@bagley79 - For me, I had a hard time understanding the rules of this game. My sister plays with a very active group, and some of them have even attended some of the contract bridge conventions.
I think once you understand the game, it is challenging enough that you want to get really good get at it. I like to play card games, but this one was not easy for me to learn.
One thing I did was go online and play against the computer. There are some free sites where you can do this, and most of the free sites are geared toward beginners.
You can also pick up some good tips and pointers this way. This gave me the opportunity to understand the game without the pressure of playing with people who already had a lot of experience.