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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 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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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 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?

30 review for The Inspiration

  1. 5 out of 5

    SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️! The Inspiration, book 1 of 3. Naïve Ava finds herself pining after the celebrated & infamous Max Caswell! “I just want to consume him, and I hate myself… knowing that doesn’t make me any better than his art groupies.” Books in The Work of Art trilogy should be read in order: Book 1: The Inspiration Book 2: The Unveiling Book 3: The Masterpiece The Inspiration (book 1) opens up to art store employee and aspiring writer Ava Jacobs working an art show in New York where ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️! The Inspiration, book 1 of 3. Naïve Ava finds herself pining after the celebrated & infamous Max Caswell! “I just want to consume him, and I hate myself… knowing that doesn’t make me any better than his art groupies.” Books in The Work of Art trilogy should be read in order: Book 1: The Inspiration Book 2: The Unveiling Book 3: The Masterpiece The Inspiration (book 1) opens up to art store employee and aspiring writer Ava Jacobs working an art show in New York where she encounters renowned and notorious bad boy artist and heir Max Caswell. For a brief moment in time she holds his attention and their connection is fierce, until art groupies sidetrack him. Back home in Los Angeles their paths cross again. A friendship of sorts ensues with Max seducing Ava into becoming his muse, while she tries to remain cool and gets help by an unexpected suitor. A breathtaking journey in the art world, with a self-destructive, volatile and oh so aloof Max sending mixed signals to an increasingly flustered yet determined not to be smitten Ava. “I want to kiss him with every fiber of my being, but evidently he’s determined that I’m destined to be his savior, not his lover.” Nine words to describe Max Caswell: self-saboteur, secretive, possessive, elusive, unpredictable, jaded, broken, controlling and reckless. Seven words to describe Ava Jacobs: naïve, smart, independent, stubborn, impressionable, reflective and ambiotious. The Inspiration, told from Ava’s POV, is and a candid glimpse the ritzy and eclectic LA art scene. Though Ava is to become Max’s inspiration he remains the center stage of the story all the way to the shockingly perfect ending. Up next book 2, The Unveiling for the continuation of what looks to be an epic love saga. Spectacular plot! Excellent story-telling! Swoon-worthy hero! Enjoyable setting! PS. There is a bowling alley in Mar Vista! “God, he’s beautiful, I marvel, allowing myself one last swoon before I steel myself for what’s to come.” *** Hero: ★★★★★ Heroine: ★★★★ Plot: ★★★★★ Storytelling: ★★★★★ Sexual tension: ★★★★★ Sex scenes: ★★★★ Story ending: N/A ******************************************* OVERALL RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Angst: | MEDIUM FOCUS | Darkness: | MEDIUM FOCUS | Humor: | LOW FOCUS | Kink: | LOW FOCUS | Romance: | LOW FOCUS | Sex frequency: | LOW FOCUS | Suspense: | MEDIUM FOCUS | 99¢ | AMZ US | AMZ UK |

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    I'm not sure about this one. The story was interesting and I feel like I've spent a little time living in someone else's glamorous life, but I was pretty frustrated by the heroine's fickleness and not attracted to either hottie she was flirting away with. Actually, I'm not completely sure whether the tormented yet brilliant art genius or the older, successful, charismatic publisher was supposed to be the love interest. Unfortunately I fear it was the artist - not a popular choice for me as he was I'm not sure about this one. The story was interesting and I feel like I've spent a little time living in someone else's glamorous life, but I was pretty frustrated by the heroine's fickleness and not attracted to either hottie she was flirting away with. Actually, I'm not completely sure whether the tormented yet brilliant art genius or the older, successful, charismatic publisher was supposed to be the love interest. Unfortunately I fear it was the artist - not a popular choice for me as he was a bit flaky - setting her up on a pedestal and using her as a muse while still whoring around with groupies. Not a fan of that. The publisher guy meanwhile was playing the long game, taking her on posh dates then encouraging her to get to second base under the thick linen tablecloth. That was hot and would've been enough for me, had she not been lusting after the artist chap, but lamenting his willingness to be straight with her on the previous page. I couldn't keep up with her and I just kind of found it hard to work out who she wanted and who I wanted her with. It did affect the chemistry for me as I wasn't quite invested in seeing her with either of them. There's lots of good stuff in this, the deets about the art world were vivid and the characters were lively and interesting. I cannot lie though, I would've appreciated a little smut. I feel a bit teased. This is the first in a trilogy, it ends pretty abruptly with nothing resolved so I'll have to commit to reading two more books to get the rest of the story and I'm not sure I fancy that right now.

  3. 4 out of 5

    TeriLyn

    **Work of Art generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.** Books set in the world of art constantly intrigue me. After seeing the cover and reading the blurb for Work of Art my curiosity bested me. Ruth Clampett delivers a deliciously daring tale. Beautiful and fluid prose perfectly balances the light and the dark of not only the art world, but of the artist’s mind through the sharp lens of an engaging, smart protagonist. The voice of this New Adult contemporary novel, Av **Work of Art generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.** Books set in the world of art constantly intrigue me. After seeing the cover and reading the blurb for Work of Art my curiosity bested me. Ruth Clampett delivers a deliciously daring tale. Beautiful and fluid prose perfectly balances the light and the dark of not only the art world, but of the artist’s mind through the sharp lens of an engaging, smart protagonist. The voice of this New Adult contemporary novel, Ava, delicately preserves the reader’s opinions between the grotesque and the extraordinary. The writing style of this author fully engages. The story structurally designed by Clampett leaves much room for growth. While it’s not an “edge of your seat” style of writing, the intrigue to want to learn more about these people presents itself fully. More often than not, I found myself lost in Clampetts words, engaged in the pages. Each character the reader meets provides a different aspect to the story. Work of Art is told from Ava’s point of view. It’s a circular point of view as Ava engages with a variety of characters and subsequently a variety of attitudes and personalities. She’s oddly star struck by the intensity of her feelings toward Maxfield Caswell – the artist. Conversely, she’s similarly puzzled regarding the force of feelings from Jonathan – the publisher. Through a whirlwind of excellent opportunities surrounding a project for Max, Ava subtly walks a tightrope tethering her to both men in very different ways because each represent something different. Maxfield Caswell – the artist – entrances the reader. As an artist he’s conflicted. The dark inner workings of his mind we aren’t privy to but from Ava we see the difficulty straining him to maintain the level of his work coinciding with the level of his fame. He’s an enigma. A puzzle we must work to solve. The author blends into his character a pattern of conflicted artist and soulful man. The weaving of the two extremes in his personality, the difference between the beautiful light and the ominous dark in Max gives the reader a very intriguing character. The purity from Ava in his life cleanses his soul. However, it’s not enough to keep his demons at bay. There were certain parts of the book that became mundane to me, details I found not important to the story or the development of these characters. Even though a few times while reading, I felt easily distracted more often than not I was consumed by Ava’s voice. Ruth Clampett wrote an intriguing book with Work of Art. Her writing is superb and her vivid telling of the art world mysterious and engaging combined with characters I want to know more about. I can’t wait for more the subsequent books to learn more about Ava, Max, Jonathan and the excellent cast of supporting characters. Work of Art does have a mild cliff hanger. Nothing over the top. You’ll definitely want book two but know the wait will be worth it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cullenboyz

