by Leigh Talbert Moore


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Rouge by Leigh Talbert Moore

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/New Adult; light historical; theater romance

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781480124417
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/11/2012
Pages: 302
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)

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Rouge 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
iheartyabooks More than 1 year ago
WOW! Leigh Talbert Moore just knocked my socks off with Rouge! Yep! I love this novel. Rouge is a totally wonderful surprise, with the story taking place in a Cabaret during 1890 New Orleans, and with what’s happening off stage behind closed doors…let's just say, I was not expecting this, but am so thrilled that Moore wrote this sadistic storyline with a beautiful romance between Hale and Beau. Rouge’s awesome storyline and amazing characters stole my heart from the first page, and I couldn't put this book down. Moore’s talents as an amazing writer and storyteller are clearly seen as you read. Hale sings for Gavin's theater/cabaret to keep her and Teeny from starving and living on the back streets of New Orleans. Hale saved Teeny (who is twelve now) from the streets five years before. Hale is turning eighteen and time is running out for her, but she has a plan, a plan that will save her and Teeny from the evil that is coming. Hale's plan is all working out with the rich Freddie Lovel, until a new stage hand is hired to work at the cabaret. Beau is gorgeous and sweet, and Hale's heart has betrayed her, falling in love with a poor stage hand is not part of her plan. I quickly loved Hale. She’s strong and her protectiveness in keeping Teeny safe won my heart right from the first page. I also loved Hale and Beau's steamy and tender romance. But there was one part between them that made my mouth drop open and I grasped. I could’ve kicked Beau's beautiful, sweet little behind. Moore definitely got me when Beau did this. I have never known this to happen in novel before. Don't get me wrong, it was friggin’ fantastic how Moore wrote this part. It definitely got a WTH? reaction out me. When Beau did what he did, it seared pain through my heart, and of course me being the kind of woman I am, wanted to give him some very serious painful hurt to his down stairs parts lol! You will love this scene between Hale and Beau when you read it. I know I did! After I kept reading and understood how Beau was thinking in this scene. Leigh Talbert Moore, you got me good with Beau on that one! Rouge has everything an awesome story needs for me to totally fall in love with this light historical novel: New Orleans in 1890, spine-tingling suspense, intense drama, fantastic characters, a cabaret/brothel setting, and a beautiful, heart-gripping, steamy romance. I highly recommend Rouge as a must read! PLEASE I NEED THE SEQUEL NOW!!
Kimmiecb More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite new reads! FABULOUS storyline! I love the characters! CAN NOT WAIT for the sequel!!
Melissa_Hardy More than 1 year ago
Rouge was a pretty awesome read. I was nervous at first about reading this book. It takes place in the 1890's and historic books aren't always relatable, that was so not the case with this book! Aside from the highly controversial stuff (for the time period) going on in an underground theatre, I wouldn't have thought this was a historical know, none of that boring repetitive history stuff, lol. BUT The historical setting of this book is what makes it! Without the controversy that surrounds the time period and the lady like attitude of our heroine, Hale....we would have crap! lol Needless to say, I love this book! The time period, the characters the was all so intriguing and hard to put down. I read it in one night and Ashley did the same. We became involved in the story...I just wanted to make the decisions for Hale but I knew I couldn't (lol, even if she were a real person, the decisions she has to make are ones that someone must make on their own). Some parts will wreck your nerves, some will break your heart while others will make you want to grab Hale and ask her "What the hell was she was thinking"! You won't be disappointed with the love triangle in this book (Well maybe you will at the end, but I'll never tell!).
