Play Hard (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: Play Hard (Glasgow Lads #4.5)
Author: Avery Cockburn
Publisher: Avery Cockburn
Release Date: April 23rd, 2019
Genre(s): Romance, Sports
Page Count: 127
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5


“I’ll always want more of you.”

Robert McKenzie lives to work. He’s fresh out of university as a video-game entrepreneur, and his new app could actually save lives. But burning the candle at both ends means missing out on the best parts of his own life—including his boyfriend, Liam.

Liam Carroll works to live. His job as a bartender pays the rent—if not always the heating bill—and that’s plenty for now. But Robert’s workaholism reminds Liam his own life is going nowhere, and his own dreams are scaring the pants off him.

To jolt them out of their ruts, Robert invents a new game: He and Liam are to take turns offering each other sexy new challenges with irresistible rewards.

Of course, Robert gets more than he bargained for, as Liam takes their game in one surprising direction after another. Whether it’s in the bedroom, on the football pitch, or at the pub (or even the supermarket?), the things they learn about each other—and themselves—could change their lives forever.

Play Hard is the feel-good, staying-in-love story the world needs right now!

Note: This happier-ever-after novella features the main characters of Playing With Fire but can be read as a stand-alone story.

This was a funny, charming, witty tale with lots of footie and even more shenanigans.

Liam and Robert have been best friends since childhood and together as adults for a year. When Robert worries that the minutiae of life will get boring and they’ll have nothing left. They both work too much, too hard. So when he comes up with the idea of a game to spice up their life, things start to get interesting… and fun… and a bit sexy.

I laughed so many times. These guys were all grins and fun and the love between them was vast and deep. The games they played and the jokes between them were awesome.

This was a highly entertaining story with a lot of heart and a lot of heat. I’d absolutely recommend this read for a nice morale booster and a sweet ending.

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Galley copy of Play Hard provided by author in exchange of an honest review.


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after. Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday