Publisher: Forge Books

Release Day Feature + Giveaway! Lucky Bastard (Lucky O’Toole series #4) by Deborah Coonts

May 14, 2013 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Giveaways, Read in 2013, Release Day Feature 0 Comments

I received this book free from Netgalley, the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Release Day Feature + Giveaway! Lucky Bastard (Lucky O’Toole series #4) by Deborah CoontsLucky Bastard by Deborah Coonts
Series: Lucky O'Toole #4
Published by Forge Books on May 14th 2013
Pages: 350
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley, the Publisher
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Also by this author: Wanna Get Lucky?, Lucky Stiff

three-stars

Lucky O’Toole, the newly promoted vice president of Customer Relations for the Babylon, Las Vegas’s primo Strip property, has never met a problem she couldn’t handle. But when a young woman is found dead, sprawled across the hood of a new, bright red Ferrari California in the Babylon’s on-site dealership, a Jimmy Choo stiletto stuck in her carotid, Lucky’s skills are maxed out. Of course her life is already on overload. Her mother, Mona, is pregnant, hormonal, and bored — a triple threat. A song that Teddie, Lucky’s former lover, wrote for her is getting national airplay as he hits the talk shows, pleading for her forgiveness. Lucky is less than amused by the high-powered “infotainment” spotlight on her personal life. She’s having enough trouble fending off Chef Jean-Charles Bouclet, the Babylon’s tasty new dish. All of this and The Smack-Down Poker tournament, the second-largest poker tournament in the world, is holding its final round at the Babylon. Hookers, thieves, players, cheaters, media, and hangers-on descend, looking to win or to score. When one of the players turns up dead, Lucky starts to make connections between the two murders, putting her in the crosshairs of the killer. After a revelation by someone close to her sends her world reeling even further, Lucky struggles to keep her life in balance, and a murderer from killing again as bodies pile up. Then, just when she’s losing control… life deals another major complication to her personal life… and it’s not going to be pretty. Lucky struggles to keep her life in balance, and a murderer from killing again as bodies pile up.

The Lucky O’Toole series

Wanna Get Lucky?Lucky StiffLucky in Love

Wanna Get Lucky? (Lucky O’Toole series #1) {Purchase}
Lucky Stiff (Lucky O’Toole series #2) {Purchase}
Lucky in Love (Lucky O’Toole series #2.5) {Purchase}

So Damn LuckyLucky Bang

So Damn Lucky (Lucky O’Toole series #3) {Purchase}
Lucky Bang (Lucky O’Toole series #3.5) {Purchase}

Lucky O’Toole is the Vice President of Customer Relations of the affluent Babylon casino in Las Vegas. She’s a busy woman and her plate is always full but after recent events even Lucky has bitten off more than she can chew. After a woman is found on the hood of a Ferrari in the Babylon’s dealership with a stiletto stuck in her neck and the evidence points to a close-friend being the killer, Lucky knows there’s more evidence to be found. Once she begins digging though she finds far more than she bargained for.
In addition to her work issues, she’s dealing with a broken heart after her long-time love Teddie has chosen a life on the road and fame instead of a comfortable life at home with her. The new French chef Jean-Charles Bouclet has kept her thoughts occupied as he continues to pursue her. Lucky just doesn’t seem to have time to sort through her personal problems as the bodies are piling up and evidence starts pointing to her.

I’ve gotta say, all of the Lucky O’Toole mysteries have left me unaware throughout the book. There are always a crazy amount of facets to these stories, it always keeps you guessing and leaves you questioning everything. Exciting and thrilling, these are definite page-turners.

Lucky has had a crazy love life from the very first installment. What I love is despite that, I can definitely appreciate that it doesn’t consume the story completely. The detailed mystery is first and foremost with snippets of Lucky’s personal life added in as something extra. The romance definitely took the forefront towards the end setting up for some emotional drama in the next installment.

What didn’t work for me (and has been a common trait in this series) is how Lucky completely takes on the police work involved in solving murders. I would be more apt to accept this if she was a member of a security team with the Casino but she’s the Vice President of Customer Relations, tasked to maintain the happiness of the hotel guests. Lucky is one chick that definitely goes above and beyond the call of duty. Lucky doesn’t always make the most genius decisions but they aren’t so outrageous that they’re not forgivable. She usually realizes (in retrospect) that she makes some pretty dumb decisions so at least she realizes it, albeit a tad late. Regardless, these books are definitely fun reads.

This series would likely fall under the terms of a ‘cozy-mystery’ except the mystery itself manages to be quite serious. Killing people with stilettos, people getting cyanide thrown in their face, etc. Despite the seriousness though, Lucky possesses a sarcastic humor throughout which lightens the story considerably and makes it a lot of fun.

Lucky Bastard is my fourth Lucky novel, fifth if you count a novella, and I’ve really enjoyed watching the character growth in Lucky. She’s a hard-working woman who’s had her heart broken but doesn’t let it get her down. Her actions are honest and understandable. The Lucky O’ Toole series is a must for cozy mystery fans and readers looking for a fun, memorable heroine.

Thanks to the generous folks from JKS Communications/Forge Books I’m able to offer two giveaways for two lucky (ha!) winners!!

