Reading this novel was like taking a big breath of fresh air. I've fallen in author-love with Leigh - she's an amazing person as well as an amazing author, and I jumped at the chance to be able to review Rouge, Leigh's latest novel. The fact that it is also Mature YA/New Adult made me even happier, and let me tell you, this book does not disappoint.Rouge weaves a heartbreakingly sweet tale of love and desperation. Hale is determined to get out of the life she's been born into, and it's not as easy as you would think. Trapped in the underground theatre, Hale is constantly watching out for threats that would put her and Teeny, the rapidly growing orphan girl she took in, in danger.I adored Rouge, and read it all in one sitting. While the book is a little reminiscent of Moulin Rouge, it sets itself apart with its intriguing characters and the great plot. I thought I had it all figured out, but in the end managed to get it all wrong, which for me, was a pleasant surprise. I sympathised with Hale a great deal - the 1890s underground theatre scene was very much a front for other, illicit activities, and Hale has every right to be so worried for Teeny, who is growing up into becoming a young lady. All the characters were wonderful in their roles, and I especially liked the baddie, Guy (but I generally love a good bad character, it makes hating on them even better). While I thought the relationship between Beau and Hale was a bit whirlwind at first, I gradually began to enjoy it and was caught up in their epicness of love for one another and anything that Beau would do for Hale. It's not everyday you find a guy like that!Opulant, seductive and breath-takingly beautiful, Rouge left me with heartache and wanting a whole lot more. And I'll stalk Leigh until I do get more. Read this and be enthralled.