Review: Chances by Jackie Collins

Chances by Jackie Collins
Series: Santangelo Family (# 1)
Release Date: June 5, 2012 (re-release)
Publisher:  Jackie Collins
Pages: 816
Source:  GetRedPR

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.


Review:  When I heard that Chances had been re-released, I practically begged Jen to let me read it for the tenth time so that I could review it.

The first time I read Chances I was a naive seventeen year old girl who sat there with huge eyes thumbing the pages as fast as my teenage eyes could read the page. It remains one of my absolute favorite novels of all time.

Chances is about mob family extraordinaire the Santangelos. Father Gino and daughter Lucky are so much alike that they can barely be in the same room with each other, let alone the same state. Dario, Lucky’s brother, wants nothing to do with his father nor his sister, whom he is so completely sure is out to get him.

Chances flips back and forth from modern day to the past; from Gino to Lucky to Carrie…you may not remember all the players names, but you sure as hell will remember where they came from and who they are by the end of the book.

Lucky is the type of woman some women want to emulate, but others look at with disdain and hidden longing. She is tough, gritty, ballsy, and brutally blunt. Lucky isn’t afraid t go after what she wants.

Gino tugs at your heart strings from the very beginning. The mom in me wanted to cuddle him after reading about the piss poor parents he had, and the woman in me wondered if he really is as good a lover as everyone says he is.

Carrie’s story is heart-wrenching, there’s no doubt about that, but she isn’t afraid to pull herself up by her bootstraps and make the best out of what she’s been handed in her life.

Steven…yeah, for the longest time I just wanted to slap him. If ever there was a male who irritates me more than my own husband does, it’d be Steven. Oh wait, Dario is pretty annoying as well. Costa has his moments, but he’s a good friend to Gino, who didn’t deserve him at all.

I enjoyed reading about the Mob from Collins’s point of view; in fact I found it downright fascinating. But that’s what one can expect from her time and time again.

One of these days I’ll own all of the books in the Santangelo Family series and spend a month lost in their world. On second thought, it may take me two months to read them all…there’s quite a few books {8 in total at the time this review was written} and at least a few thousand pages between them all.

Take a chance on Chances…you won’t be disappointed.

Warning:  This book is not for the faint of heart. There is lots of graphic sexual encounters both hetero and homosexual in nature. There’s also graphic language, violence, etc. etc. This book also contains subjects that may be triggering to some {rape, incest}.