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Wanna Get Lucky? [Mass Market Paperback]

Deborah Coonts
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Feb. 1 2011

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 she’s got a lot on her plate: the Adult Film industry’s annual awards banquet, a spouse-swapping convention, sex toy purveyors preying on the pocket-protector crowd attending ElectroniCon….  Still, Lucky can’t resist turning over a few stones. 

When a former flame is one of the snakes she uncovers, Lucky’s certain she’s no longer dealing with an anonymous Sin City suicide.  To top it all off, Lucky’s best friend Teddie—Las Vegas’ finest female impersonator—presses to take their relationship to the next level.  Leave it to Lucky to attract a man who looks better in a dress than she does.

Lucky must manage the Babylon’s onslaught of outrageous festivities, solve a murder, and struggle to keep her life and libido from spinning out of control… not to mention keep her balance in six inch heels. 

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Praise for Wanna Get Lucky:

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

“Complete with designer duds, porn conventions, partner-swapping parties, and clever repartee, this is chick-lit gone wild and sexy, lightly wrapped in mystery and tied up with a brilliantly flashing neon bow. As the first in a series, Wanna Get Lucky? hits the proverbial jackpot.” --Booklist

Wanna Get Lucky? is a winner on every level. Deborah Coonts has crafted a first-class murder mystery coupled with a touching and unexpected love story. Against a flawlessly-rendered Las Vegas backdrop, Lucky’s story is funny, fast-paced, exuberant and brilliantly realized.”--Susan Wiggs, New York Times bestselling author

“Get ready to win big--with a novel that will keep you glued to the pages all the way to the end.  Wanna Get Lucky? is as entertaining as the city in which it's set.”
--Brenda Novak, New York Times bestselling author of Trust me, Stop Me, and Watch Me


“Wanna Get Lucky? is a winner on every level. A first-class murder mystery coupled with a touching and unexpected love story.  Against a flawlessly-rendered Las Vegas backdrop, Lucky`s story is funny, fast-paced, exuberant and brilliantly realized.”--Susan Wiggs

#1 New York Times bestselling author of Just Breathe “Deborah Coonts hits it out of the park with her debut novel, Wanna Get Lucky? Peppered with delightfully witty characters and only-in-Vegas hijinks, it`s definitely on my This Year`s Best Read list.” --Stephen J. Cannell

New York Times bestselling author of the Shane Scully novels “Paintsa dead-on portrait of Las Vegas that is somehow dark, outrageous, and hilarious at the same time. Lucky O`Toole is wise, witty, and
brimming with cheery cynicism. Wanna Get Lucky? goes down faster than an ice-cold Bombay martini-very dry, of course, and with a twist.” --Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling author of Blasphemy

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

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun, Fast Paced Read Full of Quirky Characters Dec 20 2011
By Lydia - Novel Escapes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Wanna Get Lucky is a fun, fast paced read. A murder mystery and love story twist through these pages amidst all the chaos and debauchery Las Vegas has to offer. I whipped through this chick lit mystery and giggled frequently along the way.

I loved Lucky O'Toole's character. She is full of brawn, brains and had a great sense of humour. She's far from perfect though and I loved seeing her character grow through the story. And it wasn't just her character I enjoyed. From Lucky's female impersonator love interest, Teddy, to her madam mother, each character is unique and unconventional, but I didn't expect anything less with the Vegas setting.

This story moves along rapidly and the intrigue of the murder mystery as well as Lucky's personal life and history kept me flipping pages. Wanna Get Lucky has all the glitz, glamour and gambling of Las Vegas, along with all the oddities and unconventional scenarios one would expect. They are all worked into the novel impeccably and nothing seemed out of place or unusual, even though Lucky does run into some highly unusual situations in her position as head of customer relations for the megacasino she works at.

I can't wait to sink my teeth into the sequel, Lucky Stiff (Lucky O'Toole) and see what else Deborah Coonts has in store for us!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Caper Novel Since Cannell's King Con May 17 2010
By Lesa Holstine - Published on Amazon.com
Wanna Get Lucky? Believe me, you will, if you make time to read Deborah Coonts' debut novel, Wanna Get Lucky? It's the sexiest, funniest, caper novel I've read in years; one of the best books I've read this year. Move over Stephanie Plum. Lucky O'Toole is sexy, sarcastic, and she has a brain.

And, she's also having a really bad day. As head of Customer Relations for the Babylon, "an over-the-top mega casino/resort on the Las Vegas strip," she's head troubleshooter. So, when Lyda Sue Stalnaker is on the news, plunging to her death out of the Babylon's helicopter, right into the Pirate's Lagoon in front of the Treasure Island Hotel, Lucky knows her day isn't going to go well. But, it's never just one incident at a time in the casino business. It's a naked man sleeping under a stairwell, the man with a snake in his room, and the regular guest who wrecked one of the hotel's Ferrari. That's just a normal day for Lucky. And, a normal week brings the Adult Film industry's annual banquet at the same time the Trendmakers, a spouse-swapping group is in town for their convention.

But, it isn't so normal when she has to check up on the sexy new security guard with the Texas accent. Something about him seems just a little off. And, the Big Boss' reaction to the helicopter incident seems odd. Lucky O'Toole's instincts for trouble are usually quick. So, why didn't she see it coming when her best friend, Teddie, Las Vegas' star female impersonator, wants more than just friendship? This could be much more than one troubleshooter can handle on her own. It's a good thing Lucky has an interesting group of friends.

Coonts' Lucky O'Toole is a star. She's smart, sarcastic, and uses her sarcasm as a defense mechanism. And, her talent for sexual innuendo is unbeatable. She's loyal to the Babylon and its staff. She would be a wonderful friend, and dangerous enemy. The characters in this book are wonderful, beginning with Lucky, Teddie, to Lucky's assistant, Miss Patterson, and Lucky's mother.

And, then there's Las Vegas itself. Coonts has given us the city in all its over-the-top outrageousness. She's filled the city with outlandish characters, and surprises. Wanna Get Lucky? is the perfect book for the city. It's the perfect book to introduce Lucky O'Toole, and I can't wait to read the next one, Lucky Stiff. Lucky's troubles will be our pleasure, I'm sure.
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be fun for some, not for me. July 1 2010
By SWAT182 - Published on Amazon.com
I gave this review 3 stars to be fair, because after about ten pages I realized this book was not intended for me. This book was entirely too unrealistic for me to enjoy. The plot is the standard "generally unassuming person setting out to solve the murder of a friend" story thats been recycled thousands of times in movies, tv, and books, what drew me in was Vegas, thats what I thought would set the book apart. But even the Vegas aspect was cheesy. Apparently the author resides in Vegas, but after reading this it makes me wonder if she gets out much. One example, Lucky pulls up to the casino in a Ferrari and she is literally mobbed by paparazzi and "flash bulb" camera's thinking she may be someone famous. Come on, have you been to a Vegas valet?? The book reads like it was written by someone who lives in Kansas and assumes thats what Vegas is like. Granted its a work of fiction, not a documentary, but when it becomes so unrealistic that its distracting, it becomes a problem.

The characters were complete unbelievable stereotype cartoons. To the casino head known as the "Big Boss", to Lucky's brothel owning mother, to the out of towner security guard with connections even the police cant get, I really think Joseph Finder put a wig on and wrote this book. Lucky is a hotel "problem solver" who can apparently resolve any issue anywhere, anytime. Young Police Detectives "perk up like puppies" when the infamous Hotel employee "Lucky" reluctantly agrees to "solve this thing" regarding the murder of her friend. Lucky later enters a hotel suite where she is greeted by "Big burly security guards" who tell them an ANACONDA is currently in the process of killing a fellow security guard, while they stand calmly by and do nothing, Lucky takes their gun and shoots the snake in the head......Really?

