Sunday, June 28, 2009

Play Dirty - Sandra Brown

Summary: #1New 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. (picture: Barnes and, summary: google)

Review: I have read many, many Sandra Brown novels. I love to pick them up when I need my "mind candy" fix. That being said I picked this book up and read it start to finish. It was a guilty pleasure, but I enjoyed every moment.

The novel is centered around the seven deadly sins. Although, I didn't realize that until the end, and I still don't know if it was the authors intention. It twists and turns around one man's deepest desire and fears, and another man's desperation and ambition. Locked in between is a woman on the edge of disgrace, determined to stand by a man she vowed to love and cherish forever, even when his obsession put her on the block.

Griff Burkett is released from federal prison after serving time for throwing a game for the mob. He is welcomed to the outside world by two people determined to turn his world upside down. If he says yes, a fortune awaits him. If he says no..........

Only when he allows himself to see into the very soul of the fragile woman, does he see what needs to be done.

It is a novel of unbelievable favors, inescapable fears and undeniable passion. Ms. Brown is successful in connecting you, almost immediately, to Laura Speakman and her compounding problems. As she becomes embedded in her husbands plots, you find yourself wondering what you would do in her situation........if the one man you had loved all your life suddenly became someone else entirely, becomes blinded by ambition.

Though far fetched in some senses, this book is entertaining and engaging. The writing is simple, but fits the story appropriately. I will always recommend Brown for a great ride, with twist and turns throughout. She is anything but predictable, and I can always count on her to add just the right amount of romance to keep me riveted.

My favorite part was sitting after I had finished the novel and realizing the connection with the seven deadly sins. It was great that I did not recognize that aspect until the conclusion of the novel.

(As a side note: there are some fairly graphic sex scenes, just so everyone is forewarned....)

My Rating: 4 stars - only because of the lack of depth and slightly far-fetched storyline.

Sum it Up: Another sexy, suspenseful tale from the master of what I like to call "chic-mystery".

1 comment:

Heather said...

Nice review Kim. I love the wording. You almost have me convinced to read this. :)


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