Author ~ Damon Suede
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 13th March 2017
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, BDSM
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.
Well I found this one hard to rate and hard to review. This book confounded me. I loved it but it shook my tail feathers a bit too. Firstly, we have young Patch Hastle who couldn’t wait to leave his small town and escape to the big city to be a DJ and model and who has to return to Hixsville to settle his parents’ estate. We also have older, Tucker Biggs, best friend of Patch’s father and caretaker of the estate and someone Patch found to be a mean SOB during the time he still lived on the farm. Both are big characters, Tucker, I think more so. He is a gruff, beaten down cowboy who has left a trail of kids in his wake and is just getting on by, but his pain is palpable. Patch comes home with a chip on his shoulder wanting to get back to his city slicking ways lickety split but finds himself drawn more and more into the vacuum of Tucker. This story is basically about self revelation, moving on from your mistakes and also learning that your memories and views on your past are not necessarily the only way to view the events that occurred.
Patch always had a bit of a thing for Tucker during his early teens and coming back to face him now fills him with dread. He really thinks that Tucker despised him and treated him badly. However, Tucker remains the fuel of his fantasies and boy when these fantasies become reality does the fire ignite! Let me tell you, the scenes between ‘Sir’ and his ‘pup’ are kinky as all get out. Edging takes on a whole new dimension here. I loved these scenes and the fact that they showed an equality in their relationship that I didn’t initially think we were going to get, just added to them. In some books the older dom and young pup slant can seem a bit contrived, it’s the very opposite here. This is a very natural, organic development and the scenes in Nola are some of the best in the book. As the layers peel back for both characters, we begin to see beneath the surface of each of them and Patch begins to see that his view of events might not be the only reality. (Alternate facts anyone?) This is one thing I loved about this book, my initial impressions of Tucker were turned on their head by the author. It takes a lot for me to completely change my opinion on a character but so well written was Tucker that I actually respected and admired him by the end. I also liked the subtle changes in Patch too, his realisations seeming to mature him.
One confounding thing for me, and this may be a cultural thing as I’m British, was some of the dialogue. Now I’ve read enough books to get the southern drawl and I find it sexy as hell, but this had me reading and then having to go back and reread a passage as I wasn’t sure I understood everything that was being said and I didn’t want to miss anything. I get that it was the character and that’s how they spoke, but sometimes I just didn’t get it. But don’t get me wrong, in some books this would have put me right off, but I was so invested in the twists and turns of their developing relationship that it wasn’t a major issue, just a point to mention.
As I said, this was hard for me to rate and review as I had trouble liking Tucker to begin with and had a slight issue with the dialogue, but, by the end I loved both Tucker and Patch and I delighted in their relationship. I enjoyed this book immensely and loved the hidden easter egg that Damon Suede left for us to find, always a big tick in my box when an author does that. I would also love to read what happens next with this now not so surly cowboy and his city slicker pup. I’m off for a reread. *fans self in preparation*
Meet Damon Suede
Damon Suede grew up out-n-proud deep in the anus of right-wing America, and escaped as soon as it was legal. Though new to romance fiction, Damon has been writing for print, stage, and screen for two decades. He’s won some awards, but counts his blessings more often: his amazing friends, his demented family, his beautiful husband, his loyal fans, and his silly, stern, seductive Muse who keeps whispering in his ear, year after year. Get in touch with him at DamonSuede.com.