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Wanna Get Lucky? (Lucky O'Toole #1)

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A young woman plunges from a Las Vegas sightseeing helicopter, landing in the Pirate's lagoon in front of the Treasure Island Hotel in the middle of the 8:30 Pirate Show. Almost everyone writes her off as another Vegas victim.

But Lucky O'Toole smells a rat. She's head of Customer Relations at The Babylon, the newest, most opulent mega-casino and resort on the Strip, so she
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Published May 11th 2010 by Forge Books (first published May 1st 2010)
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Nov 14, 2015 Bonnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, mystery, 2012
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Lucky O’Toole is head of Customer Relations at the Babylon; Las Vegas’ newest and largest ‘mega-casino’. Her job title may be simple but her job is far from it as she’s responsible for any problems and for making sure that all casino operations runs smoothly. When a woman falls to her death from a Babylon helicopter and it doesn’t look like a suicide, it’s Lucky’s job to get a handle on the situation so that the situation doesn’t tarnish t
Sep 24, 2013 Gerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Las Vegas and Lucky O'Toole, an ideal marriage.

The gambling capital of Nevada is superbly portrayed and Lucky, the problem-solver at the Babylon, which is the newest, trendiest and most over-the-top casino on the Las Vegas Strip, struts through the place with great good humour, plenty of commonsense and more than a bit of sexuality.

From its most promising beginnings, when a young lady arrives most unexpectedly in the middle of the pirate's lagoon in front of the Treasure Island Hotel, the novel
Feb 28, 2012 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, chick-lit
As the head of Customer Relations at The Babylon, a Las Vegas Casino, Lucky O’Toole finds herself at the center of a lot of crazy things. A normal day includes keeping things running smoothly and the well-heeled guests happy; everything from straightening out an incident with a wrecked rental car, a Ferrari, no less, to finding a guest’s lost cats, when the hotel doesn’t even allow pets.

For Lucky, this is going to be a hectic week. The entire porn industry has descended on Vegas for their annual
Meredith Allard
Oct 13, 2011 Meredith Allard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, romance
I live in Las Vegas. Yes, it’s true, people really live here. Admittedly, I don’t live on the Strip where all the excitement happens. I live in a regular neighborhood where regular people live. There are schools, churches, grocery stores, strip malls. If you like the exciting Las Vegas, the Vegas of neon lights, ultra lounges, and designer shopping, then Deborah Coonts’ debut novel Wanna Get Lucky? is for you. It’s about the Vegas everyone wants to visit—gamblng until you hit the jackpot, drinki ...more
Susan (The Book Bag)
My thoughts on Wanna Get Lucky? ~~

I loved this book and I love the character of Lucky! She kind of reminds me of a cross between Stephanie in Evanovich's Plum series and Eve Dallas in the J.D. Robb In Death series. And I love both of those series!!

Lucky has the quirky friends and family like Stephanie but has the seriousness and 'get the job done' personality of Eve. The setting is in Vegas, with that whole lifestyle and living like no other place. I would love to visit Vegas some day so the set
May 19, 2010 Reanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book free from a goodreads giveaway.

If you're looking for a fun, light, flirty, slightly dirty read this summer on the beach or a plane, this is the one.

Deborah Coonts has written a great little book with likeable characters, great dialogue, and just enough twists that don't get too twisty and take us into another genre.

Lucky, our heroine, takes care of the happenings at the Babylon Hotel in Vegas. Nude drunks, clumsy whales, and gambling regulars all pepper her day. When an acci
Jun 14, 2011 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a woman takes a nose dive from a helicopter into the middle of the pirate show at Treasure Island, this can only spell bad news for Lucky O’Toole. Lucky is the head of Customer Relations at the grand Babylon in Las Vegas. This is because the helicopter that the woman came out of belonged to the Babylon. Now Lucky must solve a murder before her luck runs out.

Author Deborah Coonts is a new voice in the mystery genre. She introduces readers to Lucky O’Toole. Lucky is one tough cookie. She is t
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I read the blurb for this book and was struck with interest when I read that is was about Vegas. Not to mention the fact that it pretty much starts out with some chick falling from a helicopter during the pirate show. The book had its hooks in me before chapter one was even over with. I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. It didn’t seem to matter what Lucky had dealt with and put to rest, something was always happening and she had
Restless Ness
This book started off a little slow but it was jam packed full of action. Lucky is one busy woman whose work is her life. It's an interesting insight into working behind the scenes in a big casino/hotel. Love how an Australian features in it and the Americans don't understand him. Teddie sounds lovely and talented.

