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Work of Art seemed to be the over used typical contemporary romance story. Naive, kind, innocent, savior angel heroine. Older distinguished man, possible love triangle. One of my least favorite story lines. Always predictable, always the same path, always the same ending. I thought, no Ruth, why would you go there?? You wrote Animate Me , a fantastic original spin on contemporary romance.
You have the ability to take the same old same old, and spin it in to very unique and engaging story lines, making it your own. Why this story line?? And yep, the first few chapters were as I predicted, brooding misunderstood artist. But at about chapter 10, all that changed and the story took off, with me racing to keep up!! I was like WTH was that??? Where did that twist come from?? The secondary characters came alive. The story line started sprouting epic feels, and the roller coaster began. The story came alive with a realism that had me googling all sorts of things and places.
Nothing better than a story that completely engages you on all levels blending fiction with reality. And I loved the quotes by known artists that started every chapter. Nice little touch by the author. Now as for the characters. Max is our brooding artist. Gifted, brilliant, troubled, dark. He has a past that was not so much tragic as it was dramatic. The loss he suffers early on definitely colors his world. The lack of a strong guide speaks so loudly that you get why he is the way he is.
Ava, not as naive as I thought. She turned to be a strong and intelligent woman brimming with vibrancy and gumption. When these two meet, the "instatraction" was there, but they were both holding back looking for the big "more" and "what ifs". Their relationship went from not getting along to friendship and back to not getting along. Both extremely stubborn for their own reasons.
At one point I wasn't even sure Max felt the same for Ava as she felt for him. I really began rooting for these two to get their act together. Then we have Jonathon. Our older distinguished gentleman. I initially liked him and thought I could see Ava going for him. But after a while, I was not digging him at all and was really hoping Ava didn't fall in to his suave trap.
There were some really good secondary characters that helped drive the plot as well as gave a much better picture of Max and Ava. Even with the beginning of the story a bit ho hum same old same old, the story moved in a way that I really liked. I wound up totally engaged with the characters and the roller coaster of emotions had my heart pounding quite a few times.
I definitely am invested and moved in to the yep, loving the story category. The ending, a huge WHAT cliffie, something I am not a fan of usually, but the story carried its self so well, I am on board and looking forward to book 2 to find out what happened. Congratulations Ruth Clampett, you once again took the same old same old, and made it your own!! Nov 03, Cullenboyz rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I stayed up way too late reading this book! The relationship between Ava and Max is to die for.
Their turbulent friendship so sweet it will melt your heart, and the sexual tension between them will curl your toes.
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The author sets the story in the art world of colorful southern California with an authenticity born of her own experiences there, lending the story a depth and richness I rarely find in this genre. I even found myself googling locations and works of art in the story, because I simply h I stayed up way too late reading this book! I even found myself googling locations and works of art in the story, because I simply had to see them! But best of all are the fun, vivid characters. Ava is strong and focused, but over her head and confused where Max are concerned. Max is intense and brilliant, endearingly earnest, but painfully flawed.
I loved this story. Oct 10, Liv Morris rated it it was amazing. The book is in one word I can't wait for the world to meet Maxwell! It was a story that was filled with passion and intrigue and I loved it! Maxfield Caswell was the pop star of the art world. He was an artist with a bad boy reputation and when I first met him, I was intrigued. I couldn't work him Review-Jo Rushton 4. I couldn't work him out. The more I got to know about him, the more I realised that this boy was a tortured soul. Something was going on with him, something deep and very well hidden. I became more and more curious about Max with each new chapter and I was desperate to know more about him.
What I am inside Did he just want to be good friends or did he want more? He completely confused me. It was like he had two different personalities. A side that was hot, passionate and loving and a dark side where he was moody and bad tempered. Max was definitely a challenge. He wasn't an easy guy to love but there was something about him that I couldn't resist.
I knew that deep down, Max was crying out for help and it appeared that the only person that soothed him was Ava. When Ava met Max she found herself highly attracted to him, so much so that she began to have some seriously saucy fantasies about him! I wondered if any of her fantasies would ever come true. A relationship with Max was not going to be a straightforward one so there were a lot of times when I doubted that they would. But it rarely happens. Sometimes it's rough and gritty, and you have to fight your way to it. I could practically feel the sexual tension between them building with every new chapter.
As the story continued I was treated to some deliciously hot scenes and there was even one that reminded me of the famous scene from the film "Ghost" Only instead of a potters wheel it was some kind of art press! It was scorching hot and it was my favourite scene in the entire book! It was was brilliantly written and I just loved the quotes at the beginning of each chapter.
