Title: Lickety Split
Author: Damon Suede
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 13th Mar, 2017
Page Count : 286
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
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 about unrequited love which after a lot of struggles and years ends in an HEA. The writing was pretty good and totally brought the feel of the place and the surroundings. I had issues with one character specifically; they were not too outrageous but just made me a little uncomfortable.
After his parent’s death, Patch comes back to his hometown in Texas to settle his parent’s estate. He dreads going back and meeting Tucker once again. Tucker was his dad’s best friend and caretaker of their estate. Tucker was quite mean to Patch while growing up and he hates his guts completely. But that does not diminish the crush he had on the big, burly, rough and gorgeously handsome asshole in any way. Patch has lusted after Tucker since he was a kid and it comes back and strikes him with full force when he comes face to face with Tucker once again. Patch resents Tucker but he also can’t curb his feelings for him.
Tucker has always seen Patch as a kid of his best friend but when Patch returns after all these years as a grown man, he sees him in a completely different light.
The romance starts casual but Tucker and Patch steadily grow towards much more as time passes. There were a lot of differences such as their life style, age gap and the life experiences and I thought they will pose a great roadblock but it all melts away at the end. I could feel the sincerity of Tucker’s feelings for Patch. He was crude and rough but so very real. Tucker never gives excuses for his past doings. He was what he was without any false pretenses.
Tucker is a little difficult character to love. He was not a model guy what with his illicit background of not so dignified choices. He was a town manwhore who just wants to have a good time without any thought about the consequences. He never gives any excuses for his actions as he never regretted them. So, yeah he is not such a straight character (pun intended) but how he was with Patch just made it all right. Tucker’s actions towards Patch spoke volumes and at the end you will not doubt about his feelings for Patch at all. The romance was real in many ways without any sugar-coating or being too flowery. It was infused with real feelings that just worked.
The slow Texas twang used heavily here though being very sexy is actually very difficult to understand. So many times I had to read few paras again to understand what is actually happening. It was a little frustrating but I guess it was necessary to give a give a profound feel of the setting.
I really struggled with the rating here. I wanted to give 4 very badly but there were little things that did not work for me completely so I settled for 3.5. It’s a realistic romance without any huge drama or angst. It was real and very nicely written. Redeeming Tucker was a big feat for me and I want to congratulate the writer for creating such an unconventional and no-nonsense character like him. I didn’t quite love this story but I enjoyed it.