    I stayed up way too late reading this book! The relationship between Ava and Max is to die for. Their turbulent friendship so sweet it will melt your heart, and the sexual tension between them will curl your toes. The author sets the story in the art world of colorful southern California with an authenticity born of her own experiences there, lending the story a depth and richness I rarely find in this genre. I even found myself googling locations and works of art in the story, because I simply h I stayed up way too late reading this book! The relationship between Ava and Max is to die for. Their turbulent friendship so sweet it will melt your heart, and the sexual tension between them will curl your toes. The author sets the story in the art world of colorful southern California with an authenticity born of her own experiences there, lending the story a depth and richness I rarely find in this genre. I even found myself googling locations and works of art in the story, because I simply had to see them! But best of all are the fun, vivid characters. Ava is strong and focused, but over her head and confused where Max are concerned. Max is intense and brilliant, endearingly earnest, but painfully flawed. The secondary characters are juicy and great fun, and then there’s Jonathan, the charismatic older man who’s trying to get Ava into his bed (you will love to hate him!). I loved this story. My only caveat is that when you reach the end you’ll be absolutely desperate for the next next book in the series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    AnnMarie

    Just received the ARC and it's all mine!! Am super excited, have been looking forward to this one!! *Update - Full Review Now Posted* Work of Art was definitely not what I thought it was going to be, IT WAS A RIDE my friends A RIDE!!! And while I flipped flopped back and forth initially between, meh, yeah read this story line a 1000 times...oh I am liking this...I think I love it...hmm...not sure...to finally a big...I loved it!! Confused? Yep, I confused myself too...let me explain... I am a well kn Just received the ARC and it's all mine!! Am super excited, have been looking forward to this one!! *Update - Full Review Now Posted* Work of Art was definitely not what I thought it was going to be, IT WAS A RIDE my friends A RIDE!!! And while I flipped flopped back and forth initially between, meh, yeah read this story line a 1000 times...oh I am liking this...I think I love it...hmm...not sure...to finally a big...I loved it!! Confused? Yep, I confused myself too...let me explain... I am a well know fan of the author. I love her writing style and how she tells a story. So of course when she announced she was publishing Work of Art, I was immediately all grabby hands. And yes, I am aware it is a P2P, not one I read, but that really doesn't matter to me. I read and review all stories equally. What confused me was the actual story line. Work of Art seemed to be the over used typical contemporary romance story. Brooding misunderstood artist. Naive, kind, innocent, savior angel heroine. Older distinguished man, possible love triangle. Blah. One of my least favorite story lines. Always predictable, always the same path, always the same ending. I thought, no Ruth, why would you go there?? You wrote Animate Me, a fantastic original spin on contemporary romance. You wrote Mr.365, another great spin on contemporary romance. You have the ability to take the same old same old, and spin it in to very unique and engaging story lines, making it your own. Why this story line?? Sigh...this is gonna be a looonnnggg read...so I thought... And yep, the first few chapters were as I predicted, brooding misunderstood artist. Naive, kind, innocent, savior angel heroine. Older distinguished man, possible love triangle. But at about chapter 10, all that changed and the story took off, with me racing to keep up!! I was like WTH was that??? Where did that twist come from?? The characters clicked. The secondary characters came alive. The story line started sprouting epic feels, and the roller coaster began. The story came alive with a realism that had me googling all sorts of things and places. Nothing better than a story that completely engages you on all levels blending fiction with reality. And I loved the quotes by known artists that started every chapter. Nice little touch by the author. Now as for the characters. Max is our brooding artist. Gifted, brilliant, troubled, dark. He has a past that was not so much tragic as it was dramatic. The loss he suffers early on definitely colors his world. The lack of a strong guide speaks so loudly that you get why he is the way he is. Ava, not as naive as I thought. She turned to be a strong and intelligent woman brimming with vibrancy and gumption. When these two meet, the "instatraction" was there, but they were both holding back looking for the big "more" and "what ifs". Their relationship went from not getting along to friendship and back to not getting along. Both extremely stubborn for their own reasons. At one point I wasn't even sure Max felt the same for Ava as she felt for him. I really began rooting for these two to get their act together. Then we have Jonathon. Our older distinguished gentleman. I initially liked him and thought I could see Ava going for him. But after a while, I was not digging him at all and was really hoping Ava didn't fall in to his suave trap. There were some really good secondary characters that helped drive the plot as well as gave a much better picture of Max and Ava. Even with the beginning of the story a bit ho hum same old same old, the story moved in a way that I really liked. I wound up totally engaged with the characters and the roller coaster of emotions had my heart pounding quite a few times. I definitely am invested and moved in to the yep, loving the story category. The ending, a huge WHAT cliffie, something I am not a fan of usually, but the story carried its self so well, I am on board and looking forward to book 2 to find out what happened. Congratulations Ruth Clampett, you once again took the same old same old, and made it your own!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Liv Morris

    The book is in one word.... Wonderful. I can't wait for the world to meet Maxwell! The book is in one word.... Wonderful. I can't wait for the world to meet Maxwell!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Flavia Viotti

    There is a special place in my heart for this series! Work of Art is one of my favorite stories ever! Max the most delicious confusing sexy man, and even though I tried to hate him sometimes, I just couldn´t! I love Ava and Max and I just can´t wait for book 2!