Giveaway #1: 1 copy of The Lucky Bastard (Lucky O’Toole series #4)
Giveaway #2: 3 digital novellas (Lucky in Love, Lucky Bang and Lucky Now and Then)

Giveaway ends May 28th, 2013

Both giveaways are open to U.S. and Canada addresses only!
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Book Review – Lucky Stiff (Lucky O’Toole #2) by Deborah Coonts

March 28, 2012 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2012 0 Comments

I received this book free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review – Lucky Stiff (Lucky O’Toole #2) by Deborah CoontsLucky Stiff by Deborah Coonts
Series: Lucky O'Toole #2
Published by Forge Books on November 29th 2011
Pages: 464
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Funny-ha-ha, Mystery
Format: Paperback
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Also by this author: Wanna Get Lucky?, Lucky Bastard

four-stars

Lucky O’Toole—Head of Customer Relations at The Babylon, premier mega-resort on the Vegas Strip—thinks it’s just another night in Las Vegas. A tractor-trailer has spilled its load of a million honeybees, blocking not only the Strip but the entrance to her hotel...the District Attorney for Clark County—apparently the odd man out of a threesome on the twelfth floor—is hiding in the buff in one of the hotel’s laundry rooms...and Numbers Neidermeyer—one of Vegas’ less-than-savory oddsmakers—is arguing with Las Vegas’ ace private investigator, the Beautiful Jeremy Whitlock.

The next day, Lucky discovers Ms. Neidermeyer was tossed into the shark tank at the Mandalay Bay Resort as a snack for the Tiger Shark. When the police show up at the Babylon with a hastily prepared search warrant, applied for by the District Attorney himself, and Jeremy lands in the hot seat, Lucky realizes her previous night was far from routine.

Amid the chaos of fight weekend, the hiring of an eccentric new French chef, and her madam mother's intentions to auction off a young woman’s virginity, Lucky is drawn into a deadly game where no one is what they seem, a game that will end only when she discovers who made fish-food out of Numbers Neidermeyer.

Lucky O’Toole and Fabulous Las Vegas—life doesn’t get any better.

Lucky O’Toole is back in book 2 to handle more problems as the head of Customer Relations at the Babylon in Las Vegas. The action starts from page one with Lucky attempting to handle an overturned semi-truck that has not only blocked the entrance to the Babylon but has managed to dump its cargo: a load of bees. The following day, the body of Numbers Neidermeyer, an infamous bookie, is found floating in a shark tank and Lucky’s friend Jeremy Whitlock is the primary suspect. To top off her ‘trending towards fabulous’ week is news that her mother Mona, local brothel owner, will be auctioning off a young woman’s virginity.

One of things I loved in ‘Wanna Get Lucky’ was that the mystery was fun and exciting and Deborah Coonts failed to disappoint in ‘Lucky Stiff’. I was surprised at the final outcome; I certainly failed to see it coming. Lucky was still an enjoyable character that kept me entertained with her snarky sense of humor. The one thing I missed was her strong independence…When Teddie left to jump-start his music career she was constantly fretting about him leaving her, him finding someone new, etc. I found that she balanced her relationship with the rest of her hectic life much better in book one.

These are good as a stand-alone or as a series. The ‘refresher’ that the author gives in each book is enough to bring you sufficiently up to speed. The ending of ‘Lucky Stiff’ didn’t leave off with a cliffhanger but managed to leave me with enough to look forward to the next Lucky O’Toole story.

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Book Review – Wanna Get Lucky? (Lucky O’Toole #1) by Deborah Coonts

January 27, 2012 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2012 2 Comments

I received this book free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review – Wanna Get Lucky? (Lucky O’Toole #1) by Deborah CoontsWanna Get Lucky? by Deborah Coonts
Series: Lucky O'Toole #1
Published by Forge Books on February 1st 2011
Pages: 464
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Mystery-Contemporary
Format: Paperback
Source: the Publisher
Amazon
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Also by this author: Lucky Stiff, Lucky Bastard

four-half-stars

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.

Lucky O’Toole is head of Customer Relations at the Babylon; Las Vegas’ newest and largest ‘mega-casino’. Her job title may be simple but her job is far from it as she’s responsible for any problems and for making sure that all casino operations runs smoothly. When a woman falls to her death from a Babylon helicopter and it doesn’t look like a suicide, it’s Lucky’s job to get a handle on the situation so that the situation doesn’t tarnish the Babylon name.

This book sat on my shelf for a shamefully long time… I finally decided to pick it up when I was in the mood for some simple good fun. I sure got that with ‘Wanna Get Lucky?’ but I got so much more on top of that. I went into this mentally comparing it to a Janet Evanovich novel but I ended up being blown away by how much better it was and how much I enjoyed it. A fun mystery, an authentic romance, and strong likeable characters… this book had it all for me.

I love a good mystery, and this one entertaining and exciting. I loved how there were so many facets to the mystery and how each smaller story eventually tied in to the ‘bigger picture’. The end result may have been slightly inevitable but I give the author major points for still managing to make it exciting with each step of the way.

I think it’s a requirement that there be a secondary character that’s hilarious and cusses a lot. In this series, that would be her pet parrot, Newton. He wasn’t a major part of the story but the few scenes he was in were memorable enough.

The elevator deposited me in the middle of my living room.
“Where you been, bitch?”
God, I’d forgotten about the bird. My one foray into pet ownership and it had to be a belligerent macaw with a foul mouth.

Lucky was a wonderful character that I loved from the start. Charming, witty, and independent (and no that didn’t change with the introduction of a love interest!) she was my kind of girl. She was just a normal badass; she didn’t have super powers or even an awesome weapon, she managed to still be able to hold her own and take care of business. I look forward to reading more in this series… it has huge potential and I’m really excited to see where the author takes it!

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