Hot Head

Hot Head

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by Damon Suede
     
 

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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

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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781615819485
Publisher:
Dreamspinner Press
Publication date:
06/17/2011
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
617,660
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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Hot Head 4.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 63 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth the time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story. I have read it a ouple if times in recent days and WOW...just WOW! Great character development. Stayed true to characters throughout. Interestig story arc. Touching. Made me laugh cry cringe and cheer. All in the same book.
DavinciKittie More than 1 year ago
A male/male romance with edge and color - NOT your typical sappy girly love! Some m/m romance is written by female authors for female audiences. That's not the case with Hot Heads. I wouldn't say this novel ONLY targets men but it definitely does not pander to women. The language is crass and both our heroes are about as "guy" as you can get. Bachelor firefighters in New York who spend as much time drinking and partying as they do working, with no one around to temper their behavior for, means uncensored and unrepentant. That said, I really enjoyed this book. I can't say I was in love with Griffin... a) he's a redhead, b) he thinks so poorly of himself that its hard to get past his mental projection of the "meaty giant", and c) he has that classic pale skin that redheads either curse or love. Personally, as a redhead who wishes she had naturally tan skin, I like neither the hair nor skin color on men. OK so that's mostly personal preference, but Griffin really is a sweetheart and loves Dante more than anything. They are an adorable couple when they finally get together. Dante, now, him I liked! Cocky, gregarious, classically beautiful (and naturally tan!), Dante was easily my favorite character. And Italian-American... with the attitude and temper! Fun times. The love scenes are definitely open door, and seriously intense, but they're not gratuitous. This isn't erotica, so we really only get to see the defining moments. The porno shoots (at the Hot Head studios) could have been icky and sleazy by they were surprisingly tender and touching... ah, literally. This book is about a beautiful friendship between two men that blooms into something incredible. I wish we got a longer epilogue to see how more people reacted at the end and whether they ever started a family, but overall I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for a good emotional m/m read that has steamy, explicit sex, but isn't gratuitous.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm former Navy, and I have a buddy in the FDNY. Both gay. This novel blew us away. Accurate lingo. Dead on portrayals of firefighters. Props to Suede for making the two lead firefighters fall in love without schmaltzy crap that rings false. This read like two, real buddies who helplessly find their "bromance" being kicked up a notch. (WAY up.) Nailed Brooklyn. Nailed 9/11. (Respect!) And, of course, our heroes nailed each other. The crazy sexual tension and self-doubt, even after having sex, was perfect. (Been there!) This was my first novel in the genre. Honestly, I can't see it getting much better than this. Two thumbs up... (your ass).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can be really picky, but this was wonderfully written. The characters are realistic. The plot wasn't contrived. Great dialogue. Really awesome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! How about a follow up book about Tommy? Griff and Dante's story was full of passion and lots of drama. The sex was very erotic and off the charts. Please make a book #2.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a must read. The main characters are raw, flawed and believable. This was an emotional love story. Wish there was a book 2.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. Really sweet and hot with a gay-for-you storyline that does not seem tired or worn out. Love the characters and how much they cared about each other. It was very refreshing to see how easy it was for Griff and Dante to simply love each other, even when they were afraid of the consequences. The only issue I had was the heavy use of slang. Sometimes I had no idea what the men were talking about. The slang is probably very regional and east coast; I am not from the east coast.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
READ THIS BOOK!! Best book I've read in a long time! This is the book other books wish they were!!
Mohne More than 1 year ago
