Jan 21, 2015

*Review* Work of Art Book II: The Unveiling by Ruth Clampett

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?

I received a copy of this story for an honest review.

Work of Art: The Unveiling picks up right where Work of Art: The Inspiration leaves off, with tortured artist Maxfield Caswell missing and his savior Ava left piecing together the mystery of where he vanished to. As Max fights his demons Ava must decide if she should focus on supporting Max or protecting her blossoming art career. Will love their love for each other be their salvation or will their love of art be their downfall?
What I Loved: The Unveiling moves at such a quick clip it's easy to get absorbed in the mystery, emotion and action of the story. Max and Ava have a chemistry that crackles and their romantic scenes are off the charts.  One of the best parts of The Unveiling is the love you can feel radiating from the book for all forms of art - be it a paintings, a song, a story. Author Ruth Clampett clearly has  passion for all forms of art and it translates vividly to her characters and to her readers. 
What I Didn't Love: Like The Inspiration, The Unveiling ends with another cliffhanger. The cliffhanger itself isn't my issue, it's the situation the story ends with almost felt like Max's character took two giant steps backward. I'm hoping for a little more growth in the final installment of the trilogy - Work of Art: The Masterpiece.
Favorite Quotes:
"I fall into him, our 'big love' making me forget for a moment that we're two separate people."
"Is it possible to keep falling deeper into love - to want someone so much that it edges your every breath and echoes in every heartbeat?"
"Max, being in love with you is like being on a theme park ride. Thrilling and harrowing... and I had to wait in line to damn long to get on."
Work of Art: The Unveiling is not stand alone, you will need read Work of Art: The Inspiration before jumping in. Author Ruth Clampett sets a vivid stage for her characters and once you jump into the series I think you're going to fall for both books like I did. You won't want to miss this trilogy and I highly recommend it.
Happy reading.

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