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Chance The Winds of Fortune (Dominick #2)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  511 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
Fortune smiled on Dante Leighton, titled lord turned pirate. Sailing before the Sea Dragon's towering masts, he plundered hearts and cargoes from the Carolinas to Trinidad's turquoise lagoons. But one treasure always eluded him .... Until, a world away, at the English country estate of Lucien and Sabrina Dominick, a series of dazzling intrigues results in the abduction of ...more
Paperback, 505 pages
Published July 1980 by Avon Books (first published January 1st 1980)
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
3 Stowaway Stars

* Some Mild Spoilers*

"You, sir are beneath contempt. You are not fit to wallow with swine."

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"What an insufferable man you are. And whether you are, as you would have me believe, a marquis, or whether you are a tinker, I would still find you the rudest, most vulgar individual I have ever had the misfortune to encounter."

Chance The Winds of Fortune is the 2nd book in the Dominick trilogy. I didn't read the first book, but that isn't a problem. This book can be read as a stand alon
Susan (susayq ~)
3.5 stars

I'm sure you're wondering why only 3.5 stars. Well, when I read a romance book, I expect the couple to meet before the 60% mark. We had the heroine, Lady Rhea Claire, and we had the hero, Captain Dante Leighton, but we didn't have them together until 60%. There was also a lot of other points of view....Rhea's mom, Rhea's dad, Lady Kate, Aunt Mary, even some of the men on the Sea Dragon. Honestly, I thought it was a bit much and would have preferred more Rhea and Dante together. I loved
Lover of Romance
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance My Review
Lady Rhea is the oldest daughter, of Duke and Duchess of Camareigh. Rhea has only known safety and security, living on her family's estate and surrounded by her family. Rhea is drawn into a dangerous world of treachery and adventure when she is kidnapped by her father's enemy. She is shipped off to the colonies as an indentured servant. Rhea manages to escape and straight into the arms of mysterious Captain Dante Leighton. Dante
Chance the Winds of Fortune by Laurie McBain is a 2015 Sourcebooks Casablanca publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

“The Fire which seems extinguished often slumbers beneath the ashes- Pierre Corneille

With diabolical villains plotting revenge, Rhea Claire, the daughter of Sabrina and Lucien, is kidnapped, then manages a daring escape, only to find herself on board the Sea Dragon with Marquis Dante Leighton, who believes
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ARC provided by the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Originally published in the 1980's at the height of the Bodice Ripper genre, Chance the Winds of Fortune is still a wild, adventurous tale of destiny romance. You readers of Lisa Klypus and Julia Quinn should read these re-issued books by Laurie McBain and see how a grand master of the historical romance genre gets it done.

From the first with the introduction of Dante and then with the introduction of Rhea Claire the b
Regan Walker
A Shipboard Romance from the 18th Century: Pirates, Privateers and Sea Captains!

For those of you who read and loved McBain’s Moonstruck Madness, as I did, this is the next book in the Dominick trilogy. The first was set in England and this one begins there but soon takes off for America and the Caribbean. You should read all three, as they comprise one story. This one begins the romance of Dante and Rhea which concludes in book 3.

Set in 1769, it tells of Dante Leighton, captain of the Sea Drago
Laura James
May 06, 2010 rated it did not like it
I almost gave up on this book about 100 times, but for some reason I kept trudging towards the end. I had really enjoyed the prequel to this novel, "Moonstruck Madness" figured that at some point the story would pick up and it would get good, but it just never did. McBain spent countless page after page detailing mundane subplots and only dedicated about 20 pages to any dialogue or interaction between the hero and heroine. Overall the romance was very underdeveloped and anticlimactic and the sto ...more
Jill Dunlop
Feb 26, 2010 rated it did not like it
Dante Leighton is the Captain of a cargo ship that sails from the Caribbean to the Carolinas. He won a map to a sunken Spanish ship in a card game. He is used to seeing treasure maps, but this time it appears to be the real thing. He crosses paths with Lady Rhea Claire Dominick when he finds her asleep in his cabin on his ship. She had been kidnapped from her family and shipped from London to the colonies to be sold as an indentured servant. Dante can’t just let her go because she has seen the m ...more
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, netgally, hr
I struggled to finish this book, i think because i started reading it thinking I'm getting into an old fashioned bodice ripper - not so!

