Unmasking Maya

Unmasking Maya

Libby Mercer / Dec 06, 2019

Unmasking Maya Defamed 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 t

  • Title: Unmasking Maya
  • Author: Libby Mercer
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  • Page: 309
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  • Defamed, 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 headquarters of a hot new tech company Fabulous, right Not so much.She can t stand Derek Whitley wunderkind software geniDefamed, 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 headquarters of a hot new tech company 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, 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 apart

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      • Libby Mercer

        Born and raised in the Heartland of America, Libby Mercer s adventurous spirit kicked in after graduating from high school and she s since lived in Boston, NYC and London San Francisco is the city that she currently calls home For several years, Libby worked in fashion first as a journalist and then as a shopkeeper, and for a while she dabbled in design Fashioning a Romance was Libby s first published novel, followed by Unmasking Maya and The Karmic Connection After taking a break from writing quirky romances to focus on various types of erotic stuff under various pen names Libby is back with another rom com How Meg West Was Won will be released on September 14, 2016.Just something I want to point out about my list of favorite authors apart from the first six, they are in totally random order So many of these wonderful authors are also fabulous friends and I couldn t possibly arrange them by order of preference The first six, however being either deceased or women I ve never met I have no problem arranging this way.


    1. 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 n [...]

    2. MORE CHICKLIT THAN ROMANCE AND THAT'S A GOOD THING! 4.5 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 t [...]

    3. Authors Description:Defamed, 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 headquarters of a hot new tech company. 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 t [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. 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 opposites attract. I also love that I get inside the mind of an artist and see how a techy guy can be geeky but is not always a nerd. And hey some nerds ie Derek is a hottie! Maya and Derek do both have some past issues they need to deal with and I enjoyed seeing the layers o [...]

    6. Reviewed by DesereThis was a really fun,fresh 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 read.I also loved how the author incorporated what I would think was her own emotions into the characters ,she almost made it seem as if she was writing about her own life.The backdrop sett [...]

    7. This book review was originally posted on "Chick Lit Chit Chat - a gleeful gallop through the Chick Lit genre" found at julievalerie. 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 much is competing for your attention is a decision only you can make for yourself. Case in point: Has anyone ever given you a book and insisted you read it, and yet, no matter your bes [...]

    8. Originally posted at Book Harbinger.Textile 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 more 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 [...]

    9. 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, contemporary romance from Libby Mercer, who earlier brought us the amazingly exquis [...]

    10. 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 romantic tension.Maya hasn’t lived in San Francisco for long, and she’s in the middle of redirecting her career after a huge scandal in NYC. Derek hires he [...]

    11. Maya Lockwood had a high-flying fashion career in New York, until it was destroyed by a betrayal. It was bad enough that people told her "you'll never work in this town again" and really meant it, so she changed her name and moved to San Francisco. As the book starts, she's rebuilding a career and is incognito at the first exhibition of her textile art.She's struggling with money, so the news that local software millionaire Derek Whitley is interested in commissioning a piece for his headquarter [...]

    12. After being publicly disgraced and told, "You'll never work in this town, again," a fashion designer finds a new life and romance under a new identity in Libby Mercer's Unmasking Maya.Maya Kirkland -- at least that's the name she is going by now -- lands a major career opportunity when she is commissioned to create art for one of the hottest start-ups in Silicon Valley. While trying to make a new name for herself as an artist, she also wants to stay under the radar as much as possible.Technologi [...]

    13. This novel was a quick, lively and fun read that allowed me to get my chick lit fix in one sitting which was great. One of the great things about this book was that it was not too ambitious. What I mean is that sometimes chick lit novels make the mistake of happening over too long or too short of a time period, focusing on sub-plots and other characters that take away from the relationship building of the two main characters. This was certainly not the case in “Unmasking Maya.” The majority [...]

    14. Unmasking Maya was a quirky and cute book. I read it pretty quickly- in under a day I think, and I enjoyed it from start to finish. I wasn't blown away by the book, but it was a solid and entertaining read. I can't really say why I wasn't blown away by it, everything about Unmasking Maya was good. The characters were unique and interesting. The plot was cutsey and quirky and modern, and the romance was adorable. The writing was wonderful. I loved the writing style more than the actual plot of th [...]

    15. Unmaksing Maya is a fun read about a creative artist inventing her life again. It grabs the reader through a sense of longing for a fresh start; who hasn't wanted to begin anew?Maya Kirkwood is a talented artist fresh on the San Francisco scene. Previously, her art was worn by some of the biggest names on the red carpet when she worked in New York, but through a series of life-challenging events, she found herself not only moving from the pulse of New York to the waves of the San Francisco Bay, [...]

    16. Unmasking Maya was such a great surprise! I went into this book not knowing if I would finish it because it is classified as a romance, and as you know, I'm not a huge fan of classic romance novels. But Unmasking Maya was much more than just a love story (not that there's anything wrong with books that are 'just' love stories). It was a book about a woman reinventing herself after career-ending scandal, the relationship between a father and daughter, and finding love. Despite these potentially h [...]

    17. Maya has left behind her past in NYC and is trying to make it in the art world of San Francisco. Part of leaving behind the scandal that haunts her she changes her name and mediums from fashion to art working with textiles in the art world. Getting a commission for an installation at a tech company in the Silicone Valley area. Derek Whitley, the CEO of the company, doesn't seem to like her work. Yet, he commissions Maya to do the work, and she is determined to make something that he will like, e [...]

