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Lovers and Players

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  4,553 Ratings  ·  228 Reviews
Amy Scott-Simon, a beguilingly pretty young New York heiress, is engaged to marry Max Diamond, an older, powerful real estate tycoon, when at her bachelorette party she runs into Jett, Max's younger half-brother--fresh from Italy, where he is a successful male model. A one-time drug addict now in the program, Jett has no idea who Amy is. She also doesn't realize who he is. ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 560 pages
Published August 29th 2006 by St. Martin's Press (first published October 3rd 2005)
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Alice
Apr 10, 2010 Alice rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Dawn
Jul 15, 2010 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Donika
Sep 09, 2008 Donika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Wendy,  Lady Evelyn Quince
Oh Jackie...you 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
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 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
Tina
Jun 29, 2010 Tina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 14, 2012 Annie West rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Carissa
Mar 15, 2011 Carissa rated it liked it
This was like reading a People magazine or watching a reality TV show! The characters are loosely based on people like Paris Hilton...it's a good easy read that will keep your attention if your not much a reader.
Gabriela
May 18, 2009 Gabriela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!!!
Julie Martinez
Jan 14, 2014 Julie Martinez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was good, kept me hooked!
Joe
Aug 06, 2014 Joe rated it did not like it
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
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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
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Saysha Wilson
Jun 05, 2008 Saysha Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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sendann
Jun 27, 2014 sendann rated it did not like it
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
Alyssa
Sep 29, 2008 Alyssa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kirstin
Mar 28, 2011 Kirstin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults
Recommended to Kirstin by: Alice
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Henry Membreno
Aug 21, 2008 Henry Membreno rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Styler Ribarovic
Oct 27, 2010 Styler Ribarovic rated it did not like it
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Colin
Jul 03, 2009 Colin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 27, 2013 Gladys Lopez rated it really liked it
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.

Suzi
Jun 11, 2013 Suzi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Joy
Jan 01, 2014 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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!
Lynn
Oct 08, 2012 Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Olivia Gould
May 28, 2013 Olivia Gould rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting..couldn't put it down.
Elizabeth Hesseltine
I like the way all of the characters are intertwined in some way. Loved the ending!
Alejandro Caycedo
This novel starts out stimulating the brain. As the pages turn the reading moves down, comfortably titillating below the belt. Sex is the force pulling us into a world of jealousy, deceit, cruelty, crime, and violence.

Sex:check. Bad hombres:check. Prostitutes: double-check. Violence: check. Rape:check. More sex:check. Hot bodies:check. Suspense:check.

This is an excellent example of pulp fiction.
Selina Adams
Feb 19, 2017 Selina Adams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're into the Hollywood scene this Author writes great stories. I personally loved this one. My favorite one out of all her books.
Shannon
Nov 08, 2016 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good, lot of cliffhangers which got kind of annoying, but big shocker at the end.
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