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LUCKY SANTANGELO

IS BACK IN

Jackie Collins'

SCINTILLATING NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

She's the seductively beautiful, street-smart survivor who fought for fame and power in Hollywood and happiness in marriage. She's the strong, exciting woman who dares to take chances -- and always wins. Now, driven by raw fury when a member of her family is randomly gunned down, Lucky hunts for a killer throughout glamorous Los Angeles. But her quest for revenge is complicated by the sudden return of a man from her past -- a man with a

Dangerous Kiss

...will it destroy everything she has?

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Editorial Reviews

Michiko Kakutani
[Reviewed by "Austin Powers":]"Steady now, don't have a thrombo...Jackie's No. 1 Bond girl Lucky Santangelo is pretty shagadelic herself...one smashing baby, baby....Am I right or am I right? Oh, behave!"
The New York Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lucky's back--and the myriad fans of the Santangelo novels (most recently, Vendetta) will be glued to the page. Once again, Lucky has the weight of the world on her gorgeous shoulders. Again, she triumphs in love and business, with enough violence in her wake to make Mickey Spillane shudder. Daughter of mobster Gino, whose Las Vegas empire was her proving ground in previous novels, Lucky's a chip off the headstrong block. She's Lennie Golden's hot, adoring wife (as long as she doesn't have to make lunch), a doting mom (who frequently packs the kids off for the weekend) and a major Hollywood player as the head of Panther Studios--until she abruptly decides to sell. Most of her ardor and energy, though, go into troubleshooting for her large, biracial, multinational clan, including her black half-brother, Steven, a handsome lawyer whose actress wife, Mary Lou, is killed during a carjacking (Lennie's at the wheel), and her goddaughter, Brigette, supermodel and ultra-rich Greek shipping heiress who falls prey to a no-account count and is forcibly addicted to heroin while pregnant. As Lennie battles depression, Lucky struggles with the attentions of director Alex Woods, who never lets her forget the night they shared while Lennie was sweating a prequel kidnapping ordeal in an Italian cave. (Collins doesn't shortchange the new reader on back story.) Fierce monogamist Lucky excuses her own slip (she'd thought Lennie was dead) but has a hard time forgiving Lennie when his Sicilian rescuer, bosomy Claudia, appears with a hearing-impaired five-year-old son who's a Lennie look-alike. Claudia conveniently dies saving Lennie's life once more, for Collins shares Lucky's ruthlessness with people in her way. Believable? Not for a minute. Entertaining? Of course. Agent, Morton Janklow. Literary Guild and Doubleday main selections; author tour. (June) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Collins superheroine Lucky Santangelo gets her revenge when two people she cares for are killed in a car-jacking.
Michiko Kakutani
[Reviewed by "Austin Powers":]"Steady now, don't have a thrombo...Jackie's No. 1 Bond girl Lucky Santangelo is pretty shagadelic herself...one smashing baby, baby....Am I right or am I right? Oh, behave!"
The New York Times
Kirkus Reviews
The fifth in a series featuring sexy Lucky Santangelo (Vendetta, 1997, etc.), the feminist, gun-toting head of Panther Studios. Lucky is a survivor, and she's had a lot to survive. She was only five when she discovered her mother dead in a swimming pool, murdered by her nemesis, the Bonnatti family. And then Lucky's third husband and soulmate, the handsome Hollywood director Lennie Golden, was kidnaped and manacled for six months in a cave in Sicily, rescued from same by the young and lovely Claudia, with whom he had a one-day stand. Lennie had been married previously to the daughter of Lucky's second husband, the Greek shipping magnate Dmitri Stanislopoulos, and Lucky's former step-granddaughter Brigette Stanislopoulos, a "top supermodel," has also had plenty of death and sexual perversion to survive, though she hasn't done it as well as Lucky. When we join up with everyone now, Lucky is 40 but still the smartest, most beautiful woman in Hollywood, and Lennie is directing a film starring Mary Lou, the wife of Lucky's black half-brother Steven—until, on the way from the studio, Mary Lou is murdered in a carjacking. Brigette, meanwhile, is raped and turned into a heroin addict by her vicious Italian husband Carlo, who hopes to steal her inheritance (from her grandfather, the shipping magnate). And Claudia shows up from Sicily with Lennie's illegitimate son, the product of that one-day stand. In the end, Lucky threatens Carlo with castration, shoots a psychopath threatening Lennie, and agrees to raise Lennie's Sicilian son. If you like Collins, this one's a hoot. Well, even if you don't. (Literary Guild Main selection; Doubleday Book Club Main selection; TV and radio satellite tour;author tour)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671020958
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Series: Lucky Santangelo Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 4.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jackie Collins

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 twenty-seven 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 unrivalled 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 www.jackiecollins.com, and follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/JackieJCollins, Facebook at www.facebook.com/jackiecollins and Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/jackiejcollins.

Biography

Louis Malle may have branded Jackie Collins a "raunchy moralist," but it wasn't her sense of ethical propriety that had her in a snit when Kenneth Starr dutifully reported to the nation the details of the pseudo-coupling between Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. It was her literary pride. "Everybody said that the Monica Lewinsky stuff in the Starr report was like a Jackie Collins book," she told the Chicago Tribune in 2001, "but if I'd written it, the sex would have been better."

Unquestionably. Jacqueline Susann may be the Emily Bronte of the naughty bits, but Collins is surely Charlotte, having filled her books to the rim with skin since her first novel The World Is Full of Married Men appeared in 1968. Since then, there has been a string of sexy Hollywood moguls, sexy models, sexy wives of Hollywood moguls, sexy divorcées and sexy children of Hollywood moguls in such titles as Chances, Lucky and Throb as well as The Bitch and The Stud (both made into movies starring big sister Joan).

