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Lovers and Gamblers Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1991


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (August 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446356603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446356602
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 4.1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #661,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A blockbuster...for anyone who wants to know what it is really like to be in the superstar belt...one helluva good read."—Cosmopolitan

"Bestselling Jackie Collins has been consistently turning out the solid gold McCoy."—Philadelphia Inquirer

"Jackie Collins is at the top of the heap."—Providence Sunday Journal

"Jackie Collins writes long, steamy cliff-hangers that show the world as a vast, unquiet bedroom where the rich and famous grapple. Millions buy her books."—Wall Street Journal

About the Author

With over 400 million copies of her books sold in more than 40 countries, and twenty-six New York Times bestsellers to her credit, Jackie Collins is one of the world's top-selling novelists. Ms. Collins lives in Los Angeles, California. She recently signed a deal with Fremantle TV to create original TV programs and telenovelas, and her most recent novel, Married Lovers, was published in hardcover in June 2008.

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There have been many imitators, but only Jackie Collins can tell you what really goes on in the fastest lane of all. From Beverly Hills bedrooms to a raunchy prowl along the streets of Hollywood; from glittering rock parties and concerts to stretch limos and the mansions of the power brokers -- Jackie Collins chronicles the real truth from the inside looking out.

Jackie Collins has been called a "raunchy moralist" by the late director Louis Malle and "Hollywood's own Marcel Proust" by Vanity Fair magazine. With over 500 million copies of her books sold in more than 40 countries, and with some twenty-eight New York Times bestsellers to her credit, Jackie Collins is one of the world's top-selling novelists. She is known for giving her readers an unrivaled insiders knowledge of Hollywood and the glamorous lives and loves of the rich, famous, and infamous! "I write about real people in disguise," she says. "If anything, my characters are toned down -- the truth is much more bizarre."

Jackie Collins started writing as a teenager, making up steamy stories her schoolmates paid to devour. Her first book, "The World is Full of Married Men," became a sensational bestseller because of its open sexuality and the way it dealt honestly with the double standard. After that came "The Stud," "Sinners," "The Love Killers," "The World is Full of Divorced Women," "The Bitch," "Lovers And Gamblers," "Chances," and then the international sensation, "Hollywood Wives" -- a #1 New York Times bestseller, which was made into one of ABC's highest-rated miniseries starring Anthony Hopkins and Candice Bergen.

"The Stud," "The World is Full of Married Men," and "The Bitch" were also filmed -- this time for the big screen. And Jackie wrote an original movie, Yesterday's Hero, starring Ian McShane and Suzanne Somers.

Readers couldn't wait to race through "Lucky," her next book -- a sequel to "Chances" -- and the story of Lucky Santangelo, an incredibly beautiful, strong woman, another New York Times number one. Oprah had one word for the book "Lucky," and that was - "Hot!"

Next came the bad boys of Hollywood in the steamy "Hollywood Husbands" -- a novel which kept everyone guessing the identities of the true-to-life Hollywood characters.

Jackie then wrote "Rock Star" -- the story of three rock superstars and their rise to the top, followed by the long-waited sequel to "Chances" and "Lucky" - "Lady Boss" -- tracking the further adventures of the wild and powerful Lucky Santangelo as she takes control of a Hollywood studio.

Both "Lucky" and "Chances" were written and adapted for NBC television by Jackie, who also executive produced the highly successful six-hour miniseries Lucky/Chances, starring Nicollete Sheridan and Sandra Bullock.

In the nineties, she produced and wrote the four-hour miniseries, Lady Boss, which became another huge ratings success for NBC. Lady Boss starred Kim Delaney.

Next came "American Star," a love story, which the Los Angeles Times described as "classic Collins."

Then the dangerously close to the truth "Hollywood Kids" -- a story of power, sex, danger and ambition among the grown offspring of major celebrities.

In 1996 "Vendetta - Lucky's Revenge" was published -- and became an immediate New York Times bestseller.

And in 1998, Jackie hosted her own daily television show for CBS, Jackie Collins Hollywood. A combination of fun, style and interviews, Jackie talked to everyone from George Clooney to Jennifer Lopez.

After that she wrote "L.A. Connections" -- a four-part serial novel published one per month - "Power," "Obsession," "Murder" and "Revenge."

In 1999 came "Dangerous Kiss" -- the return of Lucky Santangelo in a bestselling novel about relationships, addiction, fear and lust.

