~by guest reviewer Susan Miller
Bees loose during a “bee convention”, removing hookers from the men’s room, rescuing a virgin from a local brothel, dealing with a prima donna chef, and the dead body of Numbers Neidermeyer, local bookie, found floating in the shark tank at another local casino is just an average day for Lucky O’Toole, head of Customer Relations at The Babylon, mega-resort on the Vegas strip. And all of this during one of the biggest weekends of the year-Fight Weekend. But nothing comes her way that Lucky and her staff can’t handle.
With humor and fast-paced action, Deborah Coonts grabs the reader and sends you head long into Las Vegas life in her book Lucky Stiff. Coonts’ character development has you pulling for the good guys and booing at the villains. With a surprising twist at the end, you won’t want to put down this book.
Lucky Stiff is about relationships. Lucky’s staff of two, Brandy and Miss P are as dedicated as Lucky when it comes to making sure their customers are satisfied. No 9 to 5 for these ladies! The gorgeous men in Lucky’s life, both gay and straight, keep Lucky on her toes, but they are always there for her when she needs them. Lucky’s mother, madam at a local brothel, only recently divulged the fact that Lucky’s father is the Big Boss, a real Las Vegas legend. Then there is Teddie, the love of Lucky’s life. Teddie dabbled in impersonation, both female and male, but once Lucky sends his music to a producer, his career takes off. Lucky is afraid Teddie will leave her behind as he gets wrapped up in his music. But when Teddie writes a special song just for Lucky, she starts to think there really will be a future for them. Tough as Lucky is in her business life, her vulnerable side comes out where Teddie is concerned.
Lucky loves her town and does everything possible to make sure all the guests experience the true magic of Vegas. “Vegas was magic- and it was my job to keep it so,” claimed Lucky.
Coonts writing style keeps the reader involved, and keeps your interest until the very end. I am ready to read more about Lucky O’Toole. If you enjoy a good book that combines a little romance, a little mystery, a little murder and a whole lot of action, I would highly recommend Lucky Stiff.