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Review: Work of Art by Ruth Clampett

Work of Art CoverTitle: Work of Art (The Inspiration #1)
Author: Ruth Clampett
Genre: Adult/Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Book description:In a life driven by passion, famed artist Maxfield Caswell lives in a world of brilliant color and drama, pushing his art and affairs to his emotional edge. He’s stunning, charismatic and celebrated in the art world, but are the trappings of fame also destroying him?

For years intelligent and bright-eyed Ava Jacobs has worked diligently toward a career in the art world. Ava is swept off her feet when she meets the passionate artist. She soon realizes, however, that he’s on a destructive path—one she doesn’t intend to join him on.

In the decadent world of patrons, art groupies, and predators, feisty and beautiful Ava knocks Max off his pedestal. A stunned Max sees something special in Ava and offers her an opportunity she can’t refuse. As their lives and passions collide, will he realize that she alone has the power to heal him? Can their hearts come together to create their own work of art?

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Dark, broody, mysterious and incredibly intriguing!

Work of Art tells the story of Ava, a smart and beautiful young girl who loves art and dreams of one day writing about it. She enjoys her job, and works for a man who’s been there for her for years and whom she sees as a father figure. Át one of their art exhibits, she unexpectedly meets the “It” guy at the moment: Maxfield Caswell a.k.a Max, an artist who is becoming more known for his personal life than his brilliant art. When she catches his eye, he takes a keen interest in her and sees that she’s special. To Max, she exudes this angelic and fascinating personality that makes it hard for him to stay away. Instantly, Ava becomes a sort of muse to him, in his art and in his personal life. 😉

While Max insists Ava be part of his new book (that would tell his life as an artist), she begins to see how rough around the edges he might be. When they’re together it’s like they’re in their own world. The pressures of deadlines and interviews become lost, and all they do is enjoy their time together. As any two attractive people hanging around together for days out of the week might know, sparks fly and tensions arise.

Max has a soft spot for Ava, and a fixed way of how he wants his art to be portrayed and done. He doesn’t let too many people into his circle of friends. He’s troubled, but doesn’t want to get too close to Ava and ruin the friendship that’s budding. However, when it comes to her, nothing else matters.

Ava can’t deny the feelings she has for Max. ❤ One day he seems like he might make a move, and the next, he’s just another guy friend. He’s giving her whiplash! YESH! 😉 The relationship friendship they form is tumultuous, intense, and passionate. You can feel the thrill in the air. Ava is caught between trying to help Max balance his promising career, while showing his true colors and be the guy she knows he really is. She’s caught in the middle!

Ooo! Did I mention there’s also a possible love triangle with yet another mysterious guy!? Unlike Max, Jonathan wants to court and seduce Ava the way she deserves to be. #Chapter16 <–OMG!!! :O

But Max is always there clouding her thoughts…

I love this quote featured in the book, and think it sums up a lot:

When you trip over love, it is easy to get up. But when you fall in love, it is impossible to stand again. ~ Albert Einstein


This was alluring, and compelling! I have a feeling we’ve only hit the surface with these characters. There may be a lot more surprises ahead!

I’m extremely eager to see what’s coming up in Book 2! I can only imagine more secrets will be revealed, and I can’t wait! 😀

Want more books by Ruth Clampett? Don’t wait any longer!

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Animate Me Cover    Mr. 365 Cover    Shiver Anthology Cover


Ruth ClampettAbout Ruth Clampett:

Ruth Clampett, daughter of legendary animation director, Bob Clampett, has spent a lifetime surrounded by art and animation. A graduate of Art Center College of Design, her careers have included graphic design, photogpraphy, VP of Design for WB Stores and teaching photography at UCLA. She now runs her own studio as the fine art publisher for Warner Bros. where she’s had the opportunity to know and work with many of the greatest artists in the world of animation and comics.

Mr. 365 is Ruth’s second novel and is inspired by her varied experiences in the television world from winning big on a game show, to guest hosting on the QVC shopping network, to sharing a studio with a production team that produced early reality television. Her first novel, Animate Me, is a contemporary romance set in the animation world. She lives in Los Angeles and is heavily supervised by her teenage daughter, lovingly referred to as Snarky, who helps her plan and execute their yearly Christmas extravaganza.

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