Down & Dirty

Down & Dirty

by Tracy Wolff

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This hard-bodied football star is used to scoring. But he needs all the right moves to get past a fiery redhead’s defenses in a steamy standalone novel from the bestselling author of Ruined.

Emerson: Talk about bad first impressions. I have too much riding on this job to show up late on my first day looking like the winner of a wet T-shirt contest, all thanks to an arrogant quarterback who drives like he owns the road. Hunter Browning thinks that because he’s famous, he can fix everything with a smile and a wave of his hand. He’s too bronzed, buff, and beautiful for his own good. Or mine. I can’t let on that I’m a fan . . . no matter how much fun we’d have in the sack.

Hunter: Hitting that puddle was my best play since winning the Super Bowl with a touchdown pass. Sure, it’s not my preferred way to get a girl wet, but I’ll make an exception for Emerson Day. She’s got a sharp tongue and a red-hot temper, even with her soaking clothes plastered to her every curve. Now I know exactly what my next play will be: hire Emerson as my personal real-estate agent, save her job—and see if I can take her off the market.

Look for all of Tracy Wolff’s seductive reads:
The Ethan Frost series: RUINED | ADDICTED | EXPOSED | FLAWED
The Hotwired series: ACCELERATE
The Lightning series: DOWN & DIRTY | HOT & HEAVY | ROUGH & READY
The His Royal Hotness series: ROYAL PAIN | ROYAL TREATMENT
And her standalone novels: LOVEGAME | FULL EXPOSURE | TIE ME DOWN
Praise for Down & Dirty

“I’m obsessed with Tracy Wolff’s writing style. She’s hilarious, magical, and beyond talented! Down & Dirty was hot and explosive!”—Sarah Robinson, author of the Kavanagh Legends series

Down & Dirty is an entertaining and steamy sports romance. Tracy Wolff created really good relationships and interactions between all of the characters with plenty of banter and teasing.”—Harlequin Junkie

“I’ve never read anything by Tracy Wolff but after the first chapter of this book . . . I’m a lifelong fan. Dude. Within a few paragraphs, I laughed and cringed and got irritated and swoony . . . it . . . was . . . awesome!!”—Little Miss Bookmark (five stars)

“I definitely loved this book. A great football romance with a heartwarming yet heartbreaking story.”—BookSmacked (five stars)

“Touch Down! Another winner for Tracy Wolff! . . . I may have discovered this author by accident, but I'm smart enough to not let her get away now that I've found her.”—iScream Books Blog (five stars)

“This is a beautiful story about love, loss, dealing with the curveballs life sends you and how having someone beside you can help you deal with anything. This story is magical.”—Cocktails and Books

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101883631
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/23/2017
Series: Lightning , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 227
Sales rank: 60,887
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tracy Wolff wrote her first short story—something with a rainbow and a prince—in second grade, around the same time she forayed into the wonderful world of girls lit with her first Judy Blume novel. By ten she’d read everything in the young adult and classics sections of her local bookstore, so in desperation her mom started her on romance novels. And from the first page of the first book, Tracy knew she’d found her life-long love. A one-time English professor with over fifty novels to her name, she now devotes most of her time to writing romance and dreaming up heroes. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her family.

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Chapter 1

This can’t be happening. Not today. Please, please, please, I’m begging you, not today.

I’m not even sure who I’m pleading with. God, the universe, fate . . . anyone and everyone who might take pity on me and make my damn engine turn over.

But fate is a fickle witch—no one knows that better than I do—and so is the universe, apparently, because all Suzanne does when I turn the key for the fifth time in as many minutes is wheeze a little. Then cough. Then die all over again.

Of course she does. Of f***ing course. Why wouldn’t my ten-year-old piece of shit Corolla choose today to die? It’s not like it’s my first day at work, not like I need to make a good impression. And it sure as hell isn’t that I need this job or anything.

Oh, right. I do. I really, really do—at least if I want to avoid going into default on my student loans. Not to mention pay my rent. And eat. I mean, sure, my ass can stand to lose five pounds, but actual starvation’s not the way I want to accomplish that. Just saying.

“Please, please, please, Suzanne.” It’s my mantra as I turn the key again. And again. And again. All to no avail.
“God Bless!” I grab my bag, then slam out of my car in a rush. A quick glance at my phone tells me I’ve got exactly twenty-three minutes to get to work. Which, if an Uber magically appears at this very second, I just might make. But since my fairy godmother has been taking a break for pretty much ever, I doubt that’s going to happen.
For a second, I think about calling my best friend, Sage, but at this hour she’s probably in the middle of teaching a yoga class at her mom’s studio.