The critics, when they take notice at all, tend to sniff. ("While no one expects Lady Boss to be a literary banquet, certainly a yummy little snack is in order" is about the best to expect from The New York Times.) But those who can look past the satin sheets and champagne flutes see more going on in the Collins canon. Hers is a dissection of the vacuous, viperish entertainment class hiding behind designer sunglasses in Los Angeles. Vanity Fair called her "Hollywood's own Marcel Proust.” The Advocate hinted that she might be the Charles Dickens of Beverly Hills. And Joe Queenan, a Hollywood player himself, said Collins's 1993 novel American Star was nothing less than a lament of the American family's demise.

"It would be easy to self-righteously label this book trashy and worthless -- but it's not entirely either," the Detroit News wrote in a review of Collins's 1983 novel Hollywood Wives. "Jackie Collins has a talent for titillation and a knack for wooing the most reluctant of readers into a plot that spends 15 percent of the time peeking at people in the sack and the other 85 percent daydreaming about it. Deliberately or not, she speaks eloquently of emptiness through the lives of people who would seem to have everything: French poodles, Mexican maids, American Express."

And Judy Bass wrote in the Los Angeles Times that Collins's gimlet eye for detail is what makes her novels such a gas: "Collins caricatures the life styles of the rich and famous with devastating accuracy. She spoofs every nuance of their attire, speech and relationships, never allowing tedium or predictability to dilute the reader's fun."

There are a number of recurring characters in Collins's books, though none better known than Lucky Santangelo, the sexy (natch) film studio owner who has appeared in Lucky, Lady Boss, Vendetta: Lucky's Revenge and Dangerous Kiss. The Lucky series bring together all the required ingredients of a Collins cocktail: the rich and famous, the shifty Hollywood shenanigans, scheming opportunists and a bug-on-the-wall vantage point of every -- or every other -- bedroom in the 90210 zip code.

Time once wrote of a Collins novel that it allowed the reader the rare opportunity to watch adverbs mate. Of course. There's a high art to the lowbrow. The Village Voice, writing in 2000, understood that: "The beauty of the trashy novel is twofold: It's a lightning-quick read, and you can howl in smug superiority as you turn the pages. Lethal Seduction, the latest from well-appointed and leopard-print-swathed Queen of Trash Jackie Collins, is a prime example of page-turning, literary-hauteur-stoking fun."

But it might have been People, reviewing Vendetta: Lucky's Revenge, that most succinctly summed up the contradictory seductiveness of the Jackie Collins novel: "embarrassing to pick up, impossible to put down."

Good To Know

Collins makes a mean meatloaf. "It's the herbs and spices," she told Biography magazine, "and my essence."

Collins spends about a year writing each novel, and does so entirely in longhand.

She eschews the stodgy demands of grammar. "I don't basically understand grammar," she is quoted as saying in Contemporary Popular Writers. "I call myself a street writer. I write purely by instinct. I've decided people don't speak in grammatical conversations.... The important thing is I get people into the bookstores who probably wouldn't be there otherwise."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Jacqueline Jill Collins (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      Los Angeles, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 4, 1941
    2. Place of Birth:
      London, England

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Chapter Ten

Finally Lennie said the magic words. "Cut. Print. That's a wrap everyone.

"Thank goodness," Mary Lou said, rushing to her trailer, unbuttoning the suit she'd worn in the scene on her way.

Terri, one of the wardrobe assistants, ran behind her. "Can I help?" Terri asked. She was black, overweight, and out of breath, but full of enthusiasm. Like everyone else on the set, she adored Mary Lou and would do anything for her.

"Yes!" Mary Lou said. "I need to be ready like an hour ago!"

"You got it," Terri said. "I'm here to assist."

"How's that little brother of yours?" Mary Lou asked as they reached her trailer.

"Doin' okay, thanks," Terri answered, marveling that Mary Lou even remembered her confiding about her sixteen-year-old brother, who'd recently gotten arrested for vandalism. "They gave him three months' probation."

"That should teach him a lesson."

"My mama taught him a lesson," Terri said, rolling her eyes. "She paddled his ass so fine he couldn't sit down for a week!"

"Good," Mary Lou said. "Now he'll think twice next time he plans on getting out of line."

"Ain't that the truth," Terri said, hanging up Mary Lou's skirt after she stepped out of it.

"Y'know," Mary Lou said, opening the small fridge where she'd hidden her heart-shaped diamond earrings and necklace -- anniversary gifts from Steven -- "If you like, I can arrange for my husband to see him, give him some advice about how not to get into trouble."

Terri's expression perked up. "Really?"

"Steven's great with kids. He occasionally talks to boys at a school in Compton -- helps them with career tips, that kind of thing. They think he's the greatest."

"I bet."

"Sometimes we have a few of them over for a barbecue. Steven knows how to motivate. He makes them want to get an education and do well."

"Sounds like exactly what my little brother needs," Terri said, carefully removing Mary Lou's white, shimmering evening gown from its protective plastic covering.

"I'll arrange it," Mary Lou said, unhooking her bra and reaching for her dress.

"You're so slim," Terri said enviously, watching as Mary Lou navigated her way into the slinky gown.

"It's called hardly ever eating!" Mary Lou said ruefully. "In my job you have to be thin. I'd much sooner be pigging out on fried chicken and grits. But I figure one of these days -- way, way in the future -- that's what I'll do. Right now it's important I keep my figure.

"Look at me," Terri said with a helpless shrug. "I'm eighty pounds overweight."

"Make a goal," Mary Lou said. "Promise yourself you'll lose four pounds a month. Take it slow and easy, and in less than two years you'll be down to the weight you want."

Terri laughed at the thought. "I can't do that."

"Yes you can," Mary Lou said. "We can do anything we set our minds to."

"Gee, I wish that was true," Terri said wistfully.

"Do I look all right?" Mary Lou asked.

