Book Review: Lucky in Love by Deborah Coonts

Lucky in Love
Deborah Coonts
Forge, January 2012
ISBN 978-1-4668-0548-4
ebook exclusive

Lucky O’Toole, Head of Customer Relations at The Babylon on the Vegas Strip, has a full plate every day but this time she might have taken on a little too much. A reality TV show, “The Forever Game”, will be televising the final competition of the show live at The Babylon with four couples vying for the grand prize of a lavish Las Vegas wedding. It sounds simple enough but Lucky had no idea just how smarmy the host, Trey Gold, is or how dysfunctional the couples would be. That’s all well and good—after all, how hard can it be to make sure the show goes on without a major hitch?

Then, the first couple disappears and everything spirals down from there. Lucky races from one crisis to another including a trip to Miss Minnie’s Magical Massage Parlor to rescue Trey from the clutches of Miss Minnie and her employees because he’s too cheap to pay for the last, er, service and another trip to the home of a playboy swinger to extract a pair of guests trapped by the paparazzi. A jewel-encrusted battery-operated “boyfriend” becomes a weapon and, well, this reality show is becoming way too real.

In the meantime, Lucky has to deal with the mother from hell who is a former Madam and a friend/lover with his own agenda. Life in Vegas may be perpetually interesting but it sure isn’t easy.

Lucky in Love is a novella, an entertaining “in-between” for current readers of the romantic mystery series and an introduction for potential fans. There is no mystery here but humor abounds along with a little romance and a bit of risque activity, all in great fun, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a light, funny read.

Sidenote: There have been comparisons between the Lucky O’Toole series and the Jack Daniels series by J.A. Konrath. The only real similarity is that both have a good deal of humor; the Konrath series is far more violent and graphic. A better comparison to Lucky O’Toole is the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich (but Lucky is much smarter!)

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, March 2012.