Play It Safe (Glasgow Lads Book 2.5) by Avery Cockburn ~ Buddy Review by Lirtle and Teresa

play-it-safe-cover-1Title: Play It Safe (Glasgow Lads Book 2.5)

Author: Avery Cockburn

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Damonza

Lirtle’s Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Teresa’s Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 11/20/2015

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance, Romance


In this followup story to Playing for Keeps, Fergus and John must overcome bad advice, broken headboards, and the Doppelgänger from Hell to find their forever bliss. A must-read for Glasgow Lads fans—and for new readers, a short ’n’ sweet intro to this hot new Scottish gay-romance series!

Fancy a game of hide-and-seek?

After living together for three months, Fergus and John have come to love each other’s quirks, and the bond between them is starting to look permanent. But when John wants to take things to the next level, Fergus balks, haunted by the betrayals in his own past.

To overcome these fears, Fergus must embark on an epic, steamy journey—literally—one that will test his faith, his trust, and his ability to keep a cool head in a hot, hot place.

Lirtle’s View:

Here’s what you need to know: we get to spend more time with Fergus and John in this delectable novella, the two main characters from Playing For Keeps, book one in this series that focuses on different duos in each book. That means this is a bonus little ditty, allowing us to see them a few months into their relationship, learning how to share living space, communicate, and talk about their future.

Also, this is steamy. Did I mention steamy? Yeah, steamy.

This story is all about the characters, no grand event or events, no sports or politics to be found in a big way. I liked that, I liked Fergus and John being the focus because they’re worthy of it.

I have to say something about this, though: the word “clean”, to indicate an HIV-negative status, is used several times during a single conversation and it grated every time. Take note, author, and don’t do that, even if you think your characters would speak that way. Don’t perpetuate the false image that anyone with HIV is dirty. Just don’t.

Now then.

Back to the steam, and the humor and the fun, because we get all of those here. Having just recently been to Glasgow, it was fun imagining the characters in any of the real places used as settings in the story. I might have to go back and re-read the first two books in this series to see where else I might recognize.

Be aware that the story itself stops around 75% on the kindle, with the majority of the remainder containing the first chapter of book three in the series, called Playing With Fire, involving Robert and Liam’s story.
I enjoyed this little jaunt and was happy to see Fergus and John making a pretty darn good go of it.

*I own a copy of this book.

Teresa’s View:

Aw, we get no footie in this! However there is lots of love!!! This was super sweet and fluffy, even with Fergus’s misgivings. With a sexy game of hide’n seek, Fergus finds what matters to him and learns to trust again.

I loved seeing this pair again and having them show their love for each other was great. If you’ve read the blurb, you can also see snippets of foreshadow for the next novel in the series.

Bring on the boys!


Play It Safe (Glasgow Lads Book 2.5) on Goodreads
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Amazon US
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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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