Review: The Unveiling

The Unveiling (Work of Art) 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?

TeriLyn's thoughts: The Unveiling comes as book two in Ruth Clampett’s Work of Art series picking up right where book one left us slightly hanging. Just as in the first book of the series, The Unveiling tells the reader the story of Max Caswell and Ava Jacobs through Ava’s voice in a seamlessly fluid way. The plot thickens even as reader questions from book one are dutifully answered. Clampett once again writes very openly to the reader yet subtly leaving small details hanging as to intrigue us more for the third book.

Chaotic thoughts in the form of storytelling from Ava give the reader a bird’s eye view into her mind helping us understand the finer details of her of choices and the mess Max has made of her mind and her heart. As the book progresses so does Ava's posture about ther situations with both Max and Jonathan. She’s confused as a heroine, unsure if her love for a seemingly unhealthy, broken artist can be enough for the both of them to survive their feelings. And conversely she's conflicted about the debonair publisher out to woo her since through her, we learn more about the illustrious Jonathan – whom captivates for a reason. We get glimpses of her strength as a woman as Max comes back into her life. She grew exponentially in book two.

Speaking of growth, there’s a lot to be said for Max Caswell in The Unveiling. The man sees something good, strong, and healthy so he tries to uproot his ingrained ideologies and trust from faith rather than disregard from unhealthy mistrust. His interactions make more sense as he opens up his heart. The two of them are a heady combination together. Passion and fireworks when it’s just the two of them in their own little bubble. I fell a little harder for Max in this book. The beauty of their growth together is the recognition they want to be better for each other and dutifully work to make themselves better and more understanding.

The Unveiling has a bit of everything: the building of a unique, flirty friendship into a passionate love affair, betrayal from trusted characters, a stigma placed on both Max and Ava about who they are making it harder for them to grow professionally, and friends/family who continually support. While again, I sometimes got lost in the trivial details, I’m still excited about book three. I’m convinced of the connection between Max and Ava fully, my connection with either of them is a bit lacking for my taste but that hasn’t made the book any less entertaining for me but rather leaves me still as intrigued as I was after book one. I think there’s a lot of sass and spitfire we’re going to see from Ava as her feelings for Max fully bloom in book three. And likewise, I see Max coming around in a major way to support and cherish this woman uniquely his.

The series is perfect for New Adult romance lovers who like a strong heroine and broken hero based in the colorful world of art and entertainment. Clampett’s writing, her use of quotes to perfectly depict the chapter ahead all combine into great storytelling. Very much looking forward to book three.

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