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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.
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ebook, 320 pages
Published June 15th 2011 by Dreamspinner Press
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Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter
5 burning stars.*****Re-read July 2013, review edited July 28, 2013

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Where there's smoke there's fire. Indeed. *cough* Hot Head is a fan-freakin-tastic read! Prepare yourself to be gushed upon. *Kissing Dante*, *kissing Griff*, *kissing my Kindle*.

Thoughtful. Passionate. Emotional. Evocative. Raw. Just…beautiful.

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Truth be told, I didn't read this story sooner because a certain part of the blurb put me off. It's the part about the HotHead.com gay porn website. Don't let it put you off though becaus...more
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"I love you,Dante Inigo Anastagio.You'll never know how much."

Yes,I was so,so afraid that Dante will never know how much Griff loved him.I was afraid that Dante will never know what he meant to Griff.

Readers let me introduce you to Griffin and Dante---

The world's greatest idiots who are AMAZING, ADORABLE,extremely HOT firemen and just plain BEAUTIFUL!!Polar opposites of each other and yet linked together in an intangible way.


Griff had been brought up by his Dad,who had all the warmth of a Siber...more
Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*

FULL REVIEW NOW POSTED :)

***I LOVE GRIFFIN MUIR*** That is all :)



I know he's got red hair but that picture was just perfect!

I have a HUGE stupid grin in my face every time I think about this book. Why did it end? :(

Griff & Dante are besties, they work together as firemen, madre mia, we don’t have those firemen in Spain!. From the beginning of their story we know Griff is confused about his feelings for Dante. He doesn’t know if he is gay but he knows he gets a boner every time Dante is close...more
UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...
Feb 14, 2013 UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine... rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lovers of true romance, sexy m/m stories and great characters.
Recommended to UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine... by: Holly

It’s the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, and FDNY firefighter Griff Muir is spending it at the Stone Bone, a popular bar and hangout spot for the city’s finest. With him is his best friend and almost brother, Dante Anastagio, who much to Griff’s regret is a ladies’ man. It’s not that Griff casts any kind of moral judgment on his friend, not at all, it's just that... well, he’s in love with Dante and has been for a long time. But, it's not like Griff is...more
Blacky *Romance Addict*
I don't know where to start with this review...

First - In my country there are NO hot firemen. Nope. They don't do calenders cause most of them are old lol if there were hotties like Griff and Dante, I'd set my own tree on fire just to have them come to the rescue Photobucket

Second - Before I start with the story and all, I have to say the writing style was something new for me. I mean, I'm pretty good at english, have no problems reading books written in it, but here, swear to God, I sometimes had n...more
Becs - Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews
This is my first foray into the male/male romance genre. One of my GR friends has long been trying to convince me to try this so I told her to choose me a book and this is one she selected. I like to think that I’m an open minded reader and reviewer and I’ve been looking forward to stepping onto pastures new.

I told my husband I was about to read a gay romance between two New York firefighters and he gave me a look of unmitigated horror. “Why on earth would you want to read that?” he asked. I ask...more
Duchess Nicole
”It's impossible to be your own hero, yes?”

4.5 Stars
My not so interesting M/M history
I remember about a year ago when I started noticing many of my GR friends latching onto the M/M fanclub, I mentioned it to my husband and said something to the effect of, "I wonder what all of these women get from two guys together?" And after wrinkling his nose in disgust, he replied, "Well, guys fantasize about two girls together..." to which I wrinkled up my nose in disgust. Vaginas? Eeeww...maybe I'm like....more
Abbie
Griff you big cutie!
4.25 “It’s a kilt, dumbass.” stars.
Meteor Strike
He fiddled with the pleats of his kilt and strangled on his cowardice.

Griff and Dante have been friends for years, and then, eventually, worked together in the same fire-station and truck. Griff starts having some strange feelings for Dante, he starts pulling away because he doesn't know how Dante would act if he knew...

Griff has been part of the Anastagio family for years, being drawn in because of his fathers unaffectionate behaviour. Grif...more
Monique ~ Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews
I want a special button to give books more than five stars!!!

I have had to really sit down and think about writing this review, as I don't know if my words could ever do this book or Damon Suede's writing justice.......and HELL YES, it really is that good. In fact it is the best m/m book I have read so far.

When he wrote this book, he must have been feeling it from the heart...I know because I felt every emotion, from raw and deep, to sweet and endearing right along with the characters, it is ei...more
Vishous
I think I'm gonna make a new shelf called:

"awesome-breathless-could-not-put-down-5stars-pure-perfection-books-recommended-by-the-mighty-blacky"...

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I must admit that this was my first M/M romance book and I didn't know anything about it when I started reading it, I didn't know how would I feel but after reading it there is only one word for it:

“PER-FUCKING-FECTION!”


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THE STORY

From blurb: Dante is strictly a ladies' man, and the FDNY isn't exactly gay-friendly. For ten years, Griff has hidden his h...more
julio
Unapologetically sentimental.

