Dante Anastagio and Griff work for the FDNY; they had been friends forever and shared experiences over the years--even making out with girls together. Griff's mother has died and his father seems indifferent to his son, so Griff naturally gravitated to the warm, accepting Anastagio family; it was said that Dante and Griff were almost like brothers. However Griff holds a dark secret--he loves Dante. They both love their work at the FDNY, but Griff's turmoil inside concerning Dante causes him to question his own sexuality. He had been married, yet has almost uncontrollable feelings for his best friend. He visits a bar and to his surprise, sees one of his FDNY colleagues having sex with a guy in the alley. He is both shocked, and aroused. When Dante has trouble financing his house, he enters upon a business deal which both appalls yet excites Griff. It is not long before Dante convinces Griff that he join in; Griff agrees to reluctantly, but only to help Dante out financially, but by doing so, finds himself in under almost intolerable pressure. After the success of the money making scheme, Griff feels guilt and manages to arrange another deal with the business man, involving him alone. Overwhelmed by his feelings for Dante, he eventually confesses his love to him, only to discover that Dante had felt the same way. Events are finally resolved at a thanksgiving dinner where Dante and Griff declare their love for each other openly.
Damon Suede has written a beautifully tender and erotic novel. Set in the shadow of 9/11, we learn of the dangers fire-fighters endure, including Dante. The reader is caught up with the two main characters, and the story is enhanced by the portrayal of other characters such as 'Tommy' ,Sticky' and 'Alex'. The way the sexual aspects of the novel are described is nothing short of masterly. The writing is fluent and convincing. There is tension; there is tenderness; there is heartache; there is humour. No-one reading this novel will be disappointed, and I for one, am hungry for more.