Work of Art is the first book that I have read by Ruth Clampett. What interested me from the synopsis was that it was based in the art world which is not something that is topic of many of the books that I read and review. However, I did read a story very similar to this a long time ago in the world of fan fiction. Maybe Ruth wrote that story or maybe she didn't? Nonetheless, I enjoyed this book and found it to be an easy read-one that when you pick it up, you don't put it down until its finished.
Ava had a rough life growing up and was lucky to find two caring people who took her under their wing and mentored her. Loving the world of art and literature, Ava works diligently toward her passion. Adam, her boss, is finally letting her spread her wings in the exotic world of art. It's during a function that the gallery she works at is hosting that she first meets Max. Drawn to his charm and good looks he is a player at the top of his game. However Max is taking his new celebrity status and abusing it's privileges. Art groupies willing to do anything Max wants and an endless flow of alcohol can only equal disaster. While Ava knows that Max is distraction waiting to happen, there is something about the manic artist that draws her to him.
Max is the art worlds new playboy. With amazing talent and charming good looks, he is who everyone wants to be seen with. Why fall in love when love is temporary? Why fall in love when it can rip your heart out and tear it to shreds? Max doesn't do love. He does art groupies and he drinks to make his world a little more bearable. When you always feel lonely what does it matter what you do? Then Ava comes into Max's life like a hurricane. Swirling emotions in him that he has not felt in a long time. Emotions he is not sure he wants to feel again. But she calls to him and he can't seem to get her beautiful face out of his mind. If she learned how ugly and crazy he really was, would she still want him then?
This is a book about fighting love and falling in love. About getting to know someone and not judging them based on their outward appearance. Sometimes you have to break down walls to see the real person, and when you see that person it makes all the heartache and struggles worth it. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to fellow readers. Ava and Max have something but its going to take them both tearing down walls to figure out what that is. I look forward to reading the rest of this story and seeing their lives unfold between pages. I give Work of Art by Ruth Clampett 4 glasses of Pinot. Cheers and happy reading!
BARNS AND NOBLE
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.