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Curves, Kisses and Chocolate Ice-Cream

(The Ice-Cream Café #2)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  211 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Dani’s on a mission to get her life back on track by the end of the Summer. Running, rowing, aerobics and more, but perhaps all she needs are sweet treats and a second chance?

Twenty years ago, Dani fled Appledore with a broken-heart and a suitcase full of shattered dreams. Only now is she brave enough to put her past behind her and return for a summer selling homemade ice
Kindle Edition, 280 pages
Published June 27th 2017 by Bookouture (first published June 2017)
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Dash fan
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
5☆ Uplifting, Heart Warming Courageous, Very Funny,

This is the second book in the series and wow it was good.
 Although it is book 2, It can be comfortably read as a standalone book.

 The first book melted my heart the second has done exactly the same! I loved it!!

Curves, kisses and Chocolate ice cream, is a book about personal struggles and overcoming your demons, new beginnings, friendship, relationships, humour, scrumptious ice cream, fab characters.

Dani is the main character in the story.
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
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This is the second book in a series, I loved Ella’s Ice Cream Summer and was really excited I didn’t have to wait very long for the second book. This one was just as wickedly funny as the first and had just as much heart and warmth, I LOVED it!

Dani was such a fun heroine, she’s sassy and has a super funny self deprecating sense of humor and she’s always struggled with her weight. She’s so relatable, what woman hasn’t had the same issues with
Renita D'Silva
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! Laugh out loud funny but with a poignant heart, this story has everything. Great dollops of humour, a huge serving of romance, a sprinkling of heartbreak and lashings of delicious ice-cream, a beautiful story told in Sue Watson's trademark style - what's not to like? LOVED this beautiful book. This author just gets better and better with every book and I just cannot wait for her next!
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, chick-lit
3.5 stars
Fun, summer feel-good book! Anyone who loves to eat and is suffering or has suffered from weight issues in the past will enjoy this storyline featuring Dani, a plump woman about to turn 40. She loves food (especially ice cream), hates exercise, and is dying to lose weight and feel good about herself. This book is her journey on her 39th summer which has many funny, laugh out loud moments as well as some more sober ones. Great beach read!

**Many thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for givi
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Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
We are back in the town of Appledore and this time we meet Dani. She left Appledore twenty years before with a broken heart and now she is back, overweight and desperate to become thinner and more fabulous in time for her fourtieth birthday. Dani is a very likeable character and to be honest you just know that she is going to struggle on her weightloss challenge. The first quarter of the book really sets the scene and the reader really gets to see what Dani is up against including some very funn ...more
Elle's Book Blog
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chicklit
Release Date: June 27, 2017
Genre: Chick Lit
Rating: 4 stars

Curves, Kisses, and Chocolate Ice-Cream is a fun summer romp and perfect for any woman's beach bag. That said, it is the second book in the Ice-Cream Cafe series but can be read as a complete standalone. For those who enjoy the chick lit and women's fiction genre, this would be the perfect fit for you! It's a relatable tale about a "curvier" woman who just wants to loose a few pounds. How many of us have been in this same predicamen
Rachel Gilbey
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Without a doubt, my new favourite book by Sue Watson - its fabulous, its funny, its full of ice-cream, its full of all around goodness, wrapped into one fantabulous story!

I spent so much of the first part of the book laughing and smiling, and also seeing myself in the main character of Dani. Dani is on the larger size, works in an ice-cream shop, and consistently wishes she was thinner, but she also loves to binge eat and isn't too keen on exercise. She is full of good intentions, and has a rea
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
We eat either to escape some emotional trauma or to fill an emotional need, and that’s why it is known as comfort food. And this comfort food is almost always something delicious, something ridiculously fattening, and something which fills the mouth with bursts of flavor and hips with a bigger arse. That is the law of Murphy… Everything good is seriously bad for us.

The author, Sue Watson, also has her main character, Dani, doing just that: eating to forget her ex’s lousy behaviour, her mother’s
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic read, one that kept a huge smile on my face and had me laughing right the way through it.

The book is about Dani, a larger curvy woman who works in an ice cream shop in the seaside town Appledore.

