The Play – Karina Halle

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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, 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.

The Play contains profanity and sexually explicit contact – reader discretion is advised. This is not new adult.**

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We met Kayla in The Pact and again in The Offer. This is her story. Lindon and Bram of the two previously mentioned books have a cousin. He’s massive and he’s quiet and he’s filled with demons, and Kayla wants to climb him like a cat climbs a tree. And while he’s in San Francisco to help out Bram, they get to know each other. And that is just the beginning.

The Play is longer than the two prior books in this series. I can’t say that it’s an overly long book, but every word of it was quite necessary to tell the story as it needed to be told. Some books can just go on way too long, and this wasn’t one of them. I had a love/dislike relationship with Kayla from the two previous books. She was snarky and sometimes a little too mean. But in this book we get to really know her and she’s beautiful. And Lachlan…oh my gosh! He’s broken and he’s wounded and he’s magnificent. Of course we see Steph and Linden and Nicola and Bram in this story, and we see what’s going on next in their lives, but this is really quite physically removed from them. As a chunk of this story occurs in Edinburgh, Scotland, rather than San Francisco, USA. We also are introduced to a whole new slew of people, from Lachlan’s brother, Brigs and his best mates Thierry and John, and even his faithful dog Lionel. All of which have great potential for another story. There’s at least two potential stories from the decimated Brigs and the broken-hearted Thierry.

Ms. Halle has never disappointed. Even in her dark stories that made me most uncomfortable. She definitely didn’t disappoint in this story either. There’s a novella that comes along after this called Winter Wishes. This is more Kayla and Lachlan goodness. Ms. Halle’s ability to create strong characters with deep flaws and even downright despicable traits, all while making them someone you fall in love with, is really rare. Most times, someone as flawed as Lachlan is or as Javi (Dirty Angels) is, is really hard to fall in love with them as a character. We tend to push them away because they’re not necessarily someone we’d be able to truly love in our real lives, let alone literary escapes. She’s more than able to do that, though, she brings out our heart and suspends our false ideals that people (especially in our literary escapes!) should be perfect. So, would I recommend this book? I’m offended that you should even ask!


Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of 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 Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

Hit her up on Instagram at @authorHalle, on Twitter at @MetalBlonde and on Facebook. You can also visit and sign up for the newsletter for news, excerpts, previews, private book signing sales and more.


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