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Must Love Christmas

(Glasgow Lads on Ice #2)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  277 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Garen McLaren is a bit of a mess. But so what? His curling teammates adore his manic energy, and so do the kids he teaches. And nobody does Christmas like Garen. (Snow globes in October? Why not?) He’s vowed to make this year’s holiday the best ever, despite his hot but Scrooge-y new flatmate.

Simon Andreou is a bit of a control freak. The pressures of a new job in a new ci
Paperback, 334 pages
Published December 1st 2020 by Independently Published
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I couldn’t wait for this book! I have truly missed them. The Glasgow Lads carved their own special place in my heart and I adore spending time with them. As much as I enjoyed this book there were a few things that held me back from slapping all the stars on it. Okay, I’m just going to rip the bandaid off and get it over with…I don’t love curling. *cringe* I’ve tried to wrap my head around it but I think it’s just not something that I can read about and ‘get‘. It might come together for me if I a ...more
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fabulous Glasgow set sports romance

I love this crossover series from Avery.

I also love the way she bigs up issues which are important to people's lives as an integral part of the book.

This time it's 2016 and Brexit and, reading this from four years down the line, the fall of effects are still only beginning to take shape.

I loved both Garen and Simon, they're flawed and realistic characters. Even though this relationship develops within a relatively short time, the situation they go t
Once again Avery Cockburn came up with two MCs with an interesting background and peculiar traits that make them stand out among the m/m crowd. I enjoyed getting to know Simon and Garen and I appreciated getting to learn about something that I didn’t even know existed until I read this book. I would say that the cover is a little spoilery, with (view spoiler)

I panicked prematurely at 22%, faced with the appearance of a trope I hate (hurt/comfort) and what looked like it might be a dive into misery porn territory. So that was DNF #1.

Reassured by friends that the story was actually pretty light on the h/c, I picked it up again a few days later. And they were right -- that aspect of the story is dealt with in a refreshingly light-handed way.

However. While the characters were nice, and the story was pleasant (misery porn totally averted, yay), it turned
Ariana  (mostly offline)
Dec 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: christmas, ku, lgbtq
I really liked the ‘Glasgow Lads’ by this author but somehow her curling series never had the same appeal to me.

There is a lot to like in this Christmassy novel:

.) I was intrigued and equally horrified to learn about Guillan-Barré syndrome. It sounds like the ultimate hell, tbh. And the author gives a very good account of it, I think.
.) I really liked both, Garen and Simon.
.) Garen’s inclination to take Christmas very seriously and go for it 100% made me grin. I liked that there is a reason for
3.5 rounded down

Aww, this was a lovely read. It does work well as a standalone, though I'm bummed it didn't come out closer to the release of book one as the characters from that one are definitely present here and I think it would enhance the experience to have remembered more about that book.

Definitely quite Christmas-y if that's what you're looking for, and I quite enjoyed the characters here. I've not read many (any?) books with Guillain-Barré syndrome and I really thought the author did a g
Dec 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Going into the book I recognized how much I missed the lads and Cockburn's writing but something was different than I remembered it and it wasn't that it's part of the spin-of series. Might be that the pairing was a bit complicated for me to get. In the end I understood better why it shouldn't work than why it against all odds did.
May 19, 2021 rated it liked it
This last installment of Glasgow Lads was enjoyable too, and we finally got rid of (view spoiler), but I miss all that political background that the first ones in the original series had. (I never thought I'd said that...).
I specially liked that in every one of these books the author did good research to show the difficulties our lads have to deal with on a daily basis. (view spoiler)
Nov 07, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ku
3.5 rounded down because of the third act. I really enjoyed this one but something was missing from the relationship development and I can't put my finger on it. I really enjoyed the britishness of the text and the characters, I really love the UK and have to go for a visit soon! I liked both characters and found the illness well handled. The third act was strange and Garen's problems were too, we got his backstory but I don't feel I really understand him which is clearly a me thing. I liked the ...more
~nikki the recovering book addict
4 stars

I’ve been looking forward to a new Avery Cockburn book for ages now. I usually love her books. Some topics are heavy but I think necessary to understand seeing as we don’t really know Scottish culture looking from the outside in.

So I say “usually” because this wasn’t a 5 star read for me like it usually is. I don’t know... it just kinda felt like Simon and Garen moved really quickly through their relationship.

Also I think this book is slightly shorter than the rest. And we don’t really
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Thank you for the gift, SmuttyElf!
3.5 stars

My first book of 2021.

Hmmm... while I LIKED the fact that these two lovely souls were different, Garen with his scatterbrain and love for Christmas and positive thinking and gentle heart that makes everyone just feels good, and Simon who is more control freak but also determined for independence....

... but in the end, this book felt too much about the two of them navigating this difference in their relationship rather than finding "similarities". I appreciated that they did talk about i
Terri Jones
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fine Christmas themed story if you're looking for imperfect heroes, great friends, good family, and a fine eye to the challenges disabled people face. The struggles are serious, and so the wins are seasoned just right. I am now craving gingerbread, though. Be warned. :) ...more
Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~
3.5 stars

Garen is kind of a spaz and Simon is fussy and a neat freak. They like each other, but their compatibility issues make rooming together hard enough without throwing dating into the mix. Then fate strikes and tests them both in ways neither anticipated.

