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Goddess of Vengeance Hardcover – September 13, 2011

4.3 out of 5 stars 182 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.

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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 (182 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,062,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Another winner by my favorite author and the reading about the awesome Lucky. A must read. I can't put down these books. If you are looking for a light romance novel, no. If you are looking for a kick butt a little raw but awesome book filled with adventure, romance,sex, a bit of violence, just about everything rolled into one fun book, this is the book to read.
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I was on chapter twenty three and page 196 and couldn't help but wonder when the story was going to start? When was Lucky going to have to fight for her hotel? But once the story finally starts, watch out. Lucky is true to form and does kick some butt in this one. Her daughter Max is also featured heavily in this one, again. Most of the action occurs in the final third of the novel. However, because a great part of the novel is about Max, we miss out on interaction with Lucky. There is barely any interaction between Lucky and Lennie at all, just a few scenes. Sadly, Lennie is more of a lackey in this story. He wouldn't even be missed if he wasn't in this one. Personally, I would rather have seen a bigger interaction with Lucky and Lennie over protecting her club.
What's with the epilogue summaries that abound in Ms. Collin's books? How about show and don't tell? Love the characters of Bobby and Denver and hope they stay together.
Overall, this is a fun read and a guilty pleasure, just don't expect a literary work and you won't be disappointed. And we know that Lenny and Lucky love each other: No need to repeat it over and over again: "Lennie and Lucky. Two of a kind." Also, I wasn't crazy that we don't get to learn the identity of Prince Armand's real father. That was a cop out there.
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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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