  8. 4 out of 5

    The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog

    Review-Jo Rushton 4.5 Stars Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheHopelessR... Blog: http://thehopelessromanticsbookblog.b... "Life is the art of drawing without an eraser." ~ John W. Gardner. "Work of Art" was a bit of a slow burner to begin with but boy, did it hot up! It was a story that was filled with passion and intrigue and I loved it! Maxfield Caswell was the pop star of the art world. He was an artist with a bad boy reputation and when I first met him, I was intrigued. I couldn't work him Review-Jo Rushton 4.5 Stars Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheHopelessR... Blog: http://thehopelessromanticsbookblog.b... "Life is the art of drawing without an eraser." ~ John W. Gardner. "Work of Art" was a bit of a slow burner to begin with but boy, did it hot up! It was a story that was filled with passion and intrigue and I loved it! Maxfield Caswell was the pop star of the art world. He was an artist with a bad boy reputation and when I first met him, I was intrigued. I couldn't work him out. The more I got to know about him, the more I realised that this boy was a tortured soul. Something was going on with him, something deep and very well hidden. I became more and more curious about Max with each new chapter and I was desperate to know more about him. "Ava, you don't know how dark things are in my mind. What I am inside...what I can be like." When Max met Ava, it was obvious that there was some kind of pull between them, however I wasn't sure of Max's true feelings and what was his intentions were. Did he just want to be good friends or did he want more? He completely confused me. It was like he had two different personalities. A side that was hot, passionate and loving and a dark side where he was moody and bad tempered. Max was definitely a challenge. He wasn't an easy guy to love but there was something about him that I couldn't resist. I knew that deep down, Max was crying out for help and it appeared that the only person that soothed him was Ava. "So, fair Ava, how does one win the heart of a girl like you?" I liked Ava, she was sweet and funny and had a very sexy imagination. When Ava met Max she found herself highly attracted to him, so much so that she began to have some seriously saucy fantasies about him! I wondered if any of her fantasies would ever come true. A relationship with Max was not going to be a straightforward one so there were a lot of times when I doubted that they would. "Some people expect love to be handed to them like a gift, love in a box...all tied up with a big red bow. But it rarely happens. Sometimes it's rough and gritty, and you have to fight your way to it." When Max and Ava were together, there was a spark that came from them. I could practically feel the sexual tension between them building with every new chapter. As the story continued I was treated to some deliciously hot scenes and there was even one that reminded me of the famous scene from the film "Ghost" (Only instead of a potters wheel it was some kind of art press!). It was scorching hot and it was my favourite scene in the entire book! LOL. "Ava, I can't fight this anymore, I've got to have you." I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was was brilliantly written and I just loved the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. The story of Max and Ava kept me intrigued from the word go and I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next between the couple. This was the first series I have read that was set around the world of art and I found that it was a refreshing change. It was also my first introduction to this author and I became an instant fan. I am excited to read the next book in the series. Although this one did not end in a cliffhanger, I was left eager for more. "Work of Art" gets 4.5 tortured hearts from me!

  9. 4 out of 5

    CeCe

    I love books where the heroes are male sluts and especially if those sluts that are also artists, but Maxwell was a tool. I did not like him and I did not care for the heroine. Her inner dialogue annoyed me. Her whole attitude toward Maxwell was just immature. Also, I hate when authors describe every single item of clothing that the heroine wears. Sometimes I think "ugh, she wore what?" This may work for you. You may love it, but it did not work for me. These are just my thoughts and opinions ab I love books where the heroes are male sluts and especially if those sluts that are also artists, but Maxwell was a tool. I did not like him and I did not care for the heroine. Her inner dialogue annoyed me. Her whole attitude toward Maxwell was just immature. Also, I hate when authors describe every single item of clothing that the heroine wears. Sometimes I think "ugh, she wore what?" This may work for you. You may love it, but it did not work for me. These are just my thoughts and opinions about the book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Na

    Emotionally piece of art! Annoying sometimes, but it hold me in its grip firmly.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nic

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️Work of Art by Ruth Clampett...WOW! Nothing like I expected it to be!⭐️⭐️⭐️ I NEED book 2...STAT!!! What is it about eccentric artists?!?! You definitely do not want to miss out on this read. Work of Art sucked me in right away. Ruth Clampett blew me away with her writing style...So much attention to detail without making the story drag. Ms. Clampett painted a beautiful story and made me feel like I was a part of it. The art shows, the galleries, all of it... I felt I was right there. The cha ⭐️⭐️⭐️Work of Art by Ruth Clampett...WOW! Nothing like I expected it to be!⭐️⭐️⭐️ I NEED book 2...STAT!!! What is it about eccentric artists?!?! You definitely do not want to miss out on this read. Work of Art sucked me in right away. Ruth Clampett blew me away with her writing style...So much attention to detail without making the story drag. Ms. Clampett painted a beautiful story and made me feel like I was a part of it. The art shows, the galleries, all of it... I felt I was right there. The characters in Work of Art are fabulous. I loved Ava, I did. A strong young woman who knows what she wants... and what she shouldn't want. I could relate to her character on so many levels as I think many readers will. As I got further into Work of Art, I realized that Max was nothing like I thought he would be. There is so much depth to this character. I couldn't help but fall for him and his smooth and sexy talking, the man knows how and what to say to make the ladies swoon ;-) But much like Ava, I'm torn. There is no denying the electrifying chemistry or connection between these two characters but sometimes that isn't enough.... Is it? Especially when one of you is dealing with demons. Then there's Jonathan. Please, please, please tell me we get more Jonathan in the next book! I swear this man melted the panties right off of me! Confident, worldly and a smooth sexy talker...Hot damn this man is HOT! All of the supporting characters are equally brilliantly written. This story would not have been the same without them all. Work of Art is full of steamy sexual tension and I gotta say that I wasn't expecting how clenchingly HOT this tension would be! Ms. Clampett definitely knows her hot and schmexy!! But, it's also filled with the perfect amount of angst. Not enough to drive me to drink, but enough that helped set the mood and make it believable. Work of Art isn't all sexy tension and angst. There is also just the right amount of humour to lighten the mood. I warn you now that Work of Art has a cliffhanger. An, “OMG I need more NOW!!” kind of cliffhanger! I can't wait to see where Ms. Clampett takes this story!!! If you are looking for a read to pull you into its pages with original story, fabulously developed characters, and a healthy does of sexy angst... Look no further! Work of Art by Ruth Clampett should be your next read. *I was provided with an advance copy in exchange for an honest review*

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Karafa

    Work of Art is a fantastic book! Ruth Clampett takes her readers into the world of fine art and shows both the alluring and seedy sides of an industry that is based on aesthetic pleasure. Ava is a young woman on a mission. She is learning everything she can about the art world so she can take those experiences and turn them into her dream career. What she didn't bargain for is Maxwell Caswell. Max is a hot commodity on the art scene. He is extremely talented, in demand by both collectors and ar Work of Art is a fantastic book! Ruth Clampett takes her readers into the world of fine art and shows both the alluring and seedy sides of an industry that is based on aesthetic pleasure. Ava is a young woman on a mission. She is learning everything she can about the art world so she can take those experiences and turn them into her dream career. What she didn't bargain for is Maxwell Caswell. Max is a hot commodity on the art scene. He is extremely talented, in demand by both collectors and art groupies. Everyone wants a piece of him and hope to latch on to his rising star. He, however, is his own worst enemy. Ruth opens up the art world and gives her readers a glimpse from a perspective they normally might not have. She shows the glitz and glamour as well as the business side of things. How artists find their inspiration and work through the creative process. I learned so much in reading this book. I loved how Ava was both conflicted in her feelings, but aware enough to assess them. Doesn't every young woman at one point have a handsome teacher or boss she fantasizes about. And if they show her special attention, the allure can be hard to resist. She is forced to look at her belief system when she experiences attentions on multiple fronts. There's nothing more seductive than a man who makes it clear that he wants you. As much as the feminist in me hates to admit it, his admiration is confidence boosting. Ava also reflects on how her behaviors might be based on trying to fill a void, rather than admitting her true feelings. I know it's wrong...a wrong that may become another regret in the morning. But none of the wrongs are compelling enough to make me stop when I've felt so undesirable all day. Work of Art is the first in a trilogy with each subsequent installments scheduled to release 8 weeks apart. I am very much looking forward to reading The Unveiling in January and The Masterpiece in March of next year.

