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Lucky Stiff (Lucky O'Toole #2)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  729 Ratings  ·  108 Reviews
Lucky O"Toole is up to her neck in danger again, Vegas style.
Hardcover, 364 pages
Published February 15th 2011 by Forge Books
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Dec 19, 2010 Eh?Eh! rated it it was ok
Whoa. I filled out the review space on the last first-read book I won a while back, and right away on the same day, I win my next one. I think filling that empty review space is KEY.

I'm not sure what this book is, now that I read its description. I went on an entering frenzy earlier and probably wasn't choosy enough.


Mistake. Please take this book back and recharge my first-read status. I wasn't the right reader for this book that the author must've worked very hard on. It takes great dete
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Lucky O’Toole is back in book 2 to handle more problems as the head of Customer Relations at the Babylon in Las Vegas. The action starts from page one with Lucky attempting to handle an overturned semi-truck that has not only blocked the entrance to the Babylon but has managed to dump its cargo: a load of bees. The following day, the body of Numbers Neidermeyer, an infamous bookie, is found floating in a shark tank and Lucky’s friend Jeremy Whitloc
Margo Kelly
Dec 12, 2011 Margo Kelly rated it it was ok

Maybe my expectations were too high because I had enjoyed the first book so much ... or maybe this book just fell short. Either way, I had a hard time pushing through to finish the book.

What I loved about WANNA GET LUCKY? (the first book in the series):
1. Lucky O'Toole was in charge of customer relations at a big LV hotel, and she had great adventures solving customer problems.
2. Lucky wasn't involved in an annoying love-triangle. She actually picked a guy.
3. Lucky's boyfriend was a cross
Jun 15, 2011 Cheryl rated it it was ok
Lucky O’Toole is back. Who knew that all it took was a truck load of honeybees to shut down Vegas. A truck driver lost control of his truck and yep you guessed it…tons of honey bees come flying out. Remember this is Vegas, so when the police receive the phone call about the accident, they do not bat an eye lash and dispatch someone to come clean up the mess. Because this is Vegas, it isn’t complete without a good murder. When Mrs. Neidermeyer is found as shark food, Lucky is on the case.

Lucky S
Mar 18, 2012 Nora-adrienne rated it really liked it
You always wonder if the 2nd book in a series can hold up to close inspection. Well I have to say out loud. Lucky Stiff is funnier and more entertaining then the first. I'm looking forward to some fall down to the floor laughing entertainment in book 3.
Gwen Samson
Jan 17, 2017 Gwen Samson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I hate bees

Why do I hate bees, because I am allergic to their stings and so is someone in the story. Excellent read and beautiful story telling from the author.
Jamie Kline
May 13, 2012 Jamie Kline rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-for-review
I was very eager to dive into this second installment of this amazing series. The first book, Wanna Get Lucky?, introduced me to so many wonderful characters that I just couldn't wait find out what was going to happen with them next. This is a good time to point out that, as this is a sequel, there may be some unintentional spoilers in this review. So if you haven't read the first book in the series yet, you may want to do that first. Ok, enough with the disclaimers, on to the review!

We're reint
Jen Rothmeyer
Aug 16, 2011 Jen Rothmeyer rated it liked it
I reviewed the first novel in this series, Wanna Get Lucky?, four days ago. I reported that I really liked the book. While this holds true as I continue the series with Lucky Stiff, I did find that I enjoyed the first book a little more than I did the second.

In the beginning of Lucky Stiff, Lucky has found herself in another sticky situation. A truck full of honeybees heading to an entomologist conference have spilled out in front of her casino. (Side note: Think this is too over the top? It's h
Oct 12, 2011 Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-book, own
This review was originally posted on my blog, Ramblings of a Daydreamer. You can find it, and many more reviews at the blog.

Just like the first book in the Lucky O’Toole series, Wanna Get Lucky?, Lucky Stiff is a highly entertaining, action-packed read.

There’s no wasting time here - we get thrown right into the middle of the action from the very first page. We’re reintroduced to Lucky as she’s left to deal with a ton of honeybees on the loose on the Vegas Strip. As if that isn’t enough to deal w
Whitney Oaks
I really hate that it took me so long to read this book. I got it at the end of November, sent free from the Publicity Manager, and I tried several times to read it before Christmas, but I was just too busy. I gave up trying to read past page 50 until the new year. But, because I had gotten a Kindle from my brother for Christmas (Thank you Joshie! :) I had several other books I was reading. I finally picked this up on the 19 to start reading it again and I had no clue what was going on, so I jus ...more
Feb 17, 2011 Kathy rated it it was amazing
Lucky Stiff...Lucky me for reading this hilarious Las Vegas romp!

