- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 6 hours and 43 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Leigh Talbert Moore
- Audible.com Release Date: August 8, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EE3X7X6
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I fell in love with Hale right away. She is smart, strong, and determined. Her world is a long way away from my own, but I found I connected with her in ways I would never have imagined. Moore does a brilliant job of creating a main character who really comes up off the page. She could be anyone right beside us, even ourselves and Hale faces some of the hardest decisions a woman in her position could make. Love or escape?
I actually adored most of the characters in this book, from the lovely Roland the music man to Teeny the young girl Hale tries to save from the life in the back rooms. Though I think Beau was the most heartbreaking. Moore really draws the reader in with the tension between Hale and Beau. Their near kisses and infatuation with each other is a sure driving force.
However, Moore's writing style is really what brought me in. She knew just when to lengthen the sentences, drawing the tension out, creating conflict in more than just story. She knew when to clip the words just before something happened or spit them out just as things were heating up.
For anyone who is interested in a strong female lead, breathtaking encounters, and a story that is hard to put down, buy this book. You won't regret it.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
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 her theater. Without success, she risks being thrust into the dark world of prostitution that her theater owner forces the less talented girls into. More frighteningly, Hale protects an innocent 12 year old orphan, Teeny, with no skills to speak of from being sucked into it as well. When Hale is courted by a rich man, Freddie Lovel, she knows he is her ticket out of danger. However, will her attraction to stagehand Beau derail her from her goal of freedom?
Hale bothered me a lot in this book. I admire how she tried everything to protect Teeny from danger but the way she treated Beau made me want to smack her. She never told him the truth about anything and she toyed with that poor man. I get her sense of urgency but I kind of disliked her as a character. My other issue with this book is that it was just too tragic for me. It didn't end on a HEA, more of a pause while we have to wait for the second book. I was overwhelmed with all of the angst and drama.
My favorite part of the book was the character of Roland, her best friend. He goes to great lengths to protect Hale and I want him to find some happiness in the next book.
**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
It would have been a 5 star read for me had it been disclosed this book was part of a series. It would have been even better had this book been a complete story (Beginning -Middle-END). Nothing annoys me more than expecting closure, and getting to the end of a book, only to realize, it's one of those "to be continued" things. I don't like reading a series until all the books in the series are released. Simply because I read a lot, and by the time book 2 comes out, I will have no interest in picking back up where it left off.
This story was moving and had a lot of potential. It had a unique charm to it that made this a real page turner.
How much did I pay for this: 2.99
Was it worth it: yes
Would I read this again: No
Will I read more of this series: Doubtful
Would I recommend: Yes
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Plot: This story is based back in the late 1800′s in a cabaret.Read more