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A Twist and Two Balls

(With A Kick #1)

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Eduardo Mancini is going to be a star of the London stage and screen. Or that was the plan. His alter ego Eddy March hasn't got further than the chorus and a bit part in a TV series. His parents aren't supportive, his agent can’t place his particular skills, and he's finding it hard to hang onto his young dreams. Things go from bad to worse when he's late for an important ...more
Kindle Edition, 112 pages
Published August 29th 2014 by Jocular Press (first published August 27th 2014)
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Julio Genao
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
ESL jokes seem a touch passé at this juncture, do they not?

"eduardo" was waaaaaaaaaay camp and melodramatic; nuri a magical immigrant; the family had the flavor of a cut-rate My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

nowt in the way of developed conflict—which left only ethnic foreigner jokes, sex, and high-strung thespian panics.

not my idea of a good time, alas.
Ann
Just a warning, when you read this book, you will crave ice cream.

Just like that ice cream is a delicious little snacky, this story will give you the same kind of satisfying happy feeling. Eduardo Mancini has got some problems of his own making and lucky for him his bad luck takes a turn in the form of taxi driver Nuri. What starts off as a day from hell ends up being the best opportunity Eddy will ever get. And, make no mistake, as much as his stage diva self would like to be Eduardo Mancini, h
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Kaje Harper
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: light, m-m
This is light and fun. There are a few twists, some character growth, and very little angst. Eddy the z-list actor meets Nuri, a cab driver, when he realizes he doesn't have enough money to pay for his cab ride. Eddy tries to fob Nuri off with the meager contents of his pockets and run away. But Nuri follows him...

Nuri is a wonderful guy with a great family - his brothers and their arguments about English usage are one of the charms of the book. I actually wasn't convinced that Eddy was good eno
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Rachel Emily
Well this book was just charming! I adored the storytelling in this...and for a novella it had a LOT of story to it, it seemed much longer than the page count made me think it would be.

I loved Eddie and Nuri together. Nuri and his gentleness, his mannerisms were just swoon worthy and I literally LOLed at his family! Eddie was funny, over the top, and yeah a bit self centered so I’m glad he realized that and wanted to change for the better.

These two had great chemistry, some bumps along the roa
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namericanwordcat
3.5 Stars

This is a sweet and yet realistically tart interracial romance yet around the boozey ice cream shop at the center of this series.

Nuri and Eddy get off to a very rough start. Eddy does not have the money to pay the Taxi fare.

Eddy and Nuri are very different men but they like and admire each other as Eddy finds himself again as a performer and Nuri shares more and more of his family and life with him.

There is a madcap feel to parts of this romance and in other parts its lush. Compelling l
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Jordan Price
This story is a real bang for its length. Although it’s a novella, A Twist and Two Balls packed in more character development than many novels I read. A main thing I look for in a book is whether I get a sense of who the characters are right away. The very first scene in this gem of a story really delivered. Right away, I felt Eddie’s energy as he struggled to scrape together a career that simply wasn’t happening. He’d become so accustomed to the message that he wasn’t enough that he had become ...more
Lena Grey
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle.” ~ Steve Jobs

Little does Eduardo, of 'A Twist and Two Balls' by Clare London, know that not having enough money for his cab fare could lead to a new direction in his life. The cab driver, Nuri, is determined to get his fare and chases after Eduardo demanding that he be paid; but Nuri isn't pursuing him only for the money; he's attracted to Eduardo and wants to get to know him better. T
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Lucy
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Poor Eduardo. Things just aren’t going very well for him. He’s on his way to an audition, in his audition clothes, and his taxi is stuck in traffic. He’s going to be late. Even worse, he doesn’t have enough money to pay the fare. The big bear of a driver isn’t amused and doesn’t let Eduardo get away with it. Let the pursuit begin!

Nuri, the taxi driver, is Turkish, calm, steady and really doesn’t want to be ripped off. He doesn’t dart out of the taxi willy nilly to chase down Eduardo. Nope, he c
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Sadonna
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
What a wonderful start to a new series! Anybody who knows me knows that my favorite trip EVER was to Turkey :) I LOVED Nuri and his family - reminded me so much of my time there. What a lovely country and people I got to experience. Of course Eduardo (Eddy) is quite the counterpoint to Nuri. But after a rather unique and surprising meeting, it turns out that these two complement each other quite well ;)

Nuri's family is a big part of this story. His mother, grandmother, siblings and their familie
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Lisa The Novel Approach
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I don’t read a lot of contemporary genre romance but when I do, there are a few go-to authors on my list, and Clare London happens to be one of them, especially her stories that offer a touch of humor along with a lovely taste of England, which describes A Twist and Two Balls to a T.