It was interesting to see how they both adapted to their situations, especially Simon. It would've been easy for him to give in to anger, but he soldiers on and takes the lumps as they come. Garen was juggling a lot and while it impacted
Ulysses Dietz
Dec 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Must Love Christmas (Glasgow Lads on Ice 2)
By Avery Cockburn
Published by the author, 2020
Five stars

Avery Cockburn (pronounced Ko-Burn) is a go-to writer for me, although it had been a while when I picked up this, the second of the “Glasgow Lads on Ice” series—featuring the world of curling! My delight in the second book was as much as in the first one, and I added a star to this review because I am developing a deeper admiration for the gift of writing a classic m/m romance with freshness and a
A lovely addition to the Glasgow Lads on Ice series.

Garen and Simon were never supposed to meet or wind up living together. Garen's roommate ad, wherein he confessed he's a bit of a slob, was a total turn-off to Simon - who has control freak tendencies when it comes to tidyness. But fate has other plans for these two. After a hot hook-up and agreement to live apart, they wind up roommates. Which we all secretly knew was definitely going to happen!

Things go as well and as badly as both men m
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m-romance
Was a good start, boring through the middle and just ends. I skipped a few chapters and read the last.
Oh how I loved this. Little bits of xmas magic, serendipity, and two lost souls who find each other. Loved the curling, loved the before Covid timeline, loved the community around Garen.

Please let there be more.
Dec 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story about love and friendship. How stepping up when someone needs you the most can not only change them but you as well. It's a beautiful love story with a lot of obstacles but as always true love shines through. Great book. I forgot about this author but reading this story is making me want to go back and reread some stories I read from this author before. ...more
Denise H.
Glasgow, Scotland. We have Curling clubs, Brexit, and illness that will hold out attention. Well done, different, lively and heartwarming.
Tall Zoologist, Garen, 26, long sandy hair and blue eyes,

and his sis Karen, were adopted from Russia, and he clings to his heart's happiness through his love of family, friends, work, and especially Christmas. His flat mate moved out, so he needs a new one.
Slim, Greek, Simon, 25, works in banking

and is finally moved out of his parents. He shows up to see th
Queen B
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have missed this series. Must Love Christmas features Garen, who is the best friend and teammate of Luca from Throwing Stones. Luca is finally moving out to be with his love Oliver full time, so Garen is on the hunt for a new flatmate who can accept his high tolerance of mess and excessive love of Christmas. By some mistake clean freak Simon comes to view the flat and meet Garen.

The connection between the two is instant but after one night together and Simon fresh out of options for rentals, t
4.5 stars
DNF. Stopped at 71%. Just couldn't get into it. I think it's definitely me and not the book. Ugh. 😕 ...more
A.E. Lister
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What I love about Avery's books is just how wholesome and cheery they are. I'm not a big fan of alot of angst in the books I read so, especially at Christmas, this is perfect.

*spoiler* I loved the disability rep, especially when it concerns a disease where relapse and recovery is the norm. I have Multiple Sclerosis, and what occurs with Epstein-Barre is very similar, although I've never - thank God - experienced the extreme disability that occurred here. Nevertheless, I felt that Avery knew of
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ku, holidays, 2020
4.5 stars.

I love this series more than the first and it was sweet to have a Christmas fanatic featured as one of the MCs. I would have liked a little more information on Garen's problems with concentration, etc. because there was a lot of information about Simon's GBS. Granted, his relapse was an integral part of their relationship, but so was Garen's personality so that could have been balanced out a bit. But overall I really loved both of them and and how they worked through everything togethe
Barb ~rede-2-read~
This story is my favorite from this author so far, and I've enjoyed all her previous footy, and now curling stories. This story focuses on curling but make no mistake--this is a love story worthy of being made into a movie for the Hallmark Channel. I smiled, I cried, my heart was warmed, I shed more tears, and I laughed with joy.

Garen McLaren is a zoologist by day and a member of a semiprofessional curling team by night and weekend. He's also an adopted child; he and his twin sister were adopte
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I love Avery Cockburn and her band of athletic lads. The research put into these stories down to the smallest detail is awe inspiring.
I really enjoyed seeing Garen, the happy-go-lucky skip (vice?) for Team Riley find the happiness he has subconsciously been looking for since he was adopted from an orphanage at age three. Although still self deprecating, he is coming to terms with who he is.
Simon, being the polar opposite, is a good balance for Garen.
I cannot wait for more from this world.
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I really enjoyed this. It was a mixture of a fun romance with an amount of depth and thoughtfulness about society, ableism and mental health issues. Garan and Simon were both well rounded and interesting characters as well as being funny and super hot together. As I'm not disabled I can't speak to the rep here but I think it was well done. 
I was v caught up in all the story and could have read a lot more of these two together. It was my first  book in this series and in definitely readi
Jul 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another easy to read Glasgow story from this author.
I have enjoyed both the football and curling stories so getting a bit of both was lovely.
Simon and Garen both have come through adversity in their youth, and seen the benefits of immigrating to another country either directly or second generation. This was set against the nationalistic fervour brought up by Brexit.
Simon’s GBS also set a poignant tone, forcing both to deal with a serious illness right at the start of a friendship budding into mo
chriss giddins
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not just for Christmas!

This story is very emotional and real like all the Glasgow Lads books. Difficult subjects are touched on in the story but it is ultimately heart-warming.

I loved the cameos from the footie lads and hearing more about characters from Throwing Stones.

I borrowed the book from kindle unlimited but I know I will want to read it again so will be buying my own copy today.
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Hiya, I’m 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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