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Chances (Lucky Santangelo #1)

4.12  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,041 Ratings  ·  317 Reviews
Gino Santangelo - a boy from the New York slums - carves himself out a crime empire that takes him all the way to the top. His daughter, Lucky, proves herself to be as deadly as her father. Sensual and provocative, she is too much like him not to make a bid for his empire.
Paperback, 608 pages
Published March 2nd 2007 by Pan (first published 1981)
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Jan 02, 2009 Christina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-vault
In my teens I found a dog-eared copy of Jackie Collins "Chances" laying on a park bench. I picked it up and started reading the story of Gino Santangelo. What started out as a boring afternoon became my introduction into adult fiction and my love for Jackie Collins.

For three days straight everything in my life stopped. I read this book at breakfast, on the way to school, after school, while out with friends and I did my chores. I even hid it from my mom because I knew she would think the book wa
Wendy Hines
Jul 07, 2013 Wendy Hines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read Chances when I was a teenager and thought I was reading contraband - haha. I consistently hid my book when my parents were around. I've followed the series through-out the years and now I read it publicly. Jackie Collins has the flair of writing to give us glimpses of something glitzy, raw, violent and naughty.

Chances is the first book in the series, and it's where the reader meets Lucky, Gino's teenage daughter before she became famous. Filled with prostitutes, the mob, bad parenti
 PuMbA's MoMmy*•.♥.•*
What a great start to a series by Jackie Collins. It is no wonder why she is one of my ultimate favorite authors of all time! I felt like I was watching a movie the whole time I was reading! This story had everything, Crime, sex, drugs, whores, pimps, lust, deceit, revenge, love, backstabbing and friendship. I really enjoyed the time setting of the story, having it begin in the early 20’s I could picture Harlem and the people. This 1st book in the series is based mostly around Gino and his story ...more
May 09, 2014 Gabriela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 1900s
Woooooooow damn. I'm blown away. Couldn't stop, couldn't think of anything else, couldn't funtion in real life until I finished 'Chances'.

I hate mafia stories, I don't like books set in the 20th century (unless they are contemporary, say 1990 forward) and I never, never, never would have thought that I would like this even a was I wrong!

Jackie Collins has a way of introducing lovable, flawed, kick ass characters that (even if the stories seem over the top) are believable.

Gino Santangel
Dec 09, 2008 Caroline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fav
i really liked this book and i am ashmamed of this fact. it was quite possibly the trashiest novel i have ever read.. with that said, i couldn't put the book down.. it was long and you loved how much more you got to get to be involved with the characters. i loved gino and carrie..i give this book two very embarrased thumbs up.. so worth the read, you will feel dirty, but breathless at the end! :)
Birnita Kruysmulder-billing
I first read this book at least 20 years ago (maybe more), so it was a distant memory in my mental library when it was assigned as a book club summer read following the death of its author.
I have to say, although it's no literary masterpiece it's still a rollicking good read that sucks you in from the start. I may even read the rest of the Santangelo series this year!
Laura Mercer
Sep 29, 2007 Laura Mercer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adult
I LOVE these books about the Santangelo family, and this one kicks it all off! I read them in my high school days, but really want to go back and read all of them again! This is just one of those mindless beach reads, but with action, sex, mobsters, bad marriages, and trouble! I give it two thumbs up!
Apr 18, 2012 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-got
I actually read this book a number of years ago when I was not quite but nearly sweet 16. I have to admit being the hormonal teenage that I was back then I actually fell head over heels in love with Gino Santangelo! I could not put this book down, it was exciting, fast paced, the chapters alternate between two different characters with two different stories but you know they'll come together somewhere. You read about the main characters past and present which upon finishing the book leaves you r ...more
Carrie Kellenberger
The first book of Jackie Collins Lucky Santangelo series primarily focuses on Lucky's father, Gino Santangelo, and his rise to fame as a mob boss. Gino is violent, hyper intelligent, and a manipulator that knows how to pull strings, but he is also a romantic and loves his family deeply, even if he has a strange way of showing it. People are drawn to Gino's magnetism, and he is essentially a good person that commands loyalty and respect. Despite the fact that he has done some pretty despicable th ...more
Once again I read a book based on a Patrons love for it. Not so much THIS particular book was the patron interested in, mostly the author. Now, if many of my followers remember, I am a Librarian. I pretty much have heard of every author, popular or unpopular I have heard of them. So of course I have heard of Jackie Collins as it usually passes my desk every so women of course, and all giddy to read it. I have heard that Jackie Collins write romance novels. ROMANCE novels. Not really m ...more
Mar 07, 2014 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember as a young girl growing up, my mother used to read Jackie Collins' books. I used to sneak them to my room and try to read them, but I would never get past more than a few chapters because she would always catch me and snatch it away, saying I wasn't "old enough" to read books like this. Well, mom was right! At age 10 I would NEVER be able to appreciate "books like this".

