Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Review: So Damn Lucky by Deborah Coonts

So Damn Lucky be Deborah Coonts 
Series: Lucky O’Toole Vegas Adventure, Book #3
Published: February 28th, 2012
Publisher: Forge Books
384 pages (hardcover)
Genre: Adult mystery/romantic suspense/humour
Acquired this book: From the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Warning: This review will contain spoilers if you haven’t read the first two books
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{Read my review of Wanna Get Lucky? || Read my review of Lucky Stiff}

Lucky O’Toole—Head of Customer Relations at The Babylon, premier mega-resort on the Vegas Strip—thinks it’s just another night in Las Vegas. But then a magician pulls a disappearing act, right under Lucky’s nose. Is it a stunt? Or something worse?

While Lucky chases leads, someone is trying to put her off the scent. As if this wasn’t enough to ruin her day, Lucky’s relationship with The Big Boss is coming to a head—past hurts can no longer be denied. Of course, she is already on shaky emotional ground: Teddie, her live-in, has been touring with a young and lovely pop star. Paxton Dane, former coworker and would-be suitor, is still circling, hoping to find a chink in the armor of Lucky’s resolve. And then, there’s this French chef, who is proving to be too hot to handle….


Lucky is back with another adventure - or rather, misadventure. I loved the premise of this one - magicians and aliens. It was completely different from anything I’ve ever read, and it certainly kept me guessing. It was interesting and mysterious, and a lot of fun.

Lucky continues to grow on me. She’s tough and no-nonsense and independent. I like that other ‘regular’ characters are developing too - Miss P, Mona, The Big Boss, as well as others. They’re such a big part of the story that it’s nice to see them evolving alongside Lucky.

I really wasn’t happy with how the Teddy storyline played out. It was upsetting, but it was also kind of all over the place. Lucky said how she’d loved him and given him her heart, but then she was over it, but then she wasn’t. She was so heartbroken, yet she has two other guys who she could potentially hook up with, and yet the Teddy relationship isn’t 100% over from the sounds of it. There are too many love interests - I can handle the occasional well-done love triangle, but a love quadrangle? I just think Lucky needs to get her head and heart together and figure things out before rushing into anything. I fear we’re heading into Janet Evanovich/Stephanie Plum territory where she just needs to make up her mind without wasting the reader’s time by stringing us along book after book.

Besides the tangled romances, my only real complaint is the same thing I mentioned in my reviews for the first two books - there are too many characters and almost too many subplots. It’s hard to keep everyone and everything straight. By the third book in, I have all the regulars figured out, but there are a lot of regulars, so when you throw in new people - and a lot of new people at that - it makes my head spin just trying to remember who’s who.

Overall, I’m still enjoying this series. Despite its issues, it’s actually one of my favourite series, and one that I always look forward to reading. I can’t wait for the next installment to see what happens!

 Have you read any of the Lucky O'Toole books? What did you think? Do you enjoy mysteries?


  1. Okay, I didn't fully read your review since I haven't read the 1st book yet. Someone suggested this series to me awhile back, so I'm glad to see you like it. :)

  2. Looks like a wacky fun series.


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