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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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review 2018-02-14 03:14
Throwing Stones (Glasgow Lads on Ice #1)
Throwing Stones - Avery Cockburn

I have no idea what curling is and honestly it always looks boring as hell in the Olympics, but it's Glasgow Lads! I'm in!

Update:

And now that I've read this, I still don't understand curling, LOL, except to say that it is a lot more complicated than it looks. The author is kind enough to include a crash course at the end and she gave detailed play-by-plays during the competition sections, but as I've never even watched more than a few minutes of any game - and that was years ago - I had a hard time picturing what was going on. Still, Ms. Cockburn was very good at making the stakes clear at all relevant points and that's what really mattered more than anything else.

Anyway, this is another great story from Ms. Cockburn, and we even get a few cameos from the main series. Oliver is an ex-curler from Canada trying to start over in Scotland as a coach for Team Boyd. Luca is the leader of Team Riley, the rival of Team Boyd. He's also the brother-in-law of Team Boyd's leader, Jack. Oliver has ADHD and Luca lives a Zen lifestyle on and off the ice. They appear polar opposites on the surface, but they click immediately and their stories end up paralleling each other in interesting ways.

This is a little insta-love since the story takes place over a week, and it seems especially quick since Luca identifies somewhere on the ace spectrum though he's not really sure where. So the quick pace was a little off but in the end didn't bother me too much since we actually get ample page time of the two getting to know each other since they initially agreed not to start anything because of the conflict of interest. Of course, that doesn't last long - and for those of you who need steamy sex, you're going to be disappointed. There's one sex scene and it's vague on details, focusing instead on the emotional components, which means it was right up my alley. :D

Oliver and Luca have their own baggage and challenges, and some of their decisions, especially Luca's, were frustrating but in a realistic way. I don't need my MCs to be infallible, and these two definitely aren't. I do need them to learn and grow, and Luca and Oliver do that by spades.

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review 2016-09-22 11:14
Review: Play on (Glasgow Lads #0.5)
Play On: A Glasgow Lads Novella - Avery Cockburn

*** 3,5 pride stars ***

 

The whistle blew, and the game began. On the pitch, the Warriors took control of the ball, playing for nothing but pride. But when all was said and done, Duncan knew, pride was the only thing that mattered.

 

The blurb is spot on for the story, so I'm not going to say much in relation to story. It's about Duncan, a player on the all LGBT soccer team in Glasgow, Scotland, and his classmate/flatmate, Brodie.

 

I liked how they got together. Again, I should say, since the first time they really got together they had a drunk makeout session with a bit of an unfortunately outcome. When they meet again later, they would eventually since they're classmates and flatmates, the interest that ignited is still there. It was sweet how Duncan and Brodie kinda bonded over Duncan caring for Brodie when he was sick. I found it amusing that they both knew the truth about the incubation period, but kept it for themselves just so they could spend more time together.

 

I liked the conflict, or rather difference, between Duncan and Brodie's background. Brodie having grown up in a small village where he absolutely had to hide the fact that he was gay, where as Duncan's parents actually threw him a coming-out party. I totally understood Brodie's old fear of bullies and bullying, and how that colored his reactions to some of Duncan's actions. I liked how things got resolved, and how Brodie took control and faced his fears, with Duncan's support.

 

This novella that takes place before the events in #1 Playing for Keeps. I read this after reading #1, so I was already familiar with the setting with the soccer team and it's players including Duncan. It was nice to see John and Fergus, the MCs of book 1. I was pleasantly surprised that it was Brodie who actually came up with the idea of the charity match, and suggested it to his friend, John, who brings it up with Fergus, the captain of the soccer team. This is the start of Playing for Keeps. Both Duncan and Brodie, are mentioned in #1, but they're just on the periphery.  

 

Thanks to Nathan and Marco for the BR.

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text 2016-09-16 08:24
Reading progress update: I've read 35%.
Play On: A Glasgow Lads Novella - Avery Cockburn

"I could read to you until you fall asleep."

Nothing had ever sounded so romantic. "All right."

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review 2016-07-25 21:40
Playing to Win - Avery Cockburn

Great characters and wonderful plot.  This books includes the telling of a historic moment in Scotland.  While the characters are opposites in views and life; the main characters discover their truth and love.

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