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A Game of Chance (Mackenzie Family #5)

4.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,829 Ratings  ·  167 Reviews
On the trail of a vicious criminal, agent Chance Mackenzie found the perfect bait for his trap: Sunny Miller. So Chance made "himself" the only man she could trust--and then arranged for her long-missing father to find out about them.

What Chance hadn't foreseen was that Sunny had reasons of her own for hiding from her father--and now Chance's deception had brought them bot
ebook, 256 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Harlequin Special Releases (first published 2000)
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♡Karlyn P♡
3.5 - A good ending to the MacKenzie Mountain family saga by Linda Howard.

This is Chance's story, the adopted young man who lived on the streets, nearly wild, until Wolf and Mary adopted him at the age of 14. Now a grown man and a former Army Ranger, Chance is working undercover on a mission to bring down a known terrorist. After discovering that his enemy has a beautiful daughter, he sets a plan of seduction into motion to find out just what she knows.

Sunny wants to avoid captures from her fat
Sep 08, 2012 Karla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved, loved this book! It was bittersweet, since it was the final one in the series. I just enjoyed everything about Chance's story! Sunny was as an awesome heroine, together they were HOT!! It starts out at Mackenzie's mountain, and as she did in the entire series, LH brings us back to the mountain and Wolf and Mary for the final few pages.

I'd always hoped that Linda Howard would continue this series with the Wolf and Mary's grandchildren, but she said that would mean that Wolf and Mary woul
Preeti S
Crash landing into the desert and playing survival games with a sex-on-legs pilot? Ticks lot many boxes on my cravings list!

Another riveting Linda Howard. Even with a scheming, lying rat for a H, I totally digged this one. The h was as sweet and trusting as they come. Although it was a bit hard to swallow how she got the case of stupids, her supposedly being a hard assed on-the-run survivalist herself.
So our black ops (kinda) guy, believing her hands in gloves with her terrorist dad or at the ve
A Game of Chance
4 Stars

Chance Mackenzie, the half-wild child adopted by Wolf and Mary Mackenzie, has become a dedicated undercover agent. When information concerning the daughter of a notorious terrorist comes to his attention, Chance embarks on a mission to seduce her and discover the extent of her involvement in her father’s business. However, there is more to Sonia “Sunny” Miller than meets the eye and Chance soon realizes that he is willing to risk a lot more than his life to learn her secre
She ...
She gives him her virginity.
She gives him her trust.
She gives him her love.
She gives him a son.

She is willing to sacrifice herself for him.
She sacrifices herself for him.

And he ...
He gives her a web of lies.
He gives her a one time close encounter with death.

He uses her to his own ends.
He endangers her without any second thoughts or remorse.

So ...

She ends up in the hospital with part of her liver removed and a resection of her small intestine.
After her 'stay' at this '5 star hotel', he
Mar 17, 2013 Sammy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was completely disappointed by this last book in the series.

Chance is the kind of man that I would never want to end up with. He is completely selfish and his need for Sunny was unjustified as written by the author because 1) he is uncomfortable with intimacy/love and avoids it from his very loving family. Thus, it went against his character as described to actively pursue Sunny and in the author's attempt to "grow" his character he only halfheartedly does so 2) the length of time he actively
Adorable couple and sweet epilogue but I wish they weren't stranded for the biggest part of the book!
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Amanda Sheila

Finally, a real moment of misunderstanding that made me cry for like 15 minutes and stopped me from reading! I'm so happeeeeh!!

