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Goddess of Vengeance Hardcover – September 13, 2011

4.3 out of 5 stars 175 customer reviews
Book 8 of 9 in the Lucky Santangelo Series

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Editorial Reviews


"No one paints a more tawdry -- and delicious -- portrait of Hollywood than prolific novelist Jackie Collins." —New York Post

“The 73-year-old chick lit doyenne of raunchy romance presents No. 27 with a revival of her most popular character, Lucky Sanangelo. But as kick-ass as the now 50-something Lucky is—operating ancient patriarch Gino’s Las Vegas hotel empire as it comes under siege from a menacing royal brat with pervy sexual proclivities and a nasty drug habit—the packed plot belongs to the next generation: Lucky’s 17-year-old mini-me daughter, Max; hot-and-handsome oldest son, Bobby; and all the lovers and losers the spoiled duo cycle through with giddy abandon. There’s never a doubt Collins’s cast of strong women, and the guys who chose them, will ferret out true love and survive. But that’s not entirely the point in this delicious, manic tale of rich people behaving badly, getting everything they deserve, and leaving enough loose ends to warrant an inevitable sequel.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“In her latest novel featuring the popular Lucky Santangelo, Collins does what she does best—dishing on Holly wood in a fast and furious read.”—RT Book Review

From the Back Cover

Jackie Collins’s fierce heroine Lucky Santangelo is back—with a vengeance—and the stakes are higher than ever…

Love. Beauty. Success. Lucky has everything her name implies. And as the force behind a high- profile casino and hotel complex, The Keys in Vegas, Lucky has exactly what billionaire businessman Armand Jordan is determined to take from her—and he’s not afraid to play dirty.

“Think Entourage meets The Real Housewives…shopping with Kardashian-crowd intensity amid a swirl of arrogant agents, kinky call girls and coked-up club owners.”—People

Born a prince in a small but affluent Middle Eastern country, Armand came to America at an early age and grew up to become a real estate titan. Convinced that no woman would have the courage to stand up to him in business, he is shocked to learn that Lucky would dare to turn down his offer to buy The Keys. And so the battle for power begins…

“The author excels at portraying villains her fans love to hate, and in this outing she does not disappoint… Unapologetic thrills with oodles of flash.”—Kirkus Reviews

Meantime, Lucky’s club-owner son Bobby is dealing with shady Russian investors. Max, her teenage daughter, is busy embarking on an affair with a sexy young movie star—and doing everything she can to keep it a secret from her mother. It’s business as usual for the Santangelo clan... But this time, it just might take more than Lady Luck for them all to come out on top.


--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Series: Lucky Santangelo Series (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312567464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312567460
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.7 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #847,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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 the mansions 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 #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 New York 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 New York 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 ex-waitress 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...

After "The Power Trip" comes "Confessions of a Wild Child" - the super adventures of Lucky Santangelo as a wild, out-of-control teenager with aspirations to follow in the footsteps of her father, the notorious Gino Santangelo.

Lucky manages to rock everyone's boat as she explores the world of boys, sex and fun.

Jackie recently completed work on a play - "Hollywood Lies," and coming out soon will be "The Lucky Santangelo Cookbook." Jackie is currently writing her next novel, "The Santangelos," and 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

Customer Reviews

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I too spent this Tuesday afternoon eyes deep in this book and was not disappointed. Here I thought that I would start it and finish it later after doing some errands. I should have known that with Jackie Collins and The Santangelo Clan that wasn't going to be possible.

This book was great. The story moved quickly,all the characters were connected in some way(old friends reappear)and it was intriguing. I must say half way through I wanted to get to the end because I couldn't wait to see how it was going to end. I will say that Max (Lucky's daughter) was a bit annoying and a spoiled brat. It was surprising that so far none of Lucky's children are as tough as she was in all the previous Lucky novels. Yes I know Max is only 18 but Lucky was a tough broad at that age and Bobby is hot but lacks the killer instinct. Maybe because both his parents were hard core. I guess it's a little unfair but I love the Lucky character so much that I was hoping one of her children (specifically Max)would be a carbon copy with a softer edge.