She has a place and wardrobe most women would be very jealous of.

I enjoyed this book, having visited Vegas I could envisage some familiar places and imagine the rest.
Am I having fun yet? The set-up should promise the sort of romp you'd expect from Janet Evanovich or the TV series Sex & the City. Lucky O'Toole is the smart and sassy head of customer relations at Las Vegas's swankiest casino. She's got to protect her boss and their high rolling guests from fall-out from the porn-star convention hucksters, the swinging couples to-do, and assorted out-there Vegas stuff. However, you know it's falling flat when the author has to resort to putting comments lik ...more
The premise of this is sort of charming--a woman is a "fixer" at a fancy casino in Las Vegas--but it was just so HOKEY. Ugh.
I did kind of like how her best friend/love interest is a straight drag queen. He was cool.
May 06, 2010 Pam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
"Wanna Get Lucky?" is Las Vegas's answer to the ever popular Janet Evanovich novels. I did enjoy the whole book very much. Deborah Coonts is a talented writer and hope we can look forward to more novels by this promising author. The storyline revealed a lot about the characters involved, although possibly too much. Many of the relationships could have evolved through several novels and not just this one. Keep tying into these characters, Deborah, and you will have quite a following.

I recieved t
Apr 24, 2010 Kathleen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: benicia, 2010, firstreads
A little bit of fun for a couple of hours. Lucky has the makings of an engaging heroine and I hope she continues her growth as a character in more stories to follow. I read a soft cover marked as an ARC, I hope some things were fixed; the overuse of the word "exquisite" was distracting, as were the corny quotation marks. The hotel setting is an interesting one as people get up to all sorts of shenanigans, especially when they're so intent on cutting loose or making some sort of score. Lots of ac ...more
Suzie Quint
Nov 07, 2011 Suzie Quint rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Take Stephanie Plum, keep the snark but make her smart and competent, put her in charge of public relations at a swanky Vegas hotel/casino. Replace Joe & Ranger with a hunky female impersonator with a Harvard degree who is her best friend but wants to be more. Then give her a mother who is the madame of an upscale Nevada bordello and you'll have Lucky O'Toole.

This is a fun story, and I've been a bit adrift since the Plum books lost their luster for me. As you can imagine, the secondary chara
Thibaldo Manrique
A very very fun book

I am a fan of the TV show "Las Vegas", the one about the Montesito casino, and this story just resonated with that.

As it turns out it is very much inspired in that kind of situations. It is a fantastic rendition of the Sin City I would like to exist.

There are gorgeous girls and handsome men, really creepy bad guys, and very good "tough but fair" good guys. There is more adventure, romance and intrigue than you can shake a stick at.

A fantastic story, very well told and struct
Christine Williams
I wanted to love this book, I really did, but I ended up just thinking “eh” when it was all said and done. I’ve been looking for a cozy-type series that is a little grittier than the G-rated ones I’ve been reading. Wanna Get Lucky had all the elements – Vegas setting, sex, hookers and more. But I think the main problem was the central mystery wasn’t much of a mystery at all. We knew who the perpetrators were from the get-go and the plot was just setting them up to be caught. It was also pretty p ...more
Feb 25, 2010 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucky is a great woman character - she is the problem solver at a casino in Las Vegas and has a sharp wit, sharper tongue (although not as sharp as her parrot's tongue) and finds herself solving everything from bailing out whales who bash in cars - to solving murder. It is the first one in a series and I will be looking forward to her further exploits. Nice to have a woman character who has some meat on her and meat to her!
Feb 22, 2016 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lucky O'Toole is head of Customer Relations at a Las Vegas casino. It is her job to keep a modicum about the property and to instill the idea that a good time was had by all. When she sees a body fall from a helicopter and land in Treasure island's Pirate Lagoon, she springs into action. First she needs to figure out who the suspects are - are they her own boss, the new guy in security, a rival casino? The victim turns out to be an acquaintance of hers, and as she unravels the circumstances, the ...more
Shirley Worley
Feb 16, 2016 Shirley Worley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas? Maybe, and maybe not. This story gives an often hilarious glimpse into a case of blackmail at a mega casino and hotel. The booked conventions and hotel guests will remind the reader, as tastefully as possible, why Vegas is called Sin City. I really enjoyed this book. Although a bit long compared to most books I read, it was well worth the time. The story was fast-paced with a good plot. The supporting plots were seamlessly woven into the big picture and nic ...more
Lucky O'Toole, general fixer for the Babylon, is having a really bad night. A really, really bad night. As she looks up at the news rolling past on the television, she sees the body of a friend falling to her death, right into the pirate's lagoon of the casino. Before she can get to soothing the Big Boss, she has to deal with a 400-pound naked drunk as well as the newest member of the security team, the head man, Paxton Dane. She also has to give one of her whales a hug and work with another.
May 08, 2015 Allison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended to me by library friends long ago. Now I regret waiting so long to listen to it. I loved the characters, dry wit and descriptions of Vegas life.
Nov 12, 2015 Lynne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not sure if I was in just the right mood, but I really liked this book. Lucky is a trouble shooter extraordinaire and following her adventures as she smooths over one mishap after another made this a fun read for me. Many of the characters are somewhat bizarre, but help the variation. There were a couple of surprise twists that seemed, to me, to enhance the story. And, although the setting is Las Vegas, Lucky's mother runs a brothel, and one of the convention groups centers around sex, I appreci ...more
Oct 08, 2015 pearl_seeker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
A fun romp through Vegas! This book is much more character-driven than mystery-driven; think Stephanie Plum NOT Hercule Poirot! Hard not to draw comparisons to Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series; but this book comes out considerably better in the comparison. The heroine is competent and the book is full of INTERESTING and well-drawn secondary characters instead of dimwitted caricatures of people.

