Ember Hill left the dragon organization Talon to take her chances with rebel dragon Cobalt and his crew of rogues. But Ember can't forget the sacrifice made for her by the human boy who could have killed her—Garret Xavier Sebastian, a soldier of the dragonslaying Order of St. George, the boy who saved her from a Talon assassin, knowing that by doing so, he'd signed his own death warrant.
Determined to save Garret from execution, Ember must convince Cobalt to help her break into the Order's headquarters. With assassins after them and Ember's own brother helping Talon with the hunt, the rogues find an unexpected ally in Garret and a new perspective on the underground battle between Talon and St. George.
A reckoning is brewing and the secrets hidden by both sides are shocking and deadly. Soon Ember must decide: Should she retreat to fight another day…or start an all-out war?
- Ember and Dante's story gets so much thicker now that Ember has decided to go rouge. I cannot imagine being in Dante's shoes and having to catch his own sister to punish her for leaving Talon. I would have to really consider why my own sister left and maybe rethink things rather than just work for "the man" and do what he says.
- There is a love triangle, but it doesn't bother me as much as normal. The fantasy aspect really changes a love triangle, especially when it is between a human and a dragon.
- The plot was high action with lots of twists and turns, I brought it with for a short road trip to the lake and I loved how it kept me going and felt like the time in the car was short. I liked that I was surprised a few times. As a big reader, it is so easy to feel like there is a lack of creativity and that a lot of stories are predictable, but I did not get that feeling with Rouge.
- I really liked Ember. I like that she doesn't really know what she wants or who she is. She knows that she does not want to be a murderer, but other than that, she still has more to figure out. I think the struggle to figure out who we are is a lifetime process and I really like how realistic Ember's character was written. There was even a point at the hotel where she was practically crawling out of her skin and needed to get out - I have totally felt that. Ember was very relate-able, other than the fact that she is a dragon.
- Oh Garret - I would definitely to say that I was shipping Garret and Ember. I always love romance that crosses boundaries that seem uncrossable. Love that doesn't judge.
- I didn't ever read Fifty Shades of Grey, but I did read a bit of it and could not get over all the times the main characters "inner goddess" was mentioned. It drove me insane. Well, a few times in Rouge I went down the same path. I did cringe a couple times with the mention of Ember's "inner dragon." I am not sure if it just reminded me too much of Fifty Shades or if it was just not done in the best way.