I will say that I was kinda disappointed that Gino didn't play a larger role but hey he is getting old and I did miss Bridget. I love this family of characters, I only wish Ms. Collins wouldn't make us wait so long between books.

Ms Collins please give us another Lucky Santangelo or a Santangelo novel and please don't make us wait another 2 years for it.
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I love the world Jackie has created with the Santangelos but she repeats the same sentences over and over again. I swear, in one scene "Don't F@#! with a Santangelo" was said almost ten times.

Also, if the Santangelo family was celebrating Max's 18th Birthday... where was Steven??
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I have spent my entire Tuesday afternoon, not watching soap operas (as most of them suck in terms of storytelling), not watching a good old Joan Crawford movie, but reading Jackie Collin's new book, "Goddess of Vengence" (her 27th). I have read it in one entire day, mainly because my back is out and I simply couldn't put it down. The book is one of Jackie's best works, not just because all of the ingredients that make a Collin's novel superb are here, but because she brings back her greatest heroine, Lucky. Lucky is now a highly prominent Las Vegas business woman running a successful hotel and casino. She's married here to a man well past his prime who's writing and directing indies, her two kids Maxi and Bobby are highly featured with their own well-told stories of romance and greed, and like any good Jackie Collin's book there's an evil villin who's hell bent on destroying Lucky's empire when things don't go his own way.

Out of all the characters in "Goddess of Vengence" I love Maxi, really a carbon copy of her mom, but more ruthless and determined to make it in a man's world, attributes she no doubt learned from her mother.

The men are sexy, the women are independent, and the stories here are A+. You will love this novel and if you haven't read any Jackie Collin's books yet you will become hooked.
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I know this is cliche, but this book requires wine to go with all the cheese or a cheese grater. We read Jackie Collins purely as a guilty pleasure. Lucky is a character that we love! I was looking forward to the latest Lucky saga and the old school mafia mixed with the Hollywood glamour that has made this series so popular. In this one Lucky owns the fabulous Keys Hotel in Las Vegas and is throwing her daughter Max an 18th birthday party there. Max, continues to be annoying and bratty like the previous novel. Sadly, the author wants us to think she is cool and fresh (Jackie's words not mine.) Well, she and her friends are not. Bobby, Lucky's handsome son, is still in love with boring, has no confidence Denver (a hard to believe love match.) The good part of the book is Armand Jordan, a ruthless chauvinistic Prince who thinks all women are whores. His character is so twisted, he made me continue to turn the pages. When he decides he wants Lucky's hotel we get ready for a showdown, because everyone who has read this series knows Lucky is a ball buster. Sadly, Ms. Collins forgot how to write Lucky's character. All she tells us is that Lucky is a badass with black eyes. The next page, Lucky is a badass, with "once again" black eyes. OK, we know this now show us why she is a badass, don't just tell us! There was plenty of sex in this novel, but not the real action we expect from Lucky Santangelo.
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I read all of the other Lucky books in the series and I couldn't bring myself to finish the book because of the same old storyline.
It already got a bit repetitive when she wanted to built YET another hotel (after 2 in Vegas and 1 in Atlantic city) in Drop Dead Beautiful. In Goddess of Vengeance, there's another rich and sexist dude somewhere (who again, got rich from the drugs business) who wanted to take over her hotel. The same thing happened in Vendetta: Lucky's Renvege, just swap the hotel for a movie studio.

I don't even need to finish reading to know that Lucky, once again, stayed strong and kicked ass because you don't f@#* with a Santangelo. I was so excited to read this book that I pre-ordered months before it came out. As a long time fan of Lucky Santangelo, I gotta say Jackie Collins didn't do her justice in this last book.

She is starting a new Lucky book soon, this time starring a young Lucky. This is the best period in her life, young, fearless and street smart. I'm keeping my finger crossed and waiting for a true and original Lucky Santangelo book-one that you cannot put down, one that basically drives you crazy reading it-you sweat, you curse, your heart pumping at the suspense of the adventure you have the pleasure to take with Lucky santangelo!
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