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Work of Art ~ The Collection by [Clampett, Ruth]
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A stroke of beauty
a palette of pain
a rendering of passion
...creating a work of art

In a life driven by passion, famed artist Maxfield Caswell lives in a world of brilliant color and drama, pushing his art and affairs to his emotional edge. He's stunning, charismatic and celebrated in the art world, but are the trappings of fame also destroying him?

Ava Jacobs is diligently working toward an art career of her own when she's swept off her feet by the self-destructive artist -- creating a world of sensuality and all-consuming love. But will the pain of the past and turmoil of the present make their future uncertain? From desire and mystery, to a muse that almost slips away, The Work of Art Collection will be the inspiration that has you breathless for the unveiling of their final masterpiece. 

***The Collection is the complete Work of Art trilogy with an additional 50 pages of bonus material in Max's point of view. For mature readers 18+***

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Format: Kindle Edition
Title: Work of Art Collection
Author: Ruth Clampett
Series: --
Genre(s): Romance
Page Count: 93 pages
Heat Level: # 5 flames out of 5
Rating: # 5 stars out of 5
Blurb:
A stroke of beauty
a palette of pain
a rendering of passion
…creating a work of art
In a life driven by passion, famed artist Maxfield Caswell lives in a world of brilliant color and drama, pushing his art and affairs to his emotional edge. He’s stunning, charismatic and celebrated in the art world, but are the trappings of fame also destroying him?

Ava Jacobs is diligently working toward an art career of her own when she’s swept off her feet by the self-destructive artist — creating a world of sensuality and all-consuming love. But will the pain of the past and turmoil of the present make their future uncertain? From desire and mystery, to a muse that almost slips away, The Work of Art Collection will be the inspiration that has you breathless for the unveiling of their final masterpiece.

Series of this type remind me of the Gabriel series by Sylvain Reynard - a beautiful erotic tale of two people falling in love, that is until you realize that there is so much competition in the art world and jealousy is rampant no matter where you turn. The Work of Art Collection is the combination of the four parts of the series: The Inspiration, The Unveiling, The Masterpeice and Liz's Boys with an added bonus, following Maxwell Caswell, an artist who despises fame, and Ava Jacobs, an upcoming art student graduate wanting to climb up the ladder, as they realize that they are falling for one another. These characters are both strong and defeated by their demons, they need each to bring out the best and yet they have so much to learn.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9b8f1864) out of 5 stars 61 reviews
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HASH(0x9b8fe3b4) out of 5 stars A beautifully written love story that is a must read. Dec 28 2015
By Rachel Hamilton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Let me tell you right from the start, this is a collection you need to read. This is a beautifully written story that while it does start off slow because it’s setting up everything, it eventually moves onto becoming a story that will capture your attention and won’t let go till you are left gasping at the end of each part and diving into the next and ultimately finishing the collection with a satisfied sigh.

Stories like these don't come along very often and when they do you treasure them. I adored Max and Ava. This was a couple who go through a lot over the course of the three parts but come out better people and you will too for taking the journey with them.

What I really enjoyed with this story was the sweeping saga of it. It doesn’t all get wrapped up in a neat bow by the end of the first part, it's a trilogy and so much happens in these books that you could be forgiven for thinking it’s a much larger book overall. But the author manages to move the story along without making it feel rushed and you get to enjoy and lose yourself in the storyline.

In Maxwell Caswell our hero, we have the tortured artist soul. He is an up and coming star in the art world but seems hell bent on destroying every opportunity he has. Fame seems to be eating him alive and there’s no one around to help him. Or there want till he meets his muse Ava.

Ava Jacobs our heroine is steadily working her way up the art world ladder. Her life is good. A job she loves, great friends who are more like family and the freedom to work towards her goal of writing for an art magazine. Ava is working at an art show when her life is changed forever. That’s when she meets Max and things will never be the same again.

I’m not going to give too much away, this is a story that you will want to enjoy without knowing all the spoilers. But what I will say is that it’s emotionally engaging read that you will not want to put down once you start.

I finished this collection with a big fat happy contented sigh. The epilogue is just……wonderful is the only word I have for it. You will not be disappointed how this book ends. I have unashamedly fallen in love with Max and Ava.

With the addition of the new material told from Max's POV, it just makes this story even more memorable. It was definitely one of my favourite reads for the year.

