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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

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Paperback, 464 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Forge Books (first published May 1st 2010)
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Bonnie
4.5 stars

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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...more
Gerry
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...more
Leslie
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...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...more
Reanne
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...more
Cheryl
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...more
Romancing the Book
Reviewed By- Steph O.
Review Copy Provided By- Publisher
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...more
Jennifer
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
Jenne
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.
Pam
"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...more
Kathleen
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
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...more
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
Lisa
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!
Jessi
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.
Sh...more
Sabrina
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...more
Margo Kelly
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.

What I did not lik...more
Paula Oliver
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
Meredith Allard
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
Wendy Hines
Lucky O'Toole is the Customer Relations executive at the Babylon casino and resort in Las Vegas. She and her assistant work twenty hour days and still the job is never done. Living at work, she has no love life, nor does she really want one. Her mother owns one of the most profitable whorehouses in the country and she doesn't want to end up like her mom, broken hearted and alone.

When an acquaintance falls to her death from one of the casino's planes, Lucky immediately begins to investigate. It w...more
Vicky
“Wanna Get Lucky?” by Deborah Coonts is one of the best love story/murder mystery combinations I’ve read in a while. Fast paced, funny, irreverent, and intriguing, it will keep you turning pages until the very end.

Lucky O’Toole is the head of customer relations at a major Las Vegas casino. She likes fast cars, gorgeous guys, and expensive clothes.

Having grown up in the city built around sin and corruption, Lucky knows that anything that happens in Vegas is rarely what it seems.

When a young woman...more
Nancy
I really enjoyed this new series by Deborah Coontz.

Lucky O’Toole is Head of Customer Relations at the Babylon, a new luxury resort on the Strip in Las Vegas. On a daily basis she sees her share of the misfits and the bizarre but since her mother is one of the top madams in Las Vegas, you really have to hit the weird scale hard to even begin to fluster Ms O’Toole.

So when a woman falls to her death from a sightseeing helicopter into the middle of a Pirate show, Lucky doesn’t see it as just anothe...more
Danielle
Lucky O’Toole, the head of customer relations at the most prestigious hotel in Las Vegas, has seen it all leaving her with a hefty dose cynicism. When a girl is found face down in Pirate’s lagoon at the Treasure Island hotel and she’s traced back to Lucky’s hotel The Babylon, thanks to the helicopter she fell from, Lucky must find the responsible party or lose everything she loves. With her job and now an investigation going forward full steam Lucky’s personal life is something she’s been neglec...more
Mal Warwick
Lucky O’Toole is the chief problem-solver at a top-ranked Las Vegas casino and hotel, where a sequinned semblance of life goes on frenetically 24/7 and causes problems without fail on a daily basis. She is somewhere north of 30, six feet tall, the daughter of one of the city’s leading madames, and wicked smart. Lucky possesses boundless energy and an upstairs neighbor and best friend who is celebrated female impersonator, a graduate of Harvard, and looks better in Lucky’s dresses than she does h...more
Jael
Don't let that suggestive title fool you, Wanna Get Lucky? by Deborah Coonts is a murder mystery with a dash of romance.

Lucky O' Toole is the problem solver for the Babylon hotel -- a well-known hotel on the Vegas strip. No problem is too big or too small for Lucky, just as long as she has her trusty Nextel on her hip. Whether it's a naked man in the stair well or a frequent guest who hides wild animals in his room or the shenanigans when the annual sex trade show hits the hotel.

Lucky is witty...more
Diana (Offbeat Vagabond)
Review posted here: http://offbeatvagabond.blogspot.com/2012/05/book-review-wanna-get-lucky-lucky.html

Thanks to Leyane for asking me to review this. I honestly had no idea what I was missing. This book was quite the page-turner jammed packed with the world's most amazing and borderline psychotic characters ever. Then again, can't expect anything less from Las Vegas.

From page one the book instantly puts you in the action. A girl who works for the Las Vegas hotel Treasure Island Hotel has seeming...more
Jamie Kline
When a book is set in Vegas, you know some wild things are going to go down. This one definitely didn't disappoint. It did bring up two questions to my mind though: 1) Do these kinds of things REALLY happen in Vegas? and 2)If they do, why in the world would anyone want Lucky's job in customer relations? Too much stress if you ask me!

I really enjoyed the main character, Lucky O'Toole. She was incredibly confident in her job, good sense of humor (I think you would have to in that line of work), sa...more
Brad Hodges
I checked out this book because it is set in Las Vegas, and I'll read any book set there. I'm obsessed with Vegas, and may know more about it than any other person who's never lived there.

Wanna Get Lucky?, by Deborah Coonts, does have a lot of details about Vegas right, and the author hits all the spots one would expect. The narrator is the custom service manager of a fictional casino (the Babylon), and there are side trips to a brothel in nearby Pahrump, a swinger's convention, an adult film ex...more
Les Gehman
With Wanna Get Lucky? Deborah Coonts has hit her first pitch right out of the ballpark. Lucky O’Toole is a smart, beautiful, tough, and very witty head of customer relations and chief problem solver at the Babylon resort/hotel in Las Vegas. When a woman falls from a helicopter into the middle of the pirate show at the Treasure Island, Lucky suspects more than an accident or suicide and gets herself into the middle of trouble.

With a great cast of characters, and a twisting, turning plot line, Wan...more
Jayne
(From my book blog)

Okay I’m not even going to pretend that this is a good book, but I had a total blast reading it. It could be because last month I went to Vegas with 20 of my best lady friends and it was amazing, and I am still enamored of all things Vegas. It could be because this is exactly the best kind of trashy book - shameless, fun, and hard to put down.

The heroine’s name is Lucky. GET IT? Lucky O’Toole, to be exact, and she’s a “problem” solver for Babylon, a big casino on the Strip. Th...more
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