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Lovers & Players
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2005
I have read nearly all of Jackie Collins books and I feel that they seemed to have gone steadily downhill since Rock Star. Unfortunately her latest offering has followed the same pattern. The 'bad guy' Red is a caricature of a villain and the main players the sons, seem to be terrified of him in the first half of the book, then suddenly start standing up to him for no reason in the second. Also I cannot believe that Red would have done what he did (I won't spoil it for you by telling you) to his son Max without any seeming repercussions and Max still was in contact with him in later years!
The character of Liberty does not seem to really fit in with the storyline, I presume Jackie Collins was intending to use her as the surprise twist at the end but then realised it was so obvious that she dropped the 'twist' and unveiled it about 2 chapters before the end of the book. I feel that Liberty and all associated characters could have been dropped without losing anything from the plot, indeed some more depth could have been given to some of the other characters.
I do not know how other readers feel, but have any of you noticed that a lot of her characters in her later books, seem to have conversations in single sentances? It makes them come across as very shallow and I find it really annoying when reading the story!
I loved Jackie Collins earlier books, Lovers and Gamblers (for me) was Jackie Collins at her best and the way she bought all the different characters together at the end of the book was fantastic. I feel she has never repeated this as successfully in following books.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I bought this on a spur of the moment thing. fancied a summer read and this Book caught my eye. It took awhile for the story to start, lots of charecters to introduce and storylines set out, but it begins to get really good right in the middle of the book, after that, its very difficult to put down. The charecters, all different and Vibrant in Many ways. I love the scandal, the secrets, the lies, the deception, the love, the Hate. ITS ALL GOOD! i definatly recomend this book. I am now a fan of jackie Collins, after reading this book, how could you not be.

I am actually quite sad i finished the book, Would love to see a sequel *hint, hint*
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 2006
I have just finished this book in 1 sitting! Fantastic. I have read all her books and although this isn't one of her very best I could not put it down.
It is a great book to get lost in and to read about what the half get up to.
Can't wait for her next one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I had expected it to be better. The only character I thought was likeable was Chris, I found Amy annoying. I guessed the plot twist, and I didn't really warm to Damon either. I usually like Jackie Collins, but this book was not really up to her usual standards, although still a fairly good read. The plot was interesting enough to keep me hooked, it was the characters I had trouble warming to.
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on 11 August 2011
This is the 5th book i've read by Jackie Collins and i have to admit they are all kinda the same. The first two I read were Madison Castelli ones and i thought that they were great and that JC was gonna be a new favourite of mine but the 3 i've read since including this one just don't do it for me. I wont bother much with the plot - it is exactly as it is described on the back (to the point nothing new happens till the middle of the book)

It has its good points. I really like all the switching around between the characters instead of straight narrative from one; Collins is definitely good at this and it goes a long way to keeping things going. Also i really enjoyed the mystery part and i wont lie I read to the end because i really wanted to know exactly what happened.

The bad bits consisted of yet another absolutely foul character in Billionaire Red Diamond (i figure there will be one of these in most of her books and she does them well but i just don't enjoy reading about characters that sick and twisted on a regular basis).
Some parts of the story I just found plain boring - Liberty's life (Cindi just a total pain). I found Max and Chris to be incredibly dull and found myself only really warming to Jett. Oh and i just have to point out that Lulu (spoiled five year old) seemed rather shockingly stupid. I have a 4 year old cousin who i can almost have a sensible conversation with when he's not pretending to be Ben 10 and Lulu seemed incapable of speaking in sentences and just shouted and repeated words. It was borderline ridiculous and every time she appeared i groaned.

The story all came together really well and i did enjoy it but i've definitely read better. I have one more Jackie Collins sitting on my bookcase and after reading it i highly doubt i will be buying any more. I don't plan on keeping this one either because while i enjoyed it more than the last 2 i've read, i don't see myself ever picking it up again.
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on 3 October 2005
The Diamond brothers, Max, Chris and Jett, have been summoned,with no reason given, to the New York home of Red, their estranged, despotic father.
Their lives have been variously blighted by business problems, gambling debts and drink and drug abuse. Some of which has been exacerbated or even engineered by their cruel patriarch.
Lovely, virginal heiress Amy Scott-Simon is about to be married to Max. Egged on by her girlfriends on a pre-wedding night out, she lets her hair down and ends up being swept off her feet by a fascinating stranger.
Bi-racial beauty Liberty is a waitress/would-be singer trying to catch the eye of hip-hop mogul Damon P Donnell as she serves him coffee. Hoping for the opportunity to pass on her demo CD to the man that could help her fulfil her dream of a musical career.
Thus the roller coaster ride begins. The lives of these and other captivating characters intertwine over a period of seven days and woven into the fabric of the story is a mixture of sex, money, murder and intrigue which combines to make the vivid tapestry that is "Lovers and Players" another un-put-down-able book from Jackie Collins.
Having read and enjoyed all Jackie Collins' previous work, I'm pleased to say this book does not disappoint. It is another terrific page-turner from The Mistress of the genre.
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on 13 August 2012
After reading the previous reviews I'm shocked. I started reading Jackie Collins' Novels in the 80s and thought they were fantastic. Admitedly it's been a good few years since I have read any of her books. I recently recieved the gift of an ebook reader, with a copy of Lovers & Players on it, I loved it..
Personally speaking Jackie Collins is the only author I have read who can capture the glitterati and the bootylicious her books have always been at the forefront of the fashion and music industry, the rich the famous and the glamorous, as well as bascically giving us girls everything we want in sexy hotgossip fiction.
I have just read Fifty Shades, now my one night stand with Mr Grey was good, the sex was fantastic but I have no desire for a second or third date, why? because it lacked sparkle. I need more from my books when I read this type of genre. I need class, sophistication, great sex and a believable adventure. I want to be right at the centre of what's going on without having to leave the comfort of my boudoir.
There's only one author for me who can do all of this and more. Jackie Collins.
If like me you have been away girl's for a long time, get back, you don't know what your missing!!!.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 August 2012
Fantastic storyline, like all her books, it's a good and quick read with plenty of excitement and mini mysteries, this book isn't as erotic as some of her books, but the characters and writing is still pure class!
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on 8 February 2008
I didn't find this book quite as gripping as some of Ms Collins' other books. However once I was about half way through I found my self rushing towards the end. I did guess some of what was going on, but not all of it.

I would probably suggest that this is a book just for light hearted reading, on the beach or something, but not as a book for great excitement.
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This was my first foray into Jackie Collins, or indeed anything belonging to this genre. It was specifically bought for a beach holiday, and it made perfect holiday reading. I got into it within 5 pages and was hooked to the (larger than life) characters. Great literature is not what you're getting, but who cares, it's a damn good read.
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