Apr 21, 2021
Playing for Keeps
Posted by Avery Cockburn

Rule One No Drama Fergus Taylor is damaged goods Reeling from a brutal breakup, he s determined to captain his LGBT soccer team out of scandal and into a winning season For that, he needs strict rules and careful plans He does NOT need a brash, muscle bound lad messing with his head and setting his body afire.John Burns has a rule of his own Don t get attached BoyfriRule One No Drama Fergus Taylor is damaged goods Reeling from a brutal breakup, he s determined to captain his LGBT soccer team out of scandal and into a winning season For that, he needs strict rules and careful plans He does NOT need a brash, muscle bound lad messing with his head and setting his body afire.John Burns has a rule of his own Don t get attached Boyfriends are for guys with nothing to hide Nobody not his university mates, not the men he beds knows his family s shame Now his double life is starting to unravel, thanks to a certain Highlander whose storm riddled eyes turn John inside out, who wears a kilt like he was born in it.Fergus is the first man John wants to share his secret with but he s the last man who could handle it John knows the truth would shatter Fergus s still fragile heart But how can he live a lie when he s falling in love

  • Title: Playing for Keeps
  • Author: Avery Cockburn
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 304
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Playing for Keeps Rule One No Drama Fergus Taylor is damaged goods Reeling from a brutal breakup he s determined to captain his LGBT soccer team out of scandal and into a winning season For that he needs strict rules

    Kaje Harper

    4.5 stars, rounded up I really enjoy stories with imperfect guys who do the wrong thing and manage to redeem themselves in plausible ways Add a variety of conflict, and some good, absorbing writing, a great sense of place, and you have me hooked This book did exactly that.Fergus is an architect by profession, and he loves it, but he s also a football soccer player by avocation He s a gay man leading an LGBT team in a straight league, which says a lot about his character But Fergus took an emotio [...]

    Jay Northcote

    You know when you read the first few pages of a book by a new to you author, and you think Fuck, YES I love the way this person writes That s exactly what happened to me with this book I loved it from the start because of the writing style, and am very happy to report that the story didn t disappoint.I adored it It s sweet, hot, sad, funny and the football team backstory is a lot of fun I always love sports stories The characters felt real, the setting was vivid and very relatable for me as I ha [...]

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    Free again today 5 3 16


    3.5 stars I still can t explain where exactly I stand regarding this series But I know I m freaking exhausted after finishing this book.It is longer than the first one and the Scottish accent is really,reallyhard on me to the point I need a translator It is lighter on the sports stuff , but very heavy on the political religious stuff Specifically it revolves around the division between Catholicism and Protestantism in Scotland, which translates into Celtic vs Rangers in the football pitch I hope [...]

    Santino Hassell

    Awesome AF.

    ♣ Irish Smurfétté ♣

    A hat trick and Review on Prism Book Alliance I m not joking when I say I chuckled on page one A few pages later, it happened again My grin would appear again and again throughout this story, along with some moments of heartbreak and holding my breath.But back to the laughs Hiya, he said, holding out a hand to shake I m John Burns That voice deep and solid, yet strangely buoyant made a dormant part of Fergus awaken and uncoil His steps slowed as he concentrated on not stumbling John Yes What do [...]

    Lisa Arbitrary - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog

    Ultimately this is a tale of two lads who should have communicated better One, a heartbroken, paranoid, footballer who has deep trust issues The other, a gregarious, charming politically motivated university student with things to hide.I m ridiculously frustrated because I just lost all my notes about this book on my kindle I had so much I wanted to refer to I grabbed this freebie off via Bookbub and was just going to set it aside to get to later But I cracked it and just couldn t let it be In f [...]


    3 y pico, casi 4 Me voy al 2 right now Yaldy

    Jilrene ♥

    Very well written There are a lot of football references, which I happen to love I cannot believe I stayed up this late reading I couldn t stop At 60% or so, I honestly could not stop I had to know how it all works out.


    I m really enjoying this series I especially like how the author refuses to shy away from topics extremely relevant to today s Scotland, such as the blatant sectarianism that still existseven though he and he IS a she no longer lives on this side of the pond 4.5 stars from me.Unfortunately both of our MC s Fergus and John get caught up in the unhealthy fervour that exists, both in terms of the sometimes violent rivalry between the fans of Rangers and Celtic AND the religious implications that th [...]

    Elsa Bravante

    Qu grata sorpresa este libro Historia de amor en torno a un equipo de f tbol amateur de LGBT, pero con un marcado transfondo social y pol tico.La autora o autor, con el nombre no lo tengo muy claro da una lecci n de c mo una historia de amor nos puede tener en vilo y no perder su fuerza, aunque la rodeemos de temas de trascendencia en nuestra sociedad, en esta ocasi n la marginalidad de ciertos sectores por su sexualidad, y la confrontaci n entre protestantes y cat licos en Escocia La historia d [...]


    Free on right now 8 14.5 StarsWhat a very pleasant surprise by new to me author Avery Cockburn I thoroughly enjoyed this story set in Glasgow, Scotland, which means we get ALL of the Scottish and even Irish brogue you can handle In fact, I can see some narrow minded people even complain about it.Anyway, I found this Scottish version of West Side story very entertaining and eye opening I look forward to the next story


    review to come


    4 StarsAye, this was a right good tale

    R * A Reader Obsessed *

    4 Stars This is no ordinary sports themed MM romance Sure you ve got love of the game, team work, and beating the odds but I ve come to realize that this series has on its mind than just soccer, and I m impressed So you ve got Catholic Fergus, who s been blindsided by an ex who left him suddenly without warning He s insecure and hurt, and for the first time in a long time his interest is piqued by John, who approaches his LGBT soccer team to do a charity game to raise money for a good cause.Joh [...]

