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Goddess of Vengeance Hardcover – September 13, 2011
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Jackie Collinsâ fierce and wildly beautiful heroine Lucky Santangelo is back with a vengeanceâin a novel full of power, passion, revenge, and the raging family dynamics of the Santangelo clanâand, as always, Lucky comes out on top.
Lucky runs a high profile casino and hotel complex, The Keys in Vegas.
Lennie, her movie star husband, is still writing and directing successful independent movies, while Max, her stubborn and gorgeous teenage daughter is about to celebrate her 18th birthday, and her son, Bobby, owns a string of hot clubs. Lucky has everything. Family. Love. Life.
And everything is exactly what billionaire businessman Armand Jordan is determined to take from her one way or the other.
Born a Prince in the small but affluent Middle Eastern country of Akramshar, Armand comes to America with his American mother at an early age, and rises to become a real estate business titan. Armand regards women as nothing more than breeding mares or sexual playthings, so when his people inform him that the one property he covets more than anything, The Keys, is not for sale, he is shocked. That a mere woman would dare to turn down his offer to buy The Keys is unthinkable, and Armand vows to force Luckyâs hand whatever it takes. And so the battle for power begins . . .
Meanwhile Bobby is dealing with shady Russian investors, while his girlfriendâsmart and independent Denver Jonesâis becoming a Deputy D.A. in the L.A. drug unit.
And Max, Bobbyâs seventeen year old sister, is busy embarking on a forbidden affair with a sexy young movie star. An affair they have to keep on the down-low lest Lucky finds out.The word is that âwhat happens in Vegas stays in Vegasâ and what happens in Goddess of Vengeance will blow your mind!
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every chapter! if it was about lucky, you can bet she would say over and over how fierce lucky is, how independent; how she did things her own way. WE GET IT!! if you've read any of the santangelo books, you don't have to be told 20 times what a badass lucky santangelo is. and how many times did she bring up the time lucky had a goon hold a knife near an associate's junk to make sure he paid his money? cripes, that was in "chances" - leave it alone! or, if the chapter was about armand, she had to say over and over how much he thought of himself, how little he thought of others - especially women - how rich and powerful he was. nothing got in his way. okay! we get it!
there is always one or two characters in a jackie collins book with a raging coke habit, and so i wasn't surprised to see it again here.
didn't like - (SPOILERS)
max - she's spoiled and very little like lucky, imo. maybe jackie collins has plans to have her grow a little more in her next books - after all, she's only 18 in this story. but she's vastly different from lucky, i think. all she's worried about in this book is getting laid by the famous star who happens to take her virginity at her out of control party. okay, she's 18. but that was basically all there was to max; there was no substance at all. and her friend cookie and cokehead boyfriend, frankie, was nothing but a waste of ink.
didn't like paige cheating on gino. okay, i know gino is getting pretty old, but through all the other books - and in this one with many references - gino was known for his sexual prowess. and i liked paige better as a loyal wife, instead of sneaking around behind his back to have sex with a woman she had just met. she can do it - i just don't want to read about it. maybe it would have been better if that plot had gone somewhere - after all, the woman was armand's mother - could have led to something, but all it was, was two older women having a one night stand. and speaking of peggy, armand's mother - wtf? there was a chance gino could have been the father of armand? i can't believe collins was going to bring this plot up again after the whole gino/carrie/steven story. but then it just led to nothing.
didn't like how it ended. there was potential. i thought maybe armand would kidnap max. bobby's girlfriend, a DA, would get involved, as would lucky, bobby - the whole clan. it could have been an exciting way to go. but armand just nearly overdoses, lucky crashes his party and gets into a fight with a drug dealer.
that's another thing - lucky is so badass, yes, we know. but she is stupid, too. she should have known not to go to that guy's villa in the middle of the night by herself. it was reckless, and not a fun, crazy kind of reckless. you can know you are a badass, but if you are smart, you also know your limits. she has kids, a husband, a business - it was just stupidity for her to do this. and to pick a fight with a drug dealer with a knife - even worse. i was very disappointed in her for acting like a 16 year old boy with a chip on his shoulder.
collins can't even keep her story straight. she mentions more than once that dario, lucky's brother, was shot and thrown from a car, when he was gunned down on the street. maybe i'm nitpicking, but she mentioned it twice.
denver - i got SO tired of this woman's insecurities. i have enough of my own to deal with. every single g.d. chapter this woman was in was all about how she was too "normal" for a relationship with a rich, sexy man. i really disliked her. and bobby seems like a nice guy, but again, it seemed like a lot more could have been done with his character than try and convince his gf that he was in love with her.
i wished gino had been in the story more, but i understand his time has passed and he is more of a background character. but he was what drew so many readers into this series to begin with. the story could have used more lennie, too. i missed the old characters - jess, matt, bridgette, steven, even costa. i grew weary of lucky sparring with alex, too. and venus, to me, is totally unlikable now.
sorry this went on and on. but this will be the last collins book i read, so i wanted to be thorough on my way out. i still think she is a talented writer - she's been doing this for a long time and won't miss me, i'm sure. but that's cool.
