Getting Wilde (Immortal Vegas series, Book 1)

Getting Wilde (Immortal Vegas series, Book 1)

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by Jenn Stark
     
 
"Hilarious, sexy, and thrillingly high action. GET THIS BOOK!"- NYT Bestselling Author Darynda Jones

Using her well-worn Tarot deck, magical-artifacts hunter Sara Wilde can find anything--for a price. And the price had better be right, since she needs to finance her own personal mission to rescue several young psychics recently sold on the paranormal black

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"Hilarious, sexy, and thrillingly high action. GET THIS BOOK!"- NYT Bestselling Author Darynda Jones

Using her well-worn Tarot deck, magical-artifacts hunter Sara Wilde can find anything--for a price. And the price had better be right, since she needs to finance her own personal mission to rescue several young psychics recently sold on the paranormal black market.

Enter Sara's most mysterious client and occasional lover, the wickedly sexy Magician, with a job that could yield the ultimate payday. All she'll have to do is get behind Vatican walls... and steal the Devil himself.

But play with the Devil and you're bound to get burned.

Pressure mounts for Sara to join the Magician's ancient and mysterious Arcana Council, as militant forces unleashed by even darker powers seek to destroy all magic--including the young psychics Sara is desperate to keep safe. The Council may be their only hope. . . but it could also expose Sara's own dark past.

From the twisting catacombs of Rome to the neon streets of Vegas, Sara confronts ancient enemies, powerful demigods, a roiling magical underworld about to explode... and immortal passions that might require the ultimate sacrifice. But oh, what a way to go.

No matter how the cards play out, things are about to get Wilde.

Editorial Reviews

Darynda Jones
"Jenn Stark's Getting Wilde kept me riveted from cover to cover. Hilarious, sexy, and thrillingly high action with a kick-ass heroine and a bone-dissolving hero (AKA my new book boyfriend!). GET THIS BOOK!"
Rachel Grant
"The Immortal Vegas series is my catnip--a hot magician, ancient relics, a sexy devil and a compelling cast of characters who makes me hungry for more. At the center of it all is a strong heroine who is willing to risk everything to protect the defenseless in a world gone Wilde. A must read series!"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940151062787
Publisher:
Elewyn Publishing
Publication date:
08/18/2015
Series:
Immortal Vegas , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
297
Sales rank:
6,511
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Jenn Stark is an award-winning author of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. She lives and writes in Ohio. . . and she writes a LOT. In addition to new "Immortal Vegas" urban fantasy series, she is also author Jennifer McGowan, whose Maids of Honor series of Young Adult Elizabethan spy romances are published by Simon & Schuster, and author Jennifer Chance, whose Rule Breakers series of New Adult contemporary romances are published by Random House/LoveSwept.

You can find her online at www.jennstark.com, follower her on Twitter @jennstark, and visit her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authorjennstark.

