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In this followup story to Playing for Keeps, Fergus and John must overcome bad advice, broken headboards, and the Doppelgänger from Hell to find their forever bliss. A must-read for Glasgow Lads fans—and for new readers, a short ’n’ sweet intro to this hot new Scottish gay-romance series!Fancy a game of hide-and-seek?After living together for three months, Fergus and JohnIn this followup story to Playing for Keeps, Fergus and John must overcome bad advice, broken headboards, and the Doppelgänger from Hell to find their forever bliss. A must-read for Glasgow Lads fans—and for new readers, a short ’n’ sweet intro to this hot new Scottish gay-romance series!Fancy a game of hide-and-seek?After living together for three months, Fergus and John have come to love each other’s quirks, and the bond between them is starting to look permanent. But when John wants to take things to the next level, Fergus balks, haunted by the betrayals in his own past.To overcome these fears, Fergus must embark on an epic, steamy journey—literally—one that will test his faith, his trust, and his ability to keep a cool head in a hot, hot place....

Title : Play It Safe
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ISBN : 27399680
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 60 Pages
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Play It Safe Reviews

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    2018-12-04 07:35

    Kindle freebie 2/14/16!

  • Meags
    2018-12-01 04:30

    3.5 StarsWhen it comes to the Glasgow Lads, I always want more. More, more, more!!! That's why I'll take as many of these deliciously sweet short stories as I can.This little beauty focuses on Fergus and John in the months following their decision to co-habitat. They're still madly in love and as adorable together as ever, but Fergus is still holding back a part of himself from John and it's starting to put a strain on their relationship. Fergus is still very much affected by the betrayal of his past lover and, as such, is (understandably) scared to put his full trust in someone again. What he comes to realises though, is that John isn't just someone - he's his whole world and the owner of his heart, hopefully forever.This story was extremely sweet and deliciously hot. As always, I'm in awe of Cockburn's writing and the fabulously complex and gritty Scottish characters she's created here within this series.

  • Kaje Harper
    2018-11-23 08:58

    A sweet, amusing little look at John and Fergus, as they navigate the ups and downs of commitment and sharing. John's used to more privacy. Fergus is gun shy after Evan. But somehow, they're determined to make it work. A light story, but with heart and heat.Best read between books 2 and 3, but I read it after 3 and enjoyed it a lot. Not a good intro to the series though - you'll want to have met the characters first.

  • ~Kristin~
    2018-11-30 03:45

    3.25I was a little underwhelmed, but it did make me excited for Liam and Robert's upcoming story.

  • Nerea
    2018-11-18 02:38

    Crazy, funny and too short story about John and Fergus, and the important decisions they need to make together ;)I love John!! He's an adorable human disaster xD

  • Ami
    2018-11-17 08:59

    Read this immediately after Playing for Keeps, because I didn't want to say goodbye to Fergus and John just yet . Play It Safe is pretty steamy short story, although I must say that I wasn't really that eager with the sex club scenes. Reading about voyeurism or public sex never does appeal to me *shrugs*. But, the result of their sex club visit was so sweet, and I swear I probably had stars in my eyes. Despite the short length, Cockburn was able to write a well-written internal struggle that Fergus still experiences after the betrayal of Evan, while providing satisfying resolution as well.Gah, I loved these boys so much!!

  • R * A Reader Obsessed *
    2018-12-12 05:48

    3.5 StarsI think it’s safe to say that for me, any follow up with the guys in this series is an automatic win. Though Fergus and John are happily living together, they’ve had to adjust and shift to make things work. What’s important though, is that they love each other and most of the superfluous stuff is just that - superfluous. John definitely wants to take that next step in exclusivity, not that they weren’t already, but what it represents will make things that much more meaningful. Fergus understandably hesitates due to past betrayals he’s suffered through, and the guys find themselves at an impasse. What’s needed is an conventional leap of faith, resulting in some very nice sweet and hot that this series has always excelled at.

