November 6, 2015

Book Review: The Play by Karina Halle


I was already in love with Lachlan by the end of the prologue. My gut was twisted and I was scared on what kind of ride Karina Halle would be taking me on if she could already pull so much emotion out of me in just the prologue.

Being a part of Karina’s Facebook (Anti)Heroes group, I knew that Tom Hardy was her muse for Lachlan and I don’t think she could’ve picked a better one. It was so easy to picture and hear Lachlan in my mind. He stole my heart from the beginning and with each furrowed brow and manly grunt he continued to work himself in deeper and deeper. By the time I read his interactions with his dogs, I was done for.

The Play is a story that will have you tearing up one minute from the hero’s heartbreaking past that has left him damaged but oh so sweet once he finally lets you in, to laughing out loud with the feisty heroine.

Kayla Moore is tired of dating and has taken a vow of celibacy until a beast of a man walked into her life that left her speechless and drooling whenever he was near causing her to wonder why she ever made such a vow. He’s a Scottish rugby player who’s tall with tattoos, muscular, mysterious, and more than a little broody who rarely opens up to anyone. Even his family.

Once they finally opened up to their attraction to each other it wasn’t long before Lachlan was to go back to Edinburgh and the start of a new rugby season.

“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 fucking god, and just happens to cook, just before he has to leave?”

This where I got worried that there was going be all the drama and angst of their story. Would Kayla take that giant leap of faith in her new steamy relationship with a man who had not let her in on many of his demons and uproot her life or would pick the safe choice that she might one day regret?

I have to say there is very little drama to this book, no huge misunderstandings that they have to work through. Instead, it’s big life choices and past demons that they have to work through.

Although this can be read as a standalone I highly recommend you read The Offer and The Pact. You cannot go wrong with one of Karina Halle’s books and you will fall in love with all of her characters each and every time. I have to say that I think Lachlan will hold a special place in my heart and be always be my favorite. I always love the big, strong silent type that’s damaged but when he finds the woman he loves has no problem showing her his sensitive side and opening up.

I was already a big fan of Karina’s and now I’m an even bigger fan of hers. She is generously giving $1 for every pre-order and all orders up until November 8, 2015, to many charities including Best Friends Animal Society, Battersea Dogs & Cats, Bad Rap, ASPCA and others that focus on rescues, adoption and fostering for dogs and cats. Right now, this book is priced at $2.99 with $1.00 from each sale being donated. Next week, the price will go up to $4.99. This is such a worthy cause to help save many dogs. Please if you are thinking about buying The Play, order it before November 8, 2015.

Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewed by Christi1

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