Lucky (Lucky Santangelo Book 2)
I have always loved the banter between Lucky and Lennie, in the later books as well as these earlier ones. Their road to marriage was a long one, but most definitely worth every second of reading time put into it. If there was a rating higher then 5 for this book, it would most definitely get it, much like all of her other novels. Dec 13, Carrie Kellenberger rated it it was amazing Shelves: chick-lit , romance. Gino Santangelo and his beautiful daughter Lucky are back in the second installment of the Lucky Santangelo series. Lucky is ambitious, talented, wild, and notorious for getting what she wants on her own terms.
All of my favorite characters are back in Book Two. Olympia Stanislopolous and her father Dimitri are still as rich and spoiled as ever, Gino has fallen in love again, and Lucky finds Lennie, the man who is destined to be her future partner. You can always count on Jackie Collins for a gre Gino Santangelo and his beautiful daughter Lucky are back in the second installment of the Lucky Santangelo series. You can always count on Jackie Collins for a great family saga that doesn't disappoint. A Jackie Collins novel is always a page turner!
So much love for this book. I first read the Lucky series about 20 years ago when I was a teenager, and I recently did a reread. I really like Ms. Collins' writing style with the short chapters and her ability to write from so many different POVs. Lucky Santangelo is a sexy heroine that you can admire, respect, and read about with glee.
Don't mess with Lucky. I can't believe how fresh this novel feels after all this time. I guess with all the simpering heronies that have be Wow!
I guess with all the simpering heronies that have become popular in the past several years I'm looking at you Ana Steele and Bella Swan , it's great to read about such a strong female character. Long live Lucky Santangelo! Oct 30, S. The recent death of Jackie Collins after her struggle with breast cancer inspired me to read one of her books. In a second hand store I happened upon this book, Lucky, which I bought for a dollar.
The copy is worn, with a creased back cover, a torn spine and dog-eared pages. Clearly it has made a few trips to the beach and has probably ridden on a few airplanes. Lucky tells the story of several characters in addition to that of its protagonist, Lucky Santangelo, who made appeared in an earlier Collins book, Chances.
A successful businesswoman, Lucky owns a hotel in Las Vegas with her father, a man with connections to organized crime. The chief strength of this novel is its characters.
Lucky has her flaws. Early in the book, she fires an employee of her casino after he refuses her advances. She later becomes involved with a wealthy tycoon who is the father of an old school chum of hers from many years ago. She uses this relationship to finance the construction of her Atlantic City hotel. Other characters in the book are also well done, especially the mother of the love interest and the old school friend who becomes an enemy. Once again, the flaws in the character make him or her an interesting person to read about.
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In addition to her confident hand with the characters, Collins keeps the action bouncing along, with several illicit affairs, a kidnapping, and a murder. There was a point where the action did become contrived, but all the same it never let up. I found none of the action in this book credible or interesting, and I ended up putting it down after reading forty pages. I have much more respect for a writer who can keep the reader turning pages, the whole point of writing a novel.
The passing of Jackie Collins is certainly a sad loss to her fans, and whether or not one can call them classics, her books surely had their place. Feb 25, Gemma rated it it was amazing.
This book was fun to read. I liked how Lucky doesn't let anyone push her around and how she's her own woman. Dec 30, Andrea Newland rated it liked it. Smut book, but it was entertaining, Lucky is a woman not to be messed with :.
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Apr 25, Heather A rated it it was amazing Shelves: favourite-authors , read-in , books-i-own-paperback. Lucky is one if my all time favourite female characters. She kicks ass, knows what she wants, she's smart, strong and doesn't take any shit from anyone. She's made of total win. I love reading about how she became a huge roaring success in the saga. I much prefer these older books actually building the hotel empire and learning about While I was reading Poor Little Bitch Girl I saw the mini series LUcky Chances and immediately went out and bought al, the Santangelo books I could get my hands on.
I much prefer these older books actually building the hotel empire and learning about GIno and Lenny and how everyone met and came to be. The writing is hot, snaps and crackles and pulls you into the story. The characters are vivid and larger than life and fully engaging. A brilliant series I love reading.
Jul 25, Lori Schiele rated it it was ok Shelves: romance , fiction , drama. I have read Jackie Collins novels in the past and decided to try one again. The biggest issue I have with her novels is that she has too many characters and it is hard to keep them straight. By the end of the book, all of the characters manage to come together, but in the meantime, it can be very confusing. View 2 comments. Apr 24, Lanette rated it it was amazing.
