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Work of Art #3

The Masterpiece

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Has Max, the bad boy of the art world 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.

281 pages, Paperback

First published February 4, 2015

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Ruth Clampett

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Ruth Clampett is a 21st century woman, aspiring to be Wonder Woman…now if she could only find her cape and magic lasso. Meanwhile she’s juggling motherhood, a full-time job running her own art business, and writing romance late at night. Travel is her second obsession after writing, and it’s enabled her to meet reader and writer friends all over the world. She’s happily frazzled, and wouldn’t change a thing about her crazy life.

The rooms in her home are all painted different colors and her books are equally varied, infusing humor, drama, and passion into the romantic lives of strong heroines and heroes and their worthy and determined counterparts.

Ruth has published eight books: Animate Me, Mr. 365, the Work of Art Trilogy, WET, BURN and Unforgiven. She grew up and still happily resides in Los Angeles, and is heavily supervised by her teenage daughter, lovingly referred to as Snarky, who loves traveling with her mom with a sketchbook in hand.

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1,335 reviews385 followers
March 2, 2015

**The Masterpiece generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**

4 Max Caswell Stars

The Work of Art Series has been an emotional roller coaster ride of emotions while Max and Ava sort out their feelings, learning how to love to each other. Ruth Clampett once again delivers a satisfying book rooted in the dog-eat-dog world of art and entertainment. The characters she writes provide depth and layers to her stories.

I've been a fan of Max and Ava from their very first, impromptu dinner together. The push/pull of their relationship sometimes didn't connect with me. But in The Masterpiece I really felt substantial growth from both these characters, Max especially. His vulnerabilities still exposed, Max learns to cope with the exposures maturely in order to get the girl he really wants.

The secondary cast of characters really works for me too, here. They're always there when the tension needs cut. But it's really all about Max and Ava. There were parts of this story that didn't feel natural, at points I got a little bit bored but never enough to detract from discovering where these two end.

I really enjoyed this series from Ruth Clampett and definitely recommend for NA lovers.
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737 reviews203 followers
March 4, 2015
Review: Jo Rushton 4.5 Stars

"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free."- Michelangelo
This was one of those books that left me with a lovely warm fuzzy feeling in my heart. I couldn't help the long sigh that escaped me once I had reached the very end. Max and Ava's journey has not been an easy one so to finally get to the last page with a big cheesy grin on my face was such a relief!
With every touch and whisper, he shows me his love over and over. In moments like this, we're in our own universe, stars shining brightly no matter how dark and uncertain the night sky.
Both Max and Ava have had a huge amount of obstacles to contend with throughout this series and in this final part of the story, the drama continued. Don't expect this book to be all sunshine and happiness because it most definitely wasn't. There was no way that this passionate couple would achieve their happy ever after without a lot of hard work.
"We're terribly broken and I'm not sure how to repair the damage."

As Max and Ava battled through their many problems they were forced to learn a lot of lessons along the way. This beautiful couple remained determined that their relationship could survive anything. During some parts of the story, I did feel that Max and Ava had so much thrown at them that I began to doubt their ability to continue as a couple. The pair faced every challenge imaginable and there were times that I began to worry if Max and Ava would ever reach their fairy tale ending.
"If you push me away, it's going to ruin us."

Throughout this concluding part I realised time and time again how much Max and Ava have grown and how much stronger they have become, especially as I reached the last few chapters of the story. At the beginning of this series, I quickly learned that Max was a tortured soul and I think there will always be part of him that will struggle to deal with certain situations but in this book, he truly began to deal with his emotions. With Ava by his side, Max knew he had a reason to battle his demons. Max longed for a happy future with Ava and he knew what he had to do to achieve that future.
"Well, we may have been a soap opera, but now I'd like to think we are more like a fairy tale"
"Does that mean we'll have a happily ever after?"
"That's my plan. I hope so. I want to."

I'm not saying that Max found his journey an easy one. There were occasions in the book where I could see that Max was beginning to unravel and my heart broke for him during those scenes. In those moments it reminded me that Max still had a long way to go. Despite his many emotional problems, Max could be the most romantic guy on the planet. He made it so easy for anyone to fall in love with him and I could understand why Ava refused to give up on him. Max truly cherished Ava. He treated her so lovingly and showed what a romantic guy he could be with the right woman. Max made me swoon!

