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Pluck and Play

(With A Kick #5)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  71 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Everyone knows Curtis Wilson around the Soho business scene: a hard-working, budding young entrepreneur, who can get you supplies of whatever you need, and always with a joke and a laugh. Only Curtis knows that’s a purely public persona. Secretly, he’s still licking his wounds after being beaten up by his ex-lover, and he’s not about to let his guard down again.

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ebook, 98 pages
Published February 6th 2015 by Jocular Press (first published February 4th 2015)
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I love this series and the story of Curtis and Riley is a great addition. Plus, Cowboy! Old friends made appearances and that made me very happy.

I’ve read all three contributions by Clare London to the With a Kick series and I think this one is my favorite. Is it the strong American singing cowboy MC, the bourbon and chocolate over ice cream or the cluelessly charming, completely British MC? Ummmm, yes! Honestly, this story may have well been called Pluck and Play for Ann.

Riley was exactly the
Rachel Emily
I'm listening to the second With a Kick bundle in audio format and really enjoyed this one! Joel Leslie did an amazing job, as always, in voicing the characters - his accents and nuances to the tones and inflections of tones is just always wonderful to hear.

I especially loved how all of the couples in the previous stories are included in this one and how all their friendships are interconnected here.

Curtis and Riley were a great couple, and I really enjoyed their romance. Gotta love a cowboy!
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
**4.5 stars**

I loved this novella from Clare and Sue Brown’s With A Kick series. I really enjoy Clare's stories; she has a distinctive witty edge to her writing that gives her contemporary romances a smart, snappier feel. She still manages to deliver the fictional escapism we all look for in our m/m love stories, but there's an honesty and believability factor to her characters that stops them from just being your usual fluffy, feel good, romantic fodder.

Both Curtis and Riley are extremely lo
Lena Grey
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Trust is the easiest thing in the world to lose, and the hardest thing in the world to get back.” ~ Kamari aka Lyrikal

Of all the men Curtis Wilson, of 'Pluck and Play' by Clare London, may have ever imagined becoming involved with, an American singing cowboy named Riley Richmond would have been last on his list. Curtis senses the attraction, but after surviving the abusive relationship from which he has just escaped, he's in no hurry to hook up with another stranger. That's before he learns how
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
>: This is the fifth entry in the With a Kick series and it’s as lovely as ever. With a Kick, the “adult” ice cream shop (think ice cream and alcohol!), is host to some wonderful friends. The owner of a delivery service, Curtis, is a fan of the ice cream. When, on a delivery to a nearby hotel, he is attacked by the homophobic chef of the hotel. Luckily, a gorgeous man is there to save him, with a punch to the face for the chef. A “posh totty” wearing cowboy boots, no less. And so Curtis met Rile ...more
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Guitar Playing Cowboy!

I have so much love for this series with alternating books between Clare London and Sue Brown. I love their look at London, and the cast of characters that appear in the books. This one is no exception. Loved it. Possibly my favourite so far - hell, I can't resist a cowboy... and how writing a book with Riley visiting home!
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bought_it
What a fun series! I love how Sue and Clare give us great guys that are so good together. Looking forward to more, Lee needs his happy ending too!!
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Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 star review by Amber

So, with this book I did something I absolutely never, ever do. I started a series at book 5 without having read any others in the series. I did this for a few different reasons; first, I absolutely loved the blurb. Without a doubt it had me extremely interested. And second, which I think is most important was the publisher classified it as a standalone. That’s all I needed…I was sold. And you know what, this book was damn good. So good, in fact that I am now going all the
Lillian Francis
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it

I knew where this was heading and I loved the scene when it arrived and the journey getting there.

Loved catching up with all the gang.

Now, Patrick and Lee's story...
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
I just adore the author's work and this is no exception. There are a few surprises and a prickly protagonist so good fun all around. ...more
Nov 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I really enjoy Clare London’s writing and, until now, that included the With A Kick series. I was very disappointed with this one. The storyline was great but poorly executed. The writing and conversations didn’t flow well to me and seemed stilted and abrupt. And the cowboy English was just flat out annoying. Curtis and Riley were good together but there was a growing hypocrisy between them as they each tried to get the other to accept help from others but insisted they are fine on their own. I ...more
Amy Dufera - Amy's MM Romance Reviews
Pluck and Play is classic With a Kick series fun.

Riley and Curtis are a mixed-up couple, but together they can start to open up to one another, and hopefully help one another out.

They have to deal with an alcoholic and abusive ex, threats, a whole lot of family issues, and some more. Through it all, they remain sweet and lovable.

I must admit to absolutely loving the reason for why they met. Classic With A Twist content here! And, of course, one of the main charms of this series is the constant a
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-have, mm
This book is part of a series, but can be read as a standalone. I honestly wish there were half stars, because this was a very strong 4 stars.

Curtis is a delivery man. He works for smaller businesses and is his own man. One day, an American stands up for him against a homophobic customer, and he meets Riley. Riley is a down-on-his-luck (aren't they all) musician who is currently living across the pond. He likes to wear cowboy boots and a cowboy hat, so we understand that he's definitely not a n
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Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This one felt just a little different to me. It still had all the humor and heart, but it felt like a much more serious undertone, perhaps because of the subject matter. I hate to give spoilers, but fair warning: while there's nothing graphic, there are mentions of domestic abuse in this one.
Curtis and Riley both got to me at a much more emotional level. These guys had some heavy things to deal with. Even so, Ms. London did it with the same light touch as with the other stories, blending equal p
A.M. Leibowitz
This one felt just a little different to me. It still had all the humor and heart, but it felt like a much more serious undertone, perhaps because of the subject matter. I hate to give spoilers, but fair warning: while there’s nothing graphic, there are mentions of domestic abuse in this one.

Curtis and Riley both got to me at a much more emotional level. These guys had some heavy things to deal with. Even so, Ms. London did it with the same light touch as with the other stories, blending equal p
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ideal Palate Cleansers

This review is for all five books in this series, and one hopes that author Clare London has at least one more she is working on so that we can finally tie a bow around the series.

The premise of a too-cool-to-be-true London ice-cream parlor just happening to be the serendipitous location where ten completely different men accidentally meet to form five completely ingenious couples is laced with laughter, off-the-wall plots, a lot of sex (sometimes), some rough sex (sometime
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well damn GR for eating my review!!! Suffice to say I really enjoyed these guys. Riley and Curtis meet when Curtis is being harassed by a homophobic jerk and Riley ends up losing a gig over it. When they meet rather again rather by chance outside With a Kick, they get to talking. Both make assumptions. Both are wrong. It's fun to watch them try to figure out what it means and what they might mean to each other. It's also fun to see the whole With a Kick gang again as well.

This is a fun series.
Dec 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Good to see all the old cast. With a Kick continues to be the focus.
Curtis is a hard worker, having carved a niche for himself among the local businesses - fixing, buying, delivering, problem solving on a smaller scale.
Riley's more of a mystery and the most I felt I knew about him came in a few sentences towards the end - would have loved more about the sexy cowboy!
Struggled to get into it, but that may have been my available time rather than the story. When I got a decent chance at it, it moved
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5* This is a great addition to the With A Kick Series, probably my favourite so far, Clare managed to deal with a serious subject perfectly. I loved Curtis and Riley, their romance was very sweet and heartfelt. When Riley got the "gang" together is was bloody brilliant, getting to hear from my lovely Nuri again made my day. I can't wait to see what happens with the rest of the series :) ...more
Sep 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own-it, dnf
I was reading the With A Kick series an at Pluck and Play, I became saturated. After a break, I plan to return to the series.
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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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