"Fine as silk," Terri said with a sigh, zipping the back of her dress.

"Thanks," Marv Lou said, quickly applying a thin coat of lip gloss. "Now, I promise I won't forget about your brother. I'll talk to Steven tonight."

"You're the best," Terri said.

"No I'm not," Mary Lou said. "It's just that I understand when someone needs guidance. One day I'll tell you how Steven and I first met. Boy! Did I need guidance then! Actually, it's quite a story."

"Tell me now," Terri pleaded.

"No time now," Mary Lou said, laughing. "Sit with me at lunch tomorrow and I'll reveal everything. Oh yes, and tomorrow you're starting your diet -- right?"

"If you say so."

There was a knock on the trailer door, followed by Lennie calling out, "You ready?"

"Just about," she said, quickly putting on her spike-heeled silver shoes as Terri opened the trailer door.

"Let's get going," Lennie said. "If I don't make it in time for her speech, Lucky will kill me." He took her arm and helped her down the steps.

"'Bye, Terri," Mary Lou said, waving.

"Don't you look something," Lennie remarked as they made their way to his car.

"Like my dress?" Mary Lou asked, doing a little twirl for him.

"Love it," he said. "But you'd better prepare yourself -- Steven'll have a heart attack when he sees you. He's too old to have a wife who looks like you."

"Great!" Mary Lou said, laughing. "Don't tell him that, he's already experiencing a midlife crisis."

"Steven is?"

"He thinks he's getting fat and boring."

"C'mon. Mister Handsome?"

Mary Lou giggled. "I told him he can turn into the fattest, most boring man in the world, and I'll still love him."

"What a woman!"

"He's the best."

"So are you."

"Thank you, Lennie. I appreciate that."

"Hey," Lennie said, as they trekked down the street. "I'm afraid it didn't occur to me to hire a limo for tonight. I prefer driving myself. But what with you looking so outrageous, I realize I should've gotten us a car."

"Don't be silly," Mary Lou said. "I'm happy as long as we get there. And the sooner the better." She smiled softly. "Y'know, it's so funny; Steven and I have been married almost nine years, yet when I'm away from him, even if it's only for a day, I still miss him."

"I know what you mean," Lennie said. "Sometimes I look around at all the miserable marriages in this town, y'know -- people playing musical beds and getting divorced -- and I think how happy I am with Lucky. She's my everything. Yes, I'm into working, but coming home to her at the end of the day makes it all worthwhile."

"That's how I feel," Mary Lou said, wide eyed. "We're exactly alike."

"Yeah, except you're a little bit younger than me," Lennie said.

"Just a tiny bit," she said, smiling.

Buddy caught up with them on their way to Lennie's car. "Baby, you look hot!" he said to Mary Lou, checking her out admiringly.

"Why, thank you, Buddy," she said, well aware of his respectful crush. "Coming from you that's a real compliment."

"What's that mean, 'coming from me'?" Buddy said, putting on the charm big time.

"Well," Mary Lou said, half smiling, "everyone knows you're the campus superstud."

"Yeah?" he said, preening. "I got myself a reputation, have I?"

"Let me see, Buddy," she said, pretending to think about it. "Since we've been making this movie I've observed at least three different girls visiting you on the set."

"My sisters," Buddy said, grinning.

She grinned back. "Your sisters, my ass!"

"And a fine ass it is too, if I may say so."

"C'mon," Lennie said, opening the passenger door of his Porsche and hustling Mary Lou inside. "You two can flirt tomorrow. Right now we gotta get going."

She settled into the front seat, fastened her seat belt, and gave a little wave to Buddy, who hovered by the car.

"Does your husband know how lucky he is?" Buddy said, as Lennie ran around and started the car.

"I hope so," she said, blowing him a kiss.

"Baby," Buddy sighed. "If you ever decide you want bigger and better, I am waiting!"

"There's no such thing as bigger and better than my Steven," Mary Lou said. "Sorry to disappoint you."

"Oh, baby, baby," Buddy said, shaking his head. "You are something else."

The Porsche took off. Mary Lou closed the window and grinned. "I hope he makes me look good on screen."

"Buddy's the best," Lennie said. "And considering he has a thing about you, you will look sensational."

"It's so much fun to be making a movie with you, Lennie," she said. "I never imagined we'd work together, and now it's even better than I thought it would be."

"Hey -- you're a pleasure to work with."

"Coming from you that's a big compliment."

"I'm bummed we had to run so late tonight," Lennie said, adjusting his rearview mirror. "D'you think Lucky will be pissed?"

"Lucky never gets pissed at you."

"Oh yeah?" he said, knowing his wife. "It's almost eight-thirty. By the time we get there it'll be past nine. Trust me -- tonight she will be pissed."

Copyright © 1999 by Chances, Inc.

Chapter Eleven

The boy threw himself into the jeep, adrenaline coursing through his veins, vision blurred. The girl wasn't far behind, giggling insanely.

"How many didja get?" she asked, falling into the passenger seat.

"Four," he said, heart pumping wildly.

"Chicken," she said. "I got six. We'd better get outta here before they send a guard after us."

The boy didn't need to be told twice. He started the jeep, and they roared out of the parking lot, practically colliding with a blue Toyota driven by an elderly man who shook his fist at them.

The girl reached for a beer, cracked one open and handed it to him. He was already drunk, but who cared? He felt like he could do anything. He wasn't stuck in the house, he was out and free. Freedom was a good thing. Freedom ruled!

The girl knew how to enjoy herself, she always had. When they'd been small and growing up together, she'd always taken the initiative, showed him the way to go. Sometimes she'd even stood up for him.

"Let's see what you got," the girl said, fumbling in his pockets.

"Didn't know I was supposed to choose. Grabbed anything I could."

