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Lucky Bastard (Lucky O'Toole #4)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  414 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews
Lucky O'Toole, the newly promoted vice president of Customer Relations for the Babylon, Las Vegas's primo Strip property, has never met a problem she couldn't handle. But when a young woman is found dead, sprawled across the hood of a new, bright red Ferrari California in the Babylon's on-site dealership, a Jimmy Choo stiletto stuck in her carotid, Lucky's skills are maxed ...more
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Published May 14th 2013 by Forge Books
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My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A copy of Lucky Bastard was provided to me by Forge Books for review purposes.

Lucky O'Toole is the Vice President of Customer Relations of the affluent Babylon casino in Las Vegas. She's a busy woman and her plate is always full but after recent events even Lucky has bitten off more than she can chew. After a woman is found on the hood of a Ferrari in the Babylon's dealership with a stiletto stuck in her neck and the evidence points to a close-friend being the killer, Luck
This review was originally posted on my blog, Ramblings of a Daydreamer. You can find it, and many more reviews at the blog.

3.5 stars

Lucky O’Toole is back with her latest Vegas (mis)adventure, and this time it’s personal: the number one suspect in the murders is a friend. Lucky doesn’t know who to trust, and it makes for a great mixture of tension, danger, and mystery.

As always, it’s fun to catch up with Lucky. She’s tough, smart, independent, and I like her more with each novel. It’s been nice
This mystery starts off with Lucky O’Toole, customer relations honcho for the Babylon Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, being called to the hotel's on-site car dealership. There a beautiful woman lies dead on top of a Ferrari, stabbed in the neck with a Jimmy Choo shoe. It turns out the woman participated in high stakes poker games at the hotel and just might have been cheating.

Lucky starts to look into the murder, enlisting the help of her friends, staff, and detective friend Romeo. Soon more peo
Feb 04, 2013 Leslie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, romance
Lucky O’Toole is back with another adventure at The Babylon on the Las Vegas Strip in book four of this fun-filled series.

Lucky has been promoted to Vice President of Customer Relations but that doesn’t make her job any easier. She has barely settled into the position, her new office isn’t even completed yet, when the next crisis strikes. A woman is found dead, sprawled across the hood of a new Ferrari in the Babylon’s on-site dealership, a Jimmy Choo stiletto stuck in her neck. At The Babylon i
Dec 11, 2012 Robin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
These are always a fun alternative to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series and this was a fun romp in one of my favorite cities, Las Vegas. Lucky is an executive in a mega-hotel and handles all problems with finesse but always manages to get involved in some kind of hinky or kinky murder. In this case a woman is stabbed in the jugular with a stiletto heel. My only problem with this one is that because of her problems with men and her life being so sucky, she seems to be holding a pity party f ...more
I really enjoyed this one.
Charles Ray
Jan 20, 2017 Charles Ray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As the newly promoted vice president of customer relations for her father’s casino, Babylon, Lucky O’Toole hasn’t encountered a problem she couldn’t solve. Then, the body of a young woman is found in the casino’s on-site auto dealership with a stiletto heel embedded in her throat. Paxton Dane, a PI and so-so friend, is suspect number one, especially when he announces that the dead woman is his wife.
Lucky Bastard by Deborah Coonts is another tour de force featuring our six-foot tall, fashion and
Jan 23, 2017 Marla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy the Lucky stories but I don't understand how she always becomes embroiled in the murders and other things that happen. And bringing back Teddy just as she hooks up with the French Chef? Ouch. Lots of twists and turns in these stories. Lucky seems super human at times. I'd like to actually get more detail about Lucky herself. Maybe from some other character's point of view, she's hard to get a handle on as far as what she looks like. Tall, but that's about all that's really said. I ...more
Still love this series, but sure wish Lucky wasn't so "lucky" with men. I think she may have ruled one out, but one won't go away, and one almost seems too good to be true. At least the romance isn't the overriding factor in these books, and the mystery portion is great!! Don't get me wrong, the romance is very well scripted, but I love the mystery and the Vegas background even more. We spent several vacations in Vegas and the surrounding area, and I feel like Deborah is taking me back for a muc ...more
I enjoy reading the Lucky O'Toole series as she is a smart cookie who solves all kinds of problems. In this book, however, she spends too much time bemoaning her fate and being cranky. I get it. I know she's upset, but the description of this in her own mind and in the book was repetitive, and sometimes identical. I kept thinking I was in a different place in the book, because the diatribes were the same. Did not give 4 stars for that reason.
Having said that, the plot is clever, and the ending
Jan 10, 2017 MA rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucky was little whiney and annoying in this book. I hope it passes in the next book or I may actually give up the series.
Chantelle (aka the Blogmonstar)
Cross-posted at Book Reviews With the Blogmonstar

