Book Reviews

Playing for Keeps by Avery Cockburn

My edition: Kindle Unlimited
Pages: 326
Series: Glasgow Lads #1
Genre: Sports romance, MM
Rating: 4 stars


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. 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?


Fergus is now captain of his soccer team. (I’m American and it’s called soccer here.) John is trying to get help of a charity match. These two meet and the chemistry is instant. They hit it off right away but there is just one problem. John is hiding something.

Super cute story. Loved it. And I may or may not have a wee Scots voice talking in my head now because I had to read Scot talk for a couple days. Not mad though.

I will definitely be reading more from this author especially the other series she has that involves one of my newly favorite sports, curling.

The relationship growth between Fergus and John felt real. Unlike the last two books I read these characters were easily connectable. Nothing felt rushed or just thrown in there.

I don’t know much about Scotland’s history with Catholics and Protestants but I like how the author incorporated it into the story. I need to look up more on the Orange Walks. I’ve never heard of them until I read this book.

I would highly recommend if you are into the MM romance. Cute adorable story.