Ruin Porn (Resonator #1)

Author: S.A. McAuley & SJD Peterson

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 4 stars

Buy Links: DSP and Amazon

Type: Novel in a Series

Received from Publisher

 

Blurb: 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.

 

Review: Kevin Renee is suddenly Evin Renee and he’s in a band he idolizes, Resonator, and going on a European tour as their bassist. The word whirlwind doesn’t seem to cut it. Evin firmly believes he’s just going to have to suffer through his attractions to guitarist Finn Reese. Finn thinks he’s just going to have to suffer through his attractions to Evin. Ritchie notices both guys suffering and lends them a helping hand. All men are aware they can’t tell Miah. Finn and Ritchie know their long time best friend and band mate is angrily homophobic. It doesn’t help the guys all have contracts that assert they need to maintain squeaky clean, heterosexual images for the fans. The need to hide their growing love not only from Miah but damn near from themselves causes extreme levels of resentment to breed amongst the members of Resonator. Miah’s extreme need to control the growth of the band by any means necessary exacerbates an already tense situation. Despite making some of the best music of their lives, the lifelong friendships and barely awake romantic feelings are broken apart. Eventually, people have to admit hard truths about themselves and their mistakes. Someone just has to be the first one to do it.

I didn’t want to look away as Resonator rotted from the inside out. This whole book was ruin porn. Miah seems to have ruined the band, but he was allowed to. He was the force of nature no one bothered to stop. It’s plainly evident Miah has his reasons for being a pretty horrible guy, but he’s a pretty horrible guy and does a lot to ruin Resonator. His own best friends do not trust him enough to be honest with him. And, it appears that was a completely justifiable fear. Miah does a lot of damage. He doesn’t yet understand the depth of the damage he’s done.

Despite being about the relationship of Evin and Finn there were POVs for all four members of Resonator. I kind of liked that and kind of didn’t. I enjoyed the set up of the next book. Or at least what I believe to be the set up of the next book. I hope it’s the set up of the next book. I want a Ritchie and Miah book!! Anyway, I enjoyed that. I felt with four POVs I kept trying to fit the book into the Four Man Band trope. And it didn’t really fit. Trying to make the book fit into a trope it didn’t fit into proved to be distracting to me.

Serious props to this book for portraying the music industry as existing in the age of the internet! Social media is a job to these guys. YouTube can make a career. I like that this was an aspect of this book. An international sensation can start on Soundcloud, and this book reflected that reality. Resonator may have started by playing in Detroit clubs but they didn’t wait around for a record label scout to walk through the door. This made for a very good modern rock and roll love story. I can’t wait for the next one!

One thought on “Ruin Porn (Resonator #1)”

  1. Reblogged this on Books,Coffee & Captured Moments and commented:
    I just finished this book. I enjoyed it. Rock stars are not my usual choice and I picked this for the Joyfully Jay September Reading Challenge (Which I did not get read in time for the event.) Anyway. Faye’s review pretty much sums up my feelings on the book. I liked Finn, Evin and Ritchie. I really did not like Miah but I agree that the next book will probably be his. I have to find out what he does in the next book. (Bites tongue – no spoilers! 🙂

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