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Deadly consequences ensue when an eccentric millionaire, crippled in a tragic accident, hires a fallen football hero (and ex-con) to impregnate his wife.

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

Critic Reviews

"The tension builds as lust, greed, pride, wrath and envy threaten to undo everyone in this tightly told tale of modern temptation." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Dave
  • Stillwater Lake, NS, Canada
  • 04-06-10

Typically satisfying Sandra Brown novel

This is my third Sandra Brown book. I thoroughly enjoyed the "listen". Although I wouldn't rank it up with "Envy" which was the first Brown book I "read", it's twisting plot and unusual ending made it delightful and entertaining. Victor Slezak is wonderful as a narrator, so much so that I look for books with him telling the story.
One other comment: I noticed several customers commented negatively on the sexual scenes. That's absurd - all sexual scenes in Brown's books are an integral part of the story. There is nothing offensive; in fact, they are natural (isn't sex?) and Slezak handles it with such sensitivity.
Another Sandra Brown 'must listen'. Oh - and I just downloaded "Smash Uncut".

27 of 27 people found this review helpful

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  • Scott
  • Roseville, CA, United States
  • 08-29-10

Sports & Intrigue another great romantic/thriller

First, you have to understand that Brown is the "ROMANCE/THRILLER" genre. I don't know how many others occupy that niche or if she created it but you're going to have lots of explicit intimacy. If you CAN get past that you'll see she creates amazingly original characters and winds and twists her plots to where you can't see things coming.
This book with a clever double entendre hints at the underlying and inevitable love story. You have a fantastic heroine a strong female, and a very corrupted and sad football player as the main characters. How they become involved in an extremely twisted way is what drives this story and gets you rooting (pun intended) for this "anti-hero."
The book is well narrated subtle but effective and well edited. After 32 audio-books I'm starting to hear the difference although I enjoy both "obvious acting" & "understated acting". Don't imply that his narration is dull. He narrates well, defines characters & their feelings enough to let Brown's powerful writing do it's job on your mind.
When it comes to fiction I'm willing to grant any writer a LOT of leeway for the very reason that it is FICTION. When writing becomes absolutely plausible the story is no longer a thriller but becomes "literature." (Fine but I often want to be entertained with original plots.) I have YET to be slightly disappointed by Brown's ability to hold my interest so invariably I WANT to keep listening every possible chance and run through a book in a few days (despite "rewinds"). I've never been bored except for the invariable lovemaking and all books are far better than a lot of other crummy books I've slogged through (or failed to finish.) Brown has a gift and while her penchant for many graphic sex scenes is part of her style... it's soon over and then you get on with a great story. Obviously these books are not books for little kids.
Brown writes great thrillers. If her work ever fails to entertain.. I'll let you know.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Jessica
  • Delta, OH, United States
  • 05-07-08

great book!

I personally loved this book. I considered not purchasing it because of the mixed reviews. If you liked "envy" you'll like this book.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

not expected

As a mystery, I enjoyed this book a lot more than some I've read recently. But reader be warned that it crosses the fine line into romance/erotica, so don't get this if you're not into that.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • HAZEL PARK, MI, United States
  • 07-10-08

Great Listen

This book has some many twist and turns, I thought I was on a roller coaster and I LOVE roller coasters! I can not count how many times my jaw dropped when another plot twist hits you over the head and I usually can see them coming.

I have a 3 hour daily commute and I have listen to many of books, and this book is one of the best I have listened to. I can think of three books that I listen outside of my car and this book is one of them.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Interesting Read

Not quite what I expected but very good! Little twist in the plot ending made it even more interesting! Definately recommended!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

Average Listen, that's all

Not a lot here. Typical Sandra Brown, if you like her style, then you should like this read. It seemed like she might be intentionally trying to appeal to the male reader more on this one. References to female body parts, male erections and farts.

Unlike other reviewers, I actually thought parts of this were NOT predictable. However, I thought the big climax (Epiloque) was rather boring.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Regaining Your Integrity

Griff was a 15 year old young boy, whose father had left a very long time ago. Griff now sat on the livingroom floor and watched his mother, with a suitcase in hand and her boyfriend in the lead, walk out of the front door together His mother stopped for a moment and looked back at Griff and said, "goodbye." Griff understood that his mother wasn't ever coming back.

Griff was a great football player, whose coach understood his situation at home. Griff had not been to a football practice in three days. Griff heard a knock on the door and there stood his football coach who told him to pack up his things because he was coming home with him.

Coach made Griff practice extremely hard and was instrumental in Griff's ability to capture his dream. He played for the Dallas Cowboys but was arrested and convicted by a sting operation that was initiated to see Griff taking a bribe for throwing the football game that might have led the Dallas Cowboys to play in the super bowl.

Griff needed money desperately in order to pay off the debts owed to his bookie. He was a high stakes gambler who lived the high life, never taking time to step back and realize the jeopardy he was putting himself into. Coach had tried to warn him but Griff told himself that he was an adult who would spend his money as he saw fit.

Griff served five year's of a ten year sentence. He was flat broke and knew that his prospects were substantially limited because of his crime. However, he received a phone call from Foster Speakman, an extremely rich man whom wanted Griff to impregnate his wife, Anna, the old fashioned way, physical, sexual intercourse. Griff couldn't quite wrap his head around what was being asked of him. He thought that he would be a sperm donor and when Anna became pregnant and delivered a healthy baby he would receive a quarter million dollars. Speakman had been in terribly horrific car accident. He was paralyzed from the waist down and was impotent. He wanted a child as did Anna. They both agreed to the plan and Griff was chosen because he exhibited the physical outside appearance of what Foster Speakman looked like. No one would know the difference unless they were told.

Anna reiterated her husband's plan and that she had agreed to follow through. Griff was given one hundred thousand dollars before he left Speakman's home that evening. He was not keen to the idea but because of his extreme need for money Griff agreed. Upon leaving, Anna informed Griff that she would contact him when she was into her ovulation period of her menses. This was the most crucial time because it is at this time that a woman has the best chance of conceiving.

Sandra Brown has come through again. I totally enjoyed the book, Play Dirty. The book was well written, the character development great and had a narrator who did a great job. Would I encourage a friend to purchase this book, absolutely. The theme of this story appears too outrageous but was a great listen. There was action and suspense incorporated throughout the book. Brown's mind must work in mysterious ways in order to incorporate such an outrageous plot and write another best seller. Go ahead and purchase this book. I don't think you'll be disappointed. Its one of those books that you want to listen to all in one sitting. However, I was not able to accomplish this but have to concede that I'm happy to have taken longer because that provided me with more time to enjoy the book.








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hard to put down

it was nice to get to know the characters and then have Sandra Brown make sense of what they were going through. The plot was easy to understand so you could actually enjoy the characters. It was a great escape.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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She did it again!

Sandra and Victor together just make muy day! She is a great writer and he is a great narrator!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Skinfull
  • 08-30-16

Excellent story and incredibly likeable characters

I think this one might be my favourite Sandra brown so far. The characters were fun and interesting and the story intriguing. The performance was great and everyone was easy to distinguish.

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  • Gill
  • 12-11-15

Play Dirty

I loved this book! I preferred this narrator to other narrators of Sandra Brown books.