Title: The Inspiration (Work of Art #1)
Author: Ruth Clampett
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 253 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars
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?
I was asked a few weeks ago by Neda Amini (love her), if I ever read Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard. I told her that I did and that I loved it. She asked me if I would consider reading something similar, and I absolutely said yes. I have never read Ms. Clampett’s work and I am so glad that I took the journey.
We meet Ava Jacobs, an aspiring writing who has been diligently working in the art world surrounded by her surrogate family. Never in a million years would she be defending renowned artist Maxfield Caswell’s work.
Max is immediately taken with Ava and her spunk. You will fall in love with Ava. She is forthright, smart and beautiful. She does not hold anything back. She, too, is taken with Max, but she notices his mood swings. Oh the tortured artist. Ava and Max do develop a friendship, but the sexual tension between these two was on fire!A
Enter Jonathan. Older, good looking man, who has met Ava and he too is VERY taken with her. He can also make her dreams come true. He is a book editor and he wants her to write a table book on Max’s work. Well of course Ava is going to jump at this chance, right!
I kept getting a hot and cold situation with Max. I wasn’t sure what his true feelings were for Ava. He played up the typical dramatic artist if you will a lot. I loved how Ava would not taking any of his crap. Let’s just say the ensuing emails between these two were NO BUENO lol. Here is a quote from Max to Ava:
“Ava, you don’t know how dark things are in my mind. What I am inside…what I can be like.” When you read the book, you will totally get this reference. At times, I just wanted to shake Max.
Did I mention that Mr. Jonathan also has the hots for Ms. Ava? Yup. I was curious how this was all going to work out. Ava is loving all the attention from Jonathon, yet she cannot seem to stop thinking about Max. Something about Jonathan really bugs me though, I can’t put my hand on it. Hopefully book 2, I will probably get my answers.
Oh yeah, that cliffhanger, what a dozy. Before you cut out on this review, you will be happy to know that book 2 is already out and book 3 will be out in March, so don’t get your panties in a bunch.
Let me just also tell you that there is a lot of sexual chemistry going on in this book, not a lot of sexy times. We have all become spoiled with reading a lot of erotica, me included. Yet sometimes, I love reading outside the erotica genre. I will say this is more a contemporary romance type of book. You really should read it. The writing is superb. It did not lag, the storyline at times slowed, but it made the story line so much better. This book evoked so many emotions for me. I did not want to put down even when my eyes were getting tired. As soon as I finished book 1, I started on book 2. You will also adored all the secondary characters in the book, so many people very protective of Ava, you will fall in love with them as well.
*An ARC was provided by Flirty Sub PR for an honest review.