Brilliantly detailed spy adventure still keeps the romance alive

Playing in the Dark (Glasgow Lads, #4)Playing in the Dark by Avery Cockburn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This review is spoilery but the short story Avery just released let the cat out of the bag already so.

Wow, just wow. I’ve been waiting for Evan’s story ever since he sent the Captain’s armband and a note saying he was running off to Belgium with his lover and broke Fergus’ heart.

I knew there had to be more to it, running off to Belgium just sounded like it had to be an excuse, not that there’s anything wrong with Belgium, but it’s not the first place you think of when it comes to illicit affairs.

Avery dropped other hints here and there throughout the series that there was more to Evan than him being a callous heartbreaker and I remember mentioning somewhere that I bet he was in MI5.

Now I was joking really when I said it, I honestly was expecting some kind of twist, undercover police or special forces perhaps, rather than the UK secret service.

But with this wonderful narrative, it makes perfect sense and my heart broke for Evan so many times. This is a love story, it is a romance, but it’s like all of the Glasgow Lads series – it’s laced through with so much more.

Set back in 2015 there’s a whole host of things going on here in the UK which are reflected in this book and Evan’s dedication to his country is given the weight it deserves.

I loved Ben, I was fascinated by the background Avery gave him and the insights into a faith I’d only heard about in passing. I loved his passion, his innate sense of justice, his quirks and his growing confidence in himself and his relationship with Evan.

All of this book made me happy, but the scenes in Orkney were among my favourites, where Evan could let go and be the Evan he might have been in a different lifetime.

A triumphant closure, if it is the last of the Lads I think they’ve gone out on a positive note.

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