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Defamed Disgraced and Displaced Fresh from a career killing scandal New York fashion girl Maya Kirkwood arrives in San Francisco to reinvent herself as a fine artist She's offered the opportunity to create an installation at the Silicon Valley headuarters of a hot new tech company. Maya Kirkwood had the career of her dreams in New York s couture fashion world only to have to suddenly vanish thanks to her duplicitous ex It feels like her past happening all over again But Maya s not one to give up in a ball of shame instead she moves to San Francisco changes her name and reinvents herself as a textile artist At her first exhibition her agent encourages her to meet a prospective new client a successful tech nerd from Silicon Valley called Derek Whitley Only he s not the pasty paunchy nerd she expected he s young tall fit lightly tanned and very handsome and when she sounds him out about her artwork Maya learns he doesn t like itBut Derek still wants to commission her to produce an installation for the new wing of his company building and whether he personally likes her work or not he sees as irrelevant Derek is all work and no play and he seems mostly irritated and annoyed by Maya especially her persistence and argumentativeness Over the two weeks she spends at his company working on the commission she doesn t learn that much about the private taciturn man But when her father whom she hasn t seen in years suddenly turns up in her life again it s Derek who is there to support her and help her rebuff the man s attentions With Maya s secrets unravelling a new kind of friendship begins between her and Derek Only trouble is she s not the only one with a past she s been keeping secret and the truth about Derek could be an obstacle Maya can t overcomeThis was such a fun delightful intelligent read It s a smooth blend of chick lit and romance being chick lit in plot tone structure all those key points but with a romantic focus getting the heroine and hero together with some sex included for the full experience It s a fairly short novel one that skips along at a steady merry pace easy to read in one sitting I want to use the word breezy but thanks to those awful annoying Covergirl commercials I now hate that wordMaya was an engaging narrator and an interesting protagonist who had some pretty shitty things happen to her but held it together and continued doggedly on She s definitely tenacious and I liked that she was a textile artist both my mum and my sister are textile artists with different styles of course so Maya felt like someone I knew right off the bat I also liked the way she handled the situation at the end I respect and appreciate romance heroines who stay calm and don t devolve into melodrama and who stand firm on an issue and who are also flexible enough to change their minds or something later at the right timeDerek was a classic chick lit hero so aloof and stoic and reserved so that the moments when he couldn t help himself and laughed or otherwise enjoyed himself became that much precious and meaningful It was great to read about a couple who didn t dance around each other and pretend things Maya came clean and Derek did too They were open about their feelings It didn t solve all their problems but it was just refreshingly mature and intelligent the ridiculousness of the heroines stubbornness and the heroes refusal to admit his feelings in so many paranormal romance books is what made me take a prolonged break from reading the genreMy one complaint if you can call it that was that I would have liked a slightly longer story It was just a bit too fast considering how much I was enjoying it and wanted to get to know the characters on the positive side it s a well plotted story that doesn t suffer from filler syndrome or an author who can t self edit and loves the sound of their own voice I appreciate that I really do especially after Thoughtless I was surprised the side plot of Maya s father and what happened to her in New York didn t get revisited yet also pleased that the story didn t follow any predictable formulas for following through on them I wanted to get to know the supporting cast and see of Maya and Derek s lives play out I say that because I enjoyed it but also because it left me with the slight feeling of having eaten hollow carbs too much sugar not enough fibre As much as I had fun reading it and loved the slightly fast pace I can t help but have the niggling feeling that it was a bit too fast at times I m torn though because I also love that it wasn t drawn out or padded unnecessarily Regardless I recommend this as a light breezy read about two people who have to overcome their pasts and live for the moment and a future that s brighter with each other in it If you re looking for a fun mature romance that s not at all shallow or prone to clich s definitely give Libby Mercer s Unmasking Maya a read My thanks to the author for a copy of this book
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Ver their facades begin to crack She catches her first glimpse of the man behind the superhuman tech prodigy and he starts to see her as the woman she used to be But is this a good thing Once that last secret is revealed will it bring them closer together or will it tear them apart. Originally posted at Book HarbingerTextile artist Maya Kirkwood is going incognito After leaving a successful life in New York City she s trying to reinvent herself while laying low She s overjoyed when up and coming Unisco CEO Derek Whitley shows up at her exhibition Maya would like than anything to move out of her grubby studio flat and graduate from her frozen burrito and ramen noodle diet But when he openly mocks her work how can she accept the UNISCO commission Returning to her apartment makes the decision all too clear and when she begins work on her installation at UNISCO headuarters she catches glimpses of a different Derek the toned tanned good looking man behind the nerdy tech fa ade a man she falls for But while Maya is busy hiding career threatening secrets of her own will Derek s cold pride manic ambition and closet skeletons kill any future for the two of themA few months ago Libby Mercer contacted me to review her second book UNMASKING MAYA which she self published Although I consider all review reuests sent my way I can t accept very many Mercer and the setup for UNMASKING MAYA impressed me immediately and I knew I had to take a chance on this contemporary romance That I wished I would ve picked it up sooner makes this little book all the rarer I want to apologize to Libby for not reading it sooner because it was a pleasure to read and I hope my review will encourage other ereaders to head over to and download it immediatelyI should say that at under 150 pages UNMASKING MAYA is closer to a novella and the length constitutes my only complaint Mercer writes the classic hate to love romance well and I found the pairing of a young Mark Zuckerberg type CEO and a textilefashion artist two people who by nature conflict very engaging Maya and Derek s biting banter and loaded interactions were fun and entertaining to read Maya also befriends Lin one of the lone females at Unisco and I laughed audibly at their exchange when Lin finds out Maya doesn t own a computer I can t send you the JPEGs myself because I don t have a computer Both Lin and Dina halted in their tracks and stared up at me with a mixture of horror and disbelief in their eyes What do you mean you don t even have a compute Lin asked How is that even possible in this day and age Dina wanted to know It was all I could do to keep from cracking up in giggles I was so different from the two of them Sure it would have been nice to have a computer but it s not as if I had to cope without indoor plumbing or something I assumed a grave expression and said I know It s not easy to get through the day with the cold sweats and everything And the shakes I get at night are the worst Maya s uick wit is responsible for several other humorous moments in the book Her many life dramas may be far fetched at times for some readers but her calm level headed way of dealing with them counteracted any complaints on my end There is definitely enough material here for both Maya and Derek to be explored in depth including a side plot about Maya s father reappearing in her life I m not finding fault with the length other than I liked Maya Derek and Lin so much I wanted UNMASKING MAYA is a comfort read sweet light and easy to read I would definitely recommend this to fans of novellas chick lit or light contemporary romance As for me I will be going straight to Mercer s backlist
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Fabulous right Not so much She can't stand Derek Whitley wunderkind software genius and CEO of the company Hot as he may be on the outside inside the man is a cold unemotional robotic type Way too left brained for her right brained self As Maya and Derek get to know each other howe.