It probably because this is the second book in the series that a lot of attention was given to characters that I didn't want to read about were as our H and h only met in the second half of book by then i was already frustrated by the meaningless scenes, too much descriptions and very long conversations all of which could have been summarized and we still would
Janet Robel
Aug 31, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm so sorry. I was really looking forward to reading this book. Kept putting the book down after a few pages. There were lovely descriptions and details. I had high hopes this was going to be an amazing story but I couldn't push on after four chapters. This isn't one that I would recommend since I wasn't able to finish.
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
...revenge, rescue and romance!

Old quarrels and revenge reach out after years and strike at Lucien Dominick's family.
The focus of these attempts is his daughter Lady Rhea Claire, sold as an indentured servant and incarcerated in the bowels of a ship bound for Charles Town.
Rhea, a breath of golden jessamine, manages to escape but in the hue and cry of the chase hides out in a dangerous place--the cabin of privateer Dante Leighton, Marquis of Jacqobi and captain of the Sea Dragon.
Dante might be sc
long. je me suis ennuyée... l'auteur passe trop de temps à nous parler des parents :((((
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I read this one a while ago. I believe I liked it a lot.
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
ARC provided in exchange for review.

DNR. I could not finish it. I've gone back a couple times and couldn't get interested.
Bambi Unbridled
Lud, this book gave me heart palpitations and anxiety. It's truly one of those old-school romances that I love so much. They just don't write books like this anymore, so I am happy to see some of them being re-released (without being turned into the fluff reads that most historicals are today).

I was chatting with someone recently who compared these books to the current trend of "dark romance." I agreed with her somewhat, the historical romances written in the 60s-80s did often have darker event
Sheila Melo
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Epic Saga That Depends Upon Reading the Whole Series

FINAL DECISION: This book suffers from the middle book syndrome. If a reader hasn't read the first book in the series then it will feel incomplete and it needs the third book in the series to complete the story. As a family saga, I enjoyed the characters and the sweeping story. I ended up liking the first book in the story better after reading this and liked this book better after reading the third.

THE STORY: The Dominick family saga began with
Sep 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a complimentary book from Net Galley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

One of the first historical romances I read was Moonstruck Madness by Laurie McBain which was written in 1971. I remember that I enjoyed that book very much. Therefore, when I saw that this book was a sequel, I decided to read it and revisit some of my favorite characters.

Chance the Wind of Fortune was written in 1980 and is the second book in a trilogy. This is the story of Rhea Dominick, the daug
J. W. Garrett
I did not know this was book two of a trilogy. However it stood alone due to the amount of back story provided. That in itself was a problem as it made it difficult to follow the cast of characters as it was ever changing back and forth between continents, past, present, family history, grudges, hatred, death, madness, indiscretions, intrigue, and murder attempts. I wasn’t sure where the story was going until all the details were laid out. You needed a flowchart to keep up with every story threa ...more
Sep 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Chance The Winds of Fortune by Laurie McBain is the second book in the Dominick trilogy. The first book -- Moonstruck Madness is the story of Lucien and Sabrina Dominick. Book two is the story of their daughter, Rhea Claire and privateer, Dante Leighton captain of the Sea Dragon.

Rhea Claire Dominick is the eldest child of Lucien and Sabrina, Duke and Duchess of Camareigh. She is a beautiful young woman who is being courted by the Earl of Rendale. Lucien Dominick is a powerful Duke and has enemie
Originally Reviewed For: Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy

Chance is book two in her Dominick's series.. It tells the story of a family caught up in the intrigues and jealousies of a vicious relative.

