Friday, 8 October 2021

The Play - Karina Halle

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Book: The Play
Author: Karina Halle
Series: The McGregor Brothers, #3
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 2nd November 2015

My Rating: DNF @ 176/546
Date Finished: 8th October 2021


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 picked this up from a second hand book website because I tend to like this authors work. I didn't realise it would be a signed copy!

So this starts with a prologue of a young Lachlan and the bad childhood he endured. We then jump to Kayla in the present as she enjoys drinks with her two best friends, only for them to be joined by their other halves and Lachlan - their cousin. Kayla hasn't interacted with him much but she can't help but be attracted to the strong silent man and the more time she spends with him, the more her attraction grows. Lachlan isn't staying in San Francisco for long, only here to help out his cousin, but the more time he spends around Kayla the more the ice around his heart starts to crack.

I wasn't pulled into this straight away. It started alright but I think Lachlan's cool exterior put me off a bit. I didn't understand Kayla's obsession with him at all and therefore when it finally led up to a sex scene I just skipped it all together. By that point I didn't care about the characters and I just decided to give up.

Signed copy or not, I think I'll be donating it to my work's charity book sale.

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