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Hot Head by Damon Suede
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Jun 16, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: adventure, bi-sexual, coming-out, gay-for-you, mm-novels
Read from September 21 to 24, 2011 , read count: 1

** spoiler alert ** This story varied between 3 stars and 2 stars. And towards the end, almost dropped to 1 star but for the benefit of the whole book, I chose 2 stars.

Griff seemed to me a most unbelievable character. Who in their right mind would think their best friend would jerk off and blow you for money? Despite numerous evidence to the contrary, Griff had only one tune: 'He doesn't love me. It's wrong to have these feelings for him. How can I stop myself?' And while that was cute and endearing in the beginning, it became tiresome and annoying after the 5th time it happened. Not to mention all the 'wonderful' metaphors Griff used in regards to his own body *rolls eyes*

Dante was a little bit hard to read at first. All evidence (seen by Griff) made him seem the stereotypical heterosexual, banging any girl that crossed his path. And the sudden switch to gay pornography was just that, as well as surprising. Though, in his defense, I could argue that Griff's obtuseness hid some of the other hints Dante left regarding his feelings for his best friend.

I remember reading a member's review where it said that this book contained a glossary of metaphors and synonyms for masturbation. I couldn't agree more! And while I appreciate the lexical lesson, sometimes less is better.

The ending of the book was more appropriate for a fairy tale. After mopping about Tommy's run-in with gay bashers, both Griff and Dante are embraced by everyone upon hearing they're together. Happy, happy, joy, joy. By the way... does the sentence before remind you of anything?! Repetitions after repetitions, writing every sound (when you could very well imagine it) that just drove me crazy (I won't even bring up the repetitions written together...)!! Took up space and did nothing to enrich or bring the story into focus. The same with Beth, the photographer. Other than show Dante a little weepy and way too possessive, I didn't see the point of 10-20 pages of detailing that scene.

I am pretty disappointed by this story. I tried to reason what it lacked... one thought was that the author was gay and pictured life as he saw it but if that is how gay men really feel and think... it just seems a bit too unromantic, crude and simple-minded.
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Unromantic? By the end, both men gave each other their hearts and promised to love each other after years of yearning. They would do anything for each other,I mean anything! I felt that their love was very realistic and romantic.

Their families embraced them because again....Griff and Dante had known each other for years and their families had sensed something was going on before even Griff. Griff was just a little dense but that does not mean Dante's family was also dense lol. They knew the obvious and Dante was very lucky in having a very considerate and understanding family.

Who would not notice Griff's and Dante's stares at each other...it was was pretty clear in the novel. They could not look away from each other and I like little details such as glances and secret observations of each other. Every time they came close, their reactions seemed oh so obvious:)

Yes, this story was raw, but it was not unintelligent. Quite the contrary.

Also, I am in no way trying to say your review was wrong in any way. I just enjoy talking about novels and hopefully you will not be offended by my commentary.


Trix @Gattaca: Thanks for your input. Indeed, it basically comes down to how one perceives the story. I can see how everything gets a whole new meaning when you present them like that. For my part, I had certain expectations from the characters and when they failed to deliver, I found them and the story lacking. That is not to say it was bad, just that it didn't push the right buttons for me.

There have been other books in which I quite enjoyed the obviousness of the secret glances, while the main characters remained unaware, or the support of the family in a harsh world.

I'm glad you liked the story so much and that the characters played out how you imagined it. That's always such a great feeling.


message 3: by Kelly H. (Maybedog) (last edited Feb 05, 2013 09:53PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Kelly H. (Maybedog) Wow, we really did have different takes on this! But I can see why those things that annoyed you made it unbearable. I even agree with some of them, but I liked it too much to care. I think it was really a four star book for me but I really loved the 9/11 stuff.

Happy happy joy joy!

"I'm the cat!"

"Oh, my beloved ice cream bar, how I love to lick your creamy center!"

"They all think I'm crazy, but I know better. It is not I who are crazy. It is I who am *mad*! Can't you hear them? Didn't you see the crowd?"

"Can you spare a cup of protoplasm?"


That was a very fine show and the homoerotic subtext really made it. ;)


Trix Kelly Maybedog wrote: "Wow, we really did have different takes on this! But I can see why those things that annoyed you made it unbearable. I even agree with some of them, but I liked it too much to care. I think it was ..."

It's good to disagree! XD I too have come across books that I loved while my friends totally hated. I like this type of story: one of the characters, secretly in love with the other discovers their feelings are shared. But this book in particular didn't stick with me.
P.S.: Is the quote from the book? I don't remember...


Kelly H. (Maybedog) No, Ren & Stimpy which is where "Happy happy, joy, joy" came from. I loved the first season of that show, sorry. :)


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