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Overall rating 4. Yes No Thanks for your feedback! Report as inappropriate. I first read this book when it came out in hard cover, and reading it the second time around in ebook form was no disappoint. I love Jackie Collin's books! Enjoyed it very much thanks can not wait for next book … Show more Show less. A fab book. Gino is a really good character. I love all the chances series.

Really, really good with excellent wit. Another page turner from the great Jackie Collins!

Chances (Lucky Santangelo, #1) by Jackie Collins

I couldn't put it down! That's right I checked out the First book in the Lucky Santangelo series: And I gotta tell ya 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 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.

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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.

Thank goodness that's over with! Leave the money on the table on your way out. See you next week. I probably shouldn't love this book because it's so crass and trashy and much longer than it really could have been, but I do love it and I have decided that is all I'm going to say.

A great rollercoaster ride! Apr 18, Donna rated it it was amazing Shelves: I actually read this book a number of years ago when I was not quite but nearly sweet I have to admit being the hormonal teenage that I was back then I actually fell head over heels in love with Gino Santangelo!

I could not put this book down, it was exciting, fast paced, the chapters alternate between two different characters with two different stories but you know they'll come together somewhere.

You read about the main characters past and present which upon finishing the book leaves you r I actually read this book a number of years ago when I was not quite but nearly sweet You read about the main characters past and present which upon finishing the book leaves you ready for wanting to read more Luckys Revenge. All in all this book introduced me to Jackie Collins world and you know what May 24, Diane Wallace rated it really liked it.

This was my first by Jackie Collins. Every girl has heard about her and I always thought it was chick lit, silliness and that she probably had no actual writing talent, just something for bored housewives to read. I could not have been more wrong. I was hooked from the first 20 pages. I love stories that follow generations and whole lifetimes of characters. It made you care about everyone in all the different time periods.

There was also an element of suspense and surprise that carries throughout This was my first by Jackie Collins. There was also an element of suspense and surprise that carries throughout the entire book. Aug 02, Eva Mato rated it it was amazing.

It's like watching an episode of The Sopranos. Highly entertaining. View 1 comment. Aug 21, Attack Salmon marked it as to-read. I so happen to bought the last book in hardcover lol. Sep 11, Chrisolu rated it it was amazing. Aug 04, Nightwitch rated it really liked it Shelves: I skimmed this so fast I don't think I can claim to have read the whole thing, but wow.

Finally I understand why Jackie Collins was such a star.

Oct 08, The Belle rated it it was amazing. There are few books that I have re-read. Not so the case for Chances, an epic novel written by notoriously acclai There are few books that I have re-read. Not so the case for Chances, an epic novel written by notoriously acclaimed British author Jackie Collins. My copy of this book has been read so many times, that I finally had to break down and buy a new copy a few years ago. The binding was so badly broken that pages were falling out!

I found a box of paperback books abandoned in the closet and made my way quickly through them, my innocent and young mind blown by what I read in my first of many I have read and own them all Jackie Collins novels. Jackie made her debut onto the writing scene with The World is Full of Married Men, a salacious novel that pushed and frequently broke the boundaries of etiquette and certainly of morality for the time it was published — but a book that could not be put down by most everyone who read it even if they refused to admit being associated with it.

The book was banned in a few areas, adding fuel to an already out of control fire, and pushed Collins to crank out several more scandalous stories several of which have been transitioned into film. Chances, however, choose a different path than that of her previous works. The reader is consequently bonded to each character and the author weaves their lives into the other with such creativity and pizazz that I as an author myself, have always truly admired. Jackie Collins is the reason I wanted to write my own stories.

She is the reason I write my characters with such description and with such depth. She is why I am drawn to strong female leads and she is why I love a good twist.

Reading Chances at age 13, I was introduced to Lucky Santangelo, a woman that I would begin to literarily follow for the next two decades. The Santangelo Novels span nine books, with Lucky being a and sometimes the main character in them all. Lucky is a headstrong, talented, scrupulous woman who is also wild and sometimes unpredictable.

Her father, the notorious crime boss Gino, is due to come back into the country after being exiled because of tax issues. Readers are introduced to his mother, Carrie, as she travels through the dangerous streets of Harlem on her way to pay a blackmailer who has been contacting her on the phone.

Secrets from her past are threatening to destroy her quiet and contented life and she has to take matters into her own hands to protect everything she holds dear.

The attractive but petulant young man finds himself trapped in his own apartment when the blackout hits. A one-night stand he picked up off the street is stalking him through the darkness with a knife and Dario has to wonder, did his father finally get fed up with his tawdry tastes and send someone to murder him? After becoming somewhat acquainted with our main characters, we then are taken back in time to the year Carrie grew up poor, thrust into the world of prostitution at a very early age and was driven nearly into the ground by a deviant pimp who hooked her onto drugs in an attempt to further control her.

The ups and downs of her life leave her near death, but she eventually finds a way to claw herself out of ruin and find love in the unlikeliest of places.