Damon Suede is one of those truly rare and exceptionally talented writers who knows how to create characters who are truly unforgettable. Hot Head is one of the top ten books I would take with me if I ended up living on a deserted island . . . hopefully I would also be able to get my hands on a copy of Book 2 of this series before departure,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very well written version of a classic friends to lovers story. Unlike many GLBT authors right now, this one is clearly and beautifully written by a man, one who is very familiar with New York. I didn't feel like the 9/11 angle was over-played. It would be impossible to set a protagonist at Griff's age in NY as a firefighter and not have 9/11 be an integral part of his psyche. The love story was well portrayed but I did miss having Dante's perspective. As a writer, I understand why the author choose to show only Griff's pov, but as a reader I would have preferred a roving 3rd person pov. I fell in love with Griff, and through him a little with Dante, but I didn't have as strong a connection to him because I didn't get to take the journey with him. The other critique I have is that I think the first 100 pages (in this 600 page version- maybe the first 12,000 or so words) could have been trimmed to about half that. That having been said, if you are looking for a gay romance that is authentic and with a good story and terrific writing, this book is for you. Its smart and hot without being brainless porn.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can honestly say this is the best book I've ever read! I've read it multiple times and that says a lot because I don't typically read books more than once. I loved how their relationship grew very slowly througout the entire book instead of the usual formula of a romance novel where on page 100 sex happens and the rest is boring. This was a wonderful story throughout. And, it's a really long book as well, making it even better. Loved it!
Katy_Beth More than 1 year ago
This book really keep me on the edge of my seat through the first 2/3rds of the book. To see the struggle that Griff was going to in trying to care for his friend without letting it get out of hand. The last third of the book the feeling of the book change and I loved the outcome of the story. It was a great read and worth the effort.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very Hot and enjoyable! Liked the characters and how they interacted. Will probably read this one again and hope to see more from this author!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing story about two NYFD firefighters who have grown up together in Brooklyn and are as close as brothers - but they want to be even closer. It was captivating and the characters were so appealing, I just couldn't put it down.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
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 Originally posted at Whipped Cream Reviews
MarySchermerhorn More than 1 year ago
s an avid reader of romance novels from Jane Eyre to Madame Bovary to Rebecca, I must here proclaim that Damon Suede's Hot Head is not only a great read (I couldn't put it down), but also holds its own in the aforementioned infamous and eternal trajectory. Why you may ask? Don't let the ripped bodies on the front cover fool you. Hot Head is much more than your average boy-meats-boy love story; The characters are memorable and funny, the settings (fire houses and Brooklyn and our big bad New York City) so utterly well portrayed that you can almost smell them. Speaking of smell, the sex scenes are mad hot and chockfull o' the vulnerable foibles, fondlings and wonderment that comprise the primordial human experience. In other words, homeboy can write!! Would that I were a man so I could have a threesome with Dante and his humbly hot gingey buddy Griff! And just when you think a sex scene can't be topped, Suede knocks it out the box with another one so sizzling that you have to experience some seriously sexy alone-time if you catch my drift! This book enough heart to make a girl want to go to her neighborhood firehouse and offer up her soft pillows of American hope! Suede captures perfectly the voice and aphorisms of a buncha (ir)regular guys willing to risk their very LIVES daily for our fair city. They rescue, they party, they yearn, they love. Boy, do they love! The longing! The longing! It's so deeply, heart-meltingly REAL. Same same for the hilarious bon mots and spot-on descriptions of our city's bathetic and jacked heroes! This is seriously the best book I've read in a hella long time! I'm gonna buy it for all my friends! I wait with baited breath for Suede's next book!
Anonymous 5 months ago
Had trouble putting this down. Romance, action, character development.... And so much more.
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InkedRainbowReads More than 1 year ago
ThreeStar Ugh, I really, really wanted to like this book. I was so excited to read it; I heard so many good things about it. The first 75% of the book I was ready to bail, several times. I get the whole 9/11 thing, the details, the aftermath, the wanting to remember and honor, but there was too much. I didn’t want to read about that, I wanted to read about Griff and Dante. I loved the friendship and bond between Griff and Dante. Griff the gentle giant and Dante the sassy ladies’ man. There was a lot of monologue in this book which was boring as heck to me. I want dialogue. It took way too long to get to the good part of the book, which was about 75% in, as I said I wanted to bail but didn’t and for the last 25% of the book I am glad I didn’t. The sexual tension and sex scenes were hot. I just missed the romance aspect of things and wish there was more about the relationship after they finally admitted everything. If the rest of the book was as good as the last part I would have given it 5 stars, but it wasn’t. I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads. ~Angie
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