Title: Rue Toulouse
Author: Debby Grahl
Published Date: January 15th 2015
Genre: Romance/ Suspense
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
It’s Mardi Gras time in New Orleans. Attending a masquerade ball, wealthy fashion designer Caterine Doucette, dressed as a shimmering ice princess, has her cool façade shattered when she encounters Bayou-born ex-cop Remi Michaud, disguised as the darkly handsome pirate Jean Lafitte. Their true identities hidden, the princess and the pirate come together in an explosion of passion and desire. But when fantasy turns to cold reality, Caterine panics and disappears into the night, unaware this man will soon be sent to rescue her from a killer and will capture her heart.
Orphaned at a young age, Caterine grew up in the home of her beloved grandmother, Miss Dauphine Doucette. Despised by her Doucette relatives for the devotion she received from her grandmère, Caterine suffered years of envy and disdain. The young Caterine learned quickly how easily the love she had to give could be thrown back in her face.
After Miss Dauphine turns over ownership of the century-old fashion house, Ma Chérie, to Caterine, an attempt is made on her life, for there are those in the Doucette family who will stop at nothing to possess what they feel is their rightful inheritance.
Not knowing whom to trust, Caterine goes into hiding. Miss Dauphine, convinced someone in her own family is behind the attack, hires Remi, now working for a private security company, to track her down and unmask her would-be assassin.
Learning that the affluent Caterine Doucette is the beautiful princess he held in his arms at the ball, Remi is torn between his growing desire for her and painful memories of another rich socialite’s betrayal. Caterine finds herself falling in love with Remi, but old embedded pain leaves her afraid to open her heart.
Down in the Big Easy, Caterine and Remi must learn to trust one another if they are to survive in a world of family greed and ruthless revenge.
What do you get when you mix a super hot Cajun Pirate with a socialite Ice Princess, add in the Big Easy at Mardi Gras time and some not so nice family members with murder in their eyes and you get an incredibly captivating story.
I am in love with this book. I just couldn’t put it down. The mix of suspense and romance always draws me in, but this one is a cut above the rest. The storyline in intriguing and the characters are well developed and relatable. The writing is superb with an easy flow that sucks you in.
This book is also sexy without completely relying on the sex to sell the book. The scenes are well placed and also believable and not to over the top.
Overall this was an excellent read. This is the first book by Debby Grahl that I have read but it will not be last. She is an exceptional author and I look forward to reading more books by her.
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