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 chances and rescuing hearts.
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’ve spent the last few days, yes DAYS which included reading a few books in between as well, trying to figure out how to express how I feel about this book in a coherent, not so verbal vomiting babbling way so I am going to start by simply saying: I ADORED this book. From the first page, to all of the feels that it pulled out of me, straight to the end, I adored Kayla and Lachlan’s story and didn’t want it to end.
I seriously need a Lachlan McGregor in my life, that’s what I kept thinking to myself as I read the book. He’s the tall, dark and hand yet silent brooding type. He doesn’t say much unless it’s something worth saying and when it is you find yourself amazed at it’s depth and falling slowly in love with the man because that’s when you see how huge his bruised heart is. And let’s not forget that whole dirty talking thing he has going on and combined with the scottish accent? Cue the fanning of oneself, needing a really cold shower, grabbing your B.O.B or all three. Take your pick. But the darkness that surrounds him isn’t just an affectation or a wall he puts up, it’s apart of him. What he lived through broke my heart and though the demons he carried inside him were crazy scary, I still wanted to hold him tight and tell him it would all work out.
Then there is Kayla. Before I go further with her let me state here that I did not read The Pact or The Offer, so I had no preconceived notions of who she had been prior to meeting her in The Play and I have to say that I adored the woman I met. She is sassy with a lot of moxie and yet there is tender and sensitive side to her that most miss because they only view her as something of a wild child with no edit button. I loved watching as she evolved throughout the book and became the woman she wanted to be, it definitely wasn’t an easy road, but she pulled it out in the end.
I loved watching as their relationship evolved. What starts out as both of them trying to deny the explosive sexual chemistry between them morphs into so much more as they spend more time together and actually get to know each other and none of the steps felt forced or rushed. Okay, one was, but it still made sense. Everything thing they went through, the good, the bad and the ugly ~ and dear lord were there some ugly parts, so talk about the FEELS~ showed why Lachlan and Kayla were perfect for each in every way and I was really, really happy when they finally got their HEA.
This is my first book by the author and I got totally invested in the story from the first page, hell I kept doing the whole ‘hide my Kindle under my paperwork’ thing because I just couldn’t stop reading it. The writing was engaging and well paced. The first person dual POV’s were very well done and I really enjoyed the author’s voice. The plot twists were well thought out and even though there were some things I guessed were going to happen, they still surprised me when they did. I like how the topic of addiction was handled. It showed all sides of it with respect and honesty. I thought all the characters we met were well written, though I have to be honest and say that I don’t think any of the other McGregor’s will be able to out do Lachlan. But outside of the McGregor’s I loved Amara and Thierry and hope they get their own stories down the road. And then there are the puppies (I call all dogs regardless of age, puppies) they just added so much to the story that it just pulled me in even more.
The Bottom Line: I simply adored this book from start to finish!
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 of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.