Griff Burkett was a school-of-hard-knocks kid, abandoned by his mother, adopted by his high-school football coach. Under his tutelage, Griff earned a scholarship to play college ball and then a multimillion-dollar contract with the Dallas Cowboys. Griff had a good heart, but his Achilles heel was his arrogance, and his gambling. At the end of his career, deep in debt, a local organized-crime kingpin offers him a chance to resolve his loans by throwing a game. Griff agrees, and walks straight into an FBI sting.
After serving time, Griff finds only closed doors. Then he is summoned to the mansion of eccentric millionaire airline owner Foster Speakman. Speakman, a recluse since a car accident left him crippled, is impotent. He offers Griff half a million dollars to impregnate his wife Laura, discreetly, and with manifold rules. One of which is, if Griff succeeds, he will leave town and never see his child as long as he lives.
Griff has few options. He's still hounded by Detective Stanley Rodarte, who organized the gambling sting, and seems set upon ruining Griff's life. Griff has little means of earning a living, no family, and few friends. So he agrees - only to quickly realize he's been set up.
©2007 Sandra Brown Management, Ltd; (P)2007 Simon and Schuster Inc
"The tension builds as lust, greed, pride, wrath and envy threaten to undo everyone in this tightly told tale of modern temptation." (Publishers Weekly)
Enjoying life by the sea in St. Augustine FL. Started listening to books on cassette and in 1995 over the radio, hooked ever since!
Enjoyed this entertaining read with a football twist. Current events feature fallen QB's in the news, you would think Ms. Brown ahead of the game. Escape and enjoy.
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.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
Victor Slezak is the best reader for SB books, but he is not inexpensive, but worth every penny. I own ALL of his SB reads. Do NOT miss out on his talented reads.
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.
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.
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