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Top Customer Reviews
When I started reading The Play I didn't realize I would have a new favorite Karina Halle book by the time I finished reading it. It wasn't just that I loved Kayla Moore or Lachlan McGregor, but the fact I loved their stories and their journey together and apart. Kayla and Lachlan have this epic love feeling that shines through out the entire book. I loved that the story was told from alternating points of view so I really got to know them. If not, Lachlan would've remained a mystery which would've been a shame.
I adored Kayla. Her friends may call her a man-eater, but she's outgoing and forward. If she sees something she likes she's going to go for it, but lately that hasn't been going so well for her so she's taking a sabbatical from men. That is until Lachlan appears and shakes her resolve to remain celibate with a single glance. The only problem is that he's not interested and Kayla isn't sure she wants to pursue him when it seems her feelings might get involved. When it came to feelings, the only people she wasn't shy about sharing them with were her friends and family. I loved how Kayla was with her mother and her friends. She really loved and cared for them. I also loved how they were with her, showing her the same kindness and love she gave to them.
Lachlan on the other hand took some time to know. That's not because he wasn't willing to share, but he really opened up to Kayla as the story progressed. In a way it was like watching a flower bloom. Lachlan is used to being alone. He has friends and an adopted family, but the lessons and experiences of life have left him guarded and like a vault. He likes to take his time making decisions and boy does he make Kayla work it. It was difficult to tell if he was into her or not in the beginning, but once he started narrating things quickly became clear. I loved how kind and caring he was. He put himself in situations he didn't like to help family and rescue dogs no one would take a second look at. It broke my heart to see how he how himself in those neglected and unwanted dogs.
I'm not a believer in love at first sight. However, if any fictional couple can me a believer it's Lachlan and Kayla. There is no insta-love or insta-lust, but a profound connection between these two. In a short period of time they were able to recognize the others truth and accept them as they were. Their interactions were so charged and their chemistry was intense. I could almost feel my heart pitter patter when they were together. What really stood out to me is how they cared for each other. Lachlan may not have been able to open up about his past, but Kayla was his everything and he was hers.
Lachlan's story is devastating. He's dealt with so much and continued to do so in this book. I loved how his past wasn't white washed nor were the problems he faced. His struggles with substance abuse were portrayed realistically. He wasn't "poor Lachlan" and he wasn't castigated for it either and I loved that approach. I also loved how information about dog rescues were included in this book. I learned so much about shelters, types of dogs that are considered dangerous, and what it takes to help them.
The Play is an emotional roller coaster. It's hot and steamy but also sweet and romantic. I cried numerous times while reading this book because I couldn't help myself. And Kayla being her bold, wonderful self made me laugh aloud with delight. Kayla and Lachlan's love story isn't easy and it isn't perfect. Neither of them are, but together those two are something else. I loved seeing Linden, Stephanie, Bram, Nicola, and Ava again. It made my heart happy to see and visit with them again. I would love to read more about the McGregors, in particular Lachlan's younger brother or even Lachlan's team mates. I feel like even though the younger McGregor has learned to not blame himself for events to the point where he stops living, he still has a ways to go with dealing with his guilt.
My words are still completely inadequate to describe the alchemy found in the pages of this book. It's hard to convey how this intricate and complicated story made me feel. Karina Halle really should be commended for this book because she's really outdone herself. This is her longest book but not one word, sentence, or scene is superfluous. Her passion for her characters and craft shines through every word. It's a tale that I will not soon forget.
The Play is a thoroughly unique love story, at times remeniscent of what a marriage between The Offer and Love, In English might look like, but shaken up so it's completely unrecognizable, incomparable to anything that's ever come before it. Hauntingly beautiful and heartbreakingly evocative, The Play is riveting in it's darkness, addictive in it's lush romance. Peppered with lightness and delicious sex, The Play's themes of taking chances and finding love after existing as an outcast will set this book up there as one of the most beautiful contemporary romances I've ever read. But it's the raw emotion, the gravity of despair woven through these pages that sets The Play apart. It's the depth of injustice and love and loss that lingers in the mind of the reader far after the final turn of the page that defines this story as the brilliant masterpiece that it is.
Karina Halle fans know that her style is simply to not have a style, to not be boxed in, to write stories that pull raw, exquisite emotion from the reader but to never conform to what mainstream romance dictates. With that said, Halle consistently blows my mind, shocks and awes, surprises me with every turn of the page. I am stunned by her incomparable ability to deliver the unexpected even when I KNOW never to expect anything but the unexpected. Everything about The Play blindsided me. I wasn't prepared for the onslaught of emotion the author would deliver with her words. I wasn't prepared for the glorious brutality of falling in love, for the sweet relief of finding a forever home with a loyal protector after living with a neglected heart for so long, for the raw agony of the loss that exists within these pages. I wasn't prepared to fall so deeply, so quickly, so irrevocably for the wild Kayla Moore and the brooding Lachlan McGregor. I wasn't prepared to laugh, to sob, to lust, to feel authentic, raw anger, profound heartbreak and utter joy to the extent that I did. I wasn't prepared to be even more awestruck by the author's flawless writing than I already was.
I can't say with absolute certainty that The Play is the best book Karina Halle has written. (She's written some seriously fantastic stories.) I also can't decide if it's my absolute favorite. (I have several Halle favorites.) But I can say this: The Play is one of the most beautiful, emotionally-taxing, unforgettable, addictive stories I've ever read in my life. This story thoroughly gutted my soul, stole my breath, filled me with utter joy, sent heat through my veins, knotted my stomach and healed my broken heart. I dont know where The Play fits on my list of beloved books by this beloved author, but I know it seared me from the inside out, left me utterly stunned and demanded that I view the world, view people, view life through eyes that have been forever changed by the words within these pages.
This is not the case with The Play. This beautifully written story griped me from the prologue and I stayed intrigued until the very end.
This story has everything, Lachlan is a hero who's broken inside but strong and still has a big heart.
Heroines are characters that make or break a story for me. Kayla's sense of humor made me like her from the beginning; her strength, maturity and loyalty to the ones she loves makes her one of my all time favorite heroines.
There are moments that made me laugh and others that tore at my heartstrings. Even though the sex scenes are off the rails hot, the story of a woman who isn't sure where she belongs and a lost soul who finds redemption in her touch is always in the forefront.
This story is about friendship, family, forgiveness and how love can give power to heal oneself. This is one of my favorites of the year and recommend highly.