Part of the With a Kick series of Novellas happy dance
Author: Clare London
Publisher: *Not Listed
Cover Artist: Lou Harper
Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Bryan Harrison is a successful accountant and a man who admires order and self-discipline. It’s a startling break from his routine when he literally bumps into Phiz Bussman outside With A Kick. Phiz’s lifestyle and behaviour are in complete contrast to Bryan’s, and appear totally chaotic. But they each recognise something in the other that they need.
Bryan has been helping With A Kick with its financial difficulties, and is finding it difficult to balance his professional persona with friendship with the owners. But then he’s always found it tricky to expose his more vulnerable feelings. His cool facade hides loneliness: he believes he’ll never find a lover who accepts and welcomes his secret desire.
Whereas Phiz is all about exposure: he’s defined by his cheerful but clumsy liveliness, his open-hearted emotions, and his physical needs. Despite that, he’s lonely as well. He craves someone who will help him bring purpose and focus into his life, and admits freely he needs a firm hand – in every way.
If they can both accept a friendship that’s destined for more, Bryan may be just the man to provide it.
Slap and Tickle is the third in a series of novellas based around an ice cream shop with a difference, With A Kick. In this one we meet a young, but reserved, slightly stuffy accountant Bryan who manages the struggling shop’s accounts, and an effervescent young man called Phizz. Clare London always gives her characters such well developed personalities, and the characters, Bryan and Phizz, are two examples of this. This is an adorable story of how unlikely matches can prove to be the best.
I love the Ice Cream shop settings and the ice cream recipes they invent make my mouth water. I want to go into Soho in London and find this shop. I want to be served by Lee and talk to the owner Patrick. After reading this latest one I want to buzz with Phizz and enjoy a coffee with Bryan. I enjoyed the first one by Clare and have Sue Brown’s in my TBR collection, but so far this is my favourite episode.
It makes an enjoyable mental palate cleanser and will leave you feeling…well happy! (with a strange yearning for alcoholic ice-cream)
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