31 Books of Love - Hot Head

I read around, y'all. If it's got great conflict and emotional connections, I'll read it and love it. We started this with a classic historical and a classic contemporary -- but now it's time to mix it up.

Today's pick is Damon Suede's Hot Head, which is a particular favorite of mine, in large part because it was the first M/M romance I read and really, truly adored. The romance is deeply emotional, the conflict is tightly written, the worldbuilding -- New York City Firehouses, post 9/11 -- is terrifically well done...oh, and the sex? Scorchingly hot. Which is in no way a problem for me. Obviously.

The two heroes, Griffin & Dante, have been best friends since they were kids, and serve together on the New York City Fire Department. They've been through the ringer -- both of them having served at the World Trade Center on 9/11. Griffin is falling hard for Dante, who is a straight-up ladies' man...or is he? The conflict is beautifully drawn -- aside from the "is he or isn't he into me" question that both the heroes struggle with, there's also a very real sense that their love won't be accepted by the fire department, by their friends or by their families.

Damon Suede does a beautiful job telling this story, and making readers understand his characters and their emotional struggle all while entertaining us with a terrifically hot, unputdownable romance.

Hot Head, by Damon Suede
Published 2011, Dreamspinner Press 
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