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Out Now: Playing in the Dark (Glasgow Lads #4) by Avery Cockburn

Finally! The long wait is over! Close to three years after the release of the last Glasgow Lads installment, we are finally getting Evan’s story. if you’re a big fan of the series like moi, you probably are very curious as well as to what pushes Evan to leave Fergus behind? A lot of us speculated that he’s a secret service agent, was blackmailed or he’s just a regular-ol’-a-hole but we all want a great redemption story right? So here’s the answer to all of our burning questions – Evan and his love interest Ben’s own book entitled Playing in the Dark! 

The popular Scottish gay romance series takes a thrilling turn, as a spy falls for a wedding planner who can’t keep a secret to save his life—literally.

Evan Hollister needs to feel real. He’s pledged his life to protecting the innocent, but heroism carries a heavy price. After his job forced him to abandon his last boyfriend, Evan vowed never to love—and hurt—another man. Now, a wedding planner with a kind heart and a goofy grin is taking a blowtorch to Evan’s wall of ice.

Ben Reid needs to feel safe. Burned by secrets in the past, he thinks knowing everything about everyone is the best way to keep people happy—to keep them, full stop. But after falling for a god-on-earth-gorgeous footballer spy, Ben learns that some secrets can never see the light.

When Ben’s same-sex weddings become a terrorist target, Evan must once again choose between the man he loves and the country he swore to defend. And Ben must find the courage to fight for what he needs—no matter the cost. 

I don’t know about ya’ll but I’m having my pre-holiday vacation next week I have this newly released book from Avery to read while enjoying the beautiful  beach of Boracay.

If you haven’t read the series you can get them from Avery Cockburn’s Amazon page. and of course, don’t forget this latest release from the series! (Read my reviews of the first three books by clicking this link)

I’d really try my best to contain myself and not read this right away because I really just want to savor the whole thing while enjoying my off from my dayjob!

You can order Playing in the Dark below!

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 avery@averycockburn.com, or sign up for my mailing list at http://www.averycockburn.com/signup to get loads of exclusive Glasgow Lads bonus material. Cheers!

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Book Review: Playing With Fire (Glasgow Lads, #3) – Avery Cockburn

Playing With FireDate of Publication: January 29, 2016
Genre and Themes: LGBTQ, Romance, Friends To Lovers, Sports
Format: 330 pages, ebook
Publisher: Self-Published
ASIN: B01BA13WXE
Cover Art: Damonza
Characters: Robert McKenzie, Liam Carroll

Warning: This review may contain spoilers.

This third instalment of the Glasgow Lads maybe a bit surprising for the fans of the series because the main characters here are best buds, Liam Caroll and the supposedly straight member of the Woodstoun Warriors, Robert McKenzie. Apparently, he’s not that straight and he’s got the hots for his best friend! Yay! Now, tell me how hot is that? You would think that upon realizing Robert is bisexual, Liam will be all over him in a hot second but that’s just so not the case. Liam just couldn’t risk falling for the person he couldn’t live without. There’s just so much on the line pursuing something between them. Or so Liam thought. Robert is ready to take their relationship to the next level but he’s got to make Liam see that what they have is actually worth taking a chance on.

Three things I super loved about this book:

  1. I just loved how Robert was the one taking the chance here and the one who really made the moves. He’s just super-adorable especially about saving his first gay kiss. That’s like the ‘awww..’ moment of the book!
  2. The damn hot sex scenes! Just totally burning hot!
  3. Fergus and John’s wedding! I really loved these boys and their wedding was just a joy to read especially after reading ‘Playing It Safe’ where they had their engagement! Just really sweet!

Things I don’t hate but may have balked a little while reading the book:

  1. Liam’s super annoying attitude towards Robert. At some point in the book, I was like yelling internally at him to try to at least make some effort! There’s no question that he loves Rabbie so it’s just frustrating to see him actually creating the walls between them and being overly dramatic at times.
  2. Liam’s untoward feelings about Fergus and John’s wedding. Ugh. He really got on my nerves here. I guess I could understand where he’s coming from but I feel that there was no point in the book that he’s really been ‘extremely’ happy for the couple.

So, it’s only Liam’s attitude that kind of ticked me off in this story but overall, it was still a super-awesome book! For sure, Avery is one gifted writer and I couldn’t wait for her next books especially after hinting here that she’ll be working next on Evan’s story! Yikes! I don’t know how she would give Evan the redemption arc he clearly needed after his intro during the first book. How can you ever validate cheating? And I’m kind of worried because that is one of my pet peeves!!!! I am certain though that Avery will make it work because this series is seriously beyond phenomenal! I am all for the story of these lads and we’ve only got four of them so far!!! Imagine the other boys’ stories to come! If you don’t want to get left behind with the Glasgow Lads craze, I suggest you start picking up this one and the rest of the series!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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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 avery@averycockburn.com, or sign up for my mailing list at http://www.averycockburn.com/signup to get loads of exclusive Glasgow Lads bonus material. Cheers!

Book Review: Playing To Win (Glasgow Lads, #2) – Avery Cockburn

Playing To WinDate of Publication: June 17, 2015
Genre and Themes: LGBTQ, Romance, Politics
Format: 361 pages, ebook
Publisher: Self-Published
ASIN: B0116LBLKE
Cover Art: Damonza
Characters: Colin MacDuff, Andrew Sunderland

So how do I go about with this second book of my favourite series this year? It’s Colin and Andrew’s story so that ought to excite fans who loved them in the first book because sexy, crass Colin is back and the too-cool for school Lord Andrew is ready to go all-out in wooing the very political and youngest player of Woodstoun Warriors. Yes, I did say political because their story was set in the midst of Scottish-Independence struggle and as much as I’d love to tell you much about that from what I’ve learned from the book itself – I don’t think there’ll be much I can accurately say about it. Truthfully, I wasn’t even aware of it when it happened so I ain’t touching that one baby.

The story though is nothing short of special as a follow-up to that super-awesome Playing For Keeps starring Fergus and John. Colin and Andrew are so very different from said couple and I loved how they set their difference aside in order to meet halfway to try to make their relationship work.

Both are young so I loved that Ms. Cockburn was able to flesh out their personality in such a way that shows where they are in terms of maturity. Colin for me is the idealist one whilst Andrew is the realist in the relationship. ‘not saying the other one has more maturity but again, they have differences when it comes to not only their social standings but also their point of views which is why they hit it off to begin with. Andrew needs someone who will keep him grounded while Colin needs someone equally stronger emotionally keeping him from his bouts of histrionics when it comes to his political views. I said that I won’t touch the “political” side of things but I keep on bringing it up. I hope I am not offending anyone with my views towards Colin’s character. It’s just how I view his views ‘politically.’ So if I were to compare myself from either Colin or Andrew, I’d say I’m more of an Andrew person.

I obviously enjoyed it although the first couple from previous book is still my favourite, I thought this one sends a very strong political message (I know, sorry) and the characterization of both MCs is a strong depiction of them young people at the moment. Millenials they call them?

This review may sound way subdued from the first book but I think a lot of people will enjoy how very different this one is and readers (like my friend Riina who recommended this series) will fall for Colin onset of the story!

I absolutely recommend this book and this series!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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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 avery@averycockburn.com, or sign up for my mailing list at http://www.averycockburn.com/signup to get loads of exclusive Glasgow Lads bonus material. Cheers!

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
ASIN: B00ZY6REAY
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

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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 avery@averycockburn.com, or sign up for my mailing list at http://www.averycockburn.com/signup to get loads of exclusive Glasgow Lads bonus material. Cheers!