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Good at Games by [Mansell, Jill]
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With undertones of a Shakespearean love-romp, love's true course gets a distinctly bumpy ride in this, oddly named, fifth novel from Jill Mansell. While the action centres around the court (Bristol-based mansion) of ex-rock star and former alcoholic, Jaz Dreyfuss, his ex-wives, current bubble-head and a selection of their relatives and friends, the lead role and heroine of our tale is taken by feisty, wise-cracking, ex-wife number two, estate agent extraordinaire, Suzy. Suzy's mother, recently departed for designer-heaven (as in the sky, not Bond Street), has left Suzy and her siblings to discover a skeleton (with skin and blood still attached) leaping out of the family cupboard.

While the summer bookshelves groan with an ever-growing mountain of books charting modern girl¹s search for "true lurrve", Good At Games is a well-executed example of its genre, with a bunch of characters you can actually care what happens to and a plot that, although you know exactly where it's going, makes you want to keep reading until the very last word. --Carey Green

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"Mansell's romantic romp is a treat, especially for newcomers just discovering the delightful world of her stories." - RT Book Reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1805 KB
  • Print Length: 463 pages
  • Publisher: Review (6 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0049MPHC6
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,151 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The book was typical Mansell - lengthy, lightly comedic, romantic (at times), anti-traditional family, and filled with a large cast of characters who find themselves in fixes a lot. Unfortunately, this wasn't one of her better books. Suzy is a bit of a spaz - she works as a real estate agent alongside her brother Rory, and consistently finds herself in predicaments and lies. The first, which begins the whole story, is when she and her brother are speeding along and are stopped by Harry, a gorgeous policeman. Although Suzy and Harry develop a relationship, Suzy's true feelings aren't revealed until the last five pages of the book. This book is at least 400 pages, so... that was a very very long wait. There is some family drama in this book too - Rory and Suzy, and their other sister Julia, discover some things about their parents that alter their world quite a lot. I'd give this book a skip, even if you're a Mansell fan.
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One of the great delights in reading Jill Mansell's romantic comedies is that we get to enter a fun, breezy world of happy-go-lucky characters who get up to all kinds of mischief, while remaining completely likeable and believable. Case in point: Suzy Curtis, the flamboyant, voluptuous estate agent who is the heroine of Good at Games. Not someone I'd be best pals with in real life, but a delightful character nevertheless. From the hilarious opening (when Suzy fast-talks her way out of a speeding ticket, and manages to fall in lust with the gorgeous police officer in the process) to her other exploits, like wearing a skin-tight red velvet dress to her mother's funeral, and "accidentally" getting herself engaged to Mr. Wrong, Suzy's adventures never fails to entertain and delight.
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This is the worst Mansell book I've read to date. I mean, I've given some of her books a 1-star rating before because I thought they were terrible, but my God, they were nothing compared to this piece of utter drivel and nonsense! I'd go back and change all the previous 1-star ratings if I could, but I'd much rather give this a NO star rating.

It was terrible. TERRIBLE. I am not exaggerating. This was really a horribly written book with the worst plot imaginable and the worst group of characters to ever grace the pages of a book. What BS! I cannot believe Jill Mansell was happy to let this book be published, she should be ashamed of herself.

Suzy is one of the most screwed up protagonists I've ever read about. I cannot believe that she was made into the protagonist, she should be the villain! She's arrogant, shallow, self-absorbed, silly, stupid, an airhead, and absolutely shameless brat. In fact, every character in this book was like that. I don't know what Mansell was going through when she wrote this book, but man oh man, it must've been a terrible time in her life to come up with such despicable, abominable, distasteful bunch of characters. The deception, the infidelity, the lies, and manipulation - why?! How is this supposed to be a feel-good chicklit?! Or a romcom?

There was no depth to any of the characters. Every one was manipulating another person. Suzy pursues one guy, Harry, only to realize she doesn't like him because...well...because, nothing. She just doesn't like him for no reason! And decides to pursue his brother, Leo, who happened to have a history of taking Harry's girlfriends and then tossing them aside and then having them become so miserable that they commit suicide. What kind of man is this?!?! What kind of f----d up hero is this?!
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What unbelievable rubbish! I have enjoyed some other work by this author so I tried, hoping it would improve, but after 66 pages I just gave up. By then I was so bored, I just fell asleep by having to read pages again and again, trying to get som sense into the whole thing.

Bad story. Bad characters/characterization. Especially the "heroine" Suzy, silly, shallow and utterly dislikeable. There is a huge difference between between fun and simply bad behaviour.

Milkshake presented to policeman Harry as her "husband's" sperm. Her Scarlet dress at her mother's funeral. Alarm bells were ringing but it was the confusion of her former husband rock musician Jaz and Suzy's friendship with his other ex- or present wives which made me realize the silliness of it all.

It does not deserve even one star. Not only is it a waste of money, but hugely irritating since I was expecting some light and clever escapism as for instance "Staying at Daisy's".

Jill Mansell has a strong name but it doesn't much help when something like this goes into production.
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The rabbit caught my eye, but it was the starting lines which convinced me to buy this book. This is my first book by Jill Mansell, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Funny, witty, and an absolute page-turner. I did not guess who she would end up with until I've read almost half the book, and I finished it within hours. It was a great book, absolutely enjoyable.
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Good at Games by Jill Mansell – Review, Excerpt & Giveaway
Posted on January 20, 2016 by Barb
Good at Games by Jill Mansell – Review, Spotlight & Giveaway

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Mansell captivates with a madcap tale of the games lovers play.

Who will make the next move?

How does one become accidentally engaged? That’s what Suzy Curtis thinks when she suddenly finds herself very publicly engaged to handsome Harry Fitzallan, local town hero. Harry wants famous rock star Jaz to be his best man—only he’s Suzy’s ex-husband and a recovering alcoholic. Suzy’s half sister Lucille loves getting to know the family she’d never met, but she can’t help her attraction to Jaz, nor can Suzy quash her entirely inappropriate feelings for Leo, Harry’s engaged brother!

With all these wild players at the table, mayhem is bound to ensue. As each new piece comes into play, everyone has more to lose, and the only way to win is if you’re good at the games of love…

Review:

After reading the back cover of Good at Games by Jill Mansell, I got totally confused when I started reading the book. It took a few chapters and a few rereads, but please persevere as it is well worth it.
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