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Throwing Stones (Glasgow Lads on Ice) Kindle Edition
Curling fans old and new will love this heartwarming romance featuring the hottest sport on ice!
Oliver Doyle needs to win. After his reign as one of Canada’s top curlers is cut short by scandal, he arrives in Glasgow to coach Scotland’s next big team to a national championship. All that stands in the way of Oliver’s redemption is a band of upstarts led by an infuriatingly cute skip.
Luca Riley needs to chill. Or so he’s always believed, crafting a Zen-like serenity to carry his underdog curlers to the edge of greatness. To reach Nationals, Team Riley just have to keep calm and beat their arch-rivals—and their hot new Canadian coach—in one final bonspiel.
Luca and Oliver form an instant, irresistible bond. For the first time, Oliver shares the secret shame that’s kept him off the ice for years, and Luca finds true acceptance for who he is. As the tournament races toward a nail-biting climax, Oliver must face his past before it consumes him again. And Luca must choose between the dream he can taste and the man he could love.
Glasgow Lads series
More Lads are on the way! The series features a recurring cast of teammates, but each novel contains its own stand-alone romance, so they can be read in any order.
- Play On, Duncan & Brodie novella
- Playing for Keeps, Fergus & John novel
- Playing to Win, Colin & Andrew novel
- Play It Safe, Fergus & John short story
- Playing with Fire, Liam & Robert novel
- Play Dead, Colin & Andrew novella
- Playing in the Dark, Evan & Ben novel
- Play Hard, Liam & Robert novella
- All Through the House, Duncan & Brodie short story
- Playing by Ear, Jamie & Perry novel, coming 2022
Glasgow Lads on Ice (spinoff/crossover series featuring curling):
- Throwing Stones, Luca & Oliver novel
- Must Love Christmas, Garen & Simon novel
There is absolutely nothing that I didn't love about this book...This book was a sweet, slow burn and full of class. I love how that purposefully reflected what the sport of curling was about. (5 of 5 stars)--Queen J, Library Queens
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He noticed Luca was gazing up at him with what seemed like a mixture of amusement and...could it be awe? Oliver wasn't always the best at reading faces.
"Why are you looking at me like that?" Oliver touched the corner of his mouth. "Do I have crumbs?"
"No, you're fine. I just love your arse."
Oliver's jaw dropped. "Uh..." He glanced down and back, feeling his cheeks flush. It seemed rude not to reply in kind. "Yours isn't bad either...I guess?"
Luca squinted at him. "My what?" His eyes widened suddenly. "No, I said your Rs. The way you pronounce the letter R."
"Oh jeez. Right. Sorry." Oliver rubbed his face, which was heating more each second. "I don't really think about it. It's just how I talk."
"To me it sounds ugly compared to how you say R here in Scotland. You know..." He sipped his coffee and looked away. "With your tongues." Sh*t, we're flirting. This can't happen.
"Pfft. I hear those Rs all the time." Pulling a set of keys from his pocket, Luca started to turn toward the Team Riley minivan, then stopped. "Did you think I was complimenting your arse?"
Oliver took a step back. "Um, well, I wasn't sure--"
"Because that would be highly inappropriate." Luca smirked. "After all, you did say, 'No as in never.'"
- ASIN : B079NT31Y3
- Publication date : February 7, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 2056 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 264 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1985131447
- Best Sellers Rank: #668,148 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Turn the very wind around... that made me pause, and sigh, in the best possible way. Oh how I've missed this author's writing. She knows how to turn a phrase, this'n. And the humor had me chuckling, snortling, and cackling. She idn't too shabby with them emotional type things, either.
And it's she makes it so easy to see and hear all of her characters. I have abso no difficulty in picturing Luca or Oliver yelling "haaaaaaaaard!" ;)
Q: Vice or vice-skip: The second in “command” after the skip. Usually throws third and is often the best all-round shooter. A vice does several important jobs which the skip can’t be a£§ed to do, such as writing definitions to introduce book chapters once His Excellency has finished the glamorous bits. /Q
Uh huh, each chapter has a heading, some more closely related to the sport of Curling than others. It's an entertaining way to begin a new chapter and provide a wee spot of education about the sport around which these characters spend their lives, and their love.
I'm with 'em on that! I looooove Curling. All the great things about good sportsing are here: strategy, luck, surprises, drama, and more.
I also love Glasgow where this tale weaves its winning ways. It's a regular ol' town, Glasgow is, with fantabulous people, good eats, and loads of things to do within walking distance from wherever you begin your ambling.
Q: “So you don’t know if he’s cut.”
“If he’s cut what?”
“If he’s circumcised, ya loon.”
“Oh!” Luca stopped marching. “It never occurred to me. You think he could be?”
