Oh, do I love me a Jackie Collins' novel, especially in the summer. To me, her novels are always considered the perfect beach read and Lucky was no different. I started it last night and finished it today, which just goes to show how much I loved this book as it was 600 pages long. I solid A read.
With the sensual grace of a panther, Lucky Santangelo prowled her Las Vegas casino, restless, ready, eager for action. That night began a dazzling odyssey, filled with dangerous passion and sun-drenched sex, sadistic vengeance and breathless suspense. From the decadent luxury of California, to Paris, New York and a private Greek island, Lucky fought for her father's honor, for ruthless triumph, for the wild card of a fabulous love. Her rivals; an ice-cold Hollywood wife...a much-married heiress strung out on cocaine...a jaded magnate hooked on power...a crazed hoodlum lusting for murder. But Lucky was a gambIer and a lover, a woman who ruled her empire and pursued her man with the potent Santangelo strength ... her way, on her terms, whatever the odds.
I think the thing I love best about Ms. Collins' books are all of the well-written characters. Because her books tend to be so long, we get to really know all of the characters and get an inside view into their minds. She just writes such believable characters, normally those who are rich, and they are all connected in some way and I love to get an inside look. I know a lot of people think her stories are just sex, sex, and more sex, and while there is sex, it is not what the whole book is focused on. This book has it all, murder, kidnapping, love, humor, and friendship. It is truly alarming how though this book was written in 1984, I still see a lot of the current "celebrities" in her characters. The book is not dated much and I just love to soak them up. Another great thrift store find.
Up next is a memoir that I got from the library by one of my favorites, Jen Lancaster. It is her newest book and I feel like I have had it on hold forever. There were a couple of times I almost broke down and bought it, but because I read them so fast and it is a trade paperback, I just didn't feel like spending $15.00. I will probably start it tonight before bed. I started my vacation off with a kick and am enjoying it!!! Happy Reading!