    La Mala ✌

    I really really liked this story Me sac apenas de la pachorra literaria.Dejando de lado la portada medio sosa obligatoria, Playing for Keeps tiene mucho que ofrecer, no s lo en cuanto al amor, amor, amor ya que, a pesar de que no dejar de ser lo usual, es, ante todo, muy entretenida, con di logos c micos y una qu mica cre ble entre sus protagonistas como pocas veces se lee , sino tambi n en cuanto a lo que rodea a la pareja en s en especial el contexto futbol stico y estoy hablando de F TBOL de [...]


    4 StarsThis series has proven to be so much than I expected The writing quality is fantastic and the characters are impressively fleshed out and deliciously complex There is a lot emotional weight to the characters and the storytelling in general than one usually expects in a sports themed M M romp, but thank god for that I feel like I m learning something in the process of reading these books, before which I knew nothing about issues relating to Scottish societal structures or political relig [...]


    4.25 starsTwo stories in and Avery Cockburn has successfully made this genre exciting again for me at least Hands down one of my favorite new to me authors and series this year I REALLY LOVED IT Finished the last 1 3rd on 40 minutes trip train commute this morning which is always a sign of a good book, because I usually prefer to sleep during those commutes lol I think the best part of this was John and Fergus and how they got together amidst the differences of their background which made for a [...]


    Nice, aye Wow is was just wow gathers wits and tries again Fact I am not a sports fanatic.Fact I avoid heated debates involving religion and politics.Fact This story includes both and I absolutely adored it.Wait, really How did I love it when it s comprised of things I don t love Simple This new to me author has mastered the art of compelling emotive storytelling Avery could weave a story about anything and I think I d willingly bite the hook I was merely halfway through this book when I raced t [...]

    Ulysses Dietz

    When a romance story puts you someplace unfamiliar, and offers you an array of characters who are unlike anyone you know, even the most conventional tale of love and redemption becomes a journey The first of her Glasgow Lads series, Avery Cockburn s Playing for Keeps shows us a side of Scotland that few travelers ever see This book is full of barriers the barriers gay football soccer players face in the amateur leagues that form a crucial social element in Scotland s life the barriers Scots Iris [...]


    4 starsSo many thoughts on this but not enough time to write them up properly I m going to be brief I found the political sectarian aspects of this fascinating it exposed me to issues I didn t realize Glasgow and Scotland were still facing I enjoyed the charity football match parts I feel like this author does a good job of raising awareness of issues like the problems facing LGBT asylum seekers without seeming like she s trying to impart a lesson I loved the chemistry between John and Fergus on [...]


    The big secret here is explained in detail, so those of us not Scottish, or aware of the division between Catholics and Protestants, can still truly understand John s dilemma Having said that, being upfront with Fergus is of course, the path he should have chosen early.Aah but where would be the story I liked the way these two interact and their dynamic I wish we had seen Brodie and Duncan And I like the idea of Colin and his potential mate The use of the idioms really add value to these lads T [...]


    La serie Glasgow Lads me tiene totalmente enganchada En este libro adem s de homofobia y futbol, a adimos al c ctel diferencias religiosas, protestantes vs cat licos Mis conocimientos de la sociedad actual en Reino Unido no van muy all , conoc a todo el problema del Ulster, pero no ten a ni idea de que en Escocia tambi n hab a m s de lo mismo, al menos hoy en d a.Nuestra pareja protagonista lucha contra los prejuicios, los suyos propios y los de la sociedad, es algo muy marcado en todo lo que ll [...]


    3.5 to 4 stars My favorite sport is Football the real football so why in the hell hadn t i read a sports romance with yummy football players I really liked this book The only thing yhat kinda made things hard is the fact that this book is set in glassgow and the some of the issues the couple faces are things that i just didn t understood to a point I m definitely going to read the whole series.

    Arch Bala

    OMFG Without question, the best book I ve read so far this year I cannaeke seriously, it s just so unbelievably good Gaahhh Dead.


    Me ha costado, lo he abandonado en dos ocasiones Me siento muy sola en esto, pero si no llega a ser por las buenas cr ticas a mi alrededor seguramente hubiera sido un DNF.Y la verdad es que objetivamente me parece un buen libro, est bien escrito y la ambientaci n me ha gustado mucho, pero Fergus y John me han dejado bastante indiferente.Seguir con la serie porque Brodie y Duncan me encantaron y porque Lord Andrew promete

    ~ Lei ~ Reading Is An Adventure ~

    4.5 Stars One word Kilt Second word Ginger You know when you pick up a freebie and have never heard of the author and you re wondering if it s going to be any good This was a surprisingly good read and it helped that one of my GR friends had already read it and liked it I don t read many sports themed books and I was looking for a change in scenery and this really fit the bill.As an American, we deal with our own racism, religion and political issues and I was saddened that it s no different any [...]


    I really liked this book The main characters are lovely and have a lot of chemistry Is really nice to read how much they love 4.25 The political religion problems take a big part of the plot I didn t know much about it so is pleasant to learn a bit besides reading a romance story.I really wish the secret would be known before I past half the book thinking Oh please Tell him the truth now But knowing of course that the resolution would be just the one that appears in the book so not a big surpris [...]

    Katrina Passick Lumsden

    The Glasgow Lads series surprised the hell outta me Mostly because the entire thing is currently available on Kindle Unlimited, and the odds of reading even semi decent books on KU are extremely low But even without KU, the individual prices of these books is reasonable, especially for the quality of the content Cockburn s writing is fantastic This isn t just some European football hot guy erotica, it s an actual story with three dimensional characters, believable story arcs, well paced plot pro [...]


    3.5 stars

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