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Playing the Game

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  1,283 ratings  ·  172 reviews
In New York Times bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford's new novel, Annette Remmington, a London art consultant and private dealer, is at the top of her game. She is considered a rising star in the international world of art, and has a roster of wealthy clients who trust her judgment and her business acumen. Her success reaches new heights when a rare and long lost R ...more
Hardcover, 390 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2010)
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May 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
Ugh! The only reason I finished this book was because I found it slightly more interesting than my grocery list. There will be spoilers to follow but if you are still reading this review the odds of you reading the book are low anyway so here goes...... All of the characters are unbelievably boring except for Marius who is just an ass. The only part that was remotely interesting was about 3/4 way into the book where the BIG plot twist was discovered. REALLY!!! REALLY????? That was the best you c ...more
Jaidis Shaw
Nov 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
I recently won Playing the Game by Barbara Taylor Bradford in a giveaway hosted on GoodReads. This is the first book that I have read of Ms. Bradford’s and I was excited to be peeking in the world of an author that I am not familiar with. Playing the Game is centered around the life of Annette Remmington, a rising star in the art world, and her struggles to succeed in not only her art consultant business but in her personal life as well. Married to the controlling, manipulative Marius, Annette’s ...more
Jan 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
I can vividly remember reading Barbara Taylor Bradford's first novel, A Woman of Substance, back when I was in high school. Her heroine, Emma Harte, was a brave, strong protagonist, a woman who could overcome anything and run a huge department store, while navigating the tricky waters of romance.

I read many of Bradford's subsequent books, but I haven't read one in awhile. Bradford has been a successful author for over 30 years, mostly by sticking to her formula of strong female characters overco
Sep 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Generally I really enjoy Bradford’s novels. The Emma Harte series was great even though it did get a little predictable towards the end. They’re a nice light read and I never expect anything in-depth, however when I learned Playing the Game was about someone involved in the art world, I had high hopes. I minored in art history in college and enjoy reading fiction books about artwork and artists. Most of the books I have read are well written and you can tell that the author took the time to res ...more
Nov 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Annette Remmington is an art consultant and an art dealer. She can tell the difference between a fake and a true piece of art. She can also help auction valuable paintings and sculptures. Annette's career is taking off, but she has a secret to hide and a domineering husband who is helping her hide it.

Marius, the husband, didn't seem as evil and manipulative as he was supposed to be until the very end. At the end, Annette becomes a detective?

I was a bit disappointed when I found out what Annette'
Irene McHugh
Mar 23, 2011 rated it liked it
I've never read Barbara Taylor Bradford and a friend thought I might like her books. This was an okay read. I liked the characters enough, in particular Annette and Jack. However, for most of the book the events seemed rather slow. I kept reading because I did like some of the details about artists, auctions, paintings that are wrong, and the general art background. After immersing the reader in this art world, the author rushes through her big reveal ending where we learn who the true bad guys ...more
Natashya KitchenPuppies
Wow, this was hard to finish. I likely would have put it aside if it wasn't a review book. Too many "darlings", not enough intrigue or content to hold my interest and the end just sort of rushes out an explanation.
Robin Ripley
Dec 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
Trite. Predictable. Dull. The book was lucky to get 2 stars from me. (I might be cranky.) The only interesting parts were about the art world and forgeries and that was thin gruel.
Nancy Keller
Nov 05, 2010 rated it did not like it
Don't bother. I kept expecting it to get better and it never did. In fact it got worse.
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I picked this book up on a whim as I was the leaving the library because the cover caught my attention, thus my hopes for the story were low, but I was pleasantly surprised.
Section one of the book was a slow start that almost led me to retire it back to the library, but I preserved through section two and quickly fell in love with the two main characters and the dynamic they began to develop. From section two on, I was hooked; I ended up finishing the last two hundred pages or so in two days.
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Annette (39) is married for 21 years to Marius (60),no children.He is an art dealer, she runs a gallery and is an art consultant.The story takes place from March to December 2007, changing everything.
Annette's sister Laurie (36) ,an art historian, is a paraplegic,but this doesn't stop her from falling in love with Malcolm or becoming pregnant by him.
Marius asks a journalist ,Jack (29) to write about Annette's recent success- selling of a Rembrandt .
Jack was raised by stepfather and carries his
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet book of intrigue, shady business transactions, art history, family history, affairs, and murder.

