Duo Review by Cinnamon & Amber
TITLE: Lickety Split
AUTHOR: Damon Suede
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 286 Pages
RELEASE DATE: March 13th, 2017
Lickety Split: Love won’t wait.
Patch Hastle grew up in a hurry, ditching East Texas for NYC to make his name as a DJ and model without ever looking back. When his parents die unexpectedly, he heads home to unload the family farm ASAP and skedaddle. Except the will left Patch’s worst enemy in charge: his father’s handsome best friend who made his high school years hell.
Tucker Biggs is going nowhere. Twenty years past his rodeo days, he’s put down roots as the caretaker of the Hastle farm. He knows his buddy’s smartass son still hates his guts, but when Patch shows up growed-up, looking like sin in tight denim, Tucker turns his homecoming into a lesson about old dogs and new kinks.
Patch and Tucker fool around, but they can’t fool themselves. Once the farm’s sold, they mean to call it quits and head off to separate sunsets. With the clock ticking, the city slicker and his down-home hick get roped into each other’s life. If they’re gonna last longer than spit on a griddle, they better figure out what matters—fast.
Lickety Split is the most remarkable story I have read this year. I was taken out of my comfort zone with the unique writing style and language the writer uses in this book.
We get two extraordinary guys for MCs. Tucker and Patch are both very real, very complex characters with natural flaws and many layers. We get to know them throughout the story, getting to know details bit by bit of their past, their families and their past relationship.
This is a true May-December romance where Tucker is Patch’s father’s best friend. While Patch had a massive crush on Tucker when he was younger, Tucker just saw him as a dumb kid.
When they meet again after seven years they finally get to know the real person behind the picture they both have of the other in their heads. Their feelings are real, and their chemistry is over the top. Tucker is the master of edging and the sex scenes are masterfully written and very sensual.
The writing is truly exceptional. The slow flow, the detailed portrayal of the forming relationship between Tucker and Patch give an amazing depth to the story. My half star went for some missing information about the changes in Tucker’s sexual practices in his life.
I also know that this book is not for everyone. This is not your everyday romance. It is raw and brutally honest with gritty feelings and pure sexuality. We experience a good amount of fun as well and I love how we get a bit of cross reference with Hot Head!!!
If you like reading raw, passionate stories, this is a perfect read for you. Highly recommended.
I’m torn with this story. It was so different then what I expected. Unlike most enemies to lover’s story it felt like these 2 stayed enemies for the good majority of the story. Also, “usually” with stories such as these you find out what the victim thinks happened, really didn’t happen. In this story everything really did happen but the “victim” just misunderstood his “bullies” intentions. I use the terms “victims” and “bullies” lightly in this sense because I really don’t know how else to describe them. I didn’t feel the emotion between the couple until well after the halfway point and even then it wasn’t passionate love…more like friendly understanding with hints of what could be amazing love. It was just a very weird story for me. I never really bonded with the characters either and I’m still not 100% sure about Tucker’s sexual identity. I still just don’t really know how I feel about the story on a whole. This is one of those didn’t love it, didn’t hate it. Some parts were heart achingly good and some parts were cringe worthy bad….so…take that as you will…
Patrick “Patch” Hastle left his “hick” town and moved to New York City to start a new life. Having been turned out by his parents for his sexuality Patch left and never looked back. Now, a semi-successful model/DJ Patch finds himself back in his hometown having to bury his parents who he feels never loved him. To make matters worse, he’s thrown together with his father’s best friend, Tucker Biggs, who made his childhood hell.
Patch is caught off guard when he reunites with Tucker to find him a lot more friendly then he remembers and still just as hot. Twenty years older than Patch, Tucker is more settled in his skin and not really sure why Patch holds such a grudge against him.
Despite the age difference Patch and Tucker give into the attraction that stirs between them and these men have to figure out how to let things go in order to move on together or go their separate ways.
I’m a fan of this author. I enjoy his stories and there were several things about this one I really liked. The sense of family in their small town, Patch’s ambition, Tucker’s strong sense of self, and the friggin amazingly hot sex…those things worked really well.
Overall, this was good just some things really didn’t work for me.
P.S. The Ending….LOVED!