Chances (Lucky Santangelo Series)

Chances (Lucky Santangelo Series)

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by Jackie Collins
     
 

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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.  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446357173
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
03/25/2008
Series:
Lucky Santangelo Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
816
Sales rank:
66,485
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.38(d)

Meet the Author

There have been many imitators, but only Jackie Collins can tell you what really goes on in the fastest lane of all. From Beverly Hills bedrooms to a raunchy prowl along the streets of Hollywood; from glittering rock parties and concerts to stretch limos and the mansions of power brokers-Jackie Collins chronicles the real truth from the inside looking out.

Jackie Collins has been called a "raunchy moralist" by the late director Louis Malle and "Hollywood's own Marcel Proust" by Vanity Fair magazine. With more than 500 million copies of her books sold in more than forty countries, and with some thirty New York Times bestsellers to her credit, Jackie Collins is one of the world's top-selling novelists. She is known for giving her readers an unrivaled insider's knowledge of Hollywood and the glamorous lives and loves of the rich, famous, and infamous. "I write about real people in disguise," she says. "If anything, my characters are toned down-the truth is much more bizarre."

Visit Jackie's website at www.jackiecollins.com, and follow her on Instagram and Twitter at JackieJCollins, Facebook at www.facebook.com/jackiecollins, and Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/jackiejcollins.

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Brief Biography

Hometown:
Los Angeles, California
Date of Birth:
October 4, 1941
Place of Birth:
London, England
Website:
http://www.jackiecollins.com

