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A tale of pride over prejudice on the soccer pitch kicks off this gay romance series set in ScotlandDuncan Harris is on the edge. Scandal has shredded his LGBT soccer team’s history-making season, and now the once-unflappable striker is lashing out. Only one person can tame Duncan’s rage and make him feel like himself again…Bullied by schoolmates in his wee village, BrodieA tale of pride over prejudice on the soccer pitch kicks off this gay romance series set in ScotlandDuncan Harris is on the edge. Scandal has shredded his LGBT soccer team’s history-making season, and now the once-unflappable striker is lashing out. Only one person can tame Duncan’s rage and make him feel like himself again…Bullied by schoolmates in his wee village, Brodie Campbell lurked deep in the closet before coming to the city of Glasgow. Here at university he’s out and proud, but the years of abuse have left him emotionally paralyzed. Can flatmate Duncan help Brodie escape his past and heal his wounded heart?As the two lads grow closer, Brodie can’t forget how athletes like Duncan once tortured him. When Duncan attacks an opponent who threatens Brodie, the situation escalates. Soon Brodie doesn’t feel safe anywhere—especially in Duncan’s arms.To defeat the bullies who’ve wrecked his life, his mind, and his ability to love, Brodie must find the strength to fight his own battles. And Duncan must find the strength to let him....

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  • ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
    2018-12-02 02:05

    ~2.5~I liked this book fine until the halfway point when the focus shifted to homophobia in Scottish society, particularly among football players. Brodie started acting like a surly, immature teenager, which he was. The MCs are only 18.Duncan kept apologizing when he didn't do anything but stand up for Brodie. And Brodie kept running away. He also had mono, so he was sick the entire time.The writing appealed to me. I'm a fan of accents. The first half was cute, what with the slow burn, Facebook banter, and Duncan taking care of Brodie. The steam level was low and the epilogue a little abrupt. The storyline with Brodie's parents was introduced but never developed.I'm meh on this one.

  • Ami
    2018-11-21 04:07

    I am a snob. There I said it. I don't pay enough attention to self-published authors (especially who only publish on Amazon), especially with pen name of (I assume it is pen name?) Cockburn (edited: apparently, Cockburn IS indeed a Scottish name. Sorry, author!). I imagine the story will be bordering on erotic porn that I never really interest in. Well, until my kilt-loving-British-adoring friend, Didi, brought the whole series to my attention, and I was curious because she seemed to love it. I asked her, if I should jump into book #1 or start with the novella. She said the novella.Oh, well ... hit me with a frying pan, because I admit I'm an idiot for dismissing this!! Yep, I LOVED this little novella. Sure, the boys were having their teenager angst of miscommunication and pining. But they were so ADORABLE together!! I liked their differences: Duncan didn't exactly hide his sexuality (he was a member of a gay football team after all) but didn't really care about the 'activist' part of LGBT movement in his campus. While Brodie hated anything sporty (because he was bullied by the jocks back in his small town) and preferred to fight for LGBT rights in his own club. But they couldn't really stay away from one another, and I loved that.They made mistakes, they weren't perfect, but man they made my heart sang happily. I loved you boys!! And yes, I would be reading the next books!PS: The only downside for me would be the heavy accent; I'm really, really, REALLY bad with accents, especially those written phonetically. I grew up with American English (from TV and movie), which was why I prefer to read that language. I stay away from anything "too British" because it isn't fun to guess about what the words mean every time I stumble into them. I experienced the same thing here, in which I had to Google-d some of the Scottish terms or idioms or even a whole sentence because I had no idea what it meant!!

  • Jilrene ♥
    2018-11-19 02:50

    I loved all the football. Especially the premier league references. This is a fun, sweet read. A little drama, but nothing annoying. I am going straight to Fergus' book.

