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Jackie Collins
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21 July 1995
The novel spans six decades, where the high stakes are on big money, dangerous sex and irresistible power. From the casinos of Las Vegas to the streets of New York, chance was the name of the game, and everybody took them.
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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books; New edition edition (21 July 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330266632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330266635
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11.2 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 733,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jackie Collins is one of the world's top-selling writers, with more than 500 million copies of her books sold in more than forty countries. Her twenty-eight bestselling novels have never been out of print, and have all been NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers. She lives in Beverly Hills, California. Visit her website on, follow her on Pinterest and Twitter at JackieJCollins and on Facebook at

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There have been many imitators, but only Jackie Collins can tell you what really goes on in the fastest lane of all. From Beverly Hills bedrooms to a raunchy prowl along the streets of Hollywood; from glittering rock parties and concerts to stretch limos and themansions of the power brokers - Jackie Collins chronicles the real truth from the inside looking out. Jackie Collins has been called a 'raunchy moralist' by the late director Louis Malle and 'Hollywood's own Marcel Proust' by Vanity Fair magazine. With over 500 million copies of her books sold in more than 40 countries, and with some twenty-eight New York Times bestsellers to her credit, Jackie Collins is one of the world's top-selling novelists. She is known for giving her readers an unrivaled insiders knowledge of Hollywood and the glamorous lives and loves of the rich, famous, and infamous! 'I write about real people in disguise,' she says. 'If anything, my characters are toned down - the truth is much more bizarre.' Jackie Collins started writing as a teenager, making up steamy stories her schoolmates paid to devour. Her first book, The World is Full of Married Men, became a sensational bestseller because of its open sexuality and the way it dealt honestly with the double standard. After that came The Stud, Sinners, The Love Killers, The World is Full of Divorced Women, The Bitch, Lovers And Gamblers, Chances, and then the international sensation, Hollywood Wives - a No. 1 New York Times bestseller, which was made into one of ABC's highest-rated miniseries starring Anthony Hopkins and Candice Bergen. The Stud, The World is Full of Married Men, and The Bitch were also filmed - this time for the big screen. And Jackie wrote an original movie, Yesterday's Hero, starring Ian McShane and Suzanne Somers. Readers couldn't wait to race through Lucky, her next book - a sequel to Chances- - and the story of Lucky Santangelo, an incredibly beautiful, strong woman, another NewYork Times number one. Oprah had one word for the book Lucky, and that was - 'Hot!' Next came the bad boys of Hollywood in the steamy Hollywood Husbands - a novel which kept everyone guessing the identities of the true-to-life Hollywood characters. Jackie then wrote Rock Star - the story of three rock superstars and their rise to the top, followed by the long-waited sequel to Chances and Lucky - Lady Boss - tracking the further adventures of the wild and powerful Lucky Santangelo as she takes control of a Hollywood studio. Both Lucky and Chances were written and adapted for NBC television by Jackie, who also executive produced the highly successful six-hour miniseries Lucky/Chances, starring Nicollete Sheridan and Sandra Bullock. In the nineties, she produced and wrote the four-hour miniseries, Lady Boss, which became another huge ratings success for NBC. Lady Boss starred Kim Delaney. Next came American Star, a love story, which the Los Angeles Times described as 'classic Collins.' Then the dangerously close to the truth Hollywood Kids - a story of power, sex, danger and ambition among the grown offspring of major celebrities. In 1996 "Vendetta: Lucky's Revenge" was published - and became an immediate NewYork Times bestseller. And in 1998, Jackie hosted her own daily television show for CBS, Jackie Collins Hollywood. A combination of fun, style and interviews, Jackie talked to everyone from George Clooney to Jennifer Lopez. After that she wrote L.A. Connections - a four-part serial novel published one per month - Power, Obsession, Murder and Revenge. In 1999 came Dangerous Kiss - the return of Lucky Santangelo in a bestselling novel about relationships, addiction, fear and lust. In the year 2000, Lethal Seduction became the first bestseller for Jackie Collins in the new millennium. This tale of erotic suspense and glamorous intrigue featured Madison Castelli, a character first introduced in the L.A. Connections series. Hollywood Wives: The New Generation became a blockbuster bestseller in 2001, following in the footsteps of the original Hollywood Wives. Hollywood Wives: The New Generation featured a brand new cast of characters and a totally fresh perspective on how women pursue power, love, sex, and success in Tinsletown today. In 2003 Jackie produced the TV movie of Hollywood Wives - The New Generation for CBS. Wives starred Farrah Fawcett, Robin Givens, Jack Scalia and Melissa Gilbert. In June 2002, New York flash, L.A. trash and a Mafia don meet head-on in Deadly Embrace. This sexy tale of dangerous passion and suspense features heroine Madison Castelli and is both a prequel and a sequel to her adventures in the bestselling Lethal Seduction. In 2003 came another New York Times bestseller, Hollywood Divorces, the story of three very different women. Followed in 2005 by Lovers and Players - a story of family conflicts, three brothers and their billionaire father, a beautiful heiress, a hip-hop mogul, Russian call girls, illegitimate children and two murders. This all takes place over seven days in New York, and yet again hits the New York Times bestseller list. Drop Dead Beautiful - The Continuing Adventures of Lucky Santangelo was published in 2007. Lucky came back with a vengeance - bolder and more beautiful than ever! In Drop Dead Beautiful Lucky meets old friends and enemies, and deals with her wild teenage daughter, Max, who is as stubborn and strong as her mom. Lucky plans to return to Las Vegas and build an amazing billion dollar hotel complex. But when she does ... the trouble really begins... Next came Married Lovers, a powerful look at the ins and outs of marriage in L.A. It's also the story of an under-age Russian girl who becomes involved in the sex trade, and eventually arrives in Hollywood and causes major trouble. Poor Little Bitch Girl followed Married Lovers, another New York Times bestseller. It is the story of three very different women who all went to high school together. Denver Jones - a twenty-five year old kick ass associate lawyer in L.A. Carolyn Henderson - assistant to a powerful married Senator in Washington. And Annabelle Maestro - daughter of movie star parents, who has carved out a niche for herself as a much in demand New York madame running call girls. And then there is Bobby Santangelo - Lucky's Kennedyesque hot sexy son, with mucho style, great looks and plenty of money. Everyone wants Bobby… Throw into this mix a raunchy agent, a sixteen year old gangbanger's girlfriend, an older superstar on the prowl, a lethal murder … and Poor Little Bitch Girl becomes a guilty pleasure for everyone to enjoy. Jackie's next novel Goddess of Vengeance, is the continuing adventures of Lucky Santangelo - much beloved by Jackie's legion of readers - who makes a triumphant return in this story of lust, power and revenge set between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The Daily Mail called Goddess of Vengeance, 'The book of the year.' Also returning in Goddess of Vengeance are Lucky's gorgeous son, Bobby, with his girlfriend, Denver, and Max, Lucky's wild little teenage daughter. And along for the thrilling ride is Armand Jordan, and to quote Jackie: 'Armand is the nastiest villain I have ever created. But he was fun to write!' And now comes a sexy sun-drenched thriller, The Power Trip, set on state of the art luxury yacht off the coast of Cabo San Luca. A tropical getaway with a cast of global power brokers and celebrities. In The Power Trip you will meet Aleksandr Kasianenko, a billionaire Russian oligarch, as he sets sail on The Bianca with his sexy supermodel girlfriend, whom The Bianca is named after. Also five dynamic, powerful and famous couples invited on the yacht's maiden voyage: Hammond Patterson, a driven Senator, and his lovely but unhappy wife, Sierra. Cliff Baxter, a charming, never married movie star, and his exwaitress girlfriend, Lori. Taye Sherwin, a famous black UK footballer and his interior designer wife, Ashley. Luca Perez, a male Latin singing sensation with his older decadent English boyfriend, Jeromy. And Flynn, a maverick journalist with his Asian renegade female friend, Xuan. You will also meet Russian mobster, Sergei Zukov, a man with a grudge against Aleksandr. And Sergei's Mexican beauty queen girlfriend, Ina, whose brother, Cruz, is a master pirate with orders to hold The Bianca and its illustrious rota of guests for ransom. The Power Trip explorers the decadent playgrounds of the super rich ... and leaves you hungry for more. Take it if you dare… Jackie recently completed work on a play - Hollywood Lies. She is currently writing two new novels, The Santangelo's and Wild Child - a book about young Lucky. And also The Lucky Santangelo Cookbook - An Italian Feast. Jackie is also working on a memoir, Reform School or Hollywood, and a coffee table book Hollywood Snaps, filled with celebrity photos she has taken over the years. Jackie lives in L.A. and refers to herself as a popular culture junkie and TV addict. Her hobbies are music - everything from soul to rap, taking photographs and visiting exotic locations so that she can write about them later. Jackie firmly believes that the truth is always much stranger than fiction. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Start To The Stantangelo Novels 27 Sep 1999
Of all the five Santangelo novels Chances has to be my favourite. Gino Santangelo is the best character Jackie Collins has ever created. He's sexy, witty, rude and down right dirty! (just the sort your parents would never let you date)Chances was my first J.Collins novel and I've read it over and over and over. It's fast, steamy and fun. And touches my fave subject - the Mafia. Chances made me laugh, cry and shocked the hell out of me (forgive me, for it was my first J.Collins.) I would recommend this book to anyone with a dirty mind that likes it fast paced. She made a brilliant character when she created Gino Santangelo. (oohh writing this makes me want to read it all over again! And I think I will.)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a fast-paced stimulating read 8 Jan 2000
This is Jackie Collins at her hottest and very best! JC skirts cleverly with the mafia business, never giving too much away, and always leaving the reader wanting more. At times Gino Santangelo is a ruthless, cruel man, then he'll surprise you by acting in complete contradiction, and you find yourself loving him again. The book is far from predictable, and despite some of the least nice events (like murder), it retains a sense of humour that somehow makes you think it was OK to kill that nice guy really. This book is compulsive reading, full of strong characters, lots of action, thrills, and Hollywood gossip. Miss it at your peril, but be warned, you may need heat resistant gloves to turn the pages, because they SIZZLE!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 11 Oct 2005
If I could give Chances more than five stars I would! Chances is the first Jackie Collins book that I have ever read and I think that I started with the right one.
Chances takes you from 1913 all the way up to 1979 in a tale that begins with Gino Santagelo the infamous mob boss and his rise to power. Gino came from very humble begings, an abusive father, a mother who abandoned him at the sage of five and a damageing stint in a juvinle detention center yet managed to work his way up to owning two of the most successful hotel & casinos in Las Vegas. But once Gino is force into exile his duaghter the beautiful Lucky Santangelo takes over the family business and makes a name for herself as one of the most powerful women in Las Vegas. And lets not forget the story of Carrie and her son Steven. Carrie was forced into prostitution at a very young age and lived a life filled with drugs and alcohol that took her from various whorehouses to running a very successful one of her own, until the birth of her son Steven that is, when she managed to find a better life for her and her son.
This was a brilliantly written story, however, while the chapters that focused on Gino may have been more exciting, Carrie's story was really superbly written. This book is really a great lead in to the second installment of this series 'LUCKY' which I plan to begin reading right away. I give Chances 6 Stars!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chances 12 Sep 2003
After reading this book in secondary school, it had an impact on my life that I could never imagine. It is the sort of book that you could read again and again. I am now re-reading the same book for the god knows how many times.
Jackie Collins is very straight-forward in her wording and has definitely made this saga of books her best by far.
After reading the first book in the series, the others just seemed to follow very naturally. Now that Jackie Collins has been writing for a long time, sometimes it is a good idea to go bnack to the beginning and start reading again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars chances by jackie collins 29 Nov 2012
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sorry must be too old now for such explicit detail. it insulted my intelligence some what with too much gratuitous information. i feel that this early book was written just to attract money into the bank. i find her later books more exciting. i wouldnt recommend it at all. we do need to change our mindset in the world today and denand better brain food! 50 shades of grey(uugh!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rags to riches rollercoaster 21 Aug 2010
Chances was exactly the right book at the right time for me. I'd been working very hard and needed a break. Happily, the next weekend was sunny and I was able to spend a lot of it out in the garden with my pink yoga mat (same shade as the book cover, incidentally), a pillow, and this book.

