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Told from first person point of view (Ava) THE UNVEILING is a passionate, edgy and revealing look at the dark side of fame and one man’s struggle with mental instability, mistrust and emotional breakdown. Maxfield Caswell is a man whose need for one woman overrides all sense of responsibility and trust; he is a man doomed to destroy the woman that he loves through betrayal, heartbreak and fear. Unable to accept Ava’s love at face value, Max continues to push Ava at every opportunity; his apprehension, issues of trust and anxiety, and overwhelming obsession for Ava find Max and Ava at crossroads towards the future.
Max is a man whose responses to everything are extreme: from jealousy, depression, hopelessness and obsession Max’s continued fall into the abyss finds the man with thoughts of betrayal and mistrust, resentment and patterns of behavior that scream ‘warning’ with every encounter. As Ava’s success continues to climb, Max’s demons will grow stronger until he may have pushed away the woman that he loves. He is vulnerable to suggestion; continues to push at personal boundaries; and is unable to accept the truth. Jealousy runs rampant in Max’s obsessive world.Read more ›
Max,the gorgeous,talented artist full of passion and fury with some tenderness thrown in for good measure.
I throughly enjoyed book 1 and devoured book 2. You will do the same,it's a story that grabs your attention and doesn't let go. I can't wait for book 3.... :)
Ruth is an author that has the ability to draw the reader and often at times i found myself totally immersed in Max and Ava's world.
It's a must read.
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The Unveiling takes us through the next chapter in the lives of Max and Ava and what appears in the beginning like it will be sunshine and roses from here on out, quickly evaporates… Just like any true romance/love story there are many issues to overcome when getting to know someone, but getting to know someone like Max has more challenges then most.
Sometimes people just can’t take a hint and those pesky ex-almost-lovers just won’t go away. Ava is so easy to love and even though Max knows this his jealousy over her past fully engulfs him at times, which leads to epic lovers quarrels, that break your heart. The tears will flow during this book for sure. Ava has to navigate so carefully with him. It makes it difficult to really and truly be open and honest, though she does an amazing job handling him, Max is still difficult to say the least. Their passion in this continuation is off the charts! When they finally come together it’s like fireworks on the 4th of July. Sometimes they even burn too bright, and passion becomes obsession. Max teeters on the edge at times knowing fully well that he needs to dial back his addiction to Ava’s calming presence and find peace in other things. Some of his new found hobbies will make you fall all that much more in love with him! GAH! He’s one of those characters that makes you want to scream and hug him all at the same time…
Overcoming demons is no easy feat for Max. The question is has he gone too far this time, or will Ava be able to calm the thunderous storm that is Maxwell once and for all? This one much like book one ends on a cliffy and you be asking Ruth… Who sent it!!!! Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long to see… This second installment for me was simply off the charts amazing!!!! Even better then the first and quite possibly her best book to date! I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us in book #3!
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.
So, last book we were left with a missing Max and a distraught group of friends looking for him. This was after he had his huge mental breakdown regarding Ava. Of course Ava feels like she is part to blame for his disappearance but she also feels like Max is a big boy and he makes his own decisions. I like the fact that she continued to date Jonathan even though she really wanted to be with Max. Clearly she thought that they (Max and Ava) were definitely in the friend zone. I always thought that Jonathan was one smooth character---turns out he was a lot smoother than everyone thought!! (Not gonna spoil it!!)
When Ava finally discovers where Max has been holing up; she decides that it's best to confront the problem between them head on -- and in person. I honestly think that it takes major guts to drive a distance to see someone that you're not sure if they want to see you. Score one for Ava!! When they meet again there are so many insecurities, from both sides, that it almost consumes them. Neither one of them knew where to go from that point. I loved that they decided to start over and start as friends. Going slow never hurt anyone.
Ah, now here's the part where the train meets some twisty-turns and on starts a ride. When tested, a person will either go the safe route or the more difficult route. Sometimes a person (Ava) can only take so much safety. Sometimes you have to just jump into the deep end and see what happens. The only thing with that scenario is that there is bound to be some rough waters cause by said "jumping into the deep end." Therefore, when Ava and Max decide to take a chance on their attraction for one another; something is bound to get in the way.
Max is the type of person that when he is in a relationship he wants the world to know. He wants the strut around like the king rooster and mark his property. Only things is that Ava and Max are in fragile places when it comes to their careers. They are both in the art world. Ava doesn't want people to think she got where she is because she is dating the famous artist, Max Caswell. Max isn't taking that news lightly. He has trust issues. He has security issues. He lets his mind get the better of him.
Something happens that makes Max go ballistic. This could be the end of Max and Ava.
And then BAM!!! Fade to black.
Damn you, Ms. Clampett! I mean that in the most sincere way possible. I love your writing style and cannot wait for the third installment to this crazy, emotional, lust-filled, what the heck just happened train! WHOOP! WHOOP!
Book 2 picks up rather quickly, if you have read book 1, you already know Max has gone missing. Total meltdown. Talk about an over dramatic artist, that is our Max, but you cannot help but fall in love with him regardless of his faults. Ava comes upon three defaced paintings that Max has left at his Malibu home, she needs to find Max. Who Ava turns to is an unlikely source, that source being Max’s father, with whom he has been estranged for many years. Even before find him, Ava finally receives a letter from Max and she knows she needs to see him. To help understand him as an artist.
Although their reunion is bittersweet, Ava is an impasse regarding her feelings for Max, so she continues to “date” Jonathan. I still have my issues with Jonathan, and soon enough you will too. I had a feeling about Jonathan’s “status” and my suspicions were confirmed. In other words, my sense of “bulls***” came to fruition.
Moving forward, Ava, Max and the rest of the artistic gang take a trip to Santa Fe, and it is here that Max and Ava’s relationship finally, finally open up. This book is a lot sexier than the first book. If you thought the sexual tension was going to make you combust between these two, well prepare yourself for this time around. In the first book there wasn’t much in terms of sex scenes besides the flirtations between Ava and Max and some very hot petting between Jonathan and Ava, then when you finally read the sexy times here, oh boy, so well written.
Although finally giving their relationship a good, Max is still struggling with his jealousy and now that Ava is getting noticed by TV Executives, things is still an uphill battle for these two lovers.
“I know it feels like things are hopeless, Ava, but that doesn't mean happiness isn't still worth fighting for...because it is."
I loved seeing their relationship growing, for part of the book, you are rooting for them, yet you know the s*** is going to hit the fan sooner or later. You see them falling in love, it was so beautiful to read. Ava still has her insecurities regarding Max, but he only has eyes for her. "I don't want anyone else. I want you, and I'm going to prove it every day until you finally believe me and want me too."
Ava can’t help but fall in love herself. Here is one of my favorite quotes: "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." Yup that’s my girl.
I really loved this book. And you guessed, it another cliffhanger. Thankfully, I do not have to wait for it, since it is waiting in my Kindle App waiting for me to turn the pages.
*An ARC was provided by Flirty Sub PR 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.
"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.
This review is for The Reading Room Blog.
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