Play Dirty
#1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown is back with a gripping story of obsession and its deadly consequences. After five long years in federal prison, Griff Burkett is a free man. But the disgraced Cowboys quarterback can never return to life as he knew it before he was caught cheating. In a place where football is practically a religion, Griff committed a cardinal sin, and no one is forgiving. Foster Speakman, owner and CEO of SunSouth Airlines, and his wife, Laura, are a golden couple. Successful and wealthy, they lived a charmed life before fate cruelly intervened and denied them the one thing they wanted most -- a child. It's said that money can't buy everything. But it can buy a disgraced football player fresh out of prison and out of prospects. The job Griff agrees to do for the Speakmans demands secrecy. But he soon finds himself once again in the spotlight of suspicion. An unsolved murder comes back to haunt him in the form of his nemesis, Stanley Rodarte, who has made Griff's destruction his life's mission. While safeguarding his new enterprise, Griff must also protect those around him, especially Laura Speakman, from Rodarte's ruthlessness. Griff stands to gain the highest payoff he could ever imagine, but cashing in on it will require him to forfeit his only chance for redemption...and love. Griff is now playing a high-stakes game, and at the final whistle, one player will be dead. Play Dirty is Sandra Brown's wildest ride yet, with hairpin turns of plot all along the way. The clock is ticking down on a fallen football star, who lost everything because of the way he played the game. Now his future -- his life -- hinges on one last play.

Play Dirty Details

TitlePlay Dirty
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 14th, 2007
PublisherSimon & Schuster
ISBN-139780743289351
Rating
GenreRomance, Romantic Suspense, Mystery, Suspense, Fiction

Play Dirty Review

  • A.
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsLoved it!Another winner by Sandra Brown. A standard SB hero, a little bit less standard heroine with a stick up her ass and a standard storyline, though not as suspenseful as in her newer books. The bad guy is revealed from early on but the plot is still enjoyable.What was nonstandard was the romance aspect.(view spoiler)[A billionaire in a wheelchair pays a fallen athlete to get his wife pregnant. In an au naturel way. The wife loves her husband. The athlete feels torn. They just want 4.5 StarsLoved it!Another winner by Sandra Brown. A standard SB hero, a little bit less standard heroine with a stick up her ass and a standard storyline, though not as suspenseful as in her newer books. The bad guy is revealed from early on but the plot is still enjoyable.What was nonstandard was the romance aspect.(view spoiler)[A billionaire in a wheelchair pays a fallen athlete to get his wife pregnant. In an au naturel way. The wife loves her husband. The athlete feels torn. They just want to get over with it. But getting pregnant is not always easy. You have to do the deed more than once. (hide spoiler)]Never in my reading life have I come across such delightful unusual sex scenes. The awkwardness, the discomfort, the clumsiness, the embarrassment …It was hot as hell. I almost feel guilty for loving it so much.I’m not going to reveal what happened in the end but you can imagine.QUICK REVIEW:Enjoyment: 4.5/5Writing style: 5/5Storyline: 4/5 Hero: 4/5Heroine: 3/5Secondary characters: 4/5 Hotness/steam level: 3/5 Romance: 3/5 Angst level: 2/5Darkness level: 2/5Humor: 1/5Depth of the book: 4/5POV: multiple, third personTriggers: (view spoiler)[miscarriage, “cheating” (hide spoiler)]
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  • Mo
    January 1, 1970
    Read the blurb for this one and said to myself.... "Who is going to read that silly book?" Put it out of my head. Have been on a bit of a SB marathon and sort of wanted to keep reading her books. Saw some friends had given this one 5 stars so decided to take the plunge. I loved it. After five long years in federal prison, Griff Burkett is a free man. But the disgraced Cowboys quarterback can never return to life as he knew it before he was caught cheating. In a place where football is Read the blurb for this one and said to myself.... "Who is going to read that silly book?" Put it out of my head. Have been on a bit of a SB marathon and sort of wanted to keep reading her books. Saw some friends had given this one 5 stars so decided to take the plunge. I loved it. After five long years in federal prison, Griff Burkett is a free man. But the disgraced Cowboys quarterback can never return to life as he knew it before he was caught cheating. In a place where football is practically a religion, Griff committed a cardinal sin, and no one is forgiving. Enter stage left, Foster Speakman, owner and CEO of SunSouth Airlines, and his wife, Laura. They have a proposition for Griff and, as he is down on his luck with little money and no job prospects, he accepts. He was bored.And possibly for the first time in his life, lonely. "I'd say 'Fuck you, lady', but I already did." He wasn't as much of an alpha asshole as some of her other heroes. His childhood had been tough. He felt unworthy of love, I thought. Time. It had become his enemy. There was no time to get bored with this one. It seemed to be full on, all the way. "He stuffed his shirttail into his jeans as though he was furious at it. He buttoned up his fly with dispatch, but his belt buckle presented a challenge. When he finally managed it, he slapped it lightly into place and turned to face her. 'Why did you lie to me?'" He felt an expanding pressure inside his chest. He'd never felt anything like it before, so he couldn't put a name on it. My review might be a bit vague but I think you are better off going into a SB book without knowing a lot about it. When he came, so did she. And it was crashing.
