Welcome back to New York Times bestseller Sandra Hill’s Cajun country, where love heats up the Louisiana bayou . . .
Former Chicago cop Simone LeDeux is back home in the bayou, sharing a double wide in the Pearly Gates trailer park to help her mama recover from surgery. Her one rule: no Cajun men. Loved and left by too many double-crossing Cajuns, Simone puts bad experience to good use by opening Legal Belles: an agency that uncovers cheating spouses.
Suddenly she’s confronting a two-timer about to swindle his wife out of millions and antagonizing New Orleans bigwigs over an illegal sex club. Adam Lanier learns of the dangerous game Simone is playing . . . and the sexy single dad comes to her aid. Known as a rogue in the courtroom and a player in the bedroom, the ragin’ Cajun has Simone triply on guard.
With their crazy chemistry, danger on their trail, and infamous LeDeux relative Tante Lulu working her magical matchmaking, the bayou has never been this steamy.
SASCHA DARLINGTON’S REVIEW
So, I really wanted to read Cajun Crazy. (It might have something to do with Cajun men murmuring “darlin'” all the time, which is neither here nor there. Well, actually, yes it is, but forget that.)
The beginning lived up to my expectations. The writing was conversationally funny and I liked the characters of Simone and Adam apart, even if together they didn’t come off quite as steamy as I expected (wanted) them to. Each of them were unique and kind of fun.
Unfortunately, so many characters drifted across the 389 pages that I found myself skimming, which is almost invariably a sign of death for a novel. Also, there were scenes without the main characters. Now, I don’t know about you, but when I’m reading a romance, I like to read about the main characters. If there are scenes without them, then it should be for a very good reason. I didn’t feel that here. However, maybe it’s a “thing” that the author has done throughout. How to know on your first (albeit the 11th) in a series? And, I’m not a fan of a writer taking on dialect. You can be an expert in a particular dialect, but if it slows down my reading, it’s a problem as far as I’m concerned.
The fact is that Cajun Crazy is the 11th book in the series and this installment shows that. I do believe that if you had read the previous 10 books in the series that you would love Cajun Crazy. You would have a vested interest in the secondary and tertiary characters that I didn’t feel. I think I would too, have that vested interest, and I don’t think I would have skimmed a single word. I would have loved to revisit all of my old friends.
Where does that leave us? Personally I’m not giving up on Sandra Hill or the Cajun series. What I liked in Cajun Crazy, I really, really liked. I can see myself bingeing on the previous novels and gaining an appreciation for all aspects of Cajun Crazy, well, you know, except for the dialect writing. I am never going to appreciate that. But the rest of it? I think I could definitely be a fan. Now, back to book one. See ya soon!
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
3 butterflies and a ladybug out of 5 butterflies
About the Book
by Sandra Hill
November 28, 2017
“I’ve been attracted to you from the first moment we met.”
“I’m surprised that you would admit that. Kind of lessens your odds.”
“You’re assuming this is a game. I’m too old to play games. Actually, they never interested me much. How about you?”
“Oh, games can be fun sometimes.”
“Tease!” Adam said with a chuckle and nipped her on the chin with his teeth.
It wasn’t a kiss or a bite, but she felt it all the way down to “Red-dy and Willing,” the color of her toenail polish.
Simone remembered her bad history with Cajun men and her resolution to avoid them in the future.
“Um, I think it’s time to cut this flower in the bud. I am not going to do this again.”
“Do what, darlin’?”
That damn “darlin’ ” again! “Get involved with another Cajun man.”
“You’re going to give me the boot just because
“Well, lucky you, babe, because I’m only half Cajun.”
About Sandra Hill
Sandra Hill is a graduate of Penn State and worked for more than ten years as a features writer and education editor for publications in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Writing about serious issues taught her the merits of seeking the lighter side of even the darkest stories.