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Playing to Win

(Glasgow Lads #2)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  1,462 ratings  ·  294 reviews
Colin MacDuff has nothing. Growing up in a Glasgow slum, he learned never to trust, never to cryand never EVER to be at the mercy of anyone, especially rich men. So how did he end up half-naked at a rave with Scotlands hottest young aristocrat?

Lord Andrew Sunderland has everything. From ancestral castle to posh prep school, hes spent his life wrapping others around his
Kindle Edition, 406 pages
Published September 18th 2015 by Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
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Alex Morra The whole numbered ones (1.0, 2.0, 3.0) are stand-alone novels that could be read in any order while the half-numbered ones (2.5, 3.5) are follow-up…moreThe whole numbered ones (1.0, 2.0, 3.0) are stand-alone novels that could be read in any order while the half-numbered ones (2.5, 3.5) are follow-up novellas that should follow the book featuring the original couple. The exception is 0.5, which is a prelude to the series. (less)

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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~ by: Ele

Set in 2014 during Scotland's vote for independence, Playing to Win is a story of class struggle, privilege, and poverty.

It is also a love story about two men on opposites sides of a political divide: Colin, fiercely proud, passionate, and firmly on the side of voting yes for a free Scotland, and Andrew, a charming, wealthy aristocrat who wants to preserve the union and with it the status quo that serves his family.

Colin and Andrew are fire and water, earth and air. They consume each
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

"He was keeping his composure rather well, he thought, until the fireplace rug suddenly stood up and shook itself.
"Oh my God, it's a dog," he blurted, nearly spilling his drink. As he recovered, Colin was grateful he hadn't said Fucking hell! or worse."

FUCKING. FINALLY. What baffles me the most is the fact that reading a good romance, I'm tempted to think that my expectations don't seem so high, but I cannot forget that it took me *looks at feed* five romance novels to fall in love - which
Kaje Harper
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was my favorite of the series so far. I loved both the characters, maybe even more because they had some sizable flaws and blind spots, especially at first. The story did dip into melodrama at the end, perhaps to give a shortcut to wrap up a bunch of loose ends that otherwise would have taken another novel. That's one downside to a series with a new couple each book - when a story really could use two books to work through all the issues, there isn't space to do that. But by that point, I ...more

I was a bit dissapointed by the first book in this series. This one however was way better, at least, that's how I feel.

This has mostly to do with Colin I think, because I have loved that man since book 1 and after reading book 2, I only love him more.

I always enjoy a good "opposites attract" book, which is exactly what this is. These two men are completely different. Not only are they from different worlds, but they are also on different sides. And with sides, I mean the independence of
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it

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 because despite the fact that she really doesn't shy away from the
4,25 stars

It's my first book by this author and I really loved it. Even if we get A LOT of political talk, the romance was incredible. Andrew and Colin were as different as night and day, but they really were great together.
The sex was smoking hot and the ending was super sweet.

I enjoyed the writing and all the Scottish words. Will be checking other books by this author.
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, mm, series
4,5 Avery, que talento, por favorrr!!!

Debería hacer una SEÑORA RESEÑA, porque este libro se lo merece y mucho, pero RL sometimes is a RS, así que solamente puedo hacer copy/paste, un poco de fangirling (Andrew te amo por siempre y para siempre. Colin, my bombón <3<3<3) y decirles a todos los que no leyeron esta serie que lo hagan...pronto!!

From the day we met,Andrew continued, there was something about you that I knew could strip me down to my core. I knew that with you, I could stop
4.5 Stars

I absolutely loved this story.

In the previous book, we were introduced to toffy Lord Andrew Sunderland and cheeky football player Colin MacDuff. Here, they come together is spectacular fashion. The spark between the two is immediate. Although, initially it feels very enemies-to-lovers in nature - with lots of insulting banter and some fairly intense hate-fucking the combustible attraction that Andrew and Colin share quickly develops into a powerful intellectual and emotional bond that
* A Reader Obsessed *
4 Stars

Ive said it before and Ill say it again, this series has some meat to it. Yes, that meat too, but its about way more than footy, which hardly gets any serious play time here. Just as angsty, and just as steamy, this really focuses on class distinction and the politics of an independent vs unified Scotland.

First you have Colin. Hes been beat down in life quite a bit, and hes trying to better his station, planning for his future, all the while taking care of his family whos hit a lot of
I didn't like Andrew at first. He grew on me. I loved Colin from the beginning. I actually didn't expect to like the ending because I was sure I knew how it would go. I was wrong. This is a good thing. Definitely recommend this book.
Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it

3.5 stars

I enjoyed this one, it was really focused on Scottish independence and I loved how invested the characters were, how fiercely they stood for what they believed in, it was good to get both opinions.

I personally (view spoiler)
Feb 17, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish-dnf
Shelves: lgbtq, ku
DNF 27%

This is not holding my attention and quite frankly I was expecting something like that.
It's always difficult to get into a book after reading a mind blowing story.
To be fair, I won't make any more updates until I have sure I will be able to finish the book I picked.
Moving on.
This is deliciously long, involved, complicated, messy. Colin and Lord Andrew just should not work together. Everything about their lives clashes and is confrontational. Their political views are on either end of the spectrum. Their ways of living with Andrew as an indulged youngest son of the entitled upper-class is in direct contrast to Colin's upbringing as part of a welfare dependent family.

But there's something about the other that makes each feel safe. So they keep trying to build bridges,
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars
By far the best book in the series, I really enjoyed it so much!!
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reread March 2017, and I'll be damned if I didn't love it as much as the first time.
A few more notes:
1. Considering a second independence referendum for Scotland is in the works right now (still kinda shaky on the details!) it was really interesting to see the politics of the first one in 2014. Politics can be quite fascinating, and since I wasn't in the atmosphere of Scotland 2014 during this time I loved being able to soak it all up.
2. I cannot understate how much I love Scottish (or...I



Okay, let me try that again. First you should know Im running on very little sleep, actually I am running on brogue at the moment. Im also going to gush and squee and do cartwheels for the next few minutes. Now that you have been forewarned, I can continue. I couldnt put this book down until I finished, I just had to know. Considering this segment of The Glasgow Lads is nearly 400 hundred pages, I sacrificed sleep and ignored my
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Glasgow Lads series surprised the hell outta me. Mostly because the entire thing is currently available on Kindle Unlimited, and the odds of reading even semi-decent books on KU are extremely low. But even without KU, the individual prices of these books is reasonable, especially for the quality of the content.

Cockburn's writing is fantastic. This isn't just some European football hot guy erotica, it's an actual story with three dimensional characters, believable story arcs, well-paced plot
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Even better than book 1. The combination of snooty aristocrat and rough soccer player set against the recent Scottish referendum for independence was brilliant. This author really backs up her romance with plots that feel modern and relevant.
Marte - Thunderella
**** 4,5 grand stars ****

"I cannae leave you." He pressed his lips to Andrew's ear. "I need you."

"You can't win me back." Andrew swallowed to keep from choking on his tears. "You can't win back what you never lost."

What a grand story! I don't think I've ever used the word grand before describing a book, but this really was. I'm very impressed with the author with how she managed to
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
WAY too much politics for my taste, but I loved the romance.
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, jock-shelf
Wow, the Glasgow Lads are back in a big way! "Playing to Win" is the 3rd in the series and tells the much anticipated story of Colin and
Lord Andrew. A more unlikely pair you can't imagine!
Colin McDuff has nothing. His family lives in the Glasgow slum and exist on government benefits. He's at Uni working hard to make a better
life for himself and his family.
Lord Andrew Sunderland has everything. The rich, titled family, a budding political career, celebrity friends and incredible fabulousness!!
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm-romance
Another compelling couple with a story line that grabs you and hold you hostage. There's nothing dull about these boys and the world around them.

Many times I have read stories about very young couples with a HEA and it's hard for me to believe they could find their forever love at that age. People mature and change and often the other person doesn't at the same rate. Colin and Andrew are 19 and 20 and I don't doubt their HEA because they are so mature for their age.

Looking forward to Liam and
The best in the series so far.

I'm knocking it down a star because it went slightly overboard with the drama in the last 20% but overall it was GLORIOUS!
Skye Kilaen
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An opposites attract M/M Scottish football (soccer) romance that I now love, but didn't finish the first time I tried reading it! On first read I loved Colin MacDuff, the grumpy, activist footballer from the slums of Glasgow whose family survives due to government assistance. But I hated conservative, judgmental, wealthy Lord Andrew Sutherland with a fiery passion. I didn't know writer Avery Cockburn well enough to trust her to bring Andrew around, I just couldn't get past his ignorant ...more
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hot, m-m, dual-pov, male-pov
4.5⭐ This was the second of the Glasgow Lads and Lord Andrew & Collin's story. These boys were amazing together and I enjoyed them even more then the first book. Andrew originally came across a bit vein & shallow, but I so fell for him watching him with Collin. I enjoyed the witty banter and quips between these two. Great character development & real relationship connection. ...more
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I love this book. It is like good football : blood, sweat and tears . It is more than 5 stars for me.
I see that majority of readers think that Playing to Win to be the best of the series yet, even better compared to book #1. Well, I am going to be part of the minority group that think otherwise. In fact, I was having a bit difficulty to stay engaged throughout, which was a bummer since I really did love Colin.

I think my issues are mainly about two major things that pretty much connected. One, I couldn't warm up to Lord Andrew Sunderland -- most of the times I wanted to kick His Lordship's
Bonnie-Anne Carmichael (Love Triangles Are Fucking Stupid.)
This is my own fault. I love this series, and I love Colin SO much, that even knowing I'd struggle with the theme of this book, I tried it anyway. I tried really hard but I just couldn't enjoy it, and worse it was making me angrier and angrier the more I read it. If you don't care about Scottish politics and you can get past something that happens halfway through the book (I'll put details below) then you would probably absolutely love this book. It's really well written, with proper fleshed out ...more
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-sports

Like the previous one, this book has a BIG political/social criticism. This time about the Scottish independence referendum of 2014. Besides their very different origin and social status (one living with subsidies and the other a millionaire's lord's son), the protagonists are on the different sides of this important decision too.

It cost to me to get the connexion between the MCs, they were toophysical at first and although they THOUGHT beautiful things about the other, they DON'T SAY so the
* N aka
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 stars overall.

The first half was 2 stars for me. I couldn't connect. The MCs were all over the place and nothing about their sex made any sense to me. I think one of the MCs refers to it later as 'role play and gymnastics', which on its face is fine; it just didn't make sense to me for this story. And toe sucking is just eww not my thing, unless the point is to laugh. Which, maybe it was because there are some pretty funny parts in the book (the c-word part made me laugh out loud).

Then, about
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Hiya, Im Avery Cockburn (rhymes with Savory Slow Churn). My days are filled with beautiful men who play beautiful games in the most beautiful place in the world. Being an author is pretty much the best job ever.

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