This book is witty, definitely written from a female perspective (it feels like Sex In the City, seems like half the book is describing how sexy guys are), which I'm not knocking, just noting. I'm sure tons of people will enjoy this book, as it could be a blast to read, in the right hands. But anyone with any interest in realism, or even an elementary knowledge of law enforcement, or security (it is a crime novel afterall) would probably want to pass. I could see this author having a good future, because although I did not like it, I can think of many people who would.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Too much romance; too many cliches June 30 2010
By D. P. Birkett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought it on Marilyn Stasio's recommendation, being like her, a fan of comic crime. It started off well,in the inner workings of a gigantic Las Vegas hotel casino. I thought at first I had found a new Elmore Leonard or Janet Evanovich or Carl Hiaasen, But then it veered off in direction that were less interesting to me although they might appeal to lovers of glitzy romance and mild porn. Lucky, the Amazonian assistant manager in charge of customer relations, has a steamy affair with a cross dressing Harvard graduate millionaire. There's a sex toy trade show. Multiple sub-plots and set scenes hold up the action.
In the latter part of the book there are stretches of empty exposition and mundane dialog, such as:
"I called the office `Anybody looking for me?' I asked Miss Patterson when she answered. `Funny you should ask ...'"
Clichés such as "a flurry of activity" and "as good as his word" are used to carry action forward. Cars "screech to a stop" and a "chariot awaits" while "masses of humanity" are "teaming." By the end I was skipping pages. I agree with the other reviewer who said an editor was needed.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute premise but cliche ridden May 17 2011
By E. Penney - Published on Amazon.com
I liked the main character all right and certainly running a casino gives you lots of fodder for interesting stories. I liked the makeover and the description of the growing relationship with one love interest. But one of the love interests literally spoke in cliches all the time! How about real dialogue? Another cliche was a ringing phone at inconvenient moments. Come on! No comment about Vegas, never been there, but if this author digs a little deeper, her books have potential.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, sexy, and full of mystery! A great read! May 11 2012
By Diana (@Offbeat Vagabond) - Published on Amazon.com
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 seemingly fell out of a helicopter. But it makes no sense since she was talking about bettering her life. It is up to head of customer relations, Lucky, to dissolve the problem without much publicity. It is her job to keep things under wraps. I love how deep the mystery went with this book. What seems like a run-of-the-mill accident turns out to be much much more given that the creep of a helicopter pilot, Willie the Weasel, decides to run and hide.

There is also more concerning who the creep is working with. Since it is mentioned he isn't the brightest. They are looking for his partner as well. I also love the suspicions surrounded the new head of security, the sexy Paxton. There are plenty pieces given in this book and Coonts handled them beautifully. I was so into this story, I really didn't want it to end.

As I said, the characters are not of the usual variety and that is what makes this book even better. Lucky definitely matches to the beat of her own drum. She has her head on straight and does what she can to protect those around her even those that may or may not deserve it. But it is in the job description. I love the chemistry between her and Paxton. I liked Paxton but he was very fishy in the book. It was fun trying to figure out his secrets and he has plenty.

But most surprising of all is the romance in this book. You think Paxton is the guy. Nope, the romance actually develops between Lucky and her best friend Teddie. Teddie is a well-known cross-dressing impersonator. You read that right. I loved this because not only were they truly a match made in Las Vegas heaven, but it really changes your perspective. I love that Coonts did stray from the usual male personas we are so use to. It really put a smile on my face because Teddie is a blast.

This is high recommendation for those that love a good mystery mixed with plenty of witty dialogue and out of this world characters. I hear the books get better and better, so I am definitely going to start book 2 next. If you are a fan of the Stephanie Plum series, I think you should start this immediately. It is full of laughs and very unforgettable characters. If you want a read that is beyond entertaining, get a copy of this book right now.
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