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Coonts, who lives with author-husband Stephen, in Las Vegas, takes full advantage of the mecca’s naughty rep, giving it a comical twist or two that’s occasionally laugh-out-loud funny. Thirtysomething casino exec Lucky O’Toole, the self-made daughter of a celebrated madame, is a tough, smart, wisecracking adrenaline junkie, whose energy matches the eye-popping glitz and frenetic pace of the casino business. Unfortunately, while she is exceptionally good at solving the casino’s problems without judging the proclivities of its customers, she has a serious lack of personal life. Then murder, blackmail, and some business finagling give her the chance to use her mean right cross, and some tantalizing new opportunities for romance allow her to reevaluate her priorities and get her raging libido under control. 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. --Stephanie Zvirin


"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
"Paints a 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

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; First Edition edition (May 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765325438
  • ASIN: B004IK9E8C
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,827,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My mother tells me I was born a long time ago, but I'm not so sure--my mother can't be trusted. I do know that I was raised in Texas on barbeque, Mexican food and beer. I currently live in Las Vegas where family and friends tell me I can't get into too much trouble. Silly people. I have owned my own business, been a tax lawyer and a flight instructor, and have survived a teenager. And now, I make stuff up for a living.

I write a mystery series set in Las Vegas--funny, sexy and romantic. I've been told they are comedic thrillers--sounds like an oxymoron to me, but you get the drift. The first in the series, WANNA GET LUCKY?, came out May 2010. There are currently five books in the series, LUCKY CATCH being the latest, and three between-the-books novellas.

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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Lesa Holstine on May 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By SWAT182 on July 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. P. Birkett on June 30, 2010
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Penney on May 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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.
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