I bought this because I thought Billy and Spider were going to be more center stage, to be honest. I'd already noticed during Scruples Two that Gigi was shaping up to be a horrible Mary Sue character, but at least I could (and did) mostly skip over her parts.
In Lovers, Gigi comes into her own as a quintessential Mary Sue - a term which gets highly overused and incorrectly used these days, but which defines Gigi.
She has the requisite dazzling eye color (mermaid green, mind you), manages an adorable marigold crop of hair simply by streaking it herself randomly with a little peroxide (because we know THAT really happens), dresses superbly, had a delectably sweet voice - the list goes on. There is nothing Gigi cannot do superbly even when she has no training whatsoever, no one who is not madly in love with her except one character who is clearly the villainess of the story because she (horrors!) is sensibly annoyed by Mary Sue -- I mean Gigi's -- glowing perfection. I half expected an announcement that the sun actually shone out of Gigi's a**, but fortunately, it stopped short of that. Barely.
In short, the classic textbook definition of Mary Sue, to the point of being unreadable.
Stick with the original Scruples and don't go farther. Billy, Valentine and Spider are at their best in that and the characterization is far better.
Lovers is pure Krantz, an intoxicating dance of love lost, stolen, and found among women and men who lure each other with potent combinations of money, talent, ambition, and passion. Chief among them is irresistible Gigi Orsini, the high-spirited, merry, adventurous creature who grew up into enchanting womanhood in Scruples Two. Now Gigi is working as a copywriter in a new Los Angeles advertising agency, with her creative "teammate," David Melville, a brilliant young art director who joins her in seeking new accounts. The agency is headed by dashing Archie Rourke, humorous Byron Bernheim and the severely difficult beauty, Victoria Frost, daughter of the famed Millicent Frost Caldwell who, with her husband Angus Caldwell, owns one of New York's largest advertising agencies. Ben Winthrop, a proper Bostonian and an enormously successful mall builder, attempts to capture Gigi's quicksilver affections, although his fierce contenders for the same prize include both David Melville and the dominating film director, Zach Nevsky. Meanwhile, Billy Winthrop Ikehorn Orsini Elliott, the unforgettably impulsive heroine of Scruples, and her new husband, the great charmer, Spider Elliott, are busy with their own fascinating lives, as are Gigi's father, canny film producer Vito Orsini, and her best friend, the ravishing Sasha Nevsky, none of whom can be forgotten from Scruples and Scruples Two. Lovers completes all the stories set in motion in the first two novels, yet it stands entirely on its own as a slice of life in the exciting years of 1983 and 1984.