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Chances
Chances
Author: Jackie Collins
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 dau...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780446357173
ISBN-10: 0446357170
Publication Date: 8/1/1991
Pages: 816
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 59 ratings
Publisher: Warner Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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"It's a big, fat, sassy, sexy, action-filled story that embodies just about every ingredient for best-sellerdom--glamor, sex, high-fashion, crime...in a story that never pauses for breath"
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On the city streets where he staked his guts and brains to build and 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...
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Jackie Collins brings you into the world of the Mafia in the mid 70's like dropping a bomb. From the first pages, you're hooked, and she doesn't let you go until you're crying for more (thank goodness there are the sequels!). You absolutely fall in love with Gino Santangelo; you find yourself rooting for Carrie; you cry for Lucky, and you can't wait until Steven and Lucky finally discover the truth! This book has everything!
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This is an entertaining, fast moving story. I enjoyed it a lot. It does have a lot of swearing, sex, drug use, etc.
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"She's LUCKY, Jackie Collins' most famous heroine, and this is how it all started..."
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The best of the Santangelo series! This is the story of the beginnings of the Santangelo empire with Gino and his daughter Lucky at the helm. If you've read "Lucky" you need to read "Chances" to see how it all began.
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This book is #1 of 6 in The Santangelo Novel series. A 7th is due to release sometime in 2010. The series focuses on the Santangelo family, particularly Gino Santagelo, an Italian American mobster, and his daughter Lucky. The book introduces the main characters and some side characters that make appearances in later books. I read the 6th book initially without realizing it was part of a series until I had started it, and am now reading from the very beginning. I didn't prefer the organization of the writing in "Chances". The storyline jumped between different characters and different time periods ranging from 1913 - 1977 with the beginning of the story taking place in 1977. This particular ISBN does not have different fonts, only chapter titles to differentiate between the storyline topics. I'm not certain if another binding would be different. The 2nd novel is much easier to read and has smoother transactions between the characters. Depictions from the past are italicized which would have helped tremendously if the same was done in this paperback novel.

I really like the series though, and look forward to reading the remainder. I find the storylines to be interesting, and the characters intriguing.
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Glitter, gambling, Las Vegas, and the Santangelo crime family. Enjoyable read.
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This is book #1 in Jackie Collins bestselling series and part of the 6 hr. mini series on TV! The sizzling Lucky saga started with Chances! Enjoy!
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I first read Chances when I was a teenager and thought I was reading contraband - haha. I consistently hid my book when my parents were around. I've followed the series through-out the years and now I read it publicly. Jackie Collins has the flair of writing to give us glimpses of something glitzy, raw, violent and naughty.

Chances is the first book in the series, and it's where the reader meets Lucky, Gino's teenage daughter before she became famous. Filled with prostitutes, the mob, bad parenting, lots of family drama and two kids at the bottom of it all - Lucky and her brother Dario. Exciting and fast-paced, Chances is a thrilling ride that will leave you begging for more. Luckily, since it is the first book in the series, you won't have to wait long. The other books have been released. But Chances was just released for Ebook! Yay! If you haven't read a Jackie Collin's book yet, definitely start with Chances! You'll feel like you're reading something a bit sinful, but oh it's soo good!

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