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?
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This is the first time I have read a book by this author and I loved it.
I found the story to be refreshing in that the characters were so real. Two men, who at first read love each other, but in different ways. One loves like a lover, one like a brother, which they are, in a way, with Griff being practically brought up by Dante’s family after his mother dies and his father just about removes himself emotionally and physically from Griff.
I found the writing to be quite emotional, some things even very clear in what was not said and also when we hear Griff’s thoughts. The doubt, love, fear, not knowing what to do with it all, the size of the love that Griff feels for Dante and not knowing what to say or how to proceed just feels as though that is really what would happen to two ordinary, real life guys. When they finally reach out to each other on the couch in Dante’s home, that also feels real. The scene is written with sensitivity, awe, thankfulness, wonder, truth and love.
A hate crime does come close to them, one of their acquaintances, later to be befriended by them, and that makes Griff fear for what and how he and Dante may be viewed as by others.
I can’t stress enough how much I enjoyed Damon Suede’s writing and understanding of this kind of situation. I’ll leave it to you to find out for yourself.
Definitely five stars.