  • Kaje Harper
    2018-11-29 01:57

    This prequel to Playing for Keeps is a less intense book. It brings together two young men - Brodie, who is finally out at University after a childhood scarred by homophobic bullying and a mom he had to hide his true self from, since he could not count on her to be accepting; and Duncan, whose family thinks a gay son makes them cool in their circles, but who has closer relationships with his friends and teammates than his family. Duncan plays football (soccer) and Brodie's worst childhood torments were from athletes. Neither man can really empathize properly with the other's position, but they are attracted enough and comfortable enough as friends to want to try.I enjoyed the local color, the genuinely young feel of the main characters, and the mistakes and flaws they both displayed. At times, I got impatient with each of them, but that fit with their age and inexperience and made them feel realistic. Although chronologically before Book 1, I would suggest reading it afterward. Some of the events alluded to will make more sense if you have read Playing for Keeps before this one, and I think the longer, more intense novel will invest the reader in the series better. I'm looking forward to reading book 2.

  • Ele
    2018-11-14 23:49

    *3.5 stars* Don't ask me why I liked this book. I don't know.The scottish accent gave me hell. There is a lot of sports talk and I don't really like sports. It's homophobia and angst central and I was in the mood for something lighter. It's low on the steam and we all know what a perv I am. And Brodie is sick during the whole story. Plus, what's up with the guy's shirt on the cover?But it is also exactly what the blurb says: A tale of pride over prejudice on the soccer pitch... The idea of a LGBT soccer team is very appealing, there are many funny moments and I liked the banter among all characters , a lot of slow burn, some smoking hot scenes and some very interesting supporting characters that will hopefully get their own story.Hmm...I did have some reasons for liking it after all. I'm kind of hooked now. Got to read the rest.

  • Bev
    2018-12-01 02:50

    4.5 stars. Really enjoyed this little prequel novella of two 18 year olds navigating their way through the turbulent waters of gay adulthood, and all that that entails at a Glasgow University of all places. The central theme of the series is the LGBT Woodstoun Warriors football team, and its players. Brodie comes from a small village in the North of Scotland where being gay just isn't acceptable, and he's mercilessly bullied by practically everyone including his own mother. Duncan comes from a privileged Glaswegian background with parents who are gay friendly especially if it brings them more sales in their upmarket store...he's more of a possession than a person. Duncan is quite experienced, Brodie has been too terrified to gain ANY experience but they connect. How Brodie's background of being bullied by footballers meshes with Duncan's playing for an LGBT friendly team, and the abuse (both physical and verbal) it attracts is something they'll both have to work at if they want their relationship to overcome all obstacles.Have already bought books 1 & 2.

  • Nerea
    2018-12-01 00:09

    Waaa! So cute novella!! The main characters are like puppies and it has zero angst! LOVELY!It has many super tender scenes… “Aww” moments everywhere ♥I´m not sports fan, football inclusive, although is like religion in Spain, but I think the book makes a good resume of it. How the people who play live it and how the fans see it.“This is dead brilliant!” Brodie sat beside Lorna again after they’d hugged and high-fived the entire Rainbow Regiment. “Why’d you never tell me how amazing this feels?”“You’d never have believed us,” she said. “Also, it’s not usually this good. Football tends to be long stretches of misery dotted with moments of ecstasy.”“Kinda like life,” Paul added.Looking forward the next one *_*!!

  • Lenore
    2018-12-10 23:56

    I loved the premise and the idea of an all-LGBT, all-gender football team. The book deals with some serious issues, and its approach feels pretty authentic (especially if you take into account the characters' young age and inexperience) but it doesn't avoid slipping into the stereotypical here and there.It's still a sweet read, and I'm definitely reading the next book.

  • Тамрико
    2018-11-17 01:52

    What the heck, I loved it no matter what other reviewers say. 5 stars.Shelby, thank you for the rec! :)

  • Camila, the opinionated Catruler
    2018-12-11 03:09

    3.5 starsWhile I got over the heavy Scottish slang, the story was a bit underdeveloped. Which makes sense, considering this is a novella when it had the content to be a full-lenght novel, in my opinion. Even the ending felt rushed (again, novella).However, Scottish accents, real football, rainbow tartan kilts and Luis Suarez jokes? It's a no-brainer that I'm reading the next one.

