Saturday, March 9, 2013

Book Review-- Hot Head by Damon Suede.

Synopsis: 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 10 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 Dante is nearly bankrupt and proposes the worst possible solution:, a gay-porn website where uniformed hunks get down-n-dirty… Now 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?

Shelly's thoughts: This was recommended to me by a friend of mine, and I was actually a little excited to read it. Firefighters? Men in love with each other, written by a gay man? Yes please. It did kind of let me down, simply because of some poorly worded euphemisms, and a very awkward internal monologue that ran the entirety of the book. I don't know if that's Mr. Suede's style, or something that he picked just for this book. I want to read another of his works, and I hope that it's not something that is a common theme in his books. 

Once you get past the bad euphemisms, and awkward internal monologues, it's actually a pretty good book. Griff and Dante work well together, and get entangled in an interesting relationship. It's a little cliched, a little silly at times, but at the same time there's some realism there making it a really a decent read.

Total Length:
320 pages

Format: Epub and Kindle.
Publication Date: June 15, 2011.

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