11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 2 August 2001
I have read the books previous to The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous and found that this fitted in nicely with those. I didnt, however, surpass them in anyway at all. In Riders you loathe Rupert and the way he treats people but by the time you have finished Rivals you realise how great he is; in Polo you just love him more. There are so many characters in the previous three that you really like or dislike so much that they make a huge impact all the way through the novels... Rupert for being so hideous in the first but changing, Taggie who is utterly lovable and Helen who is totally irritating all the way through; but I didnt feel that way about any characters in the book there wasnt anyone that made a huge impact on me in the way the previous books had. I found Lysander quite irritating at times, he really annoying in the way he falls in love three time in the space of a about 600 pages, Kitty is so wet.... you just want to scream LEAVE HIM!! the whole time, and the rest of the cast are so concerend with their looks is ridiculous, i dont think there is one normal sized, normal looking person in the whole of Paradise!
Jilly Cooper's novels are absolutly absorbing, all of them are (i have read Appassionata and am half way through Score! at the moment), but I do find with TMWMHJ that it is too flitty and the story is not a patch on the rest. i do recommend it though as it fits very well with the rest of the novels. It is best to read them in order though as you get to know the characters quite well and when there names are dropped in the next book you find yourself smiling at them getting on so well.
Keep up the good work Jilly, your novels have kept me entertained for weeks now. They are so great you find yourself constantly saying 'Just one more chapter and the lights definatly going off!!'
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
'The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous' is typical Jilly Cooper. It made laugh, cry, and will undoubtedly leave you wanting more. I have read it many times, and it remains a firm favourite. The tale gallops along, with noble horses, faithful dogs, beautiful women, and a hero to die for! Once agin, we are transported into a world that most of us can only imagine, moving in royal circles, with rock stars, composers, and beautiful people. In the centre of all this decadence, is our hero, Lysander Hawkley, a rogue with a heart of gold. This is a man who just can't say no - to women, wine, horses, and of course, money. I absolutely loved this book, and I recommend it heartily. Well done Jilly!
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 20 June 2002
As an avid Jilly reader, The Man who Made Husbands Jealous has kept me entertained time & time again. Whilst still keeping us upto date with our old favourites like Rupert & Taggie, Jilly introduces us to some delicious new characters. Lysander Hawkley so obviously a man that any women would want to meet, surpassing even Rupert Campbell-Black, with his love of the opposite sex. Rannaldini the most fascinatingly evil character will surely run on & on, he obviously has a major story to tell.
All the female characters are well drawn too. Georgie Maguire, loved by fans worldwide but with as many problems & insecurities as any other women. Kitty Rannaldini downtrodden but so kind, I was longing for her well deserved happy ending. Hermione Harefields character just kept me laughing all the way through the story. Flora Seymour the teenager from hell & so real. A few minor gripes with the seemingly pointless Rachel Levistky character but overall this is Jilly Cooper at her absolute best.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 February 2014
If you're a fan of Jilly Copper and enjoy the Rutshire Chronicles, like Riders and Rivals, you'll should enjoy this. While the incorrigible Rupert Campbell-Black and his family feature, our hero is the irrepressible Lysander, who, after an encounter with a lady sadly neglected by her husband, discovers a talent for bringing back miscreant husbands to their wives. Rather than making a hobby of it, his best friend persuades him to make a career of it, and Lysander ventures forth, capturing hearts, losing his own and rattling husbands. While mending marriages in the most bizarre way ever, will Lysander find happiness for himself?
on 19 November 2007
The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous probably does not follow the same formula as the three previous novels as it is not based around a particular subject- i.e. Polo, TV, Showjumping. If you tried to base it around anything, it would probably be classical music, but that is more what Score! is about. This does not defect from a hilarious tale of jealousy, adultery and sheer romance.
The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous tells the tale of twenty-two year old Lysander Hawkley, a ravishing young man who breaks hearts unintentionally and is not your typical Jilly Cooper ladies' man, in the sense that he actually shows compassion to everything and is genuinely nice to animals as well as people. Distraught after the death of his mother, whom he adored, he sinks deeper into promiscuity (and debt), much to the disapproval of his father, David.
So his fat best friend, Ferdie, comes up with an idea- why not pay off his debt and do something that comes naturally to him? Why not get paid to look after cheating husbands' wives, pretend to bed them and make their husbands jealous whilst getting paid a HUGE fee for it. One rule however : DO NOT SLEEP WITH THE WIVES. Lysander decides to ignore this rule.
The business runs smoothly, with Ferdie taking care of the more technical side and the stunning Lysander doing marvellously well at keeping Paradise's husbands interested in their wives. However, it is not all smooth sailing, and Lysander finds love and adultery in all the most unexpected places...
