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Play Dirty

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,476 Ratings  ·  594 Reviews

#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 card

Paperback, 416 pages
Published June 16th 2009 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jan 08, 2015 ♥Sharon♥ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Dec 08, 2014 Mo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 practical
Amy (Foxy)
Jan 27, 2015 Amy (Foxy) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amy (Foxy) by: Mo

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 Grif
Written March 21, 2015

4 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...again
Quite scary, fast paced, heartbreaking exciting. All the time with a
Excellent pace, wonderful male character, believable villains, perfect dialogue and banter. Typical Sandra Brown, and one of her best, IMO.

And talk about a lolwut premise.
May 27, 2011 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romantic suspence readers
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 ...more
Jun 06, 2015 Ya~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sandra-brown
Griff 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 and likable? No.
The romance? Unusual. No hearts and flowers.
The plot? Unrealistic.
Pace? Page-turner.

Surprisingly I really enjoyed reading this rather weird 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 f
Oh my, this was great! It's a 500 pages book and I read it in less than 3 days because I couldn't put it down. The action was non-stop, the hero gorgeous with a traumatic past to wake up the maternal instinct in me and there were no unecessary descriptions or deviations to drag you away from the plot. I loved that the plot started right away with the couple suggesting to the hero to father their baby, and I did not have to wait for introductions to the protagonists and their history before start ...more

After staying away from Sandra Brown the last few years, I was pleasantly surprised by Ricochet last year. So when my bookstore handed me Play Dirty, I decided to buy it, hoping that SB had returned to her previous sensual romances.

Well, I was wrong about the sensual romance. There is hardly any between the H&H so don't go buying this book expecting a good ol' Sandra Brown of old - the one who gave us the unforgettable Slow Heat in Heaven, Where There's Smoke, etc.

Having said that, Play Dirt
Lea's Audiobooks Hensley
Review from Speaking of Audiobooks 12/31/10:
Narrated by Victor Slezak

The operative word here is narration. In print, I doubt I would have even read the last half of Play Dirty. Featuring a former NFL star quarterback who served time in prison for throwing a game, a wealthy, slightly mad CEO confined to a wheelchair who wants said former NFL star to impregnate his wife the old fashioned way, a dirty cop determined to hurt that former NFL star in whatever way he can, and the CEO’s mostly likeable
Jane Stewart
Subject did not appeal to me. 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 stal
Jun 24, 2008 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all my friends or anyone
I love Sandra Brown and her Mirror Image book has by far been my favorite, that is until Play Dirty was released earlier this month. Play Dirty is the story of an ex-con football player who went to prison for fixing a game and served 5 years. He was also under suspicion for a murder he may/may not have committed (don't want to spoil it for anyone). Upon his release from prison, he is contacted by the CEO of a successful airline and asked to do something that goes against all that is morally comp ...more
Jun 24, 2008 Darcy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sandra Brown mystery
I really felt for Griff in this story. How messed up can life get for a guy down on his luck. I was glad to know I wouldn't be depressed at the end. It is definitely a tangled web of intrigue.
Dec 17, 2013 Marleen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Quite a disappointing read by Sandra Brown. I thought there was just too much emphasis on bad luck, negativity and lunacy in this story. A former football star, Griff Burkett, comes out of prison after a five-year stint for having thrown a game to pay off his gambling debts. So he's a free man again and out of the blue he’s invited by this multimillionaire couple, Laura and Foster Speakman, to their mansion and they have a proposal for him, for which he will be paid a lot of money: they want him ...more
Lady Jaye
May 01, 2012 Lady Jaye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lady Jaye by: Goodreads giveaway
This book came as a bonus gift in a Goodreads giveaway that I won, so much thanks to Sandra Brown and Goodreads for that.

I most definitely enjoyed the book. I picked it up this morning and didn't stop until I was done. I thought the main character was drawn especially well. Griff is a former pro-NFLer who cheated, by intentionally throwing a SuperBowl game. His team lost, he got found out, he went to jail, and earned the undying hatred of NFL fans everywhere, but especially in his home state of
Davina D.
PLAY DIRTY hooked me from the first page and didnt let me go until well into the wee hours. Ended up having to work from home the next day, and even then not much work got done. Not much sleep for that matter either. I was so hooked I just had to continue after only a few hours of shut eye. That said, while I really enjoyed the first 3 quarters of the book, the last quarter left quite a bit to be desired.

Yes, Sandra Brown is not always among my top authors (her novels are more miss than hit for
Jun 24, 2008 Kari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read Brown's work before and if this is a good indicator - I will surely try another (and another)! I found this terribly difficult to put down. It was a well developed story. NO it wasn't entirely believable but then I don't think all stories have to be real to be GOOD. & I particularly LIKED that she didn't solve every issue in the end. & it wasn't the perfect ending - but it may have been JUST RIGHT for this book! I like this a lot...
Two thumbs up!
Bener2 bagus banget.. Walopun setebal ini tapi ga berasa boring..
Untungnya semua berakhir dgn bahagia bagi Griff krn bener2 nasibnya jelek bgt dr sejak lahir.. Sedih bgt bayangin kehidupan ky dia..
Berkali2 hmpr tercekat baca ceritanya..
Karakter Laura juga kuat banget..
Pokonya smuanya pas deh porsinya..
Top banget.. :D
Yuli Pritania
Ah, kovernya menjerumuskan nih! Kirain bakal kayak novel-novel sejenis yang rada-rada uhuk. Sandra Brown biasanya juga lumayan buka-bukaan di adegan ranjang. Tapi yang ini enggak. Sama sekali. Ada bagian itu pun cuma dibahas sepintas lalu. Salah satu alasan saya suka banget sama novel ini.

