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 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?
Maya was so intriguing. Right away you know that she is hiding a secret and it seems to be a pretty big one. I was pretty interested in finding out her secret. I thought she was bright and sassy and lots of fun. She seemed the total opposite of Derek, who also seemed to be to be hiding a secret but it was more Maya’s story than his so his secret came out much later in the story, though it was just as juicy. I don’t really know if I would have been ok with his secret. Derek seemed to be much too perceptive for his own good. He just seemed to know everything. I liked him but I found him a little hard to believe sometimes. He grew on me though and in the end, I was rooting for him and Maya.
One thing that I completely loved about Unmasking Maya were the careers chosen for the two main characters. They were so fresh and modern. Maya was an artist that worked mainly in textiles. I would have loved to seen an example of her work so I could picture it better, but everything she made sounded so beautiful. And derek was a tech genius running his company in silicon valley. Again, a very modern job. I loved how unique these careers were.
Libby Mercer’s writing in Unmasking Maya stole the show for me. It was the reason that I enjoyed the book as much as I did. I would love to read another book of hers to see more of her writing style. It was really easy to read and the flow and pacing was great. The characters didn’t make me fall in love, but that happens sometimes. I can totally see other people completely loving Derek and Maya. I didn’t dislike them by any means, they just didn’t make me want to jump up and down and squeal. However, even with my lukewarn feelings towards the characters, Unmasking Maya is a fun and fresh story. One that I really enjoyed.