Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Lickety Split by Damon Suede

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.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This story of a celebrity DJ and his childhood cowboy crush contains some of the most imaginative and delightfully filthy sex scenes I’ve read in a very long time.

For at least the first third of this book, I didn’t actually like either of the two main characters. We’re first introduced to Tucker as a homophobic bully and womaniser. With several grown children with several different women, he’s a nightmare. Patch comes back to his hometown with a massive chip on his shoulder. The Andrew Christian model has an enormous sense of his own worth and very little respect for his family’s history. He’s ready to sell his family farm to an oil company without a backwards glance.

Once I persevered through Patch’s more annoying initial sulks, he began to be more vulnerable, more human, and more conflicted. Once he lost his sense of entitlement, I began to fall for him. Similarly, Tucker’s bluster gives way to kindness and vulnerability. The age gap between these two works – not because Patch is terribly mature (which he isn’t), but because Tucker often feels like a kid who never grew up.

I’m not sure whether this is marketed as a romance or as erotica, but the sex is steamy. Once again, Damon Suede manages to make the humble hand job a near spiritual event. Adding rope and veterinary lubricant lowers the tone some but makes for some wonderfully debauched scenes.

I really enjoyed this story. Ever since Hot Heads, Damon Suede will always be an auto buy for me. This book didn’t grab me quite the way his first books did, but it has all the sweetness and smut that I love in this author’s books.

DAMON SUEDE grew up out-’n’-proud deep in the anus of right-wing America, and escaped as soon as it was legal. Having lived all over, 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 over fifteen years with the most loving, handsome, shrewd, hilarious, noble man to walk this planet.

Damon is a proud member of the Romance Writers of America and currently serves on its national Board of Directors. Though new to romance fiction, Damon has been writing for print, stage, and screen for over two decades, which is both more and less glamorous than you might imagine. 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.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Lickety Split by Damon Suede to read and review.

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