So Into You

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Angel Sabato has been in love with best friend Grace O'Brien for 10 years—but he's only just realized it. Too bad she doesn't take him seriously when he tells her about his feelings. Reeling from the rejection, Angel hightails it out of town.

Now Grace is left to wonder if her problems from the past are keeping her from opening herself to love. But she brushes these "useless" musings aside, concentrating instead on the work she's doing as an ...

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Overview

Angel Sabato has been in love with best friend Grace O'Brien for 10 years—but he's only just realized it. Too bad she doesn't take him seriously when he tells her about his feelings. Reeling from the rejection, Angel hightails it out of town.

Now Grace is left to wonder if her problems from the past are keeping her from opening herself to love. But she brushes these "useless" musings aside, concentrating instead on the work she's doing as an apprentice to folk healer Tante Lulu and keeping up with the old woman's good deeds.

Such as starting a foundation to help families still homeless after Hurricane Katrina. One family consists of 5 children who lost their parents. The eldest, only seventeen, has been struggling to take care of her siblings and lying like heck to the state agencies in order to keep everyone together. Tante Lulu and Grace take the children under their wings and decide the foundation will build a house for them.

Re-enter Angel, who helps with the construction. Unbeknownst to Grace, Tante Lulu has decided to try her hand at matchmaking again. And Tante Lulu has never failed before!

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Editorial Reviews

Christine Feehan
"Smart, sexy, laugh-out-loud action! Sandra Hill always delivers."
New York Times extended bestseller Susan Wiggs
"Sandra Hill writes stories that tickle the funny bone and touch the heart. Her books are always fresh, romantic, inventive and hilarious."
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"Smart, sexy, laugh-out-loud action! Sandra Hill always delivers."—Christine Feehan, New York Times bestselling author

"Humor and Hill are definitely a winning team."—Romantic Times BOOKclub Magazine

"Sandra Hill writes stories that tickle the funny bone and touch the heart. Her books are always fresh, romantic, inventive and hilarious."—New York Times extended bestseller Susan Wiggs

Romantic Times BOOKclub Magazine
"Humor and Hill are definitely a winning team."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446535779
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 220,805
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Hill is a graduate of Penn State and worked for more than 10 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. She is the wife of a stockbroker and the mother of four sons.

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  • Posted May 18, 2009

    The banter is witty, the love is passionate, and the sex is hot.

    Grace had a horrible childhood, had an abortion and delivered a baby as a teen, became a nun, and became a wealthy poker player. Then, she became an herb healer. To make herself repent from her past sins and to keep others from knowing about them, she shuns Angel, a hot, wealthy guy who is obviously madly in love with her.
    Grace is forced to face herself and her past. She is forced to face Angel-even after she rejected him.
    I read this book in one day. I just could not put it down. The banter is witty, the love is passionate, and the sex is hot. This is a great love story. Do not pass this up!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2009

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    Missed the Mark

    Usually I adore Sandra Hill's Cajun series. Tante Lulu and her clan provide plenty of laughs. With SO INTO YOU, I think the book missed the mark. It definitely had moments, but there were other aspects I felt detracted from what should have been the key plot.

    Grace O'Brien's apprenticing with Tante Lulu learning all about alternative medicine. Some readers will remember Grace from other Jinx, Inc. stories. Grace's long-time friend Angel Sabato admits he's in love with her, but Grace sends him packing. She has secrets to hide and she's definitely not ready to reveal any of them to Angel.

    A year passes. Grace learns that Angel rebounded by marrying another. Which hurts, but Grace is busy with Tante Lulu. During one of their outings, they come across a sick teenager who hides her own secret. She's raising her younger siblings following the death of their parents and if social services discovers the truth, they'll be separated. Grace and Lulu do what it takes to ensure this family remains together, even if it means talking Angel into returning to Cajun country.

