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Unmasking Juliet

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  459 ratings  ·  105 reviews
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 mo ...more
Published March 29th 2014 by Harlequin
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“My only love sprung from my only hate!
Too early seen unknown, and known too late!
Prodigious birth of love it is to me,
That I must love a loathed enemy.”

----- William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Teri Wilson, an American author, has spun a remarkable modern-day tale based on Shakespeare’s famous play, Romeo and Juliet, named, Unmasking Juliet. I warn you, this enchanting tale is bound to arrest your soul into the high ride of emotions and confusion.

Ever since she was a little/>Synopsis:
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Romeo and Juliet themed romance set in Napa Valley without the tragic ending and WITH ARTISINAL CHOCOLATE. The description of the chocolates were wonderful
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
4.5 out of 5 stars

I picked up this book because I saw it was by a familiar author (Teri Wilson is the author of Unleashing Mr. Darcy) and learned that just like Unleashing Mr. Darcy, it is an homage to another literary work. This time Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet!

It was a perfect story to read while on vacation (which I was!) Filled with family rivalry, simmering chemistry, decadent chocolate, and travel! :) I loved the relationship between Juliet and Leo. Leo was such a well-draw
Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
I just love modern retelling of classics especially when they are done right. Unmasking Juliet is one of those books! It is a retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and I just fell in love with it. This is very surprising to me, since I am not a fan of the original story!

Juliet Arabella has been working all her life in her family’s chocolate shop. She grew up learning how to make chocolates and hearing about the family feud with another chocolate family, the Mezzanottes. Leo Mezzanotte has
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads Giveaways
"Unmasking Julia" which I won from Goodreads Giveaways is a delightfully charming romance that takes the sweet, tangy and forbidden love in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" and gives it new life. As the story in the Napa Valley unfolds the Arabella and Mezzanotte chocolate dynasties never mix, their feud legendary. Until, one night at the Mezzanotte annual masquerade ball Juliet Arabella, her mind spinning after turning down the proposal of her pretentious boyfriend, finds herself enchanted by, ...more
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-galley
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 perfe/>Unmasking
Robyn Reagan
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Teri's best book so far! I love this adorable story, and the main characters are just charming.
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: team-spades
Although I know the story quite well, I have never actually read Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, however I know I prefer this version of the timeless story, because I am a huge fan of happily ever after.
I adore this story! It has everything I love. A truly romantic story between two beautiful and soulful characters. Leo is a hunky,intelligent,loving,romantic soul. Juliet is a beautiful, feisty, loyal, romantic soul. Together they are perfect! Throw in Italy and chocolate. What more could y
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014

4.75 stars. Seriously, this book is just delightful. And the delicacies sound delicious. And I want to go to Rome. And read Shakespeare again.


Last year, I read Unleashing Mr. Darcy and fell promptly in love with Teri Wilson’s ability to take a classic novel and put a contemporary spin on it. Her stories may be inspired by classic works like Pride & Prejudice, but they’ve certainly got a quality that is all their own.

In her latest rel
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, romance, ebook, 2014
I just loved this book, seriously everything about it hit the nail perfectly on the head for me. I very much enjoyed Unleashing Mr. Darcy, but with Unmasking Juliet Teri Wilson has taken it to another level entirely.

I have never been a fan of Shakespeare so I worried about reading a retelling of Romeo and Juliet, especially since I always found their story so silly and melodramatic (yeah, yeah, I know). However, the way Wilson handled adapting that classic to the modern day was so sm
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoy chocolate, wine, romance and Napa Valley, you must read this novel. This is the second of Ms. Wilson's stories that parody classic literature. Unmasking Juliet is Romeo and Juliet told in a very unique way.
There are two reigning chocolate families in Napa Valley, the Arabella and the
Mezzanotte's. They are sworn enemies, ironically with shops across the street from each other. The feud started in the 1930's with recipes that the Arrabella's felt were stolen by the Mezzanotte's
Jackie (No Bent Spines)
Review copy via Netgalley and publisher in exchange for an honest review

Like fun reviews and rambles and giveaways? Come and visit me at No Bent Spines ! Happy reading!


