"Let the good times roll!"

Return to the Louisiana bayou, and those sexy LeDeux brothers, four years after Luc and Sylvie tied the knot in THE LOVE POTION. Tante Lulu is up to her old tricks and Remy' bachelor days are numbered -- for sure!

Rachel Fortier is burning her bridges, well at least the exercise equipment her idiot fiancé had given her for every special occasion for the last five years. How she hated exercise! But it wasn't that that finally brought her to her senses. No, it was discovering quite by accident that David had gotten a vasectomy without even consulting her. When he'd claimed he'd done it for her, to keep her "almost" perfect body intact, it had been the last straw. With the help of her two best friends she'd built the cathartic bon fire, taken time off from her career as a Fung Shui decorator, and left D.C. behind for some R. and R. in Louisiana, on her newfound granny's "plantation". The thought of having family after years of being shuttled between foster homes warmed Rachel's heart.

Granny a.k.a. Gizelle Fortier will soon be getting a visit from Remy LeDeux as well. Remy, a chopper pilot, is hoping to land a contract with the DEA, to do aerial drug surveillance. In order to get the job, he'd been asked to expand his landing pad, and the ornery tobacco spitting Gizelle was the only one who had the amount of property he needed. Unfortunately he had more than one old woman to handle at the moment, because if he wasn't mistaken that was his Tante Lulu on the upper deck of his houseboat, singing "Happy Birthday" at the top of her lungs. In light of past birthday surprises this did not bode well for Remy. What an understatement! Lulu is sporting a cake, large enough to cover his entire table, with four little St. Jude statues poked in each corner. She'd also brought him a hope chest for a birthday present. He knew what that meant. Luc, Sylvie, and his three little nieces were living testimony to the power of the hope chest. Except that Remy never entertained thoughts of wife and family. The damage his body had sustained in Operation Desert Storm had taken that dream from him. What woman would want a man as badly scarred as he?

Rachel Fortier, that's who! One glance at Remy and the shocking reality of her Granny's plantation (an ancient log cabin in the middle of a swamp ) fades to nothing compared to the electricity generated by his sexy smile and dark Cajun eyes. Whooee! This man with all his physical imperfections appealed to her far more than her visually perfect fiancé ever had. Remy is dumbstruck as well. It may well be a match made in heaven, but Rachel has trust issues and Remy has deep dark secrets that could destroy their relationship before it even had a chance to blossom.

Not to worry! With Rachel's new grandma threatening to shoot any LeDeux that set foot on her property, and Remy's Tante Lulu threatening to make her a wedding quilt, and every other assorted relative from Remy's loving brothers, to Rachel's mullet sporting cousin Beau, to bouffant and spandex wearing Charmaine, and a teenaged pistol named Tee-John interfering at every turn -- Remy was about to have his houseboat redecorated and his heart jumpstarted. Was that St. Jude he heard laughing in the background?

This tale will make the reader a believer in love at first sight. The passion between this pair will have you running for the ice water. I think what I love best about Ms. Hill's work is the way she is able to treat serious life issues with both humor and sensitivity, while giving her characters the support and guidance to find their way in spite of the obstacles in their path. You will feel Remy and Rachel's pain and revel in their joy, and by tale's end will be truly satisfied that all is right with their world. If you've enjoyed Ms. Hill's work in the past, you will love TALL, DARK, AND CAJUN. I can't wait to find out who Lulu's next victim will be!

Copyright © 2003

Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted June 5, 2003


A Cajun pilot who lost his good looks but never lost his sense of humor.

An uptight Feng Shui decorator who needs her funny bone tickled, for sure.

A wacky grandma who chews tobacco,

A cousin who sports a Mullet hairdo

A brother who got his you-know-what snipped,

A folk healer who can "smoke the baby,"

An ex-Miss Louisiana who sports big Texas hair,

A cowboy with a butt to-die-for,

Wild Cajun music, and good Loo-zi-ana food.

Where else could it be, but down on the bayou?

Let the good times roll, baby!


Men! After finally dumping her fiancé, whose idea of romance was making sure she toned her butt and abs, decorator Rachel Fortier hightails it out of D.C. straight for Cajun country. But her ex-taxidermist grandma's cabin on stilts in the Louisiana bayou isn't quite the grand estate she imagined. Throw in a pet alligator named Useless, a herd of Southerners born and bred, and Remy LeDeux, the smoldering-eyed pilot angling for her family's property, and Rachel's in for a passel of trouble- especially since their chemistry is hotter than the Atchafalaya Swamp in July. With his miniskirted great-aunt itching to marry him off and her rifle-toting grandma ready to shoot Remy the second he sets foot on her land, the sexiest bad boy this side of the Mason-Dixon line will need a special kind of voodoo to win this civil war.


Tall, Dark, and Cajun
(Cajun Contemp. Series: Book 2)
by Sandra Hill

Warner Books (Forever)
July 1, 2003
ISBN #0446612944
EAN #9780446612944
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