  13. 4 out of 5

    We like it big book blog

    3.5 stars I love meeting and being introduced to new authors. Finding a new book is like hitting the jack pot! When I met this author at the OC book signing... I was really excited when she told me about her book. A painter with passion and a bit of an edge. I was sold!!! Sounds like my kind of book!! I couldn't wait to read it!! I'll just dive right into my review. There were things I liked about this book and things I didn't care for. Max and Ava had a really up and down kind of friendship. There 3.5 stars I love meeting and being introduced to new authors. Finding a new book is like hitting the jack pot! When I met this author at the OC book signing... I was really excited when she told me about her book. A painter with passion and a bit of an edge. I was sold!!! Sounds like my kind of book!! I couldn't wait to read it!! I'll just dive right into my review. There were things I liked about this book and things I didn't care for. Max and Ava had a really up and down kind of friendship. There was a lot of back and forth going on in this book. And I mean all through out this book. When Ava met Max for the first time she was defending him and he was in awe over her. He took Ava defending him as a sign that they were meant to meet each other. Ok.... I was feeling this story up until the 50% mark. After that... I started to feel like I need more from the main characters in this book. Hmmm... I was feeling Ava up until the house break in. I mean... She was kind of getting to me. I felt she was always throwing herself at Max. Setting herself up when it came to Max. But once the break in happened. I hated how she called him. And he was with a girl. Which made it even worst for me... Because... I don't want her to become a doormat. I wanted her to be strong. And slowly but surly... My opinion of her is starting to change. Why didn't she call Adam?? He is like a father figure. That would have been my second call after I called the police. Not Max at all. Ok...by 50% into the book. I don't get a feeling that Max was into Ava at all. I don't feel any sexual tension or a strong attraction coming from Max. I didn't even feel like he was sending her mix signals. Because, he hasn't shown her that she means anything to him beside being his "angel". She helps him out he helps her out kind of relationship/friendship... Nothing more. It all just seems one sided at this point.... And that's Ava having to fight these overwhelming feelings she has towards Max. Max has no problem going out with girls & taking them out when he's not with Ava. And Ava is acting like a jealous girlfriend... And it's killing me. Because she not even his girlfriend. I also didn't like how everyone warns her and treats her like a kid when it comes to Max. She's an adult. Treat her like one. She's never given anyone doubt before that she can't handle things. So, why start now and treat her like a kid? Max... Wow... Where do I start. I feel like I connected more to his character most in this book. He basically laid all his cards on the table in the beginning of the book. Ava was the one trying to make more out of nothing. Did he give her mixed signals?... Hmmm... Yes and no. But I felt Ava let it all get to her head. He paraded all kinds a women in front of her. She kept taking it. But... Ava never went out on dates! She only ever went on Business lunches or dinners with one guy. Which is not dating! The ending... Max has a big temper. When things don't go his way... He acts out. Ava finds out just how much Max really cares for her. Which was sooo late in the book!! I wish it would have been sooner. This book doesn't leave off in the cliffhanger... but it most definitely leaves you wanting more. I'm most intrigued to find out what happens between these two characters in the next book. Most of all... I'm hoping they come together instead of playing this does he, doesn't he like me game (which I think they are to old to be playing). I hate all this back and forth stuff between them. What I'm hoping to see in book 2 is more of an effort from Max. Because right now for me... It all seem a bit one sided. Ava has this thing for Max. -I need the relationship between Ava & Max to already take place. -I need Ava to stand up for herself and not just give in too Max's temper tantrum's. -I need Ava to go out and have a good time. Meet someone. Go out with this person. Because all she is doing now is thinking and pining away for Max. (She seems into Jonathan... But she's holding back..which is extremely frustrating to me. Because Max is going out left and right.) I know it may seem like I didn't like this book... But, I did. This book had me going. I was invested in it. I couldn't put it down. I had to know what was going to happen next. Will I read the next book in this series... Yes... I would... Would I read other books by this author... Yes... I would. *ARC provided by author for an honest review* -Michelle

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sandy S

    5 stars-- ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date November 4, 2014 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 r 5 stars-- ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date November 4, 2014 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? ~~~~ REVIEW: 5 stars--WORK OF ART-The Inspiration is the first installment in Ruth Clampett’s remarkableWork of Art contemporary, adult, romance series focusing on tormented and troubled artist Maxfield Caswell and art graduate/writer Ava Jacobs. Told from Ava’s point of view, the reader is pulled into the haunting reality of one woman’s need to protect and defend a man who is quickly spiraling out of control. The premise follows Ava and Max’s building relationship-a friends only relationship –that becomes complicated rather quickly when Ava becomes the muse to Max’s art. When Ava is hired to write the text for Max’s coffee table art book, Max’s obsession with Ava heightens their sexual attraction to one another, of which Ava refuses to admit. It will be Ava’s defiance in the face of the obvious that will send a despondent Max over the edge when she refuses to acknowledge that there is something more between them. Max is a man possessed; an enigma; a tortured soul with a fragile ego and an even more fragile mind. Max’s lighter moments are juxtaposed with his darker personality such that his own life is a canvas of black on white where the dark begins to bleed outside of the lines. His art is his passion but his life is an endless parade of alcohol and sex. With his reputation in ruins, Ava will become both Max’s savior and his destruction when she is unable to keep his demons away. There is a tentative love triangle woven throughout the story. Ava plays a dangerous game of cat and mouse where the heart will be the biggest loser of all. These moments of aggravation did little to help Ava’s cause. As Max tries to keep his distance, Ava will try to focus on who and what it is she truly wants. In the end, Ava will push Max too far and it will be her heart that will be the first to fall. The secondary characters are colorful, fascinating and startlingly real. From co-workers and fellow artists to the industry players, we get a glimpse at the behind the scenes struggles of an artist whose emotional stability is deteriorating one brush stroke at a time. The romance is limited as Ava and Max dance around one another most of the book. There are no sex scenes or graphic sexual imagery but the are moments of sensuality and passion. WORK OF ART –The Inspiration is a passionate and intense story that will seduce your mind. The artistic imagery and references bring a reality to the text as the reader is guided through a gallery of who’s who in the world of art. Ruth Clampett paints a story with her imagination just as an artist paints a picture with color and inspiration. Copy supplied by the author/tour operator www.thereadingcafe.com

