Synopsis:Famed artist, Maxfield Caswell is missing.
Three of his major paintings have been savagely defaced and his house left in ruins. As his friends search for him, does his muse, Ava, hold the key?
Before the hope of love is lost, secrets will be told, spirits will be broken, and a price will be paid.
From the cave dwellings of New Mexico to the shores of Malibu, Max and Ava’s journey tests them to their limits. As they render passion and pain in broad strokes, will their all-consuming love rise from the debris?
On the way to my car, he stops me. “Ava, I need to say something.”
He pauses on the walkway, looks down and kicks a pebble toward
“I know that as much I’d like to…I can’t ask you not to see
What? I glance up at him with my head tipped to the side.
He’s twisting his hands together as I wait for him to continue. He
finally looks me square in the eyes.
“…But, will you do me a favor? Don’t fall in love with him.”
I arch my brow. “Did you really just ask me that?” Should I tell him
there’s little to no chance of my falling in love with Jonathan now?
He gets a devilish look in his eyes as he holds up his hands in surrender.
“I know, I know…I just don’t want you to get involved with
him on the rebound.”
I put my hands on my hips and arch my brow. “Max, to be on the
rebound you have to have been in a relationship to rebound from.”
He seems to ignore my logic. “Besides, Ava, you could still be really
attracted to me and not know it.”
“Really? I don’t think my attraction to you is in question.”
“Yeah, what if you’re secretly falling in love with me?”
I playfully push him on the shoulder. “You wish!” I tease.
“There’s only one way to know for sure. Don’t you think you should
know before you go out with Jonathan again?”
“One way to know for sure?”
“Yes. Kiss me. I promise I won’t touch you—look, hands free!” He
tucks his hands into his back pockets.
My mouth falls open as I press my thighs together. Just the idea of
being kissed again by Max makes me instantly hot and bothered.
“Just one little kiss,” he says in a low voice.
I can’t believe he’s playing this game with me. But the fire in his eyes
and the sweet smile on his face are more than I can bear. I take a step
toward him. Two can play this game.
“So, if I feel nothing, we’ll agree to be friends—that’s it—no complications.
And I can friggin’ marry Jonathan if I so choose.”
He makes a sour face, but nods anyway.
I bite my lip as I look into his eyes. One kiss, one kiss…I close my
eyes as I edge closer until I can feel the heat shimmering from his skin.
“Oh, Ava,” he whispers, a deep longing in his voice.
His breath on my cheek undoes me, and when our lips meet, they
meld together as if they’d just kissed a moment earlier. We kiss languidly,
sensuously, our tongues meeting in an erotic dance. He gently
bites my bottom lip before I press my lips even harder against his. An
overwhelming current suddenly surges through me, practically knocking
Oh my God! I’m on fire. I run one of my hands along his shoulder
and behind his neck, pulling him closer, while winding my other hand
into his hair and tugging it passionately. Our bodies are pressed together
so tightly I feel as if I’m one with him.
He moans my name over and over as the kiss intensifies. I’m lost in
his sweet mouth, his lips turning me into a traitor to logic and reason.
When I finally pull away to gasp for air, he grins widely, and the
bright-eyed expression on his face is victorious. He gambled big and
Like there was ever a question—he owns me. He probably has all
along; it’s just taken me all this time to figure it out.
He studies me with a spark in his eyes, and he takes a sharp breath.
He takes his hands out of his pockets as if to grab me and never let me go.
My heart’s so full I can’t help but shine with a smile.
I remember we’re taking things slow, so without a word, I hurry to
my car before he can say something to draw me back into his arms. But
even as I flee the charged atmosphere and speed down PCH, I can feel
his joy follow me all the way home.
Well as usual Ruth has knocked it out of the park! I was already smitten with Maxwell and he broody and erratic behavior in Work of Art but in the Unveiling I fell hopelessly in love. Though at the end, I have to say I’m not very happy with him, but this is Max and he is the way he is and I still love him faults and all!
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!
Previous books in the series….
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?
~Each book in this trilogy will be released 8 weeks apart~ Contains mature content