Review: The Play by Karina Halle

Posted March 10, 2016 by Francesca in Reviews / 3 Comments

Review: The Play by Karina Halle
The Play
by Karina Halle

4 Stars


Released: November 3rd 2015
Published by Self Published
Narrator: Antony Ferguson, Jillian Macie
Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
Pages: 562
Format: Audiobook

Recommended Read!

“From this collection of standalones featuring sexy Scot men, THE PLAY is so far my favorite.”
~ Under the Covers

Kayla started out as the less lovable to me of the heroines in this group of friends.  She’s a bit too harsh, bitchy, slutty even?  So when THE PLAY starts off she’s staying away from men, and that’s when she meets sexy Scot Rugby player Lachlan MacGregor.  Of course related to all the sexy MacGregor’s we already know and love.  But he has a much darker past and wears that broodiness on his sleeve.  Catnip really for Kayla.  And quite frankly, for me.

What starts out as a work assignment for her as she interviews Lachlan for an article ends up with an incredible amount of chemistry they just can’t resist.  I really enjoyed the process and the pacing of their relationship and how it built up to a deeper connection.  As much as it’s fast, it made sense and made me believe it.

What I enjoyed the most though, was the more emotional side of the story.  Both characters are damaged, and neither really considers themselves worth of anything good happening to them.  But in the end they are both there to help the other through the harder times.  Or to motivate them through.  And in the end realize they deserve happiness and they can get it together.

I have to mention the dogs, though.  As an animal lover, I couldn’t have loved this aspect of the book more and how it integrated with the story.  They were like the secondary characters for me.  And the love our main characters showed to them was another one of my favorite things.

From this collection of standalones featuring sexy Scot men, THE PLAY is so far my favorite.  It’s emotional in all the right places without making the whole book overly angsty.  It’s bursting with sexual chemistry!  And it feels a bit more grown up than the other two.  I really enjoyed this one!




About Karina Halle

The daugh­ter of a Nor­we­gian Viking and a Finnish Moomin, Karina Halle grew up in Van­cou­ver, Canada with trolls and eter­nal dark­ness on the brain. This soon turned into a love of all things that go bump in the night and a rather sadis­tic appre­ci­a­tion for freak­ing peo­ple out. Like many of the flawed char­ac­ters she writes, Karina never knew where to find her­self and has dab­bled in act­ing, make-up artistry, film pro­duc­tion, screen­writ­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy, travel writ­ing and music jour­nal­ism. She even­tu­ally found her­self in the pages of the very nov­els she wrote (if only she had looked there to begin with).

Karina holds a screen­writ­ing degree from Van­cou­ver Film School and a Bach­e­lor of Jour­nal­ism from TRU. Her travel writ­ing, music reviews/interviews and pho­tog­ra­phy has appeared in pub­li­ca­tions such as Con­se­quence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNo­mad Travel Guides. She cur­rently splits her time between her apart­ment in down­town Van­cou­ver and her sail­boat, where a book and a bot­tle of wine are always at hand.


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Thanks for the review Francesca

Amy R
Amy R

Thanks for the review, I have this on my TBR pile.


Karina Halle is such a good author! This is on my tbr