By turns elegiac and blunt—with the occasional breathtakingly beautiful turn of phrase. By no means a perfect novel, it's still rich with symbolism, and compassion, and searingly hot sex.

It's pretty silly, but in that fun way you can really get into when the mood's right.

Above all, it is at its heart a very, very romantic story, and one whose imagery will stay with me for some time.

Also: hot firemen. So—y'know—that.
Mona
Sep 14, 2013 Mona rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mona by: Bev
Shelves: m-m, favorites
What can I say about this awesome book, that hasn't already been said in all the amazing reviews posted by my GR mates? Well nothing much, just that it's all very true...so I'll keep this simple.

It will BLOW YOU AWAY...with its smexy scenes.
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Keep you reading...
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Till you drop...
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Might even be some pantie changing...
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Let's not forget the most important...the hot ginger man in a kilt....
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Who has dirty thoughts about his cocky Italian best friend...
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Ohhh and their firefighters...like that isn't enough to
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Vilda
Rating: 3,5 stars

Gosh, I know I'm so late with posting this review! It's just bad on my part, since it's actually been in a draft on my computer. It just completely slipped my mind when uni went a bit nuts on me! *facepalm*

I was so excited to read Hot Head after hearing fantastic things about it! Plus, admit it, that blurb is quite intriguing... ;) I mean best friends (presumably straight), volunteering for a gay porn site? I just couldn't resist!

Even if it had it's light and very, very HOT mome...more
Heidi Cullinan
I've had Mr. Suede on my radar for some time now—well, I'll be honest. After he gave a glowing review of Double Blind, calling it better than Special Delivery, he had Randy's attention, because Randy has a soft spot for people who like his book better. Now that I knew his name, I kept seeing it on lists and in various corners of the Internet. Then I saw him give an interview, and I saw he had a book.

Randy was intrigued. Especially when he saw the cover and read the blurb.

So the other night, I bo...more
Heather C
This book was so fuckin' HOT...and SWEET!!

I have no idea why the hell I waited so long to read this! Maybe I heard too many mixed opinions? Or maybe I thought it was all porn because the MCs involved themselves in porn? Wow, how surprised am I?!! This was a LOVE STORY! Not porn!! A love story between two best friends, Griff and Dante.

I wouldn't even say there was a lot of sex. Every scene was important to the progression of the story. And when they finally did have sex...real sex, Oh. My. Fuck!...more
~J~ Riverina Romantics


I'm gunna be honest. That picture above has nothing to do with any of the scenes in Hot Head, but has a whole heap to do with how I felt while reading it.

HAWT DAMN did I love this story. Loved it, loved it, loved it.

I'm relatively new to the m/m genre, but I've read a couple and I am not ashamed to admit that the guy on guy scene really cranks my chain. But this book went above and beyond my expectations. Holy sex on a stick Batman, these guys had me panting like a dog in heat. Just call me Ra...more
Christy
This was a really beautiful love story to me... The classic best friends to lovers (which I love) with a twist. Griff was awesome! I really loved him. I wasn't so sure about Dante in the beginning he seemed a little cocky (which he was a little) but by the end I loved him as much as Griff. Their story was really touching (view spoiler) I also loved Dante's parents, they were the best! This...more
DarienMoya
^^GETTING HEAD HAS NEVER BEEN THIS HOT!^^

More of my reviews and thoughts on my blog PANTS OFF REVIEWS


Hot Head is critically acclaimed (by me), this book was the Kool-Aid, and by Kool-Aid, I mean the shit. I loved every fecking minute of it. It’s rough, raw and ready (wait a sec is that, not some other book). Well those words describe this book perfectly; stuffs on fire, feelings are blazing hot. The men like it rough, and they are always ready. Forget it; this is starting to sound extremely che...more
Lauraadriana
Well Hell!! The last third of this book came out of nowhere, and knocked me the hell out! This is a book to read to the last page, because you get what you work for in the end. Oh yes you do!!

Now, there were quite a few things that bothered me about this book. And it took a second try to actually finish it. But if I'm man enough to bitch about what I didn't like, I'm man enough to say this was a hell of a lot better than I thought it would be.

Mr. Suede for starters has fantastic style. His imag...more
LisaT - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog LisaT131
Jan 15, 2013 LisaT - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog LisaT131 rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: m-m, gay, same sex, 9-11, firefighters

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“Because people should not be punished for loving and hoping and holding their hearts open.”


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My timing in reading this book has a lot to do with how it hit home for me. While I was swept away with the powerful, hard-hitting writing style and the "hell-yes" sexiness, it was the underlying message that came through loud and clear. That message will and has made this book a genre classic, of which I wish it to transcend.

Last week, my president announced his stand...more
Alvin John

So I've been reading this again...and again...and again... Well, from Chapter 15 onwards only.

