The seductively beautiful, street-smart, and powerful Lucky Santangelo, star of four of Jackie Collins's previous international number-one bestsellers -- Chances, Lucky, Lady Boss, and Vendetta: Lucky's Revenge -- returns in Dangerous Kiss.
In Chances, Lucky grew up in a top crime family; in Lucky, she was married three times; in Lady Boss, she took on Hollywood and bought Panther Studios; and in Vendetta, she fought off a lifelong enemy to keep the studio, and her husband.
Now, in Dangerous Kiss, when a member of her family is brutally gunned down in a random holdup, her fury knows no bounds. While she is tracking the killer, her relationship with her husband, charismatic writer and director Lennie Golden, is put to the test. Then, suddenly, into her life comes a man from her past -- a man with a dangerous kiss.
Dangerous Kiss is a story of raw anger, love, lust, murder, and revenge, and at its white-hot center is Lucky Santangelo, a strong, exciting woman who dares to take chances -- and always wins.
In Dangerous Kiss, you will encounter many familiar faces, among them:
Brigette Stanislopoulos, Lucky's twenty-five-year-old goddaughter -- an heiress due to become one of the richest women in the world. Now a top supermodel in New York, Brigette is put in desperate peril when she meets a man who is out to ruin her life.
Alex Woods, a Hollywood producer with a lethal smile and a deadly obsession...
Venus Maria, America's most controversial superstar...and...
Charlie Dollar, the off-the-wall, fifty-something movie star with an eye for teenage girls.
You will also meet an exciting cast of newcomers:
Count Carlo Vittorio Vitti, a dangerously handsome playboy with his own twisted agenda...
Lina, a devastatingly sexy black supermodel with an insatiable yen for men, money, and a big film career...
Price Washington, a famous black comedian with a crack-addicted past...
Teddy Washington, his sixteen-year-old son who unintentionally gets caught up in murder...
Claudia, a simple Italian girl with a secret from Lennie's past that will rock Lucky's world...
And the Kopistanis:
Irena -- Price's Russian housekeeper who knows all his secrets; and
Mila -- her eighteen-year-old daughter with a heart of steel and the cunning of a fox.
Lucky's backAand the myriad fans of the Santangelo novels (most recently, Vendetta) will be glued to the page. Once again, Lucky has the weight of the world on her gorgeous shoulders. Again, she triumphs in love and business, with enough violence in her wake to make Mickey Spillane shudder. Daughter of mobster Gino, whose Las Vegas empire was her proving ground in previous novels, Lucky's a chip off the headstrong block. She's Lennie Golden's hot, adoring wife (as long as she doesn't have to make lunch), a doting mom (who frequently packs the kids off for the weekend) and a major Hollywood player as the head of Panther StudiosAuntil she abruptly decides to sell. Most of her ardor and energy, though, go into troubleshooting for her large, biracial, multinational clan, including her black half-brother, Steven, a handsome lawyer whose actress wife, Mary Lou, is killed during a carjacking (Lennie's at the wheel), and her goddaughter, Brigette, supermodel and ultra-rich Greek shipping heiress who falls prey to a no-account count and is forcibly addicted to heroin while pregnant. As Lennie battles depression, Lucky struggles with the attentions of director Alex Woods, who never lets her forget the night they shared while Lennie was sweating a prequel kidnapping ordeal in an Italian cave. (Collins doesn't shortchange the new reader on back story.) Fierce monogamist Lucky excuses her own slip (she'd thought Lennie was dead) but has a hard time forgiving Lennie when his Sicilian rescuer, bosomy Claudia, appears with a hearing-impaired five-year-old son who's a Lennie look-alike. Claudia conveniently dies saving Lennie's life once more, for Collins shares Lucky's ruthlessness with people in her way. Believable? Not for a minute. Entertaining? Of course. Agent, Morton Janklow. Literary Guild and Doubleday main selections; author tour. (June)
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Excerpt from Dangerous Kiss by Jackie Collins
Finally Lennie said the magic words. "Cut. Print. That's a wrap everyone.
"Thank goodness," Mary Lou said, rushing to her trailer, unbuttoning the suit she'd worn in the scene on her way.
Terri, one of the wardrobe assistants, ran behind her. "Can I help?" Terri asked. She was black, overweight, and out of breath, but full of enthusiasm. Like everyone else on the set, she adored Mary Lou and would do anything for her.
"Yes!" Mary Lou said. "I need to be ready like an hour ago!"
"You got it," Terri said. "I'm here to assist."
"How's that little brother of yours?" Mary Lou asked as they reached her trailer.
"Doin' okay, thanks," Terri answered, marveling that Mary Lou even remembered her confiding about her sixteen-year-old brother, who'd recently gotten arrested for vandalism. "They gave him three months' probation."
"That should teach him a lesson."
"My mama taught him a lesson," Terri said, rolling her eyes. "She paddled his ass so fine he couldn't sit down for a week!"
"Good," Mary Lou said. "Now he'll think twice next time he plans on getting out of line."
"Ain't that the truth," Terri said, hanging up Mary Lou's skirt after she stepped out of it.
"Y'know," Mary Lou said, opening the small fridge where she'd hidden her heart-shaped diamond earrings and necklace -- anniversary gifts from Steven -- "If you like, I can arrange for my husband to see him, give him some advice about how not to get into trouble."
Terri's expression perked up. "Really?"
"Steven's great with kids. He occasionally talks to boys at a school in Compton -- helps them with career tips, that kind of thing. They think he's the greatest."
"Sometimes we have a few of them over for a barbecue. Steven knows how to motivate. He makes them want to get an education and do well."
