Blog Tour | Work of Art 2: The Unveiling by Ruth Clampett (@RuthyWrites)

09 January 2015

 I was recently gifted an ARC of Work of Art 2: The Unveiling by Ruth Clampett to review. Read on to find out what I thought of the book!

WOA 2 Cover

Synopsis:

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?

Review:

The Inspiration is the second book in the WOA trilogy. At the close of the first book, Max is missing and none of his friends know where he is. As the second book opens, he is still missing and Ava and his friends and searching for him. In the end, Ava manages to find him and I loved their reunion, you could tell when they were together how much they mean to each other and it came across so well.

Of course, they restart their friendship and things start going well. However, a problem rear its head in the form of Jonathan, an older guy Ava is attracted to and who we met in the first book. It turns out he's been hiding something major from Ava and it ends any chance he had with her. Was I happy about that? No, of course not... *shifty eyes* 

Although, Jonathan doesn't give up easily at a party arranged by Dylan's family, Ava confronts him and he doesn't take it well. But Max is there to help her and saves the day. I loved reading this scene because you get to see how much Ava means to Max. However, it's scary because it shows you how his passion can blind him and until Ava steps in he doesn't stop.

If you've read the first book, you'll know Max has his issues and they really rear their head in this book. Ava and him eventually land up dating after Ava confronts Jonathan again. They spend a passionate night together. And can I just say that can be summed up in one word: HAWT. 

However, Max misinterprets something and that spells disaster as he takes it too far. I wanted to hate him for doing what he did so soon after Ava and he got together but knowing more of his past I can see why he did it. You get to learn a lot more about Max's past in this book and it's heartbreaking. You just want to hug him. His issues are the main battle I can see he and Ava battling in the final book especially given the ending! 

All in all, I enjoyed this book and I can't wait for the final installment to see what happens and I'm 99.9% sure we haven't seen the last of Jonathan and I'm sure when he does resurface it won't be in happy circumstances.

Excerpt:

On the way to my car, he stops me. “Ava, I need to say something.”

“Yes?”

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.

Buy Links:

Book 2, The Unveiling is up for pre-order now.
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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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