The Play by Karina Halle Review

The playTitle: The Play

Author: Karina Halle
Publisher:  Metal Blonde Books

Format: eBook
Publication Date: November 3, 2015

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

A troubled Scottish rugby player who doesn’t play by the rules.
A vivacious man-eater who’s given up on love.
When it comes to Lachlan and Kayla, opposites don’t just attract – they explode.

From the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact and The Offer, comes The Play, a standalone spinoff and contemporary romance about taking chances and rescuing hearts.

Kayla Moore has always been comfortable with her feisty, maneating reputation. At least it was fine until she hit her thirties and saw her best friends Stephanie and Nicola settle down with Linden and Bram McGregor, leaving Kayla to be the odd one out. Tired of being the third wheel with nothing but one-night stands and dead-end dates in San Francisco, Kayla decides to take a vow of celibacy and put men on the backburner.

That is until she lays her eyes on Linden and Bram’s cousin, hot Scot Lachlan McGregor. Lachlan is her sexual fantasy come to life – tall, tatted, and built like a Mack truck. With a steely gaze and successful rugby career back in Edinburgh, he’s the kind of man that makes her want to throw her vow right out the window. But Lachlan’s quiet and intense demeanor makes him a hard man to get to know, let alone get close to.

It isn’t until the two of them are thrown together one long, unforgettable night that Kayla realizes there is so much more to this brooding macho man than what meets the eye. But even with sparks flying between the two, Lachlan can’t stay in America forever. Now, Kayla has to decide whether to uproot her whole life and chance it all on someone she barely knows or risk getting burned once again.

Sometimes love is a game that just needs to be played.


This book….oh man this book just killed me on so many levels. Kayla is just hilarious and Lachlan is gorgeous. This book was just deep and raw on so many levels. It wasn’t just the sex scenes, although those were raw and sexy. It was the rawness to Lachlan’s life and therefore his personality. Kayla was just blunt but some of that rawness bled over to her in a way that she desperately needed.

Lachlan was always the “realest” person in the room. He was unapologetic although somehow still ashamed of himself. It’s on odd dichotomy although one I found myself understanding, and his ability to give to the dogs was just unparalleled. I loved that there was this soft and tender side to him that no one else really got to see. It was sweet to read about in a man who didn’t seem to have a sweet side. Lachlan and Kayla together were just heartbreakingly amazing. Heartbreaking because I knew that Karina Halle would never be able to let their love go without some kind of hardship. And for two people who had already been through so much real, raw life it was a hard thing to read.

I’ll admit I shed plenty of tears in this book, and none more than when Kayla and Lachlan were separated (not a spoiler you can see it coming from the synopsis) but I loved this book. I loved it for so many reasons but these characters were a huge part of it. I’m giving the book 5 out of 5 stars.

*I have to take a moment to just talk about the generosity of Karina Halle for a moment. This book features a man who loves to save dogs, and Karina Halle took money from her own sales to raise money to save dogs at animal shelters. She’s fucking amazing. Right now The Play is at .99 and it will go back to being $4.99 as of January 1, 2016. So please run and buy it. It’s so worth it*



**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**


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Happy Reading!!!