Publisher: Berkley Books
Simon Evans or “Sublime” to his fight fans, is a well known trainer of fighters. After breaking up with his girlfriend of five years, he decides to make a comeback in the fighting ring. Because of the dishonesty of his ex-girlfriend he values trust, honesty and loyalty above all.
Dakota Dream (interesting name) has had a tough life complete with a nasty ex-husband and a manipulative step-father. When her step-father demands that she bring his son (Simon) to him, Dakota feels she has no choice but to approach Simon as her step father is holding hostage letters from Dakota’s estranged mother. She hopes that if she succeeds she will be free of his demands after this. When Dakota arrives at the gym that Havoc (from Causing Havoc) owns and operates in Harmony, Kentucky, Simon is attracted to her from the beginning. Sparks begin to fly when Simon determines why she is there. He rejects any attempt to get him to see his father but he is immediately attracted to her! He sees Dakota as ballsy, smart, caring and hot but when he finds out that she hasn’t been honest with him, he has issues overcoming the honesty and trust issues.
I wanted to like this book as much as I enjoyed the previous one. Lori Foster can always be depended upon to produce sizzling sex scenes and racy stories. Although this one started with an interesting premise, Dakota was inconsistent from chapter to chapter. She didn’t come off as a likable character. She seemed to go out of her way to be unfriendly, even rude at times and I thought combative most of the time. I could see no redeeming qualities in her, and since I liked Simon, I didn’t see the attraction. Although the sex scenes sizzled (as usual for Lori Foster) I didn’t really feel the book was a good representation of what Lori Foster is capable of. I look forward to the next book in this series.
RT Book Reviews says” This sequel to Causing Havoc has delightfully familiar faces as well as intriguing new ones. The heroine, an abuse victim, is presented in a realistic way, working to overcome her fears and build a new relationship.” The Romance Reader gives this book three stars and says: “Highly readable, possibly flawed (depending on your point of view), this book is quintessential Lori Foster.”