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Wanna Get Lucky?

(Lucky O'Toole #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  3,116 ratings  ·  464 reviews
A young woman plunges from a Las Vegas sightseeing helicopter, landing in the Pirate 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, head of customer relations at the Babylon megacasino, smells a rat, though she’s got a lot on her plate: the adult film industry’s ...more
Kindle Edition, 339 pages
Published June 14th 2015 (first published May 1st 2010)
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Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, recd-reading
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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
Wanna Get Lucky? by Deborah Coonts is the first book in the Lucky O'Toole mystery series. A young woman falls to her death from a helicopter whilst flying over Las Vegas and Lucky O'Toole, head of customer relations at the Babylon megacasino, finds herself investigating the case as the helicopter was owned by the Babylon. A fun and very entertaining book with plenty of action. I enjoyed all the various over the top activities and descriptions of Las Vegas and I loved the characters. Lucky is ...more
Sep 24, 2013 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 ...more
Nov 13, 2015 rated it liked it
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.
This book is non-stop continuous action. While this is not fighting action, but rather customer relations’ nonsense and Lucky’s crazy life, it is still hooking. Putting this book down is a challenge. The writing is so engaging and fast-paced, that I knew quickly this book would turn into a good one.
While the humor is not what I expected, because it was related to Janet Evanovich’s work, it was still chuckle-worthy. The humor is not from outrageously ridiculous situations with silly women, but
Apr 05, 2010 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
Meredith Allard
Oct 13, 2011 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, ...more
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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
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
Mar 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in a new mystery series that is very similar in tone to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books but the main character Lucky O'Toole isn't quite as inept as Stephanie. In fact, Lucky is very good at her job of head of customer relations at a large Las Vegas casino. In this book Lucky attempts to solve a murder while also dealing with "whales" (big gamblers), an adult filmstar convention (her friend "Subway" is the main star--you figure out the name...), and other mishaps. ...more
Apr 05, 2010 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 ...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...
Cathy Egan
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fun read

This is my first book from Deborah Coonts and I really enjoyed it. I was drawn in by her characters and the storyline was fun with some mystery thrown in. If you love Vegas these are good stories to read. I am very happy to see that this is the beginning of a series and will definitely be buying the rest!!!
Angel M.
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lucky is a strong female lead who is very likeable with just the right amounts of femininity and strength without being so 'butch' that she should have been written as a male. A very entertaining story.
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.
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found the book very entertaining. Fans of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series will enjoy this series set in Vegas. Big difference between Stephanie and Lucky? Lucky is fiercely competent and in control. Readers will note some similarities but Lucky is a vast improvement and much more amusing.

The series, set in Vegas revolves around Lucky O’Toole, a problem solver, a fixer, for an elite hotel casino. The setting alone is ripe for one off anecdotes to set the stage for establishing Lucky’s
Deborah Schultz
I really liked this book and the characters. I had a hard time putting it down. Her job made me tired, but I loved her fixing all those problems. The only thing I didn't like were the romantic moments at work, but maybe it's okay to be unprofessional in Las Vegas. The way the character was described, I felt she wouldn't have behaved that way. I may continue to read the series, but I have other series to finish that I like even more.
C Hrbal
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gets bonus points for turning the old "mobster and showgirl" trope nicely on its ear
Nov 27, 2011 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
Jun 14, 2011 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
Kel Crist
Sep 15, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Apr 28, 2010 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
Suzie Quint
Nov 06, 2011 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
Jan 17, 2016 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 ...more
Feb 24, 2010 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 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
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!
Mar 21, 2015 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.
Tomie W
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Just for fun. Not changing the world here. Funny and sexy with a quick pace. I'll read more of her stuff for sure.
Dipika Bangera
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Just a time pass book in between some heavy reading.

Though it's a detective book, you can give it a complete miss
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