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Chances (Lucky Santangelo Series) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
I was asked to review this book in celebration of the re-release of Chances for ereaders. Chances is the first book in Jackie Collins Lucky Santangelo series. This book literally has everything you can ever want in a story. There is family drama, mystery, murder, suspense, romance, and a lil comedy. The story starts with Gino Santangelo as a young boy. Continues telling his story with his wife, Maria, their 2 children, Lucky and Mario, and many of their thug like friends. My favorite story line is of Lucky, even though she is a female, taking over Gino’s empire when he is forced of the country by the IRS. To see Gino’s daughter grow into a very tough, hard, core woman made me envious. She truly made it to the top of a man’s world in a time that women mostly were stayed home and behind the man. The side story of Carrie, a young lady, who grew up as a hooker and drug addict intertwined perfectly with Gino and Lucky’s story. It kept me curious as to how the stories were going to mesh together over and over again. I loved how Carries son, Steven, and Lucky met and cannot wait to see where that story heads. Usually I am a fast reader with Chances I slowed way down so that I would not reach the end too quickly. Now that I am finished I want to read it again and again. I definitely will read the next book in this series.
sfe84105 More than 1 year ago
I read this book many many years ago. The characters are so real that you think you know them. I have read every book in the Santangelo series by Jackie Collins and "Chances" will always be my favorite. Lucky is everyone's favorite character, but my favorite is Gina 'The Ram'. If you have never read this first book, read it and enjoy. You won't want to put it down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first became enraptured with Jackie Collins by picking up the book Chances. Through the years I've read it at least 3 times and I have just purchased it again because my library doesnt have it. Gino Santangelo, his daughter Lucky, the Bonnatti family...are all enmeshed in intrigue, spite, revenge, murder, lust and when you finish the book I swear it will leave you wanting more. I waited on baited breath for her other books in the Lucky Santangelo series to come out and have read every one. I just finished Dangerous Kiss and now I'm going to start over again from the best of the beginning, Chances. Fabulous, awesome and I cant wait for more!
JessLucy More than 1 year ago
This book has it all: family drama, mystery, suspense, romance, and comedy. I love the whole series and all of Jackie Collins' books but this one is by far my favorite. Truly an absorbing saga that will draw you in and capture your heart and mind. This is the haunting life story of Gino Santengelo and his family. At times I cried and at times I laughed out loud; this story will stay with you for a long time. If you love long novels and saga series, I would also recommend: The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough, The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye, The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet, and the Clan of the Cave Bear series by Jean Auel.
Anonymous_Bailey More than 1 year ago
I first read this book in the 11th grade. It took me three days and I would literally sit up at night with a flashlight underneath a blanket, so that I could read without my parents telling me to go to bed because I had school in the morning. Since then I've read the book at least 3 times and it's one of those stories that never gets old and always feels like the first time when you read it. I highly recommend this book to ANYONE, including people who don't like to read. I guarantee that this one is a page turner and you won't be able to put it down.
Anonymous 24 days ago
Amazing ! I 've heard of Jackie Colleen 's books forever but this is the first one I've read . Just outstanding .
Anonymous 3 months ago
This is my first J Collins read. Very impressive. Amazing how the mafia works. Will read others.
AMNB 3 months ago
A classic novel. This book introduces readers to the powerhouse that is Lucky Santangelo.
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Best Jackie Collins book!
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Jackie has a great mind
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Alaska-Kath More than 1 year ago
Kept my interest.
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So this book is just sex and affairs. Ginos stories would bore me all he does is have sex with women cheat on his wife. I don't like luckys character in this book I didn't like her in confessions of a wild child either. The only story I loved was carries. I wish this book was just about her. The things she went through and never gave up. Now that is a story!!!
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RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
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 the Santangelos. Father Gino and daughter Lucky are so much alike that they can barely be in the same room with each other, let alone the same state. Dario, Lucky’s brother, wants nothing to do with his father nor his sister, whom he is so completely sure is out to get him. Chances flips back and forth from modern day to the past; from Gino to Lucky to Carrie…you may not remember all the players names, but you sure as hell will remember where they came from and who they are by the end of the book. Lucky is the type of woman some women want to emulate, but others look at with disdain and hidden longing. She is tough, gritty, ballsy, and brutally blunt. Lucky isn’t afraid t go after what she wants. Gino tugs at your heart strings from the very beginning. The mom in me wanted to cuddle him after reading about the piss poor parents he had, and the woman in me wondered if he really is as good a lover as everyone says he is. Carrie’s story is heart-wrenching, there’s no doubt about that, but she isn’t afraid to pull herself up by her bootstraps and make the best out of what she’s been handed in her life. Steven…yeah, for the longest time I just wanted to slap him. If ever there was a male who irritates me more than my own husband does, it’d be Steven. Oh wait, Dario is pretty annoying as well. Costa has his moments, but he’s a good friend to Gino, who didn’t deserve him at all. I enjoyed reading about the Mob from Collins’s point of view; in fact I found it downright fascinating. But that’s what one can expect from her time and time again. One of these days I’ll own all of the books in the Santangelo Family series and spend a month lost in their world. On second thought, it may take me two months to read them all…there’s quite a few books {8 in total at the time this review was written} and at least a few thousand pages between them all. Take a chance on Chances…you won’t be disappointed. Warning:  This book is not for the faint of heart. There is lots of graphic sexual encounters both hetero and homosexual in nature. There’s also graphic language, violence, etc. etc. This book also contains subjects that may be triggering to some {rape, incest}.
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Laine-librariancanreadtoo More than 1 year ago
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 often...by women of course, and all giddy to read it. I have heard that Jackie Collins write romance novels. ROMANCE novels. Not really my cup of Tall Caramel Macchiato Whole Milk. One time, this lady patron asked me if we had a certain Jackie Collins book she was looking for. As I was searching I wondered EXACTLY what kind of books did Jackie Collins write. It felt like I just asked a Harvard student in History class give me the lecture on History, FROM DAY ONE!!! I couldn't get this lady to...um....how can I say this delicately....TO SHUT UP!!! She kept going on, and on and on and I'm like  "Okay..wow. Looks like I'll have to read it. Hear's your book it's all checked out...the doors are...no sweetie the doors are over there. (Don't let them hit ya on the way out)!"  But with all that talk guess what I did?! That's right I checked out the First book in the Lucky Santangelo series: Chances. And I gotta tell ya.....this book is very and I mean VERY different than the kind of books I read!! As I opened the first few pages of Chances with my Caramel Macchiato sitting beside me, I get engrossed  into the life of a Gangster named Gino Santangelo from when he was boy living on the streets trying to make a living sees the light of day as a Gangster and makes a living at it. People come and go in Gino's life and he is trying to make the best of things...some good some bad. Making "offers they can't refuse" is the name of the game and Gino does a pretty bang up job doing so. Making friends along the way while making enemies that could cost him dearly, and has. Fast forward many years later, we see his daughter Lucky trying to make the best of things and loving every minute of it. The power of course is so juicy the she can't let it go when dearest Daddy comes back from a vacation. How can Gino back away from his own operation, even if it is in the hands of his daughter? How can he let go of the past that has haunted him over the years and just become old like everyone else? Not Gino Santangelo. But when things start going south for Gino, he has to rely on his daughter Lucky to make things right. I got kind of lost a few times, for the book kept going back and forth from the past to the present. But after a while, I got used to it and noticed it actually helped the story line a lot. It broaden your horizon on what was going on to the main characters and many of the main characters that were mentioned you as the reader didn't realize how much of a role they played in Santangelo's family all those many years ago. They talk about New York being a big city and all but when Jackie Collins put together these main characters, it's actually a small city where everyone knows everybody and has ran across each others path far too many times. A great read, if you are into the whole "Godfather" affect and really into romance. Romance that isn't like Jill Shalvis or Debbie Macomber, no I mean the part that goes "Oohhh awww faster, FASTER!!! Thank goodness that's over with! Leave the money on the table on your way out. See you next week." We've got hookers, gangsters, crooked politicians, booze, drugs, sex you name it and it's all tidied up in this first book of eight!! 
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