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review 2018-12-01 21:17
Playing in the Dark (Glasgow Lads #4)
Playing in the Dark - Avery Cockburn

When this series started, I hated Evan with a passion for hurting Fergus the way he did, skipping off to Belgium to be with some other lover. Only in Play Dead, we learned that things were not as they seemed, and I got instantly way more interested in learning more about him. And about Ben too, I guess. *whispers* I actually forgot who Ben was! shhh!

 

Evan's trying to get his life back together after a horrifying ordeal and when he met Ben in Playing With Fire, he was pretty much resigned to living a lonely life as the bad guy on the team. But he and Ben connected instantly apparently, and they pick up on that attraction here and move incredibly quickly considering the sort of life Evan lives and the secrets he needs to keep and lies he needs to make. (I should do a reread one of these days because I was having trouble keeping a lot of these couples straight ... but not straight-straight. You know what I mean.) 

 

I admit, I started getting a little worried by the halfway point about where this story might go. I don't know why, since Ms. Cockburn has always avoiding cliche pitfalls before, but there's always a first time right? Not here, I'm glad to say. This story was more about two characters learning how to be more fully themselves and realizing that in order to do that they actually had to let go of some of their previous preconceptions of who they were. That didn't stop me wanting to smack them more than a few times when they were making stupid mistakes, and there were a few chapters with a few too many sex scenes too close together at the beginning, but that evened out and we really got to see how they work as a couple and not just in the sack.

 

I did like learning about Ben's Bahá-í faith, which I never knew about before. It did feel a tad on the preachy side a couple of times though. I really would've liked to see some more of Ben's mom and Evan's family. Evan's job with MI-5 was also interesting and well-paced, with a layered quasi-mystery to drive the plot. Evan was a little reckless at times, and this teetered just over the line into unprofessional professional a couple of times, but I could understand why Evan made the decisions he made.

Though it doesn't make much sense why he couldn't tell Ben he'd been in Belfast but he could tell Fergus. I guess because Ben was getting a whole lot more details than Fergus  was.

(spoiler show)

 

I was happy where this book left them though and they're both clearly where they need and want to be by the end of it. I hope we get more of them in later books and novellas.

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text 2018-10-30 00:37
Throwing Stones by Avery Cockburn 99 cents and KU! Fun Read!
Throwing Stones - Avery Cockburn

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 of 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.

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text 2018-03-12 16:36
Reading progress update: I've read 30%.
Throwing Stones - Avery Cockburn

“Those rocks we obsess over, we’re seeing them in the raw in the place they were born. It’s like going to Bethlehem or something.”
“It does feel sacred,” Oliver said.
Garen looked up at him. “Will you give us a prayer?”
“Oh jeez, no.” Oliver took a step back. “I’m not really a praying person.”
“But you’re Canadian,” Garen said. “That makes you like a high priest of curling.”

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text 2018-03-12 16:31
Reading progress update: I've read 24%.
Throwing Stones - Avery Cockburn

“You’ve all lost the plot.” Luca jammed his coffee into the cup holder and put the MPV into reverse. “We’ll go to this tournament and curl the best we can, and we’ll forget about Team Boyd until it’s time to meet them on the ice.”
“Okay,” Ross said. “Except we’re on a boat with them to Ailsa Craig in an hour.”

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text 2018-03-11 16:47
Reading progress update: I've read 7%.
Throwing Stones - Avery Cockburn

Under the rustle of plastic he heard Luca murmur, “Nova Scotia.”
“Sorry?”
Luca pointed to the emblem on the bag beside Oliver’s chair. “It means ‘New Scotland,’ aye?”
“Aye. I mean, yeah.” Oliver sucked his lollipop and kicked his tired brain into banter mode. “New and improved.”
Luca gasped. “Ooh, sassy. I thought Canadians were meant to be nice.”
“And I thought Glaswegians were meant to be obnoxious. Oh, wait.”

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