So, in the end, I pull up the app and order an Uber anyway—a guy named Rajiv accepts the fare. I can’t afford it, but if I lose this job, I won’t be able to afford anything. And desperate times call for desperate measures. It says six minutes to arrival, which is six minutes too long, but again, it’s not like I have a choice. As usual. Lately my whole life has been one lack of choice after another.

It’s getting really, really old.

I spend the next eight minutes pacing back and forth in front of my apartment complex, willing the damn Uber to just get here. It’s drizzling out—because why wouldn’t it be—and already I can feel my curls frizzing as they escape, one after another, from the tight ponytail I slicked them into this morning. I consider running back to my apartment for an umbrella, but I’m afraid I’ll miss the damn Uber if I do.

How is this my life? I mean, seriously, how is this my life?

I’ve always been a success, always managed to do whatever I put my mind to. At school, in relationships, in life . . . at least until I graduated from college with an art degree ten months ago and got stuck in the real world. Now I feel like I’m floundering almost all the time, and those times when I’m not floundering . . . it’s only because I’m drowning.

I gotta say. Adulthood sucks. It really, really sucks.

Another glance at my watch says it’s ten minutes and counting.

Stupid, late Uber.

Stupid, temperamental Suzanne.

Stupid traffic.

And most of all, stupid me for not leaving earlier . . . considering what my hair probably looks like right now, I really shouldn’t have bothered spending all that extra time on it today.

The Uber finally shows up at twelve minutes and counting, and I pretty much throw myself into the car. “Go!” I all but shout as I slam the door and reach for my seatbelt all at the same time. “I need to be at work in eleven minutes!”

