Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Lucky Stiff by Deborah Coonts

Lucky Stiff

My rating: 4 1/2 of 5 stars

Savvy and fashionable, with a knack for solving unusual problems, and soothing the temperamental egos of the rich and privileged, Lucky O’Toole knows how to tackle critical issues and get the best possible results even against seemingly overwhelming odds. As a Customer Relations Executive for a huge Las Vegas Resort, the upcoming weekend promises to test her people skills to the max.

This book opens with an entomological mess and Lucky smack-dab in the middle. I was instantly engaged and faithfully chewed through the pages as the problems kept mounting. The flavor and feel of Las Vegas permeated every page and for me, enhanced my overall enjoyment of the entire book. Unflappable, for the most part, Lucky deals with issues in her own unique and often humorous manner. I thought the pacing was exceptional. There were madcap periods of craziness, sure, but the author kept the suspense of the main storyline going even as side trips were handled with aplomb and ingenuity. Best of all, there were well-timed little lulls which allowed Lucky to slow down and breathe. I also enjoyed the brief respites as, sometimes, I have read books where the pacing never lets up even a little and I just end up exhausted at the end of the journey. That, thankfully, was not the case in this instance. The story unfolded quickly and in many directions, but it was always entertaining and, at the end, I finished it satisfied and eager for another Lucky O’Tool adventure.

Reviewer for Night Owl Reviews

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