  • Arch Bala
    2018-11-28 04:47

    Solid and beautiful writing!

  • Mónica BQ
    2018-11-29 01:46

    Best thing about this? Real football getting called football. El mero bueno.❤❤❤❤❤

  • R * A Reader Obsessed *
    2018-11-12 23:44

    3.5 StarsA seriously great start to what I hope will be a great series.You've got a college setting with a sports background, where flatmates Brodie and Duncan circle each other round and round. They both admire the other for their differences until those differences bring to light some sobering truths.A lot more angsty than expected. This explores not only their relationship, but also the very real social issues surrounding LGBT youth, involving such topics as bullying, activism, and acceptance.  Sexy and sweet, Brodie and Duncan learn some harsh lessons about each other and themselves, and of course come out the stronger together.  I look forward to reading about the other team members and further brushing up on my Scottish lingo - its significant presence and my own guessing inferences, its own little adventure!

  • Bitchie
    2018-12-03 03:57

    Oh, I really enjoyed this! An all LGBT soccer team in Scotland? Oh yeah, baby! I admit, the lingo threw me at times, but I actually liked trying to figure out what they were saying, and hey, I (maybe) learned some new words! Will definitely continue on with this series!I loved watching Brodie and Duncan dance around each other. Brodie was bullied all through school, by people just like Duncan, the strong, athletic type, so of course Brodie tries to keep him at arms' length. But after some drunken fooling around, neither of them can get the other out of their heads, Duncan just has to prove himself, which he really did, thanks to a case of mono!

  • Catherine
    2018-12-04 23:13

    Well this was a great start to what I anticipate will be an amazing series. Note to Scots everywhere: you can say "Och, aye!" to me any day! ;)

  • Mello ❣ Illium ✮Harry✮ ☀Myrnin☀ Torin Ichimaru
    2018-11-28 22:53

    Synopsis:A tale of pride over prejudice on the soccer pitch kicks off this gay romance series set in ScotlandDuncan Harris is on the edge. Scandal has shredded his LGBT soccer team’s history-making season, and now the once-unflappable striker is lashing out. Only one person can tame Duncan’s rage and make him feel like himself again…Bullied by schoolmates in his wee village, Brodie Campbell lurked deep in the closet before coming to the city of Glasgow. Here at university he’s out and proud, but the years of abuse have left him emotionally paralyzed. Can flatmate Duncan help Brodie escape his past and heal his wounded heart?As the two lads grow closer, Brodie can’t forget how athletes like Duncan once tortured him. When Duncan attacks an opponent who threatens Brodie, the situation escalates. Soon Brodie doesn’t feel safe anywhere—especially in Duncan’s arms.To defeat the bullies who’ve wrecked his life, his mind, and his ability to love, Brodie must find the strength to fight his own battles. And Duncan must find the strength to let him.Note: The Glasgow Lads series contains dirty talk with a Scottish accent, naughty bits of a gay nature, and characters who call soccer “football.” My Thoughts:I am happy to have a new series to follow. I have a soft spot for M/M sports romance stories and this fits the bill.At the start of the story, Duncan and Brodie have known each other for a while. They aren't particularly close mates, but they have fooled around once. It didn't end so well and Brodie was left feeling humiliated. It seems that was a big misunderstanding. Once Duncan shows his sweet, nurturing side, they eventually begin to date, but that doesn't always go so well because they come from such different backgrounds and don't truly understand each other. Because of this, Duncan sometimes comes off as insensitive when it comes to GLBTQ issues which really pisses Brodie off because he had been bullied in his home village and his mom is a bigoted bitch.Brodie pissed me off later, though when he deliberately hurts Duncan after an incident during one of Duncan's football games. Brodie has always had issues with footballers, so what happened really frightened him, but the way he acted was highly unnecessary and I felt awful for Duncan. Luckily, for both boys, they have some awesome friends that helped them gain some perspective.I'm pleased with the way they worked things out and I'm mostly satisfied with the ending. The one thing I would have liked to see is Brodie dealing with his bitch mom. After all, he's only in his first year of uni. How is he supposed to pay for tuition in the following years?I'm looking forward to continuing this series. Fergus and John seem to be up next followed by Colin, whose book I'm really excited about. I want to see what happens to that goofball.

