Review: Unforgiven by Ruth Clampett

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Unforgiven, an all-new sexy and emotional M/M love story from Ruth Clampett available now!!

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Unforgiven by Ruth Clampett
Publication Date: March 9th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Would you live a lie to hold onto the one you love?

Dean and Jason are best friends, like brothers since boyhood, now architecture students and college roommates. They’ve always had each other’s back, but when one walks in on the other with another man, everything changes. How do you explain to your best friend that he’s the one you’ve always wanted, that until now your life has been a lie?

Desperation and shame are two dirty words that run through Jason’s veins. He carries the scars from a wayward priest who stole his innocence and left him shattered. Meanwhile for years he’s watched Dean pursuing woman after woman, as his own heart slowly breaks.

When their world blows apart, they learn the powerful bond between them has more fire than either understood. Can two broken souls find the light in their darkness and come together to make a whole, or will sins of the past be forever unforgiven?

My Review

Jason and Dean have been best friends forever, and unbeknownst to Dean, Jason’s been carrying a torch for him for years. But Dean is straight, right? It’s absolutely hopeless. Until Jason gets the shock of his life and everything he though he knew isn’t so concrete anymore. But is it worth risking their friendship to expand their boundaries?

This is an intense read–somewhat grittier than Ruth’s other stories but just as satisfying in the romance department. Five stars.

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He stands frozen, every part of him perfectly still, and then he gasps for air. “Please, Dean, please tell me you aren’t toying with me.”

I press my face into his neck. “I’m not toying with you, man. I don’t know what’s happening to me, but I have all these confusing feelings and my curiosity is through the roof. I’ve been so damn restless lately, and suddenly I have a feeling that if I turn a corner, I might find myself right where I need to be.”

Jason slides his arm along my lower back and curves his fingers around my side, then pulls me closer. “Don’t make me hope for something, and then crush me. I wouldn’t be able to take it. Our friendship means everything to me. It’s why I’m still standing and fighting for a future, when for a long time I wasn’t sure if I deserved one.”

I pull my head back so we can be face to face. It guts me to see so much pain in his eyes. Why the hell didn’t I see all of this before? He’s my best friend, dammit. I should have known he was hurting.

He shakes his head. “I can’t lose you, Dean. I can’t. Tread carefully, man.” His eyes are glazed like he’s fighting back tears.

I take his hand and guide him into my room. “You aren’t going to lose me. Maybe this whole thing of me learning your secrets happened to bring us closer.”

“I want that,” he whispers, and then more softly he murmurs, “I want you.”

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Ruth Clampett, daughter of legendary animation director Bob Clampett, grew up surrounded by artists and animators. A graduate of Art Center College of Design, she has been VP of Design for Warner Brothers Studio Stores and taught photography at UCLA. Today she runs her own studio and as the Fine Art publisher for Warner Brothers Studios has come to know and work with some of the world’s greatest artists in the fields of animation and comics.

Ruth lives and works in Los Angeles, strictly supervised by her teenage daughter, who helps plan their summer around their yearly pilgrimage to the San Diego Comic Con.

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A stroke of beauty

a palette of pain

a rendering of passion

…creating a work of art

 

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?

 

Ava Jacobs is diligently working toward an art career of her own when she’s swept off her feet by the self-destructive artist — creating a world of sensuality and all-consuming love. But will the pain of the past and turmoil of the present make their future uncertain? From desire and mystery to a muse that almost slips away, The Work of Art Collection will be the inspiration that has you breathless for the unveiling of their final masterpiece.

 

This beautifully written love story is finally being released as a collection (complete box set) for the first time and includes new material and extras.

 

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“Max, I realize now I have to live my life with passion and go after exactly what I want.”

“What do you want, Ava?” His eyes search my expression for what’s still unspoken.

I look at him and smile before I hurl myself off the cliff. The anticipation

of the freefall is delicious, because I’m sure of where I’m going to land. I pause to study him for our final moment as two separate people.

Standing before me is my sparking live wire…his mind a verdant forest to endlessly wander. His uncontainable spirit swirls around me, lifting me off the ground. My cheeks are windburned and my heart wildly racing from the sheer force of it.

My gaze travels along his jaw, across his shoulders and down his thighs. I’m desperately hungry, because his body and his beautiful face

are the physical manifestation of everything I’ve ever desired.

My friend, my greatest love…my Max.

He looks at me expectantly.

“You,” I whisper. “I want you.”

           “Oh, Ava.” His voice is heavy with emotion as he steps forward

and pulls me into his powerful arms. All of the longing we’ve suffered

through now defines the surge of passion between us. His hands press

into me as if in prayer.

My next breath catches with a sob, and tears of joy and relief paint

my face. But he gently brushes them away and kisses the salty remains.

           A shade of disbelief and confusion lingers. “You want me?” he whispers,

as if he’s hoping so much to believe me. His lips graze my cheek,

pausing so close to mine. I imagine he wants to breathe in my response,

draw it inside and let it course through him like the blood that keeps

his heart beating.

