Blog tour: Ruth Clampett's "The Unveiling (Work of Art, #2)".
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Famed artist, Maxfield Caswell is missing.
Three of his major paintings have been savagely defaced and his house left in ruins. As his friends search for him, does his muse, Ava, hold the key?
Before the hope of love is lost, secrets will be told, spirits will be broken, and a price will be paid.
From the cave dwellings of New Mexico to the shores of Malibu, Max and Ava’s journey tests them to their limits. As they render passion and pain in broad strokes, will their all-consuming love rise from the debris?
"If I know what love is, it is because of you." - Herman Hesse
"The Unveiling" was another compelling addition to Max and Ava's journey. I was captivated throughout, loving every single chapter. With this book, I was expecting more of the drama that was present in the first book in the series, however to my surprise it had a calmer and more relaxed pace to it. I thoroughly enjoyed what I was reading though but I had a feeling that it was the calm before the storm!
At the beginning of the story, Max was missing, leaving Ava concerned for his whereabouts. After Max's meltdown it was apparent that he needed help to deal with his emotions, especially where Ava was concerned. I was intrigued to see what was going to happen next between this couple.
"I can only hope that, when I'm doing better, you'll give me
a chance to show you who I really am inside."
I felt kind of sorry for Ava, Although she loved Max with all of her heart she wasn't sure if he was the man for her. Could she truly trust him with her heart? I really liked Ava but as the story continued I wasn't sure I was happy with the choices she was making. I wanted to see her with Max and I felt that she was making entirely the wrong decisions. I know that they weren't an official couple but it felt to me like she was betraying him and making things worse. I hoped that she would come to her senses and follow her heart.
"I know it feels like things are hopeless, Ava,
but that doesn't mean happiness isn't still worth fighting for...because it is."
Once Max was back on the scene, it became clear how broken he truly was. Max needed continued help and support but he also needed Ava. It broke my heart to see how troubled he was and what he had to deal with. He was in so much pain and he struggled so hard to contain his demons. In this part of the story, Max was determined to work through his problem. He knew that to be with Ava, he had to prove that he could handle his emotions. It made me so happy to see the change in Max. He truly loved Ava and believed that she was the other half to his heart. I was rooting for him every step of the way.
"I don't want anyone else. I want you, and I'm going to prove it
every day until you finally believe me and want me too."
I loved seeing Max and Ava together and happy. The majority of the story was all about the couple working together, supporting each other through all of their issues. The love love that they felt for each other was too intense to ignore. Their relationship was worth the fight. It made my heart skip a beat to see how beautiful they were and how they both were so determined to make it work. They were perfect for each other and giving up did not appear an option. I loved the calmness in this part of the story. It was lovely to see how much progress that they were making.
"I want to crawl inside this moment and live there suspended, so this feeling never stops."
Despite the bond between Max and Ava growing it was inevitable that the pair would face challenges so I was not surprised to see Max struggling with his feelings. Max's possessiveness and jealousy began to rear it's ugly head and was set to cause a rift between the pair. Was their honeymoon period well and truly over? Would Ava be strong enough to help Max through his demons? It's clear that Max and Ava have a long way to go before they find their happy ever after. I am intrigued to see what will happen next and how the couple will deal with their ongoing problems. I can't wait to read the next book to find out although I am apprehensive about what the future holds for this passionate couple.
"Do I know what I'm doing? Falling in love with a crazy artist?"
"Yes, when the crazy artist is crazy in love with you."
"The Unveiling" was another brilliant part to what is becoming a fascinating series. The story is once again beautifully written. I love Ruth's writing style. She has a wonderful way of making me fall in love with the story and it's characters. If you are looking for a new series to read then I wholeheartedly recommend this one.
I wish I could look into his head and see what he sees.
Maybe I'll never understand him, but because I love him, I'll never stop trying.
I rate this book ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
On the way to my car, he stops me. “Ava, I need to say something.”
He pauses on the walkway, looks down and kicks a pebble toward the lawn.
“I know that as much I’d like to…I can’t ask you not to see Jonathan…”
What? I glance up at him with my head tipped to the side. He’s twisting his hands together as I wait for him to continue. He finally looks me square in the eyes.
“…But, will you do me a favor? Don’t fall in love with him.” I arch my brow. “Did you really just ask me that?” Should I tell him there’s little to no chance of my falling in love with Jonathan now? He gets a devilish look in his eyes as he holds up his hands in surrender.
“I know, I know…I just don’t want you to get involved with him on the rebound.”
I put my hands on my hips and arch my brow. “Max, to be on the rebound you have to have been in a relationship to rebound from.”
He seems to ignore my logic. “Besides, Ava, you could still be really attracted to me and not know it.”
“Really? I don’t think my attraction to you is in question.”
“Yeah, what if you’re secretly falling in love with me?”
I playfully push him on the shoulder. “You wish!” I tease.
“There’s only one way to know for sure. Don’t you think you should know before you go out with Jonathan again?”
“One way to know for sure?”
“Yes. Kiss me. I promise I won’t touch you—look, hands free!” He tucks his hands into his back pockets. My mouth falls open as I press my thighs together. Just the idea of being kissed again by Max makes me instantly hot and bothered.
“Just one little kiss,” he says in a low voice.
I can’t believe he’s playing this game with me. But the fire in his eyes and the sweet smile on his face are more than I can bear. I take a step toward him. Two can play this game.
“So, if I feel nothing, we’ll agree to be friends—that’s it—no complications.
And I can friggin’ marry Jonathan if I so choose.”
He makes a sour face, but nods anyway.
I bite my lip as I look into his eyes. One kiss, one kiss…I close my eyes as I edge closer until I can feel the heat shimmering from his skin.
“Oh, Ava,” he whispers, a deep longing in his voice.
His breath on my cheek undoes me, and when our lips meet, they meld together as if they’d just kissed a moment earlier. We kiss languidly, sensuously, our tongues meeting in an erotic dance. He gently bites my bottom lip before I press my lips even harder against his. An overwhelming current suddenly surges through me, practically knocking me over. Oh my God! I’m on fire. I run one of my hands along his shoulder and behind his neck, pulling him closer, while winding my other hand into his hair and tugging it passionately. Our bodies are pressed together so tightly I feel as if I’m one with him.
He moans my name over and over as the kiss intensifies. I’m lost in his sweet mouth, his lips turning me into a traitor to logic and reason. When I finally pull away to gasp for air, he grins widely, and the bright-eyed expression on his face is victorious. He gambled big and won. Like there was ever a question—he owns me. He probably has all along; it’s just taken me all this time to figure it out.
He studies me with a spark in his eyes, and he takes a sharp breath. He takes his hands out of his pockets as if to grab me and never let me go. My heart’s so full I can’t help but shine with a smile. I remember we’re taking things slow, so without a word, I hurry to my car before he can say something to draw me back into his arms. But even as I flee the charged atmosphere and speed down PCH, I can feel his joy follow me all the way home.
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.