  • Katrina Passick Lumsden
    2018-11-22 04:14

    This novella, which is the introduction to the Glasgow Lads series, is a good read but definitely not without its fault. It's also not nearly as good as some of the following titles in the series. I adored Duncan, but his occasional refusal to have a backbone irritated me. Brodie, while almost coming off as the shy, virginal, naive sweetheart, couldn't even have a simple conversation with Duncan without becoming irate, defensive, and insulting. The two of them couldn't seem to communicate, they were constantly taking each other's actions the wrong way, and their physical chemistry didn't seem all that stellar. Regardless, I think it's a relevant story, especially if you're looking to read the entire series, and it doesn't take long. Cockburn's world building is good, and her dialogue and characterizations, while frustrating, are well crafted. Also, it's a Kindle Unlimited title right now, so you KU subscribers have got nothing to lose.

  • R.J.
    2018-11-22 02:54

    This book was gorgeous. Two 18 year old lads with a completely believable love story. Highly recommended. And I'm off to read the next one.

  • Meags
    2018-11-22 05:13

    3 StarsThat was easily the most Scottish book I’ve ever read. A lot of the time I had no idea what they were talking about, but guessing was half the fun. I love all things Scotland so at the very least this book deserves points for authenticity. To be honest, the story was a bit heavier than I expected it to be; but again, this is a thing deserving of praise. Themes of homophobia and bullying were present and genuinely affecting, but were not so overwhelming that they zapped the joy out of the budding romance developing between Brodie and Duncan. I enjoyed the story and the writing, and I’ll definitely be checking out the next book in the series.

  • Pjm12
    2018-11-17 00:03

    Was very much enjoying this love match between Duncan and Brodie, until about 75% when Brodie completely lost it and shut out Duncan completely.However, I forced myself to acknowledge these wee lads are only 18 and just first year university students, and this behaviour is quite realistic when you think about their upbringing, their inexperience and their impulsiveness. Especially when Brodie eventually calms down (feels better really) and seeks out Duncan, there is a genuine attempt to right his wrongs. I loved the grand gesture, and the satisfying resolution.Have already downloaded Fergus' story. The use of Scottish idioms is amusing and really helps with location and scene setting.

  • Sunny
    2018-11-30 00:56

    Imperfect characters figure things out in this thoughtful story. These 'loons' found a place in my heart :)

  • namericanwordcat
    2018-12-03 06:45

    I really like this New Adult romance. Duncan is in hot pursuit of Brodie and takes care of him while he is sick. It is sweet.There is a lot going on in this novella. Brodie comes more fully into himself and Duncan learns empathy (or he is working on it) and anger management. A tender intersting romance. I love how sex isn't perfect at first in Cockburn's books and I love getting understand different facets of Scottish culture.

  • Barb ~rede-2-read~
    2018-11-27 23:02

    Och! This was a great story and super start to what I understand is a popular and very enjoyable series. So glad I finally got off my touche and read it!

  • Rochelle Wilcox
    2018-11-14 22:48

    I loved the culture dynamic. The comparison of a small town dialect and old world conformity to the big city slang and new world diversity can work in any country. How these two characters find a middle ground to understanding is a worldwide story, and a tale as old as time, but I love that it's told from the LGBT point of view.

  • ~Kristin~
    2018-11-30 04:08

    3.75Stars

  • Joey
    2018-11-15 04:47

    I'm just jumping into this series, but it's starting off well! I enjoy the dialect and the character building! This was a great start, so I went ahead and bought the rest!

