After banging his head against the political walls in Washington, D.C., Rene LeDeux has returned home to Bayou Black to find peace. He's currently working on his isolated cabin deep in the bayou, with his elderly Tante Lulu keeping him company and driving him crazy. Out of the blue, two of Rene's slightly crazy environmental-activist friends show up with Rene's high school nemesis, TV trial anchor Valerie Breaux, whom they've kidnapped.

Val can't believe the day she is having. First, she's unjustly fired from her job, then she's abducted. The capper is being dumped into the sexy lap of Rene and his crazy aunt. Before she knows it, Val is caught up in a zany plan to save the swamp and is being tempted into the arms of the sexiest man around.

The temperature is rising and the wackiness quotient is high in Hill's The Red-Hot Cajun. In need of a laugh? Look no further than this funny, sexy, warmhearted tale. (Apr., 336 pp., $6.50)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith