The Play

The Play

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by 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.

The Play is a contemporary romantic standalone spinoff of the New York Times Bestselling books The Pact and The Offer. It is roughly two books in one, clocking in


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.

The Play is a contemporary romantic standalone spinoff of the New York Times Bestselling books The Pact and The Offer. It is roughly two books in one, clocking in at 156,000 words and features dirty profanity and sexually explicit scenes. Reader discretion is advised.

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From a rock music journalist to a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author for The Pact, Where Sea Meets Sky, The Artists Trilogy series, and over 20 other books, Karina Halle has seen a lot of the world. Luckily, all the years of dabbling in different careers and traversing the globe has given her the perfect background for her stories. Whether it's writing horror romance, romantic suspense or contemporary romance, Karina manages to combine very real people and relationships with very edgy circumstances. When she's not writing about flawed characters or chilling situations, you can find her on Salt Spring Island, BC, drinking wine in her 1920's farmhouse with her husband and their adopted pitbull.

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The Play 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
The Play is an adult contemporary romance novel written by author Karina Halle. Although it is not marketed as a series, Ms. Halle has written a string of novels that spin off of each other and all involve some sexy Scottish manly man. The Play involves a romance between a multi-ethnic American woman and a Scottish rugby player. Ms. Halle has included emotional, behavioral, psychological, dependency, family, and cultural components along with a smoking hot romance. It's long, but I remained engaged and looked forward to reading each day. My only notable complaint (view spoiler). If you are a fan of Ms. Halle's Scottish spinoffs: The Offer and The Pact, then consider reading The Play. My favorite quote: "There’s no use wasting your days doing something that doesn’t excite you. You only get one life. Well, two lives. The second one starts the moment you realize you only have one.” Note: The author Karina Halle donated half her preorder profits to various animal charities that work with rescues. I didn't know this little tidbit when I bought the book but now it makes me very happy. I have owned two dogs in my lifetime and they have both been successful rescue adoptions. Adoption is definitely the way to go!
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Francesca and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog Kayla started out as the less lovable to me of the heroines in this group of friends. She’s a bit too harsh, bitchy, slutty even? So when THE PLAY starts off she’s staying away from men, and that’s when she meets sexy Scot Rugby player Lachlan MacGregor. Of course related to all the sexy MacGregor’s we already know and love. But he has a much darker past and wears that broodiness on his sleeve. Catnip really for Kayla. And quite frankly, for me. What starts out as a work assignment for her as she interviews Lachlan for an article ends up with an incredible amount of chemistry they just can’t resist. I really enjoyed the process and the pacing of their relationship and how it built up to a deeper connection. As much as it’s fast, it made sense and made me believe it. What I enjoyed the most though, was the more emotional side of the story. Both characters are damaged, and neither really considers themselves worth of anything good happening to them. But in the end they are both there to help the other through the harder times. Or to motivate them through. And in the end realize they deserve happiness and they can get it together. I have to mention the dogs, though. As an animal lover, I couldn’t have loved this aspect of the book more and how it integrated with the story. They were like the secondary characters for me. And the love our main characters showed to them was another one of my favorite things. From this collection of standalones featuring sexy Scot men, THE PLAY is so far my favorite. It’s emotional in all the right places without making the whole book overly angsty. It’s bursting with sexual chemistry! And it feels a bit more grown up than the other two. I really enjoyed this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good light read ....really enjoyed the characters and how the writer tied the dog story line in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Karina Halle, but this might be her best yet! I absolutely loved Lachlan - all the traits I love in a hero, yet so flawed. Having read the previous two books in the series, I wasn't excited to read about Kayla, but she was exactly the character type I enjoy most. Kayla was strong and capable enough to stand on her own two feet, had friends and a life - she didn't need to be rescued or completed. The relationships between Kayla, Lachlan and their friends and families were excellently written with a lot of understanding. I was actually crying towards the end of the book! This book is one in a series, but can definitely be read as a stand-alone. Love a romance book but the genre is filled with trash that isn't worth reading. I love that Karina Halle writes a romance that builds - you know that the characters should be together and you are just waiting for the big moment. Plenty of steam - Karina Halle writes an excellent love scene - but bodily functions don't create a relationship. Karina Halle seems to understand the thoughts, feelings, hopes and fears of a variety of people - men, women, young, old, rich, poor, etc. and has the ability to express them in writing.
Kayjones More than 1 year ago
I truly love Kayla and Lachlan's story. It rings true that love and relationships are not easy, they take work and sacrifice. It doesn't hurt to have a fine hot hunk of a man as well.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Freaking fantastic
Livlovesbooks More than 1 year ago
‘Love is always good, no matter who is giving it to you.’ ~Kayla 3.5-4 stars I’ve read The Pact and The Offer, so I was definitely curious to see what was in store for the last set of single friends in The Play. Surprisingly, it was a much more arduous read than I had anticipated. For me, that was neither good nor bad. There was some much appreciated blue humor here and there to balance out a lot of very heavy interpersonal issues that resonated with my own life and my family’s history dealing with loved ones who battle substance abuse. I felt vastly relieved when Kayla and Lachlan earned their own version of a potential happily ever after. ‘It’s just nice to sit beside him and enjoy his presence, feel his heat, smell the warm amber of his skin. Being in the shadow of this beast is strangely comforting. He both kickstarts my heart and calms my nerves, and I can’t help but think that Bram is right. I do have it bad for him. Really, really bad. I am a smitten f**king kitten.’ ~Kayla ‘The way she looks at me…it’s not just that she wants me, because I know she does. It’s that…I feel she might see me, too. Beneath the layers. Not that she ever could, ever would, see all. But just to have someone scratch the surface – to want to see me for more than me, is enough. Scary as f@#k. But enough.’ ~Lachlan
sugarpine721 More than 1 year ago
What a whirlwind story!!! Who doesn't fall for an alpha, damaged hero who rescues dogs? I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Right up there with Christian and Gideon. Lachlan is maybe even a smidge better because he loves dogs. Kayla and Lachlan's story is a rollercoaster, but so worth the read. I really enjoyed this book and it's been on my mind since I've finished it. I think it would make a great screenplay... hint, hint!
Tiffanymastro More than 1 year ago
I Loved The Pact and The Offer. So when I heard Kayla and Lachlan were getting there own book I was over the moon excited. When pre order links went live I One clicked knowing I was going to LOVE this book. Boy was I right, Karina Halle knocked it out of the park with The Play. I fell in love with Lachlan! He may be my favorite book boyfriend of all time! This book and all the feels, I cried, I laughed, I couldn't wait to see how this was going to end. and Just as I thought it was EPIC.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
My gods, this book. Karina is one of a few authors who can pull ALL THE FEELS out of me, but I really wasn't expecting this. This book grabbed me right from the very start, with one of the most emotional and upsetting prologues I've ever read, and held on tight for the duration. I haven't been able to stop thinking about these characters. I've really enjoyed each of Karina's books, but this is probably my favorite. (Or, at the very least, it's tied with Love, in English for the honor.) It wrecked me in the best way possible. Kayla and Lachlan. Damn. I don't even know what to say about these two. I appreciated how unapologetic she was about her sexuality. She loved sex. She wasn't looking for a relationship. She would readily admit both. She'd been burned in the past and decided the best thing for her was to focus on her career and be celibate for awhile. Not that it was an easy decision... especially with her friends falling in love and hot Scot Lachlan arriving in town. There's no denying the chemistry between them from the very first glance, but Lachlan appeared uninterested and Kayla wasn't ready to put herself out there. Over time, however, they both began to open up to each other. Lachlan was a tough nut to crack. He was quiet and withdrawn. Despite being a rugby star, he valued his privacy and didn't really care for being in the spotlight. His past was painful and definitely shaped who he was today. I liked him, but did so cautiously because I wasn't sure how things would unfold. But, damn, this man. The things he'd overcome broke my heart. The fact that he came out the other side a better, stronger man, made me melt. I just wanted to hug him and tell him everything would be alright. Kayla and Lachlan's story wasn't an easy one. It had more ups and downs than the wildest roller coaster. But, my gods, it was gripping. The sexual tension between them was strong in the beginning. Once things progressed, the sex was hot as hell. I do love a good dirty talkin' Scot. But it's really the emotions and feels interwoven in the story that got me. The Play had its funny and lighthearted moments, but it also had some really emotional ones. I lost track of how many times this book made me cry. Actually, cry isn't even the right word to use here. I sobbed. There was just something about these two that was as magical as it was complicated and I loved them. Yes, there were times I wanted to chuck my iPad across the room because I was frustrated with the direction the story went, but that's all part of a great reading experience for me. It's how I know I'm totally invested in the characters and their relationship. The Play is a long book, but it didn't read like one if that makes sense. Even though it took me a little longer to get through it than most of the books I read, it wasn't because I was struggling with the story or the length of it. It was simply because I was savoring every word, every emotion. I didn't want it to end. I loved Kayla and Lachlan. I enjoyed getting more of Linden and Steph and Bram and Nicola. It really was the total package. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up. You'll probably want some tissues and an adult beverage of your choice to go along with it. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago