The Play (Karina Halle)

 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. 

I’m the minority. I feel like I’m always the minority here lately. As much as I love a tortured hero, it was the plot line that fell so flat for me. The story was dragged out a little too long for my liking. This book two me almost two weeks to complete. Two. TWO. WEEKS.

Kayla and Lachlan are decent characters. I usually love a slow building story. I don’t like when things click right away. You know, instalove. This is a slower building story. The circumstances of these characters forced it to be slower. However, once it happens, it happens. Like BAM. I had a hard time with that. I almost got whiplash from the slow movement right into the heat of the moments.

I enjoyed the spotlight that sheltered and stray dogs got in this book. The fact that a “beastly” hero of a man could be compassionate to care for the animals he did is a big plus in my book.

It pains me (not really) to not enjoy a book that so many people have enjoyed. I’ve never been a huge Karina fan. I have her books, I’ve read some of them and home girl knows how to write some males I’ll give her that. But, let’s move on to something else please?


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