Hot Head by Damon Suede
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: Full Length (316 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Nymphaea
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire...
Since 9/11, Brooklyn firefighter Griff Muir has wrestled with impossible feelings for his best friend and partner at Ladder 181, Dante Anastagio. Unfortunately, Dante is strictly a ladies’ man, and the FDNY isn’t exactly gay-friendly. For ten years, Griff has hidden his heart in a half-life of public heroics and private anguish.
Griff’s caution and Dante’s cockiness make them an unbeatable team. To protect his buddy, there’s nothing Griff wouldn’t do… until a nearly bankrupt Dante proposes the worst possible solution: HotHead.com, a gay porn website where uniformed hunks get down and dirty. And Dante wants them to appear there—together. Griff may have to guard his heart and live out his darkest fantasies on camera. Can he rescue the man he loves without wrecking their careers, their families, or their friendship?
Talk about steamy hot men and lots of emotion! You've got it and more in Hot Head.
This story revolves a great deal around 9-11 and I've got to say it really adds to the story. The work is written in an exuberant, fast-paced manner. I couldn't put it down once I picked it up. Damon Suede writes a great mix of comedy and heart. I felt like I was right there, practically inside Griff's skin as he dealt with his life and feelings.
I'm a fan of the friends-to-lovers sub genre of romance. I love seeing the development and Damon Suede doesn't disappoint. What could be overdone and over the top comes off as realistic. Who hasn't struggled with telling the love of one's life just how one feels? It's palpable in this story.
I have to add there is a lot of Griff's side of the story in this book. He's got a lot to deal with--his past, his treatment by coworkers...his feelings for Dante. I really got to know this character. Now, I will say I wanted to know more about Dante, from his point of view. His portion of the story, not seen through Griff's eyes, was a little quick, but it didn't take away from the overall tale. I mean, this is Griff's struggle to deal with.
And sex? Oh my...I had to find a fan and a cool drink... It was so worth it. Damon Suede's writing really shines when Griff and Dante get horizontal.
If you want a heartwarming story, filled with lots of heat in all sorts of ways, grab a copy of Hot Head