Weekend Reads: “Rue Toulouse”
Hi, everyone. I’m gearing up for a great meeting of the Silicon Valley chapter of Romance Writers of America tomorrow morning, Left Coast Crime next week, and even the A to Z Challenge. I’ve been adding new entries to my blog roll so that I’ll be able to see plenty of posts this April.
There’s a lot going on, and I’m glad not only for that but also the kind support I have received from so many during this difficult time after my dad’s passing.
This week’s book is Rue Toulouse, by Debby Grahl. I was on a panel with her during Heather Graham’s Writers for New Orleans last year, and she was just delightful. Check it out!
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Debby Grahl’s romantic suspense tale, set during Carnival in New Orleans, is an entertaining read. Caterine Doucette has no idea she’ll ever see the Cajun who stepped between her and a catcaller in the French Quarter … let alone at her friend’s costume party. But she does indeed see Remi Michaud again … and sparks fly.
Unbeknownst to her, Remi is a former police officer and security expert … and his skills are much needed in her life as she deals with angry family members when an elderly relative’s will is changed in her favor.
Grahl creates a well-constructed mystery with a side order of steamy romance. I felt the chemistry between Caterine and Remi, and believed their romance — even though it was so quickly established due to circumstances that constantly threw them together. I found the secondary characters believable and complex, and enjoyed the book very much.