Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Review: Rouge by Leigh Talbert Moore

Title: Rouge
Author: Leigh Talbert Moore
Author Info: Blog|Twitter|Facebook
Genre: New Adult
Source: Author
Format: eBook
Publication Date: 11th November 2012
Purchase: Amazon.com|Barnes & Noble|Kobo|Smashwords

Tell Me About It
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.
My Thoughts
When I was contacted about reviewing Rouge I was hesitant to accept as it was a light historical/theatre romance and I tend to avoid any historical books. But after reading the synopsis and finding out out more about the book I quickly accepted. Once I began reading I soon found myself getting lost in the world Leigh has created. Rouge tells us a story about Hale, a performer in a theatre that has a seedy background behind the scenes, taking Teeny under her wings Hale must find a way for this pair to escape before Teeny herself is tangled up in the theatre's secret.

I loved Hale, she is fiercely protective of Teeny and does what she thinks is right for her, rather than what she truly wants in her heart, even if it means capturing the attention of Freddie, a well off gentleman who has set his eyes on Hale and wants to win her over. Hale soon has a plan in motion for Teeny and herself, but soon a complication arises in the form of Beau.

Rouge was a great read from start to finish, and once I was used to the words they use and how they talk I soon found myself eager to get through the book to find out what happens to Hale and Teeny. When her decision is finally made I was torn between what she chose and what she wanted. I loved Beau from the moment I met him and I really liked how he looked out for Hale and wanted to be the best for her, and while their feelings for each other causes a rift between Teeny and Hale, I was happy to see them get over it and become firm friends again. However Freddie is able to help Hale's escape from the theatre, and with Teeny they can finally be free of what is keeping them prisoner.

Leigh certainly has a way with words and I love the detail that has gone into describing the costumes, the clothes, the theatre and area surrounding it, but most importantly the way she write her characters. Each character stands out perfectly from the other and by the time I came to the last few sentences I was so emotionally invested in them it was hard to see them go, not knowing who I would see again and when. Rouge was definitely a surprise read, one that I enjoyed far more than I expected to and I cant wait till the next installment is released, I need to know what happens next.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for the great review, Michelle! Love that you loved ROUGE! :o) <3


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