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REVIEW: “Ruin Porn” by S.J.D Peterson & S.A McAuley

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There is underlying beauty in destruction….

Miah Thade, Finn Reese, and Ritchie Meyer are Resonator, an indie rock band with an edge—best friends turned rock stars, known as the Detroit 3. When Evin Rene appears in their life none of them can deny he belongs with Rez.

They may have named their first album Ruin Porn because people get off on seeing how Detroit went from deeply loved to thoroughly forsaken, but they’re determined to prove that blight isn’t the entire story and blight isn’t always ugly.

Ritchie, Miah, Finn, and Evin take Resonator to a level no one anticipates. But no prosperity comes without sacrifice, and no secret stays hidden without a trail of lies. As Rez’s fame grows, so does the intensity between two of its members…as well as their potential for destruction.

Evin and Finn are about to discover the underlying beauty in their ruin porn

BOOK INFO:

ruin pornTitle: Ruin Porn

Author: SJD Peterson & SA McAuley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 255
Release Date: August, 28, 2015
Purchase Links: Amazon, Dreamspinners

REVIEW:

Musicians…

Hot, sexy, watch-me-as-I-come-undone-while-playing-these-strings-musicians. Hint: watch out for a hot guitar banter on stage between Finn and Evin. Anyone who tells me that music can’t be like making love needs to read this.

Resonator is a band conformed by Miah, Ritchie and Finn. They are going to play a concert, so they decide to get a new opening band. Kevin is part of that opening band, and after things go awry with said band, Miah, one of the Resonator guys goes for it and invites Kevin to be part of Resonator.

And so, Kevin becomes Evin.

Evin becomes the new bass player of Resonator.

Evin develops a hard crush on Finn.

Finn develops a hard crush on Evin.

Yet, things don’t go smoothly. Not quite.

Because then there’s Ritchie.

And then there’s the contract.

And then there’s… Miah.

And then there’s stubborness… Gah!

The story is told from four different POV. In the beginning I was… confused. I honestly didn’t think it was necessary to jump back and forth between four heads, but in the end it did work for me. I still think it wasn’t necessary, but yes, things read well from my kindle. And that is really a good thing. This approach could’ve been very messy, and yet, the authors found a way to make it work.

This is M/M Romance, but the thing here is that it is quite unconventional. The way the MC’s actually fall for each other is not something that you’d typically read in M/M Romance. This is, threeways – yes, indeed, hot sex between three people. This was confusing for a couple of reasons. For starters, in the beginning it all seemed a bit blurry. I knew who the main couple were, but the way the thoughts of all of the three men involved (Evin, Ritchie and Finn) flowed, seemed too equal, too balanced. There seemed to be the same amount of affection and attraction between all three of them, and if I’m fairly honest, I wouldn’t have minded if this had become a throuple story.. Go figure! I normally avoid those, and here I was craving it! Ha!…

But the throuple didn’t happen, and as the story went by, the lines that seemed blurry in the beginning started to become more defined, and I started to see where one affection ended and the other started. I started to see the differences, and I started to read more into the MC’s, and their bandmates.

One of the things that stood out more about this book was that while the focus was actually Finn and Evin, in the end the other two bandmates, Miah and Ritchie, got a lot of on page time. I got to know them. You get to read stories about they childhood and how the three original bandmates grew up together. It was actually heartwarming, in a way, to see how the three of them were each others’ rocks, and how they kept each other sane for most of the way. It was lovely to read that Evin was that lost piece that finally came into the picture and made everything fall into place… Literally. These men are four parts of the same whole, both musically-wise, and emotionally-wise. I thought this was a brilliant approach, and that this was what made this book so unique. Most books that you read about bands and musicians have a very strong focus on the main couple, to the point where the reader forget that there is a band. I think this captures perfectly my very peculiar idea of bands in general – which is, people that complete and complement each other in every sense of the word.

So, yes. This is a story about hot rockstars that fall in love with each other. This is a story of three childhood friends that chased their dreams and made it big. This is a story of an industry that despite it all, is still quite a homophobic one. This is a story of having to pretend. Constantly. Of having to learn how to lie. And of learning, later on, that that only will fuck up what you want and love the most. This books gives you a glimpse of the ugliness that it can be to be in the spotlight all the time and having to pretend to be someone who you aren’t to the point where you get lost in the middle of that mirage,  of those expectations. It shows you both the good side, and the very ugly side of fame. It also shows you the blessing of having the chance to share that with the people that you love the most, and that love you just as hard.

There were a couple of things that didn’t quite work for me. When it was clear enough that Finn and Evin were deeply attracted to each other, I was supposed to see a sort of undying love that I struggled to see. I could absolutely read the sexual chemistry, and the hot attraction. I could see that there was deep affection, but sometimes (not always) I failed to see that deep love. Because of this reason, when the book was wrapped up, and the boys were finally together, it felt like putting a band-aid on an ugly wound. What they said to each other was beautiful, though, and we do get a sort of happily ever after, and the band as a whole seems to be getting there too. I really want to know what happens next… All. The. Possibilities…

What I did love about the last few chapters was how Miah came to make up for the way he royally fucked up. You see, Miah is kind of an ass… He’s extremely egocentric. He’s a perfectionist. He’s a bit homophobic. But, he’s also the kind of person that would bare his soul to you if he knows he’s hurt you. And he completely did this for Evin. And the way Evin responded was… just.. great. For this reason, and for his troubled soul, Miah grew on me pretty fast. GabyFact #136 – I have a soft spot for lost souls with asshole-ish traits.

There is an interesting subplot going on there, and I can’t wait to read about it… I’m kinda hoping that the authors will focus on that plot in the next book *wink, wink*… If you pay close attention you’ll be able to pick it up before the whole thing is unveiled by the end of the book.

So, all in all, this was a nice read. If you like musicians, then you should totally read this. I bet you are all wondering about the title of the book, though… Wait and read it… It’s a good one. I loved it way too much, actually.

Happy reading! :)

 

 

About Gaby

Mexican. Caffeine addict. Book lover. Early mornings enemy. Wanna be cook.

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