Miss Burton Unmasks a Prince
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?
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By Melanie, Submitted on 2015-04-17
Meg Burton, an American, is sent to London with her brother so she can snare a rich man to help her family avoid financial ruin. Meg doesn't learn about this, though, until they're on their way. She feels like an imposter and is having a hard time until she meets Carlo, the prince's stable hand. She feels that she can open up to him and be herself and is disappointed that he's not the type of man her family sent her there to find.
What Meg doesn't know is that Carlo is actually Prince Rodrigo de Talavera. When he meets Meg, he decides to masquerade as someone else so she will feel comfortable around him. He does feel a little guilty about it but he enjoys being with her and doesn't want to ruin what they have by confessing his true identity.
This is a fun read! I liked being in on the secret as to Carlo's true identity. Meg is concerned at times that he will be punished for some of the things he does and it's humorous to see what lengths she goes to in order to protect him. She definitely feels different when she's with Carlo than when the stuffy and then inappropriate Lord Featherstone is around. Carlo gives her the courage to do things she otherwise wouldn't and she's able to be herself. I loved how their relationship progressed and enjoyed their story!
There were also some side characters that made the story more interesting. I also liked that this seemed straightforward and I was waiting for the reveal but then it took a little twist and something else happened. If you enjoy a clean regency romance, this is a great choice! I'm looking forward to reading more from this author in the future!
By Mindy Holt, Submitted on 2015-04-11
This book is another triumph for Jennifer Moore. I loved it! Meg is a joy. Her character bursts off the pages. I loved what went on in her head. I especially loved all of her spunk and her adventurous spirit. Carlo/Rodrigo was a great character too. I also enjoyed how Meg and Rodrigo got to know each other and the adventures they had to try to make the other happy. One in particular had me laughing out loud. I truly loved how Meg was her own person, and I loved everything about her, she brought a smile to my face many times. I also enjoyed Meg's relationship with Serena. I love (sorry, I'm using that word a lot) how Jennifer's three books intermix. They are their own story, of course, but the characters are familiar, and I was happy learn more about Serena and her family.
5 out of 5 stars. I have loved every word that Jennifer has written so far, and can't wait to read more.
I received a paperback copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
By Lisa F, Submitted on 2015-04-10
Meg Burton is a young lady raised in the "wilds" of America. She is not socially refined, but many overlook her many faults because she is from Charleston.
Meg struggles to draw the line between her true character and the facade placed upon her. She would rather read novels and poetry then play the pianoforte. She would prefer to ride a horse than take a carriage ride around the park. Her friend Carlo understands all of this and encourages her to be herself and not stifled by society. What Meg doesn't know is that Carlo is really a Spanish Prince seeking refuge in England from the French who have overrun his homeland.
This book is so incredibly cute. I loved Meg's sense of adventure and the fun that she brought back to Carlo/Rodrigo's life. Their relationship is a friendship that blossoms. I loved that it wasn't insta-love, but friends finding their way together.
Another plus for me in this book is that I was able to re-connect with characters from Lady Emma's Campaign. This book is a companion and can be read as a stand alone novel.
This book contains a little kissing, sword fights (both mock and real), treasure maps, adventure, and a kidnapping.
By Cathy Jeppsen, Submitted on 2015-04-10
I have to say that anytime you are reading a historical romance, or romance of any kind really, that makes you giggle right out loud that is a good thing! That's what this book did for me. I loved everything about this book. I loved Meg, she's a southern girl transported to England about to experience her first season there. She is spunky and looking for high adventure, which sometimes causes her to have situations that are a little bit crazy. I loved Carlo and how he really worked to try to manufacture adventurous situations for Meg to enjoy in the boring castle of his sister and her husband.
The plot is really well written and just plain fun. I love how the reader knows what's up with Carlo but Meg doesn't have the slightest idea that he's really the prince. Meg's reaction when he reveals himself was one of my favorite parts of the book. I'm not going to tell you what happens, you'll have to go read it for yourself! And the ending was awesome. I'm really hoping that Jennifer is planning to do some spin off stories from this one. I really would love to know what happens to Meg, Rodrigo, Daniel, and Serena.
By Katie, Submitted on 2015-04-07
There is something about royalty that tugs on my heart, especially when the royal is masquerading as a common man. I love books about royals! Carlo/Rodrigo was exceptionally great in this role. Meg, an American with English ties, has a surprising, and humorous, first meeting with Rodrigo and a mistaken identity is formed on a whim. I love the hidden message that we all hide behind masks and are vulnerable to revealing who we really are.
I can't imagine how hard it would be to always wonder if people liked you for who you are or for your title and money. This assumed identity gives Rodrigo the chance to find out just what Meg thinks about him and to actually enjoy life.
Meg is quite a character. Her desire for adventure leads her on some fun quests and helps her through some scary times. She is full of spunk, imagination, and is so much fun--I would love to be friends with her. I love the friendship that develops between Meg and Serena. Yes, I almost felt jealous.
Of course, a forbidden love is a great angle and this one is played out well with just the right amount of chemistry, tension, and emotion. Miss Burton is a charming story that has a little bit of everything and left me feeling completely satisfied.
Content: mild romance (kissing); mild violence (fighting, a killing, kidnapping--nothing graphic); no language or religious elements. Clean!
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
By Susan (Bloggin' 'bout Books), Submitted on 2015-04-07
Like many books in this genre, MISS BURTON UNMASKS A PRINCE is predictable. You pretty much know what's going to happen just from reading the back cover copy. Still, it's a fun book full of witty banter, cute flirting scenes, and swoon-worthy romance. The book also scores points with me for being clean and upbeat. Its message is important as well: to thine own self be true (which, as Lord Featherstone would no doubt [mis]inform you, is a famous line from Shakespeare's Macbeth :]). If you like light Regency and Proper romances, you can't go wrong with this one. If you want a story with a similar tone but a little deeper content, I echo the previous reviewer's recommendation: LADY EMMA'S CAMPAIGN, also by Jennifer Moore.
You can read my full review of MISS BURTON UNMASKS A PRINCE at: http://www.blogginboutbooks.com/2015/04/new-regency-romance-predictable-but-fun.html
By Bonnie Harris, Submitted on 2015-04-06
This is a very cute regency romance that I enjoyed. I found that I didn't like some of the side story, I just wanted to get back to the Meg and Carlo, although I understand why the side story was there. I loved the characters. Meg had a fire that I think is fun to read about in the ton. I loved watching Meg's relationship with Carlo and the ending was perfect. It's a wonderful, clean romance that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a good love story
By Heidi G., Submitted on 2015-04-06
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!
By Aimee Brown, Submitted on 2015-04-06
I love curling up with a good, fluffy, feel good romance. This one was such a fun diversion.
Meg is adventurous and a bit fiery. She is smart and engaging. She longs for exciting adventures but becomes disappointed by the English society and their stuffy ways. When Meg meets the prince, she doesn't know he is the prince. She mistakes him for a stable hand and the prince is happy to let her assume this because it allows him the freedom of getting to know Meg in a more relaxed manner.
This book has all the classic romantic elements in it. Misunderstanding, adventure, growing attraction and some lovely kisses. I love how the Prince tries to give Meg the things that he hopes will make her happy. He listens to her and then acts on what he hears. It is so, so sweet.
I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to settle into and get lost for awhile. This book was lighter and fluffier than Jennifer Moore's last book but still good. It made my romantic heart smile.
This is a squeeky clean romance book. My thanks to Covenant for allowing me to read and review books for them.