The Santangelos – Jackie Collins.

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Back of the book :

A vicious hit. A vengeful enemy.

A drug-addled Colombian club owner and a coke-addled young actress.

The ever-powerful Lucky Santangelo has to deal with them all.

But Lucky can deal. Always strong and unpredictable, with her husband Lennie by her side, she lives up to the family motto ‘Never f**k with a Santangelo’

A lethal enemy from Lucky’s past is determined to seek revenge for the murder of his son. A gorgeous woman lures lucky’s son Bobby to her hotel suite and he wakes up to find himself inside a nightmare. The sexiest man in Hollywood has her teenage daughter Max in his sights, even though he has broken Max’s heart once before. A beautiful, very troubled movie star will stop at nothing for the role of her career, even if it means sleeping with a dangerous drug baron.

But when Lucky opens an expensive notecard edged in gold and printed with the single word Vengeance, she knows that she is in for the fight of her life.

From the fabulous watering holes of the South of France to the chic fashion runways of Milan,to the glittering casinos of Las Vegas, the Santangelos rule – and Lucky will always come out on top ….

What I think : 

This is another fabulous read from the queen of Chic-Lit. As you would expect, its all there in spades, the wonderful characters, sex, drugs, revenge and of course girl power !

I must admit, I wasn’t actually going to review this book, not because I didn’t like it, because again Jackie has hit the nail right on the head and written a excellent book. But because reading Jackie’s books is one of my most favourite things in the world, and I was just reading it for me, I didn’t want to feel any pressure to review it, just to read and enjoy. However after I woke up yesterday to the awful news that sadly, Jackie had died at the age of 77 from breast cancer, a secret that she’d kept for 6 years even from her family, I felt that I wanted to write a post to share what her books meant to me.

Ever since I can remember, I have had my nose stuck in a book, As a child, I would read anything, however it was when I was a teenager, I was around 13 or 14, I think, when I read my first ‘Jackie’ novel it was ‘The World is Full of Married Men’. I can remember thinking back then that I wished I could go to all the places described in those pages and how wonderful it all sounded. Since then I must have read all her novels at least 10 times each, I have looked forward every august /September to her next new novel arriving on the shelves in the shops, not being able to wait to get home to start reading it, but at the same time not wanting it to end. Needless to say she became my most favourite author. Her books told of really strong women ‘kicking ass’ and that was exactly how I wanted to be ! All my friends and family knew not to disturb me when I was reading my ‘Jackie’ book.

Not only is the book world grieving for this wonderful lady, but we will all be grieving for her fabulous characters as well, I, Myself will miss Gino, Lucky and Lennie and all the other brilliant characters that she has introduced us to over the years. Its hard to believe we’ll never be catching up with them again in their very glamorous world.

This wonderful, larger than life, lady will be sadly missed by so many people.

Rest in Peace Jackie …

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