"Crap," the girl said, disgusted. "You're supposed to get stuff we want." She pulled a CD out of his pocket. "Céline Dion!" she exclaimed. "Who listens to her?"

"I told you," the boy said, embarrassed. "Wasn't looking."

"Dunce!" the girl said, reaching under her sweater and pulling out a CD of Ice-T. "Put this on."

He slipped the disk into the player, and throbbing, loud rap filled the jeep.

The girl began moving her body to the beat, then she reached in her pocket for a cigarette, lit up, took a drag, and handed it to him.

"Don't smoke," he mumbled.

"You're such a wuss," she muttered. "New York sure didn't wise you up."

"I smoked grass there," he boasted.

"Ooooh!" she said mockingly. "What a bad motherfucker you are. How about coke -- you ever done that?"

He shook his head. His dad was against drugs, having once been a major user of anything he could get his hands on.

"Wanna try?" she suggested. "I got some, y'know."

"Where'd you score coke?" he asked.

"Don't you worry 'bout that," she said with a sly smile. "I can score anything I want. I got friends in all the wrong places."

Copyright © 1999 by Chances, Inc.

Chapter Twelve

"Where's that husband of yours?" Gino asked.

"I wish I knew," Lucky replied, tight lipped as she wondered the same thing herself.

"Has he left the location yet?" Venus asked, leaning into their conversation.

"Yes," Lucky said. "I called the production trailer. He and Mary Lou took off ten minutes ago."

"Where were they shooting?"

"Downtown. It'll take them at least half an hour to get here."

"Not the way Lennie drives," Steven interjected. "I hope Mary Lou remembers to buckle her seat belt."

"Are you accusing Lennie of being a bad driver?" Lucky sniffed.

"He's a road warrior," Steven said, sounding amused. "Thinks he's the only one out there."

"He's a defensive driver," Lucky explained. "And certainly better than you, Steven. You drive like an old lady, huddled over the wheel like it's gonna jump up and bite your ass!"

"Whaaat?"

"Seriously," Lucky said. "What shall I do? My speech is already half an hour late, but I refuse to give it without Lennie being here."

"Why?" Steven asked.

"Because I can't, that's why."

"He must've heard it? Didn't you rehearse?"

"No. It's a surprise. Okay?"

"Well, maybe you could read it to him later. Y'know, like when you're in bed."

"Brilliant bad idea," she drawled sarcastically.

"Don't get uptight. Go tell the organizers to delay it."

"They're already on my case. My speech was supposed to be before dinner. After dinner there's entertainment."

"Why don't you tell 'em to serve dinner, and by the time it's finished, Lennie will be here, and you can make your speech."

"Oh, great!" Lucky said. "When everyone's stuffed and complacent, I get up."

"Hey, listen -- it's your problem, not mine. If I were you, I'd give it now."

"No, Steven. I'm going to wait, okay?"

"Whatever you want."

Right, she thought. The story of my life. I've always done whatever I want.

She was mad at Lennie. Oh sure, he was shooting a movie, but he was the director, so if he'd planned it right he could've wrapped early.

She got up and went to talk to the organizers, stopping at several tables along the way, greeting friends and acquaintances in the movie business. Oh yes, they were all nice to her now because she owned and ran a movie studio. But when she wasn't in the movie business, would it be true what they said? That in Hollywood, if you didn't have a hit, people crossed the street to avoid you?

Maybe, maybe not. She couldn't care less, because she'd always walked her own road. Lucky was not conventional in any way. Perhaps that was why she and Venus were such good friends.

The organizers threw a fit when she told them her plan. She stood firm. They finally agreed. Since she was the star of the evening, they had no choice.

Alex joined her as she made her way back to their table. "Husband running late, huh?" he said, taking her arm in a proprietary fashion.

"Hey -- nobody knows better than you what it's like when you're in production," she said coolly.

"True," he said. "But if it was me, and I knew it was your evening, I would've wrapped early."

Alex was voicing her thoughts, and it aggravated her. He had an uncanny way of tuning in to what she was thinking.

"How's your mother?" she asked, knowing exactly how to set his teeth on edge. Alex had an extremely domineering mother, the French-born Dominique, who up until the last few years had ruled his life with an iron fist, or at least tried to.

"Fine," he said noncommittally.

"Still interfering in your life?" Lucky asked.

"Y'know, you've got it wrong," Alex said calmly. "She gave that up a while ago."

"Hmm..." Lucky said disbelievingly. "One of these days you'll admit it. You know you're always trying to please her."

"I hardly ever see her anymore," he said.

"Have it your way," she said. "I've no desire to get into your personal business. And perhaps you'll do me the same favor."

"I like Lennie," he objected. "Just because he's acting like a rude jerk tonight, I don't hold it against him."

"He's not acting like a jerk," Lucky countered, furious at his criticism. "He'll be here any moment."

"Okay, okay. In the meantime allow me to escort you back to the table so you don't have to stop and talk to every asshole who grabs you."

"Thanks, Alex. I'm sure this will make the gossip columns very happy."

"What do you mean?"

"Lucky Santangelo Golden being escorted across the ballroom by bad-boy director Alex Woods."

Alex laughed. "Big fucking deal."

"Where's Pia?" Lucky inquired. "And where exactly did you come up with this one?"

"You seem to be under the impression that I only date bimbos and actresses," Alex said. "Well, let me tell you, this one's a very capable lawyer."

"She is?" Lucky said, trying to keep the amusement out of her voice.

"What's the matter with you?" Alex said irritably. "Don't you think an attractive woman can function as a lawyer?"

"Sure I do. And if this one's so smart, maybe she'll last longer than five minutes."

"You can be such a bitch."

"I can be a good friend too. Never forget that, Alex."

"There is something I'll never forget."

"What?" she said, before she could stop herself.

"Remember that one special night long ago and far away?"