When I first requested Lucky Bastard from Netgalley I didn’t realise it was the fourth in the series. Fortunately this wasn’t an issue as you were able to pick up most things pretty quickly, without having read the previous books.

The premise of this mystery was really good – Middle of the night, car dealership showroom in a casino with dead woman on a Ferrari, killed by her own shoe. It was a really interesting mystery, and you certainly didn’t se
May 13, 2013 Lesa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel lucky every year when a new Lucky O'Toole book by Deborah Coonts is released. And, Lucky

Bastard, the latest adventure set in the high stakes world of Las Vegas, is probably my favorite of the four books. Even with a broken heart, Lucky O'Toole takes control of her out-of-control world.

Lucky may have that name, but the VP of Customer Relations for the Babylon casino-resort is definitely unlucky in love. Dumped by her best friend and lover, Teddie Kowalski, in favor of his music career, sh
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Marissa
Book provided by the publisher for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

For those not familiar with the series, the heroine is Lucky O’Toole, Vice President of Customer Relations for the Babylon, a swanky hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Time after time (and book after book), Lucky finds herself embroiled in a murder that has someone involved her casino. And, in true heroine fashion, Lucky fights her way to the truth (with the help of handsome men and quirky famil
Paula Ratcliffe
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Stan Kawanami
Not my type of author or book
May 11, 2013 Dianne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: galleys-arcs
I've only read one other of the Lucky series and thought that continuing on with it would be fun, but I found that to keep up with all the action in this particular story was more like work than pleasure. With the first book I read I had no problems distinguishing who was who and what was going on, but this time I just couldn't figure out all of the back-story. Don't get me wrong the author does a fine job doing her best to keep you up-to-date with what has happened in the past, it is just that ...more
Sep 11, 2014 Megan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, chick-lit
2.5 Stars

Here's the thing I really like the other books in this series. I love how they all feel like really being in Vegas, and I like how Lucky is different from other female protagonists. The books have always been light and fun and interesting. But I just. can't. finish. this. book.

For the longest time I couldn't put my finger on why this one just isn't pulling me in. And then I read the scene where the cops raid an illegal poker game. (view spoiler)
Feb 05, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley, mystery, series
Lucky O’Toole is the new VP of Customer Relations at The Babylon resort in Las Vegas. She’s a trouble shooter who seems to be constantly stalked by trouble. This time it finds her in the form of a dead body sprawled on top of a Ferrari in the dealership housed within the resort. You’d think one dead body would be enough but a few more are discovered within hours of each other. To make matters worse it seems someone close to Lucky is a prime suspect.

