When Lyda Sue fell out of a Las Vegas helicopter and landed in the middle of the pirates’ lagoon in front of the Treasure Island Hotel, the incident was the lead story on the 11:00 p.m. news. At first it was believed to be a suicide, but Lyda Sue’s friend Lucky O’Toole believes otherwise.
Lucky is the head of Customer Relations at The Babylon, an over-the-top, and newest, mega-casino and resort on Sunset Strip. Because the helicopter belonged to The Babylon and Lyda Sue was an employee, Lucky was given the task of making sure the story was as contained as possible.
If that were not enough for one gal, she also had to contend with an oversized nude found passed out under a stairwell, a too-handsome new Security department employee who was raising red flags and The Big Boss who was not acting himself.
As she attended to the most immediate needs of her job, she also had to prepare for an adult film industry banquet, a spouse-swapping convention and the rigors of a very long night putting out fires and keeping the Casino out of the news.
As more information came to light about the helicopter incident, she also began her own inquiry into what caused Lyda Sue to take header into the lagoon.
Lucky also found herself drawn to a man who looked better in beautiful gowns than she did, contending with a strong family member who could drive her crazy, and a job that required long hours, little sleep, and sometimes, six-inch stiletto heels.
Wanna Get Lucky? is the first novel written by Deborah Coonts in a new Las Vegas series. Sometimes labeled a chick-lit mystery, this novel has all the ingredients for a successful run. The author’s familiarity with Vegas, she currently lives there with her family, adds to the backdrop of one of the swiftest, outrageous, and hilarious reads to come along in quite some time.
While some people compare O’Toole to Stephanie Plum of the popular Janet Evanovich series, that would be wrong to do. The only similarity is that both lead characters are women, as are most chick-lit or cozy mysteries. To try to compare the two would be a disservice to both.
What is the most fun is watching how Lucky manages to handle the craziness around her and still remain sane. The incidents occurring in and around the Casino and throughout Lucky’s life happen so fast that readers will find themselves immersed in a story they will literally not want to put down.
While some may criticize the novel as being unbelievable, that is just part of the fun. Allow yourself to suspend belief and hang on for a great ride. You will not be disappointed.
A special thank you goes to Tom Doherty Associates, LLC for providing a copy of Wanna Get Lucky? For our review. If you would like to pick up your own copy, it is available at Amazon.com.