"No, Alex, I do not remember it. We both promised we would forget it ever happened. And if you ever tell Lennie, I will personally slice your balls off with a blunt knife. Do you get the picture?"

"Yes, ma'am," he said, thinking that only Lucky could come up with such a descriptive phrase.

"It's not funny," she said sternly. "I am quite serious, so quit with the shit-eating grin and let's go back to the table, where I'll try to be nice to Mia or Pia, or whatever her name is."

"If I didn't know you better," Alex said, fixing her with a quizzical look, "I'd think you were jealous of all my girlfriends."

"I told you the problem, Alex. I've got to talk to them; you get to fuck 'em."

"Hey," he said, straight faced. "You think it's fun for me? One blow job and they expect me to return the compliment."

She shook her head. "You're absolutely incorrigible."

"Thanks," he said, with a big crocodile grin. "I love it when you talk dirty!"

Copyright © 1999 by Chances, Inc.

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Before the live bn.com chat, Jackie Collins agreed to answer some of our questions:

Q: Isn't there a lot of sex in your books?

A: Of course! People enjoy having great sex, and I'm sure they enjoy reading about it! Erotic sex as opposed to rude sex -- which is what a lot of men write. I like to make the sex in my books fun and a turn-on, but I also write about married sex, which I think is lacking in most novels. I write books that people can have a good time with in every way, so that if they pick up one of my novels, they can get lost in a visual trip, because I am writing about Hollywood from the inside, not the outside. Lucky and Lennie in Dangerous Kiss have great married sex!

Q: What is it about Lucky that makes her such a popular heroine?

A: Lucky is the kind of woman who does all the things that most women would love to do, and says all the things that most women would love to say, and yet Lucky says it to them and gets away with it. She is strong, sexy, dynamic, and dangerous! She is the woman we would all like to be!

Q: What's in store for Lucky after Dangerous Kiss?

A: Dangerous Kiss is the fifth book about Lucky Santangelo, and I could go on writing about her forever, because I am writing about her life and the things that happen to her. But I am also very fond of a character I created in L.A. Connections, Madison Castelli, and I think I shall write about Madison in the new book I am working on now, Lethal Seduction. Madison is also a dangerous, sexy, smart woman and a strong character. However, there will never be another Lucky Santangelo!

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First Chapter

Chapter Twelve "Where's that husband of yours?" Gino asked.

"I wish I knew," Lucky replied, tight lipped as she wondered the same thing herself.

"Has he left the location yet?" Venus asked, leaning into their conversation.

"Yes," Lucky said. "I called the production trailer. He and Mary Lou took off ten minutes ago."

"Where were they shooting?"

"Downtown. It'll take them at least half an hour to get here."

"Not the way Lennie drives," Steven interjected. "I hope Mary Lou remembers to buckle her seat belt."

"Are you accusing Lennie of being a bad driver?" Lucky sniffed.

"He's a road warrior," Steven said, sounding amused. "Thinks he's the only one out there."

"He's a defensive driver," Lucky explained. "And certainly better than you, Steven. You drive like an old lady, huddled over the wheel like it's gonna jump up and bite your ass!"

"Whaaat?"

"Seriously," Lucky said. "What shall I do? My speech is already half an hour late, but I refuse to give it without Lennie being here."

"Why?" Steven asked.

"Because I can't, that's why."

"He must've heard it? Didn't you rehearse?"

"No. It's a surprise. Okay?"

"Well, maybe you could read it to him later. Y'know, like when you're in bed."

"Brilliant bad idea," she drawled sarcastically.

"Don't get uptight. Go tell the organizers to delay it."

"They're already on my case. My speech was supposed to be before dinner. After dinner there's entertainment."

"Why don't you tell 'em to serve dinner, and by the time it's finished, Lennie will be here, and you can make your speech."

"Oh, great!" Lucky said. "Wheneveryone's stuffed and complacent, I get up."

"Hey, listen -- it's your problem, not mine. If I were you, I'd give it now."

"No, Steven. I'm going to wait, okay?"

"Whatever you want."

Right, she thought. The story of my life. I've always done whatever I want.

She was mad at Lennie. Oh sure, he was shooting a movie, but he was the director, so if he'd planned it right he could've wrapped early.

She got up and went to talk to the organizers, stopping at several tables along the way, greeting friends and acquaintances in the movie business. Oh yes, they were all nice to her now because she owned and ran a movie studio. But when she wasn't in the movie business, would it be true what they said? That in Hollywood, if you didn't have a hit, people crossed the street to avoid you?

Maybe, maybe not. She couldn't care less, because she'd always walked her own road. Lucky was not conventional in any way. Perhaps that was why she and Venus were such good friends.

The organizers threw a fit when she told them her plan. She stood firm. They finally agreed. Since she was the star of the evening, they had no choice.

Alex joined her as she made her way back to their table. "Husband running late, huh?" he said, taking her arm in a proprietary fashion.

"Hey -- nobody knows better than you what it's like when you're in production," she said coolly.

"True," he said. "But if it was me, and I knew it was your evening, I would've wrapped early."

Alex was voicing her thoughts, and it aggravated her. He had an uncanny way of tuning in to what she was thinking.

"How's your mother?" she asked, knowing exactly how to set his teeth on edge. Alex had an extremely domineering mother, the French-born Dominique, who up until the last few years had ruled his life with an iron fist, or at least tried to.

"Fine," he said noncommittally.

"Still interfering in your life?" Lucky asked.

"Y'know, you've got it wrong," Alex said calmly. "She gave that up a while ago."

"Hmm..." Lucky said disbelievingly. "One of these days you'll admit it. You know you're always trying to please her."

"I hardly ever see her anymore," he said.

"Have it your way," she said. "I've no desire to get into your personal business. And perhaps you'll do me the same favor."

"I like Lennie," he objected. "Just because he's acting like a rude jerk tonight, I don't hold it against him."