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  • ♥Sharon♥
    January 1, 1970
    Play Dirty is another Sandra Brown winner for me. Honestly, I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. I read the blurb, pieced a little bit together, and I wondered if this story was going to work for me. Well, she did it again. SB writes in such a way that she doesn’t waste any time sucking you in and then as your turning the pages of each chapter she gives you these teasers that she so strategically strings you along with throughout the book. I must say she really has perfected that Play Dirty is another Sandra Brown winner for me. Honestly, I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. I read the blurb, pieced a little bit together, and I wondered if this story was going to work for me. Well, she did it again. SB writes in such a way that she doesn’t waste any time sucking you in and then as your turning the pages of each chapter she gives you these teasers that she so strategically strings you along with throughout the book. I must say she really has perfected that talent! :)If you have read my other reviews for her books you know that they are pretty vague. I always worry that I am going to give away something that I shouldn’t. Read through the blurb. SB gives you everything and only what you need to know.Griff Burkett had life by the balls. But things began to spiral in a direction that left him condemned by the very people that looked up to him and who loved him. He had done the unthinkable and was paying the price. Laura Speakman had a happy life. I guess, but maybe not really. A decision was made. Something happens. And life as she knew it changed. Moving on and coping wouldn't be easy. What Griff, Laura and her husband Foster agreed to really wasn’t an ideal situation for anyone involved but the end goal was beyond worth it for Laura and Foster. Griff was really ambiguous about everything. Secrecy was easy enough. It is the unexpected that would mess with him. Things are often not what they seem. People aren’t always who they appear to be. On the outside they appear one way and on the inside they are crumbling….cracking. I’m not sure if I got my fill of sexy times in this one but what happens between Griff and Laura was different. It was sensual. It was emotional. (IMO) There were the typical SB twists and turns. Things that happen in the last 40% will keep you on your toes. There was that asshole character too. Stanley Rodarte really got on my nerves. Gosh I really hated him. I was hoping for one ending but got something different. I loved it though. Thinking about it now, it really was the perfect way to end it.
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  • Amy | Foxy Blogs
    January 1, 1970
    It’s that time of the year again the SUPER BOWL!!! Play Dirty was my pick for a football book to get ready for the game on Sunday. Griff is the former Dallas Cowboy quarterback who has just been released from prison. He did 5 years for his dirty playing on the football field. He was being paid to throw games. We meet Griff on his release day from prison. Unfortunately, the city of Dallas has not forgotten how Griff disgraced himself and America's Team. Right away the plot takes off because It’s that time of the year again ➜ the SUPER BOWL!!! Play Dirty was my pick for a football book to get ready for the game on Sunday. Griff is the former Dallas Cowboy quarterback who has just been released from prison. He did 5 years for his dirty playing on the football field. He was being paid to throw games. We meet Griff on his release day from prison. Unfortunately, the city of Dallas has not forgotten how Griff disgraced himself and America's Team. Right away the plot takes off because Griff has been offered a secret business proposal from an affluent couple; the Speakmans. They own an airline and are highly regarded in the community. The business deal Mr. Speakman offers Griff is one that will assure that Griff will never have to worry about money again. BUT EVERYTHING MUST STAY BETWEEN THE THREE OF THEM. If anyone finds out about this deal Griff will no longer collect his yearly million dollars. Legally the deal is legit but morally it leaves Griff questioning his self worth. At first the money appeals to him but as the task continues he is left feeling used. A little over halfway through the story something happens that throws a huge wrench in this secret business deal. The suspense picks up and the reader is left wondering if Griff is guilty. All the evidence is stacking up against him. The author leaves the reader waiting for clues to figure out WHO and WHY they did it. Yes, it is resolved at the end of the story. Mo has this way with her reviews that after I read them my interest is piqued. Since my romance genre reading didn't start until three years ago I've never heard of most of these established authors until I look to see what Mo's reading. Thanks, Mo, for always knowing what book to recommend to me. STANDALONE