Bees! Babylon! Brilliant! It is Fight Week at the Babylon and this novel starts off with a Bang! Bees everywhere! Fortunately for the guests at the Babylon mega-resort, Lucky, the ultimate head of customer relations and is on the scene and ready to save the day.

This is an excellent follow up to the first book in the series, Wanna Get Lucky? Deborah Coonts brings Las Vegas to life once again in the second Lucky O'Toole mystery. She
Feb 24, 2012 Danielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucky’s back at it again! Taking charge of customer relations at The Babylon is crazy enough, but add a mother who owns a popular local bordello, a truck full of bees and a big time oddsmaker in the shark tank at Mandalay Bay and now you have a recipe for disaster. Only Lucky would know how to handle all of these complications as well as navigate a new relationship. Only time will tell if Vegas will eat Lucky alive or if she’ll end the week on a high note.

Deborah Coonts is back with another hit!
Wendy Hines
Jan 23, 2012 Wendy Hines rated it it was amazing
Lucky O'Toole, the head of Customer Relations at the Babylon Casino and Resort, is enjoying her new found love with Teddy. The addition of another assistant has really helped lessen her workload and give her more time for play. With a big fight in a few days and an entomologist conference about to commence, Lucky knows she will be hard at work with limited time for her lover.

To start her weekend, the truck bringing in millions of bees for the entomologist conference overturns on the Strip and ch
Lydia Laceby
Jul 18, 2012 Lydia Laceby rated it really liked it
Originally Reviewed at Novel Escapes

Lucky Stiff is a who-done-it complete with 4-inch-heels and a girl who complains about wearing them and kicks them off as soon as possible. What’s not to love? The sequel to Wanna Get Lucky, this novel picks up where we left off with Lucky O’Toole. Everything is running smoothly in Lucky’s life until another murder takes place with ties to a friend and the hotel she’s head of customer relations for. We are treated to more outrageous antics, politics, sex and i
Lucky O’Toole, head of Customer Relations at The Babylon in Las Vegas, returns, along with the zany cast of characters introduced in Wanna Get Lucky, for another fun-filled adventure in book two of this series.

The story starts out with a bang as Lucky has to deal with an overturned truck blocking the strip and the entrance to The Babylon. To complicate matters, the truck was carrying a load of bees for the upcoming entomologist convention. A million honeybees have escaped and are now buzzing aro
Nov 25, 2011 Nancy rated it really liked it
When listening to the audio version, you have to separate the storyline from the narrator. Bless Renee Raudman’s heart for attempting all the different accents, but the poor girl cannot keep them straight. Her Australian accents falls into to Midwest cowboy and what I think is a Hispanic cab driver slowly turns into a something that sounds more Asian. It got to the point that every time an accent would come up I would be more in tuned with how it would be butchered then with the actual words tha ...more
Feb 24, 2011 Laurie rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars
Savvy and fashionable, with a knack for solving unusual problems, and soothing the temperamental egos of the rich and privileged, Lucky O’Toole knows how to tackle critical issues and get the best possible results even against seemingly overwhelming odds. As a Customer Relations Executive for a huge Las Vegas Resort, the upcoming weekend promises to test her people skills to the max.

This book opens with an entomological mess and Lucky smack-dab in the middle. I was instantly engaged an
Dec 16, 2010 Julie rated it it was ok
I won this book through the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway on 12/19/2010 and received it on 12/27/2010!

I'm still reading this book ... usually I don't write a review until I'm done ... but for some reason I'm having a really hard time pushing through Lucky Stiff. I put it down and then forget about it. I like books that hook me in the beginning and then I can't put down because I want to know the rest of what is going on ... but this one, I just don't know. I'm going to push through it and see w
Samantha March
Mar 27, 2011 Samantha March rated it it was amazing
Lucky O’Toole, the feisty heroine from Deborah Coonts novel Wanna Get Lucky? is back and better than ever. In the second novel, Lucky Stiff, Lucky is now happily dating female impersonator/singing extraordinaire Teddie, and still working for the luxurious Babylon Resort and Casino on the Vegas strip. On a seemingly normal night, a swarm of bees escapes from an exhibit, and Lucky’s normal streak is over. The domino effect begins, starting with a DA naked and locked hotel closet, a bookie with no ...more
Charles Ray
Oct 19, 2016 Charles Ray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For Lucky O’Toole, head of customer relations for the extravagant Babylon Casino and Spa in Las Vegas, it started out as a routine night; routine that is until a semi overturned on the strip and unleashed thousands of angry bees on the unsuspecting revelers. For Lucky, the night then went from bad to worse. The partially eaten body of Numbers Neidermeyer, a Vegas odds maker, is found in the Babylon’s shark tank, her mother, Mona, proprietor of a bordello in a small town near Vegas has decided to ...more
Apr 03, 2014 Jessi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucky O'Toole, problem-solver extraordinaire, is back again in a story that opens with a semi jack-knifed on the strip in front of the Babylon (the casino where she works) spilling its load of honeybees. Yep. She's off and running.
Then she stumbles over "The Beautiful Jeremy Whitlock" arguing with Ellen "Numbers" Niedermeyer. The same Numbers who turns up dead in a tiger shark tank. And Jeremy becomes the cops' number one suspect, pressed along by the District Attorney. The DA has his own reaso
I am happy to share everything with all of you about Deborah Coonts's book, Lucky Stiff! Ms. Coonts was kind enough to forward an advance readers' copy of this book for review.