In the year 2000, "Lethal Seduction" became the first bestseller for Jackie Collins in the new millennium. This tale of erotic suspense and glamorous intrigue featured Madison Castelli, a character first introduced in the "L.A. Connections" series.

"Hollywood Wives - The New Generation" became a blockbuster bestseller in 2001, following in the footsteps of the original "Hollywood Wives." "Hollywood Wives - The New Generation" featured a brand new cast of characters and a totally fresh perspective on how women pursue power, love, sex, and success in Tinsletown today.

In 2003 Jackie produced the TV movie of Hollywood Wives - The New Generation for CBS. Wives starred Farrah Fawcett, Robin Givens, Jack Scalia and Melissa Gilbert.

In June 2002, New York flash, L.A. trash and a Mafia don meet head-on in "Deadly Embrace." This sexy tale of dangerous passion and suspense features heroine Madison Castelli and is both a prequel and a sequel to her adventures in the bestselling "Lethal Seduction."

In 2003 came another New York Times bestseller, "Hollywood Divorces," the story of three very different women. Followed in 2005 by "Lovers and Players" -- a story of family conflicts, three brothers and their billionaire father, a beautiful heiress, a hip-hop mogul, Russian call girls, illegitimate children and two murders. This all takes place over seven days in New York, and yet again hits the New York Times bestseller list.

"Drop Dead Beautiful -- The Continuing Adventures of Lucky Santangelo" was published in 2007. Lucky came back with a vengeance -- bolder and more beautiful than ever! In "Drop Dead Beautiful" Lucky meets old friends and enemies, and deals with her wild teenage daughter, Max, who is as stubborn and strong as her mom. Lucky plans to return to Las Vegas and build an amazing billion dollar hotel complex. But when she does... the trouble really begins...

Next came "Married Lovers," a powerful look at the ins and outs of marriage in L.A. It's also the story of an under-age Russian girl who becomes involved in the sex trade, and eventually arrives in Hollywood and causes major trouble.

"Poor Little Bitch Girl" followed "Married Lovers," another New York Times bestseller. It is the story of three very different women who all went to high school together. Denver Jones - a twenty-five year old kick ass associate lawyer in L.A. Carolyn Henderson - assistant to a powerful married Senator in Washington. And Annabelle Maestro - daughter of movie star parents, who has carved out a niche for herself as a much in demand New York madame running call girls.

And then there is Bobby Santangelo - Lucky's Kennedyesque hot sexy son, with mucho style, great looks and plenty of money. Everyone wants Bobby...

Throw into this mix a raunchy agent, a sixteen year old gangbanger's girlfriend, an older superstar on the prowl, a lethal murder ... and "Poor Little Bitch Girl" becomes a guilty pleasure for everyone to enjoy.

Jackie's next novel "Goddess of Vengeance," is the continuing adventures of Lucky Santangelo - much beloved by Jackie's legion of readers - who makes a triumphant return in this story of lust, power and revenge set between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The Daily Mail called "Goddess of Vengeance," "The book of the year." Also returning in "Goddess of Vengeance" are Lucky's gorgeous son, Bobby, with his girlfriend, Denver, and Max, Lucky's wild little teenage daughter. And along for the thrilling ride is Armand Jordan, and to quote Jackie - "Armand is the nastiest villain I have ever created. But he was fun to write!"

And now comes a sexy sun-drenched thriller, "The Power Trip," set on state of the art luxury yacht off the coast of Cabo San Luca. A tropical getaway with a cast of global power brokers and celebrities.

In "The Power Trip" you will meet Aleksandr Kasianenko, a billionaire Russian oligarch, as he sets sail on The Bianca with his sexy supermodel girlfriend, whom The Bianca is named after. Also five dynamic, powerful and famous couples invited on the yacht's maiden voyage: Hammond Patterson, a driven Senator, and his lovely but unhappy wife, Sierra. Cliff Baxter, a charming, never married movie star, and his ex-waitress girlfriend, Lori. Taye Sherwin, a famous black UK footballer and his interior designer wife, Ashley. Luca Perez, a male Latin singing sensation with his older decadent English boyfriend, Jeromy. And Flynn, a maverick journalist with his Asian renegade female friend, Xuan.

You will also meet Russian mobster, Sergei Zukov, a man with a grudge against Aleksandr. And Sergei's Mexican beauty queen girlfriend, Ina, whose brother, Cruz, is a master pirate with orders to hold The Bianca and its illustrious rota of guests for ransom.

"The Power Trip" explorers the decadent playgrounds of the super rich... and leaves you hungry for more. Take it if you dare...

