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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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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.
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.
Goddess of Vengeance finds Lucky as an extremely successful business woman who owns her own hotel, The Keys, in Vegas and of course she's still sporting the same attitude of `don't f--- with a Santangelo!' Lucky has always been tough as nails and she is no different now. She still wants the best and expects the best.
This novel takes us a bit deeper into her family and focuses somewhat on her daughter Max who is just turning eighteen and her son Bobby who owns his own successful business. Max seems like a pretty cool kid and I got a kick out of some of the things she said. She doesn't seem to have that tough attitude her mom has but maybe that will come in future books. Bobby who's always been a playboy seems to have finally found a woman who can make him settle down. There's still a lot of Lucky in this book and I was glad to see that plus she's still with Lennie which was good to see as well.
The storyline moves along at a pretty good clip. As usual we get in on the scene of the high rollers and celebrities and there is never a dull moment. Lucky has a run in with a man who really doesn't like women at all especially as business women and those of us who know anything about Lucky know that wouldn't go over too well. As we were nearing the end I kept wondering if Lucky was going to get herself into something she couldn't get out of so I had those pages flipping pretty fast.
All in all Goddess of Vengeance was a good read for me. I've always considered these novels as escapism reading and that's what I got from it. I don't have to think too hard or try to glean more from the story than what is there and I really enjoy that once in a while. I think this novel could stand alone but it's much better if you've read some of the past ones especially the first few, Lucky and Chances. Anyhow, if you'd like to escape reality for a while this is surely the book to do it with. Be warned though for those of you not fond of bad language, there is a lot of it in this book.