Author: Leigh T. Moore
Source: ebook from author for review
Mature YA/New Adult
Trapped in the underground theater world of 1890s New Orleans, Hale Ferrer has only one goal: escape. But not without Teeny, the orphan-girl she rescued from the streets and promised to protect.
Freddie Lovel, Hale's wealthy Parisian suitor, seems to be the easy solution. If only his touch could arouse her interest like Beau's, the penniless stagehand who captures her heart.
Denying her fears, Hale is poised to choose love until an evil lurking in their cabaret-home launches a chain of events that could cost her everything.
Light historical/theater romance
Hale Ferrer has a plan. She plans to marry one of her most devoted fans and move to Paris and get Teeny far away from the cabaret house. Teeny doesn't know of the horrible, disgusting things that goes on behind closed doors late at night. And that is just the way Hale wants to keep it. What wasn't part of Hale's plan was Beau and the feelings she starts to have for him. Those feelings could jeopardize her and Teeny's future.
I really enjoyed reading Rouge. It is definitely different than the sort of books I am used to reading. I honestly am not sure I have read a book from this time period in New Orleans, but I was truly fascinated with it. It did take a moment to get acclimated to the time period and the ways of the characters. I forget that ladies usually had to be chaperoned and women, if not raised well, could be a little rough around the edges. But all in all I was very happy with the setting and thought Moore did a great job giving the reader a believable New Orleans from that time. (But don't take my word for it, I have only been to New Orleans once and didn't care much for it.)
As for the characters...well I will say I thought they were all great. I especially loved Roland. I thought he was a great asset to the story and loved his devotion to Hale. What I wasn't fond of was that I didn't feel I knew Beau all that much. It was like one minute he was there and bam, we were supposed to know and love him. I honestly felt like I didn’t know him at all. And I didn't feel the chemistry between Hale and Beau until the end of the book and it was just a bit by that point.
I am looking forward to seeing this whole thing play out. Without giving much away for the next book, I am excited to see where the book is going. Paris!! Eeep! Oh the things that Moore can and will do with this story. I know it will be wonderful. Bring on the romance, bring on the scandal.
So there you have it, my review of Rouge. Thank you Moore for asking me to review your book and I look forward to more of your work. In fact, I think after reading Rouge I am really looking more and more forward to reading your other book, The Truth About Faking.
Leigh Talbert Moore is a wife and mom by day, a writer by day, a reader by day, a freelance editor when time permits, a chocoholic, a caffeine addict, a lover of YA and new adult romance (really any great love story), a beach bum, and occasionally she sleeps.
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Signed Print copies of Rouge for US readers, e-book copies for International readers.