Rhea Claire Dominick is the beloved oldest child of Lucien and Sabrina Dominick (Hero and Heroine of Moonstruck Madness). A cousin of Lucien's was ever jealous of him and has finally managed to find a way for revenge. She has Rhea Clair kidnapped and sold into indentured servitude. Rhea Clai
Aug 17, 2015 rated it liked it
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Katherine Yearwood
Chance the Winds of Fortune would be my first book by Laurie McBain and the first in this series. Chance the Winds of Fortune is the second book in the Dominick Trilogy. Well, let me start with what I enjoyed about this book. That was the action. After they finally kidnapped Lady Rhea Clair is when the book really took off and got interesting. Everyone got into the action of trying to locate Rhea Claire even down to her two little brothers. Laurie McBain has done a tremendous job of writing stro ...more
Lesia Chambliss
This was an epic adventure, to be sure! On the high seas with privateers, drunken sailors, a search for sunken treasure. In England there was a madwoman seeking her revenge and dragging innocents into her dangerous game. Death, and kidnapping are among the least of what has happened at Camareigh. I've given this story 5 Stars. It deserves it for the well directed writing by Laurie McBain, and depth of her characters. There are quite a few characters, but don't worry you will want to know all the ...more
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I liked this book so much. It is hard to pass up a pirate and a lady thrown together through no fault of their own.

Lady Rhea Claire has been kidnapped and is about to be shipped to the Colonies. Dante Leighton is captain of the Sea Dragon as well as a Marquis by birth. His estate has been taken from him by neerdowell relatives.

Our author wove an engaging story that kept me enthralled as these two come together when lady Rhea seeks refuge on Dante's ship while attempting to escape her kidnapper
J.A. Kenney
Aug 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, arcs, historical
This is a great example of both what is great about classic literature, and it's short falls.

Chance was written very well in 3rd party omniscient, and was reminiscent of Pride and Prejudice or even the Lord of the Rings. It addressed a great deal of drama and action in a very removed way. We have ship battles that only appear in brief flashbacks, and so many random characters "chiming" in and adding pages and pages of detail from one time characters.

From a modern perspective neither main charac
Oct 08, 2015 rated it liked it
This novel was published in 1980 and I read it several years after it was published. I remember thinking that Dante Leighton was the hunkiest titled lord turned pirate that had ever sailed the seven seas. At that time, Laurie McBain was a pioneer of historical romance. The novel is quite dramatic, with lush settings and high energy scenes. But, Dante and Rea do not meet until almost the halfway point in the book.

This book is being re-released thirty-five years later. The romance genre has evolv
Angel Hatfield
May 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Dante Leighton is the Marquis of Jacobi but turned pirate and captains the Sea Dragon. Dante is after a treasure on a sunken Spanish ship. Dante finds Rhea asleep in his cabin on his ship. Dante believes rhea is a spy. But Lady Rhea had been kidnapped by her father’s enemy. Dante doesn’t trust women as the last one had betrayed him. Rhea tells Dante that her parents are the Duke and Duchess of Camareigh and she was kidnapped then sold as a slave yet she escaped.
This was suppose to be a romance
Sally Hannoush
Jul 23, 2015 rated it liked it
This book took me until 30% to actually become interested in whats happening. Normally I would have given up long before but I was trying hard to keep it out of the DNF pile. The story was good but the long way it took getting there was difficult for me. There is too much description and details that I did not care about. Reading the book was slow but I got it done. I have the next book but I'm not sure if I want to bother trying to start it because it seems like too much work. I never read the ...more
Debbie Glenn Brown
I really enjoyed this book Chance the Winds of Fortune. Lady Rhea Clair Dominick is the daughter of the Duke of Camareigh. Lady Rhea is kidnapped is cruelly ripped away from her family and set on a course of adventures by the Dukes long lost cruel and crazy cousin. Lady Rhea is sent to the colonies to be indentured and she meets our sexy handsome hero Dante Leighton where she stows away on his ship along the way. Dante is a privateer and on the hunt for treasure from a map he has in his possessi ...more
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