Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Rouge (Cheveux Roux, #1)” as Want to Read:
Rouge (Cheveux Roux, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Rouge (Cheveux Roux #1)

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  224 Ratings  ·  97 Reviews
Romance, velvet, sequins, and murder...

Hale Ferrer is the rising star of the hottest cabaret in New Orleans. And her one goal is escape. Escape from the lies, from the crime, and from her growing fear that one day she'll have to earn her living in the secret back rooms, where the dancers do more than dance.

But she won't leave behind Teeny, the orphan-girl she promised to p
Kindle Edition, 302 pages
Published November 10th 2012 (first published November 2012)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Jenny Levine
Nov 19, 2012 Jenny Levine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
...the lyrics told the story of a cat who was so enchanted by a beautiful bird, he gave up everything, including his life, all for something that could never be...

"You’re in my arms, and it feels so right; but it’s simply an illusion…"

Set in an underground theater in New Orleans, Rouge is a story of singer/cabaret performer, Hale Ferrer . Secretly living with her is Teeny , dirty, half-starved orphan she adopted. She is beautiful but talentless. She’d never cost the show a penny t
Leigh Moore
Jul 29, 2012 Leigh Moore rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Growing up in south Louisiana, I always wanted to write a New Orleans story. The city has so much history, and the residents have such character and emotional complexity. At the same time it has a very dark side.

One cool day after a punishingly hot summer in south Alabama, where I was living at the time, I started thinking about a sad little piano player and a showgirl he would do anything to protect...

A tense young woman trying to escape the threats of her theater home using lies, manipulatio
Ash Wednesday
Apr 27, 2013 Ash Wednesday rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Moulin Rouge and old school romance

I admit, I'm pretty difficult to please when it comes to romance novels. The crying in the rain, the longing looks and the screaming declarations of love gives me a bit of hives. This is a historical, new adult romance story set in a cabaret in New Orleans involving it's star singer, her rich French suitor, Freddie and the stagehand/artist she's in love with, Beau. The blurb promises "Romance. Velvet. Sequins. Murder."

Okay, I didn't hate it. I did love Moulin Rouge outside the freneti
Elizabeth (Liz)
Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance

3 Stars

1890s New Orleans, cabaret

Hale Ferrer, born and raised in the seedier side of the theater world, longs to escape her circumstances. She refuses to leave behind Teeny, the young girl she rescued and helped to raise. Hale, having learned to be practical and think only of survival, has a plan. Wealthy Parisian businessman, Freddie Lovel, has fallen for Hale, and attends her performances most nights. She has convinced him that she is a
I had the opportunity to chat with Leigh T. Moore at the 2014 Louisville Author Event. We talked about our love of Indie Authors and she hinted that she might continue the Cheveux Roux series after her Dragonfly Series is completed.

Debbie I Heart YA Books
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 pu ...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
"Rouge" is a hard book for me to rate. On one hand, it was well written. The scenes were rich with detail and I was really feeling the late 1800s New Orleans vibe. The story is well-plotted and interesting. On the other hand, it was so angsty that it was hard for me to read at times.

The book is about an orphaned, mixed-race cabaret singer named Hale who lives at her performance hall in near poverty. She is beautiful and talented but she lives under constant pressure to excel and make money for
Nereyda (Nick & Nereyda's Infinite Booklist)

***Copy provided by author for review purposes***
“You’re in my arms, and it feels so right; but it’s simply an illusion…”

I just finished this book around 1:30am last night and my emotions are still a mess. I read Leigh’s first book, The Truth About Faking and really liked it. It was a light but heartfelt contemporary story. After reading Rouge I can’t believe that both books are written by the same person! Dark was a very dark, raw, heartbreaking, highly emotional and sometimes brutal story a
Nov 13, 2012 Arlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Arlene by: Author Review Request
Rouge by Leigh Talbert Moore was nothing short of fantastic!! I really enjoyed her second book, and having experienced her debut novel, I find it refreshing to learn that she has a ton of talent to share. Rouge is so completely different from her first story The Truth About Faking that you would never guess these two books were written by the same author. I find that highly inspiring when an author can deliver two completely different voices, but still maintain that element of authenticity to he ...more
Jolene Perry
Oct 14, 2012 Jolene Perry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy Roller-coaster.