  • namericanwordcat
    2018-11-28 06:31

    3.5 Stars! I thought I might get annoyed at an extra helping of angst but this short story is a sweet peek back in on John and Fergus and the gang.Fergus is still working through trust issues and they go somewhere that makes me want to wash with disinfectant (and this is because I have been to places like this in my misspent youth) but this is really a sweet, tender, and funny little follow up.

  • Katrina Passick Lumsden
    2018-11-27 02:47

    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 progression, realistic angst, and sweet (not saccharine) romance. Also, the dialogue is fantastic. There's some hilarious banter, and even some great words of wisdom, sometimes coming from the lads, sometimes being dropped on them from others.This novella focuses once again on Fergus and John as they begin to take their relationship to the next level. Fergus's trust issues are really challenged in this one, and it's satisfying watching as he and John connect on a deeper level and commit to each other permanently.

  • MaDoReader
    2018-11-20 03:32

    Una historia muy cortita que se lee en un suspiro y que nos vuelve a acercar a John y Fergus, tan dulce y hot que me ha dejado con ganas de mucho más, Sra. Cockburn, por favor escriba rápido que estoy deseando leer ya a Liam y Robert.

  • Eva
    2018-11-16 02:00

    Ohhh, Jonh and Fergus are tooo cute!!! For me, the best part it's been read (a little bit) about Liam and Robert :D and now, for the next one!!!!

  • ⚣❣☙ Michaelle ❧❣⚣
    2018-12-15 09:58

    4.1 Stars

  • Marion
    2018-11-28 01:41

    4.5 Stars! Fergus and John are back!! My favourite couple! It was so great to get a glimpse into their relationship, watch them take the next step...see them deal with conflict and find creative ways to solve them. Creative and HOT ways to solve game of Hide and Seek ever! Seriously. Hot. I love the Glasgow Lads and I love this series-it's becoming one of my favourites! Can't wait for the next book!! Thanks AC!

  • ~ Lei ~ Reading Is An Adventure ~
    2018-12-05 03:00

    ★★★★☆ ~ 4 StarsJohn and Fergus have been living together for 3 months and after the latest condom scramble, John pops the all-important question and next step in their relationship. (view spoiler)[Ditch the condoms after testing?Fergus doesn't say no, but he also doesn't say yes. After all, Evan wasn't so faithful. (hide spoiler)] So after he gets some advice, he and John go on a smutty-hot adventure. Will it help Fergus make a decision?

  • Lenore
    2018-11-21 07:00

    This was funny and sweet and sexy, and I think I melted a little.

  • Pebbles1374
    2018-11-20 04:41

    4.5 stars Fergus and John are my favorite couple in this series so seeing them so happy and taking another step in their relationship made me happy too :) Really cute short story

  • Claudia
    2018-11-27 09:33

    This one is really, really short but it is a nice insight into Fergus and Johns life ... and if you adore this series as much as I do, you just have to read this

  • Elsa Bravante
    2018-12-05 08:48

    Historia corta de John y Fergus. Adorables.

  • Bev
    2018-12-07 08:32

    A really nice little freebie (for me anyhoo as I'm signed up to her blog) featuring my favourite couple of the Glasgow Lads series so far, Fergus and John. Enjoyed.

  • Anna D.
    2018-12-01 04:53

    These characters read as if they are much older than they really are. It's good because we don't get that annoying YA/NA reactions or the naive decisions, but it also makes things a little less believable. It's rare that I'm convinced of a HEA ending with young characters but I believe it here.I love this couple, but considering the short length of the book, I didn't like the time spent (wasted) describing Fergus's adventure at Club 212. I wanted every page to have both characters to be on page...and I was also hoping to get more insight to Liam and Robert. I CANNOT WAIT!!

  • Pjm12
    2018-12-12 05:59

    I have to read these Scottish football stories straight away. Even a short like this one provides extra layers to characters, in this case Fergus and John.And since we spend half the time in a 'bath house', well, *fans self* that's alright too.Despite the exhibition efforts of these boys, the story is actually quite emotional and poignant rather than porny.Can't wait for the next full length story in this series.