Obviously working in the ice cream shop isnt helping Dani with her weight, aside from that Dani has gone through a number of personal issues that have led her to turn to food in times of comfort. So she finally decides enough is enough and signs up to a gym were a hunky gym instruc
Janet Robel
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dani is not your usual protagonist. She is plus-sized and has a heart of gold which makes her all the more lovable to readers. Trying to make a change for the better isn't always easy. All the talk of food did make me hungry. We are gifted with a beautiful story with a light romance that blossoms in the unlikeliest of places. Truly a wonderful plot that goes by all too quickly. I hope you'll give this author a chance. Her books are contemporary and perfect to fit in some reading during the hecti ...more
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
You may remember from my review of the first book in this series, Ella’s Ice-Cream Summer, that this isn’t my typical type of read. But after having enjoyed the first one so much, I couldn’t resist picking this one up as well and it’s every bit as heartwarming.

Dani has a bit of an unhealthy relationship with food. Twenty years ago, she left Appledore but life didn’t quite pan out the way she thought it would and now she’s back. Determined to finally let go of the past and get fit in the meantime
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Summer's just begun but I've already found a book that will go on my TOP 5 summer reads list! OMG Sue Watson has done it again! Once again she proves she creates the yummiest and funniest books. As someone who's read all of her books and has been devotedly following her work for years, I can say (without a single doubt) this is definitely the best she's written! I have so much love for this book I honestly don't know even where to start with my review. I just
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, 2017-releases

I think that "Curves, Kisses and Chocolate Ice - Cream" is a story that many of the readers can relate too. I, for once, can. I've been struggling with my weight since I've become a mum - right after bringing the little one home I was so slender like never before and it stayed like this for some time but then the PND began, together with comfort eating and so the kilos started to pile and well, they don't want to go away, no matter what. I am not overweight, well, maybe a little, but I just don'
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dani works in the ice-cream shop in Appledore and being surrounded by sweet heaven isn’t really working well for her weight. Food and eating is her comfort, when problems arise, but she’s had enough and decides to join a local gym, where she meets a gym instructor.

I really liked how each chapter started-failed attempts at diets and the reasons behind the diet. While it was really funny book, it also had thought provoking moments. It’s definitely a book a lot of people can relate to and I did enj
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Even though this is the second book in The Cafe Ice Cream series, as it’s a different set of main characters, this book can easily be read as a stand alone.

I have to admit this was quite an emotional book for me. Anyone that has ever battled with their weight is going to be able to relate to Dani. In parts it was actually quite painful as I saw so much of myself in her. If anything I have to say a big thank you to the author as this book has made me even more determined to quit the diets and jus
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arc
Uplifting & funny - a perfect summer read!

Recommended to anyone in need of a good chick-lit.

Thanks to Bookouture for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read by Sue Watson but I can absolutely guarantee that it won’t be the last one I read. I have heard lots of good things about Sue from other bloggers, authors and readers. When I was offered the chance to participate in the blog tour for ‘Curves, Kisses & Chocolate Ice-Cream’, it seemed the ideal opportunity to acquaint myself with Sue’s work.

As I always say, I don’t want to write too much about the storyline as I have a nasty habit of giving away far too much
I loved visiting in Appledore with Ella as she found a new purpose and direction and breathed new life into her aunt’s café on the seashore. Now the call to come home has reached Dani, and as the new manager of the café, she’s searching for somewhere familiar and comfortable while she decides on her next moves. For me, Dani was a bit of a difficult character at first: she’s guarded and appears to be easy-going, not taking anything too seriously except food. But that approach hides some very deep ...more
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
A little while ago I read Ella’s Ice-Cream Summer (Review Here ) so I was on tenterhooks waiting for Curves, Kisses and Chocolate Ice Cream. The title alone conjures up such a delectable story, add in the cover image and it’s full steam ahead for a summer delight.

If I thought the last book was funny this one probably quadruples the pleasure. I adore the descriptions of the food (always have snacks available when reading Sue!) the characters are hilarious and it’s such a heart-warming story.

Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved the first book in this series, Ella's Ice Cream Summer, so I was thrilled when I saw this follow-up on NetGalley and I definitely wasn't disappointed! We're back at the ice cream cafe and although most of the characters from the first installment are present here, this time our focus is on an employee of the cafe named Dani.
Dani has a lot of issues with relationships and food and, often, they go hand-in-hand. Each chapter starts out with a diary entry of a diet she has been on -- and the
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, net-galley
You are absolutely guaranteed a giggle with Sue Watson's books and the early scenes in the gym make you laugh out loud and made me think that's exactly how I'd be if I was brave enough to get through the gym door.
Dani who helps run the ice cream cafe is a curvy lady who has tried every diet going over the years. She knows the calorie content of everything she eats- but it just tastes sooo delicious! Working in the cafe isn't ideal for her self control either! She has to sample all the new recipe
Vicki - I Love Reading
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
5 super huge chocolaty stars from me.

