The Play by Karina Halle – REVIEW

The Play


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.

Kayla Moore has always been comfortable with her feisty, man-eating 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 back-burner.

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.



5 Stars

Beautiful, sweet, fun, sexy, hot, intense, heartbreaking, gut wrenching, amazing. These are what come to mind after finishing this beautiful story. I loved every second. I am also positive that this is the first time an acknowledgements section has made me cry. I highly recommend this book and the rest of the series.

My Thoughts

I’ve been trying to write this review for about few days now, trying to put into words how heartfelt, how incredibly steamy, how absolutely heartbreaking, how genuinely funny this book really is. I am almost positive my words fall short of the beautiful array of emotions evoked, but the time has come and here I go…

From the beginning of the prologue tugs your heart-strings for this wounded huge beast of a Scottish Rugby player. The connection with Lachlan just gets stronger from there. He is a mountain of a man, a man of few words, a loyal friend/family member, a protector, defender, savior to lost, stray, or abandoned dogs, and a  beautiful man who brings single-minded intensity to everything he does, says and feels. Just under the surface of this incredible man is a wounded man with a past that he has worked to overcome and make himself a better person.

We met Kayla in The Pact and Offer, she is now the 5th wheel in her group of paired off friends and she can’t help but feel a little jealous and want what they have. She always comes off as crass, a man-eater, and free-spirited, but it was always hinted that there was more than meets the eye. I glimpsed it in the way that she helped Nicola when she needed it and is always there for her friends.

From the moment big beautiful rugby playing Lachlan walks in to the pub, all things change and the electricity felt in the air from here on out between Kayla and Lachlan is palpable through the pages.

It is not only a love story of a broken beast of a man and a beautiful spitfire willing to take a risk, but also has another story within. The story of the stray dogs and doing anything to keep them alive and adoptable. It was so beautiful how he cared for and selflessly helped the dogs.

There are so many beautiful stories contained in these pages, it makes for one hell of a fantastic book. There is a story of wanting something just out of reach, and believing you aren’t worth it. A story of pain because of a past that won’t stay in the past. A story of loves so deep they are bound by blood. A story of family. A story of friendship, love and laughter.

It was also a story full of risks. Risks they took to be with each other and the risks they took for themselves. They got found happiness and got lost in each other, but in their happiness, they found their pain. Through their pain they found themselves as individuals, and as individuals they figured out how to be together.

Ultimately it is a beautiful story of two damaged souls, who find something incredible together, and fight like hell to keep it.

Notable Quotes


Why the hell did I have to meet this beast, this superman, who blows my mind in the bedroom, mows down rugby players for a living, rescues helpless animals, looks like a fucking god, and happens to cook, just before he has to leave?

…my bed feels empty. Like it’s missing someone. And not someone who leaves in the middle of the night or the next morning. Someone who will stay.

I’m so in love with you,” he whispers, the roughness of his cheek pressed against mine. “So in love. There is no bottom. I just keep falling.

I’m so in love with you,” he whispers, the roughness of his cheek pressed against mine. “So in love. There is no bottom. I just keep falling.

Lovestruck? Please.
This is me you’re talking about.
Kayla Moore. Man-eater extraordinaire.

I swear, I’m not afraid of love. There’s just no one out there for me and I’ve made peace with that. If you can’t find a man to share your heart with, well…share your vagina with him instead.

I will never, ever run from you, Lachlan. I’ll only run toward you. Always.

I can see all your cracks and your darkness and your flaws and I fall in love with it all. And I hope you can fall in love with everything that I am, all that lurks in my dark, all that shines in my light. I want you to love every little piece of me, because it all belongs to you


1 dollar from every sale from now until Sunday November 8 will be donated to animal charities along with 1 dollar from every pre-order and sale from this week.

Reading Order and Buy Links

The Play : Amazon  •  Barnes and Noble  •  IBooks

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About the Author

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of Where Sea Meets Sky, Racing the Sun, The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Atria Books/Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

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