Monday, July 11, 2011

Review: Wanna Get Lucky? by Deborah Coonts

Wanna Get Lucky?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.

Received from the publicist for review.

This one gets four stars.  This was my first experience with the author and I was very impressed.  The characters felt real, and quite likable overall.  The idea of a problem solver at a Las Vegas casino, with all its inherent problems (naked drunk guys in weird situations, etc.) is totally fresh and unique and made for an interesting read.  The only thing I had issues with was that the chapters did not begin on a new page, they just began wherever the last chapter ended, which was annoying.  However, the fun, almost Stephanie Plum, feeling made this a perfect read for a hot summer's day.  This is the perfect summer read for any mystery lover and is highly recommended for Janet Evanovich fans.

★★★★ = Really Liked It


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