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“A well-written, sexy, down-and-dirty romance! I loved Damon Suede's hard-nosed Brooklyn narrative, with the colorful expressions (who knew there were so many different names for male "body parts!"). True, I'd agree with some of the other reviewers that this book could have used a bit more editing...”see full review » see other reviews »
“I absolutely loved this book. I thought the characters were well thought out and developed. The descriptions were concise enough to give the picture, but not give away everything. I believed the journey of the main character.”AL SF wrote this review Thursday, May 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“4.5* This was such a good book. The writing is great and I loved Griff and thought his journey to finding his HEA with Dante was touching and believable. There were a few moments that could have been solved if they'd just talked to each other, so I took a half star off for that. ”Liz (Bugetta) wrote this review Sunday, April 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Some of the phrases were just...ridiculous. I mean, I can NEVER repeat them with a straight face. I mean, I KNOW some people say this shit...but I didn't think that people actually say this shit. You read it, then you read it again and it's like..noooo, I did not just read that. "Heavy cannon," who says (or writes) shit like that?!”Franchesca V wrote this review Wednesday, February 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“We all know where we were on the morning of September 11th, 2001 when the world as we know it altered beyond comprehension. I was three thousand miles away, watching the live news coverage, horrified as the towers of the World Trade Center collapsed. Less than a year earlier, I sat on a bench in the plaza at WTC with my youngest daughter, eating hot dogs from a street vendor and marveling at the energy vibrating through the air.
Two months post 9/11 I was back in the city, this time with my oldest daughter. By then, much work had been done at the WTC site, but no amount of debris clearing could erase the overwhelming sense of sadness that had settled over the city. Healing had begun, but the wound was still raw, and far from being scabbed over. We visited the site to pay our respects to those who’d lost their lives there, and where once I had been moved by the energy of commerce surrounding me, I felt as if a black hole had opened up and swallowed everything good that had once occupied the space.
Hot Heads takes place ten years post 9/11, but Griff Muir, a New York City firefighter, is still dealing with the emotional trauma of that day. Through Griff’s eyes, we experience the horror of the event, and the day-to-day struggle to deal with the emotional upheaval so many brave first responders went through.
It’s human nature, following a tragic event, to reassess what’s important in our lives. Brave enough to risk his life amid collapsing skyscrapers, Griff struggles with a personal truth that threatens to bring down everything he holds dear, and he’d rather run into a burning building than admit he’s in love with Dante, his best friend and a fellow firefighter.
Griff can only stand by and watch as Dante digs himself deeper and deeper into financial trouble. When Dante finally admits he needs Griff’s help, the solution he’s come up with is Griff’s private dream and a public nightmare that might destroy them both if Griff can’t find a way out.
Extremely well written, the emotions will tug at your heart, and you’ll want to keep a fire extinguisher handy because the sex scenes are guaranteed to light your fire.
Damon Suede takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster and reminds us that bravery and heroism aren’t allocated according to sexual orientation, and that sometimes, loving might be the bravest thing of all.
I was simply blown away by this book. I give it five stars.”
““I‘m not gonna let you hurt yourself anymore. I‘m not gonna let you be lonely or hurt or afraid. Ungh. Mmmph. Every part of you is mine, D. Beautiful and ugly.”
HOT HEAD was my first M/M book and it was okay and all for my first introduction into M/M Romance, but it didn’t quite blow me away like I expected it to. I just didn’t really connect to the book as much as a lot of other readers did. I am saddened by that! But I still think it was pretty great!
“You remember the night I came to the station and kissed you? I do. “―You hit your head and you‘re not thinking straight.” Griff tried to get up, but Dante squeezed him hard with his thighs. “I am definitely not thinking straight, man.” Dante laughed.
Two NYC firefighters have been friends forever and they have been through everything together. But Griff has a thing for Dante and he doesn’t really know how to deal with those feelings yet. I guess dealing with it might involve HotHead.com, a gay-porn website where uniformed hunks get down-n-dirty! HOT HEAD was HOT and SMEXY! I enjoyed the smexy sex!
“This”, Dante gestured at him, at the mussed red sheets, and the day dawning outside. “This wasn‘t just messing around for me. I‘m already jealous as hell of the way folks look at you. After this, I sure as hell don‘t want to share you with anyone.” His possessive tone was fierce and startling.
At times the book was very emotional and I love the relationship between Griff and Dante. It is like they would do anything for each other and I love that aspect of it. I love best buds turned lovers! That’s my favorite theme of M/M Romance! Something about that makes it even more hot than the fact that they’re both men! Overall, HOT HEAD was a pretty good first M/M book, but it did not quite blow me away. I’ll say the sex definitely blew me away though! Yummy!”