Who doesn’t like chocolate? I mean seriously? And if you think you don’t, you just haven’t found the right chocolate yet. Unless you’re allergic, there’s no excuse for you to not like it. That’s just how it is. And that’s what this book is about. CHOCOLATE. Okay. Fine. Not all about the yum
My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin:

Teri Wilson blends old and new with a deft hand in this fabulous reimagining of Romeo and Juliet. I devoured Unmasking Juliet like one would a truffle created by either of the story’s chocolatier protagonists. From beginning to end this modern day story of chocolate wars and star-crossed lovers captivated and delighted me, and I cannot wait to re-read it.

As one might expect given the book’s inspiration, Juliet and Leo are a couple whose instant
Chelsey Wolford
May 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cute retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, but this time we have the Mezzanottes against the Arabellas. And in this particular retelling both families are owners of rival chocolate shops; this was an interesting twist on the well-known family feud. Shakespeare has never been one of my favorite, but for some reason I love to read retellings of his famous plays. Juliet Arabella has worked in her family’s chocolate shop all of her life, and she is all too familiar with the everlasting fami ...more
Sharon Redfern
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cute book loosely based on the famous star crossed couple and their feuding families. Juliet Arabella works in her family's chocolate shop which is across the street from their rivals the Mezzanottes. When she is asked to go to the Mezzanotte's masked ball, she can't resist. After turning down an unwelcome proposal from one of the Arabella merchandisers, she heads outside to get some fresh air. When she meets a masked stranger, they begin a conversation and get pretty darn close. Of course, he ...more
Krissy P (Kris)
Sweet and Fun Modern Day Retelling of Romeo and Juliet.

I loved this book. It was very funny, cute and sexy and kept me completely captivated and craving chocolate like crazy. The author's descriptions of everything from the chocolate concoctions to the gorgeous picturesque Napa Valley and the historically beautiful Rome, Italy was utterly delicious.

Juliet Arabella's family has been stuck in a 50 year feud with the Mezzanottes that started with their grandmothers. Both families own r
Rachel Brimble
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set in the Napa Valley and finishing in Rome, this romance has everything from great characters, a gripping story line inspired by Romeo & Juliet, amazing settings and a big aspect is CHOCOLATE. What's not to like?

There has been a bitter feud between two families, the Arabellas and the Mezzanottes, both owners of chocolate shops...located on opposite sides of the same street that has spanned for generations. When a woman from one family and a guy from the other meet, the attracti
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although I am not usually a fan of the Romeo and Juliet story, I was charmed enough by Wilson's earlier modern adaptation Unleashing Mr. Darcy to give it a shot. And I am glad I did! Wilson gives the story a modern twist without the melodramatic ending you might expect if you are familiar with Romeo and Juliet. Instead, you are treated to a warm, sweet story about two star-crossed lovers who try to find a way to be together despite the feud running rampantly between their two families. This was ...more
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved Unmasking Juliet! I could not put it down from the first page I was hooked. It was a fun retelling of Romeo and Juliet complete with bitter fued but set in modern day. Juliet and Leo have an instant attraction for each other and it is hot. The one difference is the ending and it is for the better. I have read shakespeer and really enjoyed this read in comparison. Now I have to catch up with book one, Unleashing Mr. Darcy, Austin is my favorite author so I am really looking forward to tha ...more
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ms. Wilson has a knack for creating devilishly sexy and enchanting leading men. I thoroughly enjoyed this modern day version of the famous tale and was hooked from page one. Buon lavoro, Signora Wilson!
Cyndi Delia
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was just as charming as beautifully written as her prior book. I was hooked and engaged with this from the start. Heart warming and filled with great characters and believable chemistry. Although the family feud is a bit over done, it doesn't lesson how magical this book truly is.
Ashley Stringham
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a cute retelling of Romeo and Juliet. Some sex that I skipped over.
Cheryl D
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Disclaimer-I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway*