This book marks the return of Rupert and Taggie Campbell-Black, as well as a brand new legacy of characters, such as Ranaldinni (who becomes a main character in the next three books) as well as his wife Kitty and Flora Seymour.
This book is fantastic, gripping from start to finish aswell as a real page turner, and while it is not challenging, the plot is covered extremely well and it is sheerly sex in a book. If there was such a thing as 10 stars, this book would get it. If you enjoy bonkbusters, this is the book for you, with plenty of sex laced with romance and a gripping story. Being thirteen (I am now fourteen) when I first read it really does not detract from the story, and I was probably too young but Jilly Cooper is Queen of the Chicklit.
on 16 July 2007
The review is for the DVD. For some reason Amazon won't accept my DVD review!!!
I was really excited when I got this DVD, and became sorely disappointed after I watched it.
Good points: The music at the start is sexy (just perfect), and the music played when Rannaldini arrives in his Mercedes is diabolically good.
Bad points: Half the story is missing. Lysander is not impossibly handsome, there is no mention of Rupert and Taggie, nothing about Arthur and the race, Ferdie falls in love with Flora (and not with Natasha as in the book), Guy is horribly old and very ugly, and the Maestro, Rannaldini, who is supposed to be short and macho, looks very effeminate in this film. The Valhalla concert- one of the high points in the books- looked like another (albeit slightly sophisticated) garden party. Boris was supposed to struggle through an enormously complex piece of music, with the orchestra helping him at first. There is none of it here.
Kitty is supposed to be a dear child, and simply kind (like Taggie). Here she is a cauldron of confused emotions. The tennis match was simply laughable. It's supposed to be a high-powered match, but what we see is "Welcome to your first tennis lesson" sort of scene. The matches were unbearably dull.
I appreciate the technical difficulties in producing such a complex film, but if one can't do it properly, one shouldn't even attempt it. I would love to give it a higher rating, but with so many flaws, that simply wasn't possible.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 October 2001
Reader Samuel West's performance exactly suits the playful, witty text by Jilly Cooper. Every character's voice is distinctive--it's easy to forget that you're listening to only one actor--and the subtle comic edge to his delivery draws the listener in, as if a friend were murmuring gossip in her ear. Blissfully seductive, malicious gossip: philandering husbands, philandering wives, a hissable villain, an unlikely heroine, a charming puppyish hero. A raunchy comedy with warmth, deftly spoken.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 16 June 2010
Here we go again with another hefty tome concerning rich people, fast lifestyles and rampant infidelity. In fact, infidelity is rather the theme of the book - Lysander Hawkley is making a living from lonely housewives in the village of Paradise, improving their appearance, making them desirable and encouraging their husbands to come home. The problem is, he never anticipated falling in love with one of them...
I have a lot of issues with this book, hence the low rating compared to the other novels I have read by Jilly Cooper. We move here from the horse world into that of classical music, meeting for the first time such characters as Roberto Rannaldini and Hermione Harefield. This made me realise just how much of Jilly's books are made gripping by the presence of animals. In fact, another of my gripes is that here Cooper shoehorned in a plot concerning an old racehorse called Arthur - not only was it entirely extraneous to the plot, but she also reused a plot device from an earlier book. The first time she used it to great effect - this time I could only think about the fact that it had already cropped up in a prior book.
In addition to this I found the entire idea of a man employed to make husbands jealous ludicrous, and the amounts he earnt for doing so seemed ultra unrealistic. I also didn't enjoy the amount of adultery - I know Jilly's books are known for their bed hopping and wife swapping, but here it seemed overwhelming to have a whole plot centred around it.
I did enjoy some of the outrageous characters in this book, though. Lysander himself is sweet, gorgeous and sensitive. Flora was fiery and fun to read about. And once again the animals stole the show somewhat, particularly Arthur.
This book I have now read twice, and both times it has left very little impact. Forgettable.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 April 2015
I just love Jilly Cooper's books when I want a page turner that has plenty of everything in it, and a story to make tears and laughter. This is not classic fiction but it doesn't pretend to be, and her usual recipe works for me.
Another winner from Jilly!! This is a bonk-buster to die for!! Lysander Hawkley, the answer to a womans' prayer!! He is a lothario, kind, sexy, good-looking, confident, needy, a best friend, a lover, and, ultimately, a hero. He keeps wandering husbands in check, and neglected wives in ecstasy!! He should be available on prescription! He is a competitor to Rupert Campbell-Black in the heart-throb stakes, being a nicer person than Rupert, but not having as much charisma. Throw in Rannaldini, the malevolent maestro
Hermione Harefield, the sex-crazed diva, a female rock singer, musicians, schoolgirls, amazing horses and lovely dogs, and its' a recipe for a fabulous read!! More please.