Naj More than 1 year ago
If you've read Leigh's first book The Truth About Faking, you should probably be warned. This book is a lot more edgy, mature and serious than the YA contemporary romance. This is for the older YA readers. Leigh took a risk, a risk that takes you on a swooning and raging ride up and down. A risk that every author should take to enhance their writing skills before they hit it big. And this risk is Rouge. You know you've experienced something so different when you come out of it feeling confused and all together absent-minded. That's exactly how I felt when I finished this book. I was like : Woah. Did I really just read that? And I mean this all in a good way. I loved how different Leigh's writing was in this one. It was a lot more deep and advanced and I absolutely loved it. I enjoyed all the characters, especially Roland, who is constantly there for our protagonist, Hale, when she gets in trouble. Hale is a troubled 18-year-old who only thinks about how to make her and her "Ward's" (Teeny) life better. She always thinks about ways to escape a life on stage and a life living in a secret Brothel where no one knows when she'll be the next body they'll sell. I loved Hale's determination and strength even though she made me react negatively a couple of times. But hey! All protagonists do that to a reader when they make bad choices. Likewise, I harbored dislike towards Teeny and Beau (Hale's Poor Lover), they were both so frustrating. They were the main reasons of Hale's drama in her life and I can't help but dislike them both. Despite all the terrible things that happened to Hale. She manages to put on a straight face and continue on living to her best ability even if she doesn't want to anymore. Of course, she had a pillar to hold onto and that pillar was Roland. Her long time best friend and first real crush. Roland was my favorite character, who was the only one with real smarts throughout the story. That guy can get you out of anything with one of his trustworthy plans. I couldn't get enough of him. The plot as mentioned in the synopsis, had so much depth and darkness that I couldn't believe Leigh wrote it. Makes a reader really stop and think that your favorite authors will always manage to surprise you when you least expect it. My hats (all of them) are off at Leigh's brilliance! (Yes, I'm that impressed). Overall, Rouge is an unexpected experience of the drama and troubles of a teenage female singer in the 1890's, New Orleans and how she provides for herself and the little girl she took under her wing. The story is deep, dark with enough realism to make you so glad you weren't of that time. Leigh is one step closer to being a master story-teller!
twimom101 More than 1 year ago
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.
MeganHandWrites1 More than 1 year ago
When Leigh first told me about her book, I was… not disappointed, but I certainly didn’t expect it – a Cabaret Theater novel set in the 1890s. I thought, Okay. I’ll read it. Someday soon. Then I kept seeing updates for it. The cover. The synopsis. Her excitement for the release. At the time, I was only about 15,000 words behind my NaNo goal – having a two year old will do that – and I had already blasted to bits my personal promise of no TV and books. This book was really starting to intrigue me, and I was feeling particularly antsy that night, so I purchased it and started it right away. And spent the next two days swept away (still ticking away at that NaNo goal, so I couldn’t completely immerse myself). If I didn’t expect the summary, the novel pushed my expectations over the edge. It pierced my heart with a fishhook and tugged and tugged and tugged until my ribs cracked under the pressure. So here I am, with my displaced heart, and a knot in my stomach, swelling by the page, and then – She did what? He did what? They did WHAT? I loved Hale. She was loving and generous and only slightly hardened by her upbringing. Other souls would’ve been more so, but she was a soft-tough cookie. And her motherly love for Teeny, while she was only seventeen herself, was so real. I felt it. Her emotions were so strong and THERE that I experienced them with her. Beau… What can I say about Beau? He was beautiful, soft, manly, wonderful. Heroic, protective, and strangely impulsive yet patient. Some of his actions shocked me, but they humanized him, and he redeems himself. Leigh really had a way with her secondary characters, as well. I wanted to be courted by Freddie, mother Teeny, and accept the shadow of Roland’s protective wing. Teeny – I wanted more of her. She was the typical semi-selfish twelve year old, but bright and good to the core. She broke my heart. Roland was a great friend to Hale, and – as a fellow pianist who’s never smoked a cigarette – I loved his ultra-confidence, and could picture perfectly him going at the piano with those big man hands, a burned down cigarette glowing from the corner of his mouth. Even Evie cracked my heart a little. And the evil that lurked beneath the surface threw me. Leigh makes some bold choices in her story, but I can kind of see Hale pulling the strings and telling her, It has to be this way. I can relate to that – the character making a choice you wouldn’t even consider. Overall, this was a wonderful novel. Set in the 1890s with the pace of a contemporary story, meaning there weren’t gobs of paragraphs of historical background/setting descriptions. I felt this fast paced life in my bones as I read it, could smell the cigarette smoke and all of Freddie's beautiful red roses. I could feel the rosin crackling beneath my feet. Leigh painted a world with just enough words to bring the scenes to life, perfectly showing how this time in New Orleans was vivid, wild, changing, and unpredictable, while hurrying us along with the characters. Be warned, this is the first of a series, and will leave you wanting oh so much more. I am looking forward to the oh so much more…
MikeandJolenePerry More than 1 year ago
This is a brilliant book that had me going up and down and biting my nails and swooning and then dying a little because it was just fantastic. A great setting and a great love story and an incredible journey of a young woman with just incredible strength. LOVE.