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I enjoy reading family sagas and this one doesn't disappoint. Jackie Collins earlier novels are worth reading. This was the very first one that I'd read. I liked Lucky because she was adventurous and terribly head strong. Anything having to do with Gangsters, Thugs, crime- I'm in! This book, I could just fall into, after some deep reading or life's problems. Better than mindless television! Apr 04, Lorma rated it it was amazing. I just love me some Jackie Collins!!! I especially enjoy reading the Santangelo family sagas and later on discussing it with my cousin who was also a big fan.
Lucky Santangelo is your typical head strong, gutsy, Italian mob princess you just can't get enough of. Feb 09, H. Moat rated it really liked it. I never expected to like this book. I put it in my book case next to Proust's Swann's Way and found it hilarious.
Well, joke was on me because I found Lucky a million more times enjoyable than La Recherche la temps perdu. I'm not saying it's a beautifully crafted novel. I'm not saying it's well-written sample quote "She was beautiful in an I never expected to like this book.
I'm not saying it's well-written sample quote "She was beautiful in an exotic and dangerous way". I'm not even saying you'll be left satisfied by the ending. But my god, what a queen of trash Jackie Collins was. I was gripped by the inter-linking stories, held together by gossamer and with the addictive urgency of the best soap-operas.
Collins is far better at writing sex than your D. H Lawrence's and your Tom Wolfe's they make me gag and I've never made it past a single paragraph of E. L James without wanting to declare celibacy , and also, even by standards her characters are diverse and totally rad - she includes multiple strong women, a ridiculously awesome lady of colour in her twilight years, a hugely attractive obese socialite, a chic Beverley Hills lesbian and a sexy something bisexual who ultimately is not punished for swinging both ways, among her protagonists.
Most modern books and TV shows can't boast such a mix and the amazing JC was doing this back in the early eighties. Yes, the main character of this book, Lucky, is tiresome in that she isn't like other women, she's a cool girl and she has unruly hair and blazing black gypsy eyes Collins's words not mine but if you set that aside this is a fascinating take on love and deception and scandal and heartache.
It's SO good. There are story beats that are predictable because I read this some 34 years after publication it's basically the same age as me, but honestly, once I got about a third into the book I didn't want to put it down and I say that as a person who genuinely counts War and Peace in their top 5 of all time.
As an added bonus, I liked imagining all the characters and settings in their 80s pomp - maybe I watched too much GLOW but it was a fabulous image. View all 3 comments. Aug 17, Eva Mato rated it it was amazing.
Absolutely entertaining, high paced and with addictive stories. Oct 08, Aanchal rated it really liked it. This was my second Jackie collin's book and i must say it was very good. Sometimes i felt there's too much mention of drugs and sex but this book is about how the characters overcame tough time which made the end really worth reading plus pages. I may be a decade or two late in reading the Lucky Santangelo series but by golly I feel like it is worth the wait. I didn't enjoy this second novel as much as the first.
I loved Chances because it was such an in depth study of the life of Gino Santangelo from his humble beginnings to his big shot present, it was so developed and detailed and so wonderfully crafted that you were within Gina every step of the way. When he hurt, you hurt. When he was happy, you were happy As this novel was entit I may be a decade or two late in reading the Lucky Santangelo series but by golly I feel like it is worth the wait.
As this novel was entitled Lucky I assumed that this would be the Chances for Lucky. Her life mapped out from her wild beginnings to her big shot present, yet Gino, Costa and a wide variety of characters were as much a part of this book as Lucky. It was like my strings were being tightened and tightened and then at the last SNAP. My emotions were everywhere and my eyes couldn't devour the words quickly enough The reason this was a four star rather than a five star is simply because I felt that halfway through it just descended into a so-and-so slept with so-and-so and he married her and she married him and no one was happy.
There was very little progression beyond relationships being formed and then disintegrating. It all felt a bit boring and repetative. Luckily that didn't last for too long. Cannot wait to get onto the next installment! Apr 10, Ian N. I love the characters in this book, as I usually do in all her books. There's so much I have to say about this omfg. Lucky is such a fierce woman and I love her independent nature so much, she doesn't take shit from no one and she does things her own way if it suits her with out anyone's opinion.
She adores her father and expects undying attention from him. Lennie and her have the same character and they think the same, they both didn't notice each other because of their ex's but when they did n I love the characters in this book, as I usually do in all her books. Lennie and her have the same character and they think the same, they both didn't notice each other because of their ex's but when they did notice each other, they didn't even know what they were getting themselves into, they were destined for each other but they didn't know it hahaha.
And they ended up with each in such a glorious way! Olympia Stanislopoulos was another character, she never appreciated anything good in her life. So she actually learnt to appreciate all the wrong things in life, she adored Flash who was really ugly and a drug addict and she got into drugs, a crazy cocaine addiction which led to heroine after she got bored.
