Saturday, November 7, 2015

Review The Play by Karina Halle

Title: The Play
Author: Karina Halle
Series: Standalone
Release Date: November 3rd 2015


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.

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Review by Iza

I have read one other book by Ms. Halle, her Donners of the Dead, and loved it. This one? Ye gods, THIS ONE was bloody brilliant!

When I saw that,

1. The muse for the hero was Tom Hardy
2. The hero was a Rugby player
3. He was a hot Scot,

OF COURSE that I had to read it! It took me a little more than usual to finish it because real life kept interfering and I couldn't read more. But it was always on my mind, I was eager to get back to it because oh, the many feels!

I immediately liked the heroine, Kayla. She's wild and free, the only single gal from her group of friends. She doesn't plan on falling in love, settling down or - God forbid - get married and start a family. Nope. She's happy with her life. So what if she constantly wants to quit her job because it's not her dream job and she's not passionate about it? It pays the rent, puts food on her table and allows her to live comfortably.

"First the men in this city disappoint me, then my vibrator does."

"If you can't find a man to share your heart with, well... share your vagina with him instead."

But everything changes the moment she meets Lachlan. They don't exactly hit it off, what with Lachlan being the broody, silent type - I love this type of hero like you wouldn't believe! But Kayla being Kayla, manages to get under his skin, little by little, until they become somewhat friends and then lovers.

"I'm a smitten fucking kitten."

Of course that all good things must come to an end, because Lachlan has a life, a career back in Scotland, while Kayla has her own in San Francisco. This couldn't possibly go on. Or could it?

"It means... well, what can happen between now and then?"
"I can fuck your brains out," he says gruffly. "That's what can happen."

This book has a lot of funny moments, then we have the hot ones - Lachlan, yer perfect - and then we have the heartbreaking scenes, the ones that gut you. There are several, so buckle up. I think what I love most about this book is the real portrayal of a relationship between two people so different, you doubt they could possibly make it work. The ups and downs, highs and lows. It's not as easy as "Oh, the sex is great, I may be falling for you, so I'm coming to Scotland and boom, we live happily-ever-after, no complications." Nope.

The things both of them went through, especially Lachlan... Makes me tear up. At around 80-something % I was, "Oh, no", at 90-something % I was, "No, no, no" but toward the end, I was melting. So, no worries. The epilogue... It makes me want to go to Scotland and hunt down a hot Scot like Lachlan.

Now, I wonder how much this book hangover will last.

5 bloody brilliant stars. Read this book! 

Author Bio

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.

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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