"Sounds like exactly what my little brother needs," Terri said, carefully removing Mary Lou's white, shimmering evening gown from its protective plastic covering.
"I'll arrange it," Mary Lou said, unhooking her bra and reaching for her dress.
"You're so slim," Terri said enviously, watching as Mary Lou navigated her way into the slinky gown.
"It's called hardly ever eating!" Mary Lou said ruefully. "In my job you have to be thin. I'd much sooner be pigging out on fried chicken and grits. But I figure one of these days -- way, way in the future -- that's what I'll do. Right now it's important I keep my figure.
"Look at me," Terri said with a helpless shrug. "I'm eighty pounds overweight."
"Make a goal," Mary Lou said. "Promise yourself you'll lose four pounds a month. Take it slow and easy, and in less than two years you'll be down to the weight you want."
Terri laughed at the thought. "I can't do that."
"Yes you can," Mary Lou said. "We can do anything we set our minds to."
"Gee, I wish that was true," Terri said wistfully.
"Do I look all right?" Mary Lou asked.
"Fine as silk," Terri said with a sigh, zipping the back of her dress.
"Thanks," Marv Lou said, quickly applying a thin coat of lip gloss. "Now, I promise I won't forget about your brother. I'll talk to Steven tonight."
"You're the best," Terri said.
"No I'm not," Mary Lou said. "It's just that I understand when someone needs guidance. One day I'll tell you how Steven and I first met. Boy! Did I need guidance then! Actually, it's quite a story."
"Tell me now," Terri pleaded.
"No time now," Mary Lou said, laughing. "Sit with me at lunch tomorrow and I'll reveal everything. Oh yes, and tomorrow you're starting your diet -- right?"
"If you say so."
There was a knock on the trailer door, followed by Lennie calling out, "You ready?"
"Just about," she said, quickly putting on her spike-heeled silver shoes as Terri opened the trailer door.
"Let's get going," Lennie said. "If I don't make it in time for her speech, Lucky will kill me." He took her arm and helped her down the steps.
"'Bye, Terri," Mary Lou said, waving.
"Don't you look something," Lennie remarked as they made their way to his car.
"Like my dress?" Mary Lou asked, doing a little twirl for him.
"Love it," he said. "But you'd better prepare yourself -- Steven'll have a heart attack when he sees you. He's too old to have a wife who looks like you."
"Great!" Mary Lou said, laughing. "Don't tell him that, he's already experiencing a midlife crisis."
"He thinks he's getting fat and boring."
"C'mon. Mister Handsome?"
Mary Lou giggled. "I told him he can turn into the fattest, most boring man in the world, and I'll still love him."
"What a woman!"
"He's the best."
"So are you."
"Thank you, Lennie. I appreciate that."
"Hey," Lennie said, as they trekked down the street. "I'm afraid it didn't occur to me to hire a limo for tonight. I prefer driving myself. But what with you looking so outrageous, I realize I should've gotten us a car."
"Don't be silly," Mary Lou said. "I'm happy as long as we get there. And the sooner the better." She smiled softly. "Y'know, it's so funny; Steven and I have been married almost nine years, yet when I'm away from him, even if it's only for a day, I still miss him."
"I know what you mean," Lennie said. "Sometimes I look around at all the miserable marriages in this town, y'know -- people playing musical beds and getting divorced -- and I think how happy I am with Lucky. She's my everything. Yes, I'm into working, but coming home to her at the end of the day makes it all worthwhile."
"That's how I feel," Mary Lou said, wide eyed. "We're exactly alike."
"Yeah, except you're a little bit younger than me," Lennie said.
"Just a tiny bit," she said, smiling.
Buddy caught up with them on their way to Lennie's car. "Baby, you look hot!" he said to Mary Lou, checking her out admiringly.
"Why, thank you, Buddy," she said, well aware of his respectful crush. "Coming from you that's a real compliment."
"What's that mean, 'coming from me'?" Buddy said, putting on the charm big time.
"Well," Mary Lou said, half smiling, "everyone knows you're the campus superstud."
"Yeah?" he said, preening. "I got myself a reputation, have I?"
"Let me see, Buddy," she said, pretending to think about it. "Since we've been making this movie I've observed at least three different girls visiting you on the set."
"My sisters," Buddy said, grinning.
She grinned back. "Your sisters, my ass!"
"And a fine ass it is too, if I may say so."
"C'mon," Lennie said, opening the passenger door of his Porsche and hustling Mary Lou inside. "You two can flirt tomorrow. Right now we gotta get going."
She settled into the front seat, fastened her seat belt, and gave a little wave to Buddy, who hovered by the car.
"Does your husband know how lucky he is?" Buddy said, as Lennie ran around and started the car.
"I hope so," she said, blowing him a kiss.
"Baby," Buddy sighed. "If you ever decide you want bigger and better, I am waiting!"
"There's no such thing as bigger and better than my Steven," Mary Lou said. "Sorry to disappoint you."
"Oh, baby, baby," Buddy said, shaking his head. "You are something else."
The Porsche took off. Mary Lou closed the window and grinned. "I hope he makes me look good on screen."
"Buddy's the best," Lennie said. "And considering he has a thing about you, you will look sensational."
"It's so much fun to be making a movie with you, Lennie," she said. "I never imagined we'd work together, and now it's even better than I thought it would be."
"Hey -- you're a pleasure to work with."
"Coming from you that's a big compliment."
"I'm bummed we had to run so late tonight," Lennie said, adjusting his rearview mirror. "D'you think Lucky will be pissed?"
"Lucky never gets pissed at you."
"Oh yeah?" he said, knowing his wife. "It's almost eight-thirty. By the time we get there it'll be past nine. Trust me -- tonight she will be pissed."