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Lickety Split

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  830 ratings  ·  180 reviews
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.

ebook, 286 pages
Published March 13th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
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Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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:

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
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Martin by: Cynster
Shelves: favorites

Underwear model and circuit party DJ Patch Hastle leaves the partying scene of Ibiza in a hurry to return to his tometown of Hixville, Texas, after learning that his parents died tragically in an accident.

Patch feels numb inside. At age 16, he fled the conservative town, his strict parents and bigoted neighbors to make a life for himself in New York, where a hot young stud like him could make it big without anyone hating on him for being different.

Patch, now 22, is saddened to learn that his pa
Eli Easton
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was very impressed with this latest novel by Damon Suede. The writing is outstanding with many terrific lines and metaphors.

And so Patch Hassle made it back to Hixville in one piece, ready to burn all his bridges and bury the hatchet in someone's head.

Patch returns home to East Texas to settle his parents estate after they're killed in a car-meets-train accident. He has only crappy memories of growing up there, he hasn't been back in 7 years, and all he wants to do is sell the place so he has
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hot and poignant.

Is the past what we remember? Man, this was some angsty, mental churning, and emotion flailing as Patch heads home to deal with the business of death. Alright, so the whole funeral and going home is a time bomb we all freaking deal with, some younger than others. Regardless, it's a minefield of the present, past, and what never was, and what everyone thinks, and tasks, decisions. and the detritus of lifetimes.

And four years ain't even that long. A drip. A blink. Still you're di
3.5 stars

This book is a hard one to review. I thought the writing and storytelling was really good but there were things I didn't like about it. Most of those things though are personal preferences so...on one hand I didn't like this book but on the other, I liked it a lot (yes, helpful I know).

Patch heads back to the small town in Texas where he grew up to settle his parent's estate. His dad's best friend Tucker still lives on the property and is caretaking. Patch had a crush on Tucker as a te
Heidi Cullinan
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Damon Suede novel never disappoints, and Licktey Split is a delicious treat not to be missed. It’s a sultry, sexy, slow-burn salted with kink and roasted with decadent indulgence that will curl your toes and rattle your spurs.
The story was ok but I didn't like several things:

- The slang was too much at times... to the point that the characters sounded extremely ignorant. I mean, Tucker used to be a coach at the high school... I don't think that anyone in education would sound like him, even in a small town.
- I really never warmed up to Tucker. I thought he was a loser, with his past history of fuck'em and leave'em, with kids spreaded all over the place and him not caring about them, with his attitude of getting off w
Patrick (Patch) returns home to East Texas upon the death of his parents, with plans to clean out the family home, sell the land for oil exploration, and use the proceeds to fund his dream of opening a NYC nightclub, Velocity. However Patch's boyhood crush Tucker (who fulfilled "So many kinks without breaking a sweat: straight, cowboy, coach, dickhead, daddy") lives in a double-wide on the farm and is the executor of the will, having been promised a life estate by Patch's father, Tucker's long-t ...more
What if I told you death can result in love, would you believe me?
What if I told you wild boys and rugged cowboys make the perfect pair, what would you say?
What if I told you Damon will deliver his most vexing yet hottest love tangle to date, would you buy it?
Well, you should.

Patch ran away from home at a tender age and never looked back. Once he had the Texas sun in his rearview mirror, he vowed to keep it there. But then his parents died and he was forced to face the very place he loathed the
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh I was worried. At first I thought, aww man, the age thing is going to bother me. Patch is young and Tucker is not, but a funny thing happened on the way out of the first chapter, I forgot all about that.
Tucker is larger than life but you realize fast that yes, Patch may have seen what he did, but he wasn't old enough to process Tucker's feelings during those acts. So he may have "seen" the man screwing what he thought was everything in sight, but he didn't understand the why.
Patch doesn't k
Hole-eeeee shii-iittt! You know when you're expecting a run-of-the-mill 'whatever' book, and then find yourself rode hard and put away wet? Good goddamn!!! It's quite a skill to be able to write such a complicated and in many ways unsavory character (there was a moment early on when we found out Tucker has kids scattered all over, and I flat out did not like that), that I slowly and surely fucken luhhhhvd! I would be VERY interested in listening to the audio version of this. With the right narra ...more
Absolutely fantastic! Blew me away. I love Damon Suede, and all of his stories are so much fun to read, but this is my new favorite (sorry Silas) gah, Tucker Biggs - holy hot damn, he's perfect. If you've got a dirty cowboy kink (and I sure do) he's the answer. (view spoiler)

I really enjoyed watching them fall in love over the course of the story. It's all from Patch's pov, and seeing Tucker through Patch's eyes was such a treat
3.5 stars

When we’re first introduced to Patch Hastle, he’s on his way to Hixville, Texas, a town he ran away from when he was sixteen. Patch’s return isn’t happy, as he’s going back for his parents’ funerals and to wrap up business at their ranch.

Anger’s a tangible thing in this book. Patch is angry at the town that almost crushed him, at the parents that couldn’t accept him for who he was, and at himself for never being able to really put it all behind him.