Ava has also made a lot of progress in this concluding story. I have so much admiration for the strength and courage she continuously displayed. Ava was adamant that she was going to be with Max forever and nothing was going to get in the way of their happy ending. Over the course of this story Ava had always struggled with Max's melt downs however in this book I really saw a difference in how she coped with Max and how she has learned the best way to deal with his emotional outbursts. Ava understood Max and showed so much patience with his many issues. I could finally see a bright future for the couple.
"I'm in love with you Max. Madly, rabidly, ferociously in love with you, and no one messes with that."

I have always loved Max and Ava together but it was in this story that they truly began to shine as a couple. I firmly believe that Max and Ava were meant to be. They were soul mates in every sense of the word and I was rooting for the pair every step of the way. They deserved a happy future together and I kept everything crossed that they got one.
"For the first time in this messed up, exhilarating and emotionally terrifying drama, I feel certain we'll make it through. There's no other choice."

Once again, Ruth has delivered another enjoyable addition to a brilliant series. I absolutely love Ruth's style of writing. She truly has a beautiful way with words. There was a part in the story where I found that the pace began to slow down a little but it soon picked up again and I found myself hooked. If you are a fan of this series I am certain that you will not be disappointed. I loved it and I was so happy that Ruth made the decision to write an epilogue because I adored it. For me, this finished the series perfectly and I couldn't have wished for a better ending for Max and Ava. If the epilogue does not leave you feeling all giddy with happiness then I will eat my hat! lol!!
"Together we are one, full of hope and love, brimming with the sweetest promise for what our future holds."

"The Masterpiece" gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️.5 from me!
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962 reviews37 followers
December 25, 2015

What a journey. This series is too emotional, too intense and it will just double your feelings.
The passion between Ava and Max was unstoppable since day one. They held on to it till the end.
I am proud of Max. He is the hero, this is his success story. Ava is truly an angel, his guardian angel.
They needed each other to go through life with it ups and downs.
Ava was so damn strong. She had so much faith inside, it was enough for both of them.
They both were two large balls of feelings that was ready to burst.
I loved Cas's role in this part. Smart Ava.
Travis and Chloe just need to rot in hell.
Jess was their little fiesty savior this part.
I missed Riley a lot though.
At times I got bored through the book but I just couldn't put it down. They are addictive.
Lizzie is a sweet bonus.
I can't say this series was a breath of fresh air, it was tiring and sometimes just over the top.
But its truly a work of art!!
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278 reviews35 followers
March 13, 2015
My 5 Star Simply Splendid Review

So we have come to the end of the story of Max and Ava. A story filled to capacity with bumps, pitfalls, trauma, drama, and an emotional rollercoaster I thought would never end.

But it was also a story filled to the brim with unbridled love and passion.

And some seriously scorching heat and smexiness!!

The Inspiration (Work of Art, #1) we met these two crazy love birds, a story filled with passion as well as the unraveling of broken spirits.

In The Unveiling (Work of Art, #2), we followed Max and Ava as they found themselves again in each other taking steps together towards building their lives and relationship.

And finally in The Masterpiece (Work of Art #3), we have Max and Ava completely together as they take their journey in love, life, and the building of their dreams.

I loved how both Max and Ava grew in this story.

Max, so broken and mistrustful, learns how to really love, how to trust, how to forgive, and most of all, how to love himself.

Ava, she was a huge wow factor for me. Her strength and faith in Max was unyielding.

And even though there were some missteps and drama, I'll give you one hint - TRAVIS, because this is an author who loves the rollercoaster, Ava was still able to stay strong, help and guide Max, bring a family back together, and most of all, learn the true meaning of love and how her love of Max and his love of Ava just conquers all.

A true romance.

And the epilogue...

I love an epilogue and Ruth Clampett gave an amazingly sweet look in to the future of Max and Ava, winding everything up very nicely...complete perfection.