abarker More than 1 year ago
Leigh is the author of The Truth about Faking, which I absolutely loved, so when she asked me to review this book I was super excited! This book did not let me down. It was absolutely amazing! Leigh is such a talented writer. Her words make you feel like you are right there in the story, her characters are so believable. If you ever get a chance to read one of her books, do it! You will not be disappointed. I have never read a book with two love interest where I couldn't choose just one. Usually I immediately fall for one and the other I can't stand. I do have to say, I rooted for Beau a little more than Freddie only because he tried so hard to get Hale to choose him. He got a second job and found a house, he knew Hale's real story. As for Freddie, he has money and a house a high paying job. But Hale has to act around him, she can't be herself. Freddie loves Hale so much, I thought there had to be more too it. This is a gripping story of a girl who has to grow up too fast. Only seventeen and taking care of twelve year old Teeny, an orphan-girl she rescued from the streets and promised to protect. Torn between duty and her true love. I understand why she does some of the things she has to do. My heart broke for her and the things she had to go through. You have to read this story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hale is a likable main character with a hard life in the theater district of New Orleans. Hale needs to choose between her heart and her head throughout the gripping story with many facets and compelling conflicts. Moore's descriptive imagery and unique story kept me turning page after page into the late night. Leigh Talbert Moore is one of my new favorite authors! Looking forward to reading her next novel!
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
What an very interesting story! I don’t think I’ve read anything like this in a while. Plot: This story is based back in the late 1800′s in a cabaret. In case you don’t know what that is, cabaret a form of entertainment featuring music and drama, mostly performed by women. Another words, Burlesque dancers. During this time period, young women, in their teens performed in this place to make money. Having this story based on this is not only intriguing but totally captivating. Reading this story, makes this era feel…alive. Love: This area I felt was done right, cause back then this is why women would marry. Most didn’t marry for love. They married for convenience…money. They needed to meet a wealthy man so they can get off the streets or rather out of the cabaret. I like that this love developed slowly throughout the book, giving the reader time to invest in the characters. Darkside: These ladies may have some fantastic moments on stage but off stage is another secret. They are force to do things, like entertaining ugly, mean, old men. The horrors of what these girls go through, it breaks my heart. Ending: AHHHHHH! That’s all I’m saying!! Stepping back into the time period and reading such a emotional filled book is great. This story has so much to offer with the music, lights and action! Rouge is a fantastic start to a series I look forward to reading. Beautifully written, Rouge is great.
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Teelovesgio More than 1 year ago
Rouge was a very fun and exciting read for me. Anyone who knows me knows I love historical books that have descriptions that draw you in and you can actually feel the time period. With Rouge that is what I got and so much more. Set in New Orleans in the 1800's we get to meet an underground theater group. Hale is a singer for the show and she has adopted a small girl Teeny who was left to fend for herself. Hale is a strong character that I loved right away. She tried to do what was right but when she meet Beau the stage hand everything changed for her again.  Hale is to marry her wealthy Parisian Suitor Freddie. She is all set to do that until she falls for Beau. Beau makes her feel things she has never felt. But she soon realizes that their are other things she needs to think about and other people she needs to take care of. She has Teeny to take care of and Freddie can provide that life for them. But the heart wants what it wants and Hale is about to experience that sometimes it can be very hard to follow the heart. As Hale is caught up in something she will have no choice but to chose between her heart and money. What will she chose? Who will she chose? Will she go with her heart? Will she go with the money and security Freddie can bring? This is such a great love story that will carry you away. You will feel like you are right there next to Hale and when she chooses you will feel her passion in her choice. I have never read a book that has captured so many emotions and I could not tread fast enough because I had to find out what happened but i'll be damned I love Leigh but the ending was a shocker!
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