Synopses & Reviews
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 shes 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 familys power extends from coast to coast. Max—a real estate tycoon; Chris—a Hollywood lawyer; and Jett—a young, handsome ex-druggie, now a successful model in Italy, must finally come face to face with their tyrannical father, Red, who has been controlling their world for as long as they can remember.
Working as Reds housekeeper is Diahann, a beautiful black ex-singer. Her stunning bi-racial nineteen-year-old daughter, Liberty—a waitress who is a would-be singer herself—does not approve of her mother working as a housekeeper. Liberty has dreams of her own and while she pursues them, Damon P. Donnell, married hip-hop mogul supreme, pursues her.
Amy Scott-Simon, a beguilingly pretty young New York heiress, in engaged to marry Max Diamond. At her bachelorette party she runs into Jett, Maxs younger brother. Jet has no idea who Amy is. She also doesnt realize who he is. A one-night fling leads to major complications.
As the lives of these characters intertwine, power, money, fame and love are the ties that bind—emotionally and otherwise—in this highly charged love story about family relationships and deadly choices.
"The use of four narrators adds energy, interest and spice to Collins's tale of the glamorous and tawdry lives of the rich and beautiful. Each narrator handles chapters told primarily from his or her assigned characters' point of view. Rather than create full-fledged 'character voices,' the narrators alter their voices slightly a deepening here, a hint of an accent there to make it clear who is speaking. Collins is perfectly cast as Lady Jane, the haughty social climber 'with a phony English accent' whose wealthy husband, Red Diamond, refuses to conveniently die and leave her all his money. Sydney Poitier, daughter of the acclaimed actor, is warm and sympathetic in the roles of sweet and conflicted young socialite Amy Scott-Simon and Liberty, a biracial waitress/aspiring singer. Poitier deepens her voice to a sexy drawl to play record mogul Damon P. Donnell and adds some Harlem sass for Cindy, Liberty's cousin. Jack Scalia plays the conniving Red and his gravelly voice is ideally suited to enacting Red's eldest son, real estate mogul Max. Scott Sowers's higher, thinner voice does duty for Red's two younger sons. This lively audio is pure trashy fun that will surely delight Collins's many fans. Simultaneous release with the St. Martin's Press hardcover (Reviews, Nov. 28, 2005). (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
“Take one vindictive aging tycoon and three charismatic, ambitious sons; add one naïve heiress, one aspiring R&B diva, one British (titled, natch) lady of the house; throw in a dash of Russian mafia, kinky sex and a pinch of rap mogul, fabulous locations and a sprinkling of murders, and you have the ingredients for a fast-paced, glamour-heavy Collins extravaganza…the ever-stylin Collins manages to tie the scattered plot lines together into another page-turning tale packed with intrigue, revenge and romance for her St. Martins debut.”-Publishers Weekly
“Vintage Collins here: Sex, love, betrayal, and deception. Her fans will certainly enjoy.”
“Power, money and sex in the lives of Americas beautiful people…bartender, pour us a dirty martini and keep them coming. This is vintage Jackie Collins and well be here ‘til closing.”
-Heat magazine (UK)
“Escapism doesnt come racier than Jackie Collins.”-YOU magazine (UK)
“[Collins] seems to know every Hollywood player and just where to find their dirty laundry basket. She is a consummate observer, an outsider with an insiders knowledge. Thats her signature trick. She is at once both intimate and detached.”-Daily Mail (UK)
“Jackie at her very best. The plot has more twists and turns than Sunset Boulevard and is faster than a Ferrari on a Los Angeles freeway. Her style is pure escapism, her heroines strong and ambitious, and her men, well, like the book theyll keep you up all night. In her novels Jackies taught women how to get their man, keep him, get to the top, and stay there.”
-Company magazine (UK)
“A smorgasbord of love, sex, power, and money.”-Elle magazine (UK)
“Settle down with Jett, Chris and Max, whose overnight stands, debts, and divorces make sizzling reading.”-Sunday Express (UK)
Dazzling, internationally renowned, bestselling author Jackie Collins pulls out all the stops with this highly charged love story about family relationships, deadly choices, mysterious murder, and dangerous sex. Abridged. 4 CDs.
About the Author
is one of the world's top-selling writers, with more than four hundred million copies of her books sold in more than forty countries. Her twenty-three bestselling novels have never been out of print. She lives in Beverly Hills, California.