Thursday, April 9, 2015

Review: Miss Burton Unmasks a Prince by Jennifer Moore

Miss Burton Unmasks a Prince by Jennifer Moore
Kindle Edition, 208 pages
Published April 2015 by Covenant Communications
Source: I received a copy in exchange for an honest review
Description: 1812
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? My Review: 
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!

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About the Author:
Jenny MooreJennifer Moore is a Passionate reader and writer of all things romance, helping her find balance with 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. You can learn more about her at The author's first book, Becoming Lady Lockwood, is a regency romance centered on the British navy during the Napoleonic Wars of the early 1800s.

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