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elli~iris

    Review by Iris~Elli “To all the artists… Thank you for bravely Showing us what you see When you close your eyes I see the world differently Because of you” Ruthy, you are an artist and a work of art too. I see the world differently because of you! As in all of Ruth’s stories, some form of art is always represented in addition to her written words. In the first few pages the author’s descriptive language captured me and has me running to find images to illustrate her beautifully constructed story at eve Review by Iris~Elli “To all the artists… Thank you for bravely Showing us what you see When you close your eyes I see the world differently Because of you” Ruthy, you are an artist and a work of art too. I see the world differently because of you! As in all of Ruth’s stories, some form of art is always represented in addition to her written words. In the first few pages the author’s descriptive language captured me and has me running to find images to illustrate her beautifully constructed story at every turn. Ruth has lived and breathed art since birth, the daughter of an animator, and she works in the world of art as well. She shares her life experience with every word. I can see her in her character Ava Jacobs. ‘Work of Art-The Inspiration’, the first story in this trilogy, features an eccentric painter, Maxwell Caswell, who captures the heart of Ava Jacobs. They meet at an art show in New York. She is there to help her boss and friend, Adam, her first big break after spending several years in his print shop. Max storms in having a typical Max tantrum and whisks Ava away from the show needing to escape the pressure of sales that crush his artistic spirit and bring out his dark side. They have an instant attraction that sparks and swirls at the first kiss of their hands like Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Max and Ava make their homes in Southern California. Ava is a graduate of UCLA where she studied art history with a focus on contemporary art, and a minor in literature. Reading is a passion for her but she also holds an interest in writing about art. Ava says, “I’ve loved the experience of getting to know the artists. And seeing how people create sparked that feeling in me to create something too. I’m not an artist, but I do have a gift with words, so now I spend a lot of my free time writing.” Max is moody and eccentric and painting is his outlet. He has a darkness to him making him the perfect bad boy but there is more behind his darkness. He seems to live the life of the famed, artistic playboy but it isn’t the real “him”. It is the mask he has painted for his public that allows him to avoid having real, close relationships. “The Inspiration” finds Ava is inspired by Max’s art and Max’s whole spirit is inspired by the angel he finds in Ava, his new muse. Each Chapter begins with a quote about art that sets the scene. I have made a Pinterest board for this story with the chapter quotes and pictures and links for the story. Ruthy and I will release pictures little by little.  My real review can be found in the images and quotes her words have inspired. The Board is titled, “The Work of Art Trilogy-Book 1-The Inspiration by Ruth Clampett” and can be found on my Pinterest “Elli Iris”. http://www.pinterest.com/elliiris/the... The whole book is based around their working relationship as she is hand-picked by Max to help with a book about his art. Their working relationship becomes more complicated as they both try to avoid their growing feelings for each other. Ava doesn’t believe he can give up his lifestyle so she looks elsewhere and Max sees her as something divine that he isn’t worthy of but that he can’t seem to rid himself of in his mind, heart or canvas. Will their connection move beyond the book they are creating? Will others stand in their way? The tension is delicious! Read and decide for yourself! I can’t wait for book two and three Ruthy! Elli Iris~Elli Elli Iris

  16. 5 out of 5

    Habiba Hasabo

    *ARC PROVIDED AS WORK OF ART - THE COLLECTION , FOR AN HONEST REVIEW* Wow, that was heavy. Max has a loud messy mind.It was hard sometimes to accept him. He was frustrating, selfish and just too much. Ava is truly an angel for keeping up with him. Ava calmed him down, but didn't cure him.He needed the help all along. I wish he gave them a chance and stopped protecting her. He was too focused on his past and clinging to the party thing and the string of girls. He needed to let it go and just ease h *ARC PROVIDED AS WORK OF ART - THE COLLECTION , FOR AN HONEST REVIEW* Wow, that was heavy. Max has a loud messy mind.It was hard sometimes to accept him. He was frustrating, selfish and just too much. Ava is truly an angel for keeping up with him. Ava calmed him down, but didn't cure him.He needed the help all along. I wish he gave them a chance and stopped protecting her. He was too focused on his past and clinging to the party thing and the string of girls. He needed to let it go and just ease himself into something new with Ava. Ava liked too much even close to loving him. I think she was fascinated by Jonathon and attracted sexually to him, no more deeper feelings. Not liking Jonathon at all! Jess is an amazing friend, but sometimes too tough. I love Dylan and Riley , they are do sweet. I just hope Dylan would stop blaming Ava for everything. Excited to start on the second story and see where our mysterious Max is hiding!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I LOVED this book!! The art world has always been very intriguing to me. While some may think it's "boring," Work of Art is ANYTHING but. Ruth Clampett has a way of keeping the reader interested; Painting a picture, if you will, by her fascinating characters and what goes on in their environment. Ava has been offered an amazing opportunity to write a table book of Maxfield Caswell, one of the most sought after up-and-comers in the art world. She was specifically requested by the artist, after havi I LOVED this book!! The art world has always been very intriguing to me. While some may think it's "boring," Work of Art is ANYTHING but. Ruth Clampett has a way of keeping the reader interested; Painting a picture, if you will, by her fascinating characters and what goes on in their environment. Ava has been offered an amazing opportunity to write a table book of Maxfield Caswell, one of the most sought after up-and-comers in the art world. She was specifically requested by the artist, after having a brief run-in, and there is something there, that neither of them know, at first. Will Ava tame the bad boy of the art world Max? Or will he just add Ava to his list of conquests? Will they only be just BFFs? Let me tell you, you'll definitely enjoy the ride finding out! I can't wait to read Book 2 and 3 of Work of Art!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jacndaniel

    I am never less than amazed by the worlds that Ms. Clampett builds with her words. Thoroughly engaging and intriguing, Work of Art, does not disappoint! In the first book of what will be a three part serial we are introduced to Max and Ava. We experience the drama that unfolds around them as they navigate the beginnings of their professional, as well as their personal relationship. What a ride the author takes us on! As the voice of the story, Ava pulls us along the bumpy road that is laid befor I am never less than amazed by the worlds that Ms. Clampett builds with her words. Thoroughly engaging and intriguing, Work of Art, does not disappoint! In the first book of what will be a three part serial we are introduced to Max and Ava. We experience the drama that unfolds around them as they navigate the beginnings of their professional, as well as their personal relationship. What a ride the author takes us on! As the voice of the story, Ava pulls us along the bumpy road that is laid before her. So many times I was able to put myself in her place and feel the things that she was feeling because Ms. Clampett's development of this character was so clear and strong. I was definitely not ready for it to end, and I cannot wait for part two coming January 2015!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Marsha