The Work of Art series has definitely earned a place in my heart and is a favorite series read for 2015.
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637 reviews19 followers
March 2, 2015
Ruth Clampett delivers the final book in the Work of Art trilogy with this book and for this reader, I think it’s my favourite of the three. This is a powerful conclusion to a series that swept in and found a place on my keeper shelf.

The story picks up directly after the gasp inducing ending of book two and we finally get to find out who sent that text. That marks the start of the roller coaster of emotions and drama that is this book.

Ava, if I didn’t already love her, I would after this. She shone throughout the whole book, even in her dark times. It was fantastic to see her star on the rise, even if it lead to some bleak moments with Max. But that’s love right, never smooth sailing?

So much happens in this book that you could be forgiven for thinking it’s a much larger book. 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.

“Of course you’re worth fighting for. Just tell me what to fight and I’ll beat it down, blow by blow. But this is intangible, like I’m fighting shadows. You know how I get Ava, no matter how hard I struggle.”

I’m not going to give too much away, this is a book that if you read the previous two books 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 book 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.

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.
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970 reviews66 followers
March 17, 2015
Stars: 4.5

Overall: This story picks up where the last one left off. Ava's career is starting to take off and things are going really well between Ava and Max. Ava gets a job opportunity of a lifetime and Max goes in a downward spiral and everyone around him try to get him back track, but it takes desperate measures to get his ass back on track. After this point there is an ex that show back up and tries to ruin things, Ava has a producer that doesn't want her with Max and Max himself almost sabotages his own relationship. In the end, Max decides to take a leap of faith and it's one he didn't regret. He got a great future with the woman he loves and also an extra bonus surprise, that you'll just have to read about to find out.

Pros: My favorite part of this story was the very end, when everything came full circle and they got their HEA. I think it was one of the best ending of a story that I've read in a long while. I also really liked that Ava went the extreme to try and make everything work in her life and she went above and beyond to try to take care of max and reassure him that she really loved him. It was an awesome move when she called his father in to make things right and help Max see the light and heal.

Cons: My only problem with his whole series was Max's mood swings and how well Ava dealt with them. I felt that sometime she was dealing with a toddler and not a man and what woman wants to deal with that, truthfully. Other than that I really enjoyed the book.

Characters: Max & Ava

Page Turner: YES!!

Series Cont: No, but I wish it did!

Recommend: YES! I Highly Recommend this Book & Series!
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117 reviews12 followers
April 6, 2015
Ruth Clampett has done it again.

The final book of the scintillating Work of Art trilogy, The Revelation, lives up to expectations.

The Revelation cannot be read as a stand alone book. The understanding of the story's nuances and references rely on the reader's knowledge of past events.

Ava us presented with an opportunity that would cement her standing in the art world. As enticing as the opportunity may be, it comes with a major sacrifice. As she contemplates her options, Max's past comes back to haunt them, and she is pretty determined to win Max back.

Will Max and Ava's fledgling andThe Rev fragile relationship with the tempestuous and possessive artist, Max Caswell, be sacrificed for success?

Work of Art III: The Masterpiece is all about Ava. From a naive, insecure, and starry-eyed novice writer at the start of the series, she transforms to a strong, savvy, and sought after personality in the art world.

The opportunity to make her dent in the art world presents itself to Ava, but it calls for some sacrifices from both Ava and Max. The return of someone from Max's past who is determined to get him back compounds an already pressure-cooker situation.

I don't know where Ava draws her strength from, but she deals with all the complex situations she is faced with determination, understanding, and humility.

Work of Art III: The Masterpiece is a fitting end to this enthralling trilogy. The epilog ties this trilogy with a nice little bow and leaves Ruth Clampett's readers feeling satisfied, settled, and content.

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925 reviews12 followers
February 24, 2015
I just finished on 2/5 (5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) I didn't think I could love this
book more than the other two, it is a beautiful finish to Max & Ava's
story. I loved the fact that they both realized that each had issues &
were able to work through them. They supported one another and with the
help of family and friends they made it through the rough times. Even
though I was not ready to say goodbye to Max & Ava but you answered all
my thoughts & questions about their future. I loved the quotes that came
at the beginning of each chapter, and the passion you gave to the art &
artist in the now & the masters that came before them. Thank you for
sharing this with me
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755 reviews108 followers
November 20, 2016
Perfect round up for this lovely and intriguing series!
All three books are a damn rollercoster. Mostly I enjoyed reading the story. However, sometimes I got really annoyed with Ava and Max but with their progress dealing with things and working it out it got less and less. Guess after the lovely epilouge, I will miss Ava and Max pretty much, as they totally occupied my thoughts and feelings over the last few days.

"Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today. ~ James Dean"
72 reviews3 followers
February 23, 2015
I absolutely loved this third book in the Work of Art series. The story really spans the times that challenge relationships and the attention to details really added to the story. Thank you for an awesome third book it definitely was a pleasure to read and re-read!
*An ARC was given for an honest review
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569 reviews22 followers
April 1, 2015
I enjoyed this story very much. Learned a lot about the art world along the way too.

Great conclusion to an intriguing story about a troubled artist.

This is not a stand alone and needs to be read in order.
39 reviews
May 28, 2017
This book was a recap of the other two. Nothing new didn't really ever happen. I was quit disapponted. The second book ended with a cliffhanger, but that was sorted out in about 10 pages of book Three. So there was never a really cliffhanger!!!

I did thow enjoy the caracters and how the author described them.
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Author 4 books130 followers
August 22, 2021
What a fantastic conclusion to Ava and Max's story! Through all their ups and downs, Max has grown, and maybe learned a little about trust as well. I thoroughly enjoyed this look into the art world through Ava and Max's eyes!
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220 reviews4 followers
August 11, 2019
I'm so in loooove with this trilogy! I love how the characters have their own issues and it's not like typical any book I usually read! What a hell of a ride, I really enjoyed this book ♥
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6,442 reviews160 followers
March 5, 2015
4.5 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date March 2, 2015

Has Max, the bad boy of the art world 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.


REVIEW: THE MASTERPIECE is the third and final installment in Ruth Clampett’s adult, contemporary Work of Art romance series focusing on troubled and tormented L.A. artist Max Caswell and art graduate/writer Ava Jacobs. Because THE MASTERPIECE is the final installment in the three part trilogy the novel should not be read as a stand alone: too much backstory and history is missing to enable a complete understanding of the premise.

The focus of THE MASTERPIECE finds our couple at a crossroads. Ava has been offered a prestigious position in New York and Max’s emotional sanity is unable to handle the potential separation and threat to their relationship. Max has never handled the New York lifestyle very well and in this he sees only darkness at the end of the day. As our couple try to get a handle on what it is they both want, Max’s past comes back with a vengeance letting them both know that there will be no stopping until she gets what she wants-and she wants Max back in her life. Betrayal, jealousy and resentment are the leading factors in Max’s continuous emotional spiral.

Max is a man so possessed by his need for Ava that even the slightest hint of acknowledgement from other men sets our hero on a crash course straight to h*ll. Max is a tortured soul, whose demons are dark, and ride too close to the surface; there are many times when Max loses control and everyone suffers from the resulting meltdown. His need to run is always a moment away; his fragile self esteem is in constant need of reaffirmation and reassurance that the woman whom he loves, loves him in return. Their relationship is intense, passionate, destructive and profound. Max’s impassioned and emotional personality would suck the life out of most people within a matter of days. His responses are extreme, angst ridden and full of self doubt.

Ruth Clampett spotlights the dysfunctional and emotional behavior of an artiste whose life is centered on perfection in an imperfect world. The hero’s intense, enigmatic and dark psyche is in complete contrast beautiful and moving images he paints and explores. If one could paint with pain, the images would bleed from the mind and the soul.

The epilogue fast forwards the storyline and series approximately seven years where we get a glimpse into the future; Max and Ava’s life; and the life of the people they hold close to their hearts.

THE MASTERPIECE and the Work of Art is a phenomenal series; a psychological nightmare of one man’s obsession with his art and the woman that he loves; the demons from his past; the darkness that controls his mind. Ruth Clampett’s style of writing is seductive, dramatic and a little bit addicting. You are always on the edge of your seat wondering what her characters are going to do next. Her characters are brilliantly written; compelling; and not without many faults and failings.

