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The Play

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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.

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 chan
Kindle Edition, 568 pages
Published November 3rd 2015 by Metal Blonde Books
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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 relati
Sleepless Readmore
Oct 31, 2015 Sleepless Readmore 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)


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
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
Sep 09, 2015 Brandi 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

Arabella ~♡AB♡~
★★★★ 4.5 Stars ★★★★

Amazon US | Amazon UK

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
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 Linden a
Nov 08, 2015 Mandy 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
Sep 24, 2015 MELISSA rated it it was amazing
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
“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
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 an
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,
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 favori
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
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We all remember 30-year-old Kayla from The Pact & The Offer, right?
Now that her besties have been paired with those two hot scottish guys, Kayla should find herself someone too. But she doesn't.
She's on a ... wait for it.... on a penis diet.
No sex, no flirting, no dating. The right guy for her doesn't exist anyway.
Plus she's busy with her job... a job she doesn't really like. Working at a magazine, in the ads department. She always wanted to be a writer when she was younger :/


Jodi Bibliophile
Nov 08, 2015 Jodi Bibliophile rated it it was amazing
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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.

She created
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
Spoiler Whore says calm your tits people, it's just a book
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
Sandra Cortez
Sep 24, 2015 Sandra Cortez 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
Nov 14, 2015 Brianna rated it it was amazing
Wow, I didn't think I was going to love Lachlan as much as Bram. Wow, was I completely wrong! Bram is easily my favorite trailed right behind is Bram. Honestly, it wasn't that hard to fall in love with Lachlan to be honest. I knew going in Kayla's story was going to be interesting ever since she was introduced. I can't get over how much I loved their story plus, can't forget Scotland! The way it was described, it just sounds gorgeous!! By like 87% I got frustrated because I knew something was go ...more
Sep 23, 2015 ~Kristin~ rated it really liked it
4.25 Stars
This book pulled my heart strings more than once, I really enjoyed the evolution of both the main characters. It was a well spent day of reading, the best kind of day! I'm a sucker for a man that loves dogs, especially ones that really need it. Karina Halle has done a wonderful thing here, I for one plan on getting more involved in my community.
Nov 05, 2015 Olizia rated it liked it
Un cliché bien escrito.
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As most of my book buddies will already know, I'm not the biggest fan of long books. That's not to say, I won't ever read one but more that there is a reluctance to one click. My attention span is limited. I get bored. I start to skim and then I feel like I'm reading the book for the sake of reading it because I've started it. Karina Halle'
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness
3 Beauty & The Beast Stars
The book was actually reeeerally difficult to rate and review.But just going to jolt down a quick one anyway ;)

The first half of the book was just..well Nothing really..They just talk and walk around for the whole 1st half of the book (Believe it or not)

But the Second half ! Wham ! Now the angst and Romance from the last 50-40% ? Now that's a Five star read ! Especially after 80%..My God ! I cried buckets of tears p,I just felt so sad for the two of them.And th
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
5 Stars!


I thought I loved the first two books in this series (and I did) but this one takes the cake. So much depth. So much soul shattering heartbreak. So much heart. So much heat. So much laughter. I think I found a new favorite heroine. Kayla was brilliant and exactly what this story needed. Lachlan was the hero that every girl wants. He loved with his whole heart even the his heart was hurting. This is definitely a favorite and I can't wait for Lachlan's brother's story.
Sep 24, 2015 Paula rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-stars-2015
Karina Halle outdid herself with this one! There are so many things that I loved about this book. It was so great to finally get to know the real Kayla. She's was so much more than the man loving, good time girl. And Lachlan...I absolutely love reading about broken men in my books. I adored watching the two of them navigate through their relationship and with learning to love. Fantastic book!
Kelli C ~ Jack Sawyer's Heart
A Bearded rugby player...Scottish speaking beast...commando going/kilt wearing man...WELCOME Lachlan McGregor! This is one of those books I knew I was going to love from the first paragraph read! If that hot sexy description of the hero wasn't enough, then Kayla Moore and greedy vagina will have you sold!

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Aside from many LOL moments of fun and scorching scenes of throw down body consuming sex, this was an epic love story developed beyond outside perceptions...deep within two characters who found
Nov 05, 2015 Talltree rated it really liked it
Fun typical romance first half. h who has seen devastating effects of losing soulmate in her Mom is commitment shy, keeps it casual. But she develops a bad case of insta-lust for H. h was like a cute, sly tiny kitten batting at puzzled, gun-shy gruff bear of H. Set over a week - it was hot and enjoyable.

Heavy, angsty, dragged out second half(don't worry its nothing about any OW/OM). However I liked the ending and epilogue. 4.25 stars

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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 o ...more
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“Even if you lose love, it’s never really gone. It stays in you forever. The risks of love are always worth it.” 16 likes
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