So Damn Lucky (Lucky O'Toole Series #3)

So Damn Lucky (Lucky O'Toole Series #3)

by Deborah Coonts
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So Damn Lucky (Lucky O'Toole Series #3) by Deborah Coonts

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. But then a magician pulls a disappearing act, right under Lucky’s nose. Is it a stunt? Or something worse?

While Lucky chases leads, someone is trying to put her off the scent. As if this wasn’t enough to ruin her day, Lucky’s relationship with The Big Boss is coming to a head—past hurts can no longer be denied. Of course, she is already on shaky emotional ground: Teddie, her live-in, has been touring with a young and lovely pop star. Paxton Dane, former coworker and would-be suitor, is still circling, hoping to find a chink in the armor of Lucky’s resolve. And then, there’s this French chef, who is proving to be too hot to handle….

Las Vegas expert Deborah Coonts thrills again with this third installment in her dazzling series focused on casino “fixer” Lucky O’Toole.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765330062
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 02/28/2012
Series: Lucky O'Toole Series , #3
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

DEBORAH COONTS has built her own business, practiced law, flown airplanes, written a humor column for a national magazine, and survived a teenager. So Damn Lucky is her third novel.

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So Damn Lucky 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
KOtis67 More than 1 year ago
I couldn’t put this book down. Between the magicians determined to commit murder, the bombshell from her Madame mother, Teddy’s touring and Paxton Dane, Lucky is hopping. Throw in a French Chef and you have a recipe for laughter.
Mlo1MO 11 months ago
Very entertaining
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay still lots of ups & downs in Lucky's love life, now we'll throw in some UFO mysteries, and off we go. Another great adventure & I'm off to read the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like Janet Evonavich books you will LOVE the Lucky series. CB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author has a great way with words but this story didn't click with me. The subject matter didn't appeal and it just seemed to be all over the place. Love all the extended characters except Jean-Charles who seems phony to me. How does anything get done in this hotel?? All they do is eat and drink on the job.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great character, hot guys, and a fun setting with fast paced action!
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gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
The opening line of Deborah Coonts’ new book, the third in the Lucky O’Toole series [following “Wanna Get Lucky?” and “Lucky Stiff,”] is eye-catching, to wit: “Some things in life are best savored alone - - sex is not one of them.” And that sets the tone of the novel, bringing back the six foot tall Head of Customer Relations at a Las Vegas Strip hotel, i.e., the chief problem solver, hired by Albert Rothstein, owner of several of the biggest hotels in the town, usually just referred to as The Big Boss. As the book opens, it is October 24th, and things are gearing up for one of the biggest events of the year in Vegas: the Houdini Séance, held on Halloween, the anniversary of the great magician’s death, attended by most of the tourists who have invaded the town, as well as many prominent magicians All manner of quirky characters are introduced, probably none more deserving of that description than Lucky’s mother, Mona, owner of Mona’s Place, “the self-styled ‘Best Whorehouse in Nevada.’” The family dynamics are unusual, to say the least, but never less than interesting. Her friends include Federika “Flash” Gordon, “Las Vegas’ most tenacious investigative reporter,” and young LVPD detective Romeo [his name, not a soubriquet]. Much of the early part of the book deals with Lucky’s problem dealing with the fact that her recent love, Vegas’ reigning female impersonator, now a budding rock star, has gone off to Europe to follow his dream, leaving her with “hormonally driven leaps of lust” sparked, literally, by the touch of any one of several male acquaintances and colleagues. Among the plot points are a top hat, a rabbit, death threats, a vanishing magician, an astronaut who talks to dead people, and a group of believers in “the murky realm of fringe science” attending a UFO conference. As the author describes it, “Vegas is like Brigadoon - - a magical city that appears when the sun sets and the lights come on, where anything can happen.” I had not read the earlier entries in the series and did not know what to expect, but I enjoyed this tale of Lucky and her environs and found it an enjoyable summer read.
JamesterCK More than 1 year ago
