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

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  1,855 Ratings  ·  329 Reviews

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

Paperback, 464 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Forge Books (first published May 1st 2010)
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Nov 14, 2015 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, mystery, z-2012
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
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
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
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
Irene Sim
4 "Lucky" stars!! Full review to follow.

I just got notification from Goodreads that I won a free copy of this book on a Giveaway contest. I'm so happy!!!!!! It's my first gift ever.
Now lets count the days that it will take for a delivery to Greece.
07/29/2016 Update:
It has arrived!!!!!!!!!! USA to Greece in under 10 days. Thank you Deborah Coonts for this opportunity. I'm off to read my brand new book now...
Nov 29, 2015 Ness rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
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
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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
Feb 28, 2012 Leslie rated it really liked it
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
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
Kel Crist
Sep 15, 2016 Kel Crist rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Wanna Get Lucky? (not like that…) Lucky O’Toole holds a position as Customer Relations at the very swank hotel and casino Babylon in Las Vegas Nevada. She kinda has her hand in the pots of every area, her other focus is public relations – so when a young woman take a nose dive from the company helicopter, plummeting to her death – perhaps her luck has turned bad?
This fun and witty murder mystery keeps you wondering who killed the girl. With interesting characters - the over the top crossdressin
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
Jan 17, 2016 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Suzie Quint
Nov 07, 2011 Suzie Quint rated it liked it
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
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!
Beth Lee
Jun 30, 2016 Beth Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book because I love Stephanie Plum and it was listed as similar. I can see that. I still like Stephanie better, but then I've known her longer. She's like visiting with an old friend. Lucky is definitely a new friend I'm going to get to enjoy knowing. It would be really awesome if Evanovich and Coonts collaborated and Stephanie, Lula and Grandma took a trip to Vegas!
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.
Dipika Bangera
Just a time pass book in between some heavy reading.

Though it's a detective book, you can give it a complete miss
Lucky O'Toole grew up in a whorehouse and is now the right hand woman at a swanky Las Vegas mega casino, the Babylon. With a madame for a mother and a female impersonator as a best friend, Lucky's life is anything but boring. As she solves the multitudes of "what happens in Vegas" problems that arise in her casino, she suddenly finds herself forced to investigate a highly public murder and blackmail plot with Babylon at its center. With her personal and professional lives equally chaotic, will L ...more
Jan 07, 2017 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A reasonably silly mystery. Set in Las Vegas. Heroine is Lucky--a manager of things that go wrong at a big hotel. Quirky characters abound, but is it possible they seem like stock quirky characters? Or is it just that they are all pretty flat. And I'm slightly put off by the drag queen who is not gay but turns out to be Lucky's romantic interest. An "eh" rating. Not sure I'll go on.
Jan 20, 2017 lynnsalser rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great fun book!

A surprise find. Funny, suspenseful, and easy read. Lucky, like many women can have it all when she slows done to look around. Loved the writing and detail to the city as well as the players!
Jan 20, 2017 Frank rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Being that I work in the casino business I was particularly pleased how behind the scenes actionwss described and how the story evolved around it. The mystery itself was intriguing and it was a good book to read
Jannette Thompson
I have found a new series to read!!!!!!!!!! I like the Vegas background. Books that live in cities have always appealed to me. I like learning as I read. The relationship between Teddie and Lucky is so intense I can't wait to follow them.
Jan 14, 2017 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge-2017
I was not sure if this book would be any good by looking at the cover but it turned out to be a lot of fun.
Tarsha Woods
Jan 21, 2017 Tarsha Woods rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book will keep you in suspense with all the key players in place who dunn it is a small play in this story. Coonts will have you guessing to the very end
Greg Coles
Fun reading, but a little too heavy on the lovey-dovey, smoochie-woochie stuff for me. Otherwise I'd have given it a four.
Patricia Babcock
Fun Read

I could not put this book down because it was so much fun to read. Fast-paced with some great characters. Definitely going to read more of the series.
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My mother tells me I was born a very long time ago, but I’m not so sure—my mother can’t be trusted. These things I do know: I was raised in Texas on barbeque, Mexican food and beer. I am the author of Wanna Get Lucky? (A NY Times Notable Crime Novel and double RITA Finalist), its five sequels, Lucky Break being the latest, four between-the-books novellas and the first in a new series, Crushed, a n ...more
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