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Synopsis from BN.com:
A young woman plunges from a Las Vegas sightseeing helicopter, landing in the Pirate’s lagoon in front of the Treasure Island Hotel in the middle of the 8:30 Pirate Show. Almost everyone writes her off as another Vegas victim.
But Lucky O’Toole smells a rat. She’s head of Customer Relations at The Babylon, the newest, most opulent mega-casino and resort on the Strip, so she’s got a lot on her plate: the Adult Film industry’s annual awards banquet, a spouse-swapping convention, sex toy purveyors preying on the pocket-protector crowd attending ElectroniCon…. Still, Lucky can’t resist turning over a few stones.
When a former flame is one of the snakes she uncovers, Lucky’s certain she’s no longer dealing with an anonymous Sin City suicide. To top it all off, Lucky’s best friend Teddie—Las Vegas’ finest female impersonator—presses to take their relationship to the next level. Leave it to Lucky to attract a man who looks better in a dress than she does.
Lucky must manage the Babylon’s onslaught of outrageous festivities, solve a murder, and struggle to keep her life and libido from spinning out of control… not to mention keep her balance in six inch heels.
**I received a copy of this book from the publicist in exchange for an honest review**
When a book is set in Vegas, you know some wild things are going to go down. This one definitely didn't disappoint. It did bring up two questions to my mind though: 1) Do these kinds of things REALLY happen in Vegas? and 2)If they do, why in the world would anyone want Lucky's job in customer relations? Too much stress if you ask me!
I really enjoyed the main character, Lucky O'Toole. She was incredibly confident in her job, good sense of humor (I think you would have to in that line of work), sarcastic, and an overall tough chick. She works hard at her job and at keeping everyone from getting too close to her. Her walls slowly start to break down, so we get to see her character develop through the pages. There are a lot of characters that help to enhance the story, such as Lucky's mother, Mona, who runs a brothel and her boss at the Babylon hotel, who they all call The Big Boss. Oh and let's not forget her trash-talking parrot; always good for an insult! They are all fabulous and I wish I could go into more detail on each and every one of them!
Underneath investigating the suicide (or is it homicide?), Lucky has an extremely tough choice to make: get with her best friend, Teddie, who just so happens to dress in drag for a living, or Dane, the hot new guy in security. I loved Teddie from the beginning, although I didn't think anything would develop between him and Lucky at first. He was just super sweet and loyal, always there for her to lean on. I also liked Dane a lot too. There was definitely an attraction there from the start, but any feelings she had for him were also marred by suspicions. I really wanted to put my favorite quote from the book in here, because it is so incredible and makes you want to scream, "WHY can't any guy say that to ME?" But I don't want to give away which guy she ultimately chooses, so I'll just let you read it and discover for yourselves.
There is certainly mystery and twists throughout the book. While I wasn't particularly surprised by them, as I've gotten really good at picking up on subtle hints, it was still exciting to see my suspicions confirmed at the end.
It started with a naked man in the stairwell and ended with a porn star gala, so you can just imagine the crazy things that happen throughout the book. I enjoyed meeting Lucky and all of the amazing characters, and absolutely can't wait to get my hands on Lucky Stiff so I can see what happens next! (FYI, the paperback of Lucky Stiff comes out November 29)
If you would like to learn more about the author, Deborah Coonts, make sure you check out her webpage and Twitter.
And a huge thanks to FSB Associates for allowing me the chance to read/review this wonderful book!
Monday, November 14, 2011
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