Author on Author Book Review ~ Unmasking Juliet by @TeriWilsonauthr

Unmasking Juliet (2nd Book in Terri Wilson's  Series Retelling Classic Romances)
Release Date: May 27th, 2014
Genre: Romance / Women's Fiction

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....

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I've never been a big fan of Shakespearean  tragedies. Typically, if I don't like the ending of a book or film, I won't go back to it. With Romeo and Juliet, I would find myself reading up until just before the bitter end. It is such a magnificent love story. That is why I take a chance with a retelling of the Bard's tale hoping against hope for a different ending. I won't spoil it for you, but I will let you know Wilson's ending differs greatly from that of Mr. Shakespeare.

Juliet Arabella had lived a majority of her twenty-eight years under her mother's thumb as a third generation chocolatier. A feud that had been escalating for over fifty years was held tight in the heart of the Arabella's until the moment Juliet changed everything.

Leo Mezzanotte had been away in Paris for years, studying to be the best chocolatier he could be when he was suddenly called home to help his uncle with the family business. So far removed from the feud, Leo refused to acknowledge it's existence. With one kiss from a beautiful masked woman in a moonlit field of sunflowers, he rocked the foundation of the Mezzanotte hate-fueled rivalry. Once Leo had a taste of Juliet, there was no going back.

As Juliet and Leo struggle with their feelings and fall in love despite their judgmental families, Wilson creates a bewitching backdrop in Napa Valley. This book took me on a visual journey unlike any I've experienced before. The imagery is so tangible, I felt I could see, taste, and smell each moment as Wilson described them. From the sunflowers and moonlight to the Riesling gingerbread truffles and sea salt maple bacon hearts, each thoroughly detailed enough to have me imagining I was right beside the characters experiencing each moment.

Both Leo and Juliet have strength which their original counterparts did not. Juliet is not the waif of a girl and Leo has no qualms about cutting ties with his arrogant uncle. All and all, Wilson delivers the romance and passion of the original tale with out the ruinous ending.

Thank you to Teri Wilson, Harlequin HQN, and NetGalley for granting me with a copy of Unmasking Juliet in exchange for an honest review. I can't wait to read Wilson's already released retelling of Pride & PrejudiceUnleashing Mr. Darcy. I'm excited to read Wilson's retelling of My Fair LadyUnschooling the Professor, due out January 2015.

Teri Wilson grew up as an only child and could often be found with her head in a book, lost in a world of heroes, heroines and exotic places. As an adult, her love of books has led her to her dream career as a writer. Now an award-winning romance author, Teri spends as much time as she can seeing exotic places for herself, then coming home and writing about them, of course. When she isn't traveling or spending quality time with her laptop, she enjoys ballet,  baking cupcakes, going to movies and hanging out with her friends and four dogs. Teri lives in San Antonio, Texas, and loves to hear from readers. She can be contacted via her website at