I want to say a huge thank you to the author for bringing these two to the page. I hope my words have conveyed my gratitude.

(Note : originally this collection was released separately and has now been made into a collection with extras that take it to a new level.)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b8fe408) out of 5 stars A Collection of "Works of Art" Jan. 9 2016
By Michelle Tompkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
When an artist works at her craft long enough, she creates something so beautiful, it needs to be called a “collection.” Ruth Clampett has achieved this by creating three beautiful pieces in her compelling “Work of Arts” collection. As a former graphic designer and practicing (being the operative word!) artist and someone who appreciates art in all its forms, I immediately fell in love with the world of art in this collection. I am obsessed with “tortured artists” and bad boy Maxwell Caswell embodies this archetypal character so authentically. The world Max exists in, and Ava Jacobs is trying to join, can seem like a foreign land, filled with language and customs that many of us are not familiar with. It is immediately obvious that Clampett has an intimate background in the art world and I treasure her for inviting us into this universe. I absolutely loved this journey into the heart of two artists and their creative processes. I love Clampett in a whole new way as she shows all of us the deep angst of creativity and the pain of being true to your craft.

The first piece is called The Inspiration. It is a gripping story that was everything I expected and more. From the moment Ava and Max encounter one another, Max feels something that seems predestined and compelling. Max is quick to notice that Ava is a “calming force”, and he is drawn to her. But because Max is well known for sleeping with a different “art groupie” every night, Ava believes he is not someone she would ever date. As a writer, Ava is a creative force in her own right and is intelligent and driven. Ava is interested in the art scene for her own professional reasons and not just to “find a boyfriend.”

From the first meeting, Ava and Max’s sexual tension is obvious. These two engage in the dance of intimacy, swapping the pursuer and distancer roles, trading back and forth throughout this first installment. Clampett outright pulls on our heartstrings as we watch these two characters attempt to avoid pain and yet don’t yet realize that their heart wrenching angst is created by the avoidance itself. The relationship is emotionally charged and the roller coaster ride is romantic, sexy, and infuriating at the same time.

Clampett’s writing is beautiful, and I immediately fell in love with Max. I was right with Ava, when she thinks to herself, “I am aroused watching him. I want to be the canvas his hands are moving over, stroking and blending—his work of art.” But in true “Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler” style, they are at cross-purposes and their timing is out of sync. Both have obvious personal demons, although at times Max’s baggage seems like a United Van lines truck compared to Ava’s small trunk.

The story develops with some very intriguing secondary characters, including Jonathan, an influential man in the art world that takes a shine to Ava. Ava’s roommate Riley and Max’s friend Jess round out some characters I grew to love also. They were important parts of the story, not just extraneous sprinklings around the two main characters.

Max and Ava’s relationship evolves as their careers develop adding another dimension to the story that held my interest throughout. The crescendo of The Inspiration is when Ava realizes, “Max has broken my heart. And perhaps through all of the events that led us here, his heart is broken as well.” Sob.

The second act is called The Unveiling. This piece picks up right where book one left us hanging, with three defaced paintings and a missing Max. The plot thickens and I am smitten. I came to understand Max’s broody and erratic behavior more in this even more compelling installment in the Collection. Max is a real flawed human being, endowed with special gifts that can overwhelm him at times. He is not unrealistically perfect; he’s just a man. One minute you are cheering for Max and the next you want to slap him silly!

This next chapter in the lives of Max and Ava lets us peek inside the development of their friendship and the fiery consummation of their love. Yet, once again Clampett forces us to get inside the roller-coaster car, pull down the bar, and hang on for the ride. These two have some of the most heartbreaking lover’s quarrels that broke this reader’s heart to read. Watching Ava come to understand Max in his jealous fits and his need for reassurance is heart warming and at the same time makes me love Ava even more.

The storyline is so full of drama and action that at times I wondered if this was a romantic comedy, drama, or a mystery novel. Clampett pushes/pulls on her characters and her readers at the same time, and I for one loved it. As the realization dawns on Ava, “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,” we breathe a premature sigh of relief for our star-crossed lovers.

I love the truth of their relationship, the passion of creating a relationship while trying to create a life’s work. It is raw and dark at times, yet it shines so bright at others. Whether Max is “diagnosable” or not, we love him, just as he is. From New Mexico to Barcelona our characters travel a rocky road. Clampett continues to remind us through The Unveiling that “The course of true love never did run smooth.” We are left on a balcony, wondering what simple words could cause Ava and Max to go from “No one will ever touch what we have” to unraveling again.