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Down & Dirty 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good story. But just when it was getting good with a conflict it ended. There was a proverbial high five it's all good and then it ended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome writing, you go through so many emotions from raging with hot and heavy sex to crying. Read it cover to cover couldn't put it down. Great Read!
DorisB More than 1 year ago
We have a down on her luck, feisty woman who doesn’t take anything from nobody…even if that nobody is all star quarterback Hunter Browning. Emerson is ready to start her first day on the job as a real estate receptionist/agent and has had everything that can go wrong happen to her. It starts out with her unreliable car picking now to become unreliable once again to arriving to work late because of a very cautious uber driver and last but not least for the start of her first day she steps around a big water puddle only to have some idiot pull into that puddle splashing water all over her outfit making her look like she is entering a wet t-shirt contest a fact that Hunter doesn’t feel too bad about. Emerson does not go all swoony over Hunter which only peeks his interest more. Emerson and Hunter have an insta-love thing going on but it’s done so well that for those of you who don’t like insta-love, this story doesn’t make you feel it because the author has done a great job of building on her characters. Ms. Wolff also had some pretty heavy hitting issues taking place in this book as well that only bring you closer to Hunter and Emerson. This is a “feel good” book that takes you in and doesn’t let you go until the very end. I will definitely pick up another book by Ms. Tracy Wolff. This book was received as an ARC from NetGalley for a freely given and honest review.
Books6565 More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC for a honest review. It was a good read. The chemistry between Emersona and Hunter was definitely hot! But the story seemed rushed and felt more like a novella than a novel. I think the characters and the story needed to be fleshed out a bit more. I really liked Emerson's character......even though in the beginning she was annoying with her attitude. In the end she proved to be much sweeter and didn't let her own issues mess up her relationship with Hunter. She really did "stand by her man". All in all, a good read that I would recommend.
nelriv More than 1 year ago
Received an ARC for my fair review for netgalley. This was such an emotional book. We have a quarterback who is known as the golden boy, but nobody really knows him and what he is going thru. Then we meet Emerson, a sassy artist who is just trying to pay the bills as a new realtor. The way they meet in funny, and they have an instant attraction to each other, but she tries to fight it, because she does not want to lose her new job, which he steam rolled in having her in to show him houses. As they start to spend time together, she sees they is more to him, and that he is fighting some sort of battle. Then the real tragedy hits, and it breaks your heart, but even as he pushes her away, she fights, and they end up having there HEA. worth reading
junie76 More than 1 year ago
It has been years since I've read anything from Loveswept, and that was one of the smaller series romances. I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. Wolff writes the book in first person, which I am not fond of. It seems to be the trend of the moment, but few authors successfully pull it off. Catherine Gayle is the only previous author I've read that has been able to do it. One essential element is having sections written from the point of view of both the hero and heroine. Books written from only one always leave out a lot and those written from more than that are confusing. Wolff alternates between Emerson's point of view and Hunter's. Each has a distinctive voice, so I was never tempted to skip back to see whose pov I was reading. Wolff developed her characters well, giving each their own quirks that made them original. I don't think I've read about an NFL quarterback that was a trained artist before. Emerson's real estate career was a nice change from the bakery, coffee shop, second hand store careers that have now become far too common. One weakness is the work is the absence of some key people. We find out little of either sets of parents. Hunter's sister and her children are key players but nothing is ever said about the children's father. These elements could have been used to make the story stronger. All in all, this was a worthwhile read. I will try this author again sometime. I received an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
beckyb0416 More than 1 year ago
What started out as what I thought would be a typical sports romance story, quickly turned into a well written romance with heart that at times left me in tears. It had heart stopping sexual interactions, more so than I normally care to read, but it was so well done that it was so much more than erotica for erotica sake that see so many authors put into their stories. Along with the sexual nature between Emmerson and Hunter, there were moments of a deeper connection and heart wrenching, tear evoking scenes that tore at my emotional center. The scenes were so well written, the dialog smart and fast paced, the humor was wry and quickly delivered seamlessly. All in all I found this to be a story that will stay with me long after I've gone on to read others. This book was provided by the Publisher and Netgalley, I am voluntarily providing my honest review.
Momscookingthebooks More than 1 year ago
I love sports romance and I had a great time reading this football star and fiery redhead romance! Emerson is a spitfire and she gives as good as she gets and doesn’t let Hunter get anything over on her. Emerson and Hunter are thrown together by fate and soon are falling in love until tragedy strikes Hunter’s life. Emerson is everything that Hunter could ever want in his life, she is beautiful, caring, smart and her smart mouth and wit just makes him fall for her more. Emerson can’t help but not be charmed by the fabulous Hunting Browning, but there is so much more to this man than what the media and his fans think. This is a fast paced and insta-love read. The characters were engaging and the story does have some emotion to it. The story also has great humor and I had quite a few laugh out loud moments. Their chemistry is off the charts. I really enjoyed this book, the only thing is the story ended a little too quick for me. I would have liked a little more to the epilogue.
tsmb02 More than 1 year ago