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1,378 reviews78 followers
January 16, 2016
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.

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385 reviews11 followers
March 30, 2015
**I received an ebook ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review**

I’m so sad to write this review! Not because I didn’t like the book (I LOVED it!!!!!!!!!), but because this means there’s no more Max and Ava, and that is a very sad thing indeed.

Ruth Clampett has truly outdone herself with this series, and the final installment is absolutely amazing and written just perfectly! Max and Ava’s relationship continues to progress in this book. Even though we see bits and pieces of the vulnerable, sometimes-angry and haunted Max that we know is there, we also see sides of him that are completely new and foreign and … well, completely swoon-worthy as well.

Things seem to be going well for the couple when Ava gets this amazing job opportunity that’s virtually impossible for her to pass up. The one catch is that this job has the potential to take her away from Max—physically—for a long period of time. The news makes Max crazy, and what we see is these two trying to make things work, stumbling and falling along the path that Clampett so delicately paved for them, learning how to love and be loved, and essentially growing up into their relationship and realizing just how deep it truly can be.

As I’ve mentioned in each review for this series, Clampett’s writing is beautiful. I love the way she likens various moments and scenes in the book to different works of art. I love how she knows the details of the museums and the locations and the scenery. I love how she takes these two all over the world; to places they’ve never been, both physically and emotionally.

I read straight through this book in just a few days, as I did with its predecessors. I literally couldn’t put it down, couldn’t bear to part with these characters for more than a few hours at a time before I found myself craving more of them and their incredible story.

Max is so beautifully broken, and I loved how he was given a chance to really heal himself in this book, and how he was subjected to some pretty serious obstacles. Ava is amazing. She’s strong, confident, and I felt like while this book was certainly about the love that she and Max shared, it was also almost like her book in the sense that she really got a chance to shine in this portion of the story.

This was the perfect conclusion to an already perfect story. Everything made sense and I loved the ending that Clampett gave to this cast of characters.

Clampett has certainly earned herself a spot on my list of top five favorite authors, and the Work of Art trilogy will forever be one of my favorite book series. I cannot wait to see what this talented and amazing woman has in store for us next. Hopefully that brilliant brain of hers is already spinning, concocting the next book—or series of books—that will blow our minds and take our breath away.

Five big, bold stars to this read.
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5 reviews2 followers
March 2, 2015
Truly a masterpiece. Of course, I clamored for Work of Art - Book 3, the moment I finished reading The Unveiling. The dynamics revolving around Max and Ava are so varied, strong and challenging that I wanted to know more! Indeed, Book 3 laid them out. As in her other books, Ruth Clampett weaves stories as real, fun and engaging as they can be - glimpses in the world of art, and the characteristics that make artists so creative and unpredictable. Intriguing hosts of colleague and friends, and then there is Max(!), a force to be reckoned with. My gosh, the rush of emotions, sometimes it's calm but mostly, mind-boggling - giving me whiplash! There's no sugar-coating for a protagonist who has some shadow of a medical condition. I feel the pressure myself, of what is going to happen next. Anxious at times. I do have utmost respect for Ava's strong character and undeterred resolve not to let things get in the way and keep the fire and connection going. It’s symphonic almost – the overture, prelude, the movements and finale. Lyrical. Then I get to enjoy the story's backdrop where the love between Max and Ava is showcased. It seems that we all enjoy the same scenic places and events, and I feel ownership because of the journey: every bit in Barcelona and Paris (Santa Fe, too) brought tender memories/experiences I enjoyed so much. And Ava is clever, funny, fun and sensual. Ruth Clampett's women are intelligent, sensible and strong – always to be celebrated! The Work of Art trilogy is truly a mesmerizing, beautiful love and life story!
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48 reviews10 followers
September 6, 2015
Ruth's Masterpiece is complete! The Work of Art Series is a must read for me and the third book in the series truly completes this journey. Ruth is a dear friend and her stories are so inspiring. Again I can visualize her words in technicolor and am inspired to find the images she invokes in her writing. All of her books are artistically based from her roots in art and this story is truly special to me. Max is amazing and I love seeing his redemptive transformation through this series. I'm a Early Intervention Specialist in real life, so seeing a special kid that grows up as an artistic genius with social differences, I hope my kidos find happiness in their life as he has in his through his art and his love for Ava. Max and Ava continue to work through their relationship and find a road to forever. I wish it went on and on!