I grab his arms and shake him, my voice heated and urgent. I’m

desperate to have him understand. “You have to know…I may have

fought it, but you’re all I’ve ever wanted. I don’t want to deny it for

another day, another moment.”

This time he sways, rocks forward, and lifts me into his embrace.

Our kiss is desperate as our hearts join together. I’m drunk with

his taste, my tongue sliding across his, my teeth grazing his bottom lip

before I sink further into him. His passion intoxicates me until I float

out of my body to watch the scene before me.

We’re in a Maxfield Parrish amber-dipped landscape redefining the

cinematic kiss. I imagine we’re near the edge of a cliff with the world

laid out before us. The sun’s about to sink behind the horizon while we

hold onto each other, bracing against the wind of all our past experiences

as they whip past us. It’s a masterpiece. This moment should be

in an elaborately gilded frame hanging in the Louvre.

 

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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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New Release: Wet by Ruth Clampett

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Hi Everyone! My name is Paul and I’m a recovering sex addict…

Paul McNeill loves sex. Good sex. Bad sex. Oral sex. Any kind of sex. You name it; he loves it. But Paul’s biggest passion is his greatest flaw. As a recovering sex addict, he’s been abstaining and managing his addiction for over two years. Now, all he wants is to fall in love and find that certain someone he can settle down with.

But when he finds himself on his knees on Elle Jacoby’s damp lawn, he knows there’s going to be trouble. Elle quickly becomes Paul’s biggest challenge yet. She’s instantly set him ablaze while he begs to be hosed down. As he gets to know her more, the flames burn even hotter.

How can he resist a hot divorcee who’s amped up to have all the fun she’s missed?

Stand-alone story-no cliffhangers. Warning: for mature audiences only.

 

My Review:

This story is so hot that I almost scorched my fingers on the Kindle. Whew! Plus, it’s witty, the plot is strong and I may even have shed a tear.

 

With his father’s input, Paul somehow arrived at the realization that he was addicted to sex and discarded partners far too casually. For two years, he’s remained celibate, looking for a love relationship and hoping for a marriage resembling that of his parents. He even goes to a youth group*cough* recovery program. He’s looking for the house, 2.1 kids, minivan, dog and all.

 

The devil’s obviously out to get him. On a service call to an irrigation system, he meets Elle, a smoking hot, slightly-older divorcee who’s looking to score. The last thing she wants is a commitment. This sends Paul running for his sponsor. And his shower. He ought to run from Elle, but he’s drawn like a moth to the bug zapper. His parents aren’t happy. They even try to set Elle up with his brother. His sponsor wants to drop him. His sister is a meanie. And Elle? She’ll do anything to undermine his determination to behave like a gentleman. Except be his girlfriend.

 

Sigh. What’s Mr. Nice Guy to do? If he doesn’t put out, the girl of his dreams may actually go back on Tinder.

I loved this one. Every woman deserves a Paul. Five stars.

 

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Ruth ClampettRuth 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.

Wet is Ruth’s sixth book, following Animate Me, Mr. 365 and the Work of Art Trilogy. All of her books are part of her L.A. Love Stories Collection, and feature characters inspired by the colorful personalities she’s known in her life. She lives 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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Blog Blast and Review: Work of Art II (The Unveiling) by Ruth Clampett

 

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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?
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On the way to my car, he stops me. “Ava, I need to say something.”
“Yes?”
He pauses on the walkway, looks down and kicks a pebble toward
the lawn.
“I know that as much I’d like to…I can’t ask you not to see
Jonathan…”
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
me over.
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
won.
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.

 MY REVIEW:
 Sigh. I really love these books. And the third one doesn’t come out until FEBRUARY. I want it YESTERDAY.

Rather like a bookish character in a novel, I’m inclined to take Book I (The Inspiration) and Book II (The Unveiling) up in my arms and cuddle them hard. And I’m a bit long in the tooth for that, just so you know.

At the end of the first book, we left Ava, who was somewhat hysterical, wondering where Max might have hie’d off to after his meltdown. And now, we’re plunged right into the mystery Ava must solve: where is Max? To discover that, she has to connect with his friends and family, and that is a fascinating process.

Max is an overwrought, broken-hearted man who is not in control of his life. A man who thinks the sun rises and sets on Ava. It scares her to death. Cue Jonathan, a.k.a. Mr. Smooth. Jonathan boasts that he could make Ava happy, but Ava’s eyes always turn to Max.

There are some characters in this book who seem to want nothing more than to see Max destroyed. Others have personal agendas that don’t support the welfare of their supposed friends. One moment in this book came as a complete shock and all I wanted to do was douse the offender in linseed oil, artists’ medium, maybe some paint, egg and turpentine and light the nasty piece of work on fire (not in a studio of course, out on a trash heap somewhere). Maybe take photos of the result, ya know. Hey, it would be great in a movie.

Kidding. Sorta.