    18. My Review:This book is about a girl who's had to reinvent herself. She used to work for one of the premier fashion design houses in NYC, but after a duplicitous boyfriend betrayed her, she's had to leave that life. She's now in San Francisco where she's developed a whole new identity and career. She's making a name for herself now as a fiber fine artist. One of the things that I really adored about this book was the descriptions of Maya's art and how she assembles it. You often see books about a [...]

    19. Review as appeared on my blog Amy's Book World:I enjoyed reading about Maya and Derek's journey to love. Maya finds herself in San Fransisco after a scandal back in New York forces her to leave the city. Derek commissions Maya to work on a art piece for his company, even though he is not a big fan of her art. The fact that they have to spend time together opposites end up attracting, free spirited Maya and serious Derek. In order for them to work they, have to work through their past.The thing t [...]

    20. I loved, loved, loved this book! This is the first story I’ve read by Libby Mercer, and it won’t be my last! Unmasking Maya has everything I love about a good romance! And I found that I really love Libby Mercer’s writing style.Maya Kirkwood is an artist, who is trying hard to build a new career and to forget her past career as a fashion designer. With a new name, in a new city, living in a studio apartment, she designs amazing wall art out of fabrics. When she is commissioned to do some a [...]

    21. After her fashion career crashes and burns and her life basically goes AWOL, Maya Kirkwood is banished from her New York City upper east side apartment to San Francisco to start all over again. But before she can rebuild her existence, she has a dark secret to protect and lots of work to get done and God help anybody or anything that gets in her way!In UNMASKING MAYA, Libby Mercer has created one feisty woman in Maya that sure has a lot of moxy. Right off the top, I love that she's always workin [...]

    22. Girl meets boy. Boy deceives girl dramatically. Girl leaves shamed and downtrodden but not completely broken. Girl starts new life with a new name. Girl catches public's eye because she ROCKS, inadvertently leading to a situation that can (*ahem* WILL) blow her cover with consequences that may not all be for the betterd an ending that was definitely not anticipated. Maya was a doll! Her ex? Not so much. I mean, he probably ranks lower than that gum you scraped off your shoe yesterday. Does she l [...]

    23. I received Unmasking Maya in return for an honest review from the author Libby Mercer. Maya is running from a past trying to reinvent who she is after her ex ruined her reputation as a fashion designer. Now she’s using her talents to create art under a new name on the other coast in San Francisco. When she lands the chance to design an installation for a new tech company in Silicon Valley she jumps at the chance. The only problem with the job is Derek Whitley the CEO of the company he doesn't [...]

    24. I was provided a copy of Unmasking Maya by Libby Mercer in exchange for an honest review.Unmasking Maya by Libby Mercer follows New York fashion it-girl, Maya Kirkwood. Fresh from a career-killing scandal, Maya takes a hiatus and heads to San Francisco to refresh and reinvent herself. So, when she is offered the opportunity of a life time to create an installation at a new hot tech company, she jumps at the chance. Well, things don’t turn out so well. Derek Whitley, the CEO of the company, qui [...]

    25. I love geeks! This is no shock to anyone who knows me. And I was thrilled that Libby Mercer asked me if I would be interested in reviewing her new book, Unmasking Maya, as the male lead was a hot geek!This is high up there on my list of favorite reads of 2012. I loved the character of Maya. She is clearly lonely, even if she wants to deny it, as her past has burned her and she is unwilling to open herself up to the chance of love again. She is quirky and an artistic fashionista, which I adored. [...]

    26. I was given the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.I was selected by the author due to my love of fun, pick-me-up chick-lit. The beginning of the story was really cute and the way our H/h meet was funny and a great for the relationship between Derek and Maya to get off on the wrong foot. Maya is an artist with a love for fabrics and textiles. She makes beautiful things but Derek doesn't find the charm in her work. Instead he voices his opinions abo [...]

    27. eARC provided by author for review.Review originally published on my blog: AWordsWorthMaya Kirkwood is the hot new artist whose work with textiles mimics high fashion on a canvas. But she's a mystery - an unknown - never available for the media, represented by an agent, and living in a tiny San Franciscan apartment. Until she lands a commission from a hotshot CEO of a software company in Silicon Valley. Working with left-brained Derek is a challenge for Maya on both personal and professional lev [...]

    28. I received an ARC of this book for free from the author to provide an honest review.Unmasking Maya mainly focused on the relationship between Maya and Darek. I love Maya and how Libby Mercer voiced her. Maya was hiding a secret and identity of her past but she left behind her past. She held it together with her and move forward, which I really like about her. She was bright, funny and so much fun. Darek was the opposite of Maya. I thought that he sounded a bit mysterious at first. But I kinda li [...]

    29. Libby Mercer is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors and the weird thing is that I don't typically like "romance" as much as "chick lit" and her books are definitely romance. I thoroughly enjoyed the author's first novel, Fashioning a Romance but I enjoyed Unmasking Maya even more. The book was written from Maya's perspective and the tone was so conversational and breezy that I felt like I was in the passenger seat, along for the ride while she quickly fell into lust with Derrick's outer [...]

    30. ”Unmasking Maya” has been on my to-read list for a while and I couldn’t wait to start it. I loved the storyline right from the start, so I knew it’d be something I really enjoy reading.The beginning of this book took off right away. I was charmed by the clever and witty banter during the introduction of Maya and Derek. Maya seems mysterious at the beginning, but I can see why (only at the end), and thought she was a very likable character. While Derek seems to be a charming bad boy type, [...]

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