  • Didi
    2018-11-19 07:46

    Fergus and John were my favorite couple of this series, so a more steamy side of their love life's after cohabiting this might be - I still loved it.This novella also delved further on their not-fully-resolved issue with satisfying result!I especially loved the market scene between the lads and their mates Liam and Rabbie.More of the lads soon, please! :D

  • Wicked
    2018-12-07 08:00

    Cute little follow up that made me even more impatient to read the next book.

  • Allison
    2018-11-21 01:59

    3.5 stars. Since I didn't particularly like their original book I may not have connected to this as much as the other shorts. Still, it was sweet and I enjoyed reading about them again. Plus, free on the author's website, is always nice.

  • The Novel Approach Reviews
    2018-12-06 02:44

    It’s no big secret how much love I have for Avery Cockburn’s Glasgow Lads. John and Fergus, Colin and Andrew (I have yet to read the prequel, Play On), both couples stole my heart in their respective books and never even tried to give it back. And I love that sometimes when that happens, when I get the couple’s HEA but wish there could still be just a wee bit more to the story, the author goes and gives me exactly what I want. That’s what Cockburn’s done for John and Fergus in Play It Safe.First let me say that though this novella is billed as a standalone, I don’t feel as though I’d have experienced the fullest depth of love for it had I not had the boys’ backstory. Or, the likelihood is that I’d have liked it on a different level, because there’s no disputing it’s still heartwarming and sexy. John and Fergus’s beginning in Playing for Keeps hinged a good bit on trust issues—Fergus was short on trust because of a bad breakup; John didn’t do much to foster it because of a rather volatile secret he was keeping. The inability for Fergus to give of himself fully becomes the cornerstone upon which the author builds Play It Safe. Does Fergus trust John enough to take their relationship to the next level—a level that requires complete faith in a place where Fergus has been burned before? I thought they were there, but I was wrong, so that’s my roundabout way of saying that had I not had all the puzzle pieces in place, the story would have been perfectly lovely but maybe not as emotionally engaging as it was.That said, I adore this little vignette. This is the true beginning to John and Fergus’s happily-ever-after, as they work through one final obstacle so they can start their future together. And I must say, they got a little creative in a fun and seductively suggestive way; playful, but there was also a good bit of tension of the non-sexual variety that gave the story an edge too, which does nothing but make the sweet part that much more gratifying once we get there.If you haven’t read this series yet but are planning to, please don’t read this first. Read Playing for Keeps first. It’s so worth it, and then you can slip right into Play It Safe without a hiccup. Again, it’s so worth it and I’d bet you’ll want to anyway. I can say this with almost no reservations because Avery Cockburn has created all these new adult characters you can’t help but love, with all their charm and charisma just oozing off the pages. That’s how they get under your skin and worm their way into your heart, they’re just that loveable.The conflict in this story is so real for Fergus, and John just keeps going on to prove how utterly wonderful he is. Fergus was afraid he may have given John enough rope to hang himself. John didn’t tighten the noose, though. He didn’t even come close. He just left the rope behind as a trail to lead Fergus back to him. And it was priceless.I’m head over heels for this series and its characters. It’s one of my best discoveries of 2015, no question about it, and I’m hoping like crazy to hear more from Colin and Andrew, sooner rather than later.Reviewed by Lisa for The Novel Approach