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.
Lydia Kang
Can't wait to read this!!!
Nov 04, 2012 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Megan by: The author
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 ...more
Christianna Marks
Dec 24, 2012 Christianna Marks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
"Rouge" is one of those books that almost got a 5 star rating from me. And in this case almost is good enough. It was a unique story, that had elements of things like "Moulin Rouge", but only small hints. It was a story that was dashed with little bits of intrigue, even up until the very last moments of the novel. In the very last moments Moore threw some details at us that when carefully looked at, could lead you to the truth of the matter. But it also just could have been a trick of your imagi ...more
S.A. Larsen
Aug 01, 2012 S.A. Larsen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any older teen reader and adults alike, romance lover, and even a theater buff.
Recommended to S.A. by: I would like to thank the author for providing me with a copy of this book for review.
An unlikely setting of theater and hidden brothel brought to life by romance, self-sacrifice, and the basic human instinct of survival.

Nineteenth century flare is captured beautifully in both the world created and the prose, tugging the reader along Hale's unsure path. Driven to seek a better life for herself and the young tween she cares for, Hale is willing to do almost anything to escape this world of old, where woman are seen more as objects and sought after for pleasure or expected to have
Wendy F
Dec 18, 2012 Wendy F rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Free on Amazon

This is an indie 'New Adult/Mature YA' book that I'm reading right now. It has sexual situations, and is more romance with romantic intrigue, but I'm really enjoying it so far, I'm at 45%. (I'll review fully later today when I'm finished.)

Just thought I'd mention it in case anyone else wanted to give it a shot.


I don't often read books that haven't been recommended to me by one of you GR friends, or that have reviews from people I rely on. Too often randomly selecting
Michelle (Much Loved Books)
When I was contacted about reviewing Rouge I was hesitant to accept as it was a light historical/theatre romance and I tend to avoid any historical books. But after reading the synopsis and finding out out more about the book I quickly accepted. Once I began reading I soon found myself getting lost in the world Leigh has created. Rouge tells us a story about Hale, a performer in a theatre that has a seedy background behind the scenes, taking Teeny under her wings Hale must find a way for this pa ...more
Ashley Williams
Nov 26, 2012 Ashley Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rouge is a charming, angsty read. I enjoyed Moore's writing and really liked the setting! I am usually not one to read historical, but the time period was not overpowering. It was a light easy read with just enough spicy scenes to make delectable. The story did end on a cliffhanger, and I thought it could've been a bit longer.

Cover and Writing
I really like the cover to this book. I think it suits the time period and the subject matter of the book, and it's just all over pretty! The writing was i
Hart Johnson
Jul 30, 2012 Hart Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Leigh's talent is clear in everything she writes. Polished, expert. Likeable characters, well-drawn plot. But I have to admit, though I love all her stuff, this is THE BEST ONE so far. It is historic romance set in steamy New Orleans in the late 19th century.

Hale has grown up in the cabaret hall--a place that carefully balances outward glamor and private sleaze. The girls all need to earn their keep... one way or another... and only through a promise by the manager to her dying mother (and a tal
Jessica Bell
Sep 04, 2012 Jessica Bell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Leigh's skill at putting the reader into her characters' shoes is amazing. From the very first page, I was swept back in time, and completely unaware that I was reading a YA novel (If you know me, you know I'm not a huge fan if YA). But the story was so consuming and realistic that I didn't care what genre of book I was reading. What makes this book extra special is that it utilizes both plot and character to move the story forward. I'm a big fan of character-driven fiction, and this story satis ...more
Wine Relaxation and  MY Kindle

Wine relaxation and my kindle blog
Nov 21, 2012 Steph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-review
Review of Rouge by Leigh Talbert Moore

*This review may contain spoilers.*

This book is considered Mature YA/New Adult and Contemporary/Historical Fiction.

Warning: This book contains scenes of rape and/or near rape.

First thoughts after finishing this book: Rouge is equal parts hope and despair; one of the most powerful books I've ever read; a mixture of sad and sweet.

Rouge is one of the first Mature YA/New Adult books that I've read, and I wasn't sure wha
Jan 31, 2013 Heidi rated it really liked it
Three and a half stars: Visit the cabaret and learn the dark secrets behind the velvet curtains.

Hale hurries to her dressing room after another electrifying performance. She is anxious to remove her heavy headdress. As soon as the showy costume is stripped away, a hesitant knock sounds at her door. She opens the door to find a lavish bouquet of roses. Her wealthy suitor, Freddie, beams behind the flowers. For Hale, the showering of expensive gifts is something foreign to her as she is a poor orp
Nov 30, 2012 Ashley rated it really liked it
Rouge by Leigh Talbert Moore - Sacrificing Love

BookNook — Young Adult book reviews

3.5 Stars

What initially turned me onto Rouge is how much it sounded like the movie Moulin Rouge. If you're not a fan of strong similarities, then I probably wouldn't recommend this book, just because they are so similar. But I personally really like sticking to things I enjoy. I love Moulin Rouge so I was really eager to try out this book!