The story of Max and Ava kept me intrigued from the word go and I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next between the couple. This was the first series I have read that was set around the world of art and I found that it was a refreshing change. It was also my first introduction to this author and I became an instant fan. I am excited to read the next book in the series. Although this one did not end in a cliffhanger, I was left eager for more.
Oct 07, Flavia Viotti rated it it was amazing. There is a special place in my heart for this series! Work of Art is one of my favorite stories ever! Max the most delicious confusing sexy man, and even though I tried to hate him sometimes, I just couldnt! I love Ava and Max and I just cant wait for book 2! Aug 24, Christine rated it did not like it Shelves: I love books where the heroes are male sluts and especially if those sluts that are also artists, but Maxwell was a tool. I did not like him and I did not care for the heroine. Her inner dialogue annoyed me. Her whole attitude toward Maxwell was just immature.
Also, I hate when authors describe every single item of clothing that the heroine wears. Sometimes I think "ugh, she wore what? You may love it, but it did not work for me. These are just my thoughts and opinions ab I love books where the heroes are male sluts and especially if those sluts that are also artists, but Maxwell was a tool.
These are just my thoughts and opinions about the book. Nov 18, Na rated it it was amazing Shelves: Emotionally piece of art! Annoying sometimes, but it hold me in its grip firmly. View all 3 comments. Sep 29, Nic rated it really liked it. Nothing like I expected it to be! What is it about eccentric artists?!?!
You definitely do not want to miss out on this read. Work of Art sucked me in right away. Ruth Clampett blew me away with her writing style So much attention to detail without making the story drag. Clampett painted a beautiful story and made me feel like I was a part of it. The art shows, the galleries, all of it I felt I was right there. The characters in Work of Art are fabulous. I loved Ava, I did. A strong young woman who knows what she wants I could relate to her character on so many levels as I think many readers will.
There is so much depth to this character. I couldn't help but fall for him and his smooth and sexy talking, the man knows how and what to say to make the ladies swoon ;- But much like Ava, I'm torn. There is no denying the electrifying chemistry or connection between these two characters but sometimes that isn't enough Especially when one of you is dealing with demons.
Please, please, please tell me we get more Jonathan in the next book! I swear this man melted the panties right off of me! Confident, worldly and a smooth sexy talker Hot damn this man is HOT! All of the supporting characters are equally brilliantly written. This story would not have been the same without them all. Work of Art is full of steamy sexual tension and I gotta say that I wasn't expecting how clenchingly HOT this tension would be!
Clampett definitely knows her hot and schmexy!! But, it's also filled with the perfect amount of angst. Not enough to drive me to drink, but enough that helped set the mood and make it believable. Work of Art isn't all sexy tension and angst. There is also just the right amount of humour to lighten the mood. I warn you now that Work of Art has a cliffhanger. I can't wait to see where Ms. Clampett takes this story!!! If you are looking for a read to pull you into its pages with original story, fabulously developed characters, and a healthy does of sexy angst Work of Art by Ruth Clampett should be your next read.
Oct 11, Lisa Karafa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Work of Art is a fantastic book! Ruth Clampett takes her readers into the world of fine art and shows both the alluring and seedy sides of an industry that is based on aesthetic pleasure. Ava is a young woman on a mission. She is learning everything she can about the art world so she can take those experiences and turn them into her dream career.
What she didn't bargain for is Maxwell Caswell. Max is a hot commodity on the art scene. He is extremely talented, in demand by both collectors and art Work of Art is a fantastic book! He is extremely talented, in demand by both collectors and art groupies. Everyone wants a piece of him and hope to latch on to his rising star. He, however, is his own worst enemy.
Ruth opens up the art world and gives her readers a glimpse from a perspective they normally might not have. She shows the glitz and glamour as well as the business side of things. How artists find their inspiration and work through the creative process. I learned so much in reading this book.
I loved how Ava was both conflicted in her feelings, but aware enough to assess them. She is forced to look at her belief system when she experiences attentions on multiple fronts. Nov 04, We like it big book blog rated it really liked it. Finding a new book is like hitting the jack pot! When I met this author at the OC book signing I was really excited when she told me about her book. A painter with passion and a bit of an edge.
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Sounds like my kind of book!! I couldn't wait to read it!! I'll just dive right into my review. There were things I liked about this book and things I didn't care for. Max and Ava had a really up and down kind of friendship. There was a lot of back and forth going on in this book. And I mean all through out this book. When Ava met Max for the first time she was defending him and he was in awe over her. He took Ava defending him as a sign that they were meant to meet each other. I started to feel like I need more from the main characters in this book.
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