- Paperback: 752 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (14 Mar. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849836108
- ISBN-13: 978-1849836104
The book that made Jackie Collins one of Britain's favourite 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 it 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.
I really wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book. I haven't read any of Jackie Collins before.
I think sometimes you get something in your head, and it's hard to change that thought. I actually thought of Jackie Collins books, being a bit girly, maybe romantic. How bloody wrong was I. I am so so glad I gave this book a try.
A fellow blogger @bookaddictshaun is a huge Jackie Collins fan, and I think he's probably lost count of the times he's read this book. I have come to trust Shaun's Judgement on books, and often when he say's a book is good, I also really enjoy it. So I had to give it a go. I saw a giveaway on twitter for 3 Jackie Collins books, and was lucky enough to win them. So a huge thank you to @BookMinxSJV for getting me started.
I will admit when the books arrived I looked up which order they were in, and realised I should probably read Chances first. This was a paperback book of 790 pages, and I was a little daunted, I kept thinking I could read 3 books in the time its going to take me to read this. But eventually I had a spare half hour so I sat down to read.
I enjoyed it right from the beginning, Getting to know the characters, and there are quite a few of them, but you are introduced to them bit by bit, and it doesn't take long to start growing to like to some of them. So I ended up reading this while cooking tea, reading this on the way to the supermarket (I wasn't driving) Every chance I got I'd read just one more page, I was actually amazed at how quickly I did get through the book. It probably got read quicker than I read an average size book, as I really could not put it down.
This is certainly one of the best books I've read in a while, and I read quite a lot, It was different so much from the crime books I normally read and love.
There is action a plenty through out, And it's interesting to see how all the characters end up interwoven with each other. It was a brilliant read and I look forward to reading more in this series.
Big 5 stars from me.