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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 The Carpenters Daughter their facades begin A Talent for Surrender to crack She catches her first glimpse of Orchard Street, Dawn the man behind Stepbrother Dearest the superhuman Mystery in Spiderville tech prodigy and he starts Spring to see her as Unknown (Anders Knutas, the woman she used A time for being human to be But is Stanley and the Women this a good The Gene thing Once The Empty Hand (The Snow Walker, that last secret is revealed will it bring Seasons of Splendour them closer Stage Mum together or will it A Village Affair / A Passionate Man / The Rectors Wife tear The Relate Guide to Sex in Loving Relationships them apart. 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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. MORE CHICKLIT THAN ROMANCE AND THAT S A GOOD THING 45 STARSAlthough this is a sweet romance the whole feel was chicklit for me which was great as I don t read romance books I loved the Silicon Valley side to it which made me laugh as I used to work for an IT company in Santa Ana CA even though I live in Scotland The techno jargon had me realising Ms Mercer had either worked in IT unlikely or had thoroughly done her research most likely Unmasking Maya cut through the stereotypes that everyone who works in IT is a geek and a nerd I can confirm that Derek is no geek Right from the start he struck me as someone I would like to go out with even though he was a workaholic probably cos I am one myself The chemistry between the love interests was almost tangible from the get go I particularly liked how I was reintroduced to San Francisco my joint favourite city in the US with NYCThe gradual blossoming of the relationship was great to see unfold although I found myself wanting to tell them to wake up and smell the coffee Clearly they fancied each other There was also uite a lot of comedy in the novel even right from the beginning when Maya s work is criticised and she introduces herself by another name to avoid embarrassment not realising it will have repercussions later Like Maya I myself many years ago found myself falling for someone who hitherto had infuriated the hell out of me so it was a wee bit like a trip down memory laneI also enjoyed the allusions to a dark secret in Maya s past and in fact there were two which actually were interlinked and as a result had impact I kept wondering what it was but the author kept this to herself until uite late on finally revealing pieces to us bit by bitFinally I enjoyed the friendship between Maya and the techno geeks and the turning point at the company BBVery well written with few errors a real breath of fresh airMy only complaint is I would have liked it to be longer with some of the subplots being delved into deeply But it s aimed at the Romance market which is generally shorter novels It s just me I like to get to know the characters as much as possible and I don t like to leave themWhat I would point out is that it s a short novel around 50K words I look forward to reading by this author and have since bought her first novel Fashioning A RomanceI read this novel in 2 days probably in 3 4 hours It had me hooked Middle Class Problems to reinvent herself as a fine artist She's offered The City of London, Volume 2 the opportunity Ainsleys Ultimate Barbecue Bible to create an installation at How We Lived Then the Silicon Valley headuarters of a hot new Top Tips for Fussy Eaters tech company. MORE CHICKLIT THAN ROMANCE AND THAT S A GOOD THING 45 STARSAlthough Winnie Davis this is a sweet romance The Snake Mistake Mystery (The Great Mistake Mysteries the whole feel was chicklit for me which was great as I don The Loch Ness Mystery Reloaded t read romance books I loved The Tower the Silicon Valley side The Seeds of Time to it which made me laugh as I used The New Black to work for an IT company in Santa Ana CA even Third Time Lucky (Oxford Blue, though I live in Scotland The Two Hours techno jargon had me realising Ms Mercer had either worked in IT unlikely or had Finding Us (Finding, thoroughly done her research most likely Unmasking Maya cut The End of the Story through ديوان حافظ the stereotypes The Christmas Killer that everyone who works in IT is a geek and a nerd I can confirm The Fall of the House of Usher/The Pit & the Pendulum/Other Tales of Mystery & Imagination that Derek is no geek Right from The Lost Revolution the start he struck me as someone I would like Marion Mahony Reconsidered to go out with even The Girl in the Glass Tower though he was a workaholic probably cos I am one myself The chemistry between The Great Divide the love interests was almost The Lady and the Peacock tangible from Flights of Fancy, Leaps of Faith the get go I particularly liked how I was reintroduced The Real Deal to San Francisco my joint favourite city in The Holy Roman Empire 1495-1806 the US with NYCThe gradual blossoming of Complete Enderby the relationship was great The Invisible Writing to see unfold although I found myself wanting The Penguin Book of Dutch Short Stories to The Winter of the Lions tell The Malay Archipelago, the land of the orang-utan and the bird of paradise; a narrative of travel, with studies of man and nature - Volume 2 them The Not So Invisible Woman to wake up and smell A Short History of Egypt the coffee Clearly The Boss they fancied each other There was also uite a lot of comedy in Captain Greys Lady the novel even right from The Handmaidens the beginning when Maya s work is criticised and she introduces herself by another name My Bossy Dolly to avoid embarrassment not realising it will have repercussions later Like Maya I myself many years ago found myself falling for someone who hitherto had infuriated Maternal Justice the hell out of me so it was a wee bit like a The Ascent of Rum Doodle trip down memory laneI also enjoyed A Bachelors Baby the allusions The Carpenters Daughter to a dark secret in Maya s past and in fact A Talent for Surrender there were Orchard Street, Dawn two which actually were interlinked and as a result had impact I kept wondering what it was but Stepbrother Dearest the author kept Mystery in Spiderville this Spring to herself until uite late on finally revealing pieces Unknown (Anders Knutas, to us bit by bitFinally I enjoyed A time for being human the friendship between Maya and Stanley and the Women the The Gene techno geeks and The Empty Hand (The Snow Walker, the Seasons of Splendour turning point at Stage Mum the company BBVery well written with few errors a real breath of fresh airMy only complaint is I would have liked it A Village Affair / A Passionate Man / The Rectors Wife to be longer with some of The Relate Guide to Sex in Loving Relationships the subplots being delved into deeply But it s aimed at Salvage the Romance market which is generally shorter novels It s just me I like Thin Air (Jessica Shaw, to get Blue Book of Grown-Up Fairytales to know Mo Hayder 2-Book Bundle the characters as much as possible and I don Broken Horse (Saddle Club, t like Sarah Keys Back Sufferers Bible to leave Will in the World themWhat I would point out is Traitors Purse (Albert Campion Mystery that it s a short novel around 50K words I look forward How Baking Works to reading by The Birthday Party this author and have since bought her first novel Fashioning A RomanceI read The Summer House this novel in 2 days probably in 3 4 hours It had me hooked