In order (for me) to read Lucky Stiff, I had to run out and buy the first in this series, ,Wanna Get Lucky?, because I am one of those readers who must read series in order. I LOVED Wanna Get Lucky?, and Lucky Stiff is an excellent successor to the first book.

In Lucky Stiff, our heroine, Lucky O'Toole, in her primary role
May 22, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it
I found this book to be just as exciting as the first one. Lucky O'Toole, despite her odd name (a name I don't really like), is an exciting character, leading an exciting life, and having a romantic relationship one could only dream of. I also love this book and series based on the fact that Las Vegas is such an eccentric place in the middle of nowhere and the characters in the book pretty much embody Las Vegas' eccentric nature.

There were some aspects of this book that I felt was a little tired
Mal Warwick
Dec 08, 2011 Mal Warwick rated it really liked it
Murder and Mayhem in Las Vegas, and it's All in Good Fun

Brace yourself. Lucky O’Toole, the 30-something protagonist of this funny, sexy novel, is the daughter of the proprietor of “The Best Little Whorehouse in Las Vegas” and chief problem-solver of the fabulous Babylon Resort Hotel run by her father. Lucky’s boyfriend is a female impersonator who looks better in a dress than she does, and she is surrounded by other gorgeous men, including a gay film star, a hunkjy Australian private detective w
Apr 25, 2011 Mmyoung rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Coonts surprised me in this book by delivering far more than I expected. While the some of the biographical details of Lucky O'Toole were reminiscent of characters found in other books (and other media) Coonts has made the character very much her own. Although O'Toole is provided with many (in book) motivations for solving the murder that crime is seldom the central focus of the reader's attention. Coonts delivers a convincing portrait of what life is like for the staff of a major casino in mode ...more
Mar 02, 2015 Sara rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
Lucky always a kickass and loved her. Most of the time.
Teddie.... just as I started to like him at the end of book 1... he had to go chasing his dreams... huh. I can't deny there's something magical between Lucky and Teddie.. but he's still a bit if a jerk at times. My opinion.
The new chef... he's kinda charming, alright. But still... I don't know. We'll see. It was priceless seeing Lucky handing him his ass when they first met. She was awesome!
I admit I am starting to like Dane a bit more. B
Dec 20, 2010 D R rated it liked it
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Barbara ★
I absolutely adored the first book in this series. Lucky O'Toole just makes me laugh. Oh yeah she's supposed to be someone real important at the casino but she takes on more than her share of problems. Case in point, her friend the Beautiful Jeremy Whitlock is accused of murder and Lucky feels it's her duty to exonerate him so bring on her detective-self.

Honestly I could do without Mona and her antics as they don't add to the story so much as detract from it. I was surprised when Lucky and Tedd
Aug 09, 2013 Jim rated it really liked it
Mom owns and runs a bordello. Dad owns the newest and most lavish casino on the Vegas Strip. The best friend moving to boyfriend looks better in your dresses than you do and is the best female impersonator in Vegas. He is starting a second career as a recording artist. Add to that a semi full of bee hives has just turned over in front of the casino and a body or what is left of it is floating in the shark tank and you can see so many ways this can go and none of them looks good. You are the head ...more
Dec 18, 2010 Sara rated it it was amazing
So, I FINALLY got around to reading it, after having it for several months. I was hoping to read the first book before I read this, but my library only has one copy, and I never caught it in stock.

It took me a while to get into it, but once I did, it was great! I had a hard time putting it down! Very easy read. I thought it was going to be smut, but it wasnt!! Great!

The main character, Lucky, had a great personality; a sense of humor, smarts, knowledge. Lucky had several things going on at once
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