Eduardo Mancini is a phony. Actually, he’s a struggling actor, but that doesn’t make him, or Eddy March—his true identity—a bad guy, really, even when he attempts to stiff his cabby on the way to an audition. When al
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Arch Bala
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I actually started reading this series with the titles from Sue Brown and I totally enjoyed them! This one is similarly enjoyable! I loved Eddy and Nuri and the chemistry between them and I loved Nuri’s funny brothers. Nuri more than anything else was just too dreamy. Gosh, how can a guy be so nice and all? Helping out your family and doing shit for strangers? I loved him! A

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my clean-shaven Nuri :)
R.J.
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was so funny in a lot of places. I love the quarreling brothers, and the back story to Nuri which is unraveled a bit at a time. I am huge Clare London fan and this has all the usual Clare London touches, humour, angst, family (a huge turkish family I kind of lost track of!), and a lovely HEA. There are some British in-jokes but nothing that pulls you out of the story. I can not wait for book 2 which I understand is being by Sue Brown, and then book 3 which I hope is coming from Clare and th ...more
Jilrene ♥
Maybe I'm a sucker for fluffy warm fuzzies, because I love this short story. Adorable and lots of humor. There's quite a bit happening, too.
SoCalBookReviews
Jul 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-owned
3.5 Stars Overall
(Review for Book 1 & 3 Collection in Audio format)

This is my first time with a Clare London book, and with this audiobook, we actually get two novellas and two even shorter stories in this collection bundle which is really nice. Both of the main books are shorter cute novellas with a lot of humor added into them, and then the shorter stories at the end are an added fun bonus since we get to look back in on both couples. I really had fun listening to all of the books that wer
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Alex Jane
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star
A short read but packed with flavour. I loved that this was more than two people finding love, but also finding things they didn’t even know they needed through their developing relationship. I laughed, I ‘aww’ed, writing you just can’t fault, and naked hairy men...very enjoyable.
jazmin
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
A really sweet and charming book :)
Joyfully Jay
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars


This is a cute story with a few fun twists I enjoyed. First off, we get the meet cute early on as Nuri follows Eddy around town, waiting for his money, only to realize he would rather take Eddy out on a date than get his fare. Nuri starts off a little intimidating, but is actually a warm, sweet, incredibly kind guy. He takes care of his family, has sacrificed for them, and is endlessly supportive of Eddy. Despite the fact Eddy’s career is going nowhere, Nuri believe
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Donna
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: love-bytes, m-m
4.5 STARS

I rarely rate a story this short any higher than 4 stars because I’d say nine times out of ten I’m left feeling that there isn’t enough depth or it’s too rushed or there’s just too much story missing. But with A Twist and Two Balls I didn’t experience any of those problems. I loved this story and I can’t wait to see what flavor comes next in this promising new series.

My full review of A Twist and Two Balls can be found at Love Bytes
http://lovebytesreviews.com/2014/09/1...


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Tam
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
A great story with lots of humour. I loved Eddy and his rather flighty mind and how his thinking kind of bounced around. Nuri's family kind of gave me hives. As an only with an only, huge families like that kind of make me panicky. :-) I did like how you got glimpses of their backgrounds that explained a lot about why they did what they did for a career and how it shaped them. Just a few lines that made so much sense.

A nice start to the series and having spent August in London it was fun to rea
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Trish
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 Review: A Twist and Two Balls.. What an odd book title and exactly why I chose to review this one for The Blogger Girls. The story is 66 kindle pages but it didn’t feel like a short story when it was finished. It’s written very well and the characters are so clearly defined that the reader should have no problem connecting with Eddy and Nuri.

Full review posted at The Blogger Girls http://thebloggergirls.com/2014/10/11...
Lillian Francis
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So good. Sweet & funny with a great cast of secondary characters and two gorgeous leads. Only one question begs to be answered, where is this ice cream shop?
Love Bytes Reviews
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Erryn Barratt
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sweet ice cream and booze (an audio review)

A Twist and Two Balls

I’m not a drinker and I still loved these stories. That being said, if you enjoy alcohol, the creative drinks concocted to go with the ice cream will make you salivate. A Twist and Two Balls had me consider drinking alcohol.

On with the story. As someone who tried her hand at acting and failed miserably, I was very much able to relate to Eddy March – or Eduardo Mancini as he’s tried to pass himself off as. Aside from one toothpaste c
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Amy Dufera
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Twist and Two Balls is the first book in Clare London's With a Kick series.

With A Kick is a appropriately named ice cream shop that serves it's ice cream with alcohol. It is Eddy's safe place, as they owners are fantastic, and the whole atmosphere lends itself to some great, entertaining moments.

Eddy and Nuri have one of the best meetings as they get off to an unusual start, that is equal parts funny and unexpected.

Eddy's life is floundering when we meet him. He's stressed, as his dreams of b
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Carra
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Eddy (aka Eduardo Mancini) is a bit over the top sometime actor who can be a bit camp at times and can also pour on the dramatic edge when needed…or even when not. Nuri is a Turkish cab driver with a big, loving family—including some brothers who can be as annoying as siblings can get…much to the amusement of readers.

You’d never expect these two to be the ones getting together after the way their first meeting goes, but they seem to fall into an easy relationship with not much angst. The little
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Lorraine
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable romance

This is e first book of a series set around an ice cream shop in London.
Eduardo (Eddy) and Nuri meet when Eddy takes a ride in Nuri's taxi attempting to get to an audition, but although the audition doesn't happen, the two hit it off, after a little misunderstanding.
Gentle and sweet, with the fun of Nuri's crazy family, Eddy finds himself in a family he didn't know he was looking for, and found himself in the process.
Patdbooks
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
lovely light funny read. well worth opening the first page and finding out about Eddy and Nuri. though I must admit there where times I felt like shouting at Nuri... Why bother with him.
Tj
Dec 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: freebie
I loved Nuri and his family. Falling in like with Eddy took a little longer.
Aniko
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ibooks
Fun and enjoyable little story.
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Clare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with her other day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with award-winning novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while f ...more

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