Title: Lickety Split
Author: Damon Suede
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 13th 2017
Genre(s): Comtemporary, Western
Page Count: 286 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3.5 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.
I don’t know how to start.
After reading the blurb for Lickety Split, I was super excited.
Age gap + deceased dad’s best friend + unrequited love
I mean- hello! I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this. And to be fair, the book was well written. I promise you this is a case of:
It’s me and not the book.
If the story was well-written why wasn’t a slam dunk? Well, it comes down to personal preferences. I just didn’t care for Tucker. Tucker was Patch’s dad’s best friend. Growing up Patch always had a thing for the big guy, but Tucker just looked at him as a pain in the butt kid. When Patch came back to settle his parent’s estate- he was all grown up, and Tucker noticed. My issue with Tucker is that he was just rough. He spoke crudely- he made me cringe sometimes. I’m no saint here, but when he opened his mouth, I felt uncomfortable. He also had children spread around- didn’t know how many, never bothered to find out. Then there’s his drawl; I couldn’t understand what he was saying at times and having to turn around and re-read a passage disrupted the pace of the story.
Now don’t get me wrong, Tucker wasn’t all bad. Although I never completely warmed up to him there was no denying his feelings for Patch and that his happiness came first. Despite my reservations about them as a couple, they did fit together. Here’s where I’m conflicted:
1. Can I say I enjoyed this book 100%? No, because I had issues with one of the main characters making it difficult to thoroughly enjoy the book.
2. Did the author make me believe in Patch and Tucker despite my lack of warmth for Tucker? Yes, he did. Tucker was who he was and made no apologies, and his actions towards Patch spoke volumes.
I struggled with what to rate this book. Personal enjoyment: I’d say a 3. Three means I liked it- didn’t love it. But I can’t help but feel that that’s too low because the story telling was there that if I’d been able to separate my feelings about Tucker, I’d have enjoyed it more. I’d give the writing 4 Stars. In the end, I’ll give this 3.5 Stars. Sorry for the rambling. Lol, I had honestly not known what to rate this until the end of this review.