I was captivated right away by Annette, the heroine in this book. Her sordid past and protecting her sister along the way. Her mysterious older husband and what he has done to her over the years. Her strength and resilience chipping away his protective walls.

Annette, has just sold a Rembrandt painting and now has the fame to go along with the 20 million pounds price tag. Her husband
Dasha Hernandez
Mar 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
What a horribly dull and cheesy novel! I barely got through it. I don't understand the need to give most of the main male characters similar names all starting with letter "M" so the reader has to struggle to keep them all straight lol also, we did learn that Annette was in fact a blonde after the first time author described her. No need to keep emphasizing her blondness every other time she is mentioned! This book is poorly written using most of the same few adjectives over and over again. Some ...more
Mar 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I am not sure what this book was supposed to be - romance? mystery? some combination of the two?

What I found it to be was an overly complicated, too predictable tale about an art agent who was being held hostage by her mysterious childhood through her much older, manipulative, controlling husband, another art dealer who seemed to spend far much time doing something other than selling art.

But it was the giant, unbelievable coincidences which put this over the edge from good into fair. There were
Kristina Konen
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book due to the art references. But man, it just drones on and on. Overly descriptive and really pretty predictable. I only finished so I could make sure my guesses were right and they were. The ending was pretty anticlimactic as well.
Karen Mcnicol
Feb 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I love Barbara Taylor Bradford books, but this one just did not grab me like most of hers have. I enjoyed the story, young woman makes it big the art world that part I liked, I guess it was the love story part I had a problem with. But overall a good read.
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**May contain spoilers** I have been reading Barbara Taylor Bradford books for the last couple of months and Playing The Game is one of the better ones I have read. Really good storyline, as usual passion and drama. The only thing that disappointed me was the ending. I think I would have liked to have seen Annette confront Marius about his dealings - but other than that a really good read.
Sugandha Aggarwal
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it
As much as I enjoy the authors books, I felt this one was full of too many co-incidents. The ending was hurriedly brought together. Language was easy so a quick read. But could have been better
Kathleen Kirchner
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks
This was ridiculous.
Rose Ling
Keeps me reading till the last page. Learning all the art world as much as i can
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it
3 and 1/2
Enjoyed the mysteries and intrigue of this book and the fact that all was resolved at the end instead of leaving some unexplained issues.
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book grabbed my attention early on, then surprised me at the end!
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
though I had already read this book it was still a great read 2nd time around
Peg Schoenfelder
Aug 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
Slow. Quite in first chapter.
Trudy Gleason
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Talk about a soap opera. Lots of twist and turns but it had a good ending. I liked it.
Danae Misegades
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed!
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
A novel about an art historian. Very drawn out.
Phyllis Sommers
Dec 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Although the story, itself, was entertaining enough to keep me interested, the quality of the writing was not up to the Taylor Bradford standard, as far as I'm concerned. The dialog was quite stilted and plodding and even has me questioning whether Bradford may have had someone else write and put this novel together.

Annette Remmington, the protagonist, is an art historian who lives in London and, thanks to the training of her considerably older Svengali-like husband, Marius, has begun representi
Carol  MacInnis
Feb 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Annette Remington is a beautiful and very talented London Art Consultant to private clients. Annett's husband, Marius is also in the business and has been mentoring her for their twenty years of marriage. Although Annette has her own Gallery and Marius is now freelance, this works for Annette as her husband is very jealous, manipulative and controlling and this has caused her much pain and anxiety over their many years together. Annette has an art exhibit where she hopes to sell some very famous ...more
Apr 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Recently I was going on a 5-hour car trip by myself so, of course, I had to get an audio book to listen to in the car. I enjoy Barbara Taylor Bradford's books, although they are light romance novels, perfect for a car trip where you don't have to listen too intently.

In her books all of the main female characters are extremely beautiful and have great taste in clothes and furnishings--and usually plenty of money to indulge their tastes. Of course, the men are incredibly handsome and intelligent.
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Barbara Taylor Bradford is the author of 30 bestselling novels, including The Cavendon Women, Cavendon Hall, and The Ravenscar Dynasty. She was born in Leeds, England, and from an early age, she was a voracious reader: at age 12, she had already read all of Dickens and the Brontë sisters. By the age of twenty, she was an editor and columnist on Fleet Street. She published her first novel, A Woman ...more
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