Nov 27, 2012

Blog Tour: Rouge by Leigh Talbert Moore

Welcome to my stop on the Rouge Blog Tour hosted by YA Bound. Click HERE to check out the full blog tour schedule!

Rouge (Cheveux Roux, #1)
Release Date: November 11, 2012
300 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
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.

Mature YA/light historical/theater romance

Purchase Rouge:
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About the Author:

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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My review:

*I will try to keep this review spoiler-free, since the element of surprise is one of my favorite things about Rouge.*

If there's one thing I had to tell you about Rouge, it would be read it! I signed up for this tour immediately after reading the summary, since I haven't yet read a romance set in a cabaret. It didn't disappoint. On the contrary.

I got lost in the story immediately, and it flowed so smoothly that I didn't notice the hours fly by. I absolutely loved how the author throws in small surprises in every chapter that will either make you gasp or giggle. Rouge is filled with extremely likable characters, well-developed and multidimensional. I admired Hale's strength and determination to keep Teeny safe no matter what the cost. I also very much liked Roland, a protective, friendly and fatherly figure, but with a few dark secrets of his own. The romance between Hale and Beau makes for quite a few toe-curling passionate, but also heartbreaking moments. The author doesn't make things easy for her characters and doesn't choose the most likely solutions-the pain and difficulties feel real, and the struggles that Hale has to overcome make for an exciting and emotional read.

Set in a New Orleans underground theater where Hale is the main star, Rouge provides a rich atmosphere- music, costumes, light, laughter, but there's a darker side to the glitter.After the heart-breaking ending, I was ecstatic to find out that this is the first book in the series, and I cannot wait to read more. No doubt, the sequel will be teeming with intrigues! (Poor Hale!)

Leigh Talbert Moore is a very talented writer. I loved everything about this story and I highly recommend it, mostly because it's not a typical HEA romance, but also for the great writing, lovable characters and suspense.


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