Author: Damon Suede
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 03/13/2017
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
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.
This was one of the most interesting books I’ve read in a while, I thought it was fantastic, then predictable, then full of a sense of place, then irritating while being glorious.
Patch and Tucker’s personalities are developed beautifully. Patch is young and, due to his modelling career, something of celebrity who now DJ’s. Tucker is older, and has drifted around- he’s been married and has kids (although he’s not sure where they are.) Tucker was Patch’s first crush, and although he believes that he hates him, nothing could be further from the truth. The initial chase of this book is fantastic, as Patch and Tucker discover how compatible they are in and out of bed, and Patch starts to come to terms with the man that Tucker is, as opposed to the creation he has in his head. I adore books where the setting is important to the book, and the sense of place is palpable here , in the speech of the characters and the geography and even the clothes that Tucker wears. If the book had continued to develop as it started for me this would have been as good as it gets. However Patch and Tucker get lost in their own heads, and then have The Big Misunderstanding. I understand about tension, but I saw this coming a mile off, and up until then this book was different enough to buck that trope.
The dialogue is terrific, and the voices of Patch, and especially Tucker, are so good, I felt like I was in Texas (and for a Londoner to I think that speaks buckets about Damon Suede’s skill as a writer I think). He does this thing, after one of the characters says Sure, its written phonetically, and at first this was irritating, I kept thinking ‘why is he writing like this, it’s so bloody obvious that’s how they speak’ until I realised that it was emphasising not just Patch and Tuckers speech patterns but also it was a leitmotif for home.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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