    The Inspiration by Ruth Clampett The Inspiration by Ruth Clampett is a romantic tragedy, and it is amazing. I really love these characters. Clampett has done a wonderful job of showing both sides of this story, Ava, who is broken and refusing to be a victim, and poor Max, who has absolutely no control over his actions. Even Jonathan is a bit suspect, with being early forties, handsome, successful, yet unattached. Whatever will Ava do? I just bought the rest of the series because I can not wait t The Inspiration by Ruth Clampett The Inspiration by Ruth Clampett is a romantic tragedy, and it is amazing. I really love these characters. Clampett has done a wonderful job of showing both sides of this story, Ava, who is broken and refusing to be a victim, and poor Max, who has absolutely no control over his actions. Even Jonathan is a bit suspect, with being early forties, handsome, successful, yet unattached. Whatever will Ava do? I just bought the rest of the series because I can not wait to find out.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Adonnia

    Talk about sexual tension! If I was Ava, I would have jumped Max and Jonathan. Ava was a strong, independent character that was easy to relate to. I found myself just as confused with Max's behavior and she was. I was pulled in from the beginning and can't wait for the next book to see what happens next. Talk about sexual tension! If I was Ava, I would have jumped Max and Jonathan. Ava was a strong, independent character that was easy to relate to. I found myself just as confused with Max's behavior and she was. I was pulled in from the beginning and can't wait for the next book to see what happens next.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Daisy

    Loved this book. Max is the perfect seductive, brilliant, tortured artist. Loved the LA setting. Ruth writes characters and settings so real I feel like I could go to LA and run into them at a gallery opening. Can't wait for book 2! Loved this book. Max is the perfect seductive, brilliant, tortured artist. Loved the LA setting. Ruth writes characters and settings so real I feel like I could go to LA and run into them at a gallery opening. Can't wait for book 2!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Janine

    You can read my full review here. You can read my full review here.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Arden

    When I first completed this novel, I was quite satisfied. I enjoyed the contemporary art references, and I loved the tortured artist trope. What can I say? I'm a sucker for a the whole 'passionate guy with a paintbrush' thing. But after completing the rest of the series, I would warn readers to STAY AWAY. This first novel, by itself, is not that bad. The novel is well-paced and there are adequate sources of conflict, but by the third novel, all conflict has dried up and the plot has been reduced When I first completed this novel, I was quite satisfied. I enjoyed the contemporary art references, and I loved the tortured artist trope. What can I say? I'm a sucker for a the whole 'passionate guy with a paintbrush' thing. But after completing the rest of the series, I would warn readers to STAY AWAY. This first novel, by itself, is not that bad. The novel is well-paced and there are adequate sources of conflict, but by the third novel, all conflict has dried up and the plot has been reduced to pointless drivel. The entire series has become a sad excuse for some wish fulfillment fantasy. Now there were clues that this might happen. Problems had begun to present themselves in The Inspiration fairly early on--an immature writing style and some cringe-worthy dialogue should have tipped me off--but I soldiered on out of a love for the characters, and faith that the author would be able to develop her writing as the series continued. This was OBVIOUSLY not the case. But I'm just one human. I'll let the novel speak for itself. Some choice quotes: 'Hey, I'd like to be completely frank with you. Is that okay?' I nod, speechless. 'I'm in a bad place. I don't know why I'm so fucked up, but nothing... the fame, nor the success, seems to mean anything. So I screw around and party way too hard. It doesn't make me feel any better, but I do it because it numbs my brain and gets me out of my head for a while.' 'Anyway, the reason I had to talk to you today is because I laid awake all morning and thought about you. I was overwhelmed by the feeling that we were destined to meet right now, at this very point in time... and that somehow you would teach me how to do this right.' 'Do what right?' I bite my bottom lip to prevent my mouth from gaping open. 'Find my way. You know, help me figure out how to be happy in my life' 'Let me get this straight... We were destined to meet so I could help you deal with you unhappiness with being rich and wildly successful?' Manic pixie dream girl much? Not to mention to gratuitous amounts of tell and no show.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    3.5 stars I love meeting and being introduced to new authors. Finding a new book is like hitting the jack pot! When I met this author at the OC book signing... I was really excited when she told me about her book. A painter with passion and a bit of an edge. I was sold!!! Sounds like my kind of book!! I couldn't wait to read it!! I'll just dive right into my review. There were things I liked about this book and things I didn't care for. Max and Ava had a really up and down kind of friendship. There 3.5 stars I love meeting and being introduced to new authors. Finding a new book is like hitting the jack pot! When I met this author at the OC book signing... I was really excited when she told me about her book. A painter with passion and a bit of an edge. I was sold!!! Sounds like my kind of book!! I couldn't wait to read it!! I'll just dive right into my review. There were things I liked about this book and things I didn't care for. Max and Ava had a really up and down kind of friendship. There was a lot of back and forth going on in this book. And I mean all through out this book. When Ava met Max for the first time she was defending him and he was in awe over her. He took Ava defending him as a sign that they were meant to meet each other. Ok.... I was feeling this story up until the 50% mark. After that... I started to feel like I need more from the main characters in this book. Hmmm... I was feeling Ava up until the house break in. I mean... She was kind of getting to me. I felt she was always throwing herself at Max. Setting herself up when it came to Max. But once the break in happened. I hated how she called him. And he was with a girl. Which made it even worst for me... Because... I don't want her to become a doormat. I wanted her to be strong. And slowly but surly... My opinion of her is starting to change. Why didn't she call Adam?? He is like a father figure. That would have been my second call after I called the police. Not Max at all. Ok...by 50% into the book. I don't get a feeling that Max was into Ava at all. I don't feel any sexual tension or a strong attraction coming from Max. I didn't even feel like he was sending her mix signals. Because, he hasn't shown her that she means anything to him beside being his "angel". She helps him out he helps her out kind of relationship/friendship... Nothing more. It all just seems one sided at this point.... And that's Ava having to fight these overwhelming feelings she has towards Max. Max has no problem going out with girls & taking them out when he's not with Ava. And Ava is acting like a jealous girlfriend... And it's killing me. Because she not even his girlfriend. I also didn't like how everyone warns her and treats her like a kid when it comes to Max. She's an adult. Treat her like one. She's never giving anyone doubt before that she can't handle things. So, why start now and treat her like a kid? Max... Wow... Where do I start. I feel like I connected more to his character most in this book. He basically laid all his cards on the table in the beginning of the book. Ava was the one trying to make more out of nothing. Did he give her mixed signals?... Hmmm... Yes and no. But I felt Ava let it all get to her head. He paraded all kinds a women in front of her. She kept taking it. But... Ava never went out on dates! She only ever went on Business lunches or dinners with one guy. Which is not dating! The ending... Max has a big temper. When things don't go his way... He acts out. Ava finds out just how much Max really cares for her. Which was sooo late in the book!! I wish it would have been sooner. This book doesn't leave off in the cliffhanger but it most definitely leaves you wanting more. I'm most intrigued to find out what happens between these two characters in the next book. Most of all... I'm hoping they come together instead of playing this does he, doesn't he like me game (which I think they are to old to be playing). I hate all this back and forth stuff between them. What I'm hoping to see in book 2 is more of an effort from Max. Because right now for me... It all seem a bit one sided. Ava has this thing for Max. -I need the relationship between Ava & Max to already take place. -I need Ava to stand up for herself and not just give in too Max's temper tantrum's. -I need Ava to go out and have a good time. Meet someone. Go out with this person. Because all she is doing now is thinking and pining away for Max. (She seems into Jonathan... But she's holding back..which is extremely frustrating to me. Because Max is going out left and right.) I know it may seem like I didn't like this book... But, I did. This book had me going. I was invested in it. I couldn't put it down. I had to know what was going to happen next. Will I read the next book in this series... Yes... I would... Would I read other books by this author... Yes... I would. *ARC provided by author for an honest review*