Ultimately, I enjoyed Rouge . I think the one real bummer is that I wasn't crazy about the romance, and that's the main re
Chapter by Chapter
Feb 17, 2013 Chapter by Chapter rated it really liked it
Rouge by Leigh Talbert Moore was a story that took me by surprise. It was one that I ended up really enjoying. A majority of the characters were engaging and full of personality. Author, Leigh Talbert Moore, does a fantastic job in spinning a tale detailing how far one would go to keep someone they love safe from any harm, and to find a new life.

Rouge by Leigh Talbert Moore follows the life of main character, Hale Ferrer, who is the star of the very theatre she lives in. On the stage, her voice
Tiffany Holme
Oct 31, 2012 Tiffany Holme marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, arc
Yet another fine example of why I love Indie writers SO much! They are seriously underestimated so often that wonderful books like this often get overlooked. Well let me tell you I stand up and say no more! When I read The Truth About Faking by Leigh I couldn't believe that this wasn't a book that more people had raved about. When I was asked if I was interested in reading Rouge a NA novel I was super excited. I mean YAY!! NA (New Adult for those of you that haven't heard of this wonderful genre ...more
Kristina Snyder
Hale is a singer in a cabaret show where her mother worked. When her mother died, Gavin, the owner, promised to protect her. There are many secrets to the theater though. The people that live there who aren't apart of the show are basically prostitutes. That is the way they earn their keep to stay there. Hale refuses to let that happen to her and Teeny. She is pushing a marriage proposal from Freddie while secretly loving Beau. Time runs out though so she has to make a choice. Will she choose F ...more
Naj (Unputdownable Books)
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
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I planned on making this my Indie Book of the Week but I just couldn't wait that long to post my review. I had to get it out there for the world to see. The world must know how awesome this book is.

I knew I wanted to read this book the moment I read the description. I love books set in a different era. I love the feel of them and I love it when a good writer can take me back to that different time and place and make me feel like I am a part of it. Like I am right there with the main character s
I really enjoyed this book; read it straight through in one sitting. I think the title, Rouge, is quite perfect, given how closely it parallels the movie Moulin Rouge. I suppose, since that is one of my favorite movies, it would come as no surprise how much I enjoyed the book.

The love story between the beautiful cabaret performer Hale and the stagehand Beau was beautiful and tragic all at the same time. Their love was made all the more tragic by Hale's desperate need to flee her cabaret life in
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
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
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Bargain Basement: HOT Bargain!!! 1 27 Feb 06, 2013 02:11PM  
ROUGE joins Amazon Prime! Get it FREE~ 1 6 Dec 10, 2012 07:35AM  
Ask Leigh Talbert...: ROUGE *almost* Cover Gallery 1 2 Nov 26, 2012 02:56PM  
Ask Leigh Talbert...: ROUGE Cover excerpt 1 2 Nov 14, 2012 08:18PM  
  • Found (Penny Black #1)
  • First Light (Project Five Fifteen #1)
  • Nowhere to Run (Stephanie Carovella #1)
  • Justice (Galilee Falls Trilogy, #1)
  • Deceiving the Witch Next Door
  • One More Sleepless Night
  • Loving an Ugly Beast (Fairy Tales & Ever Afters, #2)
  • Stalking Sapphire (Stalking Sapphire, #1)
  • The Rule-Breaker
  • Reaction (Reflection, #2)
  • Secret for a Song
  • Chaos (The Realmwalker Chronicles #1)
  • Falling in Silence
  • The Prelude (A Musical Interlude, #1)
  • Complicated Creatures: Part One (Complicated Creatures, #1)
  • Love and Relativity
  • Love Exactly
  • Waking Up to You: Waking Up to You / Overexposed
I'm the hat lady--wife, mom, reader, writer, caffeine addict, chocoholic, southern expat, and beach bum.
*LIKE my Facebook page for daily updates, new release announcements, and sale info!
*SIGN UP for my newsletter for new release announcements! (not spam)
*I LOVE hearing from readers! Send feedback, ask questions, or say hello at leightmoore(at)
*And I share books I think RULE right here
More about Leigh Talbert Moore...

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »