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The Play

(The McGregor Brothers #3)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  9,421 ratings  ·  1,042 reviews
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 cha
Kindle Edition, 568 pages
Published November 3rd 2015 by Metal Blonde Books
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Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5+ stars!

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A stunning, emotional and beautifully written story. A top favorite of 2015.

I’ve enjoyed all of Karina Halle’s books that I’ve read. The books in this series have been favorites of mine, but this book… THIS BOOK- not only is it the best book in this series, it’s Halle’s best book to date. I fell so hard into book love it’s been a week since I’ve read it and Lachlan and Kayla are still on my mind.

Kayla is friends with Stephanie and Nicola. She’s one of those women who doesn’t do rel
Aestas Book Blog
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it

I read this book in one sitting and loved it! It was a heart-warming, sexy romance featuring a swoony yet damaged Alpha hero with a painful past and a heart of gold, and a feisty, free-spirited heroine who he fell in love with. If you’re looking for a great new read, definitely give this one a shot!

The story is about Kayla who is seriously tired of dating and sleeping around for fun. Her friends have all settled down, she hasn’t met the one and so she decided to take a vow of celibacy. But the v
Sleepless Readmore
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The goal is to laugh forever
with someone you take serious.
5 #CanIPleaseLickYourFace ? STARS

Lachlan and Kayla .. ♥

My name coming from his mouth sounds
like some kind of Gaelic dessert. Naturally
that thought puts an image of him spreading
me open on the table and eating
me like a dessert.


I'm stunned by the sight of him.
No, floored. My knees actually feel weak,
and I dig my heels down into the
grass to try and keep upright.

This book can be read as a standalone but if you ask me? I'd say read the other
Amy | Foxy Blogs


The moment you know a story will go from being great to epic happened for me early on when I saw the compassion Lachlan had for the forgotten dogs that roam the streets. I love how he could empathize with them. Society only looked at their outer appearances and made quick judgements that these dogs were unworthy. The parallel of Lachlan’s life and those whom he rescued was brilliant. It brought a whole deeper level to the story.

THE PLAY is a beautiful love story. I can understa
3.5 Stars

This book is great! What’s not to love?

A hot Scottish rugby player.

A kick ass girl.

And pit bulls, those adorable and misunderstood living beings.

I’m the proud owner of the American Staffordshire Terrier, another breed with an unfair reputation, a breed that is often considered dangerous and is completely misunderstood, especially in Europe. Thank you Karina Halle for trying to show the world what a wonderful creatures they are.

Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

5 LACHLAN STARS <3 <3 <3

"I want you"
"I want more of you.And I don't care how I get it."

I loved this story so much!!The story and the characters touched me in so many ways.I felt so connected to the story.I will tell you exactly what I said to Karina while I was reading The Play!I have read so many books of her,almost all and I have cried with Perry and Dex but nothing like this!Lachlan my poor baby...I wish I could hug him,this man stole my heart..he has
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: emotional

$1 from all preorders of The Play will be donated to animal charities
((I'm a huge animal lover, I love this))

Ooh Lachlan, I loved you and the wonderful cause this story supports! <33

Rachel Reads Ravenously
4.5 stars!

“Even if you lose love, it’s never really gone. It stays in you forever. The risks of love are always worth it.”

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Going into a Karina Halle book I always know one thing for sure, that she’s going to rip me apart with feels. This book lived up to that reputation and had me crying during the prologue!!

Kayla has put a ban on sex in her life, not longer satisfied with random hookups and looking for something more from a relationship. When she meets Lachlan, adopted cousin of Linde
★★★★ 4.5 Stars ★★★★

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A gorgeous and touching book that will leave you feeling hopeful that love can conquer all. Emotionally charged and super sexy, this book will transport you to the streets of San Francisco and the alleys of Edinburgh, and make you fall in love with a feisty heroine, a broody hero and a bunch of misunderstood lovable dogs. From the prologue I was hooked and I am still thinking about the characters days later.

Lachlan McGregor is cousin to the McGreg
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
***5 "Beautiful" Stars***

Stunning, Heartbreaking, Moving, and Captivating.


