Wanna Get Lucky? by Deborah Coonts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Bottom line: loved it.
Lucky O'Toole is in charge of customer relations at an opulent casino in Las Vegas, and she needs to figure out whether or not Lyda Sue committed suicide or was murdered.
The opening line of the books reads: "As her final act on this earth, Lyda Sue Stalnaker plummeted out of a Las Vegas helicopter and landed smack in the middle of the pirates' lagoon in the front of the Treasure Island Hotel, disrupting the 8:30 p.m. pirate show."
Ha. That's a great start.
What I did not like: Some of the character development seemed forced. Several times I was taken out of the moment, out of the story, because an action or description of a character made me scrunch my eyebrows. Also, I'm not a fan of promiscuity. So, the storylines involving partner swapping and the porn star convention made me grimace ... and almost lower the rating to three stars. I kept reading, regardless of this issue, because the author mostly skimmed along the edges of these topics. Only later in the book did she actually devote any real paragraphs to the topics. So, if you're skeemish, you can simply skim or skip those few pages. There's plenty of warning that the topic is coming up - so you won't be caught by surprise.
What I loved: I used to work in the hotel industry; so, I really enjoyed reading about a main character who was in charge of solving customer problems. It was a hoot! Skill is required to hold a customer responsible for their own actions, and yet make them think you are doing them a favor. Coonts did a great job of describing these scenes. I also really enjoyed the unpredictability of the book. Normally, I'm quick to figure out the plotline and forsee the ending. Not this time. Coonts had me guessing throughout the book.
I also appreciated the fact that the "high fashion" was NOT overdone in this book. I've read other books where every detail of a high fashion shoe was described (and I think I threw up a little in my mouth). Lucky O'Toole wears high fashion, but it's described lightly and almost in passing. So, while I don't know one brand name from another, and couldn't care less, I wasn't tortured or made to hate Lucky O'Toole because of her wardrobe.
If you enjoy the likes of Stephanie Plum, you'll enjoy reading about the adventures of Lucky O'Toole.
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