Has the bad boy of the art world, Maxfield Caswell, been tamed just as his girlfriend, Ava’s star begins to shine? Anything can happen in Los Angeles, a world where heroes become villains and the rogue saves the day.
An unexpected plane ticket leads our heroine to a meeting that will change her life.
What happens when what’s most precious to you slips out of your grasp? How fiercely will you fight for the one you love?
Join Max and Ava for the dramatic and passionate conclusion to the Work of Art Trilogy.
Mature content of sexual nature 18+
Again, I want to thank Neda Amini for introducing me to Ruth Clampett. I cannot believe there is no more Max and Ava after this unless of course, you know Ruth decides to throw in a novella (hint, hint).
I’ve read my recent share of whiny heroine’s, but when you make the male character whiny, you have to take a pause. Oh, you will love Max regardless, yet his over-the-top actions, jealousy, insecurities makes you want to say “dude, grow a pair already.” No, don’t stray from this review. You’re not going to hate this book or the other two that are already out. Ms. Clampett has put together a wonderful and beautiful trilogy. My point is that you want to shake Max like I wanted to so many times during my read. Ava is getting so many opportunities after writing Max’s table book and doing some interviews with other artists. Enter Travis who is a TV Executive who wants to her to be the new host for a cable show just regarding up and coming artists. I was not a fan of Travis, I kept thinking to myself, “oh no not another Jonathan”. Wait for it … are you ready … she needs to live in New York for a year! Just when everything is sweet as roses with her and Max’s relationship, BOOM, she needs to move. What do you think Max’s reaction was when he finds out about this? I’m not telling you, read the book.
I read this entire series in 3 days while I was on vacation. I did not want to put it down. Reading this trilogy is making me put more of Ms. Clampett’s books to my ever growing TBR list. In all the books, the story really flowed and made you fall in love with every character (well the nice ones anyway). You wanted to be part of their click.
There is an HEA, duh, it’s getting to that HEA with all the goings on between Ava and Max. Max’s father plays hero again in this book. I loved that Max and his father’s relationship, with Ava’s help of course, had been mended.
You will want to hug your E-reader after reading this series.
I will leave you with a few of my favorite quotes, of course, the ones I used are in Spanish lol.
“Max, tu eres ele home de mi sueños.” Translation: “Max, you are the man of my dreams.” … “Tu tambien, eres la mujer de mis sueños. Te quiero, mi amor. Translation: “You too are the woman of my dreams. I love you, my love.”
*An ARC was provided by Flirty Sub PR for an honest review.
Hours later, I open my eyes. The room is dark except for the reflection of the outside streetlights giving the sheer curtains on the tall windows a platinum glow. It takes a long moment for me to realize where I am and that Max isn’t next to me. In his place are ripples of sheets that have been peeled back. I’ve kicked off the sheets and lie on my side, nude.
I hear him breathing…deep and ragged. In the dim light, I see movement. As my vision adjusts, I spy Max sitting in the armchair next to our bed.
Gloriously naked, his legs spread and his head leaned against the back of the chair, he slowly strokes himself as he watches me. It’s incredibly erotic, and my desire for him overwhelms me. When our eyes meet, he moans and strokes himself again.
The sight of him instantly arouses me, and I lick my lips as his hands move over what’s mine. His cock looks so commanding from this angle, and I want him badly. I look up, my expression burning.
“Do you mind if I watch?” I whisper in a sleepy voice.
“You want to watch what you do to me?” He gives me a wicked look.
I nod and run my hand over my breasts, circling my nipples.
His lips part. “You were moaning in your sleep, Angel. You got me so worked up, and I didn’t want to wake you, so I came over here and imagined what you were dreaming about.”
“What did you imagine?” I slip one hand between my legs and slowly stroke myself. I notice his fist tighten over his erection.
“Remember that night in the O’Keeffe Museum? We got so turned on by the art, I had you up against the wall with my cock inside of you. You wanted me so much it made me crazy.”
“I remember, are you kidding? You were wild.”
His eyes roll back as he shudders. It takes him a moment to start speaking again.
“So, I started imagining us in the room near the back of the Picasso museum. Remember the wide bench?”
“The leather bench we sat on for a while?”
“Yes, you’re naked and spread out on that bench, and I’m kissing my way up your thighs to your sweetest spot.”
I moan and stroke further into my wetness. “You really like going down on me, don’t you? I mean, you don’t just do it to satisfy me.”
“You have no idea how much I love it.” He groans and watches me hungrily.
“So, did you fuck me in the Picasso museum?”
He gives me a naughty smile. “Yes, I fucked you, but we haven’t finished yet. You woke up and interrupted my fantasy.”
I squint and flash him a wicked smile. “Yes, I’m such a distraction.”
“What were you dreaming that made you thrash around and moan?” From the steamy look in his eyes, I imagine he wants to know he owns me in sleep too.
I pause, pulling the memory out of the folds of my mind. “I dreamt that we were in a room with dark burgundy walls and burning candles around the room. There was no ceiling, just the night sky filled with stars, and I was crouched low on this huge bed, purring like a wild animal.”
He leans forward in his chair, and his whole body is tense. I’m beside myself over the way his fist moves with purpose as he listens.
“What was I doing?”
I roll over, get up on all fours and lean down. My sensitive nipples graze the soft white sheets, and I arch my back so that my ass is higher. I move my fingers back to where I’m wet. “You were taking me from behind.”
I love the anticipation building as he rises off the chair and approaches the bed. The testosterone in the air intoxicates me. The bed sags and the heat from his thighs warms mine before his strong hands settle on my hips. He pushes into me slowly, so slowly, until I’m beyond full.
“Ava,” he gasps, as he slowly pulls out again.
“Yes, just like my dream…You feel so good,” I groan, as he pushes back inside and I grind against him. “Is this better than your fantasy?”
“There’s no better with you, Angel… ’cause it’s all perfect…”
“Every…” He pushes into me hard.
I brace myself from falling forward as his movements become more forceful.
His heat builds inside me, and he groans before we lose ourselves in the moment. He’s all hardness and passion, strength and command.
I submit again and again as my fingers stroke the circle of pleasure closed. When we climax, there’s no breath, no words, just the explosion of our bodies combusting before he falls over me.
Ruth Clampett, daughter of legendary animation director, Bob Clampett, has spent a lifetime surrounded by art and animation. A graduate of Art Center College of Design, her careers have included graphic design, photography, VP of Design for WB Stores and teaching photography at UCLA. She now runs her own studio as the fine art publisher for Warner Bros. where she’s had the opportunity to know and work with many of the greatest artists in the world of animation and comics.
The Work of Art Trilogy is Ruth’s third publishing endeavor, following Animate Me and Mr. 365. She lives in Los Angeles and is heavily supervised by her teenage daughter, lovingly referred to as Snarky, who loves art and visiting museums as much as her mom.