First off, I just want to start by saying how much I loved this book! It was one of my favourite reads in the month of October, and definitely in my top 10 books of the year so far! Karina Halle is fast becoming one of my favourite authors – I’ve read quite a few books of hers this year and so far I’ve loved them all!
The Play can be read as a standalone romance novel, but it’s also a companion novel to The Pact and The Offer. These books feature the wonderful McGregor men – a new addiction of mine! It follows Kayla Moore and Lachlan McGregor, two very passionate people, who has insane chemistry! Lachlan is a Scottish rugby player who has come to San Francisco to help out his cousin Bram with his new business venture. He’s only set to be in San Francisco for a few weeks, so from the start we know there is a time constraint on this relationship – but that kept me turning the pages! I needed to know if it would all end after the two weeks or if somehow they would make it work! I needed them to make it work!
Karina Halle definitely has a talent for creating wonderful, swoon worthy, attractive men! But with Lachlan she created a character with a really painful backstory…he definitely didn’t have an easy life. I just wanted to give him a big hug!! And his love for dogs!! As a dog lover myself – I have a golden retriever and a collie cross, we got both through a dog rescue – that was a part of the story that really affected me. Lachlan’s love for dogs, and his determination to show that so called ‘bully breed’ dogs aren’t actually bad like people make them out to be really touched me! It definitely made me want to run out to nearest dog rescue and bring all the dogs home with me! I think my parents would kill me if they came home to that though!
I follow Karina Halle on instagram, she’s so lovely – and for some reason I absolutely love her taste in shoes! – and was generous enough to donate $1 per pre-order – and she raised a ton of money, I’m sure it was around $11,000, to give to animal charities!!! I think its such an amazing thing that she did! I don’t know many authors who would do that! I also saw that she had a lot of inspiration for Lachlan’s character from Tom Hardy (another SWOONWORTHY man!!) who is also a big supporter of animal charities, and for raising awareness about bully breed dogs! I think this is a perfect fit for Lachlan!
Kayla and Lachlan’s story was very different to Steph and linden’s and to Nicola and Bram’s. But it was equally as good. I found it to be a lot more painful – raw. It touched me that bit more. It made me sad, it made me angry, and it made me fall in love – it really did give me all the feels! With Kayla and Lachlan I couldn’t help but be rooting for them the whole time!!
If you love a romance that has angst and feelings, a hot Scottish rugby player, and cute dogs then you should totally pick this one up! And if you haven’t picked up The Pact or The Offer yet then you should definitely check those out for two more insanely attractive yet loveable Scots!