Friday, September 19, 2014

Book Review and Giveaway: Lucky Catch by Deborah Coonts


Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge, from the author,, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it



I LOVE the Lucky series, and once you read one book, you will too!



Lucky Catch cover

Synopsis:

Trouble always comes in threes. At least that’s what Lucky O’Toole, the VP of Customer Relations for Las Vegas’ primo Strip casino/hotel, the Babylon, has heard for years from her mother. So, tonight, when Teddie, her former lover shows up at her office unannounced and very unexpected, her father offers Teddie a job at the Babylon, she is called to deal with a pig in residence at one of the hotels most exclusive and opulent suites, and Lucky’s current lover, Jean-Charles Bouclet stops answering his phone leaving Lucky to handle his five-year-old son, Lucky figures she has tonight’s compliment of chaos covered.

As usual, she is a tad optimistic.With a cadre of celebrity chefs with the maturity of teenagers in Vegas for a televised cook-off, a prized Alba truffle in the Babylon’s care, and her mother’s pregnancy racing toward the inevitable, what could go wrong? When the truffle is stolen from the walk-in in Jean-Charles’ gourmet burger joint at the Babylon and a young chef apparently killed with a smoking gun is found in Jean-Charles’ food truck on the back lot, trouble takes a sinister turn.

And Jean-Charles still isn’t answering his phone. Another body is discovered. This one stuffed in an oven at Jean-Charles’ eponymous restaurant and set to broil. Desperate to put a lid on the body count and more than frantic over her AWOL lover, Lucky uses her Vegas contacts to search in places and in ways the police wouldn’t or couldn’t. Teddie insists on riding shotgun. Lucky hasn’t the time nor the resolve to say no. She’s never been able to resist Teddie ... not really. With danger dogging their heels, Lucky finds herself falling once again under his spell as they traverse Vegas, being drawn deeper and deeper into the highly competitive world of high-end eateries and the battle for the very rare, most highly prized gourmet foodstuffs.

Would somebody really kill for a truffle?

In a heartbeat.

And when Lucky’s path crosses the killer’s... will her goose be cooked?


Excerpt:

Click HERE to read an excerpt from Lucky Catch!



Review:

Deborah hits another one of the ballpark, with this book 5 in the Lucky series! I purposedly made myself ignore the book in the book app, for 2 weeks, because I KNEW once I started reading it, I would not read ANYTHING else til it was done (and I had books that needed review posts due!). Oh the anticipation! I was NOT disappointed! It was interesting to see how Deborah is having Lucky 'grow up" and become adult in her decision making (ok, not always, but she's making progress). Add in a behind the scenes look at cooking competitions- both on TV and between chefs, and you have a set up telling the story almost by itself. But adding in Jean-Charles family and Lucky's mother's pregnancy antics, and you have a recipe for a rollicking good read that will have you laughing out loud and snorting, most of the way through! Deborah always leaves us hints for the next book, and the delivery of the 'spare heir' will lead the reader's imagination on a wild ride. It will be interesting to see what happens next for Lucky!

If you want a FUN series to read, that will leave you wishing you were Lucky, pick this one up! 


Anout the Author:

I am proof positive that sex sells...and persistence pays off. After fifteen years learning the craft of writing, I am now officially, an overnight success. And it’s been a long road to get here...

My mother tells me I was born in Texas 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’ve lived in every time zone in the U.S.; the most memorable stint being the time spent in Las Vegas, where I currently reside and where family and friends tell me I can't get into too much trouble...silly people.

The only constant in my life (besides my family, who deserves hazardous duty pay for sticking with me) has been change (my mother is still waiting for me to grow up). Silly woman.But all of this career ADD made me incredibly unemployable. Hence the whole writing thing. Actually, I’ve known from a young age that somehow stories would be a large part of my life, but my path to telling lies for a living (okay, not lies per se, but variations of the truth, for sure) has been circuitous. If someone had just told me when I was a kid that I could actually be paid to daydream for a living, life would have been soooo much easier. But they didn’t. And I never saw a ‘daydreaming’ booth at all those Career Days I attended.

So, initially discouraged when unable to locate anyone willing to pay me to read books, go to the movies, or attend the theatre, and in need of providing for the best child in the world, my son Tyler, I spent years being someone else—an accountant (blech), a business owner (pretty fun), a lawyer (loved law school, hated practicing law), a pilot (giddy and terrifying at the same time). But through it all, I wrote. Along the way I wrote the world’s worst novel, a slightly more well-crafted but equally as poorly plotted novel, several non-fiction feature articles (my first sales!), multiple humor columns for a national magazine (more sales!), and, finally, the novel that sold, Wanna Get Lucky?, the first in a series to be published by Forge Books. The series is a Sex and the City meets Elmore Leonard in Vegas kind of thing, if you can imagine that. Okay, have several glasses of wine, then think about it...makes imagining easier. Anyway, the books are sexy, wry, romantic, and slightly naughty mixed with a little murder and mayhem—shaken, not stirred—then illuminated by the bright lights of Las Vegas—one of the truly magical cities in the world.

Many of my friends have asked me how in the world I came up with the Lucky series. The way they asked led me to believe they thought mind-altering substances might have been involved even though they knew the worst I do is a glass of fine Pinot-Noir. The answer to their question is actually very simple: let your fifteen-year-old male child pick where you live, follow his dream to Vegas, then keep your eyes open.

Hey, it worked for me!


Giveaway:
Deborah is giving one BTHm reader an eBook copy of Lucky Catch



BUT the giveaway ends TOMORROW- 
Yup- this is a 24 hours ONLY giveaway!

ONE random winner will be selected from all the COMMENTS on this post and Deborah's Guest Post , which will post later this afternoon!

1 comment:

  1. Vegas...my favorite place to visit. I'd love to read this book. Laughing out loud and snorting from reading this sounds like a way to lose a pound or two (or maybe a few calories anyway). So, I think you should pick me.

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