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Feb. 28 2012 Lucky O’Toole Vegas Adventure Series (Book 3)
Magician Dimitri Fortunoff appears to have a fatal accident during the final trick of the performance that marks the end of the forty-year run of one of Las Vegas’s most renowned burlesque shows. Soon after, his body disappears, and it’s up to Lucky O’Toole to investigate. Head of Customer Relations for the Babylon resort, the crown jewel of the megaresorts dotting the Las Vegas Strip, Lucky has the brains and resources to find out what really happened to Fortunoff—and why. But the timing couldn’t be worse. Her live-in lover, Teddie, has morphed into a rock star and has been swallowed whole by life on the road. Her mother, Mona—pregnant, petulant, and perpetually underfoot—is giving new meaning to the term “high maintenance.” Paxton Dane, a handsome Texan long on charisma and short on history, is forcing himself into the void of Teddie’s absence, and a suave French chef is proving to be equal parts charm and venom, seasoned with a dash of irresistible. Did Dimitri Fortunoff really die, or is this an elaborate hoax? The trail leads Lucky through the miles of storm culverts under the city of Las Vegas, to the hordes of believers who gather for a glimpse of a UFO, then culminates on the catwalk above the crowd attending the annual Harry Houdini Séance, on Halloween, where Lucky must risk her life to catch a killer. Las Vegas expert Deborah Coonts thrills again with this third installment in her dazzling series focused on casino “problem solver” Lucky O’Toole.

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"Lucky’s latest lark brims with the over-the-top ridiculousness that I love about Vegas. Fans of the series will fall in love all over again, and new readers will look forward to her next escapade."
--Publishers Weekly on So Damn Lucky
 
"Lucky's the kind of gal who will make any heart beat faster."
--Kirkus Reviews on So Damn Lucky
 
“Las Vegas is the perfect setting for this witty tale of misdirection and larger-than-life characters. Fans of J. A . Konrath’s Jack Daniels series will love this.”
—Library Journal, starred review on Lucky Stiff

“Coonts covers Sin City territory with a dash of CSI and Janet Evanovich in her second glitzy, lighthearted novel.”
—Publishers Weekly on Lucky Stiff

“Deliciously raunchy, with humorous takes on sexual proclivities, Vegas glitz and love, though Agatha Christie is probably spinning in her grave.”
—Kirkus Reviews on Wanna Get Lucky?

“This is chick-lit gone wild and sexy, lightly wrapped in mystery and tied up with a brilliantly flashing neon bow.... Wanna Get Lucky? hits the proverbial jackpot.”
—Booklist

“Funny, fast-paced, exuberant and brilliantly realized.”
—Susan Wiggs, New York Times bestselling author, on Wanna Get Lucky?

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Deborah Coonts’s mother tells her she was born in Texas a very long time ago, though she’s not totally sure — her mother can’t be trusted. But she was definitely raised in Texas on barbeque, Mexican food, and beer. She currently resides in Las Vegas, where family and friends tell her she can’t get into too much trouble. Silly people. Coonts has built her own business, practiced law, flown airplanes, written a humor column for a national magazine, and survived a teenager. She is the author of Wanna Get Lucky? the first in a series of Lucky O’Toole Vegas adventures.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Always entertaining! Feb. 14 2013
Format:Hardcover
3.5 stars

Lucky is back with another adventure - or rather, misadventure. I loved the premise of this one - magicians and aliens. It was completely different from anything I’ve ever read, and it certainly kept me guessing. It was interesting and mysterious, and a lot of fun.

Lucky continues to grow on me. She’s tough and no-nonsense and independent. I like that other ‘regular’ characters are developing too - Miss P, Mona, The Big Boss, as well as others. They’re such a big part of the story that it’s nice to see them evolving alongside Lucky.

I really wasn’t happy with how the Teddy storyline played out. It was upsetting, but it was also kind of all over the place. Lucky said how she’d loved him and given him her heart, but then she was over it, but then she wasn’t. She was so heartbroken, yet she has two other guys who she could potentially hook up with, and yet the Teddy relationship isn’t 100% over from the sounds of it. There are too many love interests - I can handle the occasional well-done love triangle, but a love quadrangle? I just think Lucky needs to get her head and heart together and figure things out before rushing into anything. I fear we’re heading into Janet Evanovich/Stephanie Plum territory where she just needs to make up her mind without wasting the reader’s time by stringing us along book after book.

Besides the tangled romances, my only real complaint is the same thing I mentioned in my reviews for the first two books - there are too many characters and almost too many subplots. It’s hard to keep everyone and everything straight.
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4.0 out of 5 stars So Damn Lucky Feb. 29 2012
By Samantha J - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
So Damn Lucky by Deborah Coonts is the third installment in the Lucky O'Toole series. I have read and reviewed both Wanna Get Lucky? and Lucky Stiff, and I've been having a fun time with these characters. I love the Vegas setting and all the background information on the city, and I also love reading a good mystery. In this book, Lucky is dealing with a group of magicians that may be intent on murder, her mother drops a bombshell, and her live-in lover is off touring the world with a gorgeous pop star. Lucky is trying to hold down the fort at The Babylon and keep a handle on her personal life. The interest of two other men isn't helping matters either - former co-worker Paxton Dane is still waiting for his chance, and now the French chef is also trying to wine and dine Lucky. Always the one to fix the problems, Lucky wonders if she will be able to fix her own...

I enjoyed this Lucky book, but I don't think it was my favorite of the three. That still belongs to Lucky Stiff, but I did like the story. The books are all thick but fast-paced and outrageous. I love a good chick lit mystery novel, and that would be how I classify these books from Coonts. I was a little disappointed to see who Lucky ended up with at the end of the novel. No spoilers, but after reading the previous two books about her, I really didn't see coming who she had chosen. The supporting cast are all back and being their usual selves, and I think they really add a lot of depth to the plot. I hope there is a fourth Lucky book so I can see her end up with the man who I think she belongs with! I definitely recommend this series.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good entertaning series March 20 2012
By Tom D Radecki - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a entertaining book. I really like the personality of Lucky. I found Deborah's first 2 Lucky books in my wife's borrowed Kindle. I was bored and started reading them because being from Vegas and Deborah introducing herself to my wife in the store and giving her a signed copy of the first one I decided to give her a try. I really like her style of writing. I feel I can picture it as if I was watching a movie. I reccomend all the Lucky O'Toole books.
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT March 6 2014
By Bethy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Deborah Coonts doesn't let her readers down. She always comes through for her readers, I just can't wait for the next one.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Fun Ride! Jan. 11 2014
By Romancing the Book - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Reviewed By~Marissa
Review Copy Provided By~Publisher
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

There are several reasons why I like Deborah Coonts’ character Lucky O’Toole. First off, she has a demanding yet rewarding job at a high profile, high-class hotel/resort in Las Vegas. She also gets to wear designer clothes without worrying about how expensive they are, and she can wear high-heels and not trip or stumble in them (and her feet don’t get sore after five minutes like mine do!). Her tall, handsome, talented boyfriend looks good in both jeans and evening gowns. Her mother is an out-spoken ex-prostitute-now-madam. Her father is also her boss. Her assistant can anticipate her needs, even before Lucky knows what those are. Lastly (and probably the best of all), she gets to drive high-performance sports cars without paying for them. Yes, Lucky seems to have it all. Only in this book, she starts losing some of it.

It’s a fun ride whenever Lucky gets in the Ferrari and this time is no different - and another great adventure as I attempted to solve the mystery right along with her. This third installment in the series has Lucky dealing with magicians, UFOs, an ex-lover, a new lover, an old woman who wants to marry her dog, and an over-sexed couple from Muskogee, not to mention the usual chaotic family and friends. I’m hoping that some of these new characters make future appearances in Lucky books down the line.

It seems to me that the third book in a character series is typically where an author “jumps the shark” and tries to make the character more interesting by having them do outlandish and ridiculous things. Conversely, the character starts to die a slow and painful death, becoming less and less interesting with each book. Lucky, however, does not disappoint. She is strong-willed, just out-spoken enough to be interesting, and keeps her attraction to several men going strong. I mean, just because we decide to become monogamous with someone doesn’t mean we lose appeal for any other man on the planet; yet most books would have us believe that’s how it should be.

Coonts pshaws that theory. Lucky has a lover, Teddie, yet she has been fascinated and attracted to two other men at the same time – Dane Paxton, six-foot-four of rugged Texas stock, and Jean-Charles Bouclet, a yummy French chef she is currently working with on a new restaurant. *sigh* Yes, Lucky really does have it all.

Favorite Quote: “Are all men compulsively self-absorbed?“…”Is there an antidote to gross stupidity, or is it an incurable part of the Curse of the Y Chromosome?”
4.0 out of 5 stars a pure delight! Oct. 8 2013
By Wendy L. Hines - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Lucky O'Toole is the Head of Customer Relations at the Babylon Casino and Resort. Bad enough that her boyfriend Teddy is off playing rock star by seeking his dreams, but one of the acts at the casino goes south fast. A magician, hoping to replicate one of Houdini's famous acts, finds himself trapped in a box of water and dies. When Lucky goes to the hospital to hear how he died, making sure there is no funny business, she finds out that the magician never showed up. No ambulance claims to have been there, and now a magician is missing.

Lucky's missing Ted badly and she feels like he is picking his dream over her, which puts her in a bad mood. Her mom is newly pregnant and her dad, The Big Boss, wants to tell the world that Lucky is his daughter, much to her chagrin. Then the new chef they hired for the restaurant in the Athena, a casino recently purchased, argues constantly with Lucky about renovations. It doesn't help that the handsome Paxton Dane is still circling her, giving Lucky ideas about infidelity to Ted.

When Lucky's apartment is broken into, she knows she must be getting close to figuring out where the magician has disappeared to. Ted comes home for a visit, but Lucky's emotions are all over the place and she ends up taking her frustrations out on her father. When there is an attempt on her life, she knows she needs to make some life-changing and soul searching decisions, and fast.

SO DAMN LUCKY is the third installment in the LUCKY O'TOOLE series, following WANNA GET LUCKY? and LUCKY STIFF. If there's trouble to be found, it usually winds up on Lucky's doorstep and she meets it head on every time. With twists and turns of not only the mystery, but the love lives of herself and those closest to her, SO DAMN LUCKY is a rip-roaring good time. Magical and thoroughly entertaining, I love this series!
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