A sumptuous and silky oh-so-sweet love story which delights the senses! Yummy!
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delightful - Truly enjoyed this book. Napa Valley, Chocolate, and a trip to Italy what a wonderful combination for a romantic escape.
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a contemporary retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet set in a feuding chocolatier’s world. A decades-old disagreement and theft has put a rift between the Arabella and Mezzanotte families that has been fanned into flames just as much as the forbidden love between dutiful Juliet Arabella and newly returned Leo Mezzanotte. 

There is a growing passion between the two that is sweet, endearing, tear-jerking, feisty. And forbidden. 

The book is filled with persona
Juliet and Leo are from feuding families. Their grandmothers had a chocolate shop together and were best friends until one betrayed the other. She sold the chocolate recipe and then opened her own shop. It doesn’t matter much which grandmother betrayed the other because the families each blame the other.

Leo is just back from Paris when he meets Juliet at a masquerade ball. He doesn’t know who she is when they kiss in a field of sunflowers.
She has just turned down the proposal of the
Nicole {Sorry, I'm Booked}
Review originally published on my blog:

This was a very enjoyable read and a nice twist on Shakespeare’s classic. I loved the chocolate aspect, it made some of the scenes really fun to read. I didn’t find Wilson’s writing anything special, but everything flows together well and makes sense throughout the whole book. The only drawback is that I didn’t really see the chemistry between Juliet and Leo, but that might be expected when making an older classic into your own. Some of their pers
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I was reading this entertaining novel, I kept thinking what a delightful Hallmark movie it would make. Then, I discovered, the author had written Unleashing Mr. Darcy which had been made into a Hallmark movie. This is an enchanting story of two chocolatiers whose families are mortal enemies and, of course, fall in love. It does ends on a much happier note than Romeo and Juliet.
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Finally got to read Teri Wilson's book "Unmasking Juliet" and loved it!!! :D It's part of her series that reimagined classic novels as modern day romances and I had already read and watched the books and movies of the other two. This one was a great rom com twist on "Romeo and Juliet" and it had a happy ending.
Mary Ann
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were no real surprised for this romance. But you can't help but fall in love with Juliet and Leo. The romance gives nod to the Bard and brings something fun and flirty to the plot. A great beach or vacation read.
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Teri Wilson is the Publishers Weekly bestselling author/creator of the Hallmark Channel Original Movies UNLEASHING MR. DARCY, MARRYING MR. DARCY, THE ART OF US and NORTHERN LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS, based on her book SLEIGH BELL SWEETHEARTS. She is also a recipient of the prestigious RITA Award for excellence in romantic fiction for her novel THE BACHELOR'S BABY SURPRISE. Teri has a major weakness for ...more
“Maintenant... Profite du moment présent!
Tant pis... ou tant mieux, Juliette baissa la garde.
D'un geste qui ne lui ressemblait pas, elle saisit la cravate de l'inconnu, l'attira vers elle et l'embrassa passionnément. Avec la confiance d'une femme ayant toujours agi en écoutant ses désirs.
Intense, délicieux, ce baiser au goût de raisin fut aussi extraordinaire que s'il avait été le tout premier de sa vie...”
“Dès que les lèvres de la mystérieuse jeune femme effleurèrent les siennes, il sut qu'elle agissait impulsivement, de manière contraire à ses habitudes.
Il aurait dû s'écarter aussitôt, lui ôter la main de sa cravate et, en parfait gentleman, se répandre en excuses. Bien sûr, elle lui plaisait terriblement , elle l'attirait comme la plus belle des fleurs; mais se comporter ainsi, vraiment...
Il en fut incapable. Son corps agissait indépendamment de sa raison. Comment résister à ce baiser passionné, prodigué par une ravissante inconnue, au clair de lune, au milieu des vignes parfumées? C'était trop fou...
Et tellement bon!”
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