Even though I kind of mad at Linda Howard for separating Chance from other Mackenzies, while the Mackanzies themself are fighting so hard to make Chance feel like one of them, by making a title with the word Mackanzie in it like the rest of the books, I still love her so much. Her writing are ridiculously good and I feel like I'm the heroine b
Jan 01, 2013 Jacqueline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reread. This and Mackenzie's Mountain are my favorite of the Mackenzie books. I just love the resilient cheerful heroine. The hero was a jerk for using her but I guess hey it's fiction and he needed to catch the bad guy. But I did enjoy him and how he was so in love with her and desperate to have her forgive him at the end. Enjoyed seeing all the Mackenzies again.
Aug 25, 2009 Sobia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

While I think this is one of those books every romance reader should at least attempt, I have to admit I had a hard time liking this one... Well Wait, I liked it initially (In particular, I liked the heroine), and I liked the build up of the story....

but the end bothered me to no end. The hero is basically a jerk,and does jerk things, and the heroine of course forgives him with barely a an apology, soley because he said he loved her.. And of course that makes everything all right.

The worst asp
I love the MacKenzie family. I think the first chapter was just for those of us who love them so much. I love visiting them.

Chance's book was good, but not great. Better than Joe's book(I really didn't like Joe). I do wonder what it is with these Mackenzies that they never use birth control. Didn't Wolf teach his children about this? I loved reading about Chance and Zane's relationship.

Chances actions toward Sunny were unforgivable and she forgave too easily. I can see forgiving him eventually,
I'm on a Linda Howard kick lately and I picked this one up for a re-read.

First of all, I'd never realized before how much Howard likes survival settings for her romances. I can now think of three of her books that feature a man and woman in a survival setting -- this, "Up Close and Dangerous," and the ridiculous, "Prey". I want to say "Burn" and "Ice" are both along those lines too but I never got very far in the former (it was slow in starting) and it's been so long since I read the latter that
I think I liked Chance more before I read his book. I really liked the central plot, Chance trying to catch a terrorist decides to get close to the terrorists' daughter and make her fall in love with him enough to spill her beans about her dad. Seemed interesting enough, and the book was pretty good until Sunny found out who he really was. - She was obviously mad and feeling betrayed, but she forgave him way too easily in my opinion, and that was definitely a hit on the book.

As usual, it was ve
Apr 22, 2014 Jude rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am very glad I gave the book a read after some negative comments.

I understood that Chance survived the streets until the Mackenzies adopted him at fourteen. He was half wild and old enough to wonder how they could love someone unwanted from the gutter like him but he grew up loving his adopted family. He doesn't see how he will ever open up and trust anyone other than the family who accepted him unconditionally.
The only way to stop a world terrorist who has killed hundreds is through the man
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I read only the first three chapters and I already knew what was going to happen at the beginning, middle, and the end of the book.

1) Chase uses Sunny to track down her terrorist father

2) Chase uses some scheme to make Sunny stick with him 24/7

3) Chase uses Sunny for sex and pretends to have a love-affair with her

4) Track down bad guys while fighting attraction and using hot sex as diversion

5) Sunny discovers that Chase is using her

6) Sunny is pregnant and Chase goes he-man on her
As another reader said, the final kiss-and-make-up scene wrapped up too abruptly. So, why do I like this book so much? I dunno... I love it as much for the scenes portraying the feral, homeless adolescent named Sooner as for the romantic suspense plot portraying the adult Sooner, re-named Chance, a covert agent. I love the deep trust between Chance and his adoptive bro, Zane. I adore all the scenes with the two badass warriors, Chance and Zane, especially when they are responsible for the little ...more
Brenda (b)
I absolutely loved it! I think this is the best of the MacKenzie stories. I kept thinking that Chance was gonna be in so much trouble when Sunny found out about all the lies he was telling. How was she supposed to believe his feelings were real when everything else was part of the plan to get her father? And it was great to get the updates on the rest of the MacKenzie family.
Jane Stewart
Pretty good, not great. The author wrapped it up too quickly and easily at the end.

Not great, but I'm glad I read it because I plan to read most of Linda Howard's books. She is an excellent author, although this was not one of her best. The story and characters were reasonably interesting. She wrapped it up a little too quickly and easily at the end.

CAUTION SPOILERS: Chance lied to Sunny through most of the book. When she learned the truth, he didn't try to soften it, justify it or make her feel
Lea's Audiobooks Hensley
Five stars in print - three stars in audio.