Then when they mixed all these drugs together with Flash in a hotel room after probably having sex they obviously overdosed and died. Here's something that every reader knows : There are books for every mood. I sometimes find myself in the mood for some scandal and drama situations in the books I read. So I went and read accidentally a book writen in the 80's. When Lucky gets crossed, she shows people who's the boss. She does everything she wants to , and sex for her is always for herself.
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She's nobody's victim and I did not see her whine neither in her thoughts. What I liked about Lucky is that if a man wants to join the ride, he better get his own car May 30, Stephanie rated it it was amazing. In Collins' sophomore release of the Santangelo saga we get reaquainted with the business savy and headstrong Lucky Santangelo, daughter of the notorious Gino "The Ram" Santagelo, former mob boss. Not one iota of what Collins' writes in this book comes off as being unrealistic or boring.
Writing a book like this takes pure, unadulturated talent. How she manages to come up with new and exciting characters, keep us thouroughly updated on old ones, intertwine all of their storylines flawlessly and l In Collins' sophomore release of the Santangelo saga we get reaquainted with the business savy and headstrong Lucky Santangelo, daughter of the notorious Gino "The Ram" Santagelo, former mob boss. How she manages to come up with new and exciting characters, keep us thouroughly updated on old ones, intertwine all of their storylines flawlessly and leave her fans begging for more hard to comprehend.
Lucky comes back geared and ready for all new adventures. I don't know if there is much I can say about this book without giving too much away. But, I will say that we are introduced to some brand spanking new characters, Lennie Golden being the main one. We're also reuninited with some old ones many of us may have thought wouldn't come back like Olympia and Dimirti Stanislopolous.
These three characters will influenece Lucky's life in a major way. Yet another brilliant read from Collins.
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I have been taking it too seriously, and it stresses me out! Jackie Collins is so entertaining!!! I can't wait to read more of her books I own most of them! For me, this book had an exceptionally slow start. I kept putting it down and starting other books. I would read a few pages here and there, in between other books. About 5 days ago, around page , this book totally took off! It became very difficult to put down!
I am so happy that I read it! I hope that other readers do not give up if they find the beginning to be slow. Sometimes that happens with some of my favorite authors, and you just have to keep reading! It had been years since I visited Lucky Santangelo, but I recently decided to pay her another visit. I do suggest reading, "Chances" first, but this book is More awesome than Chances. It wasn't. It was just super slow to me. I have read this series from the end to now therefore I know most of the big plot lines that occur in the beginning books. I noticed that this book had smaller font than the past books I've read by her.
Her other books I've been able to fly through and this one was chock full pages with tiny font and with Jackie Collins books it's like a soap opera with tons of details building before you realize how they tie t 3 stars does not mean this book was bad. Her other books I've been able to fly through and this one was chock full pages with tiny font and with Jackie Collins books it's like a soap opera with tons of details building before you realize how they tie together so it was a lot to get through.
It was good, but because I now what is going to happen and it was slow that is why I gave it 3 stars. And going to boarding school did nothing to curb her wild impulses. She ran away from School with a friend hoping to find adventure. But her father dragged her home. Once there, Lucky wished to learn the family business. Her father instead married her off to another family for the purposes of building an alliance. Gino is often forced to rely on Lucky to manage the family assets and to protect him from their many enemies.
On her part, Lucky initially pursues the family business because of a desire to find purpose and meaning. Collins writes her as an ambitious and ruthless woman who will do whatever it takes to get what she wants. While she initially tries to hold on to her scruples, Lucky eventually realizes that her moral compass is a weakness she cannot allow to hold her back. Her many fights with friends, family and enemies alike, her marriages, relationships, and affairs, not to mention the many business projects she undertakes litter the Santangelo series.
However, things were not always flowery for Gino. Gino grew up on the mean streets of New York. The son of Italian Immigrants, he learned early on that hard work did not pay. And he pursued the philosophy by getting into the crime business and working his way up the ladder until he built a multi-million dollar hotel. But now Gino could lose everything. The crime boss was forced to go into exile because of tax issues.
And at the time he had little choice but to let his daughter run the family business. Now Gino is ready to come back home. However, his daughter Lucky has set in motion events that could delay his return. Its sequel changes things by throwing a little more of the spotlight onto Lucky Santangelo. Ambitious, cunning and sensual, Lucky has always sought the love and respect of her father. This time she is up against cold Hollywood wife, a married cocaine-addicted heiress and a power-obsessed magnate. Lucky wants to have it all. She wants her empire to thrive.
She wants the man she desires safe within her grasp. If you see one missing just send me an e-mail below. Book s. The guy is a master! More Details. View Results. Santangelo Books In Order.