Monday, December 17, 2012

Book Review: Unmasking Maya

by: Libby Mercer

Available at Amazon

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 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?

Once I realized this was a romance, I was set to be bored and annoyed. No offense, dear readers, but I'm not a fan of romance novels. I love chick lit, but not romance. It's not always such a clear line, though.

However, I promised to review this so I stuck it out. And as it turned out, I actually enjoyed myself. It has a very fast pace and you will get through it quickly. Unmasking Maya would be a perfect vacation read.

The characters aren't developed as much as they could be, and that's why I think it falls more into Romance. Maya is not her real name, as she's trying to distance herself not only from the New York scandal but the scandal of her father that also left her feeling vulnerable through her teens.

While Derek is supposed to come across as this computer nerd type, he's always polite and considerate. Maya, however, is understandably gun-shy when it comes to ambitious men.

So if you are looking for a story to leave you feeling warm and fuzzy, this one will fit the bill.

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