New Year New Read - Avery Cockburn, Glasgow Lads

Part of the New Year New Read project

(Note to Avery, see how I used the 1st as your day to be here!)

Now, Avery is an author I found through persistent marketing (we should learn from this). I was blown away by the covers (legs, kilts) and the premise of a group of guys playing football in Glasgow. Now, anyone who knows me knows I am not a fan of football (dodges flaming stakes and sharp knives). BUT... this series is not just about football, it's about camaraderie, and tension, and lust, and romances, and cute stuff, and class division, and religious division, and ... gah I could list it all... with added humour and angst, all set against the backdrop of football**.

Seriously, if you haven't read it, then you need to :)

**Soccer if you're not one of us... LOL

At the bottom of this post Avery talks about whats coming in 2016... go see! Personally I'd like there to be 12 Glasgow Lads books... LOL

 Want to try some Avery Cockburn books? Simply, comment below with your email address and I will pick a winner 8 January 12:00 GMT, and then send on some books that I loved for you to read.

Playing for Keeps (Glasgow Lads Book 1)

Buylink: Amazon

Rule One: No Drama!

Fergus Taylor is damaged goods. Reeling from a brutal breakup, he’s determined to captain his LGBT soccer team out of scandal and into a winning season. For that, he needs strict rules and careful plans. He does NOT need a brash, muscle-bound lad messing with his head and setting his body afire. 

John Burns has a rule of his own: Don’t get attached. Boyfriends are for guys with nothing to hide. Nobody—not his university mates, not the men he beds—knows his family’s shame. Now his double life is starting to unravel, thanks to a certain Highlander whose storm-riddled eyes turn John inside out, who wears a kilt like he was born in it. 

Fergus is the first man John wants to share his secret with—but he’s the last man who could handle it. John knows the truth would shatter Fergus’s still-fragile heart. But how can he live a lie when he’s falling in love? 

Note: The Glasgow Lads series contains dirty talk with a Scottish accent, naughty bits of a gay nature, and characters who call soccer “football.” 

Review: What can I say about Fergus and John? Poor broken hearted John, and Fergus with all his secrets. Absolutely loved this book, and I am totally hooked on this series.

Playing to Win (Glasgow Lads Book 2)

Buylink: Amazon

Colin MacDuff has nothing. Growing up in a Glasgow slum, he learned never to trust, never to cry—and never EVER to be at the mercy of anyone, especially rich men. So how did he end up half-naked at a rave with Scotland’s hottest young aristocrat? 

Lord Andrew Sunderland has everything. From ancestral castle to posh prep school, he’s spent his life wrapping others around his wee finger. With a social circle full of celebrities and politicians, nothing can stop Andrew’s rise to the top. Nothing, that is, save his desire for a dirt-poor, wolf-eyed footballer whose scars and tattoos tell unbearable tales. 

Colin and Andrew come from different worlds, believe in different worlds, want different worlds. Yet every time they touch, all worlds fall away. 

Set amid the fiery Scottish-independence struggle, this searing gay romance tells the story of two men who must lose everything to win each other's hearts. 

Note: The Glasgow Lads series contains dirty talk with a Scottish accent, naughty bits of a gay nature, and characters who call soccer “football.” 

Review: My absolute favourite of the series so far. Colin and Andrew's story is set against a momentous time in British History. A clash of classes, of ideals, and a love that overcomes all... *melts*. Seriously, this book should go on your buy list...

What is Avery up to in 2016?

From Avery:

Thanks a million, RJ, for featuring my books! I’m so flattered and thrilled that a fantastic writer such as yourself has enjoyed the Glasgow Lads.

2015 was a crazy fun debut year, with the release of four (!) titles in the series. 2016 will also see four Glasgow Lads titles. Playing With Fire, coming 31 January, is a best-friends-to-lovers story where one of our heroes is just starting to explore his bisexuality (a familiar storyline, I know, but PWF has a few twists I think readers will enjoy). In August the series villain Evan, finally gets to tell his side of the “I abandoned my team and lover when they needed me most but I swear I’m not a complete bastard” story and maybe get a shot at redemption.

My website (such as it is) is Readers who sign up for my mailing list get exclusive behind-the-scenes extras like developmental diaries, deleted scenes, and beta-reader comments in which each beta reader is assigned an appropriate Game of Thrones character. AND, subscribers receive advance free copies of twice-yearly short stories.

You can also find me at:

I plan to join Facebook soon, IF it doesn’t steal too much time from writing. The books come first, of course!

Happy Hogmanay and New Year to you all!


  1. I heard wonderful things about this bew author. A friend is currently reading her books and she already recommended me book 1. Thanks fot the giveaway and Happy New Year!!!

  2. Men...Kilts...Football, I'm already sold.

  3. While I too am not a fan of football in any form, I do confess to enjoying the book covers! They caught my eye even before this post. Winning would be a nice way to start the new year!

  4. I got the first one in the series after one of my Good Reads groups recommended it. I haven't read it yet but it sound, and looks, so good. :-)

    1. Hi hun, you are my winner... I will email you to get some details from you. :)


  5. Men I kilts... Yeah I can get down with that.

  6. Sounds like a great series. It's not every day I hear about sports themed stories involving men in kilts =)
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  7. I have the first book on my ereader waiting for me to start reading and i think after this post it will get higher on my list :) I do love to watch football (i live in europe) and i love to read sport-themed books although it will be nice to read a sport-themed m/m book that is about football (soccer)for a change :)

    Happy New Year to everyone!!