Reviewed by Francesca & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
WOW I may need some time to collect my thoughts on this one, I was left completely speechless. This book is awesome!!!! Forget about putting a label on this of contemporary romance, erotica, gay romance, it is just a beautiful, real, gritty, emotional, raw love story. It completely captivated me from the beginning and I literally couldn't put it down. To the point that I was late to my boyfriends birthday and almost missed the first half of a Broadway show we had tickets for. THAT GOOD! AMAZING!!! LOVED IT, LOVED IT, LOVED IT!!!!
The general idea of the story, without giving too much away, is two NYC firefighters that have been friends their whole lives. Griff the big irish one, and Dante the pretty boy and cocky italian one. They've been through everything together. But somehow Griffin starts wanting more than just friendship and he doesn't know how to deal with those feelings or what to do about them.
Their friendship, their connection and love for each other was present at all times in this book. In my eyes there couldn't be anyone more perfect for the other. The issues they face are real, from being a firefighter, to being straight men and now finding that they are in love with a man and how society deals with that.
This book will bring tears to your eyes, especially after knowing the back story of this couple and how this book came to be, as this is a real life story that didn't have a HEA. Emotional and moving and quite frankly very HOT! Yes, of course, I couldn't leave that out now could I? There's some extremely hot firefighter sex, raw, intense, full of emotion. Just...WOW...*fans self* A.MA.ZING!!! I'd love to see the video of that! ;)
I am dying now for the next book which is Tommy's story. We saw a bit of him in this book and the issues he's been dealing with and I am ready to see him get a HEA, I'm rooting for him, he deserves it, and I know he'll also have a HOT as HELL book!
TRULY A MUST READ BOOK!!
“A brilliant story concerning two firemen who grew up together. Each secretly longs for the other. I loved this story and the author is a wonderful writer.”Arlene R wrote this review Saturday, August 27, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A well-written, sexy, down-and-dirty romance! I loved Damon Suede's hard-nosed Brooklyn narrative, with the colorful expressions (who knew there were so many different names for male "body parts!"). True, I'd agree with some of the other reviewers that this book could have used a bit more editing to tighten it up in parts (hence a 4 star instead of a 5), but I thoroughly enjoyed it, warts and all!
VERY MILD SPOILERS FOLLOW:
The story is told in third-person narrative, but mainly from the perspective of Griff Muir, a 6'5" hunk of a NY firefighter who is desperately in love with his best friend, Dante Anastagio. Dante is a "hot head" in his own right (downright crazy at times, larger than life most of the time) who, along with Griff, survived the horrendous attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11. As the blurb indicates, Dante gets himself in a bit of hot water financially, and decides internet porn is a quick answer to his financial woes. He drags the reticent Griff along, kicking and screaming. Not that Griff doesn't lust after his best friend, but because Griff is convinced that Dante will never return his feelings, and he knows he's just letting himself in for major heartbreak. You can imagine what happens, and there's a sweet revelation towards the end of the book which made me grin from ear to ear.
Mr. Suede's "voice" is perfect in this book. Gritty, irreverent, it channels the blue-collar Brooklyn vibe (I have to admit I lived in the more swanky Brooklyn Heights, but my father grew up near the area where this book takes place). Yeah, I giggled a bit over the different...er...terminology, shall I say, for the various male body parts, but it didn't distract and, in most places, actually added to the overall feel of the piece.
There were times when the story could have been more tightly edited, especially after the main resolution, and there are some repetitive bits that could have come out (for example, sometimes characters were described in the same manner in 2 or 3 places). That said, I was never bored reading this, and the sex scenes were very hot and well-drawn. ”
“I'm surprised how much I liked this story. To tell the truth, I wasn't expecting much. Probably because I thought it would be just about sex since the characters are filming porn. But I was wrong, it was much more.
Griff and Dante are firemen and best friends, been that for years. Dante's family accepted Griff as their own when his mother died, because his dad worked too much. So those two have spent a lot of time together, shared chicks, have seen each other naked, got in trouble together, slept in the same bed... It was comfortable and familiar. But one day something changed in Griff and he started having stronger feelings for Dante.
Griff is fighting his love and urges through 3/4 of the book. He is disgusted by himself lusting after his best friend who couldn't be straighter. It pains him to watch Dante with all the girls that throw themselves at him, knowing he can never be with him the way he wants. But he gets a chance when Dante asks him to shoot a video of them together. The problem is that after the filming things between them start getting awkward and he is afraid that their friendship is coming to an end. So he decides to fess up but instead finds out that thing aren't as they seam.
I loved the connection between them, that true friendship; how much they trust and love each other. Dante is playful with black hair and olive skin. Griff is serious and more mature with ginger hair and fair skin. They are total opposites but complete each other so well. Sex scenes between them were flaming hot! And I don't think I've ever heard so many synonyms for jerking off.
Loved it but wished it was longer! ”