Title: Playing to Win (Glasgow Lads #2)
Author: Avery Cockburn
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: September 18th 2015
Page Count: 361
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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.
Ok I liked this much better than the previous books of the series. Either I’m getting used to the Scottish accent or it isn’t that prominent here. Probably the first.
I think I would have liked this more had it been shorter. The length plus the accent and the political issues were a bit too heavy for me.
The time frame is 2014 and the setting is Scotland amid its struggle for independence from the UK union. Hats off to the author who,despite not shying away from the polical and social matters in Scotland, which were basically the core of the book, the romance really wowed me.
This is not just an opposites attract story. Colin and Andrew fall in completely opposite sides of the political spectrum. Colin has nothing, he and his family live on social benefits. Andrew is an aristocrat and wants to get involved in politics. His views and behaviour pissed me off at the beginning. But he’s a product of his environment and by the end of the book he changed a lot of his views. They constantly fight about politics, but the chemistry and the connection they share is just too much to ignore. It has to be in order to make them overlook the rest.
And can we talk about the sex? Um…holy shit. Andrew is practising yoga. Needless to say, there are acrobatics included. Very intense and meaningful sex scenes.
““Look.” With his left arm, he lifted Andrew up against his chest. With the other hand, Colin ripped off the mask, then seized Andrew’s chin, forcing him to look at the mirror. “Remember this, okay? Never forget how I had you. How much you loved it.”
And when September comes and Colin loses his shit, because we all know what happened, Andrew really surprised me…that bastard.
“You can’t win me back.” Andrew swallowed to keep from choking on his tears. “You can’t win back what you never lost.”
So the series is starting to win me over. I wonder whose story is next…