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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  3,806 ratings  ·  196 reviews
Dangerous sex, family secrets, irresistible power, mega money, and two murders equal one reckless week in New York

In Lovers & Players, the Diamond family rules. Red Diamond is an abusive and much-loathed billionaire. His three sons, Max, Chris, and Jett, are summoned to New York for a family meeting which rocks their world.

Diahann, a beautiful black ex-singer, works a
Paperback, 560 pages
Published August 29th 2006 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published October 3rd 2005)
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Apr 10, 2010 Alice rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people with no shame
1) I got this for $1 from the homeless men selling books outside my supermarket, which I think is a fair price.

2) This is classic Jackie Collins: totally over-the-top characterizations, lots of name-dropping and celebrity comparisons, family sturm and drang, tons of money, etc.

3) She has a few black characters that are SO stereotypical it's like the only black people she's ever even HEARD OF are rappers and singers (she mentions Usher four times but never any other rap/r&b artist).

4) The ev
It's easy to say, "Wonderful!" "Great!" and "I loved it!" but how easy is it to say why it's those good things (and not give away any of the surprises every reader should be able to savor)? What I liked about the book:
- The 3 half-brothers have had a heck of a bad childhood, yet they do more than survive it. I really enjoyed getting to know each of the three brothers, and it was very satisfying to see them interact and grow, as people and as brothers. None of the three is perfect, but what is e
Wendy,  Lady Evelyn Quince
Oh used to be the best in trashy reading. But time takes a toll on us all, even the greatests.

I can never give a Jackie Collins book one star...even when she's bad, she's bad, and that's part of her charm...but even with all the sleaze, "Lovers & Players" was so boring!

I disliked the heroine, Liberty, who was not pictured on the cover (Lib's biracial, so the blonde on the cover must be boring-assed Amy). She started out as a cantankerous, lazy waitress who bitched at her custome
I'm an avid reader & left the current book I was reading at work last night. So I went to my book shelf and pulled this one off. I'm almost 1/2 through & can't wait to see what happens. My first impression of the "sons" in this book were that they are very arrogant, rich, "the-world-revolves-around-me" kind on guys. But as I continued to read, I found that I really like their characters and the roles that they play. I actually like all of the characters in this book. I think Red Diamond' ...more
Annie West
This has been my first Jackie Collins book, her books had been recommended to me from some people at work as this is one of her smaller books i decide to start here.
Red Diamond what can I say? when the memories of him from his sons are bought up i nearly put the book down but i persevered, lucky i did.
What a fantastic story just the right balance of sexiness, romance and drama.
The story of the Diamond sons is remarkable very addictive not to mention Red Diamond house keepers daughter and her str
This was like reading a People magazine or watching a reality TV show! The characters are loosely based on people like Paris's a good easy read that will keep your attention if your not much a reader.
I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!!!
the plot is like one of the best things I've ever read and the book's just got everything from love story to thriller!!!
Let's do this quick and dirty like a Jackie Collins sex scene.

Initially, I thought this was going to be a homage to her awesome 1977 novel Lovers & Gamblers (and really, if you read only one Jackie Collins novel that is it; some say Chances but I say Lovers & Gamblers). However, after a strong start, it disintegrates into a hot mess. There's no character development and no motives behind any of the character's actions. One character will stop at nothing to hide from high society the fac
The woman who reads the audio of this book is hysterical, and a genius. Her accents are insane and awesome. I think she had more fun with this book than anyone could have. Otherwise, this is truly a waste of time. I'm going to stop and read some real books for a while. This tour of the ghetto has been enlightening and exhausting. And insulting. This book probably wasn't even read twice by anyone involved in its production. Characters who are presented one way (in AA?) are introduced again later ...more
 PuMbA's MoMmy*•.♥.•*
Jackie Collins has done it again! She is an amazing author! This book had everything that makes a book intriguing and breathtaking! It had scandal, family drama, sex, murder and lust! The characters were so easy to get hooked on. Each had its own drama and problems that pulled me in right away as a reader. I loved how in the end they all came to be connected . I do have to admit that I did call Red Diamond's secret right away. I was curious to see if I was right on my hunch and to my surprise... ...more
Sep 29, 2008 Alyssa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes drama
Recommended to Alyssa by: Friend
I read the book "Lovers and Players" by Jackie Collins. the novel is about the busy, glamourous, and sometimes scandelous lives of New York Royalty. The all-powerful, business man of the world, Red Diamond, makes sure everything always goes his way. This abusive, short-tempered man is almost 80, and still acts like he's 20 and doesn't have a care in the world. His three sons are all successful in the world they live in, one way or another.
The book is centered around Red, and his three sons, bu
Saysha Wilson
The Diamond family...

At the head of the family is Red Diamond, a selfish, controlling and filthy rich father..his three sons Jett, an ex druggie and a successful model in Italy, Max, a real estate broker and Chris, a Hollywood entertainment lawyer.