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  • Ingie
    January 1, 1970
    Written March 21, 20154 1/2 Stars - Stunning thrilling crime drama (with a nice romantic twist)I was really impressed by my first Sandra Brown novel (Envy - 4.7 stars) just some week ago. When I saw this 13:40 hrs audiobook for Audible sale ($6.95) I couldn't resist. Even this time narrated by the amazing fantastic Victor Slezak. Just he alone is worth all those hours and $$$. • • • Wow! I liked a "SB" incredible much...againQuite scary, fast paced, heartbreaking exciting. All the time with a Written March 21, 20154 1/2 Stars - Stunning thrilling crime drama (with a nice romantic twist)I was really impressed by my first Sandra Brown novel (Envy - 4.7 stars) just some week ago. When I saw this 13:40 hrs audiobook for Audible sale ($6.95) I couldn't resist. Even this time narrated by the amazing fantastic Victor Slezak. Just he alone is worth all those hours and $$$. • • • Wow! I liked a "SB" incredible much...againQuite scary, fast paced, heartbreaking exciting. All the time with a high quality well-thought-out plot. I couldn't guess the journey to the end even if I tried. If you like me enjoy crime novels as well as romances is this yet another one I dare to recommend you. ***********************************************Play Dirty is set in a present times Dallas, U.S.It is most of all the story about the disgraced 'Cowboys' football quarterback Griff Burkett who at last is a free man after some hard long years in federal prison. Free but a lonely man without future or any friendsFive years ago was Griff caught cheating, a cardinal sin. A sin no one is forgiving. Not even all these years later. He might have been the lucky goodlooking blond footballs star. That's all forgotten now. Without money, job, friends, relatives or a clue how to start a 'life' again is it quite hopeless. — But maybe is there a possibility? — This adventure starts when Griff gets an odd proposal to make a rich mans wife pregnant. Is it for real? And all those dollars.Foster Speakman, owner and CEO of SunSouth Airlines, and his wife, Laura Speakman, are (or at least was) a golden couple. Two successful, ambitions driven, business associates who later became a beautiful enviable married couple. Then a horrible accident in ways changed their wonderful love-filled life and they can no longer get what they (both?) want most of all; their own baby kid. ***********************************************These characters aren't always easy to like and take to your heart. They surely have lacks and less good sides. This isn't in any way a sweet romantic pink Barbie fairy tale world. Far from lovely sugary smexy moments to start with. I have to admit that I didn't even like any of them that much in the beginning, but they 'grows' on you. My heart kind of pained for Griff's bad luck, dumb decisions and, at least to start with, quite egotistic and incomprehensible remarkable actions and life-choices. Not just Griff's, the Speakman couple's as well. ~ But this is so wittily and cleverly done so not until half through the book, if even then, was I absolutely sure who to really care for and not. There were some really nasty, cruel situations here. Sometimes when this ugly 'Enemy Number One' (view spoiler)[ (the blackhearted dirty Detective Stanley Rodarte - maybe the biggest nasty asshole I so far met in a book...) (hide spoiler)] was around (I don't want to spoil more) wasn't I far from cover my ears and drop my earphones. I'm not exaggerating if I say that it was a good deal of exhausting scary moments. Like in horror movies are usually an elaborate malicious threat (from a scary villian) much more frightening than an bloody act or hard fight. Nail-biting...Good stories should never be spoiled or revealed, and in that was be destroyed for others, too much. Especially not if it's a crime / suspense story with a very nicely done and clever intrigue. So this may be enough for now.***********************************************I already like Ms Brown's style so much but I must warn you, Play Dirty is not the usual kind of sweet romance I most often read. More a crime fiction with an added romantic love-story (and a few very sweet moments), than a sweet steamy romance book. ~ But 'hey - high five' so freaking well done. And grand romantic... [ More than one time under these thirteen (quick) listening hours, did I congratulate myself for my good choice in audiobooks. ]And the end? Will you get a nice 'romances' HEA?Don't worry, there is a good satisfying end here and I left "them" in a good (view spoiler)[ HEA like (hide spoiler)] place. ***********************************************Okay now is it two. — There are tons of Sandra Brown books to choose between. So my dear GR friends: Please recommend me your favorite SB books. Which should I start with?I LIKE - terribly exciting well-made novels*****A 'Favorite Sandra Brown Novels' list to check out here on GR.
