Book Review: Work of Art

Work of Art (The Inspiration, #1) by Ruth Clampett: 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?

For years intelligent and bright-eyed Ava Jacobs has worked diligently toward a career in the art world. Ava is swept off her feet when she meets the passionate artist. She soon realizes, however, that he’s on a destructive path—one she doesn’t intend to join him on.

In the decadent world of patrons, art groupies, and predators, feisty and beautiful Ava knocks Max off his pedestal. A stunned Max sees something special in Ava and offers her an opportunity she can’t refuse. As their lives and passions collide, will he realize that she alone has the power to heal him? Can their hearts come together to create their own work of art?

TeriLyn's thoughts: **Work of Art generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**

Books set in the world of art constantly intrigue me. After seeing the cover and reading the blurb for Work of Art my curiosity bested me. Ruth Clampett delivers a deliciously daring tale. Beautiful and fluid prose perfectly balances the light and the dark of not only the art world, but of the artist’s mind through the sharp lens of an engaging, smart protagonist. The voice of this New Adult contemporary novel, Ava, delicately preserves the reader’s opinions between the grotesque and the extraordinary.

The writing style of this author fully engages. The story structurally designed by Clampett leaves much room for growth. While it’s not an “edge of your seat” style of writing, the intrigue to want to learn more about these people presents itself fully. More often than not, I found myself lost in Clampetts words, engaged in the pages. Each character the reader meets provides a different aspect to the story.

Work of Art is told from Ava’s point of view. It’s a circular point of view as Ava engages with a variety of characters and subsequently a variety of attitudes and personalities. She’s oddly star struck by the intensity of her feelings toward Maxfield Caswell – the artist. Conversely, she’s similarly puzzled regarding the force of feelings from Jonathan – the publisher. Through a whirlwind of excellent opportunities surrounding a project for Max, Ava subtly walks a tightrope tethering her to both men in very different ways because each represent something different.

Maxfield Caswell – the artist – entrances the reader. As an artist he’s conflicted. The dark inner workings of his mind we aren’t privy to but from Ava we see the difficulty straining him to maintain the level of his work coinciding with the level of his fame. He’s an enigma. A puzzle we must work to solve. The author blends into his character a pattern of conflicted artist and soulful man. The weaving of the two extremes in his personality, the difference between the beautiful light and the ominous dark in Max gives the reader a very intriguing character. The purity from Ava in his life cleanses his soul. However, it’s not enough to keep his demons at bay.

There were certain parts of the book that became mundane to me, details I found not important to the story or the development of these characters. Even though a few times while reading, I felt easily distracted more often than not I was consumed by Ava’s voice. Ruth Clampett wrote an intriguing book with Work of Art. Her writing is superb and her vivid telling of the art world mysterious and engaging combined with characters I want to know more about. I can’t wait for more the subsequent books to learn more about Ava, Max, Jonathan and the excellent cast of supporting characters. Work of Art does have a mild cliff hanger. Nothing over the top. You’ll definitely want book two but know the wait will be worth it.

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