Published by Bold Strokes Books on March 19, 2013
Genres: LGBTQ, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Danny Kelly cares only for rock 'n' roll and fast cars. Too bad he's stuck in the capital of country music and he's banned from driving until he turns twenty-one. Plus he likes other boys, a secret that he's vowed to keep until he graduates high school. When his stepdad's new truck roars off on its own, Danny discovers a secret that is endangering cars and drivers across America. It almost kills Danny, too, until he's saved by seventeen-year-old Kevin Clark. Kevin's gay, handsome, and confident, but working with his dad's secret government organization has left him lonely. It's going to take a weekend of car chases, fiery explosions, and country-western singing to save the citizens of Nashville from certain death—but can Danny protect his heart and secrets as well?
This was exactly what I like to read in a lgbtq story intended for a young adult audience. This isn’t for the reader who wants something of a more erotic nature, instead Kings of Ruin is a sci-fi story about Danny and Kevin. Danny is young, turning 16 in this novel, and he has a fake girlfriend, and a rap sheet for joyriding and . Kevin, on the other hand, reminds me a lot of Dean Winchester from Supernatural. His mom died in an accident caused by the Ruins and his dad and him now go out hunting them and Kevin has a lot of doubts about how his father feels about him.
In this book Danny slowly comes to terms with his sexual orientation, helps stop a massive accident from occurring, saves his friends and family a couple times, and falls for Kevin. Kevin starts to doubt a little bit of what he’s been told about the Ruins, saves some people, including Danny, and eventually leaves town. But while some people may complain about this book being a tease (I assume because of the lack of sex) that works perfectly in this case. Let’s not forget that Danny and Kevin are only 16 and 17 years old respectively.
The story was cute and well-paced, and left a lot of questions unanswered in such a way that I’m hoping for a sequel. I want to know more about these Ruins, especially those little guys, and I want to see Kevin and Danny meeting up again in the future.