Book review: Playing with Fire by Avery Cockburn

Playing with Fire by Avery Cockburn


Series: Glasgow Lads #3

Release Date: January 29, 2019

Page Count: 362 pages

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


“I don’t want options. I just want you.”

Robert McKenzie has a secret. As the only straight player on an all-LGBT soccer team, he’s known to fans as “McWhatAWaste.” No one would guess Robert’s actually bisexual. At twenty-one, on the verge of a brilliant career in video game design, he’s finally ready to be his true self. The only thing keeping him in the closet is…his gay best friend?

Liam Carroll has a problem. His gorgeous best mate wants to kiss him and touch him and…everything with him. But for how long? With Robert embarking on a bright future—far from their rough-and-tumble East End streets—Liam may soon be left behind. He can’t risk falling in love with a man he can’t live without. His solution? Keep things casual, see what happens.

Aye, right. After one night together, “just mates” is no longer an option. Robert wants more than sex, but diehard cynic Liam won’t drop the barriers around his heart. As they push and pull each other, their lifelong bond—the heart of the Warriors team—is ready to rupture. With the bridge back to mere friendship well and truly burned, Robert and Liam must go forward together—or fall to pieces apart.


This is an amazing best friends to lovers story. It’s got all the pining and angst and a happy ending.

This is ny first book by the author and I really enjoyed it. The Scottish accent and dialect took a while to get used to.

Liam annoyed me in the first half of the book. His prejudice and ‘real man’ bullshit didn’t help. I mean is there any other kind of man? Robert too with his fixation on labels but since Liam is all ‘bisexuality doesn’t exist’ I could understand that. But you can see the character growth throughout the book and I understand that Liam was hurt before being the reason for his views.

I loved all the side characters. We get meet the couples from the previous books. I have to go back and read their stories as I’m curious.

*Provided by the author via Signal Boost Promotions in exchange for an honest and unbiased review

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