With a Kick Collection No. 2 (Kirstin’s Audio review)

Title: With a Kick Collection No. 2
Author: Clare London and Joel Leslie (Narrator)
Publisher: Jocular Press
Release Date: April 5th 2019
Genre(s): Romance, Comedy
Listening Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5


This collection includes Clare London’s second two charming London-based novellas of the With A Kick series – Pluck and Play, and Double Scoop.

WITH A KICK: A new and enticing ice cream franchise, with a unique blend of full flavour, mischief and romance. Patrick and Lee are struggling to make a success of their alcoholic ice cream shop in the centre of tourist London. At the same time, their business partnership may take a turn towards the personal – if either of them can find the time and nerve to go for it! Meanwhile, they cater to the wild and wonderful range of customers in the area, many of whom have their own romantic agenda. Will ice cream be the final ingredient they’re all looking for?

Each story is a self-contained romance, but will follow the history of the shop throughout.

PLUCK AND PLAY: Curtis is a cheery young entrepreneur, secretly licking his wounds after being beaten up by his ex-lover. Handsome cowboy Riley is stranded in London without money. His consolation is his music, and his fascination is Curtis. Their music brings them together, Riley’s guitar and Curtis’ poetry. But when Curtis is threatened by his ex-lover, Riley intends to be the man to help.

DOUBLE SCOOP: A sudden disaster strikes the novelty ice cream shop, With A Kick, threatening the livelihood of its owner, Patrick, and also his assistant Lee. The last thing in the world Patrick wants is to hurt Lee, but deeply-held insecurities prevent him from confessing his love. And how long will Lee wait to make his own move? Hopefully the disaster brings a new opportunity for them to make a go of things.

This is romance for the soul. How love should be written.

Both stories in this series centered around the cafe With a Kick, and the many friends that inhabit the fun, breezy ice cream/alcohol establishment. It teaches that no one is truly alone and that we are part of a larger community. And helping those in need gives back more than can ever be counted.

The first story in this volume was Pluck and Play, a tender tale about a cowboy from Texas finding his way to London and meeting Curtis, the ever busy, always friendly entrepreneur. It was hurt/comfort in all the right ways and melted my heart.

Double Scoop captured my heart from the start. It’s the story of Patrick and Lee, whose lives had become intertwined, despite both of them fearing the future. I connected with Lee so much and loved how he loved Patrick. He was snarky and real and just downright adorable.

Narration by Joel Leslie is always a wonder. His voice is captivating and alluring. I’m always blown away at the distinct accents and voices that he crafts, but what he did with Lee in this story was just purely inspired. Every time Lee spoke I smiled. His narration was brilliant, providing the listener with the added effect of transporting them to the little shop in London, tasting ices and feeling the words that Clare London so elegantly provided.

Absolutely recommended, all the stars, loved every minute.

With a Kick Collection

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Galley copy of With a Kick Collection No. 2 provided by author in exchange of an honest review.


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after. Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday
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