Narrated by Kali Dziuba
Over the years, Linda Howard’s backlist has slowly been released in audio format with no pattern and little consistency. I looked forward to the day I’d finally see A Game of Chance in audio and, sure enough, it just appeared one day at Audible with no prior notice. I immediately proclaimed its release on Twitter and snatched it up. Yes, it was a first for narrator Kali Dziuba as far as I could tell but I didn’t care. I had to hea
Monique Atgood
Jul 01, 2012 Monique Atgood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

“Let’s have half of one of your nutrition bars now, and I’ll try to get a rabbit for dinner.”

... “You’d eat Peter Cottontail?”

“I’d eat the Easter Bunny right now if I could catch him.”

The story was a tight psych thriller. Hero is an agent with an agenda determined to squeeze secrets from a civilian by using subterfuge and sex. Heroine is a smart gal with a joyful personality despite living alone and in fear most of her adult life. Add an explosive denouement. You have a
TBR Challenge 2012: Personal Challenge-- books on my list prior to 2011. A Game of Chance has been on my to-read list since August 2010.

3.5* rounded up to 4*
Grade B

A Game of Chance is a book I didn't expect to like as much as I did. All the Mackenzie family books have been enjoyable, but none have been great. A Game of Chance isn't great either, but it's a whole lotta fun! Even when I tell myself it's over-the-top and unbelievable, I still like it. Chance has just enough edge to be a great Linda
Ok it was a good book but really she could just forgive him like that after all that he did to her. Screwing her for information and for her cooperation in being the bait to bring her father down. One I love you no forgive me I am a lying asshole!!!! I give up! I did not like that at all he was too much of a jerk after he knew all that she had been through and if she had not been pregnant he would have just walked away. I don't like books when they can detach themselves from love-sex in that way ...more
Hope Frost
Mar 26, 2011 Hope Frost rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the entire series. The family dynamics of each character were great and their mates were perfectly written. Each story was filled with love, romance, intrigue, suspense and family. The Mackenzie family is one that you wish you were a part of, no matter how crazy and loud they were, you would always know that no matter what, they would be there for you. And Wolf is the father that every little girl dreams of! A good book, in my opinion, makes you feel and get involved in each character, t ...more
Jul 09, 2009 Lea-Ellen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: howard-linda, series
Bk 5 of `Mackenzies' series. Favorite series.
Chance Mackenzie (adopted son of Wolf & Mary) & Sunny Miller. He's an undercover agent; she hand-delivers envelopes/packages to clients all over the world. She's in hiding from her evil, abusive father who is also a terrorist; she has a sister who is also in hiding. Chance arranges to fly her to her destination; the small plane (deliberately) goes down in a canyon, so that he can try to get info from her on her father. She ends up pregnant &am
Oct 05, 2015 Widala rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars.
A disappointing ending to the series.
Feb 02, 2016 Jae rated it really liked it
Needs 85% more groveling
C. I. Chesser
Jul 20, 2016 C. I. Chesser rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This review is going to be one big spoiler, if you haven't read the book don't read this. You've been warned.

The"hero" or government-paid-whore as I came to think of him, Chance, investigates the heroine because he thinks she has something to do with her terrorist father's activities. His investigation consists of fake crashing a plane and seducing Sunny, the heroine. In the book chance alludes to the fact that he's done this kind of investigating, or whoring himself out for answers, before. Any
Mar 18, 2015 Marielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again a Linda Howard book I really liked, but then I like books where the hero isn't all good, although while not being honest with her, he wasn't putting her in danger, so one could argue that he wasn't that bad. But yes, he did lie. And he did lie very very good and a long long time. He didn't force himself on her, so that's a point for him. And yes, in the end I did think she forgave him a little too easily. I would have liked to have him begging some more and making an utter fool of himself ...more
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Linda S. Howington is an American best-selling romance author writing under the pseudonym Linda Howard. After 21 years of penning stories for her own enjoyment, she submitted a novel for publication which was very successful. Her first work was published by Silhouette in 1982. She is a charter member of Romance
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