Mar 25, 2013

Hot Head (Head, #01) by Damon Suede

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MM Erotic Romance/ Contemporary

Summary on GOODREADS:

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 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?

***My Review***

"No one deserves to be punished
for loving with an open heart."

O.k., first I have to make a confession; when I first started using Goodreads way back 2-3 years ago, writing book reviews and meeting all these great book-addicts all over the world and checking out their reviews and shelves I was sometimes perplexed by the type of books they enjoyed reading. One of them was also this genre: MM erotic contemporary, mostly because women were their greatest fans. Don*t get me wrong- I love a good erotic romance and don*t have anything against same-sex relationships, but I wasn*t sure if I would like it as much as my usual types of books, BUT then I started reading The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J. R. Ward and met Blay and Quinn and later on Soren and Kingsley from The Original Sinners Series by Tiffany Reisz who irrevocably won me over and totally change my perspective of this genre.

So I checked again the shelves of my friends who read this genre a lot to pick my first MM erotic romance novel, saw this book which got very high ratings from all of them and said to myself: what the heck, let*s do this!!! I*m so glad I did, because I freaking loved this story! When you look at the cover or read the summary, your first thoughts about the content of the book will probably be smth like these:

I know mine were ;). I mean, my dirty mind aside: 2 hot as hell firefighters (3 words: MEN IN UNIFORMS!!!*O*) in a MM romance novel- who can blame us!!! But this story is a lot more than just 2 firefighters feeling each other up.  It was more about accepting and coming to terms with who you are, about unbreakable bonds of friendship, about taking chances and following your heart no matter the outcome. It*s a very emotional story about trying to fit "the proper picture" the society has forced upon people and trying not to lose yourself in the process. It*s a story of Griff Muir, a Brooklyn firefighter, divorced, described as a very tall and muscled redhead in his early thirties who except working as a full-time firefighter, also works as a club bouncer wearing...*takes a deep breath*...a freaking  KILT people! 

Hm, I have to say that, unlike rest of the female population, I have mixed feelings about guys in kilts- I wouldn*t call it a turn-off, but I wouldn*t call it a turn-on either, but Griff seemed definitely that he could work it ;).  Even though for such a rough and strong physical appearance he mostly appears menacing and intimidating to people who don*t know him making his job a lot easier, the more you get to know him, you see that he is actually a really nice and cute "giant" who blushes every time his longtime BFF Dante, also a firefighter says something "inappropriate". 

"The dark kid vibrated with rage beneath him. ―You‘re wearing a
fucking skirt! Another faggot coming to his rescue. He struggled,
powerless on the floor and shamed in front of his lady. Love was the
―It‘s a kilt, dumbass. Griff sighed and looked down at the pleats
over his meaty thighs. He‘d been ready to just break it up and leave these
bozos alone. ―It‘s only a skirt if I wear underwear."

"Well, that makes you a hero, yes? But what do you think makes you
a HotHead?Alek crouched, getting closer to Dante‘s spread thighs,
shooting up so he loomed onscreen.
Suddenly, Dante stood up right over the camera, forcing it to tilt
back. ―‘Cause I‘m a crazy son of a bitch with a sick bod. His basket
bulged right in the center of the screen, but only the lower half of his face
was visible at this angle. Cleft chin, square jaw. ―‘Cause in Truth or Dare I
always pick dare.‖ Towering above Alek, he shrugged out of his heavy
jacket, slowly revealing the long-sleeved undershirt, emphasizing his
words. ―Because I don‘t have a good time, I am a good time. Why the fuck
else would I be here?"

Their friendship goes way back, they*ve been literally through heaven and hell together and share an unbreakable bond, but lately things have been changing between them. The story is told from Griff*s point of view and soon we see that he has been struggling with the new-found and unexpected feelings for Dante. He is confused and petrified to act on those feelings, especially because he is sure that*s a one-sided thing and what*s worse he knows that he is risking everything that he holds dear if he ever acts on them: his job, his family, his friends, but what*s scariest for him is that he could lose Dante forever.

