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.
Emerson Day is broke and in desperate need of her new job so showing up late and soaked from head to toe isn’t making the best of impressions. Walking in pissed off and outraged at the ass who contributed to both of the above certainly isn’t helping especially considering that ass is multi-millionaire quarterback, Hunter Browning.
Hunter Browning is the golden boy of the NFL. He’s the League’s most successful quarterback, he’s gorgeous, according to the tabloids, he’s quite the ladies’ man, and based on Emerson’s own personal experience, he’s a colossal ass. Except, that same colossal ass did a really nice thing when he insisted Emerson be the one to show and sell him his new house. The commission from the sale will be huge and take Emerson from desperation to comfortable living for a very long time. While the gesture may seem sweet, it has put Emerson in even hotter water with her new boss. With the knowledge she’s likely going to be fired after her first and only sale, Emerson dives in with both feet and gets far more than she’s prepared for.
To say the first day of house hunting is a disaster doesn’t even come close. Emerson can only go by the list given to her by her boss and it becomes clear immediately her boss is an angry idiot. Hunter isn’t interested in any of the homes he’s being shown and if Emerson can’t figure out what it is he wants, she’s not even going to have a sale to go with her firing. Ever the persistent (and stubborn) one, Emerson pokes and prods until she understands what it is Hunter needs and wants. The fact that poking prodding came with a panty-melting kiss, makes Emerson all the more determined to help the man who is not at all what he initially appeared to be. There is something real lurking beneath the surface of Hunter and despite all the red flags and warning bells going off in her head, Emerson can’t help but like him.
It seems the whole world knows everything there is to know about Hunter Browning except the reason he needs a new home and needs it quickly. By some miracle, he’s managed to keep at least one part of his personal life completely personal and more’s the better for it. Some things, painful and inevitable things just aren’t for public consumption. Hunter can’t deny he’s attracted to Emerson and within just a day he understands he needs her for more than a one-night stand. Emerson is feisty and confident, strong and capable, and immune to his particular brand of BS. She gives just as good as she gets and the attraction between them is utterly undeniable. Hunter finds Emerson irresistible and given the personal crisis he is facing, she is also a balm to his soul. It’s crazy fast, but Hunter is certain Emerson is meant to be in his life as something more than just a realtor. For a few weeks things between Hunter an Emerson are simply perfect and then the inevitable happens and Hunter’s world is turned upside down. In his grief, Hunter tries to destroy what he has with Emerson, but he underestimates both her persistence and her stubbornness.
The Bottom Line: Well, didn’t this book turn out to be the surprise of the year for me!! When I chose this title from Netgalley, I did so because I thought I was going to get a purely sexy times kind of read with a superficial cast of characters and a nothing more than decent plot at best. I truly thought I knew what I was getting into with this read and I was OK with it. As my granny used to say, “Fooled you, zebra!” In truth, I was in no way prepared for this book. Down and Dirty is so much more than just a sexy time read and I was pleasantly surprised. There is real substance to this read including a solid and extremely emotional plot (I effing cried!), characters who are fully resolved and very real, and some sexy times that don’t take over the read, but enhance the plot and make sense to the characters. I am also a big fan of proper epilogue’s and Down and Dirty has an excellent epilogue that furthered Emerson and Hunter’s HEA and left me completely satisfied with this book. Thank you, Tracy Wolff for proving I can still be surprised by a book 😊