CHANCES by Jackie Collins is unparalleled. Never before have I read a novel that was so gripping and full of emotion
Nicole Morrow-milewski
Feb 18, 2014 Nicole Morrow-milewski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone that enjoys jackie Collins, romance or erotica
Recommended to Nicole by: I grabbed it from my aunt when I was 13 and have been reading her on a regular basis over the last 18 years.
I haven't read anything from the Satangelo series in almost two decades but after starting Confessions of a Wild Child I KNEW I mustn't go on until I had re-freshened my memory and I am SO glad I did. It was an exciting thing to be pulled back into that life and time with Gino and Lucky. Back to where it all began. It was a fast, hard ride full of thrilling suspense, heartbreak, backstabbing and justice. I'm going to continue with the series all over again with a fresh set of eyes and live in th ...more
Book Addict Shaun
Aug 15, 2012 Book Addict Shaun rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010
What to say about this book that hasn't already been said before? I love reading the reviews for this book, especially the one about the girl that found a dogeared copy on a park bench and hid it in her house when she couldn't read it and how she tried to read it at every available opportunity. It really is that good and I only wish my experience of reading it for the first time was half as exciting as that!

Chances is my favourite book of all time. It is a ridiculously amazing book. It is like t
Chances was exactly the right book at the right time for me. I’d been working very hard and needed a break. Happily, the next weekend was sunny and I was able to spend a lot of it out in the garden with my pink yoga mat (same shade as the book cover, incidentally), a pillow, and this book.

Chances starts in 1977, as crime boss Gino Santangelo is on his way back to New York after a period of exile. Daughter Lucky, who has been running the show in his absence, isn’t thrilled and a power struggle se
Apr 24, 2014 Molly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jackie-collins
Wow! This book contained sooooo much. It was a bit violent for my taste at the beginning. I really enjoyed going back and forth through the years, and am so happy to have officially started the Lucky Santangelo series! I am really looking forward to starting Lucky! As with all of the Jackie Collins books that I have read, the characters are well developed and surprisingly intertwined in one way or another. It was hard to read about Carrie's difficult early years, but that made it easier to cheer ...more
Davina Bell
I must admit I was absolutely shocked by how good this story was. I can't wait to read the second installment about Lucky. It was a very easy read but also had an addicting storyline. I could really see it as a mini series. I know that it was written during the Dallas, Falcon Crest era. It really is a soap opera. However, I highly suspect that there is some aspect of truth behind this novel. It also reminds me of the Godfather saga. Gino is a character that you can both love and love to hate. Th ...more
Carrington Gregory
My dad gave me this book after cleaning out his closet one day and said it was such an interesting book! He said my mother (back when they were dating) gave him the book to read on a long flight from NY to MN in the 80's. The cover looked dated and the pages were all yellow but since I too was about to take a long plane trip I decided to take it along and boy am I happy I did.

This book almost took over my life for the mere 5 days it took me to read cover to cover! I read on the plane, on my vac
Oct 31, 2015 Vicki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it the first time way back in '75 or '76 and loved it this time too. I am reading the whole series again, because it has been so long and way to many books between. Plus it is so good.
Naveen Mina
Nov 03, 2011 Naveen Mina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the book that made me a big fan of Jackie Collins.

I like how she writes about celebrity scandals and power grabbing. I like how she breaks the spirit of the rich and famous. Her works make you wonder about how twisted hollywood really is.

