{Review+G!veaway} Rouge by Leigh Talbert Moore #RougeBlogTour @leightmoore

November 29, 2012 Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews 8

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

Release Date: November 11, 2012

300 pages

Age Group: New Adult

Source: ecopy from Author

Series: Cheveux Roux, #1


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.

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Rouge will really appeal to fans of theater and Moulin Rouge. (and to people who didn’t like Moulin Rouge- if there is anyone else out there besides me. I think I am the only person on the planet to not have enjoyed that movie. Someone pointed out to me on twitter that this book reminded her of Moulin Rouge, and I hadn’t even thought of it at that point. I like Rouge way more than I liked Moulin Rouge) 

There were a bunch of really great characters in Rouge. I loved Beau and Roland. (and no, they are not both love interests) I also really liked Hale. She seemed so practical and focused. She really wanted her plan to work so she could get herself and Teeny out of the corrupt theater. I respected her trying to get out of that life, but Teeny seemed so ungrateful all the time and like a little brat, so it hurt me to see Hale continuously putting so much on the line to try and help a little girl who didn’t even seem to care. Hale took Teeny in from the street and shared everything she had with the girl. I know Teeny loves Hale but she was a petulant child throughout so much of the book. I also enjoyed Evie, but I wish we had seen more of her. I also wished we saw a little bit more of Gavin. I need to figure that guy out, he is still kinda a mystery to me. There are even more characters in Rouge. I loved that there was a complete cast of very different characters in this theater family. It was really cool to see how close most of them were. 

Hale seems so practical all the time, that I really did think that she thought she would be immune to love. Sure, she thought that she could grow fond or even love Freddie, her rich suitor. But other than that, I think she thought that no other guy would be able to sweep her off her feet. But sweet ole Beau threw a wrench in her perfect plan. I loved him. He was so open about how he felt, it was nice. 

I won’t lie, I hated the ending! It seemed so final and it just made me sad. But then I saw it was a series, and I brightened up so much. Now I just see this ending as a roadblock, and it makes me want to start reading the second book asap. I need to see what is going to happen next with Hale. Knowing her, there will be some sort of situation going on. She always seems to find herself in some kind of trouble. I enjoyed Rouge. It set the stage for what appears to be a very promising series!
3/5 gavels

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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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8 Responses to “{Review+G!veaway} Rouge by Leigh Talbert Moore #RougeBlogTour @leightmoore”

  1. DoingDewey

    I lived in Louisiana for a while, but the only books I’ve read that are set there are Anne Rice’s vampire novels. This sounds like a fun one I could try 🙂

  2. LTM

    Thanks so much for the great review, Michelle! I’m working hard to have #2 ready for late-winter/early spring. So I wont keep you waiting long! Good luck to the contest entered! Best~ 🙂 <3

  3. Jess (The Cozy Reader)

    As you already know, I loved Moulin Rouge and didn’t enjoy how closely this book followed that plot. The more reviews I’m reading shows that just about everyone else was able to move beyond the likeness, which is great, I wish I would have been able to too.

    I loved the characters in this too. All but Hale really. She bored me a little.

    I think the second book will be better. It sounds like it’ll be set in Paris and should offer a much better setting the NOLA, which isn’t represented too well in Rouge with Hale only leaving the theater a handful of times.

    Good review.

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