Lucky Break (Lucky O’Toole Vegas Adventure, #6) by Deborah Coonts

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The author sent me an advanced reader’s copy (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  3.7  of  5  stars


(by Goodreads)

With Christmas a few days away, Lucky O’Toole, Vice President of Customer Relations for the Babylon, Las Vegas’s premier Strip casino resort, is in a festive mood. The upcoming wedding of her assistant to the Beautiful Jeremy Whitlock and her own engagement to her delish French Chef, Jean-Charles Bouclet have Lucky in full holiday cheer.

And even bigger celebrations are afoot. The national media is focused on the grand opening of Jean-Charles’s restaurant atop Lucky’s very own slice-of-heaven hotel. The opening gets a boost when Holt Box, a retired country-western singing legend lends a hand in the kitchen, adding mega-watt celebrity buzz.

Lucky’s life is humming.

The only sour note is her former lover, Teddie.

Teddie claims Lucky’s father, the Big Boss, has put an end to his return to the Las Vegas stage by handing that stage to Holt Box. Box is returning from retirement, a comeback of epic magnitude that will give the Babylon—and Lucky’s career—an incredible boost.

Taken by surprise, Lucky takes the high road. Or rather, she does what she always does when life overwhelms… She ignores it.

Until she finds Teddie and her father, bloodied and angry, standing over the lifeless body of Holt Box, a dagger in Teddie’s fist.

The media sharks are circling. A Macau heavy-hitter in town, flying under the radar but making his presence felt. An old nemesis of Lucky’s is out of prison and salivating for revenge. Lucky’s mother is ramping up her political campaign while juggling her new twins, who still don’t have names. And Christmas is racing toward a crescendo. Time is short as Lucky must discover whether Teddie is a killer.

And why she still cares


Genre(s):  Mystery, Women Sleuths, Romance

Series:  Lucky O’Toole Vegas Adventure, #6

Length:  292 pages

Release Date:  2015-11-15



When my father had invited Teddie back into the fold, he hadn’t consulted me. Both of my parents considered it their duty to meddle in my life. Up to now, they’d been irritating but not hurtful. Jerking the contract out from under Teddie, that was a knife to the heart. Teddie would wither and die without his audience. […]


My Opinion

This book is the sixth installment in a series. Knowing the previous books is advantageous as there are lots of relevant secondary characters.

With Lucky Break, Deborah Coonts has created a steady-paced series; in the beginning a little on the slow side – despite Lucky’s hurry. Having not read the previous installments, it took a while to get acquainted with all the characters. Then the pace steadied and I could enjoy some hilarious moments. I had a good time reading Lucky Break; I’d watch the series on TV (starting with the first episode).

This is for you if you like female sleuths, Las Vegas, luxury, and revenge – all mixed with a streak of humour.

In brief:

Writing Good
Plot Some twists
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
Characters Developed
Violence Some violence
Sexual content Some sexual content
POV First person


About the author

My mother tells me I was born a very long time ago, but I’m not so sure–my mother can’t be trusted. These things I do know: I was raised in Texas on barbeque, Mexican food and beer. I am the author of Wanna Get Lucky? (A NY Times Notable Crime Novel and double RITA™ Finalist), its five sequels, Lucky Break being the latest, and four between-the-books novellas. Currently I’m stretching my writer muscles working on a women’s fiction/contemporary romance series set in Napa, a dark thriller, a romantic suspense series featuring a female helicopter pilot, as well as the next Lucky adventure–all very different projects. So, if you see me with a glass of Champagne in hand, you’ll understand. I can usually be found at the bar, but also at


Connect with the Author:


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Lucky Break?  Or – if you did not yet read Lucky Break – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If Lucky Break (i.e. the series) was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?


I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


10 Statements – Deborah Coonts


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