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Good At Games

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  5,732 ratings  ·  215 reviews
Love is always just around the corner in a Jill Mansell novel - with a few surprises and a lot of humour on the way to happiness

Suzy fell for Harry the moment she showed him her husband's sperm sample. It didn't really belong to her husband, though, because she wasn't married. It wasn't a sperm sample either, it was a drinks carton containing the dregs of her milkshake. Bu
Paperback, 512 pages
Published January 4th 2001 by Headline Review (first published 2000)
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Aug 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
I have the perfect shelf for this:

Everyone is loathsome.
I will have to come back and think of a pithy title for this review some other time. For now, I am just going to go with the title of the book. I honestly don't have much to say about this book besides finding it boring as sin and also very rage inducing at times. I do love my romance reads, but from the beginning I found the whole premise of this book a bit hard to take. It made me think of a grown up Dawson's Creek (and a truly terrible 90210) since most of the people in this book were married ...more
Paula Sealey
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
While the action in 'Good at Games' centres around the mansion home of ex-rock star and former alcoholic, Jaz Dreyfuss, as well as his ex-wives, current bubble-head, and a selection of their relatives and friends, the lead role and heroine of the tale is taken by feisty, wise-cracking, ex-wife number two, estate agent extraordinaire, Suzy. Suzy's mother, recently departed, , has left Suzy and her siblings to discover a skeleton (with skin and blood still attached) leaping out of the family cupbo ...more
Suad Shamma
Nov 23, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, own
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
Moony MeowPoff
Jan 17, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When you read the back of the book. You think this is going to be a fun book. This is going to be hilarious and easy read. But...this book was boring, utterly and completely boring. I did not care about any of the characters... maybe a little bit with the dog, Baxter. Because he sounded cute. But other than that, dragging myself through this book was just... meh. I expected more. I expected funny and maybe random things to happen... but nope. Not one bit. Just ugh. It felt like nagging - the boo ...more
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What can I say? Yet another great book by Jill Mansell. It's amazing how she has so many interweaving story-lines going on and yet she juggles them perfectly. I love her writing style and will just add that if you like English style chic lit, you will LURVE this book!!!! ...more
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars! This was a fun and entertaining book. There were so many couple twists in this story. No one ends up coupled with whom they are with at the beginning. The way that comes about is a hilarious and fun journey through the words of Jill Mansell.

I spent an enchanting evening reading this book and definitely recommend it. The characters are quirky, fun, likable (for the most part) and enjoyable. I really wasn't ready for the book to end. I had come to think of these characters as friends an
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Confession - the books cover grabbed my attention first, then the blurb on the back cover drew me in. And finally the hilarious plot and well written characters snagged me.

I am now a Jill Mansell fan.

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How can you not love Jill Mansell's books? This one was no exception! If you want to read something light and filled with positive-ism (as I find myself not a few times after reading some paranormal book), Jill Mansell is the one. I seriously adore this lady! ...more
Alison Bowker
Sep 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
A great fiction quick read, funny, and hard to put down!!
Jul 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-books-read
Really more of a 3.5 / 3.75 Stars than 3 but not quite 4 either. I think Jill Manuel is a good Author but I found this book to be a little drawn out. I also feel like the drama wasn’t as good as it could have been? I do like that everyone got their happy ending but it was also a little predictable. This is more Chick Lit than Romance as the most she describes is kissing even though the characters do have sex. I would still recommend this for a beach or pool read. I will also check out some other ...more
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was ok

Pleasant enough in places. But felt interminable in other places. This author does light romance and usually pulls it off. In this one, it almost felt like the characters were pieces on a chessboard being shuffled around. I don't read JM for depth, but even so, this was a little too surface.

Also too much of the plot relies on people just letting things happen to them and haplessly dealing with the fallout. Even though their personalities are clearly established as not being passive.

