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Title: Rouge (Cheveux Roux, #1)
Author: Leigh T.Moore
Publication: November 11th, 2012
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
Hale is a singer in a cabaret show where her mother worked. When her mother died, Gavin, the owner, promised to protect her. There are many secrets to the theater though. The people that live there who aren't apart of the show are basically prostitutes. That is the way they earn their keep to stay there. Hale refuses to let that happen to her and Teeny. She is pushing a marriage proposal from Freddie while secretly loving Beau. Time runs out though so she has to make a choice. Will she choose Freddie and move to Paris with Teeny, or will she follow her heart and choose Beau?
I don't know how I feel about Hale as character. There were times that I loved her and times that I didn't like her. I loved how loyal she was. She was always putting other people before herself, especially Teeny. Her life choices was based on how she could take care of Teeny. That was the only reason she was wanting to marry Freddie. She doesn't love him, but he was rich and could provide for both of them. Then Beau stepped into the picture. The chemistry between them was immediate. She considered waiting for Beau to find a way to provide them until Guy showed up. Time ran out. I didn't like some of the things she said to Beau. She was constantly throwing in his face that he wasn't rich and couldn't provide for them. It really made me not like her. I mean she could have just left. Anything would have been better than where she was at. Something horrible at the end happened to her. I was in complete shock. No one deserved that. The fact that she protected Teeny was admirable. I didn't think she would have the guts to do what she did in the end, but she did. I was shocked.
I loved Beau!!! He was so kind, loving and considerate. All he wanted to do was be with Hale and protect her. He even wanted Teeny to come along with them. Beau was always asking Hale just to wait, but of course she was very mean about it. She wouldn't give him time. To me, that isn't love. He would have done anything for her.
Roland was my favorite character in the book. I loved the friendship he had with Hale. They do have a bond, but a different one. He has protected her since they were children. I hope one day he gets out of that place as well. Some bad things happened to him as well and it broke my heart. He is such a sweetie pie.
I also loved Evie. I felt really bad what happened to her. Roland saved the day her though at least. He was able to find a way to protect her and a couple of other people he knows. Teeny kinda got on my nerves at times. I am hoping she grows more in the next book though.
I didn't like the romance in the story. It didn't feel real to me. The chemistry was immediate and then they were all over each other. I love watching relationships grow and nothing like that happened here. It was the same from the beginning to the end of the story.
The story was beautifully written. Leigh did a great job with that!!! I felt like I was there the entire time. I was able to visually see what what going on in the story, and I was able to feel what they felt. It truly was a sad story full of danger and mystery. A few parts left me in complete shock. I do recommend this book for everyone to read. I am glad I got the chance to read it, but it isn't one that I would reread. Like I said, I am a romance junkie. Those are the parts I usually reread. I can't wait to read the sequel though. Rouge left off on a huge cliffhanger leaving me wanting more. I can't wait to see what happens next.
(Review copy provided by the author/blog tour host in exchange for an honest review)
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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