"He's not acting like a jerk," Lucky countered, furious at his criticism. "He'll be here any moment."

"Okay, okay. In the meantime allow me to escort you back to the table so you don't have to stop and talk to every asshole who grabs you."

"Thanks, Alex. I'm sure this will make the gossip columns very happy."

"What do you mean?"

"Lucky Santangelo Golden being escorted across the ballroom by bad-boy director Alex Woods."

Alex laughed. "Big fucking deal."

"Where's Pia?" Lucky inquired. "And where exactly did you come up with this one?"

"You seem to be under the impression that I only date bimbos and actresses," Alex said. "Well, let me tell you, this one's a very capable lawyer."

"She is?" Lucky said, trying to keep the amusement out of her voice.

"What's the matter with you?" Alex said irritably. "Don't you think an attractive woman can function as a lawyer?"

"Sure I do. And if this one's so smart, maybe she'll last longer than five minutes."

"You can be such a bitch."

"I can be a good friend too. Never forget that, Alex."

"There is something I'll never forget."

"What?" she said, before she could stop herself.

"Remember that one special night long ago and far away?"

"No, Alex, I do not remember it. We both promised we would forget it ever happened. And if you ever tell Lennie, I will personally slice your balls off with a blunt knife. Do you get the picture?"

"Yes, ma'am," he said, thinking that only Lucky could come up with such a descriptive phrase.

"It's not funny," she said sternly. "I am quite serious, so quit with the shit-eating grin and let's go back to the table, where I'll try to be nice to Mia or Pia, or whatever her name is."

"If I didn't know you better," Alex said, fixing her with a quizzical look, "I'd think you were jealous of all my girlfriends."

"I told you the problem, Alex. I've got to talk to them; you get to fuck 'em."

"Hey," he said, straight faced. "You think it's fun for me? One blow job and they expect me to return the compliment."

She shook her head. "You're absolutely incorrigible."

"Thanks," he said, with a big crocodile grin. "I love it when you talk dirty!"

Copyright © 1999 by Chances, Inc.

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Interviews & Essays

On Tuesday, June 8th, barnesandnoble.com welcomed Jackie Collins to discuss DANGEROUS KISS.

Moderator: Welcome, Jackie Collins. We feel so lucky that you could join us this evening to discuss DANGEROUS KISS. How are things this evening?

Jackie Collins: I'm delighted to be here tonight. DANGEROUS KISS has got off to a flying start.


Tara Leone from Short Hills: What does the title refer to? Lucky's little dalliance with Alex Woods, perhaps? I can't wait to read DANGEROUS KISS. Thanks for the hours of fun reading.

Jackie Collins: Thank you, Tara. Yes, it does refer to Lucky's unspoken affair with Alex Woods. She loves her husband, but Alex is a forbidden temptation she can barely resist.


Donald from Lexington, KY: Do you have a favorite character in DANGEROUS KISS -- a character you most enjoyed creating?

Jackie Collins: I am very fond of Charlie Dollar -- Charlie is a 50-something, stoned movie star whom women love! And he has an affair with Lina, the sleek black supermodel with the burning ambition to become a movie star. Both characters are slightly off the wall and edgy, but great fun to write.


Sandy D. from Detroit: How would you categorize your novels? Women's fiction? Romance? Suspense?

Jackie Collins: I would say I write books about relationships. Sometimes they are romantic, sometimes they are edgy, and at all times they are an adventure, because when I am writing my books, my characters take me on a wild trip.


Maxine from California: Is Lennie ever going to find out about that one-night stand between her and Alex?

Jackie Collins: This I will have to resolve in a [future] book about Lucky. So far he doesn't know, and Lucky prefers to keep it that way.


Sarah Sager from Cole Valley, CA: Do you have a model for Lucky Santangelo? What inspires you to put her in the situations that she's in, her decisions and the people she meets?

Jackie Collins: It's almost as though when I'm writing Lucky, she becomes a real person and takes me over. I just follow where my pen takes me, because I write my books in longhand and I have no plan of how they are going to plot out. However, I wanted to create a really strong female character.


Bob from Maine: I was wondering what it takes to be a great writer. I have a way with words and great ideas but lack the rest, or at least I'm not really sure of any ideas on how to get started and where to submit information for possible publishing.

Jackie Collins: I think, Bob, it is the dream of everyone to write a book. And if you have good ideas, you should sit down and start writing. If you do that, you will soon have something you can show to an agent or a publisher and let them make the decision whether you are worth publishing or not. But don't be disillusioned by turndowns. Some writers are turned down many times before they get their first break.


Felicia Sattler from Greenville: What I like about your novels is that there's such a diverse group of age ranges, races, sexual preferences. I'm assuming that's intentional, and I'm hoping to hear your thoughts on including this diversity. Thanks.

Jackie Collins: Yes, I always try to write the world as I see it, and the world as I see it is full of all kinds of people. Black, white, Hispanic, Chinese, whatever. And the world as I see it is also all different ages.


Samantha from Pennsylvania: What is your next book, LETHAL SEDUCTION, about?

Jackie Collins: LETHAL SEDUCTION will be about three women who go to Las Vegas and inadvertently become involved with the mob. It's a black comedy. And then after that I'm writing HOLLYWOOD WIVES, THE NEW MILLENNIUM, where I will bring back some of the old familiar characters.


Sumita Dalal from New Jersey: In DANGEROUS KISS, a gun is used that one of the teenagers stole from an adult in the household. Seems pretty timely, with all the school shootings that have happened over the past year. What are your thoughts on gun control?

Jackie Collins: I feel very strongly that automatic weapons should not be allowed to be sold, because to me they are weapons of war. And I fail to see why they are necessary on the streets of America. However, I feel that you should be allowed to possess a handgun that is licensed, and if you are found with an unlicensed gun, there should be a very stiff penalty.


