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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 have had the privileged to read each of Ruth’s books and as much as I love Nathan in Animate Me. Max truly stole the show! I went into this book thinking I was going to get another sweet and quirky love story which is what I’ve come to know and love from Ruth’s books, but this one! It was so different then what I thought it was going to be…

Max is an artist, a painter, and a HOT MESS! He’s moody and cocky, he really knows that his work is the cream of the crop, but along with that come fortune and fame and that’s where he has a difficult time dealing. When he’s with his bevy of art groupies he is a real turn off of epic proportions, but when he’s sincere and caring and showing the emotional side of him very few get to see… Well that side makes you fall in love! His biggest demon is himself. There were moments so emotional in this book that I broke down for Max and wanted to truly give him a big hug.

Ava is a dream, I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE HER! She is strong and she doesn’t take Max’s crap, she just gives it right back to him. Unfortunately as she works through the layers of Max she finds more then she’s bargained for. But even then she remains true to character and doesn’t let him walk all over her… This is going to be an emotional ride for Ava and she knows she has to be strong for Max to endure the rocky road ahead.

I can’t wait to see where this goes in BOOK 2! I can only imagine after the tumultuous ending we aren’t in for a smooth ride anytime soon!






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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.

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