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.
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"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.
Play Dirty rates an eight out of ten in Sandra's long list of great reads. Envy was a 10. As usual, enough surprises to keep even the laziest reader reading. She is also one of the sexiest writers out there. Sandra's characters ooze sex, but she is really talking about the human condition and love. Reminds me why I got married and why I am still in love with my wife 45 years later. Thank you Sandra. It's a good read.
This book sat in my Library for months and if I had know what a great story this was, I would have read it a long time ago. I've read only one other Sandra Brown novel, "A Breat of Scandal" and I really liked that one too, but this one, I couldn't put it down. Loved Victor Slezak as a narrator too. Don't need to go into any details about the story since the description tells all, but after each chapter, you will catch yourself, laughing, mouth dropping open, and extremely surprised at many turns of this. It's worth a credit and then some.
Definitely not something I've read before, or usually with such a flawed main character. Don't run from this.
Slow start, but worth hanging in there!
Really enjoyed the ride!
Enjoyed the book and unlike some fellow Audible readers who feel they need to spoil it for others, I won't comment on its ending. "Hint-hint" spoiling a book's ending for others is a the very least inconsiderate. Sorry, I had to get that bit of "venting" out my system.
Sandra Brown always presents a great story and Victor Selzak is an excellent narrator. I wanted to rush to find out how it ended but didn't want to miss anything by doing that.
my only complaint is with how Audible divided the book. Three and four chapters were lumped together, making it hard to find a good spot to end before going to bed.
This was my second Sandra Brown listen (first was Mean Steak), they are both enjoyable. I describe this story as a romance/mystery. It's a story of a quadriplegic, wealthy, eccentric husband who offers a broke, corrupted, just out of jail, good-looking ex-football player a lot of money to make his beautiful wife pregnant. As we all know, this scenario is fraught with pitfalls and somebody's feelings are going to get hurt. Well, that's true and much, much more. The sex scenes were handled in a sensitive way, and the number of sex scenes seemed appropriate in order to convey to the reader how the two participants were reacting to each other as they "struggled" to achieve the pregnancy. The reason the husband gave as to why he wanted the baby conceived in the traditional way, I thought was kinda weak, but okay it's fiction and meant to entertain.... it achieved that goal.
I thought the narrator did a wonderful job.
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