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  • Posted February 3, 2014

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    Unmasking Maya by Libby Mercer is the final novel we will featur

    Unmasking Maya by Libby Mercer is the final novel we will feature for International chick lit month. The genre is romantic comedy. Thank you Libby for sending me a copy of this novel.
    Maya is starting over in a new career as an artist. She is at a showing of her work with her agent Inez. Her career seems to be going well. Maya makes the rounds of her exhibit and she meets Derek. Maya is taken aback by her initial reaction to Derek, and his reaction to her art. The next day Maya receives a phone call from her agent that a business would like to sponsor her as the resident artist. All of the sudden she finds that Derek is her supervisor. Could there be more? Will she succeed in her art?
    My Thoughts:
    I very much enjoyed this novel! It was written well. The dialogue drew me in from the very beginning with it’s sharp wit and humor. I wanted to turn the next page because I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. The author played the characters off of each other well. The only part that seemed a little easy was the plot. It was not very complex. I am interested in seeing how this author grows in the future. Please visit Libby on her Facebook page, Twitter, or her website. by Jencey/Writer's Corner

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  • Posted October 26, 2013

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    Reviewed by Maria Book provided by the publisist for review Revi

    Reviewed by Maria
    Book provided by the publisist for review
    Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

    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 exquisite FASHIONING A ROMANCE.

    Maya Kirkwood is a woman with a past. She’s hiding something. She’s an ex-New Yorker trying to make it as an artistic décor designer in San Francisco. And when she’s hired by the Bill Gates like prodigy Derek Whitley to do some décor improvement in his Merlo Place operations base, the sparks don’t exactly fly at first. It’s more a slow burn. But yes, the attraction flares in due course. We know that Maya is hiding something and as we go deeper into the story, we learn what it is, along with Derek himself. He’s checked up on Maya and he knows by her lack of internet presence that she’s definitely hiding something.

    The surprising thing is, Derek’s hiding something too. A something that threatens to become a very big something indeed. Perhaps an obstacle in their budding romance. Will Maya and the Nerd get it together? Will Maya make peace with her shameful past? And will Derek make peace with his? And move on? Do this pair have a future? Even if they both come to terms with their backgrounds, which made them what they are today, even if they manage to get past all that, is there really a future in their future?

    Can a boho artist woman (she doesn’t even own a computer) and a geeky, nerdy man really get it together? Even if he is a millionaire prodigy? Is it even possible? Well, this is what we read the book to discover. I’d like to think that they balance each other, each one cancelling out the other’s deficiencies. Or will they drive each other crazy and end up leaving each other in disgust? Really, you can’t know unless you go there, can you? The writer’s job is to take you there and see for yourself. Can she do it? And can he do it convincingly?

    The atmosphere of San Francisco comes through strongly. The city is like another character in the novel. From Pacific Height to Merlo Place, to the eccentrics (like the businessman on the unicycle), I dare you not to find a little place in your heart for thi city by the time you’ve completed reading this.

    Libby Mercer’s writing is sharp, perceptive and lucid. She writes in crisp, contemporary language. She literally holds your hand and takes you there. She’s very much a chronicler of the age, I’ve noticed her observations in FASHIONING A ROMANCE, her last book too. I like this juxtaposition of the nerdy with the trendy, of the boho with the techno. It’s definitely something to keep in mind and watch out for.

    And again, Libby proves that it’s possible to make a story sizzle without getting into bed with the main characters. That’s a rare skill. So folks, what we have here a sweet romance that sizzles. Way to go, Libby!

    Favorite Quote: “I just don’t see why this should classify as ‘art.’” He did the air quote thing with his fingers and it took every ounce of will power I had not to slam a stiletto into his kneecaps. He turned to me with a neutral expression, apparently unaware that he was offending me.

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  • Posted March 21, 2013

     ¿Unmasking Maya¿ has been on my to-read list for a while and I

     ”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, I liked him too, because he seemed to challenge Maya.  While their working relationship transformed, it was obvious that Maya was falling for him even though she tried not to, but with good reason.  I thought that Derek also had a good reason to act the way he did, but I didn’t find that out until close to the end, though (sadly) I liked his reasoning.  (No, I’m not going to give you any spoilers!).
    My main concern with this book that there wasn’t enough displays of affection between Maya and Derek before the ending and I wanted to believe that his couple can make it.
    This cute and funny book written by the lovely Libby Mercer was funny and sweet.  I’d gladly pass “Unmasking Maya” to anyone who wants a cute and delightful, quick read.
    I give this book 4 out of 5 stars!

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