Monday, May 17, 2010

Wanna Get Lucky? by Deborah Coonts

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.

Deborah Coonts' website is www.deborahcoonts.com

Wanna Get Lucky? by Deborah Coonts. Tor/Forge. ©2010. ISBN 978-0765325433 (hardcover), 352p.

*****
FTC Full Disclosure - I received my ARC from the publisher, in hopes I would review it.

12 comments:

Dru said...

I like the concept - another book added to my book list.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

The character just popped off the page at me when you described her! Sounds like a really vivid protagonist.

Lesa said...

It's a terrific concept, Dru. I hope you like the book.

Lesa said...

Elizabeth,

And, I could have written so much more, but I didn't want to spoil the book for readers. I wanted to write about her mother, but (unless the jacket copy ruins it), it's one of the surprises in the book. Loved Lucky O'Toole!

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Lesa, after reading your review I went online and reserved it at my library. Can't wait to read it!

Lesa said...

Very good, Mary. And, when I get to work today, I'm letting a co-worker know about it. She's going to love it, too.

bermudaonion said...

Sounds like a lot of fun! I'll have to look for this series!

Melanie said...

Evanovish can't write Stephanie Plum novels fast enough, so this sounds like a great one to read while waiting for the next Plum novel.

Lesa said...

Check it out, Kathy. I liked it so much, I'm going to buy the hardback tomorrow when the author appears at the Poisoned Pen. Can't wait to hear her.

Lesa said...

This one is going to be a great one to read while waiting. I'm booktalking it Wednesday at our staff brown bag luncheon.

Beth Hoffman said...

Lesa, this sounds great! Have fun at the Poisoned Pen.

Lesa said...

It is great, Beth. I think you'd have fun with it. I'm looking forward to tomorrow - Back to the Beach, dinner with Talia Sherer from Macmillan, and then the Poisoned Pen. Wednesday is the staff brown bag luncheon. A good week.