Ruin Porn (Resonator #1) by S.J.D. Peterson and S.A. McAuley (4 Stars)

Interesting take on the life of a rock band.

There are four members of Resonator, and all four shared their story. It was easy to keep track of whose head you were in, and each character had a unique voice. The story focused on how the four guys got along, or more often than not, didn’t get along, while they were on tour for their band. Part of the problem was due to the obnoxious, homophobic personality of Miah, the lead singer. Finn and Evin are trying to develop a relationship, but they have a few obstacles. They struggle with how to share their feelings for each other. They didn’t spend enough time talking to each other to convince me that they belonged together. They didn’t convince each other very well either. It felt like Finn and Evin spent too much time arguing or ignoring each other. They also have Ritchie mixed in the sexual side of their relationship which created even more misunderstandings. We eventually get our HEA for  Finn and Evin, but there were a lot of loose ends for Miah and Ritchie which I’m sure we’ll see played out in the next story.

The writing, characters, and interesting backdrop made this an engaging story, but I would have liked a heavier romantic element.

cover

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.

8 thoughts on “Ruin Porn (Resonator #1) by S.J.D. Peterson and S.A. McAuley (4 Stars)

  1. It’s funny that in life I’m NOT a romantic and yet when I read a novel it’s something I look forward to, so when the romantic side is lacking the whole book somehow falls apart for me. A good example for that would be Adrien English. I think with a better romance story it would have been MUCH better.

  2. I usually need a solid romance to really love a story. There are a few exceptions that I ended up enjoying, but it’s rare. I’ll save the Adrien series for when I don’t need the romance side. Thanks for the warning!

    • Thing is, with Adrien English, while the writing IS superb, so many things are missing. The mystery is a bit “sloppy” or not that hard to guess, and Adrien seems to be stumbling around most of the things that happens and not really do investigative work. As a character he is quite weak. He isn’t “hero” material. He is mostly “cute” I guess. I can’t recommend this series honestly. I wonder how other books by Josh Lanyon are.. if she has something that isn’t about the mystery but the romance.. because she does write really witty I’m just not sure that mystery is the thing I enjoy with her you know? It’s like I LOVED Cut & Run but there too, I don’t think the mystery part was that good. But the romance was amazing.

      • I already bought all of them, so I will read them at some point. I’m not a big mystery fan so I doubt I would notice if it was good or not:-) I loved Cut & Run until the relationship started having problems. I quit reading after that point.

      • and about Cut & run, I agree with you, something “went wrong” along the way. I can’t remember which book it was that was angsty as hell, when they were in New Orleans. I accepted that novel, but sadly it was somehow the beginning of the end with what she did to these two. She should have ended it before. There was no need for the last two books that’s for sure..

      • I might tolerate it better from an author I like, but not THAT much more than an author I haven’t read before. Happened to me with Christina Lee’s new CR series. I finished it BECAUSE it was her, but I still didn’t like it that much and I WON’T read the next one/s

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