Dirty Talker

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.

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.

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★★★★ 4.5 Stars ★★★★

A gorgeous and touching book that will leave you feeling hopeful that love can conquer all. Emotionally charged and super sexy, this book will transport you to the streets of San Francisco and the alleys of Edinburgh, and make you fall in love with a feisty heroine, a broody hero and a bunch of misunderstood lovable dogs. From the prologue I was hooked and I am still thinking about the characters days later.

Lachlan McGregor is cousin to the McGregor brothers, Linden and Bram who, if you have read them, we first met in The Pact & The Offer. Together they are the Scottish trifecta of hot guys.

On a break from the rugby season and away from his hometown of Edinburgh, Lachlan McGregor is visiting San Francisco to help his cousin Bram with his mission to create affordable homes for those that are less affluent and in need. He is a brooding Scottish rugby player with troubled past and a huge heart hiding deep in the depths of his hardened exterior.

Kayla Moore is a feisty and bubbly character, but seeing her two best friends settle down with the sexy Scottish brothers Bram & Linden, she is feeling the loneliness creep in, and her life as a party girl and man eater are starting to feel empty.

Kayla who is usually life and soul of the party is drawn to this quiet and mysterious beast of a man, and when the opportunity arises to interview him for a chance to further her career, she decides to kill two birds with one stone. Knowing he is only in the US for a few more weeks, she vows not to get too close to him.

“Lovestruck? Please.
This is me you’re talking about.
Kayla Moore. Maneater extraordinaire.”

Lachlan is hiding a huge amount of turmoil within, but he sees something in Kayla that he can relate to, she seems as misunderstood as he is, and he can’t help but gravitate towards her.

This book is told in two parts, Part 1 is set in San Francisco and focuses on

them getting to know each other and finding a solace in just being together. The sexual tension and foreplay lead to plenty of sexy times. Playing rugby in the rain will never sound miserable again, I loved the fun times they had together.

Part 2 takes us to Edinburgh and Lachlan’s life as an International rugby player and owner of a dog rescue centre. The struggles of being in a new relationship with someone you don’t really know all that well start to take their toll. Kayla who is half way across the world from home, is finding out just how broken Lachlan is, and she needs to decide whether to help rescue his lost soul, or leave him behind and head back to America.


An emotional and steamy novel, sometimes difficult to read in places because Lachlan is not perfect and I could relate to a lot of his woes, it was very sad and emotional. It was however, balanced out with hope, and an intensity that will keep you reading.

Another great job from Karina Halle.

The Play is a standalone contemporary romance, told in dual POV.

ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review

About the Author

Karina Halle

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.

Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Atria Books/Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.


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