Chances starts in 1977, as crime boss Gino Santangelo is on his way back to New York after a period of exile. Daughter Lucky, who has been running the show in his absence, isn't thrilled and a power struggle seems to be in the offing. Meanwhile, socialite Carrie is on her way to Harlem in response to a mysterious message which she thinks relates to the dark secrets in her past. The date is Wednesday, July 13th. Ring any bells? Not for me, so the blackout came as a surprise, throwing the characters' lives into chaos.

The 1977 storyline is intertwined with the backstories, told in flashback, of Gino and Carrie, and finally all three strands come together - with a twist. I enjoyed all three narratives, but got especially absorbed in the story of Carrie, a young black girl sold into prostitution in the 1920s by her abusive family.

Gino, brought up by a series of foster parents, comes from a similarly bleak background. He chooses a criminal career because it offers scope for his ambitions, which his legitimate job as a mechanic doesn't. His early jobs as a getaway driver are risky, but so is working under cars: a friend is nearly killed when the jack holding up the Cadillac he is working on collapses. At twenty Gino is building a bootleg empire. At forty, wealthy, feared and respected, he is building Las Vegas. But he has to pay a terrible price for his success, and in more than one way.

His daughter, Lucky, is probably Jackie Collins's best-known character.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
My first jackie Collins book and I could not put it down. A must read. Look forward to reading more of jackies work.
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My second ever Jackie Collins book and I loved it .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I have not quite finished it but am thoroughly enjoying it, so much so that I have purchased the next volume in the series. Will post review when finished that.
Published 1 month ago by R. Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked from the start!
Great read. Got me hooked from the start. Read it years ago and forgot how good it was. Looking forward to Lucky now.
Published 1 month ago by AJ Burns
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read!
Absolutely love this series of books and I read these books years ago in paperback form but mislayed them during house moves so have now purchased for my Kindle!
Published 2 months ago by Sheryl
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic !!!!!
Probably the best Jackie Collins novel i have read so far, couldn't out it down. Very excited to see what Lucky and Gino do next in book 2 .. "Lucky"
Published 2 months ago by F. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars WOW!
this was recommend to me by my mother and it is a book i dont want to put down. the hardship that the characters go through early on, and to what they have become is just WOW!
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best!
this book was the best. I could not put it down. probably my favorite book ever. I hated for it to end. I am doing the lucky series now and on the book lucky.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The start.......
Have read all the lucky books years ago but revisiting as love them. Every bit as good as I remembered. Go on....lose yourself in the series 😄😄
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3.0 out of 5 stars bored
Sorry found this book boring. Dont no if it is because I have read all Jackie Collins books so repeated a lot
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