Eve Laron, is Cam's best friend, but does not realize that the male that she is so taken with is her long lost brother. It is interesting to see these two opposites so attracted to each other that they can do nothing else but act upon it. The intertwining story of the secondary characters only add more dimension and depth to the story. Readers will be enchanted with the protectiveness that Dean feels towards his sisters and how hard he tries to fight it. A real treat is the way this alpha male is so inclined to act like a big brother, even though there has been so much time lapsed since he has had contact with his sisters.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't quite do it for me March 26 2007
By Avid Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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I really wanted to love this book, but I have to say I was a bit disappointed. Dean and Eve had sex right away so there was no sexual suspense and no romance. I couldn't figure out why Dean fell in love with Eve by the end of the book. She really wasn't any different than all the other women he had been with.

The Cam and Roger relationship had a bit of an 'ew' factor for me. I couldn't buy into Roger ending up a decent guy. The only relationship I was remotely interested in was Jacki and Gregor's and it got glossed over at the end.

I've liked other books by Lori Foster, but this one missed the mark for me.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Foster's better novels Jan. 29 2008
By Tracy Vest - Published on Amazon.com
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Dean is a champion extreme fighter in the SBC. A letter from his estranged sister has him returning to the hometown he was sent away from 21 years earlier by a maiden aunt who wanted nothing to do with him after his parent's death. He returns with mixed feelings, but soon finds himself falling for the sisters he hasn't seen all these years later. Though he protests being the over protective big brother, he soon fills that role when sister Camille is struggling to put youngest sister Jackie through college and hold on to the family's battered home, while keeping a suitor at arm's length. With the help of some of his SBC buddies, Dean agrees to help fix up the house. A romance blossoms with Cam's best friend Eve, who knows plenty about his sport without being a groupie. Can he forget the past and try small time life?

As always, Foster writes scorching intimate scenes between the Eve and Dean, and provides a couple secondary romances. Though they ooze chemistry, the relationship just didn't seem believable to me. I hate Foster's constant "me Tarzan you Jane and you gonna be in my bed tonight" mentality she assigns her "heroes" the moment that they meet their match. It's so interchangeable that it's just redundant. But having said that, I really found the story to be better than average - she delves into more family background rather than concentrating on her couplings, which is a new territory for her, proving that she can write more than a love scene. The mystery is light, but the interaction between the characters makes this a pretty entertaining read.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Move over Joe Winston...Dean Conor is hot!!! Feb. 10 2007
By Patti Fischer - Published on Amazon.com
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Dean Conor and his sisters, Jacki and Cam, were split up as children when their parents died years ago. Dean, now a professional fighter, vows to return to his hometown of Harmony and reconnect with his sisters. Jacki and Cam greet him with open arms and he comes to know them and love them all over again. Unfortunately, his return isn't all a grand reunion. Their Aunt Lorna hates him and Cam's almost fiancé Roger distrusts him. But one good thing about the trip is Dean meeting Eve Lavon. It's lust at first sight for them and it doesn't take long before they're in a steamy relationship. But Dean has to contend with his family and other distractions in between his trysts with Eve. Then someone starts sending signals they don't want Dean in town. Who are they...and why?

Causing Havoc is a new story from Lori Foster and this one is immediately going on my list as one of my all time favorite books by this fabulous author. Dean may be a fighter, but he has a heart of gold. He's kind, caring and will do anything to protect the ones he love. Even with his aunt sending him dagger looks and saying rude remarks about him, he puts up with her. The romance between Dean and Eve sizzles with their sparkling chemistry. They're like two matched halves that complete each other. When they dealt with her little *inconvenience*, it made me sniffle.

Also part of the plot of Causing Havoc are secondary romances between Jacki and Gregor, a fighter friend of Dean's; and Cam and Roger's attempts to right their relationship again. All these characters make for a well rounded tale of love, family, honor and making old wrongs right.

If you haven't read a Lori Foster book lately, then I suggest you head on out and pick up Causing Havoc. Dean is a sigh-worthy hero who will have you drooling and linger in your memory for years to come, just like Joe Winston has for many. Move over, Eve, I want Dean.  The words fly across the pages and makes Causing Havoc one fantastically entertaining story. Can you tell I liked it? You bet! And I can't wait for more stories from Harmony.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 stars Feb. 13 2007
By Denise Whitcome - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was another great read from Lori Foster. Maybe not as good as 'Too Much Temptation' or 'When Bruce Met Cyn', but very good. This book is really about Dean and his relationships with his sisters and budding relationship with Eve. We see many layers to Dean and even his sisters, but we only see Eve one-dimensionally. My only real problem with this book was the hasty ending, where many loose ends were not tied up. She did this as well in 'Jude's Law', because she was working on the sequel 'Murphy's Law', which finally tied up the loose ends. Hopefully we get more of Gregor's and maybe even Simon's story in Lori's next installment. Oh and while you are at it Lori, I wouldn't mind getting Denny's story from Jude's and Murphy's Law.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit slow and boring for my tastes June 2 2007
By Raithe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Welcome to Lori Foster's world of larger-than-life heroes and social drama. You can't fault Lori Foster for weak heroes, not even the slightest. CAUSING HAVOC's Dean Conor, Gregor and Simon are ripped mammoths, 6-foot-5+ "hunks" through and through. Strong of conviction, tough, imposing in size and strength and rich, Dean Conor is a man's man. He doesn't cower and submit to everything in the end, and that in and of itself was nice to read after THE BRIDE AND THE BEAST. This contemporary romance offers little else though, and besides the hero's endearing efforts to help his estranged sisters and reluctantly implant himself as part of their lives, the book was mostly boring. It took a while to read, and I finished 3 other books while trying to finish this one.

The Story.

Dean "Havoc" Conor receives a letter from his estranged sister, a plea asking him to return home to Harmony, Kentucky, and try to be a family again. Dean Conor is hard-pressed to return to a home he was kicked out of 20 years ago, and return to sisters he believes has long forgotten him. He's wary of his sister's motivation asking him to return home. Despite his reservations, famed SBC fighter Dean Conor returns to a home he longs to forget and sisters he wishes didn't exist.

Once in Harmony, KY, he meets his sister's gorgeous best friend Eve Lavon and their mutual attraction draws them together.

The rest of the novel tells of Dean's inescapable love for his sisters despite his resistance and the passions he shares with Eve, eventually blooming into a love. There's a plot dealing with the history of Dean and his sisters' parents, dead 20 years ago after an accident ended their lives. Their parents didn't share a loving relationship, and we find out more about the siblings' mother's love affair with another man. They weren't the most caring, loving parents either, as the father them to their own devices while the mother was happier in her affair. After their deaths, an uncle takes Dean away from Harmony, KY, while his two sisters grow up under their Aunt Lorna's care.

I actually found myself more interested in Roger's character than Dean's though. Roger was very interesting as the suspicious man who claims to love the eldest sister, Cam. I also thought Cam had more depth than the other two women in the novel, Cam's sister Jacki and our heroine Eve Lavon.

The ending isn't bad and concludes in a true romance-genre fashion. The story is really about a long-estranged brother finding his place amongst his family again and discovering true love on the side.
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