Thursday, 27 November 2014

Review: Ruth Clampett's "Work of Art (The Inspiration #1)".

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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 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-Jo Rushton 

"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! 

Ruth headshot CAuthor Bio:

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.

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