    With that, Lulu sets out on a new mission in life. She's starting a charitable foundation that will help families affected by Hurricane Katrina. She also has plans to ensure Angel gets the next Hope Chest and that he and Grace realize they are destined to be together.

    Angel and Grace's romance shares the same blistering heat as other Sandra Hill novels. I loved the addition of a new charity to keep Tante Lulu active and see how that can lead to a new line of novels should Ms. Hill opt to go in that direction.

    My issues with this book are mainly with Grace. When her "big secret" is revealed, all I could think was "that's it?!" It seems rather disappointing that so bold a woman was stewing over a trivial matter.

    The orphans that Grace and Lulu help seem pushed to the background after the truth about Grace's past is revealed. From that point on, I found they were treated more like afterthoughts that key players in the book. While the story revolves around the new charity building a lasting home for these kids, they really did seem to play second fiddle and most of the story involved Grace, Angel and then Grace's secret.

    Die-hard Hill fans will still want to read it, but it definitely didn't make my list of favorites.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2009

    So romantic!

    SO INTO YOU by Sandra Hill was absolutely the best 'pick me up' mood read for me! This book so captivated me from page one til the very end where I ended in wanting to read anything and everything of hers! I really enjoy contemporary romances that have a strong romance, meaning the emotional and sexual tension that grows as their romance grows. This book so perfectly had it! I was on the edge of my seat at times, teary eyed and other times laughing right out loud! Even though I haven't read the JINX's books of Sandra Hill's (I'll be changing that soon!), this book so stands on its own. SO INTO YOU is the first in the Bayou Angel series which are centered around an elderly but young at heart, Louise Rivard, known as Tante Lulu. Tante Lulu is a 93 year old Traiteur and folk healer. Grace O'Brien, an apprentice to Tante Lulu is tagging along with together to learn as well about folk healing. Set 4 years in Louisiana after the Katrina Hurricane and devastation of the families and homes there, Tante Lulu pairs up with another foundation that helping wishes become true. Together they call it Louisiana Hope Foundation consisting of Starr's Hope and St. Jude's Angels. As Tante Lulu has her faith in St. Jude, she's determined to keep families together, specifically the family that lost both parents over time and a young 19 year old taking care of keeping 3 other siblings and her together and out of Child Protective Services reach. Bringing together too her nephew and family of the LeDeux's, Tante Lulu brings in Angel Sabato who's a half brother of Tee-John (John LeDeux's) wife (WILD JINX). As Tante Lulu and history of her matchmaking adventures in her previous books, she's at it again, this time bringing Angel back to help this family in building a home and fund-raising to keep the family together. This also brings Angel back with Grace to work together. Angel is determined for Grace to see beyond their friendship and Tante Lulu is there to help! As times I cried when I felt so much for Grace's past and all the healing she's needs to do, I felt like I was going through it with her as I read this book. This author Sandra Hill writes in a way that will have you feeling the empathy, sensitivity and reactions as the characters do. Without giving away her past and secrets, I could so understand and sense the hesitancy that Grace felt to make big steps in her life. As she make changes through her life from being a nun, to a poker player and now learning about folk healing, her helping this family in need brought out so much of her heart in how well she relates to others and children. Angel has his own heart to heal about Grace's past rejection and making decisions about setting down to find his own home and where his heart belongs, as his racing away from rejection doesn't ease the pain. Tante Lulu is there with it all! I so much laughed that I had to elbow my hubby 'read this' 'read that' and he did with delight! Other times I was teary eyed and looked up to him and he knows that even tho these characters may not be real life ones, there is still so much true in them about our own growing in our life that never ends both personally and in our relationship with our significant other. Too, it so brings out how we should not forget the devastation of what Katrina did to Louisiana and surrounding areas and states. The need there still continues today. I not only fell in love with Angel and Grace, but I absolutely adored Tante Lulu. Its a must read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2012

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    For fans of the Cajun Bad Boys and Jinx Series from Sandra Hill

    In Wild Jinx we were left wondering if Angel Sabato and Grace O'Brien were ever going to fall in love. Well in So Into You, Tante Lulu and of course St Jude, are trying their best to get this couple who are so right for each other together. Good Story.