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  • -ya
    January 1, 1970
    reread: br with Amanda:) first read/2014Griff is unlike any other heroes in SB novels I have read.Is he a loser? Yes.Is he an alpha? No.Did he make bad decisions that changed his life for the worse? Yes.Are MCs relatable ? No. The romance? Unusual. No hearts and flowers.Pace? Page-turner.Surprisingly I really enjoyed reading this rather weird, a bit unrealistic story that hooked me from page one. The author placed Griff in such an ill-fated situation that I couldn’t help but wholeheartedly root reread: br with Amanda:) first read/2014Griff is unlike any other heroes in SB novels I have read.Is he a loser? Yes.Is he an alpha? No.Did he make bad decisions that changed his life for the worse? Yes.Are MCs relatable ? No. The romance? Unusual. No hearts and flowers.Pace? Page-turner.Surprisingly I really enjoyed reading this rather weird, a bit unrealistic story that hooked me from page one. The author placed Griff in such an ill-fated situation that I couldn’t help but wholeheartedly root for him despite his many flaws. It is an interesting pick for fans of Sandra Brown.
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  • Jacqueline J
    January 1, 1970
    I couldn't put this book down. I really liked it mostly I think because Griff was such a flawed person. I liked that he went bad after having been given such a new start on life with his high school coach. So many novels have them all turned around and on the straight and narrow never to stray again. I get tired of shiny perfect heros all the time. The only thing that bothered me is that he didn't seriously look for a job after getting out of prison. He basically talked to one guy about a job. I couldn't put this book down. I really liked it mostly I think because Griff was such a flawed person. I liked that he went bad after having been given such a new start on life with his high school coach. So many novels have them all turned around and on the straight and narrow never to stray again. I get tired of shiny perfect heros all the time. The only thing that bothered me is that he didn't seriously look for a job after getting out of prison. He basically talked to one guy about a job. I'd have liked it better if he had beat the bushes a bit and tried sooner to straighten himself out and get an honest job. But I guess the point was, he was always looking for the easy money. Still I do like my flawed characters to grow and learn and he really didn't do that until the very end. Still it was a page turner. Griff was a wonderfully drawn character and made the entire book. I choked up a couple of times.
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  • Sateem ó_ò
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsCan't win 'em all I guess \_(ツ)_/This was more of a romance than it was a mystery or a suspense book. Which would've been fine if I was in the mood for it, but I really wasn't. I knew from the get-go that that guy was a complete and utter lunatic, so there went the Mystery.. out the window.As for the suspense, there was some, but I couldn't help but to compare it other SB books, and in that regards, I found this one lacking.\_(ツ)_/\_(ツ)_/\_(ツ)_/\_(ツ)_/\_(ツ)_/ 3.5 starsCan't win 'em all I guess ¯\_(ツ)_/¯This was more of a romance than it was a mystery or a suspense book. Which would've been fine if I was in the mood for it, but I really wasn't. I knew from the get-go that that guy was a complete and utter lunatic, so there went the Mystery.. out the window.As for the suspense, there was some, but I couldn't help but to compare it other SB books, and in that regards, I found this one lacking.¯\_(ツ)_/¯¯\_(ツ)_/¯¯\_(ツ)_/¯¯\_(ツ)_/¯¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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  • Vanessa
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! Every bit of 5 stars. I loved it.
  • Mei
    January 1, 1970
    Sandra Brown's book are often a guarantee!After several not so good books, finally a ood one!I really enjoyed the twists and turns in the story! I loved how everything matched andhow the love story developed!There's a plain villain (who I wanted to castrate!), the undecover villain (who I wanted to make tetraplegic!), the wronged hero (who I wanted to punch!) and the heroine (coereced by her love to act in a very improper way). WOW! What a mix!Nobody is innocent here. Most of the characters are Sandra Brown's book are often a guarantee!After several not so good books, finally a ood one!I really enjoyed the twists and turns in the story! I loved how everything matched andhow the love story developed!There's a plain villain (who I wanted to castrate!), the undecover villain (who I wanted to make tetraplegic!), the wronged hero (who I wanted to punch!) and the heroine (coereced by her love to act in a very improper way). WOW! What a mix!Nobody is innocent here. Most of the characters are simply human (to the exception of the dirty cop!) with human weaknesses and failings.What worked for me is how thirs actions and reactions drove the happenings here! Soooo good!
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