Carrie gives birth to a son, a beautiful baby boy named Steven. He is the light of her life and her reason for everything. It is the era of bootleg liquor and speakeasies and Gino is determined to get a cut of the pie.

He strikes out on his own after years spent involved with two-bit gangster types and begins his own businesses — both on the up and up and on the down low. He meets who he believes to be the love of of his life and devotes himself to her from afar, only to have his heart beaten to a pulp, subsequently hardening him against women forever — or so he believes.

She is bundled off to boarding school at a young age and spends much of her growing up under the eye of anyone but her father. Lucky befriends a vivacious and playful girl at school, a shipping heiress named Olympia, and they run away to the South of France together for what she believes will be an adventure of a lifetime.

Unfortunately for her, neither of these is an option and instead, Lucky is married off to the less than desirable son of a senator who owes Gino a favor.

The relationship between father and daughter is an estranged and volatile one. Lucky has grown into a wild woman and is just as stubborn and opinionated as her father. Gino views women as the lesser sex and would prefer it if his daughter was more like her mother, his beloved Maria, but it is simply not in Lucky to be soft and serene. To say the two can never see eye to eye is an understatement. Gino has always envisioned passing his businesses along to his only son, Dario, even though the boy could not be less interested in anything to do with his father or his sister for that matter.

Dario is only interested in spending money and picking up transient men. He cannot hold the pushy Lucky back though and soon enough, she is mixed up in the business in all aspects, helping to complete a huge hotel project with investors that are not exactly honest businessmen. She will eventually learn her lessons, but Lucky always comes out on top.

She is ruthless and cunning, just like her father before her, and she is fit for the business even if her father cannot accept it.

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Jackie Collins is a master at this — pulling characters together while also giving them their own individual spotlight. I read somewhere that for decades, Jackie only wrote her books using regular pen and paper. I cannot imagine how she kept things so straight with twining timelines and elaborate connections.

This is something that Jackie has always been known for and in later novels such as Hollywood Wives, readers had a wonderful time trying to figure out just who she was writing about. Jackie has never been shy about admitting to the fact that she enjoys pulling characters right out of real life and adding her own twist to their fates. The climax to this novel is stunning, bringing all of the characters together in such a way that is so brilliant.

Jackie Collins is undeniably a storyteller, and I have always found it a shame that her books are marketed more as works riddled with sex and bad language, thus cheapening her immaculately told stories. Chances is the first of nine novels in the series; the first five in my opinion are the best.

They are in depth and stay true to the original stories. It was the perfect send off for both Jackie in the literary sense and for Lucky and Gino, in my opinion. The books in the series are as follows: Chances Lucky Lady Boss Vendetta: I truly, truly love this book. It is the one book that I can read over and over again and never tire of. While she has written many books I have thoroughly enjoyed, Chances will always be my absolute favorite.

Chances was exactly the right book at the right time for me. Happily, the next weekend was sunny and I was able to spend a lot of it out in the garden with my pink yoga mat same shade as the book cover, incidentally , a pillow, and this book. Chances starts in , as crime boss Gino Santangelo is on his way back to New York after a period of exile. Meanwhile, socialite Carrie is on her way to Harlem in response to a mysterious message which she thinks relates to the dark secrets in her past.

The date is Wednesday, July 13th. Ring any bells?

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The storyline is intertwined with the backstories, told in flashback, of Gino and Carrie, and finally all three strands come together — with a twist.

I enjoyed all three narratives, but got especially absorbed in the story of Carrie, a young black girl sold into prostitution in the s by her abusive family. Gino, brought up by a series of foster parents, comes from a similarly bleak background. His early jobs as a getaway driver are risky, but so is working under cars: At twenty Gino is building a bootleg empire.

At forty, wealthy, feared and respected, he is building Las Vegas. But he has to pay a terrible price for his success, and in more than one way. She is very much a product of second-wave feminism. Thank God. They are there to tell the story. Not perfect: Bottom line: Chances is an exhilarating rags-to-riches rollercoaster. What to say about this book that hasn't already been said before?

I love reading the reviews for this book, especially the one about the girl that found a dogeared copy on a park bench and hid it in her house when she couldn't read it and how she tried to read it at every available opportunity. It really is that good and I only wish my experience of reading it for the first time was half as exciting as that! Chances is my favourite book of all time.

It is a ridiculously amazing book. It is like t What to say about this book that hasn't already been said before? It is like ten feature length films in one. I remember the first time I read it and how amazing I thought it was.

People describe books as unputdownable but this literally is, it's annoying when you have to stop reading and the hours fly by like minutes when reading it. I don't know how many times I've read it but each time is just as good as the first and I'm not bored yet. Lucky Santangelo is a fantastic character and probably my favourite female fictional character of all time. I just wish Jackie would stop saying she wants Angelina Jolie to play her, I couldn't think of anyone worse to be Lucky!