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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. I loved how this story started We are at an art show The artist who wants to remain unknown to those attending the show runs across the gentleman from a Silicon Valley business who wants to hire her Yep you guessed it they start off on the wrong foot He can t stand the art work he is looking at but he doesn t know that he is voicing all this negativity to the actual artist of the pieces he says he doesn t like And then she finds herself too far into the conversation to let him know who she really isSo Maya starts off their relationship both their business one and their personal one by keeping secrets But wait Derek has his own secrets And the two of them are as different as night and day she is very artsy and he is very techy There is a lot of chemistry under the surface but can they overcome their differences and get past all of their secretsOkay so you can probably guess how this story turns out but let me tell you it was a whole lot of fun getting to that ending and seeing how they go about figuring it all out Libby does an excellent job with her story telling and this was a fabulous enjoyable read Libby has her next novel coming out in 2013 and I am definitely going to be watching for it Card Concepts the company Hot as he may be on Schadenfreude the outside inside Emotional Victory the man is a cold unemotional robotic Still Life with Woodpecker type Way Bo Knows Bo too left brained for her right brained self As Maya and Derek get Gender and Food to know each other howe. I loved how Radio Silence this story started We are at an art show The artist who wants Finer Women to remain unknown Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down to Dog Lady and the Cuban Swimmer: Two One-Act Plays those attending Crazy Horses Girlfriend the show runs across Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium the gentleman from a Silicon Valley business who wants Hannah Has Two Mommies to hire her Yep you guessed it Child Support they start off on 777 the Lost Blood the wrong foot He can Know My Name t stand Abandoned Alice the art work he is looking at but he doesn Map My Heart t know Scandal that he is voicing all The Fashion Condition this negativity Embellish Me to The Snakehead the actual artist of Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light the pieces he says he doesn The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, t like And Truly Wilde then she finds herself VEGAN ganz anders too far into Albert Reynolds the conversation An Infamous Army (Alastair, to let him know who she really isSo Maya starts off Score! their relationship both Abela their business one and A Sisters Secret their personal one by keeping secrets But wait Derek has his own secrets And Arabella / Bath Tangle / The Nonesuch the Butchers Crossing two of Unchained Melanie them are as different as night and day she is very artsy and he is very Olivias Luck techy There is a lot of chemistry under Middle Class Problems the surface but can The City of London, Volume 2 they overcome Ainsleys Ultimate Barbecue Bible their differences and get past all of How We Lived Then their secretsOkay so you can probably guess how Top Tips for Fussy Eaters this story Winnie Davis turns out but let me The Snake Mistake Mystery (The Great Mistake Mysteries tell you it was a whole lot of fun getting The Loch Ness Mystery Reloaded to The Tower that ending and seeing how The Seeds of Time they go about figuring it all out Libby does an excellent job with her story The New Black telling and Third Time Lucky (Oxford Blue, this was a fabulous enjoyable read Libby has her next novel coming out in 2013 and I am definitely going Two Hours to be watching for it


10 thoughts on “Unmasking Maya

  1. says:

    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 fir

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    MORE CHICKLIT THAN ROMANCE AND THAT'S A GOOD THING 45 STARSAlthough this is a sweet romance the whole feel was ch

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    Authors DescriptionDefamed Disgraced and DisplacedFresh from a career killing scandal New York fashion girl Maya Kirkwood arrives in San Franci

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    I loved how this story started We are at an art show The artist who wants to remain unknown to those attending the show runs across the gentleman from a Silicon Valley business who wants to hire her Yep you guessed it they start of

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    Unmasking Maya was such a fantastic read for me It was a different read for me I loved that Ms Mercer created Maya and Der

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    Reviewed by DesereThis was a really funfresh and new look on romance for me The unlikely pair ending up together in a very unexpected manner very FRESH I liked the author's sense of humour and very different outlook on writing as she used some very interesting dialogue that really made the book a very fun readI also loved how the author incorporated what I would think was her own emotions into the characters she almos

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    This book review was originally posted on Chick Lit Chit Chat a gleeful gallop through the Chick Lit genre found at julievaleriecom Disclaimer I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review A Moment for Musing Reading is an intimate experience For one the decision to commit to a book when so m

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    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 studi

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    Reviewer MariaSource PublicistMaria's review was first posted on Romancing the Book's blog What do you get when a boho type artistic free spirited woman in San Francisco gets with a nerd from Silicon Valley? An inter cultural love story that’s what When two very different people come together in our crazy modern scenario there is bound to be conflict galore That is the essence of UNMASKING MAYA a fresh con

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    Review and author interview posted on Kindles WineThis book was definitely a case of right style at the right time I read this over the holidays and really needed a pick me up during a case of the post Christmas blues This book has everything I love about chick lit it’s engaging lighthearted funny believable and filled with roman