WOW! This is easily one of the best contemporary romances I've read of 2015. From the beginning, I was HOOKED. It was so emotionally charged, I was already bawling my eyes out from the prologue. Honestly, this is one of the most intense books I've ever read. You will NOT regret it.

“If you can’t find a man to share your heart with, well…share your vagina with him instead.”

Kayla was always happy with her man-eating and one n
Kim Bailey
This is going on my 2015 Best Reads list!

I just bawled my bloody eyes out! GAWD! I'm a terrible mess now. Easily the best contemporary romance KH has delivered since Love in English ... in fact, I think this may have even topped it (hard call since I loved them both so fucking much).

I was expecting sexy. I was expecting playful. I was not expecting gut wrenching, earth shattering and painfully tortured. I was not expecting to be so blown away. I should have been prepared. I really should
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
Self worth...that's what this story is all about. Lachlan's been searching for it his whole life, he even finds it for abandon dogs...he sees it in Kayla but he just can't give it to himself. He needs someone to help him and that someone might just be Kayla.

If you've been reading The Pact and The Offer then you know who Kayla (Steph and Nicola's friend) is and you know that Lachlan is Linden and Bram's cousin. Lachlan lives in Scotland and has come to San Francisco to help out Bram with his hou
Dilek VT
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
THE PLAY is Book 3 in the series, “The McGregor Brothers”. I read Book 1 but it was frustrating for me so I didn’t like it that much. I skipped Book 2, as it was not appealing to me. These are all stand-alone books but I guess reading them in order may help to get to know the characters better.

Well, although I skipped Book 2, I had no problems understanding who’s who in Book 3.

Lachlan , the hero, is the cousin of the heroes of Book 1 & 2.
Kayla is the friend of the heroines in Book 1 & 2.

MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
5 "Follow Your Heart" Stars!
(ARC provided by author)

-Chances happen all the time. You just need to take them.

-"You never know what love will bring you."

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Kayla Moore is a 30 yr. old beautiful single woman living in San Francisco, California. After a failed engagement to a man that wasn't what she wanted, all Kayla really has is her family & friends. Tired of disappointment, she's sworn off men. She's sick & tired of dating so she decided to vow no sex or men for a while. She's taking a
Alex is The Romance Fox

Karina Halle has written one of the most unforgettable story of two damaged souls who find love and solace in each other and the journey they go on to be together. A story that makes you believe in the magic of true love.
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The story begins with the most achingly sad prologue as we see Lachlan as a 5 year old. It blew me away…..the level of emotions I felt were almost too much for me….the hurt, the pain, the betrayal,
3.5 STARS! ★★★☆

I'm probably going to be in the minority here for not loving this book as much as everyone did :( As much as I loved a tortured hero and a Scotsman no less, it was the plotline that didn't keep me invested in the story enough. I really loved the first half of the book but by the time I got to the second half, it sort of fell flat for me. The story was dragged out a little too long for my liking & thought that some scenes could have been condensed together without losing out anythi
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“I’m so in love with you,” he whispers ... “So in love. There is no bottom. I just keep falling.”

OMG, I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! 5 huge stars

Full of emotion, humour, drama, angst, an EPIC romance and some of the steamiest sex ever (phew!), Karina Halle has hit it out of the park with this one! So many feels, I was crying after reading just the prologue! It’s the story of Lachlan and Kayla, two damaged souls who find something incredible together, and who fight like hell to keep it. I absolutely loved i
Natasha is a Book Junkie

“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 f*cking god, and happens to cook, just before he has to leave?”

Well, I guess it took a taciturn beast of a man with superpowers in the bedroom to prove me wrong—Karina Halle can truly take any storyline and turn it into gold. With impeccable timing and meticulous character development, she
• Jodi Bibliophile •
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
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Once I finish a book I normally jump right into a review so I can get all my feelings out but the second I finished this book was a little different.

I cried.

I cried from nothing but pure HAPPINESS.

I cried because all the emotions I felt just came flooding back and I just couldn’t handle it.

So instead of wiring down my feeling I just let them flow down my face and held my kindle to my chest and laid down in my bed holding on to it for dear life.

Karina wrote my all-time favourite book.

Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, new-adult
The Play is my favorite Karina Halle novel so far! I loved every minute I spent reading this book. It was unique, beautiful, emotional, intense and hot. It was a long book, but I never wanted to skim. Kayla and Lachlan are incredible characters. I fell hopelessly in love with both of them. Kayla is sweet, passionate, fun, genuine and loving. Lachlan is closed off, talented, rich, damaged and caring. He loves dogs and he’s so sweet and caring with them. Lachlan never expected to fall in love, but ...more
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

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“Tell me what you want, love,” I tell her, my voice rough with lust. “Tell me what you want and I’ll give you what I have.”

Stunning. Captivating. Breathtakingly Beautiful. Emotionally Consuming. These are a few words that comes to mind after reading THE PLAY by Karina Halle. There aren't enough words to describe how much I LOVE this book. Seriously, I loved loved loved L.O.V.E.D this book!!!! Hands down this book will make my list of fav
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️

4.25 "Hot brooding Scot" Stars!

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The Play
is the first book I've read in the McGregors series, and although it's quite long, I seriously enjoyed it all the same.

Kayla lives in San Fransisco with an anything but exciting job in a local publication. Her dream is to be a writer but obviously that's not in the cards. Friends with Stephanie and Nicola from McGregor books 1 and 2, she's introduced to Lachlan McGregor, a cousin of their husbands visiting from Scotland. He's here to help with the promoti
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 enga ...more
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Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, karina-halle
The Play is the story about Kayla Moore(who we've met in The Pact and The Offer) and Lachlan McGregor(who we briefly met in The Offer*everytime I say his name it comes out very Sean Connery*) on how they met, on how the spark was there waiting for the friction to ignite into a combustible relationship, on how they spoke words that made you FEEL, on how actions are sometimes louder than words, and on how they fell only to be built up higher.

Hope is a powerful and dangerous word. It can either br
☾☆ Nikki. ✿
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this! :) great book.
First Bravo Ms. Halle on your donation to animal rescue !
I liked it, I didn't like it.
I loved the big strong beast of a man that was willing to get down on hid knees with abused dogs and offer them love and hope. I adored his strength and his hidden weaknesses that slowly undid him. He was broken and it came across very believable and heart wrenching. I liked him, I wanted him to finish strong. I could cheer for him.
Kayla was an interesting character. She was strong, independent and yet not t
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 He's a f**king god and a god I'm f**king stars

Super stellar.

Kayla Moore’s reputation precedes her, and she’s getting tired of the label. She makes the momentous decision to put herself on a self imposed drought, in an attempt to banish the meaningless one night stands she has repeatedly inflicted on herself.

”I, Kayla Moore, am a lonely, lonely girl.”

Lachlan McGregor is in San Francisco catching up with his cousins, Bram and Linden. They both happen to be in joyous relationships with Kayla
Sandra Cortez
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 review to come!! That last 30%.... all the feels and smiley faces all wrapped into one. "You're my beautiful world" <3 <3 ...more
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Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have no idea how to express what this book did to my heart. It started with a bang of laughter—a literal laugh-out-loud moment that had me all excited for this funny book. And it was a book with many lighthearted, laugh-out-loud moments, but it wasn't just a funny book. It was so, so much more than that.

Look, I'm not usually a crier. I mean, sometimes a tear will escape or I'll have a little sniffle, but it takes a LOT to make me ugly cry. A lot. I don't like feeling like my emotions are bein
Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

➦Oh my god, what just happened?

➦This book started out playful and flirty like it usually does when boy meets girl in these type of books. The author also gives glimpses into main hero's troubled past and it helped me connect with his character. What I truly did NOT expect was that I would be bawling my eyes out right at about 70% mark. And I was a mess, I even cried during acknowledgements reading about the rescue dog Karina Halle adopted and his struggle to come out of his shell.

➦Everything in
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Karina Halle is a screenwriter, a former music & travel journalist, and the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of The Pact, A Nordic King, and Sins & Needles, as well as sixty other wild and romantic reads.

She, her musician husband, and their adopted pit bull, Bruce, live in a rainforest on an island off the coast of British Columbia, where they operate Raven Ri

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