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jules

    Work of Art: The Collection by Ruth Clampett was originally published in 2014-2015 as a trilogy (The Inspiration, The Unveiling and The Masterpiece). The trilogy has been bundled into one long book PLUS bonus scenes from different POVs and add ons! The best part is that you don’t have to chew your nails over the cliff hangers of books one and two, because the final book of the series is published and included in this new offering. Ruth Clampett’s writing in Work of Art is incredibly detailed and Work of Art: The Collection by Ruth Clampett was originally published in 2014-2015 as a trilogy (The Inspiration, The Unveiling and The Masterpiece). The trilogy has been bundled into one long book PLUS bonus scenes from different POVs and add ons! The best part is that you don’t have to chew your nails over the cliff hangers of books one and two, because the final book of the series is published and included in this new offering. Ruth Clampett’s writing in Work of Art is incredibly detailed and descriptive. Right away my senses were on overload. The characters are well developed, and I felt like I personally knew all the characters. Ms. Clampett provides readers with great details about the art world—both from the artist’s perspective as well as from gallery owners and other “business-end” groups. I loved all the references to classic art pieces, and the quotes at the start of each chapter were fabulous. The behind-the-scenes view of the crazy, political art business was fascinating. Ava is the narrator of Work of Art. She is my kind of girl; she loves art and literature. When life turned sour on her, she moved cross country and with the help of classmate, Brian, she made lemonade out of her lemons. She got a new family, an education, and she has a budding career at a LA art gallery. Ava’s youth and inexperience makes her a naive when it comes to men and their intentions. Will she be able to handle the edgy, dark side of her eventual fame? Max Caswell is a tormented and troubled artist who has found his muse in Ava Jacobs. He is an extremist; he is, at times, dark and brooding and at other times, he is charming and seemingly light-hearted. He struggles with some mental-health challenges that are exacerbated by a rough past. These issues hinder his personal life as well as his career. Juxtapose to his inner demons is Max’s light-hearted, handsome, party-boy, celebrity persona to which women flock. The secondary characters are incredible. They are all richly developed. I loved Jess the lesbian artist best friend to both Ava and Max. Dylan, Max’s agent, is a dichotomy. Sometimes he seems to have Max’s best interest at heart, and at other times he seems to sabotage Ava and Max at every turn. Speaking of sabotage, the string of men who are “helping” Ava with her career (and secretly hoping to help her into bed) is amazing. They’re characters you love to hate even though they’re sort of caricatures. Ava’s and Max’s story is painted in broad brush strokes from Los Angeles to New Mexico to New York to Paris. They have a unique, flirty friendship which blossoms into a passionate love affair that is tested by betrayal from seemingly trustworthy acquaintances. If that isn’t enough, the stigma of dating a colleague threatens to ruin their careers and subsequently their relationship. Thankfully, Ava and Max are surrounded by some seriously supportive friends and family who help them find their way. Fans of the new adult genre will love the dark and seriously angsty rollercoaster relationship. Art enthusiasts will fawn over the generous details of this four-star read. Purchase links: Amazon US Amazon UK Amazon CA About the Author: 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, photography, 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. The Work of Art Trilogy is Ruth’s third publishing endeavor, following Animate Me and Mr. 365. She lives in Los Angeles and is heavily supervised by her teenage daughter, lovingly referred to as Snarky, who loves art and visiting museums as much as her mom. This review was done in conjunction with Book Junkie Reviews. Visit the blog for more recommendations: https://abookjunkiereviews.wordpress.com

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    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 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. <3 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 AHHHH! 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! :D Review from TheNovelTease.com

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rhiannon St. Clair

    **I received an e-book ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review** This book was everything I expected and more. It's romantic, sexy, somewhat dark, and just angsty enough to keep you on the edge of your seat with your heart stuck in your throat. From the moment Ava and Max encounter one another, sparks fly and you can tell there's just something there between them. Max is quick to dismiss it, but Ava notices right away. Fortunately Clampett has crafted a female lead who is anything but **I received an e-book ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review** This book was everything I expected and more. It's romantic, sexy, somewhat dark, and just angsty enough to keep you on the edge of your seat with your heart stuck in your throat. From the moment Ava and Max encounter one another, sparks fly and you can tell there's just something there between them. Max is quick to dismiss it, but Ava notices right away. Fortunately Clampett has crafted a female lead who is anything but a push over. Ava is intelligent and driven, and when Max brushes her off, Ava rolls with it, doing her own thing, loving the art scene and her life in LA, and continuing to work on all of the things that are important to her. Her path keeps crossing with Max's, and when she finds herself in a situation that embeds her in Max's life in a way she didn't imagine happening, things start to get really interesting. Clampett takes us on an emotionally-charged ride where we get to watch these two characters develop, change, and embark on a beautifully orchestrated journey. The sexual tension between Ava and Max is palpable. This is one of my favorite aspects of the story. These two do a dance, one that's maddening at times but sexy as well, and that left me hoping that despite their differences and obvious personal demons, these two would come together. I loved the use of art in this story, and it's very obvious that Clampett has a background in it and an extensive knowledge of it. As a former art history major and someone who appreciates artists of all forms, it was lovely to read a book that did justice to that world and wove all of the elements of it in there. Secondary characters are woven into the story and play an important part in the plot. I had a hard time putting this book down once I got started. Clampett's writing is beautiful, and the story is filled with just enough action and drama that I became easily hooked to it. I fell in love with Max's character. He's brooding and moody and infuriating at times, but there are moments when we get a glimpse of the man beneath the surface, and that man made me swoon and easily worked his way into my heart. I really liked Ava's character as well. One thing I appreciate in a story is a strong female lead, and Clampett does an amazing job of giving us just that. It was easy to see how Ava could fall for Max, and Clampett wrote the book in such a way that I literally felt Ava's emotions while reading. Pick this book up for the holidays and I promise you won't be disappointed.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Wennie