Gino Santangelo is one fine guy in my book. Yet again, I found myself having a crush on a fictional character. His rise from rags to riches (and i mean extreme riches) ahd me rooting for him all the way even if he made the usual mafia-like decisions.
Sarah Cler
It is with a heavy heart that I give my first (probably last) Jackie Collins novel two stars. I spent far too much time combing reviews to choose just the right Collins novel for my first experience. I was in search of a trashy summer read that I could mindlessly escape into, a frivolous storyline and pages that flew quickly. I LOVE Jackie Collins in interviews and magazine spreads. I love her larger than life existence, her positive and Hollywood-gossipy and can-do persona, and I love listening ...more
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Angie
Book provided by GetRedPR for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

When I heard that Chances had been re-released, I practically begged Jen to let me read it for the tenth time so that I could review it.

The first time I read Chances I was a naive seventeen year old girl who sat there with huge eyes thumbing the pages as fast as my teenage eyes could read the page. It remains one of my absolute favorite novels of all time.

Chances is about mob family extraordinaire
Tammi Ashbee
Nov 22, 2015 Tammi Ashbee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great read from the late ms Collins. There is not one book that I haven't enjoyed reading.
Feb 26, 2014 Ilene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Damn that was long!!!!

It was confusing at times with all of the POV's and jumping from a time years ago until current times (1977). But the background was priceless. Man those times where tough. Being black was extremely bad and being a women wasn't much better. And the sex…very weird reading in the non use of protection time. Only a very few got STD's and AID's wasn't even a blip on the radar yet. The only disease they talked about was the clap - when was the last time ANYONE referred to it as
Trashiest book I have ever read. Pimps, prostitutes, hitmen, you name it.
What I love about Jackie Collins, is that she doesn't take herself too seriously. She writes glitzy, trashy books. She knows it. She's amazing at it.
For a book clocking in at 805 pages, it held my attention the entire time. Any author who can keep me reading about whorehouses and sleezy rich guys for 800 pages, is pretty damn talented in my book.
Valerie the bookworm
I can't help it! I love this stuff! I read this book when I was young (probably too young really) and loved it then. I fell off of Jackie Collins and just found out there are a ton more Lucky books, so I decided to re read. I love it.

This is really the story of Gino Santangelo, the father, and then Lucky as she grows up and takes over the "family" business. It is a (maybe) knockoff of mob style books that were popular (and maybe still are for some), books like the Mario Puzo books. I still love
Oct 04, 2015 Kym rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucky Santangelo. Daughter of his lifelong best friend, Gino. Bitch. Child. Liberated Lady. Temptress.

Lucky Santangelo is one of those character's that you never forget about. I first read this book as a teenager. I think I was about 15 or 16 at the time and I felt like such a rebel whenever I read this book/series. 12 or so years later and I still get shivers and that naughty feeling while reading this. I was deeply saddened recently when I heard about the passing of Jackie Collins so I decide
Jul 01, 2014 Mac rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book definitely has plenty of the gritty filth that disgusts us but we can't seem to stop reading. This book is LONG and it is just a testament to how well it was written that I was interested the entire book. This was a very interesting book and while I am no prude and some grit doesn't bother me, this had a little too much rape, incest, kidnap, and infidelity for me to really love the book. The stuff involving kids really bothered me and it was just thrown in there so casually. I get that ...more
May 26, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summer beach reading has begun... always wanted to read this fun & frothy series, love the character of Lucky... so normal to have a strong female lead nowadays, but must have been a revelation in the late 1970's!
Christine D
I understand that a good origin story contains a complicated background, but I agree with other reviewers when they say there was way to much child rape and molestation in the beginning of the book. I like the second half of the book better as Gino was older and Lucky grew up, but more than the first half of the book (especially Carrie's story) was terrible to read. I like most of the characters but the molestation violence was too much. The ending of the book was good though, when Lucky really ...more
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“Carrie lay on the bed and gazed at the ceiling. She was back in business. It was a day to remember. December 7, the same day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. The next day America declared war on Japan.
America declared war. And she was a whore again.”
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