"You are more, Ava,” he growls. “Yes,” I chant as I tug his hair so his head arches back and our wild eyes...His expression is fiery and the hard raw fierceness of us is just what he needs right now too. When I feel the rumbling deep inside...I hope he understands that for me, it’s him. It will always be him. Right before his final thrust, he pauses and presses his lips to my ear. “You’re all I want, Ava, you’re everything.” And that is all I need."

Sigh :-)

Together Ruth and I have put together a pinterest board and will be releasing more pins. let's see if goodreads allows this (take out the spaces)

https : / / www . pinterest . com / elliiris / the-work-of-art-trilogy-book-1-the-inspiration-by- /

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11 reviews3 followers
March 30, 2015
Reading the last lines of The Masterpiece, the final in the Work of Art Trilogy, was a bittersweet moment for this FicSister…Max and Ava’s story is complete, but it’s hard to let them go.

The Masterpiece picks up where The Unveiling left off, and even though Max and Ava are now together, the road for their journey ahead is by no means smooth. The couple are about to face their biggest challenges yet.

Throughout the Trilogy, you get to really know Max and Ava, but better yet, you’ll fall in love with them and wonderful thing is, you fall in love not because they are perfect, but because of their awe-inspiring love, determination to be together and how they deal with the roadblocks others cast in their way. *whispers* Max does tend to deal with things with quite the dramatic flair…he is an artist, after all!

I have to share with you an excerpt that is from The Unveiling that spoke volumes to me:

"My heart soars at the idea that we can be more together than we are alone."

Well said, Ava. Well said. For me, this is the definition of the deepest of loves, which Max and Ava are the epitome of.

Ruth Clampett has outdone herself yet again, her talent for creating wonderful characters with fascinating stories is second-to-none. Ruth, we salute you!

The Masterpiece is now available for pre-order and the publishing date is 2nd March. Do yourselves a favour, dear readers, and experience Ava and Max’s story.
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1,849 reviews119 followers
March 1, 2015
5 stars

The Masterpiece was such a good read, loved the final installment from the Work of Art trilogy.

I truly loved this book and series, Max and Ava have such a deep love and passionate connection, so many feels...

In the final book The Masterpiece we see both Max and Ava working through their issues with each others support and understanding. They grow stronger both as a couple and within themselves.


The ending left me with a heart full of love and I couldn't have asked for a better way to end this very emotional and heartfelt read.


I highly recommend the Work of Art series, this beautifully written love story will touch you and you too will find a special place in your heart for Max and Ava.


**I received an advance copy from the author in exchange for my honest thoughts**

Profile Image for Liz Donatelli.
293 reviews12 followers
March 2, 2015
I'm going to miss Max & Ava!

Ruth Clampett's THE MASTERPIECE, the final installment in the WORK OF ART trilogy, depicts the perfect love of an imperfect couple in a manner that is inspiring and hopeful, but grounded in honest reality. The story picks up at the exact moment when WORK OF ART: THE UNVEILING ends. (It's best to read WORK OF ART: THE INSPIRATION and WORK OF ART: THE UNVEILING before reading THE MASTERPIECE.) Max, the "possessive moody boy," and Ava, "the obsessive insecure girl," are faced by the challenges created by Ava's new job, as well by the drama caused by an unwelcome surprise from Max's tumultuous past.

Clampett again delivers gorgeous imagery, profoundly beautiful prose and an exciting glimpse into the drama and glamour of the art world. She crafts character arcs for both Max and Ava that are wonderfully satisfying to fans, like myself, who have been rooting for the couple since book one. Aside from Max and Ava, I was happy to see that Clampett developed Max Sr. and explored his relationship with Max more fully. And, of course, I loved spending more time with Ava's spunky, artist/"bestie," Jesse.

Although I'm sad to see the WORK OF ART series comes to an end, I look forward to future novels by romance author Ruth Clampett.