While trying to figure out why a friend is unde
Apr 29, 2013 Star rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Lucky Bastard’ is the first Lucky O’Toole book I’ve read. I didn’t find it hard to get to know the characters as their personalities really shined. When a old friend of Lucky’s calls her and brings her into a crime scene in her hotel, she’s stepped into a chain of events she knew nothing about. To complicate matters, the woman is her friends’ ex-wife. As the bodies start piling up, Lucky’s love life gets more complicated, her mother is pregnant (and coming up with crazy schemes), and Lucky's ba ...more
Julie Barrett
May 09, 2013 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucky Bastard by Deborah Coonts
Wanted to read this book because of the locale: Las Vegas strip.
Lucky has a lot going on in her personal life (others in the family) and her business life-she runs a strip mall on the strip.
She is called when a dead body is found and wishes she had not answered the call.
Fascinating, love to learn about new things: red contact lenses! Love how they solve why things happened and the props used.
The book cover really fits the book content. Seems just when they get a ha
Nov 29, 2015 Toni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucky Bastard is the fourth book in Deborah Coonts Las Vegas themed Lucky series. Though somewhat more maudlin than the first three, I loved the introspective aspect of Lucky as she tries to find her new normal. Any woman who’s ever been dumped has gone through the same ruminations and will easily relate. Coonts nails it directly on the head. In the midst of heartbreak, of course, is murder. Lucky takes on the case of a friend’s murdered estranged wife. As always, Lucky tries to get one step ahe ...more
Jun 01, 2013 Alice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the first two books in this series. I enjoyed all the goofy situations Lucky O'Toole had to handle in the Vegas hotel she works for. I had the same problem with this book (#4) that I had with #3--Lucky is still too sad over her relationship with Teddie. Also, she is exhausted much of the time and even has a sprained ankle. I missed the fun with the strange guests and parties in the earlier books and the outrageous humor. There was a very funny scene with an elderly woman who wanted to st ...more
Stephen Campbell
I'll start by saying I'm a big fan of this series. As someone who used to travel to Las Vegas several times a year I find these books to be great fun and very much like spending a weekend in Vegas with a group of people that are far more interesting than those I used to travel with.

Ms. Coonts always opens her books brilliantly and Lucky Bastard is no exception. Murder, by stiletto (heel), with the body found on top of a shiny red Ferrari launches us into a wonderful mystery that isn't solved unt
Jun 02, 2013 Jael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As fictional characters go, Lucky O'Toole knows Vegas. If you need an upgrade on your hotel room at the Babylon, she can help. If you need a good table at the hottest restaurant, she can help. If you need tickets to the hottest show on the strip, she can help. And....if you need help clearing yourself of murder, she can help with that, too. The newly appointed vice president of Customer Relations for the Babylon hotel is back for another adventure in Lucky Bastard by Deborah Coonts.

A young woman
I really can't tell if I don't like the third and fourth books as much as the first two or if the audiobooks are just that much more fun, but I'm setting to get a little annoyed with the sameness of all of the books. Lucky's always taking care of everything (which is pretty awesome for a heroine), everything's batshit crazy until she figures it out, her hormones are on high, and there's always a twist a the end. This book, pretty much the same.
Except that Dane is the one in trouble, accused of k
May 20, 2013 Yvonne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I adore Lucky O’Toole. She’s a great character who somehow manages to deal with an extremely stressful job, one crisis after another, and a love life that is far from perfect. This book made me laugh, as well as try to figure out the mystery.

This is the fourth book in the Lucky O’Toole mystery series and a wonderful addition to the series. It’s funny, clever and has snappy dialogue. Lucky reminded me very much of Stephanie Plum from Janet Evanovich’s series. It helps that it’s set in Las Vegas –
Mar 02, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, epub
Oh my god! Oh my god! Oh my god! Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes! That was the best best best romantic scene ever! The most sweet! The most cute! And so hot! I love love love Lucky and Jean-Charles! I was waiting, dying for this moment to come! But I never thought it'd be so wonderful, so amazing, so romantic! I think this is the best book in the series so far! My favorite! I'm still smiling as big as a castle! And Christophe is so cute! The sweetest thing!
And Breakfast made me laugh!
Actually ther
Feb 17, 2013 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, chick-lit
Another fun, but frenetic, entry in the Lucky O'Toole series set in Las Vegas. All the cast of character make an appearance in this one, but Lucky is the star. It picks up right after the last book and Lucky hasn't yet had time to digest her broken love life or spend time on her new hotel. Lucky does too much introspective stuff in this book and it gets really repetitive and annoying at time, however the mystery and action are good. I really like when there are more vignettes about customers in ...more
A cute little fast read.
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Deborah Coonts swears she was switched at birth. Coming from a family of homebodies, Deborah is the odd women out, happiest with a passport, a high-limit credit card, her computer, and changing scenery outside her window. Goaded by an insatiable curiosity, she flies airplanes, rides motorcycles, travels the world, and pretends to be more of a badass than she probably is. Deborah is the author of t ...more
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