“Playing with Fire” by Avery Cockburn


“I don’t want options. I just want you.”

Robert McKenzie has a secret. As the only straight player on an all-LGBT soccer team, he’s known to fans as “McWhatAWaste.” No one would guess Robert’s actually bisexual. At twenty-one, on the verge of a brilliant career in video game design, he’s finally ready to be his true self. The only thing keeping him in the closet is…his gay best friend?

Liam Carroll has a problem. His gorgeous best mate wants to kiss him and touch him and…everything with him. But for how long? With Robert embarking on a bright future—far from their rough-and-tumble East End streets—Liam may soon be left behind. He can’t risk falling in love with a man he can’t live without. His solution? Keep things casual, see what happens.

Aye, right. After one night together, “just mates” is no longer an option. Robert wants more than sex, but diehard cynic Liam won’t drop the barriers around his heart. As they push and pull each other, their lifelong bond—the heart of the Warriors team—is ready to rupture. With the bridge back to mere friendship well and truly burned, Robert and Liam must go forward together—or fall to pieces apart.


What happens when you fall in love with your alter ego? A hot mess is what happens. If you thought the first two books held great consequences, hold onto your butts because Liam & Robert are about to blow us off the pitch.

I was completely gaga over the first two books, so it’s not surprising that my infatuation continues but it’s subdued this round.
I think the reason my frenzy of excitement lost its gusto is because Avery did such a superb job demonstrating their waffling, that I too found myself waffling. Perhaps they are better off as friends? Maybe it’s too risky? What if they destroy the most precious gift of all…friendship. What will they do???? Even though I’m not dumbstruck, I am happy to say this was another enjoyable jaunt with my newly adored Scots. Ohh and as it turns out, I don’t believe they should keep to the platonic line of their bond, they are truly and madly perfect for each other.


Liam and Rab are inseparable, a pure proper example of best mates. They speak without words and defy the immense odds of separation. No matter where one goes, the other is shouldering the way with them. A calendar shoot for the Warriors ignites something startling in Robert and despite his best efforts, he cannot turn it off. What’s even more shocking is…he doesn’t wish to.
He’s attracted to Liam. He’s got a hard on for his most treasured beloved. He can’t deny his feelings but what will happen if Liam does not reciprocate them? Should he confront his desires and find out?
Ugh. It’s a battle of emotions on and off the field. The tension is high and fuses are short. Liam can be…difficult. I was disappointed when Evan was bringing sense and advice to the table. Liam should have been better than that! I wanted to shake some sense into him. He was maddening at times. But even the most frustrating faults on these lads can’t stop my adoration. That’s how deeply vested I am in their happiness and success.
If I’m completely honest, the sexuality label pounding was bit tiresome. I get that this was THE obstacle between them (or the biggest) but it was a heavyweight drama piece. I understand it was a necessary hurdle in their joinery but it was also a hurdle for me in their journey. Please don’t take my niggles the wrong way, they barely impacted my enjoyment factor but it’s only fair that I share them.


I love that Avery makes us all fight for it. It’s not delivered on a silver platter, we must earn it through mud, blood and tears. But never fear, blinding orgasms are bright smiles are the rewards. The depth Avery takes us to is astounding. The writing is simply marvelous. There is progress and BIG events with the rest of the lads. This made the story for me. Odd that it wasn’t the couple in the limelight but nevertheless it was soooo worth it. There a few scenes that are absolutely amazeballs! I read the last 20 percent multiple times. I want to scream and flail and weep tears of joy (I always cry at such occasions) but I refuse to ruin it for you. Read it…and I’ll be waiting to gossip about what predictions we have about what’s to come. The fun has only just begun in Glasgow. Join me in my addiction, it’s a fabulous place to be!  And not to brag but at this point, my Scottish jargon is pure magic. 🙂


Sexuality struggles and acceptance, friends to lovers with a hefty bit of drama and MORE sexy sculpted Scots!

bookisforGlasgow lads fans as myself or anyone looking for a fierce fight for love. As with all of The Glasgow Lads novels, it can be a stand-alone but I highly recommend that you jump back to John & Fergus and begin your adventure there.



TITLE: Playing with Fire (Glasgow Lads #3)
AUTHOR: Avery Cockburn
PUBLISHER: self-pub
LENGTH: 330 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 29th, 2016
BUY LINKS: Amazon, AmazonUK

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