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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Chances by Jackie Collins

Genre: Fiction/Female Heroine/Crime Family
Release: Jackie Collins, June 5, 2012
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Buy the Book: Amazon
Handsome, hot-blooded, hard-to-handle Gino Santangelo took

On the city streets where he staked his guts and brains to build an empire. In the arms of women he used and discarded…until he met the girl of his dreams. But the biggest chance he ever took was when he fled America to escape prosecution and trusted his empire to someone else…

Lucky Santangelo his daughter, stunning, sensual, spoiled, a female version of himself as hooked on pleasure as he, as keen for power, as ready to take


I've been hearing the name Lucky Santangelo for quite sometime now and I've been meaning to check out her story I just don't know when I am going to get around to it, and then Jackie Collins decided to self-publish and then goes my oppotunity to get a copy and say WOW!! At first I thought this is a reprint and some changes were made to modernize it. I am glad none of this is true, the only reason for the new cover is because it is an ebook version.

Ms. Nieves from the PR company was right this book has that Saga feel.
Chances chronicles the story of Gino Santangelo, his loss innocence in a world filled with bad parent, sex, crime, and violence that turned him into one of the notorious mobsters in his time. It also tells the story of  his children Lucky and Dario and how they become the person they are. And lastly the story of  a prostitute turned NY society hostess named Carrie, and her son Steven. Aside from what I have mentioned above, the book is filled with drugs, prostitution and intrigue. I was blown away. Very impressed on how brave Jackie Collins for writing this novel. I cannot imagine all the heat she got when this book was released, I read that it was banned from other countries. There is something very real about the book, the mobster story, the crime, the violence, family drama. We don't live in the perfect world, somewhere here and other parts of the world this is happening, we see it in the news everyday and read about it. It took me a whole week to finish this book, I need to come up for air, it was so intense and unputdownable, I absolutely love it.

The saddest story was of Carrie's damn the girl was helpless, I am not quite sure why her story was important, I mean sure she is somewhat connected to the Santangelo by Bonnati and a one night with Gino but is there a deeper reason why her story needs to be heard? Is it because Steven is Gino's son? This unanswered question is killing me. So I guess there is no way around it, I have to read the rest of the Santangelo novels.

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