Unlucky [NOOK Book]

Overview

Mallory Devereaux is known throughout the town of Royal Flush, Louisiana as a walking disaster and her luck just got worse. She needs to raise ten-thousand dollars in one week to keep the IRS from seizing her adopted father’s business where she works as the demolition foreman.

When the opportunity to cool cards at her uncle’s casino comes up, Mallory hopes her luck is ...
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Unlucky

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Overview

Mallory Devereaux is known throughout the town of Royal Flush, Louisiana as a walking disaster and her luck just got worse. She needs to raise ten-thousand dollars in one week to keep the IRS from seizing her adopted father’s business where she works as the demolition foreman.

When the opportunity to cool cards at her uncle’s casino comes up, Mallory hopes her luck is changing. But when she realizes her uncle has assembled a tournament of criminals, she wonders what she’s stepped in the middle of.

FBI agent Jake Randoll needs to take down a money launderer and the poker tournament is the last chance he’ll get before the criminal flees the country. Jake obtains the position of dealer with Mallory as his table assistant, but he’s not prepared for the mojo that Mallory can serve up in a single touch.

(Note: This book is part of the author’s backlist, originally released in print in 2009 by Dorchester Publishing)
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Editorial Reviews

Barbara Vey
“The quirky characters keep the action moving and I’m sure Mallory has been sitting next to me every time I go to the casino.”

- Barbara Vey Publishers Weekly Beyond Her Book Blog
Staff Reviewer
“With original, smart and comedic writing, DeLeon delivers a three-dimensional hero and heroine, a community of offbeat secondary characters, a complex and intriguing plot with a hint of paranormal and a fascinating peek into the world of casino poker.”

- Romantic Times Book Reviews
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011948404
  • Publisher: Jana DeLeon
  • Publication date: 11/8/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 36,432
  • File size: 233 KB

Meet the Author

Jana DeLeon grew up among the bayous and ‘gators of southwest Louisiana. She’s never stumbled across a mystery like one of her heroines but is still hopeful. She lives in Dallas, Texas with a menagerie of animals and not a single ghost.

Visit Jana at her website: www.janadeleon.com
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2011

    loved it!!!

    i love stories set in louisiana. enjoyed it so much, i read it in one day. i think linda howard and sandra brown would be proud of your work.i'am getting ready to read rumble on the bayou next. thanks!!!p.s. i would recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2009

    Jana Delon is Great.

    There is just the perfect balance of mystery and romance. I love her books. They are imaginitive and fun to read. It's a great way to escape for a couple of hours.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    humorous romantic caper

    Her gambler Uncle Reginald St. Claire needs his niece Mallory Devereaux to hang around for lady luck that is good for him and bad for others, as he hosts a poker tournament and she is his ace card cooler. Mallory is jinxed as a walking disaster who somehow causes calamities. Uncle has the uncanny ability to insure people lose at cards so she is a fixture at her uncle¿s casino boat docked in Royal Flush, Louisiana. Currently, Mal is insuring poker playing thugs lose their money he promises her a cut of whatever they make from dealing an ice cold deck.------------- Undercover agent Jake Randoll obtains a job as the lead torunament dealer. His assignment is to bluff money laundering player Silas Hebert into revealing information on the sleuth¿s missing partner Mark. However, he cannot concentrate on the cards or his mission whenever Mal is nearby she cannot think about jinxing the players with poor hands when Jake deals. As they fall in love, he believes lady luck is definitely on his side.-------------- With a terrific eccentric support cast especially those involved in the deep look at casino boat poker and a strong lead couple, fans will feel lucky to read Jana DeLeon¿s royal flush romance. The story line deals readers a straight hand except for a bluff of the whimsical paranormal and a full house of intrigue. Readers will enjoy this humorous romantic caper starring a pair of winners.--------------- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2007

    Laugh-Out-Loud Fun

    Mallory Devereaux has had bad luck all her life. All she has to do is touch someone, and depending on how long the touch is, that person will be unlucky until her touch wears off. Her adoptive father is in the middle of a fight with the IRS and after it's over, he's ready to retire. Mal would love to have his business and it would have been hers if her adoptive mother hadn't gotten ill with cancer, thus expensive medical treatment is behind the IRS problems. If Mal can come up with the bucks to pay off the IRS, the demolition business is hers, which is great because demolition seems to be the only type of business her unluckiness takes to. Good thing her uncle is hosting a poker tournament on his floating casino. He needs her to make sure his arch rival doesn't win any money during the three days of play. If she does that successfully, she'll have the money she needs for her future. FBI Jake Randoll is undercover and has gained the lead dealer position in the poker tournament where the criminal who's responsible for Jake's parnter's disappearance is entered to play. All he needs to do is get the scumbag to filter some of his funny money through the tourney and Jake has the guy all sewn up. But being a Yankee, Jake never expected all the hocus pocus that these southerners believe in and he surely never expected to run into someone like Mallory. Once she's made a believer out of him as to her paranormal 'ability,' they decide to work together even though they want different results after all is said and done. But neither of them ever expected to fall in love. Once they did, however, they did expect that it really couldn't work out between them. When I first started this book, I was a little doubtful from the first chapter that it was going to be one I would like, but I gave it a change and I'm certainly glad I did. It was a fun and entertaining time with these characters who grow on you very, very fast, and there's plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing until the very end. I even found myself laughing out loud a few times. Take a chance. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2013

    A fun story with delightful characters. The main character, Mal

    A fun story with delightful characters. The main character, Mallory Devereaux brings disastrous luck where ever she goes, so much so that she had to change careers from building buildings to demolishing them. She can keep a boyfriend because her bad luck rubs off on anyone she touches. When she needs money to save her friends business and her job, her not too nice uncle sets her up to mess up the luck of some big time mob gamblers. Of course he doesn't tell her that is who is gambling, but it becomes obvious pretty early in the game as does the fact that there is something going one with the dealers at her table. As a matter of fact, pretty quickly there is a lot going on with the hot dealer. Can they work together figure out what is going on or will her problems with luck ruin everything?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    fun read

    keep the good books coming

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    Loved it

    It was great! And there was actually a great story mixed in with the hot sex. It surprised me too because i was expecting a whole different twist and then she twisted the other way with the not so obvious story line. It was refreshing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    Very entertaining

    Such likable characters. Loved it! Havnt read a book of DeLeons I havnt loved.

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  • Posted June 13, 2012

    great

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  • Posted May 19, 2012

    not my cup of tea - her other books are great!

    I have really enjoyed reading other Jana Deleon books - especially the mudbug series. The other Jana Deleon books were full of humor, drama and characters so alive I hated to put the books away.
    But, Unlucky lacked all of those attributes for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2012

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    This is the fifth book I have read from this author and have enjoyed them all except this one. The book is silly, dumb and very far fetched.

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  • Posted March 28, 2012

    Great Read--Good Storyteller

    hope she writes more

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  • Posted January 24, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    I recommend it

    I really like this author. I have enjoyed every book I have read that she has written.

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