Title: Lickety Split
Author: Damon Suede
Release Date: 3/13/2017
Genre(s): M/M Western/Cowboys, M/M Erotica
Page Count: 286
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 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. (less)
Well, this is a disappointing case of “everybody else loved it”. I wanted to love this story. I really truly did, after all, it’s Damon Suede! The story also had all the elements that really turn my crank: taboo crush, older- younger pairing and cowboys? Oh Yes! Right up this girl’s alley. So what happened? How could this fall so flat? Miss the mark entirely? Why did this have to happen to me ( because yeah, everything’s about me didn’t you know? :P)
Several things irked me about Patch and Tucker.
The first thing that bothered me was how could Patch, get it so wrong about his parents and how much they loved him? Kids can tell when adults don’t like them…it’s practically instinctual. When kids hit rebellious teenage years, there’s lots of angst, lots of life changing things but when teens become young adults/ adults and experience a bit of life they gain perspective and can look back at things through an adult lens, not the childish knee jerk reaction of self- pity or an irrational belief that his parents didn’t love him but there’s nothing concrete that proved Patch was right to think that way.
Then There’s Tucker. Truth be told, I love Tucker! I love the picture on the cover of this book and I wanted to hear that cowboy’s story. Sadly, handsome he may be but storybook Tucker and cover boy Tucker look nothing alike which was disappointing. That was the first disappointment. The second disappointment was in Tucker himself. I can understand coming from nothing and having a hard life but I don’t understand how clueless he was in regards to his friends, Patch’s feelings towards him and his role in making Patch’s teenage years a painful experience. There’s simply no way he’s that oblivious!
Patrick AKA Patch. I admire Patch. I liked that he took the steps to escape his small town and to make something of himself. He made a life for himself and explored the world as a DeeJay, Underwear model etc. Love that about him but that’s where it ends for me. Patch’s repetitive whining and hankering over Tucker became annoying after awhile. As a matter of fact, this story could have been summarized in 200 pages ( not the hefty 668 page count on my iPad). Both these guys were so one dimensional and flat…truth be told, I kept reading hoping that at least one of them would experience an epiphany or something.
This story was a slow go for me. Some parts were beautifully written and fun to read (especially, Patch and Tucker’s adventure in New Orleans) but the vast majority was a miss for me, which is sad. To be fair I had the flu while reading this so maybe it is just me. Like I said, everybody else loved it. Perhaps you will too 🙂