    Review of A Work of Art by Ruth Clampett Reviewed by Wennie Conedy 5/5 stars An e-book copy was provided in exchange for a review. Summary: Celebrated artist, Maxfield Caswell, is at a crossroads. Brilliant but eccentric, Max has developed a reputation of living on an emotional edge, of being temperamental and ungrateful. He is charismatic, attractive, flawed and isolated; until he meets Ava Jacobs, his exact opposite. Ava is charming, bright, and empathetic. When they meet, she is quickly swept of Review of A Work of Art by Ruth Clampett Reviewed by Wennie Conedy 5/5 stars An e-book copy was provided in exchange for a review. Summary: Celebrated artist, Maxfield Caswell, is at a crossroads. Brilliant but eccentric, Max has developed a reputation of living on an emotional edge, of being temperamental and ungrateful. He is charismatic, attractive, flawed and isolated; until he meets Ava Jacobs, his exact opposite. Ava is charming, bright, and empathetic. When they meet, she is quickly swept off her feet by the driven artist, and sparks fly. Max offers her an opportunity that would help her shine in the art and publishing world, an offer she has a hard time refusing. In exchange, Ava will need to work closely with Max who has already claimed that Ava is the one person who can pull him out of his darkness. Will Ava be strong enough to help Max? Or will she find herself wilting under Max’s unpredictable nature? Will Max realize that it is Ava alone who can help him? In Work of Art, Ruth Clampett weaves a tale that takes makes you feel the swing of emotions from angry, to flabbergasted to hot and bothered. She deftly pulls the reader in, swiftly and completely. Her characters are strong, flawed, and very much human. Tortured artists are always intriguing people, and none could be more intriguing than Max whose shattered emotions play not only in his heart, but in his life as well. Ruth’s understanding of the art world is skillfully woven into the series, with very … arousing results. That scene where Max and Ava are working on producing a print of one of his paintings certainly raises body temperature – so beware. Her heroine, Ava, stirs up polarizing emotions – one moment I feel and empathize with her, in another, I want to strangle her, and there are times when I want to shake some sense into her. She is bright, ambitious, driven, torn and totally drawn into Max’s spell. In Work of Art, aside from tortured artists, Ruth also illuminates struggles that a lot of single young women face – what is a woman to do when she finds herself attracted to and being wooed by two strong and very attractive people of the opposite sex? Will she let her logical self take her on one direction, when her heart and emotions are taking her to take the opposite road? I am hoping to find out the answer to Ava’s dilemma in book two, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Let me tell you right from the start, this book has one hell of a cliff hanger. I NEED to know what happened after the events of the end of this book. This is a beautifully written book that while it does start off slow because it’s setting up everything, it eventually moves onto becoming a book that will capture your attention and won’t let go till you are left gasping at the end. What I really enjoyed with this book was the sweeping saga of it. It doesn’t all get wrapped up in a neat bow by the Let me tell you right from the start, this book has one hell of a cliff hanger. I NEED to know what happened after the events of the end of this book. This is a beautifully written book that while it does start off slow because it’s setting up everything, it eventually moves onto becoming a book that will capture your attention and won’t let go till you are left gasping at the end. What I really enjoyed with this book was the sweeping saga of it. It doesn’t all get wrapped up in a neat bow by the end of the book, this is going to be a trilogy as you will see at the end of the book. In Maxwell Caswell our hero we have the tortured artist soul. He is an up and coming star in the art world but seems hell bent on destroying every opportunity he has. Fame seems to be eating him alive and there’s no one around to help him. Or there want till he meets his muse Ava. Ava Jacobs our heroine is steadily working her way up the art world ladder. Her life is good. A job she loves, great friends who are more like family and the freedom to work towards her goal of writing for an art magazine. Ava is working at an art show when her life is changed forever. That’s when she meets Max and things will never be the same again. Max may think she’s his muse but Ava doesn’t believe it for a moment. The two grow closer as they work on a project together and while everyone around them can see the chemistry that sparks and sizzles, Ava can’t and Max ignores it. As Ava grows closer to another man and Max starts to struggle with his art, their fledgling friendship is put to the test. And when an explosive moment leads to a meltdown of epic proportions can either make it through the fallout unscathed? This is a book that will no doubt be added to countless keeper shelves, I know it’s gone to mine. The author has a style of writing that almost takes you on a journey. I will be eagerly awaiting the next book to see where the author will take these characters and us. I have a feeling it’s going to be a wild ride. A longer review will be posted on The SubClubBooks.com on the 6th November.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nickcole

    Stars: 4.5 Overall: Ava works at an art gallery and is at a show in New York helping to see her friend Jess's artwork. That first night she meets Max and something right off the bat intrigues her about him. She sees him again at another party and before he can make a complete ass of himself, she gets him out of there and takes him back to his hotel. She calls her his angel and for Ava that sparks feelings that she wasn't expecting. Max starts making it a point to include Ava in this book that peo Stars: 4.5 Overall: Ava works at an art gallery and is at a show in New York helping to see her friend Jess's artwork. That first night she meets Max and something right off the bat intrigues her about him. She sees him again at another party and before he can make a complete ass of himself, she gets him out of there and takes him back to his hotel. She calls her his angel and for Ava that sparks feelings that she wasn't expecting. Max starts making it a point to include Ava in this book that people are making for him, but on the other hand is still being this man-whore, which bothers Ava even though they are not together. They go through A LOT of ups and downs trying to navigate their friendship and Ava also tries to figure out if she wants Johnathan or Max. There is a lot of stress and a lot of sexy moments between the triangle and the story leaves you with a HUGE cliffhanger and I can't wait to see where things lead. Pros: I just really liked the pace of the story and the different aspect of the romance between Max and Ava. It liked that it wasn't instant love ( kind of ) and that they started as friends and let things progress. I really loved the art aspect throughout the whole book. For me it was a different story that I've never read before and it made the story special. Cons: Max through me for a loop throughout the book because of the constant mood swings and the vague reason why he did the things he did. Also Ava and the love triangle thing she had going on way a little to much and I felt bad that she was more or less leading Johnathan on. Characters: Max & Ava Page Turner: Yes! I stayed up all night reading it! Series Cont: YES!! Recommend: Yes! I Highly Recommend this book!

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