Author: Jackie Collins
Reviewed by Fran Lewis
Lucky Ssntangelo is forceful, daring and never to be underestimated. Business experience, hotel owner in Las Vegas, numerous properties and the wife of Lennie Golden Lucky has what most might think it all. Owning the Keys a hotel in Vegas and huge complex there and creating it from scratch is just one of her major accomplishments. She is tough, straightforward and definitely someone you do no want to butt heads with. Lucky's lawyer alerts her to the fact that someone is looking into buying the Keys. Armand Jordan the prince of Akramshar, is after what she wants. Armand is a self made man with some help from his father the King. His money not that different from many was made from deals created by this power driven man.
revenge is his only friend. Dealing with her proved a challenge. Who would win? Wait and see!
Max Santangelo is about to turn 18 and her parents are going to throw her a huge party. Max is a rebel and has no qualms about staying out late, enjoying male companionship and hoping to move to New York and strike it on her own. Brother Bobby is the heir to Stanislopolous Greek shipping fortune but has business sense and smarts of his own. Owning his own clubs and hopefully with the aide of some Russian investors will branch out and create more of his clubs called Mood. Mood is comprised of many different nightclubs in New York and Vegas. Added to the mix is Denver who adores and loves him. She is enamored with Bobby, intimidated by Lucky and definitely not into the jet scene and the fast life like Bobby. Plus, he has throngs of women that fawn all over him and what girl wants to deal with that! Denver has a lot to offer as Deputy working over the drug unit.
As we get to know more about Armand Jordan he is not someone you want to ever meet. He is a user, sadistic, cruel and self absorbed as well as ruthless. Looking down on women, people in general and thinking that he has the right to anything he wants he fails to comprehend rejection of any type or understand the word NO. Devoid of any feelings, understanding of others his way is the only way and he enjoys handing out the insults, underhanded remarks and much more. The world revolves around him, his business desires and hopefully his father's wealth when he is gone. After all, he is a Prince and his father is a King. But, here in America that means little. Paying high priced hookers to debase themselves brings him joy and happiness. His chosen wife, left way behind and not even an after thought.
Max thinks she has it all under control when Lucky leaves for Vegas to prepare for Max's birthday party, several business meetings and spending time with her father Gino. But, Max has other ideas when Lucky leaves and decides to have her own birthday bash which gets out of control sending her reeling in anger at her two so called friends Cookie and Harry and into the arms of non other than Billy Melina her mother's best friends soon to be ex-husband. Imagine having her first encounter with a man who is none other than Venus's husband. But, Max falls hard, gives into temptation and the end result is not what Max expects But, there is so much more. As Denver finally invites Bobby to meet her parents and a business meeting gets in the way. Armand is on his way to Vegas with an unexpected added appendage, his mother following in his wake. Married to the King of Akramshar as his fifth wife, she had Armand who became the king's favorite son helping him with business deals and much more. Rude to his own wife chosen for him, demeaning women every chance he gets, and the fact that Lucky, lowly woman, owns the Keys and would not sell it to him more than enraged this man. Added to the suspense is Max's rash decision that Lucky has yet to find out about.
All of the players are together in Vegas. Sparks fly when Venus sees Billy. Cookie and Max decide to go it on their own running straight into Billy. Denver spends an evening with Lucky and her true feelings come out as the author uses italics to the let reader hear the inner most thoughts and fears of the character. Added to that she expresses her feelings about Lennie, meets Venus and the evening gets quite exciting. Meanwhile Peggy had her own agenda in mind having dinner with Gino and his wife. Just what she hoped to learn and why she needed this meeting would clarify something for her if the results were what she thought. Jealousies rise to the occasion. Tempers flare and Lucky decides to take matters into her own hands when Armand's true colors are once again revealed. Impulsive, outrageous and definitely someone not to .........with, Lucky usually has every situation under control. But, will she this time?
Armand had a plan of his own that he hoped would solve the problem of Lucky and her hotel. But, being so bombed out, strung out on coke his way of thinking was totally distorted. However, Bobby and Denver still had their own issues to deal with as things started to come to a head in their relationship. How would Lucky and Lennie feel about Max and Billy? Would they find out? What will be the end result for Armand? With an explosive ending that will keep you in suspense and an end result filled with twists, turns and surprises, author Jackie Collins once again delivers a great novel filled with gossip, true to life Hollywood insider information as Lucky, Lennie, Venus, Max and rest provide more than just the local color that is VEGAS. Goddess of Vengeance is definitely a must read and let's hope she brings Lucky back for more.
Fran Lewis: reviewer