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Praise for So Damn Lucky "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 A whirlwind of a kooky crime novel, and readers will enjoy every minute of it. Coonts provides the perfect solution for readers waiting for the next Stephanie Plum book. Booklist --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Deborah Coontss mother tells her she was born in Texas a very long time ago, though shes not totally sure her mother cant 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 cant 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 OToole Vegas adventures.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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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?”
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!
All manner of quirky characters are introduced, probably none more deserving of that description than Lucky's mother, Mona, owner of Mona's Place, "the self-styled `Best Whorehouse in Nevada.'" The family dynamics are unusual, to say the least, but never less than interesting. Her friends include Federika "Flash" Gordon, "Las Vegas' most tenacious investigative reporter," and young LVPD detective Romeo [his name, not a soubriquet]. Much of the early part of the book deals with Lucky's problem dealing with the fact that her recent love, Vegas' reigning female impersonator, now a budding rock star, has gone off to Europe to follow his dream, leaving her with "hormonally driven leaps of lust" sparked, literally, by the touch of any one of several male acquaintances and colleagues. Among the plot points are a top hat, a rabbit, death threats, a vanishing magician, an astronaut who talks to dead people, and a group of believers in "the murky realm of fringe science" attending a UFO conference.
As the author describes it, "Vegas is like Brigadoon - - a magical city that appears when the sun sets and the lights come on, where anything can happen." I had not read the earlier entries in the series, and did not know what to expect, but I enjoyed this tale of Lucky and her environs and found it a good summer read.