Man, I loved this book! I just adored the heroine, Emerson Day. She is funny, quirky and doesn't take crap from anyone! She is also smart and sensible. On Emerson's first day of work at her new job as a real estate agent, everything that can go wrong, breaks...Uber late...and it's raining. Finally getting to work by Uber, Emerson steps out of the car on to the curb. A huge, black truck quickly pulls into the spot the Uber was just in and sprays a water puddle all over Emerson....and this is where the fun begins! Enter Hunter Browning....gorgeous, cocky quarterback for the San Diego Lightning and driver of said truck. As Emerson is giving Hunter a piece of her mind, Hunter is really enjoying the sight of her in her white, wet blouse....and really enjoying her smart mouth! Imagine Hunter's surprise when he finds out that Emerson works at the same company that is trying to find him a house. Instead of having to deal with the handsy owner, Kerry, Hunter insists that Emerson helps him. Wow....these two just exploded with the amount of electricity they were producing! Between Emerson's smart mouth and Hunter's cocky attitude, it was just a matter of time when these two would combust. I loved watching Emerson realize that there is more to Hunter than what he lets people see....especially the whole story line involving his sister and her two kids. I also enjoyed how Hunter was able to bring more life into Emerson's world. The story line these two went through to get to their happy ending was filled with so much emotions....I was laughing, crying and even swooning at times. Overall this was an awesome story, which such fantastic characters and I couldn't recommend it more!
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
Tracy Wolff can write a great book, but I have to say this might be one of my favorites. For no other reason than it's not her usual fare, and it was great. Emerson's first say on her new job goes right to hell and helping her on that path is Hunter, star quarterback for the San Diego Lightning team. Emerson is all feisty, snarky and just plain old ticked off at Hunter since he and his oversized truck side washed her while she was already soaked to the bone. First day on the job... way to start it. Turns out Hunter is there on business. He's house shopping and tells the boss lady he wants Emerson to help him find a house. Boss lady isn't happy at all and neither is Emerson. Emerson is pretty much doing this to support her art work. The banter between these two is comical, it's light fare and plenty of steamy innuendo and that first kiss. Buckle up. Hunter has a lot on his plate, he's looking for a "home", not just a house. His twin sister is in the final stages of her life and Hunter will take over the care of her two children. The kids were great too. Hunter has a couple of teammates that were great support also. I loved Tanner. Hope he gets the next book. It's great to watch these two grow together, it's low angst and no crazy ex's which was blissful for a change. Hunter was pretty creative when it came to places to do the deed. Had to hand it to him for that. The last few chapters were highly emotional and made my chest ache, for more than one reason. Absolutely great book Tracy!! **arc from NetGalley and Loveswept in exchange for a fair review**
Mollien More than 1 year ago
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5 Rating: 5 stars out of 5 This is a new standalone book by prolific author Tracy Wolff. I have read one other book by this author and wonder why I have not read more. Wolff’s quick wit makes reading her stories laugh out loud adventures. Down and Dirty is no exception. I was laughing and as my husband says, smirking all the way through this book. Hunter is a hot, famous football player looking for a new place to live. When he drenches Emerson with water kicked up from his tires, buying a new home is not all he desires. Emerson is about to start her first day at the real estate office. She is late, her car won’t start. She can’t afford to fix it. Oh yeah, some jerk just splashed her with dirty water from head to toe. Great first-day impression. When the jerk ends up being a new client, Emerson is surprised when he demands that she show him the new houses available for purchase. The sexual tension between these two is enough to power up your reading device. I loved the banter between these two characters. The pacing is fast. There are other things going on in this story. We get to see two sides of Hunter. Sexy, arrogant football star as well as a dedicated family man with an amazing heart. This story has a beautiful, poignant ending. I will definitely be on the lookout for more titles from this author. Review Copy of Down & Dirty provided by Loveswept for an honest review.
micharch More than 1 year ago
Emerson and Hunter have a disastrous first meeting. Emerson is late to her first day of work and Hunter just makes the start of her day even worse. I liked Emerson's spunk but found her trying to blame her problems on anyone or anything but herself to be ridiculous. She was unprepared and that was on no one but herself. Hunter steps in and saves the day by having Emerson show him some houses instead of her boss. Emerson was still a bit miffed and Hunter was intrigued by her. Instead of fawning all over him, Emerson tells him exactly what she thinks of him, which isn't much. I enjoyed their banter. Hunter has serious personal issues and has to cope with the impending death of his twin sister, and the care of her two young children. He does not go into the details as to why he needs a family home, just that he needs one. Emerson quickly realizes that her boss was just trying to get the biggest commission possible and didn't really listen to what Hunter said he wanted. She pays attention and tries her best to get what he wants. They both feel the spark between them whenever they are together. Fighting it proves useless and they both agree to give in. Hunter knows Emerson is helping him to cope. Emerson knows Hunter was a player, but won't allow him to strong-arm her into accepting whatever he wants to give her. She has baggage issues from her mother and her penchant to marrying rich men, getting tossed aside and then finding a new rich step-father for Emerson to have to deal with. It has left her a bit jaded and Hunter is clueless as to all of this. He does get himself into trouble quite a bit, but Emerson does communicate enough to let him know where he went wrong. She doesn't sugarcoat it and admits to her own issues being part of the problem. I did like how both Emerson and Hunter tried to put the other one first at points in the story. Hunter needed someone to lean on after struggling and Emerson tried to support him without crowding him. I liked how she tried to straddle a tough line and let him know she was there for him but on his terms. Their story was quick and a lot happens during it. There was definitely an insta-love element to this book but it was done in a way that I found to be credible under the circumstances. I would have liked to have seen more of this couple together, but overall enjoyed this read. I received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.
