Friday, January 16, 2015

Review ~ RUE TOULOUSE by Debby Grahl

Rue Toulouse
by: Debby Grahl
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: January 15, 2015
Source: Publisher ~ The Writer’s Coffee Shop

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.

Rue Toulouse was a very good story.  Had it not been for all of the sex, it could have been a cozy mystery.  And man, there was a lot of sex.  There aren’t too many books that I have read that truly burn up the pages the way that this one did.  It’s all the more impressive considering the fact that this was a mystery. The mystery was just as impressive.  Even though it was apparent that there was a small circle of people that were responsible for the mystery, guessing who the true culprit was proved to be difficult.

Rue Toulouse  is the story of socialite Caterine Doucette and the attempts on her life that result from the fact that her grandmother, Miss Dauphine Doucette decides to hand her over the reins of the prestigious fashion house Ma Cherie while the other relatives had their own plans for the business.  The tradition was that the oldest granddaughter would inherit the business but Miss Dauphine knew that her youngest granddaughter, Caterine was the only one that truly deserved it.  Of course, Miss Dauphine had no idea of the danger that she would put her Caterine in.  To complicate matters, Caterine goes against her own strait-laced nature and begins a torrid love affair with former cop turned security expert Remi Michaud.  He is not a part of her wealthy circle and tries desperately not to lose sight of the fact that he is all Cajun, not high society.  None of that matters while they are between the sheets.

Of course, Remi ends up having to protect Caterine from her attackers and they enlist some trustworthy associates on their quest to see which member of the Doucette family clearly will kill to possess Ma Cherie.  Oddly enough, the list of suspects is much longer than expected and the motives are plain and simple, greed and revenge.  The ending is shocking and I can’t wait to read another book by the author.

**Received a copy from the The Writer’s Coffee Shop in exchange for an honest unbiased review.**

Rating: 4.5

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  1. Hi, Gemini, I wanted to thank you for the wonderful review! I'm so glad you enjoyed my book and I hope your readers do as well.

    1. Debby,

      Thanks for stopping by and checking out the review.


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