Play On by Avery Cockburn ~ Book Review by Teresa

Play-OnTitle: Play On

Author: Avery Cockburn

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Damonza

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 05/25/2015

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, New Adult


A tale of pride over prejudice on the soccer pitch kicks off this gay romance series set in Scotland

Duncan Harris is on the edge. Scandal has shredded his LGBT soccer team’s history-making season, and now the once-unflappable striker is lashing out. Only one person can tame Duncan’s rage and make him feel like himself again…

Bullied by schoolmates in his wee village, Brodie Campbell lurked deep in the closet before coming to the city of Glasgow. Here at university he’s out and proud, but the years of abuse have left him emotionally paralyzed. Can flatmate Duncan help Brodie escape his past and heal his wounded heart?

As the two lads grow closer, Brodie can’t forget how athletes like Duncan once tortured him. When Duncan attacks an opponent who threatens Brodie, the situation escalates. Soon Brodie doesn’t feel safe anywhere—especially in Duncan’s arms.

To defeat the bullies who’ve wrecked his life, his mind, and his ability to love, Brodie must find the strength to fight his own battles. And Duncan must find the strength to let him.

My View:

Play On was a gem of a story that was brought to my attention by it winning 3rd place in the GoodReads’ MM Romance Group Member’s Choice Awards in the category of Best Book Debut. Sports stories are not usually my thing, but UK footballers are the way to go when I do read them.

I loved how cemented in locale this was. I could tell by the dialect that they were Scottish and it put me in the right frame of mind. From the crowed University library to the soggy football pitch, it all felt real without taking away from the story at hand.

The storytelling was great and I could feel and empathize with the characters. I loved how Brodie and Duncan managed to salvage their first fumbling encounter. I also loved that it wasn’t love or even lust at first sight. They had rocky times but were able to seek advice.

The football scenes were detailed enough to follow but didn’t overwhelm the book. There were enough there that this was a sports themed romance novella not just a romance with an athlete. They helped to understand Duncan more.

I highly recommend checking this story and author out and I am for sure going to read the next in the series!


Play On on Goodreads

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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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