Last month I had the extreme gift of joining The Writer’s Coffee Shop’s Summer Romance Review Tour.  Intrigued, I signed on to read Rue Toulouse by Debby Grahl.  Man, I am so glad I chose that book!

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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 facade 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 grandmere, 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 Cherie, 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.

 

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I know I say it about a lot of books…but DANG was this one GOOD. The mystery was fantastic, the details and complexity were perfect….I don’t have anything bad to say about this book!

Remi and Caterine are absolutely perfect for each other. He lets her stand on her own two feet and still does everything he can to keep her safe from whoever is trying to kill her. It’s a wonderful trip through New Orleans with characters that have fun, even when they aren’t.  Author Debby Grahl really takes the reader on a ride through the city and I love every character I come across.  She really sets the bar for character development!  Every character has their own distinct personality and this book would not have worked if a single one of them were left out!  Miss Dauphine is the spunky matron of the family that everyone wants to call grandmere.  It’s a wonderful Cinderella story set in a truly magic city.

When the action kicks in, I was kept in a state of turmoil.  At no point is there an “ah ha!” moment.  I truly did not have the mystery figured out until the end.  Sure, there were the usual obvious bad guys but it wasn’t until the very end that it all made sense.  I absolutely loved that it was not a predictable and obvious ending.

New Orleans is one of my favorite cities in the entire world so when a book is set here, I tend to veer straight for it.  New Orleans has absolutely everything a girl could want.  Danger, mystique, magic, sexy dialects….What more could a girl ask for?  Maybe her very own Remi but to each her own!

SO excited to read more from this author!