It’s a very rare thing for me to find a series that has me so enthralled. From the very start of the book, I was, to put it mildly, hooked. Lucky Bastard is the fourth book in the Lucky O’Toole series by author Deborah Coonts, and it is outstanding. Having not read the other books yet (although I did go out and grab the other ones to read), Lucky Bastard can quite easily stand on its own merits. The characters are quirky and sarcastic, and quite easily lovable. The story is a roller coaster ride of wild adventure, sizzling romance, and crazier twists and turns than even I expected. Lucky Bastard is a zany and fun thrill ride of a novel that will leave readers laughing out loud and begging for more.
As usual, Lucky O’Toole is in way over her head. It’s supposed to be a normal day, right? Well, it’s normal if the day starts off with a dead girl on a Ferrari with a designer shoe in her neck. And all in Lucky’s Babylon Casino in Las Vegas! This can’t get any better, right? Wrong. When the dead girl winds up being a friend’s wife, the stakes get higher. And so does the body count. With the World Series of Poker in town and every high roller in existence rolling in, Lucky is up to her ears in poker, bodies, and a mystery that just gets stranger and stranger the deeper she gets. Can Lucky solve the mystery, stop the murders, and somehow keep the Babylon out of the news in all this mess? Come along on a wild trip to Sin City and enjoy the ride of a lifetime.
Lucky O’Toole, the newly promoted vice president of Customer Relations for the Babylon, Las Vegas’s primo Strip property, has never met a problem she couldn’t handle. But when a young woman is found dead, sprawled across the hood of a new, bright red Ferrari California in the Babylon’s on-site dealership, a Jimmy Choo stiletto stuck in her carotid, Lucky’s skills are maxed out. Of course her life is already on overload. Her mother, Mona, is pregnant, hormonal, and bored — a triple threat. A song that Teddie, Lucky’s former lover, wrote for her is getting national airplay as he hits the talk shows, pleading for her forgiveness. Lucky is less than amused by the high-powered “infotainment” spotlight on her personal life. She’s having enough trouble fending off Chef Jean-Charles Bouclet, the Babylon’s tasty new dish. All of this and The Smack-Down Poker tournament, the second-largest poker tournament in the world, is holding its final round at the Babylon. Hookers, thieves, players, cheaters, media, and hangers-on descend, looking to win or to score. When one of the players turns up dead, Lucky starts to make connections between the two murders, putting her in the crosshairs of the killer. After a revelation by someone close to her sends her world reeling even further, Lucky struggles to keep her life in balance, and a murderer from killing again as bodies pile up. Then, just when she’s losing control… life deals another major complication to her personal life… and it’s not going to be pretty. Lucky struggles to keep her life in balance, and a murderer from killing again as bodies pile up.