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“I found Lovers and Players a poor book written in a...”

Written on: 12/11/2009 by dienske (1 review written)

I found Lovers and Players a poor book written in a flat style. Although the book does not pretend to be anything else than entertainment, it even fails to entertain. The story lines are chopped up in short episodes in an effort to suggest speed. In real, this slows down the pace of the book, because Collins tends to give a summary of everything that happened earlier before coming up with new information. She also often breaks the episode off at a cliffhanger-like point, letting a character read a will but not telling the reader what's in it, for instance. This might work in TV series but in a book it is pure contempt of the readers. After Red Diamond, who is a character so bad that he is totally uninteresting, has entered a meeting with two Russian whores on his arms, Collins reminds us of this scene later in the book, but multiplied: "with two hookers on each arm".
People, situations and feelings are described over and over again in the exact same words (after five times I really don't want to read anymore that Jett's hair is "dirt blond"), and this makes me angry. Does Collins think I have no short term memory?

The plot contains lots of elements that are not of any importance to the story. (Example: Red Diamond tries to sabotage one son by making two banks pull out of a building project and the other by trying to make him pay his gambling debts. The first simply attracts another bank, end of storyline. The second actually never pays the debts. Even though nothing happens, these situations are described many times throughout the book)
If all superfluous plot lines, persons and descriptions were erased from this work of more than 500 pages, a very thin thriller would remain. And that is what this book is: a thin thriller blown up to an over-sized novel.

Is there nothing good about this book? Well, the conversations are actually written down quite naturally. The broken English that the Russian whores speak to their customers is funny - but why on earth do they continue speaking poor English when they're amongst each other in a Russian Club?

Entertainment or not, a book has to be written properly. Next time Jackie Collins needs an editor with a pair of sharp scissors. Maybe the next book then will turn out less boring.

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“Lovers And Players is another fantastic read from the...”

Written on: 14/06/2007 by lauree (9 reviews written)

Lovers And Players is another fantastic read from the queen of bonk busters. Brilliant holiday reading.

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“Lovers and Players ”

Written on: 10/12/2005 by Harriet Klausner (18637 reviews written)

Lovers and Players
Jackie Collins
St. Martin's, Feb 2006, $24.95
ISBN: 0312341776

Aging billionaire, Red Diamond, orders his three sons to come see him if they want their name to remain in his will. All three know their father never messes around when it comes to money, as they learned first hand with his take that hill business dealings; so each rushes to attend the summoning, though it interferes with their lifestyles.

Realtor Max, entertainment lawyer Chris, and supermodel Jett, pay homage to the great one because no one wants to be left out of the will. Meanwhile Red's ex-wife Mariska has ties to the Russian Mafia, and is willing to use them to get what she wants. Jett's one night with New York heiress Amy Scott causes chagrin and guilt, as unbeknownst to either she is engaged to marry his brother Max. Finally the daughter of Red's housekeeper, singing wannabe Liberty, is willing to do anything to move up the ladder of success. While the monarch holds court with his princes in attendance, all their extraneous activities threaten the king and his court, especially when someone brutally murders Mariska and the evidence points to the King and his retinue of jesters.

Initially LOVERS AND PLAYERS contains multiple story-lines starring the four male Diamonds and their female interests; yet Jackie Collins keeps her players and their enjoyable segments reliably consistent, until she brings them together into a cohesive delightful thriller. Readers will wonder if one of the Diamonds aced Mariska and how will the Max, Jett and Amy soap opera triangle play out? On top of all that is larger than life Red who is in everyone's knickers (in the case of females that is literally; his sons figuratively). Ms. Collins, as always, entertains.

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