Release Date: May 7, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Ever since she was a little girl learning to make decadent truffles in her family's chocolate shop, Juliet Arabella has been aware of the bitter feud between the Arabellas and the Mezzanottes. With their rival chocolate boutiques on the same street in Napa Valley, these families never mix. Until one night, when Juliet anonymously attends the annual masquerade ball. In a moonlit vineyard, she finds herself falling for a gorgeous stranger, a man who reminds her what passion is like outside of the kitchen. But her bliss is short-lived when she discovers her masked prince is actually Leo Mezzanotte, newly returned from Paris and the heir to her archenemy's confection dynasty.
With her mind in a whirl, Juliet leaves for Italy to represent the Arabellas in a prestigious chocolate competition. The prize money will help her family's struggling business, and Juliet figures it's a perfect opportunity to forget Leo…only to find him already there and gunning for victory. As they compete head-to-head, Leo and Juliet's fervent attraction boils over. But Juliet's not sure whether to trust her adversary, or give up on the sweetest love she's ever tasted.
“This thing with Juliet is…” He had trouble choosing an adjective. So many applied. Intense. Unexpected. Maddening. “Different.” eARC Loc 1628
“You’re Juliet. And I’m Leo. It’s just the two of us here. No one else.” eARC Loc 2023
After having read Teri Wilson’s Unleashing Mr. Darcy, a modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice, I put this particular author under my radar. I was delighted when UNMASKING JULIET was released, because I was curious to see how she would retell the story of Romeo and Juliet. I was not disappointed!
UNMASKING JULIET is set within the romantic backdrop of Napa Valley, one of my most favorite places in the world! I know that the wineries, restaurants and people there are highly competitive, which makes this place the perfect setting for this particular story.
The Arabellas and Mezzanottes are two prominent chocolate-making families with a long-standing feud. Juliet Arabella may be a teensy bit naive, but what I love about her is that she’s passionate in what she does. The spark is truly lacking in her love life until she meets a mysterious man in the vineyard one night. Too bad he’s a rival! Chocolatier Leo Mezzanotte is back in town, and his family expects so much from him. Little did he know that crossing paths with the beautiful Juliet would make him fall hard and flame the family feud ever more.
I adored this story! I thought Ms. Wilson did a great job setting up the family rivalry. Juliet and Leo both have opinionated, meddling family members. I loved how she created delectable scenes that were sensory feasts! I’m not going to lie. This story made me crave chocolates! I could almost smell it while reading. Sweet and romantic with just the right amount of heat to melt your insides a bit, UNMASKING JULIET showcases many Romeo and Juliet elements while providing a few unexpected twists along the way.
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Grace is a blogger at Sweet Spot Book Blog and enjoys reading swoony romance novels with strong heroines and broken heroes. She adores anything & everything British, is a health-nut, and is obsessed with Phantom of the Opera.