Wowzers again. I don't think Sue Watson could write a book I don't like. Curves, Kisses, and Chocolate Ice-Cream is another brilliant feel good read. Again Sue's books take me away from my usual reading of all things Crime and it's always a welcome break. Chance to get lost in the lives of others, and that's exactly what I did.
Anyone who enjoys a god Chic Lit book, will thoroughly enjoy this, and it would be a superb read for anyone heading off to the beach,
Karen Whittard
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am a massive Sue Watson fans. I literally adore her books. They never fail to put a great big smile on my face. Have me giggling with laughter and wishing I could step into the world her books create. She's books are chicklit at their very best and if you haven't read her books yet I highly recommend.

This book is simply wonderful and I loved every moment of it. I gobbled it up quickly and greedily.

Dani is on a mission to get her life back on track. By the end of the summer, by running, rowin
Shell Baker
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Curves, Kisses and Chocolate Ice-Cream is the second book in the Ice-Cream Cafe Series and boy are you in for a treat. Talk about scrumptious it is simply delicious and yummy and will make your mouth water, it certainly filled my appetite to say I loved it is an understatement it's freaking amazing!

In this story we meet Dani who fled Appledore 20 years ago with a broken heart. To return and sell homemade Ice creams in the ice cream cafe. Is she ready to put the past behind her and get fit in ti
Jacqueline Evans
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Having enjoyed the first book in the series so much, I was really excited to read the next instalment. Hooked from the very first page, often laughing out loud, chuckling, giggling, smiling to myself, this was a perfect summer read. The main character, Dani is so likeable that you can't help but root for her. Without giving any spoilers, the ending was exactly as I'd hoped and even brought a happy tear to my eye. An absolutely delightful story that left me with the feel-good factor long after re ...more
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a lovely book from Sue Watson. This second book from the series "The Ice Cream Café" is even better than the first one, I could even say, a lot better! This time, it' about a woman who is overweight and who struggles since forever to lose weight and who will start an emotional journey into a new way of living, eating and moving with the help of her wonderful friends. I loved this book so much! I really recommend it to anyone!
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it

Curves, Kisses and Chocolate Ice Cream is all about sweetness. Sweetness and the right dose we need in our lives.

First, don't tell me the title didn't make you dream for a nice bottom in a bikini, a gorgeous lifeguard to rescue you on the beach, and a scrumptious freezing reward after a swim. This title screams yummy. But nothing comes without a price!

Trusting the publisher with my life... Well, here, with my reading list, I decided to give this book a try in the hope to give my brain a little

Suze Lavender
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Dani left Appledore after a traumatic experience. Her boyfriend at the time, Jude, shattered her dreams and broke her heart. She wanted to escape the aftermath and went to London to become successful. Ten years later she's back in her hometown where she works as the assistant manager of Caprioni's, the ice cream café she used to have a job at when she was a teenager. She knows Jude is still living in Appledore and that sooner or later she runs into him. Her biggest wish is to impress him with he
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*Thank you Bookouture and NetGalley for the copy in exchange for an honest review.


What can I say? I love this series. Not because it talks about ice-cream a lot. Okay, fine, maybe half of it (more or less!) is because of all the ice-cream talk. But seriously, Sue Watson is my new feel-good go-to author. She will definitely give you a good laugh. She gives readers endearing characters that people can relate to. Though I adore Ella more, I admire Dani’s determination in reaching her go
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Dani is starting her life over. After a disappointing go in London, she has moved back to the seaside town of her childhood, Appledore, and back to the ice cream shop where she worked as a teenager. Back then, she was a little chubby and was bullied by the other girls in her class. She had to help with her alcoholic mother, and her father left and then died before Dani was even a teenager. To deal with all her anger and grief, Dani had turned to food. It was a habit she never broke. 

But now her
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Sue Watson was a journalist then TV Producer at the BBC until she wrote her first book and was hooked.

She's now written thirteen novels - many involving cake - and her books have been translated into Italian, German and Portuguese. Originally from Manchester, Sue now lives with her husband and teenage daughter in Worcestershire where much of her day is spent procrastinating while eating cake (for

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The Ice-Cream Café (2 books)
  • Ella's Ice-Cream Summer (The Ice-Cream Cafe, #1)