There we
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one twisted story 😂😂 but it’s cute .. loved all the characters and it’s good to read about something other than sci-fi 😁😁
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
Always kind of the same story in a different coat, but still liked it. Jill Mansell is the author that got me hooked on chicklit so I have to stay faithful!
Jun 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Cute, quirky, a lot like a rom-com movie. Slightly predictable and rather slow in the middle. Liked the MC and her staggering self confidence. Enjoyed it thoroughly!
Kaitlyn Ferrier
I really wanted to like this one, and I'm certainly still a big fan of Jill Mansell, but it just felt very disjointed and I didn't overly connect with the characters. Still fun, just not my favorite. ...more
ZewsReadingCorner (Booktuber)
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves
I think I may have found my new favorite author. I loved every moment of this messy book and it's messy characters and it's messy plot. It's been a hot minute since I actually laughed out loud while reading a book. (Not many books can make me laugh, maybe smile, but not laugh so loud that the people around me ask me what the heck is so funny. Haha!) I picked this up I think a year ago, I want to say??? And I don't know why it's taken me so long to read it. Alas! I have and once I got through a q ...more
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Really 1.5 stars

Good at Games was originally published in Britain in 2000, so it’s an older work just being published in the U.S. for the first time. Having read it, I can see why the publishers didn't rush to put it out here.

The story centers around Suzy Curtis, who is young, attractive, well-off, and popular with men, but who typically chooses to date men who aren’t very nice. The exception is her ex-husband and friend, Jaz, a formerly alcoholic rock star who is now on the wagon. At the beginn
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
This is a light breezy novel which you can finish off in one sitting. It has its funny moments and some adorable main characters. Is it just me or was everyone 'simply gorgeous' in this story?
The thing about Jill Mansell is that she's always keen on a happy ending, meaning the good guys get what they want, while the bad ones suffer uproariously. While this is something I usually enjoy enormously, it just seemed a bit forced now. And I didn't like how everyone paired off in the end, fo
Jan 20, 2016 rated it liked it

I’m always up for a few hundred pages of fun when they’re written by Jill Mansell. If you’ve never read her British chick lit, pick up Millie’s Fling or Staying at Daisy’s – my two Mansell faves. And if you’re already a fan, try Good at Games. It’s not Mansell’s best, but it IS unique and enjoyable.

Main character Suzy finds herself engaged to a man she doesn’t love – or even really like anymore. Meanwhile, Suzy has chemistry with his brother, she lives next door to her ex-husband, and takes in
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Despite many of the characters being certifiable sociopaths and the socially incestuous relationship plot lines, and despite being too long at over 500 pages it was a pretty quick light read. This an early Jill Mansell book and her more recent books are better in every way. Not sure why it was called Good at Games though. Some characters played Boggle, but otherwise no games.
Gokce ~Muslin Myst~
I read this a couple of years ago. It's a complete chick-lit, but definitely one of my favourites. And definitely my favourite Jill Mansell book. These books are great if you just wanna lie back and have a light read and a good time. ...more
Anita O'brien
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020
I finished this one but it really dragged and I hated all the male characters. None of them (except maybe her ex-husband) were good people. The romance between the two main characters is awful, mostly because her eventual love interest is a horrible human being. But I liked his dog.
Sep 13, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Need something to read on the beach? This is one for you. Very quick read set in the UK city of Bristol.
Sinead Anne Howard
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it

Easy reading, good holiday book :)
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I needed something fun and not too serious for an 8 hour train journey today! This did the trick, sweet and predictable but nice and easy to read. Just what I needed!
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, romance, chick-lit
Almost all of the characters are assholes or dicks, but damn, did I enjoy this book
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
An okay read. No love no romance. Many things going on in this book but nothing to excite the reader. More detail review at
Jun 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Entertaining chick lit with a cast of engaging characters. Jill Mansell's books are great fun! ...more
Stephanie wanamaker
just really good escapist fiction that is funny and realistic !
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Jill Mansell lives with her partner and children in Bristol, and writes full time. Actually that’s not true; she watches TV, eats fruit gums, admires the rugby players training in the sports field behind her house, and spends hours on the internet marvelling at how many other writers have blogs. Only when she’s completely run out of displacement activities does she write.

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