After "The Power Trip" comes "Confessions of a Wild Child" - the super adventures of Lucky Santangelo as a wild, out-of-control teenager with aspirations to follow in the footsteps of her father, the notorious Gino Santangelo.

Lucky manages to rock everyone's boat as she explores the world of boys, sex and fun.

Jackie recently completed work on a play - "Hollywood Lies," and coming out soon will be "The Lucky Santangelo Cookbook." Jackie is currently writing her next novel, "The Santangelos," and is also working on a memoir, "Reform School or Hollywood," and a coffee table book "Hollywood Snaps," filled with celebrity photos she has taken over the years.

Jackie lives in L.A. and refers to herself as a popular culture junkie and TV addict. Her hobbies are music - everything from soul to rap, taking photographs and visiting exotic locations so that she can write about them later.

Jackie firmly believes that the truth is always much stranger than fiction

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Halfway into the chapters it got boring and long-winded.
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Even after the HUNDREDS of books I've devoured since then this book still kept me entertained and on the edge of my seat until the end.
"angelaes"
I was undecided for a very long time whether I should rate this 3 stars or 4 stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "angelaes" on May 1, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is one of Jackie Collins' best. I just re-read it (over a decade since the last time). Even after the HUNDREDS of books I've devoured since then this book still kept me entertained and on the edge of my seat until the end. You'll love the story and the characters even if they are just a tad dated (70's) in terms of clothes and catch phrases! That only adds to its "classic" status right!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 1998
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I discovered Jackie Collins with this one. What a great book! Fast-paced, witty, and sexy! You'll love the misadventures of Dallas and Al as they both find themselves in the grueling world of Hollywood. Not to be miss!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Martin Boucher on April 28, 2005
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You know exactly what you get yourself into when picking up a Jackie Collins novel: a sugarcoated tale of glamour and lust with a roman à clef attitude. This time around, LOVERS AND GAMBLERS takes you into the glamourous life of Dallas and Al, two gorgeous misfits who suffer greatly in the name of love. Their destined-to-be-together union is a roller coaster ride of secrets and lies only Jackie Collins can concoct, and that means a lot of sins, a lot of sex, and whole lot of page turning. She may not be Proust, or even Nora Roberts for that matter, but, boy, can she handle her pen. It is as wicked as any of her villains. Her over-the-top imagination works to the very end. Don't hesitate to pick up LOVERS AND GAMBLERS. It is a one-sitting romp that deserves all the stops.-----Martin Boucher
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 1999
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No one writes about sex, drugs and rock 'n roll better than Jackie Collins. With chapter after chapter of sleazy sex, this book is definitely not for the squeamish! A fun read that will keep you page-turning late into the night.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By karinam78 on October 18, 2002
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Usually I love mystery/thriller/horror novels however a friend leant me a couple of Jackie Collins and I must say they are a perfect distraction and change. Her books are sexy and have so many sub stories running through them it enthralls you to find out whos doing who of hollywood. I always have this feeling that I should know which character represents who in real life because I'm sure some of the characters are based on real people ! They really draw you in and make you think about the characters I often say to myself "No No don't do that you numbskull argh !" Lovers and Gamblers has a surprising ending and the main character really gives everyone something to think about when he handles a bad situation. I also like how Jackie Collins really differentiates between sex and love.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bert868 on May 13, 2009
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This book was just reprinted. I hadn't read it when it first came out. I have read most of her other ones. This one didn't disappoint.
It is pure Jackie Collins
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Taja on March 20, 2006
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It's amazing but I can go in and re-read a Jackie Collins novel and still enjoy it as much as I did the first time. These characters are engaging and timeless and Ms. Collins writes like someone who knows what they are talking about. I highly recommend this book as well as all of her novels. There is something for everyone and they are all WONDERFUL!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By High Fives & Devil Horns on January 24, 2004
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For those unfamiliar with the greatness that is Jackie Collins, get your hands on a copy of "Lovers and Gamblers," 'cos it's the perfect escape ~and~ introduction to vintage Jackie. Tons of tawdry, complicated plotlines, raw sexuality, and characters spring to life from the pages, and you'll be rah-rah'ing for Dallas and Al the whole way through, giggling your ya-ya's off at Miz Collins' dialogue, her vivisection of the shallow and hopelessy stupid, and the way she cracks the male mind so expertly. "Lovers and Gamblers" especially works well as classic beach fare - along with some Bobby Womack or Bill Withers, your sunscreen, and frothy rum concoctions.
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