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A Game of Chance (Mackenzie Family #5)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  4,034 ratings  ·  130 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
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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
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
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
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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
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,
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
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.
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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

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 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
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

“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
Hope Frost
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
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 &
Sheila Melo
A GAME OF CHANCE is the fifth book in the Mackenzie Family series. Is the story of Chance Mackenzie, the adopted son of Wolf and Mary Mackenzie. Chance loves his family but he feels undeserving of their love because of his past. He runs an intelligence unit and makes plans to take down a terrorist by using the terrorist's daughter Sunny Miller. Chance believes that Sunny is involved in her father's crimes. What Chance doesn't know is that Sunny is running for her life from her father. When Chanc ...more
Jess Candela
I loved Sunny, her resourcefulness and cheerful disposition. I got thoroughly annoyed though at how quickly each of these virginal heroines "realizes" she's in love with the guy before they have sex. With Mackenzie's Mountain, Mary and Wolf almost - almost - had enough time and contact beforehand to make it believable. It annoyed me in Mackenzie's Mission though. Then in Mackenzie's Pleasure, there was no question of love before sex and I appreciated that - though not as much when they retroacti ...more
Terrific plot. I was sucked in for the first page! Great balance of suspense and romance with well done spicy scenes. Good alpha male lead, sweet heroine. My only complaint is I really wish the H had to work a little harder in the end, but I usually feel that way. I read the first book from this series, Mackenzie's mountain a while ago. I'm going to have to go back and catch up with the rest of the family.
The "Macks" as my daughter and i began to name them became a part of our lives in a way, you feel that you know them intimately, they are exciting handsome men who have a weakness only for the woman they love! my daughter would have loved to have met her very own "Zane".( me too )
Christina A. Marley
I didn’t read the rest of the ‘series’ but it’s not the sort of book where I had to anyway. They’re connected but can be read independently of each other. The ending seemed a bit rushed for me and was somewhat unsatisfactory. Maybe it was okay to those who read the rest of the series but I didn’t, so my opinion was that the ending was rushed. She forgave him way too easily. I don’t like that Chance used Sunny. I don’t like that he took her virginity. I don’t like that he almost got her killed. A ...more
Finally in audio! I unapologetically adore this final book in the Mackenzie series, flaws and all. Wait...what flaws? I read it at least once a year because it massages all my mushy inside bits exactly right.
Aug 23, 2014 Peni rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: series-story
I'm so sad, this is the last story in the series and I'm so not ready to say good-bye. Chance, in my opinion has always been a wild card. His biggest blessing as well as challenge is his love and devotion to all things MacKenzie. He can stand tall with pride for he shows himself to be more than up to the task of standing with this family. His story is so like him and so worth telling.

As is every story in this series, A Game of Chance can and does stand on its own. However, it is greatly enriched
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Anita Fleming
Note to self: start on page 570

I am sad this is the last Mackenzie book. These books will live on my favorites shelf forever. I loved them all and was not disappointed by this one. It has some of the hottest sex scenes Linda Howard has ever written and the plot was fast paced and really good. I loved it, I cried.

Chance has found the daughter of a really bad terrorist and he and Zane come up with a plan to get information from her. Chance makes Sunny's really bad day go from bad to nightmare when
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Linda S. Howington was born on August 3, 1950 in Alabama, United States. She began to write at nine years old, and wrote for twenty years for her own enjoyment. She worked at a trucking company where she met her husband, and then decided to try and get her work published in 1980. [1:] Her first work was publishe
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  • Mackenzie's Mission (Mackenzie Family, #2)
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