Title: Rue Toulouse
Author: Debby Grahl
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Fashion designer Caterine Doucette attends a masquerade ball dressed as a shimmering ice princess where she encounters ex-cop Remi Michaud, disguised as the handsome pirate Jean Lafitte. The princess and the pirate come together for one unforgettable night of passion.
When Caterine inherits the family’s exclusive boutique, Ma Chérie, an attempt is made on her life, for someone in the Doucette household will stop at nothing to possess what they feel is rightfully theirs.
Remi, working for a private security company, sets out to unmask Caterine’s would-be assassin, but finds himself torn between his desire for her and painful memories of another socialite’s betrayal.
Falling for Remi, Caterine struggles with old embedded pain, leaving her afraid to open herself to love.
In the heart of the Big Easy, the two must learn to trust one another if they’re to survive in a world of family greed and ruthless revenge.
Caterine Doucette, after her parents died in a horrific accident, came to live with her grandmother in New Orleans. Growing up, her catty family members have always been jealous of her special bond with her grandmother. She’s shocked when her grandmother announces Caterine is the sole owner of the Doucette exclusive boutique. Without realizing it, Caterine’s life is suddenly in peril. Her grandmother hires a security firm to install security at the boutique. Remi, the one-night stand she never forgot, shows up and her world is turned upside down. Sparks ignite between them and as the threats on her life escalate, she realizes it’s okay to lean on him. Can she tear down her walls and let in love or will she run away?
Wow, this was such an incredible romance with suspenseful undertones. The characters leapt off the page and became a part of me. The backdrop of New Orleans came alive and I could taste the beignets. The sizzling romance was balanced by the suspense. Who is after Caterine? When the person was revealed my mouth dropped open.
Remi is a hero in more ways than one. An ex-cop native to New Orleans, his gentlemanly actions melted my heart. Handsome, sexy and protective with a dash of mystery, he’s the perfect romantic hero. Ladies, he’s your next book boyfriend.
If you’re looking for a sexy romantic suspense set in New Orleans, pick this book up today. It’s going on my keeper shelf.
Disclaimer: I read this on Kindle Unlimited Canada.
She’d relived those moments in his arms over and over again. And here he was standing in front of her wanting to help. It took everything she had not to throw herself at him.
My Rating: 5 stars
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Debby Grahl lives on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, with her husband, David. Besides writing, she enjoys biking, walking on the beach and a glass of wine at sunset. Her favorite places to visit are New Orleans, New York City, Captiva Island in Florida, the Cotswolds of England, and her home state of Michigan. She is a history buff who also enjoys reading murder mysteries, time travel, and, of course, romance. Visually impaired since childhood by Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), she uses screen-reading software to research and write her books.
Her first published book, The Silver Crescent, won the Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewers’ Choice award. Her second book, Rue Toulouse, a contemporary romance set in New Orleans, was a finalist in the National Excellence in Romantic Fiction Award and was selected as a May, 2016, ‘local read’ by Hilton Head Monthly.
Decorated to Death is a holiday mystery cozy. She also has stories in three anthologies, The Haunted West and Never Fear/Christmas Terrors by Invoke Books; and Ebb and Flow from the local Island Writers’ Network.
Debby was featured in the January, 2016, Hilton Head Monthly article ‘Intriguing People of the Lowcountry’. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Florida Romance Writers, and First Coast Romance Writers.
Her latest book, His Magic Touch, was released December 5, 2018, by The Wild Rose Press.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N