Tokoh-tokohnya punya rahasia masing-masing. Rada kaget juga dengan rahasia si Griff, kalo ternyata dia sebenernya enggak... ya, begitulah. Dan saya amat sangat tertarik pada karakter Mr. Speakman, si pengidap O
TBR Challenge: Personal Challenge-- Play Dirty was added to my tbr list in June 2010.
SOA Listening Challenge 2012--Surprise by Quarter (3rd Quarter): Listen to a book by an author with at least 10 audiobooks on her backlist.

Grade B

Playing Dirty was a bumpy ride for me at times because it took awhile to emotionally connect to any of the characters. The story is interesting and the narration by Viktor Slezak is excellent, as usual, but all the characters have major flaws, even Laura. Griff, the ex
Aug 15, 2011 Amy rated it did not like it
PB/Suspense Fiction: This book is total fumble and totally insults any person is was adopted or has adopted. So a billionaire asks a ex-con/ex-pro football player to impregnate his wife "the old fashion way". There are so many problems with this book that it will probably make my worst list of 2011. The billionaire is trusting a guy with a gambling problem to keep a secret. The con takes an STD test and then has unprotected sex with a so-called "clean" hooker. The billionaire & his wife beli ...more
Sep 15, 2008 Lynda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of romantic suspense
Recommended to Lynda by: my sister
I really enjoyed this compelling story. Couldn't stop listening to it, actually (I "read" it on audio). My one issue--and this has cropped up in the past several Sandra Brown books, much to my chagrin--is that the author seems to liberally use phrases like "the Mexican," and "the Salvadoran," and other ethnic generalities whenever referring to Latinos from any central or south American country. It bothers me a bit, sorry. Just because a character is from Mexico or El Salvador--wherever--doesn't ...more
Jane Davis
Jun 19, 2010 Jane Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not Sandra Brown's best novel but there is something about it that lead me to read it after listening to it in the car, and re-read it. Maybe it is because Griff Burkett is a dis-satisfied and rather sad and insecure man, probably always was despite the fame, and never knew it. Everything on the football field and career came easy. He either embarrassed or pushed away anyone who got too close emotionally.

Out of prison, for cheating of course, dead broke, no friends, no prospects he gets
Jun 20, 2011 Keith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Griff Burkett had reached the pinnacle of his football career. As the star quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys everything was easy and available; wealth, wine, women and wagering and it was the gambling addition that began his long descent into the underworld and turned him into a pariah of the sports world. After serving five years in the Texas State Penitentiary he emerged as a reformed man in a new world but unfortunately a world that wouldn’t give him the chance to prove it. When Griff meets ...more
This is the first book I've read by this author. The story primarily focuses on Griff and begins on his day of release from prison due to his crime of racketeering during his days as an NFL quarterback. He's summoned to the home of Foster Speakman: gazionaire, airline owner, and paraplegic. Because of an accident confining him to a wheelchair a few years prior, Foster can't father any children with his wife and offers Griff the job plus half a million dollars for conceiving the natural way. Yep, ...more
Angelic Zaizai

Huii akhirnya baca SB lagi - seru deh yang ini

ceritanya si Griff itu pemain rugby jagoan, tapi terlibat mafia karena kecanduan judi dan utangnya numpuk, jadi ia bersepakat untuk mengatur hasil pertandingan agar timnya kalah
pas mo dibayar, eh malah ditangkap - dan dipenjara pula sampe 5 tahun
keluar-keluar penjara, Griff dikasi 'kerjaan' oleh seorang milyarder aneh
pekerjaan Griff - gampang-gampang susah loh..
menghamili istri si milyuner kyahahaha dibayar mahal pula
karena mereka ingin punya anak d
Sep 06, 2008 Jami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really looked forward to reading this book. It combined one of my favorite authors (Sandra Brown with my favorite sport (football).

This book had a rocky start for me. I had a hard time liking the hero, a star quarterback that throws a game to pay off gambling debts. That just didn't make him great hero material for me. There is a twist at the end that redeems him, though. I wish it would have been revealed sooner.

The heroine was somewhat hard to love in the beginning also, but again by the end
Dec 03, 2013 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I've always been a huge Sandra Brown fan. I started reading her books when I was in high school and haven't stopped since! I think her writing is wonderful and she really knows how to draw in readers. Play Dirty is a suspense novel with a very little bit of romance. However, that romance isn't the main part of the story, which I liked. Sandra Brown definitely knows how to write a romance, but what I really loved is that she also knows when its not really needed to make the story work. The last h ...more
Sep 04, 2015 Louanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love Sandra Brown. That said, I gave this one 4 stars instead of my usual ratings of 5 because the characters in this thriller were all, every single one of them, unlikable. But yet, I enjoyed the book and had a hard time putting it down at a decent hour.
Sep 08, 2008 Evelyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Griff Burkett was a gifted quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys but his career ended in disgrace when he was found guilty of fixing a game. After his release from jail, Griff finds himself virtually unemployable and in need of a large sum of money for a friend. The job Griff agrees to do for Foster and Laura Speakman makes him uncomfortable, but he can't see any better options. When the husband is murdered, Griff is targeted by a corrupt policeman as the prime suspect and goes on the run for his l ...more
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