The Lucky Santangelo series by Jackie Collins is pure trash. It’s wild, over the top, and pure fun. It’s filthy rich people doing a lot of awful things, both to themselves and to others. But dangit, I rooted for things to work out!
While this is book 2 in the series, Collins inserts plenty of excerpts from book 1 to catch up any readers who missed the first or refresh the memories of those who have read it.
Lucky is a great character. After a traumatic childhood and essentially being raised by nannies, all she wants is the approval of her father. Now that she’s a grown woman and has proved that she can stand with the men in the business world, she’s not going to let anyone stand in her way. She will do whatever it takes to make her goals come true. And right now? That goal is building her very own hotel in Atlantic City.
Other notable characters in this book:
Gino Santangelo, Lucky’s father, the former gangster and Vegas hotshot.
Octavia Stanislopolus: Lucky’s best friend from boarding school, whom she has lost touch with.
Dimitri Stanasilopolus: Octavia’s filthy rich father.
Lenny Golden: An up an coming comedian who keeps crossing paths with Lucky.
So much happens in this book, I can’t even describe it without spoilers.
This book is old, like… older than me… so finding a print copy may be a task. I found the whole series on eBay and it was well worth the $25 I spent. It is sold online in ebook format too though. But basically, it’s like reading a soap opera. And I hate soap operas.