  • Donna
    2018-11-28 09:33

    This short story is a continuation, or follow-on from John and Fergus’s book, Playing for Keeps. As with all of the Glasgow Lads stories, this short could be read as a standalone, however I think that you’d fail to appreciate the characters and the conflict here without knowing how these two men became a couple.When this story begins, Fergus and John have been living together for three months, and are in love and committed to each other. Or are they? Fergus wishes with all of his bruised and cautious heart that he could completely trust John, but before there was John, there was Evan. And look where Evan’s “love and commitment” had left poor Fergus. Heart broken, alone, and damn lucky to be STD free. When John needs Fergus to put his trust in their relationship, Fergus hesitates, and realizes that Evan has done more lasting damage than he first thought. It takes some rather blunt advice from straight talking stranger to set Fergus straight, and start him off on a harebrained scheme to prove to himself that he can trust John.This author really likes to throw roadblock, after problem, after issue between the main characters in these stories, and though all of the stories are left in a place where you can safely imagine the men sailing of to live their HEAs, you just know that there are still going to be a few bumps along the way. It was great hearing more of “what happened next” for Fergus and John. Fergus’s fears were confronted in the most entertaining (for us) way imaginable and I loved that John was willing to go along with anything to meet Fergus’s needs. I continue to hold out hope that Evan will somehow be redeemed and get his own story, but this brief tale just made me want to slap him some more. The resolution, when it came, was satisfyingly mushy, and hard earned after all the angst these two overcame, starting back with Playing for Keeps.We are further teased with Liam (the wanton man-ho) and Robert (the straight bestie), though when I say teased, the author has never actually hinted that they’ll end up together. That’s just what I want to happen. Fingers crossed that the next novel, due to release early next year will give these men a starring role.I can’t recommend this series enough! I’ve spruiked these books to anyone and everyone who will listen.Reviewed for Love Bytes Reviews

  • Marte - Thunderella
    2018-11-19 03:54

    *** 3 safe stars ***I'm not sure how I feel about this short to be honest.In this short we meet the main characters from book 1 Playing for Keeps, Fergus and John. They've been together a few months (four, five?), and lived together for three. John brings up [plot spoiler] (view spoiler)[ditching condoms since they're already living together and exclusive.(hide spoiler)] Fergus balks because of what happened with his ex boyfriend. It becomes a question of trust. They "resolve" this by going to a (view spoiler)[bathhouse, read gay hookup sex place. Uhm.. okay. They have a "exhibitionist Jacuzzi wank (that's a quote) where Fergus spontaneously asks John to marry him. They finish at the bathhouse and go to look at rings.(hide spoiler)]It was all so bizarre. I feel I didn't recognize Fergus or John. I'm slightly disappointed. But happy for them too. Even though they've only been together for four-five months.

  • Teresa
    2018-11-29 02:55

    ****Reviewed for Prism Book Alliance®****4.5 Stars - Aw, we get no footie in this! However there is lots of love!!! This was super sweet and fluffy, even with Fergus’s misgivings. With a sexy game of hide’n seek, Fergus finds what matters to him and learns to trust again.I loved seeing this pair again and having them show their love for each other was great. If you’ve read the blurb, you can also see snippets of foreshadow for the next novel in the series.Bring on the boys!

  • Tj
    2018-11-19 08:48

    Fergus & John are back!!!A few months have passed and Fergus and John are adapting to each others quirks. Fergus is a neat freak and John is more casual in his housekeeping. They are handling the differences like adults and are willing to make concessions and talk to each other. Until.......John is ready to move their relationship to the next level. He wants them to be tested and ditch the condoms. Fergus... poor Fergus doesn't handle it well. He is still smarting from having his heart broken. Avery Cockburn has a unique way of having them work out the impasse - with a lot of humor, skimpy towels, and a round of hide & seek. Great job Avery. I loved your take on conflict resolution.I also loved the LED rubber ducky. I am hoping that we see "Rabby" and Liam in the next book.

  • Bo
    2018-11-22 04:53

    Splendid SegueThis came as a total surprise--a short story that gives us a chance to learn how Fergus and John are growing so dependent upon each other that the two simply cannot stand to be apart. Throw in some very interesting interplay with Liam, the "other ginger" in the Glasgow Lads crowd, and his best friend (and terribly straight?) Robert, and you have a settlement of one story--and the beginning of the next.Avery Cockburn has created a cast of unique characters who never fail to screw something up and/or save themselves or others from destruction. In this lovingly written, tightly plotted, and extremely sensuous, novella, love is handed to us on a silver platter--alongside the tea, beer and eventually, bubbly.Don't miss it!