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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
- 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...
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 ( ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
Even blindfolded, I’d know Damon Suede wrote this due to ...more
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 ...more
Lickety Split by Damon Suede is a book that was pretty much screaming my name. Between the age difference, the enemies to lovers vibe, and the hot and sexy romance, this is the kind of book I will almost always grab. So I am happy to say that I really enjoyed this one, and I love that Suede manages to take a book that is super sexy, but also give it so much depth and heart.
So let me start there. I think a lot of what people are going to talk about with this book i ...more
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...more