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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

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Unmasking Maya

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

Libby Mercer ✓ 3 read

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. Authors DescriptionDefamed Disgraced and DisplacedFresh 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 Fabulous rightNot so muchShe 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 selfAs Maya and Derek get to know each other however 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 apartMy ReviewMaya was an amazingly strong character The face that she moved across the country to rebuild her life made her a hero to me Many women in her position would have taken the defeat and let it run them down but not Maya I loved that she became a successful artist on the opposite side of the countryI was a little confused about bringing Maya s dad into the story The fact that is was what pulled Derek and Maya together was great but I wish that part of the story would have been developed I want to know if they meet again did she come to forgive him is she still living with his shadow over herDerek was my favorite character I love that he was standoffish and maybe a little rude at the first meeting of Maya He was understanding when he found out that she was not Sarah as first introduced but Maya And most importantly he supported and protected Maya when her dad showed up at the party where her big art project was being unveiled When he didn t let her just walk out of California into the Midwest he won me over as one of the true good guysI enjoyed Masking Maya I was honored that the author asked me to read her story I will be telling all my friends and family to check out the story


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 texti

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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 chicklit for me which was great a

  3. says:

    Authors DescriptionDefamed Disgraced and DisplacedFresh 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 Fabulous right?Not so muchShe can't stand Derek Whitley wunderkind software genius and CEO of the company Hot as he may be on the out

  4. says:

    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 th

  5. says:

    Unmasking Maya was such a fantastic read for me It was a different read for me I loved that Ms Mercer created Maya and Derek and they both have issues and I would not have thought they would get together But as they say oppo

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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 inco

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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

  8. says:

    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 st

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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 artisti

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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