Maitland Ward Upcoming Book Rated X Awarded Prestigious Kirkus Star for Excellence

Maitland Ward’s Upcoming Book Rated X Awarded Prestigious Kirkus Star for Excellence

Maitland Ward
(Los Angeles, CA / June 6, 2022) — Maitland Ward’s highly-anticipated new personal memoir, Rated X: How Porn Liberated Me from Hollywood (out September 6), has earned an esteemed ‘Kirkus Star’ from Kirkus Reviews – a rare commendation from the literary tastemaker, as fewer than 10% of all books “of exceptional merit” receive one.

The Atria Books/Simon & Schuster behind-the-scenes tell-all won raves from Kirkus as “an exceptional narrative that champions the discovery of freedom in sexuality”, praising Ward as “clear and engaging in her frank discussions of sex and womanhood” and “generous and insightful in her reflections on finding a larger sense of self, as well as finding true friends in an often superficial industry.”

“It’s an honor and a privilege to be recognized by Kirkus… it is a huge deal in the literary community to receive a star and I’m shocked that they are recognizing me,” said Ward. “I can’t wait for fans to finally get their hands on the book, and genuinely hope they enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. It was truly a labor of love.”

Ward’s Rated X story takes readers on an exhilarating 256-page thrill ride, detailing the ups & downs of a life well-lived: growing up in Los Angeles, finding early success as a TV star in The Bold and the Beautiful and Boy Meets World, her auspicious arrival into the adult film business in 2019 and her emergence as an award-winning talent – and a powerful force – that has since changed the face of the industry and forever broken barriers as an actress and artist.

The buzz on Rated X kicked off with the official cover announcement in December, when pre-orders for the book – available in hardcover, Kindle, Audible Audiobook and audio CD – quickly topped Amazon’s pre-sale lists. Amazon.comBarnes & NobleBooks-a-Million and Indiebound are currently taking pre-orders, and more information is available at

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Southern California-born and bred Maitland Ward has quickly become one of the biggest stars in adult entertainment, after an-already successful career as an American model, actress and cosplay personality. The star, who joined the cast of Bold and the Beautiful as a teen and found fame as Rachel McGuire on the beloved ABC sitcom Boy Meets World, jumped headfirst into shooting adult films in 2019 without much persuasion.

The statuesque (5’10”) all-natural redhead is unique in that not only is she beautiful and built for the adult biz, Ward’s talent as an actress means she can also carry dramatic and comedic scenes with ease. Her playful energy, professionalism and open sexuality earned her an exclusive performance contract with worldwide brand Vixen Media Group; in 2020, Ward won three AVN Awards for Best Supporting Actress and Best Three-Way Sex Scene-G/G/B for her work in Deeper mega-hit feature Drive, as well as Favorite Camming Cosplayer.

Ward was the unanimous all-around best actress award winner in 2021, taking home multiple awards for Deeper’s Muse. Ward also took home the AVN Best Boy/Girl Sex Scene for Higher Power.  Ward has won multiple XBIZ awards, which include Best Actress for Drive, Best Sex Scene for Drive, Best Actress for Muse, Best Feature Sex Scene for Muse and was awarded the 2020 Crossover Star of The Year.

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