Title: Lickety Split
Author: Damon Suede
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 286 Pages
Category: Contemporary, Western
At a Glance: The writing, the emotions, the storyline, I loved it all. Heartwarming moments and regretful realizations make this story memorable.
Reviewed By: Lynn
Blurb: 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.
Review: I got this book as an ARC from the author with a promise to review. I was really excited to read this book. Let me tell you, it hit all my expectations.
We follow Patch as he goes back home to Hixville to bury his estranged parents. Living in NYC for the last seven years, after leaving home on not such good terms, Patch wants to take care of business and then leave. Unbeknownst to him, things are about to get a little sticky when Tucker, his dad’s best friend and Patch’s nemesis and childhood crush, starts to make him think he wants to stay.
There are so many elements to this story, I really don’t know where to start. First let me talk about the age difference; it’s really a non-issue. Patch is definitely Tucker’s equal. Moving away at such a young age, to the big city, made Patch grow up in a hurry. Tucker isn’t a favorite going into the story. He’s kind of a sad figure who’s got a reputation for being a womanizer. He’s content in life and makes no excuses for himself. As I got to know his character, I saw his kindness and gentle nature. He was my favorite by the time I finished.
Patch is a little more complex; for one, he’s got a huge chip on his shoulder. He was also judgmental, whiny and just acting like a spoiled brat. As the story unfolds we start seeing another side to Patch. We see his confusion and loneliness, and the perception of his childhood is blown out of the water. This would have to be my favorite part, seeing Patch rediscover himself, grow, be accepting and show forgiveness. He was a totally different person by the end of the story. It just made me smile.
Now, as we’re reading, the author uses dialog and country slang that really makes the story feel genuine. Sometimes it was hard to read, but I got used to it real fast. I loved it.
What’s romance without the sexy parts? Well, let me tell you—barns and rope. I’ll let your imagination figure out the rest. Damon Suede can knock it out of the park. Sensual, spicy hot sex. And that slow southern drawl, HAWT!!!!
I really liked how the author played these characters out. It wasn’t slow; it wasn’t fast and furious; it was real time. I loved watching Patch process his feelings, working through his self-doubt, seeing him mature right before our very eyes. Tucker’s patience and perseverance was a sight to behold. This is without a doubt a true love story.
The writing, the emotions, the storyline, I loved it all. Heartwarming moments and regretful realizations make this story memorable. The choices we have, the opportunities we’re given, and the decisions we make are all our own. And the sex, don’t forget about the sex!!
I encourage everyone to read this one.
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