Blog Tour & Giveaway | Work of Art: The Inspiration by Ruth Clampett (@RuthyWrites)

26 November 2014

Read on to read my review of Work of Art: The Inspiration, find out all you need to know about the book and how to enter a giveaway to win a small framed art print, a signed book and sketchbook.


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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I was lucky enough to be gifted an ARC of Work of Art by Flirty Subs in exchange for a honest review. When I read the summary of the book I knew I wanted to read it, I've read Animate Me by Ruth and I love her writing style. You can tell reading this book that she has a background in art and I love how that shines through! 

When the book opens, Ava is working in a gallery helping out a man who is like a father to her but her true love is writing and through her job she meets Maxfield a talented artist who can come across to those who don't know him as an asshole. What Ava doesn't know is that a book is due to be written about Max and she is put forward as one of the contenders and Max is adamant she is the one who writes his story. 

What follows is an amazing story of push and pull. Ava trying to remain professional despite her huge attraction to the artist who is the subject of her book and the attraction to feels to the man behind the book, Alistair. Ava feels a great attraction to both these men and I loved reading the difference in her feelings for the two of them. How she interacted with them was great to read although I can say for sure I am 110% Team Max. The element of a love triangle brings a whole other level to this book and I just loved that. So often you just have the two main characters and there's no one else on the periphery but the fact there is in this book makes it so much more real. 

Of course, as you can probably tell, Max has issues and he see Ava as his saviour. He evens calls her his angel and you can see the change in him after he meets her and the more time he spends with her the more he opens up and you get to see the real him. The real man behind the art. It isn't until later in the book that we find out just how deep Max's issues run. You start the book thinking he just likes to sleep with anything that shows him attention, but it runs so much deeper than that. Max is a deeply hurt man who has put his everything into his relationship with Ava and can't cope when it crumbles. When you get to the scene between him and Ava where it all comes to a head you see such a destructive side to him and it made my heart hurt. In the small glimpse we see of his reaction you can just tell how much he needs help and how much he believed that Ava was the person to help. I think he's right, she is the one who can save him from himself. She is his angel, but I don't think it's going to be an easy ride.

This book is the first in a trilogy and I can't wait to read the next two installments and see if Ava can save Max from his own destruction and if she ultimately choses him or Alistair.  

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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.

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