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…
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is a charming love story with a similar romantic feel to “Unleashing Mr. Darcy.”
Teri Wilson has a way of creating characters that you feel you can easily get to know and take with you when you finish reading. That being said, this was not, in my pinion, as enchanting her previous, above-named book.
Whilst I liked the characters and the setting was beautiful, the feeling that I knew what was coming most of the time made this book seem a bit predictable.
I didn’t find that there was a tremendous amount of drama keeping the characters apart. The Romeo and Juliet/Capulet Vs. Montague theme was certainly present, but I wasn’t sure how well that worked for characters in this age group. To see a grown woman attempting to hide because she fears the judgment of her family when it comes to her romantic decisions seemed a little silly.
Still, this was an entertaining book and the setting was ripe with beautiful descriptions. The battle of the two chocolate shops was interesting and the eventual result was sweet and had a few twists.
As with the previous book, Teri Wilson did a good job of making this a unique story and creating characters that it is easy to like.
If you enjoy romances that will make you smile and get that warm, cozy feeling, this may be a good choice. I like this author’s writing style, and look forward to more of her work.
This review is based on a complimentary copy from Netgalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.