Lovers and Gamblers by Jackie Collins

loversReviewed by Sharon Clayton

A raunchy, sexy trip from L.A. to London to New York and Rio de Janeiro. If this book sounds familiar, it is a reissue of the 1977 edition.

Al King is an aging rock singer and selfish stud extraordinaire. He’s bored with the groupies and his life and finds a woman who interests him more than any other, but circumstances make it difficult to hook up. To top it off, he is being stalked by a psycho fan who set off a bomb at one of his concerts.

Dallas is a former hooker gone beauty queen/actress. Everyone wants a piece of her and she plays hardball like the best of them. However, underneath all her cool exterior is a vulnerable young girl who just wants to be loved for who she is.

Paul King, brother and manager of the famous Al King, gets Al whatever he wants and boy does he want a lot. He made Al what he is today, but what does Paul get in return? He’s married to a gold digger who doesn’t care about anyone but herself and he is in love with another woman who he can’t be with due to obligations to his boss and his wife and family.

Linda Cosmo is a photographer and mistress to Paul King. She loves Paul and wants a commitment, but he is more concerned with keeping Al happy and catering to his crass wife.

Will Al and Dallas finally be happy? Will Paul and Linda work out their differences? The sequence of events leads to a climactic ending.

As usual Jackie Collins gives us sex, drugs and rock and roll in the Hollywood/rock scene. It’s been years since I read a Collins book and forgot how bawdy and brash they were. Be that as it may, I couldn’t put it down. If you want a wild read, this one’s for you!!

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