than to buy a book by a female author with a football star as one of the main characters. Not to say it can't be done. But with the title, I just don't know what I was thinking. I'm guessing high school and college girls might enjoy this one.
I got it because of the Dallas location and thought it might be interesting from that perspective because of the Dallas Cowboys and Southwest Airlines. But it was incredibly predictable and written, it seemed, at a high school level.
But I do admit, I listened to the end with a lot of fast-forwarding.
You'll get caught.
This story could be a life lesson to many star athletes, corporate executives, anyone in power who are arrogant enough to think they are invincible.
Victor has a very expressive tone to his voice. He kept my attention throughout the book. Sometimes when reading, my mind tends to wonder about place described. With a great narrator, like Victor, they bring the story to life.
"You are not bullet proof"
Sandra Brown's novels never disappoint.
Mystery and Thriller reader sometimes a touch of romance doesn't hurt.
It ranks right up there in the top.
Griff- I like bad guy misunderstood gone good characters.
The scene between Griff and Laura
Story makes you think about some things differently. And it was a most enjoyable yarn - sure it was far-fetched - but that's what makes it entertaining.:-)
Griff - right proper lad!
What choices would you make?
Thanks for the other reviews which helped me choose this book.
It was not entertaining. It was unpleasant and depressing. I wanted it to be over.
S. Brown is a talented writer. I don’t know what she was thinking when she chose this subject. Maybe she wanted to try something different. The only value I see is for athletes to learn from someone else’s mistakes. The hero Griff is a pro quarterback. He makes stupid choices. He does stupid things. He goes to jail. Everyone (the public) hates Griff for what he did. An evil cop is stalking Griff throughout the book. The cop beats up Griff and anyone who is a friend to Griff. The cop’s hatred of and power over Griff is depressing.
I can accept a flawed hero but I did not like the author misleading the reader by implying Griff was bad and later showing that he was not so bad. When some truths were revealed I was annoyed at the way the author had twisted things. See Spoiler 2 below.
I prefer stories told in a linear logical time line. I’m willing to accept some flashbacks, but this book is full of flashbacks and backstories. Examples: 1. A couple is going to have sex. The author then jumps to a future time. Later we hear what happened during that sex scene. 2. Griff has a meeting with someone. The author then jumps to a future time with Griff on the run from the cops. Later we get the backstory of what happened during that meeting causing Griff to be on the run. 3. Griff appears in someone’s hotel room. Later we learn how he got past the security cops to get there. 4. And then we hear what he did to get away from the cops earlier in item 2. This method allowed the author to take short cuts in the telling. For example in item 4 she only told “a few of the things Griff did while on the run” instead of having us in his mind and seeing his actions while running.
The publisher’s blurb says millionaire Foster hires Griff to impregnate his wife Laura. It says Griff quickly realizes he’s been set up. I would not describe it that way. There is no complicated “set up.” And it’s not “quickly realizes.” See Spoiler 1 below.
Don’t read this for romance, although there is a hint of future romance at the end. I liked the happy ending for Griff.
The narrator Victor Slezak was excellent.
Genre: mystery suspense thriller.
1. Regarding the blurb: It’s not a complicated set up. It’s simply kill the guy instead of pay him.
2. Author contrivances that annoyed me. A guy planned to do something bad, but doesn’t do it, but he felt guilty so he confessed to doing it. In another case as a teen he took the blame without explaining things. Another, an innocent person touches a murder weapon leaving his prints on it.
I am a 40 year old physical therapist. I can remember when I was 12 I thought Stephen King was the only author in the world and I read any of his books...... Now my love for reading has grown...I love to listen and now... To about anything.....
Definitely yes. I am a big fan of S.B., but this book just was not a favorite of mine..
I just did not feel much for any of the characters.... Maybe the characters needed to be built up more.... Even the romance was just well... There.
No I just really would not be that interested
It was very interesting from the beginning to end.
The fact that her husband forced her to have a child with a prisoner.
I finished it in one night
I would recommend this book because it has it all. Love, passion, betrayal, action and drama!
I could barely put it down! It kept me intrigued.
I have never listened to this author before.
I enjoyed this book as I always do enjoy most Sandra Brown's books. There's always some romance wrapped up in a good story filled with suspense. And that's what really keeps me coming back to her books. I don't just want to read a romance story. I like suspense and thrillers and when there's a good romance involved, oh well you've got me. I just want to read all of her books...and I will.
Four stars due to Mr. Slezak's performance. He did the best that he could with weak material. Of course this is fiction. The premises of this story is so silly and unbelievable. It is very difficult to like any of the main characters or feel sorry for them. They are protrayed as selfish rich people who will do anything to get what they want. It is difficult to believe that a former professional athlete would be so financially destitute, conceited, and lazy that he would perform stud services for a couple of millionaires. He does this not only for the money, but actually believes that the couple wants his genetic features in their child! Give me a break. In addition, it is incredulous that a self respecting, competent, highly intelligent business woman would be motivated by guilt to have sexual intercourse with a strange man, with her husband's permission, in order to make a baby. What man who truly loves his wife would ask her to do this for him? Adding to the ridiculous plot is mental illness, a dirty cop and the mob. There is no doubt that some listeners were disturbed by the sex scenes. References to "the act" are minimal and not graphic. Actually, this entire story is disturbing and insulting. Save your money and your credits.