The Diamond family is far from being perfect. Red Diamond treats everyone including his three sons like trash. Chris is constantly busy with clients with ridiculous demands and he has a secret that could cause him to lose everything. Max is engaged to
Caroline G'wattage
Jackie Collins never disappoints, this was such a great read, should be a script for a movie, it is a page turner many late nights reading this book loved it!

Amy Scott-Simon, a pretty young New York heiress, is engaged to marry Max Diamond an older, powerful real estate tycoon. At her Bachelorette party she runs into Jet, Max younger half brother, fresh from Italy, where he is an successful model. A one time drug addict, Jet has no idea who Amy is and she does know who Jet is. They have a one ni
So I started this summer telling myself that I was going to read:

1. June-- All of George Orwell
2. July-- All of Gabriel Garcia Marquez
3. August (into whenever because I wanted to take my time)-- All of Cormac McCarthy, in order. Again.

I got halfway through Homage to Catalonia and decided that I have enough heaviness in my life these days, and could therefore read whatever I want.

So I opened the gates for fun stuff. Graphic novels and bestsellers and then I saw Jackie Collins on a morning talk sh
Henry Membreno
Aug 21, 2008 Henry Membreno rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Discerning people.
Recommended to Henry by: Sushi
I had a hard moment deciding just how many stars this book needed. I almost gave it 5. It happened as a read-aloud on a road trip, but the road was not long enough to reach the ending. I awoke the next morning two hours early to continue. 'Would Amy know the man she just fucked was actually Max's Brother?' I knew all that would happen and still I read: That feeling you get after ejaculation? That sad, tired, small shame? (Maybe just me) but it is an extended version of this, while you plow throu ...more
Nov 18, 2013 Kirstin rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Adults
Recommended to Kirstin by: Alice
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Jul 03, 2009 Colin rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Colin by: No one
Awful awful awful. The only reason I gave a star is because I recognized some of the places in New York. This is the worst sort of bubble gum fiction that a person could get their hands on. No character in this work of "fiction" is even close to human. I kept on waiting for it to redeem itself, but alas, redemption never arrived. If you see this book, don't buy it. Don't even think about buying it. Luckily, I didn't buy it - I just borrowed it for a day. Now, I will never get back those 4 hours ...more
Gladys Lopez
What a juicy read! This was book was like a soap opera in the palm of my hand. Every chapter just became more and more intense! It made me want to read it further and further every night just to find out all about the naughtiness and sabotage and just overall craziness that was in store for these characters! It was amazing! The only time's I put it down was when I had to go to sleep at night!
Alex Cummins
Disappointed by the latest installment from the divine Ms.Collins. I wanted my playing and I wanted more loving! This is a good book, well written and of course about a variety of peoples whose lives irrevocably become intertwined in a grand finale, but I wasnt quite as absorbed as I have been in the past. The best ones for me are the Hollywood Wives and Hollywood Husbands Eras.

I enjoyed this book it was fast paced and kept you hooked. With intriguing characters that made you feel sorry for them, hate them and a wide range of other emotions. The twists and turns kept me reading. Will defiantly read another Jackie Collins now as my opinion has defiantly changed as I thought they were trashy chic lit but I actually found it a good read!
Anne Marie
If you set aside the "Jackie Collins nonsense" this was a pretty good story. I like how the characters have separate chapters, then come together as the story evolves. Red Diamond, the wealthy seventy-nine year old playboy, actually had some funny lines, and fooled everyone with who he was giving his inheritance to. Red's three sons all have their own separate story lines. The oldest, Max, gets out of trouble by the skin of his teeth...he should have never married Mariska in the first place. The ...more
First book I've read by Jackie Collins and I loved it. Even though there were a lot of characters it was easy to keep track of them. I did not expect the final pages to happen and the entire book was suspenseful. Can't wait to read more
Ok. I started this book before I went on a 6 week vacation last year and put it to the side because I was only taking my e reader with me. I forgot about it until a couple of days ago and decided to finish it off. Let me just say that even after a four month break it was not hard to get back into the story. I don't credit my memory because that kind of sucks these days, this is just about how shallow this book is. I liked it well enough for what it is, but it is riddled with WTF moments. Groups ...more
Mrsmommy Angelbears
Jackie Collins is the queen of my literary world. Her novels have so much life, character development and entertainment. Jackie's female leads give power to women!
Thank you Jackie!
i loved this book!
its so funny yet humorous yet something you want to save for a rainy day!
better then opening a box of chocolates!
Elizabeth Hesseltine
I like the way all of the characters are intertwined in some way. Loved the ending!
Olivia Gould
Very interesting..couldn't put it down.
Julie Martinez
Was good, kept me hooked!
Dangerous sex, family secrets, irresistible power, mega money and two murders equal one reckless week in New York. Lovers and Players takes you on a high-powered trip from Park Avenue to Brooklyn.

Jackie Collins is back—in her most deliciously scandalous novel yet. And she’s giving her readers a revealing look into the private realms of her fabulously rich and sexy cast of characters.

In Lovers and Players, the Diamond family’s power extends from coast to coast. Max—a real estate tycoon; Chris—a H
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