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Friday, September 14, 2012

Chances by Jackie Collins

Chances by Jackie Collins
Publisher: Warner books Genre: Historical, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (801 pages)
Heat Level: Hot
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Lavender

From "Lucky" to "Lady Boss" to "Vendetta: Lucky's Revenge" and "Dangerous Kiss"… Jackie Collins’ sizzling Lucky Santangelo saga all began with CHANCES.

The book that made Jackie Collins one of America’s favorite authors sweeps you from the sophisticated playgrounds of Europe to the glittering gambling palaces of Las Vegas.

It plunges you into the reckless, dangerous world of the Santangelo crime family. It introduces you to Gino Santangelo, the street kid who makes it all the way to the top.

And then brings you Lucky—his sensual, stunningly beautiful, and passionate daughter; a woman who dares to win her father’s empire for herself; a woman unafraid of taking… CHANCES.

Filled with suspenseful, action packed, vivid characters, steamy sex, a vintage world, violence and action, this is a story that will keep you turning pages with its suspense. Set mostly in the 1920s and 1970s, the books flips between the two and touches the decades in between as well, following the lives of vibrant, memorable characters. Gino is something else, coming from such humble beginnings to change his life. He may do questionable things, but he shows he has a heart as well. His daughter Lucky is just as dynamic as he is. She gets into her own share of trouble and is sometimes misunderstood by her father, a man she adores—mostly. Carrie is such a strong character that she is inspiring. The things she survives…

The story flows effortlessly, bringing the reader along on an adventure with details so rich it’s almost like watching a movie. The characters are complex. One can sympathize with their suffering even though a few of them are tainted. When these characters do bad things though, they have their reasons. The leads are very strong, surviving against great odds amongst poverty and dire circumstances to finally live in privilege. They work hard, they play hard, and they face extreme danger.

The sex scenes would make some people blush. Reading this story will give one a glimpse into the world of the other side, how the mob lives. The vintage aspects are interesting as well. It’s fun to read about characters trying to make it in bygone eras.

Fans of The Godfather books and movies should check out this book. It’s the first in a series, epic in scope, following an intriguing family.