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. Griff’s caution and Dante’s cockiness make them an unbeatable team. To protect his buddy, there’s nothing Griff wouldn’t do…until a nearly bankrupt Dante proposes the worst possible solution: HotHead.com, a gay porn website where uniformed hunks get down and dirty. And 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?
©2011 Damon Suede (P)2011 Damon Suede
The narrator needs to dial down on his acting. There were times when he grossly over-acted certain dialogue, and times when the changes in the volume of his voice just got irritating. When an author writes that a character 'shouted' I don't need the narrator to actually SHOUT. When a character 'whispers', I don't need the narrator to whisper the dialogue. Why? Because then I wouldn't have to keep adjusting the volume on my listening device.
The overuse of onomatopoeia and metaphors for male genitialia/ejaculation/masturbation. Also, my personal pet peeve... Outlandish adjectives. He kept describing Dante's mouth as a medium rare color. Later on they were 'wine stained'. His eyes are 'scarab black'. His hair is raven black. I almost felt like this was written by Ms Perky (you know that Guidance Counseler Romance Author Wannabe character from 10 Things I Hate About You).
Overacting. Spoke too loud or too soft in some scenes.
Griff's cannon. Griff's meat. Dante's medium rare lips. No seriously, they were mentioned so many times they might as well have been characters.
I hear there a sequel. For the love of all that's holy, stop writing the sounds as text. I don't need to see or hear 'scritch scritch' when someone scratches something. I don't need to see or hear 'thump' when someone's listening to someone's heartbeat. And I definitely do not need to see or hear CLICK FLICK CA-CLICK CLICK each time a character snaps a photo. Damn that photoshoot scene was annoying with all those CLICKS.
perfect amount of romance and sex appeal. wish it wasn't "straight" guys falling in love but even that is played as under current feeling that have always been there. one of my favorites.
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
I was totally SLAPPED! All in my face... I couldn't believe there was a actual story here. I thought I was going to get some m/m erotica and then Wamp! Totally love story... and I loved it. The beginning was a little slow for take off, but around like chapter 3 or 4, the storyline picks up and stays that way til the end of the book. G is just sooo adorable that you cannot help but to fall completely in love with him and D, well, his whole personality makes him HOT. A real HOT HEAD! Perfect title to describe D. G is the most def the reasonable one, but D... he so mischievous that you just love him. GREAT GREAT!
This was my first Charlie David, and I really liked him. I think I will search for more David books, and see what I luck up with.
I couldn't take a break from listening, so fascinated by this wonderfully written story of personal acceptance of love and masculinity, good hearts within the structure of an urban community filled with expectations. Very sensitively handled. Dantes voice was horribly overdone, whiny, and I truly do not believe it reflected Suede's intent. Both heroes are immaculate in their seach3s... and their destinatiin. I will listen to it again, because I am so taken by the poetry of the story.
I've read Hot Head a few times now but I always look to old favorites when I'm having a rough time. I've been working way too much and too hard lately, so I decided to revisit Griff and Dante in all their hot firefighter glory. The story is still amazing and the sexy times still super hot. I will say that I wish the performance had been a bit better despite how awesome the narrator's voice is. He kept stumbling over words and it was bad enough that even *I* noticed. I'm Klutzy The Unobservant. Even with the narrator throwing me out of the story a few times, I still love this book.
Have you ever read a book that made you blush so hard, every person you pass has asked if you are okay? Well if you haven't this is going to be it! Seriously buy it. My first book by Damon Suede, and boy will I be back for the second book in the series. And can we just talk about the narrator Charlie David. I mean whew hot damn! I actually had to fan myself while reading this because I was blushing so hard. Just perfection!
Loved the two MCs and their relationship that shifts from being the kind of friends that is so close that you know every little thing the other is thinking (except from the i want you in an entirely different way thoughts) to a relationship where they are lovers. I like the fact that the story are set in a sort of crappy every day poor/less fortunate part of NY and they find happiness despite all the hardship that goes with that. And the narrator serously gets into the story - The noises he makes while narrating the sexual part of the story kind of makes you wonder if he has another job making sound tapes for porn, jesus... It is not a bad thing, just not common for the narrator to add so much steam to the telling and he does a very good job in general. But it would be a very different experience reading the book instead!
The straight guys discovering the wonderful of being gay can be tedious to those of us who knew wonderful from birth (it's never too late), but this has elements of possessiveness macho crap that I absolutely adore, and the physical and emotional interactions of family and the Hot Heads themselves were done well.
There were a couple of moments that brought tears to my eyes...the way the scene of violence was handled and how the author played it into the story of discovering the wonderful of our community as well as the heartache of our societies blatant violence toward gay folk. It took me by surprise. Good job on that one Damon.
Glad I listened...it was easy for me to get wrapped up into these Hot Heads...
the realization that friends grew to love one another in multiple ways.
The love of friendship strengthens to the love of soul mates.
yes. He really made the story " sing" . Its no surprise he's a great actor. his characterizations were fantastic.
convincing fear of losing a strong friendship by asking for more. I did get a chuckle when I realized the matriarch anastagio was in on it.
huge guys with huge balls [ ya literally emphasized] after the chuckle over "size" I did enjoy the story overall.
This is one of the best novels I've ever listened to, in any genre. I have several scenes bookmarked and will listen to them again.
I'd read the Boy who Came In From The Cold. I hadn't been super impressed then, but that was a bit of an annoying book to begin with. This one is MUCH better, and I was blown away by his performance.
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