As one might expect, the visual arts are beautifully incorporated into this book. I particularly enjoyed Max’s sketches and paintings of his muse, quotes from Ava’s ‘coffee table book’ about Max and his paintings, and the references to Georgia O’Keefe’s work and the O’Keefe Museum. Anybody with a liking for art is sure to enjoy The Unveiling.

Five stars from me. Now pretty please somebody give me the next book!


 

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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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Tour and Review: Work of Art by Ruth Clampett

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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?

 

MY REVIEW:

I’m not sure how I’m going to make it through two months without reading the next instalment of this story. Ruth Clampett is a world-builder. I was just minding my own business, reading along, getting to know the characters, yada yada, and then Boom! Completely sucked in. And I’m actually a little grumpy because I have to emerge from Ava’s world to post this review.

Being an artist herself, Ruth knows the business, the art methodology and the personalities intimately. Being a consummate writer, she knows how to convey such things to the reader in just the right doses. I love art. I wish I could portray things on canvas the way I’d like to, but the execution always feels awkward to me. But I do know some stuff about it, so I enjoyed every instant of my immersion in Ava and Max’s world. For instance, when printing a seriograph turns into an intimate experience, I was right there. Right there, in Ava’s place.

Ava is a young woman who’s just getting her feet wet in the art world when she stumbles across Maxfield Caswell, a celebrated but tortured, volatile painter. She practically grew up in the business side of the art world and knows exactly what it takes for an artist to make it. And along comes this talented guy who has everything going for him but seemingly shoots himself in the foot at every opportunity. For some reason, Ava takes it upon herself to slap some sense into him. She’s perhaps the only person who’s ever told him ‘no’. And although he is maddeningly moody, naughty and wild, Max begins to respond to this woman who sees that he’s more than the stereotype. To her, he’s a person, not an artist. But he isn’t going to act on his infatuation because he wants a friend. So he shows her his softer side, the guy who likes cheap burger joints, walks in the park and offers a shoulder to lean on.

Every character in this book has layers and layers of paint. Flaws are subtle and impressions of people can change over time. It’s authentic. It fascinates.

Ava’s boss, Jonathan, would very much like to move things beyond the professional with her. He’s smooth. He’s also extremely good at his job, intelligent, attractive and experienced. Ava is tempted to take up with him despite the risk to her career, but there’s more than professionalism holding her back: there’s Max.

Marilyn Monroe once said, “The real lover is the man who can thrill you by kissing your forehead or smiling into your eyes or just staring into space.” While Jonathan might prove a generous lover and stable companion, Ava’s gaze always turns to Max. Max knows it, too. Will he get his life in order so he can love this woman in a constructive way, or will he crash and burn?

The next book can’t come fast enough for me. Five stars.

 

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He takes a step back and pushes his sleeves up his sculpted arms.
My eyes wander up from his bare feet, over his worn jeans, his broad
shoulders and handsome face. He’s over six feet of masculine perfection and distracting in every way. A breeze from the ocean hits him, and he turns his face sideways. The sinking sun backlights his perfect silhouette.
This view of him engulfs me. I feel doused in flames and what I want at this very moment has nothing to do with writing. I’m burning for him. I desperately desire to be up on that deck wrapped around Max with the ocean breeze at my back. I don’t want to be his savior nor his biographer, I just want to consume him, and I hate myself…knowing that doesn’t make me any better than his art groupies.
“Okay, I’ll go to the bookstore!” I say, exasperated.
Max smiles happily and offers a wave as he backs away from the car.
He thinks he’s won, but this game hasn’t even begun.
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Ruth ClampettRuth 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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New Release: Work of Art by Ruth Clampett

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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?

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He takes a step back and pushes his sleeves up his sculpted arms.
My eyes wander up from his bare feet, over his worn jeans, his broad
shoulders and handsome face. He’s over six feet of masculine perfection and distracting in every way. A breeze from the ocean hits him, and he turns his face sideways. The sinking sun backlights his perfect silhouette.
This view of him engulfs me. I feel doused in flames and what I want at this very moment has nothing to do with writing. I’m burning for him. I desperately desire to be up on that deck wrapped around Max with the ocean breeze at my back. I don’t want to be his savior nor his biographer, I just want to consume him, and I hate myself…knowing that doesn’t make me any better than his art groupies.
“Okay, I’ll go to the bookstore!” I say, exasperated.
Max smiles happily and offers a wave as he backs away from the car.
He thinks he’s won, but this game hasn’t even begun.

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We’re a wall of passion, and all the longing and unfulfilled desire now burns brightly between us. It’s overwhelming and stronger than I could’ve imagined…
From this moment on, I’ll never trust my instincts because I completely
Underestimated this man’s attraction to me. I’ve never felt so desirable, so beautiful…so completely wanted in a man’s eyes.
I moan as the room spins, and I try to make sense of what’s happening as I come undone. The room is hazy with the softest highlights and shadows. I wonder if this is a dream. There’s only one way to know for sure. I take a deep breath, take a step to the side, straighten my shirt and slowly turn to face him…

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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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