Susan from Michigan: Do you and your sister have a writing rivalry?

Jackie Collins: Absolutely not. My sister is a very fine actress who just sometimes dabbles in writing, usually nonfiction books.


Sams from Fresno: What can we expect from DANGEROUS KISS? How similar is it to all of your other Lucky Santangelo novels?

Jackie Collins: I think the only similarity is that I am writing about the continuation of Lucky Santangelo's life, and her life is really complicated and interesting. I loved writing DANGEROUS KISS and bringing back some of the old familiar characters, such as Lennie Golden, Lucky's husband; Venus Maria, the controversial, sexy video superstar who also happens to be Lucky's best friend; and Brigitte Stanispolous, the goddaughter of Lucky, who is now a supermodel in New York and becomes hooked on heroin by a villainous boyfriend.


Lisa S. from Springfield: How close to real life are your characters? Do you base them on actual people?

Jackie Collins: Yes, I do take bits and pieces of people from the world of Hollywood that I know so well. It is quite easy for me to create the guessing game, and people love to play it.


David from New Jersey: Which book is your favorite?

Jackie Collins: Well, it's difficult to say, David. Obviously the latest one is very close to my heart, but I would have to say that CHANCES is my all-time favorite, because Lucky was born in CHANCES and she is my favorite character. I also loved writing her father, Gino Santangelo, from an early age.


Kathryn from California: I just read DANGEROUS KISS and loved it, and I wanted to know, is Alex such a temptation for Lucky because he looks like her ideal for a man before she got married?

Jackie Collins: I think in life there are temptations, and most women know this. To be tempted is good; to resist temptation shows great strength of character. Lucky considers Alex Woods a DANGEROUS KISS, and instead of having a wild affair they become best friends, but the sexual tension is always present. I'm delighted you enjoyed the book!


Shep from Toronto: What do you think are the benefits of writing a series character like you have done with Lucky Santangelo? And what do you think are the drawbacks of writing a series character?

Jackie Collins: The drawback is that it's incredibly difficult sometimes remembering every detail of Lucky's life from four previous novels about her. But the good side is that I know her so well, and I and my readers love her so much, that it's fun to continue her wild and wonderful life.


Jamie W. from Flushing: Once you finish a book, do you find it hard to let Lucky go? How close are you to Lucky -- do you ever find yourself saying, "What would Lucky do?" or "That's something Lucky would say."

Jackie Collins: Very good question, Jamie. Yes, when I was held up in my car several years ago by a masked gunman with an Uzi machine gun, I was writing the miniseries of LADY BOSS, and in that moment of disbelief, as the gun was waved two inches from my face, it flashed through my mind, "What would Lucky do?" and without hesitation I hit the gas pedal and took off. Thank you, Lucky. I think she saved my life.


Jess Goichman from Greenwich: I love reading your books -- there's so much action and beautiful and diverse people jam-packed in them. I imagine that your life is just like that. Is it?

Jackie Collins: If my life was like my characters', I would be permanently exhausted! I work very hard, but I also play hard too. And the combination seems to work for me. I absolutely love what I do. People say to me, I couldn't put your book down, and I think it's because when I'm writing, I can't put my pen down.


Summer from New York: Are you planning any book signings soon in this area?

Jackie Collins: Today I went around New York and signed books in most of the city bookstores -- Barnes & Noble, Borders, and the Madison Avenue Bookshop. So if you want a signed copy of DANGEROUS KISS, call up your local Barnes & Noble and they can probably oblige.


Moderator: How do you plan on spending this New Year's Eve?

Jackie Collins: I'm going to a very glamorous fancy dress party in Hollywood, and right now I'm trying to decide who I should go as. I kind of like the idea of dressing up as Al Capone!


Moderator: Please describe your ideal summer vacation.

Jackie Collins: Hopefully I will be taking it very soon -- a private cruise along the Italian coastline, visiting places like Portofino, Capri, and Positano. I can't wait! And then I shall write about it so you can all share it with me.


Randi from Florida: So are there any more Lucky books in the future?

Jackie Collins: I think she will be back by popular demand. She gets older and better like a good wine!


Reynolds from Savannah, GA: What do you consider your primary objective before you start a book? Do you write to entertain? Thanks! I can't wait to read your new book; I have enjoyed just about every book that you have written.

Jackie Collins: Basically I write for myself. It is very rewarding to have a lot of people out there who enjoy reading my books, but I have no formula. I sit down with a blank piece of paper and just wait for my characters to take me on a wild trip. I have fun when I'm writing, and I hope that you, the readers, have just as much fun when you are reading me. Some people say that they consider my books like a box of chocolates, and they have to devour them very, very slowly so they can last longer!


Sandra from Biloxi, MS: Lucky is such a dynamic character. Do you feel that strong female characters don't have enough of a presence out there today?

Jackie Collins: I certainly think that men writing what they think are strong women don't quite get it. They write these strong female characters who are waiting for some guy to ask them to get married. This is not women's prime objective in the '90s. Lucky has a great marriage, but she would probably be just as fulfilled if she were on her own.


Tally Aquilio from Texas: I love the fact that Lennie and Lucky are so in love. It seems like such an anomaly in California these days. As their creator, what do you think the secrets are to their relationship's success?

Jackie Collins: I think that Lennie and Lucky like each other very much. Of course they are soulmates, but they are also strong people who have formed an unbreakable bond and respect each other and have great sex! I enjoy writing great married sex -- it makes such a refreshing change, as most people write about miserable married sex.


Debbie from Rockville, MD: Whom do you envision when you write Lucky's character? Also, do you think she has evolved or changed since you first introduced her to readers a couple of books back?