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58 reviews13 followers
March 3, 2015
Max and Ava are back, and we finally find out who sent that darn text!

Book three is here, and I must admit, I didn't want the Work of Art series to end.

Don't you sometimes wish you can go back and reread a book or series, for the first time again? That's how I feel with the Work of Art series. I want to stay in this art world!

Now, let's talk about Max and Ava... Max is so swoon worthy! Does he have his faults? Of course! Everyone has their own type of personal problems. But what makes this book so amazing, is Ava's understanding of Max and his all-over-the-place emotions. Ava at times placates Max, but boy can Ava hold her own! You go, girl!

Ruth Clampett never disappoints with her characters! The love Ava and Max have for each other shines through the pages.

And the epilogue! I didn't want to read it, knowing this was going to end my journey with Max and Ava, but once I did, I was very satisfied with the end of their story.

I give Work of Art - The Masterpiece 5-stars!
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106 reviews8 followers
March 3, 2015
Max and Ava are back, and we finally find out who sent that darn text!

Book three is here, and I must admit, I didn't want the Work of Art series to end.

Don't you sometimes wish you can go back and reread a book or series, for the first time again? That's how I feel with the Work of Art series. I want to stay in this art world!

Now, let's talk about Max and Ava... Max is so swoon worthy! Does he have his faults? Of course! Everyone has their own type of personal problems. But what makes this book so amazing, is Ava's understanding of Max and his all-over-the-place emotions. Ava at times placates Max, but boy can Ava hold her own! You go, girl!

Ruth Clampett never disappoints with her characters! The love Ava and Max have for each other shines through the pages.

And the epilogue! I didn't want to read it, knowing this was going to end my journey with Max and Ava, but once I did, I was very satisfied with the end of their story.

I give Work of Art - The Masterpiece 5-stars!
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96 reviews
April 2, 2015
**Work of Art Series generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**

Has Max, the bad boy of the art world 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.

Well done Ruth, well done. Amazing end to this trilogy that I received as an ARC by the Author. I was so glad to see Max and Ava grow together and that epilogue was the icing on the cake!! I really enjoyed this series!
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135 reviews
May 9, 2015
Cannot love this enough

I adore this series, and this final installment is the best of the bunch! The dramatic tension is perfectly done. The cast of characters and unique art-world setting is fantastic - unique and interesting and intriguing. Max is an intense, volatile artist with bipolar disorder; his love Ava faces a rapidly blooming successful career in art journalism that threatens to tear them apart. The push-pull of their love is keenly and brilliantly written; what makes the story for me is the full cast of characters - family, friends, work partners, that make this story so deeply rich. The love of Max and Ava is truly extraordinary, and Ruth writes about the sights, sounds, smells and atmosphere of the world of an artist with a wonderfully immersive style. I was lost in the story. Ruth Clampett rocks!
Profile Image for Tasha Munyon.
166 reviews
March 2, 2015
An ARC was generously provided for an honest review.

I'm seriously going to miss these 2 kids. I have been reading this book very slowly because I didn't want it to end. This is an amazing series about young love and working through the good times and the bad. I loved reading this series and seeing their characters develop. You can tell she puts her heart and soul into these books. She describes the different locations in the book to a T. She makes you feel like you are actually there looking through the characters eyes. This series needs to be on your To Be Read List ASAP. You won't be disappointed.

I am honored to call Ruth a friend and I am so proud of her for creating this wonderful trilogy.
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22 reviews3 followers
March 8, 2015
Max,you own my heart....
Ok,the last book in the trilogy and I'm so sad to see the story of Max and Ava end. It's been a wonderful journey,with bumps and humps (pardon the pun!) along the way.
Max,full of passion for his Art and life yet prone to run when he feels overwhelmed, Ava whose life is about to become a roller coaster ride of work and play. Together they 'spark',apart they yearn... I shall surely miss them both..
Ruth writes with such feeling and passion that the reader gets completely immersed in the story.
Work of Art trilogy is a series I highly recommend. (My friends are getting gifted this series from me as their birthdays come round!)
If you enjoy a darn good story then this is the trilogy for you.

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