Ruin Porn (Brooklyn’s Review)

Ruin Porn
Title: Ruin Porn
Author: S.A. McAuley & S.J.D. Peterson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 28, 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 252
Reviewed by: Brooklyn
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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.


At first glance, the cover didn’t appeal to me. It didn’t make sense to me. But I’m a fan of S.J.D. Peterson, the blurb was interesting and it’s about hot guys in a rock band, so um, yeah. Then I started reading the book and I thought, wow! During an online QA with fans, the band members explained why they chose Ruin Porn for the title of their first album. And finally the cover of the book made total sense. I get it. And it’s perfect. This is one book you shouldn’t judge by its cover.

Evin (aka Kevin) Rene gets a once in a lifetime offer to join his favorite rock band as one of their guitarists. Of course he doesn’t say no. It doesn’t matter that he joins literally at the start of their concert tour and he now has to live and play with the object of his fanboy crush, Finn Reese.

Almost halfway through the tour, his relationship with Finn takes a turn to something more. But of course, it’s not all hearts and sunshine. The pressures of being in the public eye and having to hide everything causes the dynamic of the group to crack and fall apart. And you are left waiting for the epic crash.

Maybe it was the rock band theme, but I was sucked in by this book. I couldn’t put it down. It starts almost at the end, then brings you up to speed. And the whole time I was waiting on pins and needles to find out how it all went horribly wrong. Miah kept ticking me off with his holier-than-thou attitude. He was a truly egotistical asshole, and I hated how he looked down on the other guys. He somewhat redeemed himself at the end, and the book left some issues open that will make for an amazing second book, that I definitely look forward to.

I absolutely loved this book and these guys. This one has definitely made it to my favorites list.

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Advanced Review Copy

Advanced review copy of Ruin Porn was provided by the Pride Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

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I’ve been reading M/M romance almost exclusively since early 2013. IRL, I’m a software developer, but in my spare time, besides taking care of my daughter, I’m obsessively attached to my Kindle.

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Lisa

I have this one pre-ordered. Can’t wait until release day!

Me too Lisa! I’m usually not big on rockstar characters, but Brooklyn definitely talked me into this one.

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