  • Didi
    2018-11-30 05:09

    What a refreshing surprise, this book was! Gifted from a friend because of my affinity to football and men in kilt! *blushed* - and it brought way more than that to me; It gave me a good read!This novella was a prequel to Glasgow Lads, a new series revolved around Woodstoun Warrior, an all-LGBT amateur football team set in contemporary Glasgow, Scotland. Play On told the story of Duncan Harris, the youngest midfielder who was a freshman at Glasgow Uni, and his flatmate, Brodie Campbell.I couldn't help but to enjoy the story the couple being so ADORABLE (they absolutely hate to be referred to as thus, but I just can't help it!!). These were how I pictured them throughout the story:::heart-eyes:::Unlike Duncan, Brodie came from a small village north-east of Scotland where suspected being gay meant constant bullying and beating. He came to Glasgow out and still struggle with the proud part, bullying-jocks still on the back of his mind made him distrust Duncan on sight. But a night pre-vacation term where they got sloshed and sloppily hooked up changed things between them. But Brodie's being in the closet a long time with Duncan's laid back and insensitive nature clashed and often had them hurting the other.Added to that was the Warriors' captain defection that put Duncan in highly sort temper state, consequently resulting in a chains of events.This was not an all-win tale and more than once either of the MC had to suffer as a result of their short temper; which - for me - made the story feel more real. These were two young men who still had to grow and a lot to learn. Their connections opened both of their to new, and often humbling, realization.I liked that both of them were manipulative enough to be able to stay close with the other, but own up to their mistakes and willing to change when the situation called for it.This novella also put into picture of the state of the Warriors in, gave ideas how the coming stories shape like. I'm actually curious and rather hope for Evan to be one of the stories told in this series.So... loved both characters, their friends, teammates, and the Rainbow Regiment who support Warriors team through good and bad. I also loved that despite youngsters often pictured as horny people, sex was not all these two thought and talk about. There were a couple of hot scenes, sure - but more than that, they thought of each other as friends.

  • Caipi
    2018-11-25 22:48

    A good start to this series about a LGBT football/soccer team in Glasgow!Although I must admit that the MCs kind of annoyed me, I had to remind me that they were only 18 years old, so their behavior was realistic. Brodie grew up surrounded by homophobia, got bullied and humiliated throughout school and even by his mother when he came out. He was scared and at one point he lost it and shut out Duncan completely.Duncan's growing up was a lot easier but his parents loved his sexual orientation more than himself. He was out and proud, but he had a lot of rage in him, seemed unable to really sympathize with others and didn't understand Brodie's emotional world. They seemed to be wrong for each other, but they both learned to find the strength they needed.I'm definitely intrigued by Fergus and I'm looking forward to reading his story.3,5 stars

  • MaDoReader
    2018-11-26 07:04

    Qué sorpresa me he llevado con esta novella. Altamente recomendable.La serie Glagow Lads promete, y mucho, ya he empezado el siguiente, así que lo digo con conocimiento de causa.Dos chavales de 18 años, de distinta procedencia que además de lidiar con sus sentimientos tiene que lidiar con la homofobia presente en la sociedad y especialmente, en el fútbol. Porque aquí hay fútbol, y muy bien integrado en la historia. La autora ha hecho un gran trabajo, se siente todo muy real, muy factible, y es maravilloso ver a estos chicos abrirse, entregarse, cuidarse... Enamorarse ^^Aderezado con momentos muy hot, la única pega que puedo ponerle es su extensión, me he quedado con más ganas de Duncan y Brodie. Una autora a segur de cerca en el m/m, sin duda.

  • Lara
    2018-11-30 05:58

    Excelently written sneak peek into the lives of the Glasgow Lads. I loved these two and the beginning of their love story. Their words, thoughts, and actions all felt very real to me. Duncan and Brodie, FTW! I think you've got a winning series on your hands here Ms Cockburn! Can't wait for more!