"It had snuck up on Griff. He still couldn‘t say exactly when it had
happened, only when he‘d realized. Dante was the best friend he‘d ever
had in his life. They‘d grown up together, yeah. And they were family,
sure. But Dante had become his axis, a vital organ necessary for his
survival. Whole days would go by with nothing but those occasional two
hours of Dante to make him feel like a human being. The world was this
barren, radioactive junkyard he had to survive between Dante taking off
and Dante coming back again. "

―Didn‘t you ever… haven‘t you cared about something that much,
enough to wreck yourself for it? Dante‘s eyes bored into his like a
judgment, even though he didn‘t realize what he‘d said.
Haven’t I?
They were eye to eye and Griff almost couldn‘t take it.
―You gotta bigger heart than anyone, Griff. Dante‘s rough hand
reached around and held the back of his neck so he couldn‘t look away.
Griff didn‘t try. He swallowed and shifted his weight uncomfortably,
but he just held that searching stare without blinking and knew he‘d do
anything, literally anything, to help Dante. He knew all about wrecking
himself for something that mattered. 

Dante is totally opposite from Griff: one loud, laid-back, cocky and incorrigible ladies-man who isn*t afraid to speak his mind, especially if it*s to make Griff blush which I loved. He does and says what he likes, trouble and mischief being his middle names, not caring what other people will say or think with Griff always coming to the rescue. So once again, Dante finds himself in a big trouble and begs Griff to help him. There*s no question for Griff when it comes to Dante, he*s more than willing to help him, until Dante*s idea of helping him lefts him shocked and speechless. His proposition is everything Griff wants and has been dreaming about, but he knows that if he says *yes* things will irrevocably change between them and even if Dante might be o.k. with it and move on when it*s all over, he never will. 

―Doesn‘t the idea freak you out, D? Us, together like that?‖
―Why? It‘s just us, man. We done everything together.‖
―Not everything.‖ Griff was keeping an eye on the door at the back.
He had a little imp on each shoulder, twin devils whispering sin into both
Please let someone come down and stop him while I can still say no.
Please don’t let anyone come down here until I say yes.

I don‘t want to have some random guy creeping on me, but if it‘s
you….‖ His eyes flicked back to Griff.
―Seriously? Think about it; it‘s fucking weird.‖
―Nah. It‘s just us. It‘s you. You could never be weird.

Will Griff accept Dante*s proposition?
And if he does, can things between him and Dante go back they were or will he lose him forever?
Go buy the book and find out!!!
I LOVED the story and these two characters!!!It was so funnyemotionaltouching and beautiful and yeah- s m o k i n g  HOT!!!I was hooked right from the beginning and couldn*t let go. Another great thing and one of the biggest reasons I picked this book up is that the author is male and it was really refreshing to get the story from his point of view, especially because it*s a MM romance and it seemed more realistic and believable this way. I just realized that most of the book I read are written by female authors and it happens that sometimes when I read a book from a male point of view I get that feeling "oh woman, a guy would never ever say that  or think like that -_-", but this time it never happened. Actually, there were more of those feelings like: "w o a h, guys really do that!!!:D". Griff and Dante were so cute together and I was rooting for them from the very beginning. I also liked that we got insight in the everyday life of firefighters and that the story was actually more of a slow build which wasn*t overshadowed by tons of endless sex scenes which is often the case with erotic romance. For an erotic romance, this book actually didn*t have that much sex scenes, but boy when it did, let*s just say- the level of hotness was too damn high and it has one of the hottest kiss scenes I*ve ever read!

"I just wanna try. It‘ll be fine. No big deal. Maybe a
massage first? Two dudes. That‘d be okay, right?‖
What was he asking?
―And then, I want you—Dante leaned forward, pressing his chest
against Griff‘s muscular back, lips against his ear—―to fucking turn
yourself loose on me."

Fuck yeah!!! This definitely won*t be my last MM romance. The only question is : 
Damon Suede, what are you waiting for- I want more Hot Heads!?!



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