As all good collections should, Clampett’s ends with the aptly title, The Masterpiece, the final installment in the WORK OF ART series. This piece depicts a perfectly imperfect couple facing issues that would challenge any couple. The dual forces of Max’s past and Ava’s future collide in this crescendo piece. Once again this story feels uniquely intimate and enticing.

I really don’t want to leave this review with any spoilers so I will just say that I loved this collection. As this third piece evolved, I was left madly in love with this couple, this world, and Ruth Clampett, as I had to watch the percentage of unread words shrinking. I was actually grieving as I read The Masterpiece, savoring every word between these two characters. Watching these two humans create themselves, and their relationship was a thing to behold. This dramatic and passionate conclusion was deeply satisfying and at the same time left me “book bereft.”

Perhaps that is why Clampett offers us The Extra’s and Liz’s Boys. Ruth is lovingly weaning us slowly off of the passion, conflict, angst and humanity of Max and Ava and the beauty of her words.

Ruth Clampett, thank you for taking all this loveliness and putting it into a beautiful package. These beautiful pieces in your collection will live forever together, just as we hope Max and Ava do. Ruth, thank you for this journey, thank you for facing your own angst of your creative impulse and being true to your craft. Thank you for Max and Ava, they are in my library forever.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b8fe840) out of 5 stars famed artist Maxfield Caswell lives in a world of brilliant color and drama Feb. 8 2016
By Kathleen Rivest - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Title: Work of Art Collection
Author: Ruth Clampett
Series: --
Genre(s): Romance
Page Count: 93 pages
Heat Level: # 5 flames out of 5
Rating: # 5 stars out of 5
Blurb:
A stroke of beauty
a palette of pain
a rendering of passion
…creating a work of art
In a life driven by passion, famed artist Maxfield Caswell lives in a world of brilliant color and drama, pushing his art and affairs to his emotional edge. He’s stunning, charismatic and celebrated in the art world, but are the trappings of fame also destroying him?

Ava Jacobs is diligently working toward an art career of her own when she’s swept off her feet by the self-destructive artist — creating a world of sensuality and all-consuming love. But will the pain of the past and turmoil of the present make their future uncertain? From desire and mystery, to a muse that almost slips away, The Work of Art Collection will be the inspiration that has you breathless for the unveiling of their final masterpiece.

Series of this type remind me of the Gabriel series by Sylvain Reynard - a beautiful erotic tale of two people falling in love, that is until you realize that there is so much competition in the art world and jealousy is rampant no matter where you turn. The Work of Art Collection is the combination of the four parts of the series: The Inspiration, The Unveiling, The Masterpeice and Liz's Boys with an added bonus, following Maxwell Caswell, an artist who despises fame, and Ava Jacobs, an upcoming art student graduate wanting to climb up the ladder, as they realize that they are falling for one another. These characters are both strong and defeated by their demons, they need each to bring out the best and yet they have so much to learn. Max and Ana's chemistry was tangible and slow burning i the sense that we weren't rushed through the process, but rather slowly seduced. As the first novels that I've read by Ruth Clampett, I've absolutely enjoyed every step of this journey - it was dark, seductive and it took its time to tell you its story. If there's one thing I can tell readers, it's that you can't expect a fast paced novel where everything happens from the very beginning - this is one novel that takes the time to weave a great storyline. Ruth Clampett is one author that I'll be looking forward to find what she will be releasing in 2016.
**Received a copy in exchange for an honest review. Read and reviewed by Kathleen for Alpha Book Club**
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b8fec00) out of 5 stars Beautiful tale of love in the art and literature scene Dec 28 2015
By Xkoqueen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Work of Art: The Collection by Ruth Clampett was originally published in 2014-2015 as a trilogy (The Inspiration, The Unveiling and The Masterpiece). The trilogy has been bundled into one long book PLUS bonus scenes from different POVs and add ons! The best part is that you don’t have to chew your nails over the cliff hangers of books one and two, because the final book of the series is published and included in this new offering.

Ruth Clampett’s writing in Work of Art is incredibly detailed and descriptive. Right away my senses were on overload. The characters are well developed, and I felt like I personally knew all the characters. Ms. Clampett provides readers with great details about the art world—both from the artist’s perspective as well as from gallery owners and other “business-end” groups. I loved all the references to classic art pieces, and the quotes at the start of each chapter were fabulous. The behind-the-scenes view of the crazy, political art business was fascinating.

