Thursday, April 9, 2015

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: Miss Burton Unmasks a Prince by Jennifer Moore


Southern belle Meg Burton is her parents' last hope of avoiding financial ruin, and a distant cousin's kind gesture seems an ideal solution: He will sponsor Meg for a London Season. The pursuit of a wealthy husband was not exactly how the bookish young woman had envisioned her first trip abroad—after all, what does a girl from Charleston, south Carolina, know about being a lady? Amidst the stunning gowns and extravagant balls of the ton, Meg feels like an imposter. Thankfully, she has one friend who knows her true self—Carlo, a handsome stable hand. Despite their difference in station, love blossoms between the unlikely pair, and Meg is sure of one thing: She wants nothing to do with the insufferable European aristocracy.

Prince Rodrigo de Talavera has lost everything to Napoleon. Jaded by war, he has become bitter and miserable—until he meets Meg, an American woman whose eccentric schemes and passion for life remind him what it is to laugh and to love. If only she knew him for himself and not as Carlo the stable hand. With the shadow of deception looming over their happy acquaintance and the dangers of war drawing ever more near, can Meg and Rodrigo find the courage to put aside their pretenses and discover if they can be loved as they truly are?


Jennifer Moore is a passionate reader and writer of all things romance due to the need to balance the rest of her world, which includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that are anything but romantic. Jennifer has a BA in linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family.


Another great historical romance from one of my favorite authors, Miss Burton Unmasks a Prince, once again combines great characters with a fun plot.  Although Meg has come to Britain to find a husband so save her family from financial ruin, she is not at all happy about it.  She doesn't like having to 'mask' her real self in order to fit in properly.  So when she meets 'Carlo' she's thrilled to be liked for herself.  Unknown to her however is the fact that the prince himself, that she has judged without meeting, is masquerading as Carlo.  He too is tired of being seen only as a title and chased by every single woman he meets. Meg is refreshingly different and she helps Rodrigo start to discover that despite his worries about his country and his parents he can still find joy in the simple things.

I loved Meg and Rodrigo right from the beginning.  Moore does a great job of pulling the reader in right from the beginning.  The theme of following one's heart, learning to find moments of happiness during times of sorrow, and the power of getting past assumptions and society's labels are all beautifully interwoven into this story.  It was also interesting to get a look at the war from a different perspective.  The author's Lady Emma's Campaign looks at the war from a more peasant, right in the face perspective.  It was interesting to note the challenges that war brings to all involved no matter where they fit in the mix.

I also appreciated the fact that despite falling in love Meg and Rodrigo's problems don't all get solved.  Rodrigo still doesn't know what his future will be, with his country at war and in shambles.  This book provides an intimate look at not only the romance of too individual's but the time period in which they live. Plus there is plenty of humor, more than enough to balance out the serious parts of the book.  Another winner from Jennifer Moore!


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