Chances (Lucky Santangelo #1)
The book that made Collins one of America's favorite authors sweeps readers from the sophisticated playgrounds of Europe to the glittering gambling palaces of Las Vegas, plunging into the world of the Santangelo crime family. The book introduces street kid Gino Santangelo, who makes it all the way to the top, and his beautiful and daring daughter, Lucky.
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 bit...man 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 ...more
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!
CHANCES by Jackie Collins is unparalleled. Never before have I read a novel that was so gripping and full of emotion ...more
Chances is my favourite book of all time. It is a ridiculously amazing book. It is like t ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
Jackie Collins has been called a "raunchy ...more
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America declared war. And she was a whore again.”