Ava is the narrator of Work of Art. She is my kind of girl; she loves art and literature. When life turned sour on her, she moved cross country and with the help of classmate, Brian, she made lemonade out of her lemons. She got a new family, an education, and she has a budding career at a LA art gallery. Ava’s youth and inexperience makes her a naive when it comes to men and their intentions. Will she be able to handle the edgy, dark side of her eventual fame?

Max Caswell is a tormented and troubled artist who has found his muse in Ava Jacobs. He is an extremist; he is, at times, dark and brooding and at other times, he is charming and seemingly light-hearted. He struggles with some mental-health challenges that are exacerbated by a rough past. These issues hinder his personal life as well as his career. Juxtapose to his inner demons is Max’s light-hearted, handsome, party-boy, celebrity persona to which women flock.

The secondary characters are incredible. They are all richly developed. I loved Jess the lesbian artist best friend to both Ava and Max. Dylan, Max’s agent, is a dichotomy. Sometimes he seems to have Max’s best interest at heart, and at other times he seems to sabotage Ava and Max at every turn. Speaking of sabotage, the string of men who are “helping” Ava with her career (and secretly hoping to help her into bed) is amazing. They’re characters you love to hate even though they’re sort of caricatures.

Ava’s and Max’s story is painted in broad brush strokes from Los Angeles to New Mexico to New York to Paris. They have a unique, flirty friendship which blossoms into a passionate love affair that is tested by betrayal from seemingly trustworthy acquaintances. If that isn’t enough, the stigma of dating a colleague threatens to ruin their careers and subsequently their relationship. Thankfully, Ava and Max are surrounded by some seriously supportive friends and family who help them find their way. Fans of the new adult genre will love the dark and seriously angsty rollercoaster relationship. Art enthusiasts will fawn over the generous details of this four-star read.
HASH(0x9b8fece4) out of 5 stars Wort of Art - The Collection was a great romance to read. . . . Jan. 5 2016
By ~lil maso~ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Wort of Art - The Collection was a great romance to read.
I would honestly rate this collection as a 3 but because of the depth the writer took to give us a true an true story where we got to live the day to day life with all of the characters and for the addition of the epilogue, and the male POV's at the end of the book I rated it 3.5 stars.

I quite enjoyed how she let the story grow and did not make it so steadfast, but having said all of this I found the story to be annoyingly long, and found myself skipping through parts.

I love a good romance story but Max was a little too depressingly clingy for me, and Ava.... was just a little too naive for me.

I have sat on this review for a few days because it's been difficult to figure out if I liked the book or not as a whole.
I have come to the conclusion that I did half way enjoy it, but I love strong men and I love strong women.... These two characters were neither. Their relationship and relationships with others were very melodramatic, obsessive and at times just annoying.

Ava is a dick tease but at the same time she doesn't want to be #fucked, she wants flowers and a bed.

There are so many parts of this collection that I loved and hated.....

Even though I skipped through some chapters, that felt repetitive or could've honestly been left out, I don't feel as though I missed anything by doing so.

The twists and turns that we get throughout this collection i quite thoroughly enjoyed and never saw coming, but the turn out was always the same.

I feel like this book could've been so much more had Max not been such a crazy, dramatic, almost teenager of a man..... and had Ava just straight up left his ass. I felt like I was reading a high-school romance and not a romance about two adults in the business world.

I almost felt like Max was in for committing suicide with all of his breakdowns that he had and just because of how his character was portrayed from the get go.

However, the ending was just what I needed. These two characters finally come together, unite and learn how to live with the quirkiness of each other.

The epilogue was splendid, and the extra scenes that we got at the end were a delight. I loved being able to get into Max's head, along with his Fathers, and I felt quite complete after receiving those little tid bits.

I loved that this collection was about an artist and how we got to delve into the various techniques, showings and etc. It is not very often that we get to read a romance of a couple that isn't some alpha business man, and because of this I stuck with this book until the end.....

I plan on revisiting this collection in the future to see if maybe my feelings change...

But right now I just want to go join Max in his art room, me paint, roll around with him and forget about it.

* ARC PROVIDED BY THE AUTHOR FOR AN HONEST REVIEW *

~NYX~