Wanna Get Lucky? (The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series, Book 1)

Wanna Get Lucky? (The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series, Book 1)

by Deborah Coonts

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"Evanovich...with a dash of CSI." – Publishers Weekly (review of Lucky Stiff)

Everyone Has a Hidden Talent

For Lucky O'Toole it's murder...solving it.

Surviving in Sin City takes cunning, a pair of five-inch heels, and a wiseass attitude. Lucky has mastered them all and has a pair of legs she uses to kick butt and turn heads.

As the Chief Problem Solver for the Babylon, Las Vegas's most over-the-top destination, mischief is in her job description.

She's good at her job.

She's less good at life. But who has time for a life when there's a killer on the loose?


A woman falls from a tour helicopter to the horror of the 8:30 Pirate show crowd.

Was it suicide? An accident? Could she have been pushed?

Lucky's day began with the invasion of the Adult Video Awards and Trade show convention.

It got more hectic when the spouse-swapping annual event checked in.

And if adding a body to the mix wasn't enough, Lucky's got a new suitor. Her best friend, Teddie, a female impersonator who is pressing to take their relationship to the next level.

Can she really date a man who looks better in a dress?

What happened to the woman over the pirate show?

Will her sleuthing skills catch the killer and save her job?

Pick up a copy now and start your adventure.


Wanna Get Lucky? (The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series Book 1)
Lucky Stiff (The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series Book 2)
Lucky in Love (A Lucky O'Toole Original Novella 1)
So Damn Lucky (The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series Book 3)
Lucky Bang (A Lucky O'Toole Original Novella 2)
Lucky Now and Then (A Lucky O'Toole Original Novella 3)
Lucky Bastard (The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series Book 4)
Lucky Catch (The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series Book 5)
Lucky Flash (A Lucky O'Toole Original Novella 4)
Lucky Break (The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series Book 6)
Lucky the Hard Way (The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series Book 7)
Lucky Ride (The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series Book 8)
Lucky Score (The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series Book 9)


Why did you decide to write humor?

I'm not sure I decided to add snark to the Lucky, books, specifically to Lucky's own voice, it just happened that way. When I was a kid, my mouth always got me into trouble. Finally, I've found a way to harness the sarcasm for the Forces of Good--or at least in a way not to anger my grandmother. And when Lucky started talking to me, she had a strong dose of sass in her.

The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure series is hard to categorize. Is that by design?

When I set out to write Wanna Get Lucky?, I knew I wanted to write a romp through Las Vegas. I had the characters and the setting but no real understanding of narrative drive. So, I threw a young woman out of a tour helicopter into the middle of the Pirate Show and let the story unfold. A bit of murder to keep the plot moving, some wisecracking and Vegas mischief to make you laugh, and some romance to keep it interesting. A bit of a mash up, but it works.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151624732
Publisher: Chestnut Street Press
Publication date: 06/13/2015
Series: Lucky O'Toole Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 345
Sales rank: 2,965
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Deborah Coonts swears she was switched at birth. Coming from a family of homebodies, Deborah is the odd women out, happiest with a passport, a high-limit credit card, her computer, and changing scenery outside her window. Goaded by an insatiable curiosity, she flies airplanes, rides motorcycles, travels the world, and pretends to be more of a badass than she probably is. Deborah is the author of the Lucky O’Toole Vegas Adventure series, a romantic mystery romp through Sin City. Wanna Get Lucky?, the first in the series, was a New York Times Notable Crime Novel and a double RITA ™ Award Finalist. Her contemporary romance inclinations found wing in The Heart of Napa series, set amid the bucolic vineyards of Napa. For thrills and dark mystery, she penned, After Me, an iBooks Best Of and a Nook First choice. And to further flex her writing abilities, Deborah penned the Sam Donovan series, a romance suspense series highlighting her love of flight. Right now, Deborah calls San Francisco home, but, since it’s her we’re talking about, this too can change. But, for sure you can find Deborah at www.deborahcoonts.com.

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Wanna Get Lucky? 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 96 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun read with a lot of Vegas thrown in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story was great, if your old enough to know who the rat pack was it's even better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. I plan to read the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun,Sexy read! Enjoyed this book,looking forward to reading more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable read; glad I found this author!!! D from C
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best reading in a long time!
MaicaKid More than 1 year ago
Looking for a fun read? Then pick up this book! If you've been to Vegas, you'll "get it"....if you haven't, you'll enjoy it anyway! Witty and funny, this is one of those books where if anyone's around you'll find yourself saying "Listen to this" just before you read yet another passage aloud....just ask my husband! It's not that often I laugh out loud while reading a book, but Lucky O'Toole left me no choice. This is one tough chick with a soft center (but if you tell anyone, she'll beat the crap out of you!) who knows her town and her casino resort. And wait till you meet her mama...! Hold on...it's one rollicking, fun ride!
Anonymous 4 months ago
So glad I chose to read this first book because I am hook and excited to read the next in this series.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Great story with wit and heart
Anonymous 8 months ago
I must have read this book before I was writing reviews, so I thought I’d reread it. I’m so glad I did. This is a funny well thought out story of murder with some romance too. And it just happens to be set in my favorite spot, Vegas. A woman falls to her death from a helicopter at the TI pirate show on the strip. The helicopter happens to be owned by the Babylon, so Lucky O’Toole is called in to do damage control. She works for The Big Boss and is his ‘chief problem solver’ for the hotel and casino. As I reread this book, I’m again picturing exactly what’s going on and where in Vegas(Spanish Trails, In-Out Burger, Pahrump, etc.) it’s full of hilarious twists and turns as you try to figure it out. Lucky reminds me a lot of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum. She’s just as spunky and witty regardless of what’s happening. I’m hooked again and am going to read the rest in the series. Well done Deborah!
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LesaHolstine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
susanamper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Las Vegas scene is convincingly rendered and a little bit fun. Lucky seems to be an amalgamation of other action heroines like Stephanie Plum. Coonts does not quite pull off any Las Vegas magic here. A dead body, blackmail, and a love interest or two don't add up to enough. Perhaps her next book will be better, but I am not terribly inclined to read it when it comes out.
LynnSigman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Enjoying so far...fun read. Light romantic suspense - a little sexy, but it is Vegas!
wirtley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Like Janet Evanovich. Begins with someone being pushed out a helicopter to her death. Lucky knows the person and investigates.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story had me wanting more every time I read the book. The characters are interesting and to see from the female’s point of view of how Las Vegas is was great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pros: This book is great for a weekend escape. I could relate to the dysfunction. I liked being swept into Lucky's crazy world. I felt like I was walking around the casino. Cons: I just couldn't buy the police being that naive and not reacting in certain situations. But again, this book is supposed to transport you to the more seedy side of Vegas.
Kelli2 More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book and can't wait to read the other books in the series!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Light, funny & sexy (but not smutty) Vegas twister. I usually read mysteries like Michael Connelly or Robert Parker. But it's nice to read something lighter & sweeter that still has a good little mystery to it. I will definitely read this author again. It's kind of a girls book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy read and entertaining. On book 2 now
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great start to a new series... all elements of an engaging and entertaining book addiction are served up here: colorful characters, a mystery, a little romantic sizzle, and of course outrageous situations like you'd only find in Vegas. You'll want to binge on all the novels in this series; I sure do! ?...wjj
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute story but not riveting. An entertaining read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago