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Wanna Get Lucky? Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 11, 2010

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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

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"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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (386 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,551,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. P. Birkett on June 30, 2010
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.
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The cover and description sucked me in...it looked like it could be a fun read. Instead, as I am finding so often with anything offered for free on Kindle, half the stuff out here looks like it has never been gone over by an editor. The writing is not great and i didn't read more than the first few pages. I stuck with it that long hoping something in the story would snag my interest, but that didn't happen and I decided not to waste time reading the rest of the book for no good reason. I may be a bit jaded because I read so much. I do know not every book is going to be one of the best I've ever read. But I do expect to be entertained if something is billed as a comedy, and with this book I felt all the effort was on my side and very little on the author's. Sorry, Ms Coonts.
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This starts off well - a young woman falls from a helicopter into a Pirates of the Caribbean-type casino show, and it is up to our heroine to solve the mystery. There are some promising starts to plot-lines. But it goes downhill from there - very fast. The story gets bogged down with unlikely and unnecessary detail, the characters fail to grip and engage, the plot becomes more turgid and unlikely with every page. The writing, after a few chapters, starts to sound like something written by a pre-pubescent kid (with wish-fulfilment in every line) I forced myself to keep reading in hopes that it would improve, but about two thirds of the way in I gave up.
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Enjoyed this story. The heroine is no Mary Sue ... she's imperfect just like the rest of us, barreling through life in spite of her insecurities. I love, loved Teddy, her hero. A cross-dressing love interest? Never would have expected to fall in love with him, but I did!

The bit with the big, strong, armed security guards failing to save their comrade from the boa constrictor was totally unrealistic, but it was still fun.

The book needs a good line editor. There were several (20 or more) instances where a completely wrong word was in a sentence, as if a spell check program was given free rein (always a mistake!) One guffaw-worthy example is when another character meets the heroine and a man, and demands, 'Whore you?' It took me a moment to realize the other woman meant 'Who're you?'
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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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