The plot was pretty good, the set-up for the take-down was well done! Not a lot of 'mystery' to it, bu
This was an interesting and fun mystery, but it's not for everyone because there is a great deal of focus on sexual desire and innuendo throughout the novel in addition to a solid vein of romance involving our main character and amateur sleuth. Anyhow, I thought it was written fairly well, and the characters are well drawn. I especially liked how well the protagonist's back story is explained throughout the course of the novel. Overall, I rather liked the book, and I might read more of the serie ...more
Phil Leader
Nov 25, 2015 Phil Leader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Lucky O'Toole is head of Customer Relations at the splendidly over-the-top Babylon Hotel and Casino complex in Las Vegas. That means she spends all of her time dealing with the gamblers, drunks and high maintenance high rollers as well as dealing with any potential bad publicity. When a cocktail waitress falls out of one of their helicopters and is headline news it is a complication Lucky doesn't need, but as she starts to deal with this latest problem it soon becomes clear it may not have been ...more
So.... I admit it was a bit weird reading this book after having read book 5 (Lucky Catch). And I don't know if that's the reason, but I didn't like this book as much as I liked Lucky Catch. It was still a good read though and I really like Lucky. The way she put Willie KO was priceless! She's a real kickass!
I also really liked her relationship with The Big Boss. They were kinda cute and fun to see. I liked him.
It took me a while to like Teddie but when it happened.... well I really fell hard.
Oct 24, 2015 Lacey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Ultimately this book was just OK for me. My favorite plot point was Lucky's romance with Teddie. I loved the fact that it was so different then the 'normal' hot detective or police officer. The fact that it was a cross dressing man was fantastic to me. Just because somebody is a cross dresser does not automatically make them gay. That is a stereotype that I absolutely cannot stand. I finally got to read about a woman who was so confident and secure with her sexuality that she loved and wanted to ...more
Feb 23, 2012 Sabrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wanna Get Lucky is the first book in a new-to-me series that I wanted to catch up on before book #3 releases this February. After finishing this one, I'm itching to start on book #2.

I really enjoyed almost everything about this story. It takes off at a quick pace and doesn't slow down - which is fitting since that's exactly the way the main charcters life is like and I felt the story matched up to that perfectly.

One of my favorite new author blogs is called Wonk-O-Mance and this book is perfect
Margo Kelly
Oct 31, 2011 Margo Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bottom line: loved it.

Lucky O'Toole is in charge of customer relations at an opulent casino in Las Vegas, and she needs to figure out whether or not Lyda Sue committed suicide or was murdered.

The opening line of the books reads: "As her final act on this earth, Lyda Sue Stalnaker plummeted out of a Las Vegas helicopter and landed smack in the middle of the pirates' lagoon in the front of the Treasure Island Hotel, disrupting the 8:30 p.m. pirate show."

Ha. That's a great start.

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Paula Ratcliffe
Jun 02, 2011 Paula Ratcliffe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
What a great little mystery. When we meet the main character Lucky O'Toole she is witnessing what appears to be the suicide of a co-worker or was it murder? Lucky O'Toole has not been lucky in love but lucky in her job as head of customer relations of the Babylon a casino on the strip in Vegas. She has a best friend Teddie who performs in drag who wants more than anything to be something more than just a friend. The mysterious Dane Paxton who is not what he appears as the newest member of securi ...more
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