And he’s angry at Tucker Biggs, Patch
Lorraine Lesar
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
After paying £6.99 + tax from DSP, I was determined to finish this book. It's taken me since March (yes, March) but I can finally say it didn't beat me (though it was close thing) and it's now finished.
After everyone's recommendation and great reviews, I was expecting a firework bonanza. The reality? it was something like a damp rocket that refused to be lit.
The "lick" in the Lickety was "iffety" and and "split" was also splitity, so no skies lit bright in my world.
So I'm giving the 2* to me. 2
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-books, m-m-read
I just finished this book and I'm not sure that I understood half of what I read! Much as I'd like to think that I'm not an idiot generally, feels like I'm one right now because I just couldn't follow some (most) of the conversation between Patch and Tucker. It wasn't so much the dialect they used, but the way that their shorthand speech went over my head. For example, the convo at the end of the New Orleans trip - I thought they were saying one thing but it turns out that they thought it was th ...more
This was at once an utterly fascinating character study of an old cowboy and a young man who lost his heart to that same cowboy long ago, and an utterly frustrating read at times, what with the slow dance around the truth these two men insist upon, but also utterly satisfying in the end, when they both get that what they want, but don't know how to ask for.

I don't have a lot of exposure to Damon Suede's writing. I read Bad Idea many moons ago, so this one didn't pop my Damon Suede cherry, but s
DNF @20%

To me, it was too dirty and not the good kind of dirty.
Unfortunately it felt like the little story in this book was in the background and the main attraction was the porn stuff, which is ok in some rare cases, but I did not connect with both MC's *at all* (one was annoying, the other was creepy and icky)

Again, unfortunately, with this author. Yet, I'm in a minority, so...
4.5 stars – Back when I was in my honeymoon period of reading M/M romance, I read Damon Suede’s Hot Head, a book that is still one of the most memorable I’ve read in the genre. For some reason, in the sixteen months since then, I’ve not picked up another of his books—perhaps it’s because I’m still waiting for Tommy’s story, but that’s neither here nor there. Anyway, the appearance of Lickety Split on my reading list was quite welcome, and after reading it, I once again have to ask myself why I h ...more
4.5 stars

So this ended up being an awesome read, ultimately.


It was more toward 3.5-4.0 stars at the beginning for me because it was slow going, and I was waiting for it to pick up for awhile. Patch was interesting and engaging, but it felt like his and Tucker's relationship took awhile to get going, and to heat up, so that's why I was wavering a little at first. But then around the 30% mark or so, it really started to pick and and I started really get into it. Probably right around when Patch (
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it

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 Tucke
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mmm-no, reviewed
Ugh, Damon. Didn't anyone tell you that it all gets increasingly harder when it comes to cowboys? Ever?

From my own personal experience, characters usually tend to slip through our fingers when we build a story around them. It's just what they do, as if they wanted to exist outside of our mind and be complete separate entities from us. It's kind of the same process of differentiation children have from their parents. And some even have the courage to say it must be easy being a writer! Oh, write
Mar 15, 2017 added it
Shelves: dnf
I have to dnf this one - the sex scenes are grossing me out. When the term "juicy snout" is used (and that is one of MANY phrases that were ridic) I can't go on. I just can't.

I like that age difference and maybe I would end up liking the two of them together but the wording in the sex scenes turns me off so much.

3.5 stars

I usually enjoy the extreme manliness emanating from the pages of Damon Seude's books. They're often a very welcome and more real feeling change from much of the usual m/m fare, and this one is no different. It's got all this Southern maleness veritably oozing from between each word, making Tucker and Patch feel like so much kinky prime beef for your delectation.

I used to not mind Suede's idiosyncratic way of spelling out all his character's sound effects, as well as all of their verba
Lisa The Novel Approach
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 cru
Sep 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, awful-1-2-stars
*** DNF I tried, I really did. All week long. I finally cried Uncle this morning. I couldn't have been less interested in the two main characters. Both unlikeable in their own, distinct ways. It went so far over to the other side for me that I couldn't care if these two found love or not. So, moving on.

Barb ~rede-2-read~
This is one of the strangest love stories I ever read. On the one hand, it felt as if two guys were just getting together for some rough sex mixed in with a lot of down-home talkin’ and good earthy slogans, but under the surface level, when we scratch deep enough, it was really a love story between a 40+ old cowboy/farmer/rodeo rider and a 20+ NYC deejay who comes home to good ol’ Hixville,Texas, after his parents are killed in an accident.

Even blindfolded, I’d know Damon Suede wrote this due to
4.5 Stars

Once again, Damon knocks it out of the park for me.
purple witch ෴
Jun 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Patch Hastle leaves the fast party life of Ibiza in a hurry to return to his hometown after learning that his parents died tragically. He have to handle the house, property and funeral.
At 16, Patch left his hometown for the city, he wanted to go somewhere where his being gay would not set him apart and prone to bullying. Now back, he feels terrible.
Oh, and the will of his parents have left Patch’s worst enemy in charge: his father’s handsome best friend who made his high school years hell. Th
I really loved the beginning and was ready to start sending recommendations to my friends right then. Now I'm glad I didn’t.

The writing is gorgeous, it's eloquent and powerful. But the slang, dear God, the slang. While it did a good job of evoking a sense of place and people, it just annoyed me so. Freaking. MUCH!

Then the characters. Patch was wonderfully likeable, certainly something I can’t say about Tucker. I mean, the guy fucked his way through life, spawning children left and right, never c
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Damon Suede grew up out-n-proud deep in the anus of right-wing America, and escaped as soon as it was legal. He has lived all over and along the way, he’s earned his crust as a model, a messenger, a promoter, a programmer, a sculptor, a singer, a stripper, a bookkeeper, a bartender, a techie, a teacher, a director... but writing has ever been his bread and butter. He has been happily partnered for


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