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In fact I don't think there's anybody that could do the character justice, Lucky's a one off and an absolutely amazing character. So addictive to read about.

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And Gino is another great character who view spoiler [must be about by now?! I dread the day Jackie kills him off! Chances has a fantastic cast of characters, all of whom are believable. Carrie's story is so horrible to read about but not all that hard to imagine. Reading about America in the 20s, 30s etc was so enjoyable and fascinating and I loved feeling like I was there myself.

Chances doesn't read like a book, you forget that you're reading a book and instead get lost in the world that Jackie Collins has created. This book, and indeed many of her other novels, has everything. Sex, glamour, love, comedy, murder, treachery, tragedy, money, literally everything you could possibly want from a book.

I always thought The Godfather was one of my favourite books but this trumps it by miles they are similar books so I think it's fair to compare them.

The only bad thing I could possibly say about this amazing book is that Jackie has not beat it so far. Lucky comes a close second but I think Chances is her best book and always will be. I enjoyed Goddess of Vengeance and gave it five stars simply because of Lucky Santangelo, I could never tire reading about her and have already earmarked Lucky as one of my holiday reads this year, two years after I last read it on holiday!

I envy people that haven't read this book yet! May 30, Stephanie rated it it was amazing Shelves: I remember as a young girl growing up, my mother used to read Jackie Collins' books. I used to sneak them to my room and try to read them, but I would never get past more than a few chapters because she would always catch me and snatch it away, saying I wasn't "old enough" to read books like this. Well, mom was right! Never before have I read a novel that was so gripping and full of emotion I remember as a young girl growing up, my mother used to read Jackie Collins' books.

Never before have I read a novel that was so gripping and full of emotion that it easily made it to my all time favorites list. Meet Gino Santangelo - mob boss, father, business man, player, friend. He is all of these things and more. Gino had a very tough life growing up. His mother left him and his father when he was just a young boy and his father lashed out by turning into an abusive monster. He went from home to home, where he toughened up, got smart and vowed to never be like his dad.

Collins' takes us through his entire life, never missing a beat. We watch him grow, and become one of the most successful casino and hotel owners. But then an unfortunate event takes place banning Gino from America.

Who will take his place? In comes Lucky his stunning daughter, who is a carbon-copy of her father in every way imaginable. She is determined to be bigger and better then her old man. In this book we are also introduced to Carrie, a woman who was forced into prostitution at the tender age of 12, paving the way for the unfortunate circumstances she had to suffer through.

Both Carrie and Gino's stories are ones to always remember. View all 3 comments. Nov 02, Carrie Kellenberger rated it it was amazing Shelves: The first book of Jackie Collins Lucky Santangelo series primarily focuses on Lucky's father, Gino Santangelo, and his rise to fame as a mob boss. Gino is violent, hyper intelligent, and a manipulator that knows how to pull strings, but he is also a romantic and loves his family deeply, even if he has a strange way of showing it.

People are drawn to Gino's magnetism, and he is essentially a good person that commands loyalty and respect. Despite the fact that he has done some pretty despicable th The first book of Jackie Collins Lucky Santangelo series primarily focuses on Lucky's father, Gino Santangelo, and his rise to fame as a mob boss. Despite the fact that he has done some pretty despicable things, it's hard not to like Gino.

We also follow the story of Carrie, a beautiful young girl whose uncle forced her into a life of drugs and prostitution. Eventually we learn of the connection between Carrie and the Santangelo's, and it's just as wild of a connection as you'd expect from Jackie Collins.

If you're looking for a story that has a little of everything: Feb 18, Nicole Morrow-milewski rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Anyone that enjoys jackie Collins, romance or erotica. Recommended to Nicole by: I grabbed it from my aunt when I was 13 and have been reading her on a regular basis over the last 18 years. It was an exciting thing to be pulled back into that life and time with Gino and Lucky.

Back to where it all began. It was a fast, hard ride full of thrilling suspense, heartbreak, backstabbing and justice. I'm going to continue with the series all over again with a fresh set of eyes and live in th I haven't read anything from the Satangelo series in almost two decades but after starting Confessions of a Wild Child I KNEW I mustn't go on until I had re-freshened my memory and I am SO glad I did.

I'm going to continue with the series all over again with a fresh set of eyes and live in those moments, with those chracters once more before going back to read Confessions of a Wild Child! Sweet, Sweet Jackie Collins You're the only author that can create a world and a cast of character that I feel I can actually "see".

I go to bed with the characters each night and wake with them every morning. I've missed the feeling of being completely absorbed in the place she has created for me. I must admit I was absolutely shocked by how good this story was. I can't wait to read the second installment about Lucky. It was a very easy read but also had an addicting storyline. I could really see it as a mini series. I know that it was written during the Dallas, Falcon Crest era. It really is a soap opera.

However, I highly suspect that there is some aspect of truth behind this novel. It also reminds me of the Godfather saga. Gino is a character that you can both love and love to hate. Th I must admit I was absolutely shocked by how good this story was.