I dove right into this book after finishing Lucky Stiff, since the ending left us with sort of a shock regarding Lucky's mother. The story line in So Damn Lucky revolves around the disappearance of a magician. That in and of itself wouldn't be too strange, especially in a city like Las Vegas, but the circumstances surrounding the disappearance become more and more peculiar and suspicious. While trying to help solve the case, Lucky also has to deal with her confusing and unstable love life. Once again, I absolutely loved the characters. I love reading about her parent's relationship; they're like teenagers and are so cute together. I enjoyed getting to know the new chef, Jean-Charles more in this book. My first impression of him in Lucky Stiff was that he was a jerk; in So Damn Lucky, we learn more about his life and my opinion of him completely changed. Paxton Dane is his usually yummy self (I don't know how Lucky resists him). And then there's Teddie... On one hand I was so happy that Teddie was finally able to live his dream and be a star. Unfortunately, distance is rough on a relationship. It was hard to judge what was going to happen between Lucky and Teddie, as well as the rest of the men in her life, but it sure had me turning the pages as fast as I could to find out! If you're looking for a fast-paced novel with humor and romance then you should definitely make yourself acquainted with the Lucky O'Toole series, especially this newest installment. I don't know what is in store for the characters next, but I know I'm definitely along for the ride!
RD-A-BK More than 1 year ago
I love Las Vegas so I loved the book. Great characters good plot.
Humbee More than 1 year ago
Deborah Coonts's book is hysterically funny, strange, light-hearted and a mystery in so many ways! Deborah is a nut-case, she's so funny! I had a great adventure reading "Lucky." Here's the thing about Coonts; she's a wonderful mix of a good writer, a satirist and a student of people. She's also a comedian. "So Damn Lucky" is the best trip you'll ever take to Las Vegas! If you've never been there, you only have to pick up this book to experience it. I laughed myself off the chair in the first chapter visualizing the exact characters she portrays that I'd seen there myself! This is a side-buster of a book, and a great mystery, too. Viva Las Vegas, absolutely captured and delivered in the hands of "Lucky" and Deborah Coonts...Elvis is definitely still alive there, so are aliens and missing persons! If you're looking for a book to make you laugh and read like a bandit, and that will keep you wide-eyed with the joy of finding out about crazies and cons, this is the one for you. I found it a refreshing oasis from the books I've been reading lately. It's not always good to have a steady stream of the serious and fantasy world...once in a while it's so nice to have a sorbet between courses. "So Damn Lucky" is the raspberry sorbet of a book that will have your literary palate tingling. You have to get this book. Do yourself a huge favor and take a trip to Vegas by way of "So Damn Lucky," you can't have a better trip!!!
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed BY~Marissa Review Copy Provided By~Publisher There are several reasons why I like Deborah Coonts’ character Lucky O’Toole. First off, she has a demanding yet rewarding job at a high profile, high-class hotel/resort in Las Vegas. She also gets to wear designer clothes without worrying about how expensive they are, and she can wear high-heels and not trip or stumble in them (and her feet don’t get sore after five minutes like mine do!). Her tall, handsome, talented boyfriend looks good in both jeans and evening gowns. Her mother is an out-spoken ex-prostitute-now-madam. Her father is also her boss. Her assistant can anticipate her needs, even before Lucky knows what those are. Lastly (and probably the best of all), she gets to drive high-performance sports cars without paying for them. Yes, Lucky seems to have it all. Only in this book, she starts losing some of it. It’s a fun ride whenever Lucky gets in the Ferrari and this time is no different - and another great adventure as I attempted to solve the mystery right along with her. This third installment in the series has Lucky dealing with magicians, UFOs, an ex-lover, a new lover, an old woman who wants to marry her dog, and an over-sexed couple from Muskogee, not to mention the usual chaotic family and friends. I’m hoping that some of these new characters make future appearances in Lucky books down the line. It seems to me that the third book in a character series is typically where an author “jumps the shark” and tries to make the character more interesting by having them do outlandish and ridiculous things. Conversely, the character starts to die a slow and painful death, becoming less and less interesting with each book. Lucky, however, does not disappoint. She is strong-willed, just out-spoken enough to be interesting, and keeps her attraction to several men going strong. I mean, just because we decide to become monogamous with someone doesn’t mean we lose appeal for any other man on the planet; yet most books would have us believe that’s how it should be. Coonts pshaws that theory. Lucky has a lover, Teddie, yet she has been fascinated and attracted to two other men at the same time – Dane Paxton, six-foot-four of rugged Texas stock, and Jean-Charles Bouclet, a yummy French chef she is currently working with on a new restaurant. *sigh* Yes, Lucky really does have it all. Favorite Quote: “Are all men compulsively self-absorbed?“…”Is there an antidote to gross stupidity, or is it an incurable part of the Curse of the Y Chromosome?”
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Deborah Coonts writing ever since I first laid eyes on one of the Lucky O'Toole books. The author has a way of sucking in a reader and never loosening her grip. So Damn Lucky offers an interesting plot with a memorable main character. I recommend reading the series in order, because once you get a taste, you will be hungry for another. Disclosure: I was provided with a free copy of this book from FSB Associates for review purposes. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.