This is one of my MOST FAVORITE M/M ROMANCE BOOK TO DATE.

Dante & Griff is one of my MOST FAVORITE M/M ROMANCE COUPLE TO DATE too!
Griff is one of my favorite MCs. I love how he pines for Dante and his inner struggle with his feelings. He's this big, really hot guy but doesn't think of himself that way. He's humble and has a big heart.
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Susan

Thanks to some nudging from my fellow GR members, I decided to make my first foray into the m/m genre. Having fallen in love with the torturous yet beautiful relationship between Quinn & Blay in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, I started to feel very differently about what m/m romance would/could be.

So, with that, friends suggested Hot Head as a good starter book. Sure, it had a couple steamy parts but what was great about this book was that you could really sense the love and deep commi...more
Lenore
What a powerful story! I fell in love with Dante because Griff loves him in such a beautiful, almost tender way, without expecting anything in return. Everything for his "brother", who somewhere along the way became the love of his life. Not that he's not a looker, Dante. With his raven black curls and his midnight black eyes and his olive skin and his muscled body. Same goes for Griff by the way. The kind-hearted red-haired giant. How can you not love the guy?

Their story is touching in so many...more
Gina
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OMG OMG OMG!! This was love all the way!! I stayed up till 3 am to finish this book in a day! I don't think i need to say much more, but I will because my head and heart are still swooning!!  photo brlove_zps506b9d72.gif

This was about Griff and Dante, two New York firefighters and best friends. Griff is a big, muscular, sweet and tender hearted teddy bear, and he has no idea how love able and hot he is! I LOVED THIS MAN! He has had a intense crush on his friend Dante and has kept hidden from his friend and everyone...more
A.B. Gayle
Before “Hot Head” by Damon Suede was published, there was a lot of buzz in virtual space. This was a “first” book by a man who describes himself as growing “up out-n-proud deep in the anus of right-wing America, and escaped as soon as it was legal. He says he has lived all over: Houston, New York, London, Prague, with a few long stretches in New Orleans and Vienna. Along the way, he’s earned his crust as a model, a messenger, a promoter, a programmer, a sculptor, a singer, a stripper, a bookkeep...more
Bev


I really loved this book.

All of the characters were really cool (except Griff's dad who was awful - yuk!). The Anastagio family were a sheer delight, and Sticky can come and serve in our local any day!.

Dante was really, really hot and funny to boot and Griff, well what can you say about him? Kind, generous, protective, too sexy for his shirt, all of the nice things women (and some men) want to say about men applied to him. I'm so glad they realised that they were meant for each other in the e...more
Laura
Jan 30, 2012 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Laura by: Christina and Lenore
I don’t even know where to start really. This book surprised the hell out of me! I expected a hot read, which it was—but so much more as well. This story, characters and writing style touched my heart right from the get go.

What I loved: full body blushes, kilts, midnight eyes, pirate smiles, the whole Anastagio family, and the huge heart! OH--Did I mention the hot sex and smoldering chemistry? Yeah, loved that too! Oooolala…

I loved both Griff and Dante! But it was Damon Suede who really stole...more
Rach  *Feisty kitty*
This is a brilliant 1st read for those wanting to get into the m/m romance genre. For me it was my first and I am already hooked!

Dante and Griff are one hot couple and being firefighters just adds to their appeal (got to love a man in uniform). Dante is very protective of Griff. Griff even says,
God save us from possessive Italians

The humour was brilliant especially some of the things Dante says. I loved the family dinner scene at Dante's parents house about a third of the way through the book....more
Mary
Griff has a big heart and it's been bleeding for his best friend Dante for 10 years. What's more, he doesn't think he's gay, but the only person who heats his blood at all, man or woman, is Dante. Add onto that the fact that Dante needs quick money and thinks they should do porn together- it's a train wreck. The two firemen are inseperable, attached at the hip and all Griff wants is more. But how can he even think of wanting that with all he could be giving up? Dante's family is Griff's family t...more
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DIK

From the ashes of 911 Damon Suede has written a novel that’s raw, dialogue that’s fresh, a plot that grips you and makes your stomach ache, prose that entices, and characters that are so incredibly complex, flawed and over the top you will have no doubt who wrote Hot Head because the author’s fingerprints are all over every page. This book has all the elements I look for in an unforgettable story - drama, human tragedy, family, heart, guts, excitement, the unexpected, and above all, unconditi...more
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Damon Suede grew up out-n-proud deep in the anus of right-wing America, and escaped as soon as it was legal. He has lived all over and along the way, he’s earned his crust as a model, a messenger, a promoter, a programmer, a sculptor, a singer, a stripper, a bookkeeper, a bartender, a techie, a teacher, a director... but writing has ever been his bread and butter. He has been happily partnered for

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“Because people should not be punished for loving and hoping and holding their hearts open.” 145 likes
“It's a kilt, dumbass. It's only a skirt if I'm wearing underwear.” 116 likes
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