Book Reviews

Throwing Stones by Avery Cockburn

My edition: Kindle Unlimited
Pages: 247
Series: Glasgow Lads on Ice
Genre: Sports Romance, MM
Rating: 4 stars


In a sport where Murphy’s Law rules supreme, one slip can mean falling behind- or falling in love.

Oliver Doyle needs to win. After his reign as one of Canada’s top curlers is cut short by scandal, he arrives in Glasgow to coach Scotland’s next big team to a national championship. All that stands in the way Oliver’s redemption is a band of upstarts led by an infuriatingly cute skip.

Luca Riley needs to chill. Or so he’s always believed, crafting a Zen-like serenity to carry his underdog curlers to the edge of greatness. To reach Nationals, Team Riley just have to keep calm and beat their arch-rivals – and their hot new Canadian coach- in one final bonspiel.

Luca and Oliver form an instant, irresistible bond. For the first time, Oliver shares the secret shame that’s kept him off the ice for years, and Luca finds true acceptance for who he is. As the tournament races toward a nail-biting climax, Oliver must face his past before it consumes him again. And Luca must choose between the dream he can taste and the man he could love.


Last year I was introduced to the sport of curling. I couldn’t tear myself away from watching it. For a sport that doesn’t seem exciting is actually the opposite. Since then I’ve been fascinated about the sport. So when I read Play for Keeps by Avery Cockburn I saw this and just had to read it.

I freaking love this book. I learned a lot about curling. I was actually more into the curling aspect than the romance, but the romance was amazing to read about. The sport and the romance was well balanced and one was not over powering of the other. Made me love this even more.