“Most Americans are, but I don’t know about—hang on.” Garen pulled his phone from the pocket of his tracksuit bottoms. “Siri, what’s the percentage of Canadian men circumcised?” After a long pause, Siri replied in her BBC-robot voice. “Skies are fifty percent cloudy in Ottawa tonight, decreasing to thirty percent tomorrow.”
“She’ll never understand our accent,” Luca said.
“One day she will. Until then, I’ll Google with my thumbs, like they did in Victorian times.” /Q
I mean, c'mon, who here hasn't asked one AI or another something just as giggle-snort inducing.
All of the characters are well-drawn, with Garen being one of my faves. And not just for this. ;)
Luca and Oliver have their own weighty bags they're hefting around, and they both have emotional obstacles they're working to overcome... sorta. Yeah, not so much, actually. One's been playing the avoidance game with one's self, and the other is all about the self-punishment. Despite these things, it becomes clear early on that these two share chemistry, and more.
The author includes some characteristics about each of these guys that had me cheering, as they are rare portrayals in books. Even better, they're treated as *one of* the many things that make up their whole as a person, not the single thing that defines them as that whole in the eyes of the rest of the world.
This story hit a number of sweet spots for me, as you've now read. I cannae wait for more from this bunch, incluuuuuding Luca and Oliver. We're only at the beginning!
Oh and yes, some of the characters from her footie series make some cameos. ;)
I liked the description of ADHD and how it affected Oliver. I also liked Oliver’s easy acceptance of Luca’s ace/grey/demisexual (who needs labels) orientation and was respectful of him. There is only one sexy time scene which isn’t graphic in the least, but that fits with Luca.
The book was well paced and interesting. I almost cried a few times but it wasn’t gut wrenching (which I appreciated).
Well, that was adorable. Tears and all by the end, although I am inclined that way, truth be told.
I learned more about curling than I ever thought possible, and came away with a new respect for this complex, cerebral game. I also understood exactly what the physical challenges are, alongside the precision and control needed to excel.
Secrets abound in this story. Luca Riley is a medical textbook editor in Glasgow, and at twenty-five has never had a real boyfriend. The man who catches his eye is Oliver Doyle, brown-haired Canadian curling champion imported by Luca’s nemesis and brother-in-law Jack to coach team Boyd. In the little world of curling (little in that the teams are only four people, and the community is close-knit), it is hard to keep secrets, but both Oliver and Luca have theirs. Oliver’s are particularly dark—at least for him—and this tale of budding love on the curling sheet is as introspective and discreet as the game itself.
Pain and loss and trust and yearning are the key words here. There is very little on-page sex here, and a great deal of on-page curling. A couple of characters from the other Glasgow Lads books reassure us that we’re in the same world, as the gay soccer fans cheer for Team Riley, since Luca is their meditation coach and friend, as well as being an insanely skilled curler.
What Avery Cockburn does so well is take us into the world her characters inhabit. In this book she hasn’t touched on big issues of class and religion, but on even more sensitive ones relating to those beautiful, complicated minds that define champion curlers. I will give away no secrets now, for their discovery is what makes this quiet novel so compelling.
I will surely have to read whatever Cockburn writes in this series, because she brings an exhilarating breath of fresh air to the genre.
I’ve never heard of curling before so this was a crash course with a few YouTube videos added in.
The two MC’s and the supporting cast are all entertaining.
I loved Luca and his calming personality. He is so Zen I wish I was more like him. He knows himself well and his own limitations and accepts them.
I really liked Oliver too. I enjoyed that his issues were discussed and Luca was able to ask questions, so it really help me understand what he was dealing with.
I thought the communication was well done between the guys in this one. Once they got going they were quite open with each other and their own limitations. I did feel for both of them as Oliver’s situation but them in a terrible conundrum and there was no good time for it to be discussed. I was a bit annoyed with him when he did tell Luca as it put him in a really bad position.
It’s a great start to a new series and it was lovely seeing some familiar characters from the Glasgow Lads series. I hope the author continues with this one
Top reviews from other countries
Her Glasgow Lads series is one of my favourite MM series' because she manages with consummate skill to marry her romances into the important issues taking place not only in Scotland but the wider community as well.
This one's focus is a bit more personal though, on living with ADHD and how it turns every action someone makes into a potential bomb waiting to explode into their life.
I loved both the MCs, two men who'd grown up in the curling world but with vastly different backgrounds. Oliver was looking for a new direction but his life had lots of pain, so that was me tearing up the first time!
Luca just made me smile, I loved him so hard, his clown phobia (I'm with him there) and his mindfulness and the friendships with his teammates.
Together they're sweet, and emotional and sexy and funny. There's a fab set secondary characters and we're gifted with a few select appearances from two of my favourite Avery characters Colin and Lord Andrew.
All in all this is just a pure fun read.