Rainn2978 More than 1 year ago
I was a little iffy about this book as I hadn't read any books by this author before. I am so glad I took the chance on it! Hunter is a hot and dirty professional football player. Emerson is a just graduated from college real estate agent (should be an artist!). After a rocky start (and quite funny by the way!), they end up dating. Little does Emerson know though, Hunter has something major going on in his family that is tearing his world apart. I loved this book! I loved the chemistry between the characters, just the way they reacted to each other. Emerson holds nothing back and it is an awesome thing! I especially love how no matter how bad it gets, or what is said, she is understanding enough to realize that he doesn't mean it. Be prepared to cry though when the horrible happens. That's the only warning I will give so I don't ruin anything for anyone. As a new to me author, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have added the other books by this author to my TBR pile!
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.75 stars--DOWN AND DIRTY by Tracy Wolff is a stand alone, contemporary adult, erotic romance story line focusing on star quarterback Hunter Browning and realtor Emerson Day. Told from dual first person points of view (Emerson and Hunter) DOWN AND DIRTY follows the building relationship between Lightning quarterback Hunter Browning and realtor Emerson Day. Hunter needs a house and finds himself oddly attracted to new agent Emerson Day-a woman with attitude to spare since her run in with our story line hero only minutes before. When Hunter chooses Emerson as his real estate agent, our heroine is determined to find the man exactly what he needs. What ensues are the quick building romance between Hunter and Emerson, and the fall out when Hunter’s life implodes behind the scenes. The relationship between Hunter and Emerson is quick to develop-from enemies to friends to lovers within a matter of hours, Hunter’s attraction to Emerson finds our story line hero considering the future with a woman he has known for a couple of days. The $ex scenes are intimate and seductive without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. The sexual attraction is palpable; the chemistry is energetic and hot. We are introduced to Hunter’s teammates: Tanner Green, Shawn Wilson, and Cameron Smith, as well as Hunter’s sister Heather, niece Lucy and nephew Brent; Emerson’s boss Kerry, and fellow agent Alice. I am hoping for more story lines focusing on the San Diego Lightning. The world building looks at family and friendships, love and loss, grief and acceptance. The character development is limited, as the story line remains focused on the present without revealing any history or background for our leading couple. DOWN AND DIRTY is a quick read; a fast paced, spirited story line of romance, loss and a happily ever after. The premise is realistic and tangible; the characters are passionate and colorful; the romance is spicy and provocative. DOWN AND DIRTY is a playful, energetic and emotional story line.
MBurton More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars! I pretty much loved this book! I'm not a sports fan but for some reason I love sports romance books. I especially love them when the famous quarterback meets the heroine and can see no other woman. I wasn't so sure how this would turn out at first. Hunter, the famous quarterback, was kind of a douche to Emerson when they first meet. There was insta-lust between both of them but Emerson doesn't suffer no fools. She tried to put him in his place but the more she did that the more smitten he became which just made this a very fun read. While it started out very fun, we do get to a serious topic towards the end that just elevated my connection to the story. Insta-lust that quicky turns to insta-love. No violence or sexual abuse. No other women/men drama. It does tackle the subject of cancer. ARC provided by Netgalley.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
This book was my introduction to Tracy Wolff and after reading one chapter I knew I had stumbled onto something truly special, her beautifully crafted story line grabbed me from the get-go and held on tight until the last page is turned. Have to say it left a spectacular first impression, I'll definitely be hunting down more of her books in the very near future! Hunter has found himself a spot one of my list of all time favorite male characters, he is everything you want in a strong alpha male character, but also has a softer side that you catch glimpses of throughout the story. I also really liked Emerson's character, I found her to be very relatable, inspiring, and at times I secretly wished that I was in her place... she is a very lucky lady! Highly recommend this one, it's one of those reads that will have you laughing one moment, near tears the next, and the sexy times are sure keep your heart racing and your temperature rising! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Loved, loved, loved this book!! This one touched - no slammed all my emotional buttons. Tons of hot, steamy, sexy times with an amazing story at the very core. Hunter Browning's known for his incredible plays on and off the field. As an all star quarterback finding female companionship isn't hard but there is something about his new feisty real estate agent that calls to him. On her first day at her new job Emerson Day can't believe her bad luck. The jerk that just splashed muddy rain water all over her is one of the high profile clients of her firm. Now, because he called and specifically requested it, she is responsible for showing him houses and closing the deal. She's not sure what his game is but she's sure she can win! I'm a huge fan of Tracy Wolff's and this is one of her best! These characters are exceptional. Warm, funny, witty snarky banter, and tons of sexual chemistry. The writing is crisp and fluid. I highly recommend this one to everyone.
KimP65 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Hunter and Emerson were fantastic. He was strong, hot, famous and special with a heart. She's feisty, funny, smart and the kind of character you can really get behind. I loved the dynamics between the two, how they brought out things in each other. The play between the characters was fun and heartfelt from beginning to end.