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  • Posted September 20, 2009

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    How do I love thee Sandra Hill?

    Sandra Hill brings romance to New Orleans again. This time for Angel and Grace. I enjoy her books because they are funny and because things always turn out for the good. I like that this book reminds us that even if Katrina is gone, her impact still remains.

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  • Posted July 14, 2009

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    The return to Cajun country for the magic of Tante Lulu will elate fans of Sandra Hill

    Angel Sabato asked poker champion adventuress and former nun Grace O'Brien to marry him as he informed her he loved her; shocked that her friend declared his affection, she said no because of a secret that would turn his love to loathing. He married someone else, but that rebound relationship failed rather quickly and he fled for Germany to lick his wounds.

    One year later he has returned to the Bayou. Tante Lulu asks him in her sweet ordering manner to help build a house for a family of orphans, victims of Katrina. He agrees, but in exchange begs Tante Lulu to help him marry his beloved Grace. Soon Angel and Grace are trying to keep the orphans together. Meanwhile the object of Angel's adulation wants to say yes if he asks again, but fears telling her beloved the truth about her past; and he deserves nothing less if she says yes.

    The return to Cajun country for the magic of Tante Lulu will elate fans of Sandra Hill as the author provides the usual facetious farcical frolic but also contains two serious subplots: Grace's past that has her rejecting Angel's proposal and the orphans' efforts to stay together although the oldest is a teen. Fans of the series are so into the Cajun romances, "there must be voodoo in the vibes" (Atlanta Rhythm band).

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted May 21, 2009

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    Southern Charm!

    Author Sandra Hill is the best-selling writer of more than twenty titles including: Tall, Dark, and Cajun, The Cajun Cowboy, The Red-Hot Cajun, Pink Jinx, Pearl Jinx, and Wild Jinx. She resides in central Pennsylvania with her husband the stock broker, her four sons, and very large dog.
    Listed as Cajun Book Number 8, So Into You follows Grace O'Brien, a redhead who has been a nun, poker player champion, treasure hunter, and folk healer. She's up for just about anything except marriage. So when her best friend and co-worker, Angel Sabato, declares his undying love for her and proposes, she freaks out. Heartbroken, Angel leaves town as fast as the plane allows. Grace begins working with Tante Lulu helping a poor teenage girl trying to keep her siblings together in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. But starting a foundation, avoiding social services, and building a house are more than they're cracked up to be. Tante Lulu, with match-making forever in mind, goads Angel back to Louisiana to help. And down in Cajun country, love sometimes comes with a mess of trouble. Trouble that can throw Grace and Angel into each others arms where they belong.
    This book is dedicated to the Hurricane Katrina survivors, and though the foundation in this book is fictitious, the author has several charities listed on her site for this cause if you wish to check it out, www(dot)sandrahill(dot)net.
    Though Tante Lulu was a hilarious Cajun southern Louisiana woman of ninety some years old, I did find her dialect a bit tiresome to read toward the end. Then again, I just don't know how the book could have done without it.
    In saying that, it is apparent that Sandra Hill, good ole humor, strong characters, and a witty plot go hand-in-hand. Fans of her previous books will not be let down with this new book in her Cajun Series. Sandra is planning a new blog on her website with Tante Lulu (a fictional character in this series), of which I cannot wait. Who knew a meddling old southern woman could be so addicting? This book is the perfect example of how secondary characters should be. The setting was phenomenal, the dialog hilarious, and the romance frustrating and sweet. The plot will hook you from page one.
    So Into You, by Sandra Hill, delivers a punch packed with true southern charm, romance, and fun-filled hilarity.

    Kelly Moran,
    Author and Reviewer

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