The Play

Posted December 7, 2015 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

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The Play #1
Karina Halle

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.

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.

The Pact was my first Karina Halle book. I loved Linden so much and I was sure that he would be my forever favorite book boyfriend. I was so wrong. Lachlan stole my heart. I was crying by the third page and was completely in love with him by the end of the first chapter. I thought I knew what to expect from this series, but boy was I wrong. I expected a steamy romance which I got, but man was the heat turned up in this one. (DIRTY!!) It was amazing and original which is hard to do in this genre. I was expecting some angst and some conflict. What I was not expecting was to have my heart ripped out and be left a sobbing mess. Lachlan was so much more than a hot Scottish rugby player. He had so much depth and you could feel how passionate he was about the things he truly cared about. His story is so incredibly heartbreaking that I still have tears just thinking about it.  I absolutely loved Kayla too. She tried to come off so tough and detached and not wanting anything meaningful, but Lachlan had her heart from day one as much as she tried to fight it. I loved seeing these two together. They were two broken people who needed each other in order to save themselves. They are by far my favorite couple in this series.


I love Karinas writing style. She has a way of making you feel like you are in the foreign lands that she writes about. She also has a way of making you feel so much and caring so much about these characters. The sex scenes are so much more than just a physical description. There is so much passion and emotion written in to every scene that you just want more and more. I also love that we get to see a little of what is going on with Linden and Bram. These stories are so fluid that you truly feel you are meeting up with old friends when they pop in.


I can’t wait for the next installment in this series.


6 hot stars and a bottle of Dewars! Enjoy! 

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