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?
Book two in Ruth Clampetts Work of Art series picks up right where book one left off. I found myself getting lost in Ava and Max's story once again. The passion that they have is palpable. To readers the obvious smacks you in the face but the way Ruth writes Ava and Max dance around their feelings for each other.
Ava is desperate to find Max after he ran off at the end of book one. Worried that he is on a path to self destruction she looks everywhere for him. All while Jonathan pursues her and makes it very hard to say no. When Ava gets word that Max is ok and staying with his aunt in Malibu she doesn't hesitate to rush to his side. Torn with her feelings for Max, Ava pursues him with caution. Afraid that her fragile heart can not take anymore beatings.
Max has been miserable since the night in his studio that drove Ava away with a disgusted look on her face. She must think he's a monster for the way he behaved. Plagued with demons that he doesn't know how to fight, Ava was always the light that made then seem more bearable. When she shows up in Malibu looking for him and worried he has a hard time going to her. Afraid of the words that she might throw at him he is wary. When she threatens to leave and his heart pulls from his chest he finally breaks down and speaks to her. This time he is not holding back and he knows that Ava is who he wants in his life.
With Max and Jonathan both pursuing Ava she is torn on what to do. her heart sings for Max but her mind is cautious of him. When a terrible secret is revealed and Ava is corned all her feelings change in an instant and she is gutted at how naive she was. Who will be there to pick up the pieces of Avas shattered heart? Can Ava and Max finally learn that sometimes the worst things for you can be the best? Maybe they can heal and save each other if one doesn't destroy the other in the process.
With a third book in the making we will soon find out the conclusion the Ava and Max's torrid love story. I enjoyed this book and found it a very easy read. A strong heroine and a broken hero who need each other more then they realize. I give the Unveiling by Ruth Clampett 4 glasses of Pinot! Looking forward to the final book in the series. Cheers and Happy reading!
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 towardthe lawn.
“I know that as much I’d like to…I can’t ask you not to seeJonathan…”
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. Hefinally 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 himthere’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 therebound you have to have been in a relationship to rebound from.”
He seems to ignore my logic. “Besides, Ava, you could still be reallyattracted 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 shouldknow 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!” Hetucks his hands into his back pockets.
My mouth falls open as I press my thighs together. Just the idea ofbeing 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 eyesand 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 myeyes 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, theymeld 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
Oh my God! I’m on fire. I run one of my hands along his shoulderand 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 inhis 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 thebright-eyed expression on his face is victorious. He gambled big and
Like there was ever a question—he owns me. He probably has allalong; 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 tomy 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.
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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.