Jackie Collins: I think that Lucky has certainly changed. She has become older and wiser, but that doesn't mean that she has lost her wild streak. I was very happy with the two actresses who portrayed Lucky in my miniseries on NBC, Nicolette Sheridan in "Lucky Chances" and Kim Delaney in "Lady Boss." Both of them made incredible Luckys.


Fiona from New York City: Are you happy with the movies that are being made and the books that are being written as we approach the millennium? What would be your constructive criticism?

Jackie Collins: I love some movies we're seeing on the screen today, but a lot of them are too concerned with violence and in a way seem almost anti-female, so I would tell the guys in Hollywood to lighten up and make more romantic comedies and fun movies. As far as books are concerned, there are too many fictional serial-killer books out there. Boring! Not to mention, much too graphic. A good storyteller can create the event without using all the graphic details.


Lisa from Springfield, NJ: I interpreted DANGEROUS KISS to be about Brigette and her involvement with the wrong men.... Did this title have several meanings?

Jackie Collins: Yes, DANGEROUS KISS refers to Lucky's unspoken affair with the danger of Alex Woods, but it also refers to Brigette's deadly meeting with the Italian count, who forces her to become hooked on heroin. DANGEROUS KISS also encompasses the affair between Charlie Dollar and Lina, and 16-year-old Teddy Washington's fatal kiss with the housekeeper's daughter, who leads him into more trouble than he's ever been in in his life.


Lisa from NY Metro: In your future Lucky books, will there be wild adventures with little Gino, Maria, Bobby, and Leonardo? I picture them growing up to be like their famous mom and grandpa.

Jackie Collins: You are absolutely right. I see a great future for Bobby, Lucky's 16-year-old son, who is already very handsome. Sort of like a JFK Jr. And yes, he has inherited Lucky's wild streak and the charismatic charm of his deceased Greek shipowner father, Dimitri. Bobby is certainly destined to be a major character in a future Santangelo novel.


Brenda Banks from Milwaukee, WI: Hello, Jackie Collins. I am curious to know what type of feedback you get from Hollywood. Is it generally positive?

Jackie Collins: I think a lot of people in Hollywood read and love my books, fortunately! Sometimes they get a little upset, especially the women from HOLLYWOOD WIVES. But usually the response is very positive, because they recognize all the people I'm writing about and I change the names to protect the not-so-innocent!


Moderator: Thank you so much for joining us this evening, Jackie Collins. We hope that you will join us again in the near future. Any parting words for the online audience?

Jackie Collins: I would just like to say it was really fun talking to you all tonight, and I thank you for your continued support of my books. You keep reading -- and I'll keep writing! Have a great rest of the evening. Fondest love, Jackie Collins.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2014

    Beware the six page blurb

    Tells all and thats all there is anyway so dont bother

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 6, 2014

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    Asome

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  • Posted March 21, 2014

    So-so Book

    This book was OK, nothing special. Not having read the previous books in this series, maybe that's why I didn't get all the jumping around to different characters in different parts of the country & world.

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  • Posted March 21, 2014

    Recommend

    I liked the story but I felt like the very end was rushed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    Bad

    Bad book horrible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!#

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Book was excellent. Kept me intrigued all throughout had a great story line.

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  • Posted November 13, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Loved it!

    I have been a Jackie Collins fan ever since I read her book "Chances" where Gino Santangelo, a poor Italian kid from the streets, starts it all. I went on to read her other books in the saga: Lucky, Lady Boss, Vendetta, etc.... And now Dangerous kiss! I was not disappointed. This book was well written and I read it in a couple of days. A must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Loved it!

    Always a big fan of Jackie C and this one is one of her best. Though published some time ago, I still found it to be fresh and happening. Hope to see more from her in the future!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2003

    Famous Jackie Collins

    I one day hope to meet Jackie Collins. I got all my friends to read her Lucky Santangelo series. I love your books. Write some new ones.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2003

    Outstanding

    one day i hope to meet the famous JACKY COLLINS

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2002

    jackie does it again!!!!!!!!

    this book was outstanding!!!!!!!! along with chances, lucky, lady boss, vendetta, the whole lucky santangelo saga!!!!! i loved them all and think that jackie should definitely come out with more lucky santangelo books!! she's the girl i want to be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2001

    outstanding

    love to read jackie collins waited to have a few books of the santangelo story so that by the time i finish there would be another well finished all now cant wait til another santangelo book comes out keep up the good job jackie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2001

    They just keep getting better and better

    As to be expected, this book is full of twists and turns - hard to put down and quick to finish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2001

    Jackies done it again!!!

    I couldn't put this one down! I was up until 3am reading and reading and reading!! With Dangerous Kiss, I laughed, got mad (at Carlos) and cried real tears when Mary Lous' daughter asked when mommy was coming home. With Lucky's books I am so there in the book. I can not wait, and I mean, can not wait for another Santangelo Novel!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2001

    awesome

    once again you will be turning these pages every chance you get. a must read for all collins fans.i cant wait for the next lucky sequel.she is definetly my favorite.i find myself wishing the book went on and on

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2000

    SHE'S DONE IT AGAIN

    I JUST COULD NOT PUT THE BOOK DOWN, I AM A DEFINATE FAN OF JACKIE COLLINS. LUCKY IS MY ALL TIME HERO.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2000

    A total book

    The book is one book of a lifetime, it is my millenuium book. It is hard for me to explain in words how 'sweet' the book is. Welldone, Jackie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2000

    One of her best!!!!!!1

    She had done it again folks. All of her work is good but sometimes she gets that one that you just have to read every second you get a chance. This is one of them!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2000

    Lucky Santangelo Is Hotter Then Ever

    Another Smash by Jackie Collins. The exciting novels about the thrilling Lucky Santangelo have just outdone themselves with Collins newest release 'Dangerous Kiss'. If you thought you knew everything about the tantalizing Santangelos, think again!

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