Book Review: Playing For Keeps (Glasgow Lads, #1) – Avery Cockburn

Playing For KeepsDate of Publication: June 17, 2015
Genre and Themes: LGBTQ, Sports, Romance, Racism
Format: 326 pages, ebook
Publisher: Self-Published
Cover Art: Damonza
Characters: Fergus Taylor, John Burns

Okay, so call me crazy now because I keep on yapping about this online on how this my favourite read this year – yup, after 70 plus books I’ve perused this year (so far) it is still numero uno but let me just say overall, that this series – Glasgow Lads series – is the best series I’ve read this year, bar none. Yup, that is one of the strongest statements I am proclaiming this year aside from my avid support for Hillary Clinton *wink* Okay, so we’re getting way out of the subject right here but this is what I’ve been telling myself as my problem why I couldn’t write the review for this book after I’ve read it last January. I just tend to ramble all about it because up until this time, I still keep on rereading Fergus and John’s story in between new books that I am reading. I’ve told you – crazy.

So my dear friend Riina recommended this one and I think I’ve already figured why she did because that wicked lady has an ulterior motive! She wanted me to simply ramble like crazy about this series because it’s just so freaking good and naturally I won’t stop telling people how I really enjoyed this one and how I loved it to bits! You wicked lady you! I blame you for this kind of book crazy!!!

Where are we now? Okay – with Playing for Keeps. Did I say that it’s about football with members of LGBTQ community as its players and the setting is in Scotland – yup, the freaking Scotland where kilts are required to be worn by every football players without extra clothing down there??? LOL. Yeah, that got your interest but that’s only in my wildest and most perverted imagination but dear lawd! I’d kill to watch a football match with players wearing only kilts! ONLY kilts that is. I know, perverted-crazy-town bound. That’s me.

Imma keep this review short because this is really getting way out of hand so to speak. So Fergus Taylor’s douche boyfriend named Evan (who is also the captain of their team) left him for another guy after years of being boyfriends and the douche (let me use this term for now alright?) did that on their most important game leading to bb Fergie falling to pieces and the team losing a very important match, obviously. So that just fucking sucks because seriously, who does that?!

Enter the ever so charming John Burns, an openly gay guy at school and a very obedient son at home. So John needs Fergie’s team to participate on a friendly match for a cause and that is to help refugees settling and about to settle in Scotland. I thought that was real neat by the way.

What both guys didn’t expect is the instant chemistry they felt for each other. Seriously guys, it was fucking magic! From the first date up to John’s first overnight at Fergie’s – the sexual tension was just off the charts.  Only John is keeping a big, big secret and once Fergie discover what that secret is, it could lead to the end of their blossoming relationship. Like, a total warzone-secret that Fergie will go stir-shit-crazy about.

Now, now – let’s not forget about the secondary characters which will also have their own story to tell (and let me just tell you that while I am only writing / posting this review now – I’ve already finished the series and ‘am impatiently waiting for the next book!!!!!! I so freaking need a time machine!!!!!). The whole characterization of each guy/gal even if they’re not the focus of the story was so rich you’d just know that after reading this you have to grab those as soon as possible! I know I did and I didn’t mind skipping a couple of meals just to finish everything. LOL. See it also help me lose some weight! Yay! (Okay, that was fucking lame I know and you can call that lame-crazy) Haha!

So I don’t think I need to elaborate more about this book! I mean, you just got to pick it up over at Amazon most preferably – although I honestly don’t buy there much because I’m really not a fan of their kindle app but yeah  – grab a copy of the series instead and enjoy every second reading it. Off I go now because I think I’ve convinced you enough! I did right?

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About The Author
Hiya, I’m Avery Cockburn (rhymes with Savory Slow Churn). In a previous incarnation I wrote over a dozen novels for major publishers. Some of these books even won awards, which was pure awesome. But last year I decided to “go indie” so I could write exactly what I wanted, how I wanted, and publish as fast as readers wanted. Now my days are filled with beautiful men who play the Beautiful Game in the most beautiful place in the world—and who happen to love other beautiful men. It’s pretty much the best job ever.

I currently live in the United States with one infinitely patient man and two infinitely impatient cats. Readers make my day, so email me at, or sign up for my mailing list at to get loads of exclusive Glasgow Lads bonus material. Cheers!

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