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Getting Wilde (Immortal Vegas series, Book 1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Sara Wilde is a magical artifacts hunter extraordinaire. The book starts off in the action and doesn't really let up from there. It was go go go for Sara pretty much the entire book. She's not just a magical artifacts hunter though, she also has a personal mission. There are young psychics going missing and she's determined to locate them. All roads lead to Vegas. I loved the element of the Arcana Council. Some of the major players in a Tarot deck were present, and I was intrigued to see how they would be portrayed. It felt like the Tarot cards were researched well and the author formed characters with the traits each card represents. The Devil's character was interesting, I'm hoping to see more of him in future installments. My favorite was probably the Magician. He's the one that has a history with Sara, both professionally and personally. Personally, Sara is hesitant around him, but I think they'll wind up together later on in the series. Professionally, The Magician steps in for the rescue a few times because Sara got herself in a tight spot. I will say her recklessness had me wondering how she's still alive and running everywhere for magical artifacts. Getting Wilde is a magical, action packed read. I enjoyed the book, it brought elements I haven't seen into the genre before. I'll be interested to see what happens in book two. I recommend this if you like a treasure hunter in your Urban Fantasy.
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Anonymous 9 months ago
In a genre full of tired tropes this is a unique breath of fresh air. Fans of Ilona Andrews, Karen Chance and Karen Marie Moning will appreciate the literary voice.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Loved the story-lovers of Devon Monk and Lilli the Saint Crow will be thrilled. Excited to read them all.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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April Reed More than 1 year ago
Jenn Stark's story-telling remains one-of-a-kind. The Immortal Vegas Series delivers a powerful punch with One Wilde Night and then takes us for a ride that you will not forget with Getting Wilde. I tried to savor this read until the next one comes out (so I would not have to wait, ha) but it engulfed me tonight and I could not hold back. :D Sara Wilde is a triumph over the ideals of "weakness in female characters" scheme that we find far too often in pop culture today. She is easy to love as her character will crack you up and also leave you anticipating her safety and success. If you enjoy great characters, you will really need to delve into this one, it has a bunch! The action is grabbing, but just enough. It keeps you on your toes with great timing. If you feel your reading list getting a little stale and need a vacation, I recommend you visit Immortal Vegas.
InvestedIvana More than 1 year ago
The awesome Gene Mollica cover and the story description drew us to this book immediately. It’s a fun urban fantasy with enough hot male-ness to make the romance readers’ toes tingle. What I liked: I really enjoy some of the world-building in this novel. Sara and Father Gerome are working to save the world’s Connected children--children with psychic talent--from the predations of dark magicians who want to use the kids’ organs as components in ritual magic. At the same time, the Arcana Council is working to ensure magic stays balanced between the light and the dark -- and dark must exist for there to be light. The conflict between the Council’s goals and Sara’s should provide fodder for a number of books. :) I’ve always been a fan of Tarot, so both Sara’s use of the Tarot as a divination tool and the council’s structure being patterned off the Major Arcana appeals to me. I also like how the author works in so much of Las Vegas into the story -- the old strip, the new strip, the famous casinos, a wedding chapel, and crazy characters like the white cowgirl Dixie and the transgender Nikki. What I didn’t like: I can’t say there’s much I didn’t like about this book; but, I did have to exercise my suspension-of-disbelief a bit. :) First, two old and powerful characters being so smitten with a young, snarky treasure-hunter is a bit of a stretch, but we ARE dealing with fantasy here. Also, Sara’s background and skill as a treasure hunter is a bit questionable; aside from using her Tarot cards, she seems to fly by the seat of her pants a lot. There are two major events in Sara’s past that are hinted out throughout the book, but not really revealed in full in this first novel; and Sara has a big secret power that we don’t learn about, either. But in all honesty, the book was so much fun to read, none of these things really bothered me. Conclusion: This is going to be one fun series. I'm giving it a 3.5 for now, but can see this becoming a favorite series quickly. Don’t forget to pick up the prequel novella, One Wilde Night, and be watching for Book 2, Wilde Card, in October. Copy provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. Review courtesy of onebooktwo.com | one book, two reviews.
Lissibith More than 1 year ago
This book received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars. Urban fantasy is a genre that's starting to become like romance in a way - there are certain tropes and expectations that readers have started to develop. The main character (usually but not always a woman) with some form of power and a dark secret in their past works as a detective or merc in a supernatural society. There's also usually at least one, usually more, excessively hot love interest. It's comfort reading, a pure vein of escapism. You know what you want coming in, and the best ones feed that need with enough of a twist to let their heroine stick in your memory. And this is one of the good ones. From the moment Sara has a no-nonsense conversation with her first client of the book, I knew I liked her. She's tough and angry and capable, a woman who actually feels ground down by life but still seeded with an inner fire that won't let her give up and won't let her allow people to walk all over her. She's doing good work, doing it her own way, and is focused on a tough but somewhat hopeful future for those she's working to protect. And then the Powers That Be come in and ruin everything for her. Because that's what Powers That Be do. In this book, those come in the form of immensely strong (both magically and monetarily/politically it seems) people whose code names are based on major arcana cards for the Tarot. (There's also a set of families corresponding to the suits and another set of families as well, I think - if there's one rough point early on it's that a lot of information gets thrown at you really fast and it's not easily clear how it all connects. I'm pretty sure some of it will come into play in later books, but a lot of it went in and out of my head). So anyway, Sara is forced to go to a city she doesn't want to visit and face parts of herself and her past she doesn't want to remember in order to do something she DOES want very much to do - save young people with psychic powers, young people who are being kidnapped and/or killed in horrifying numbers as awareness of the reality of psychic powers becomes more and more accepted. And while this concern for children is another thread that seems to run through urban fantasy, it's rarely more visceral than it is in this book. I also liked that. The action is quick-paced and engaging, the voice of the prose is just perfect and the characters are all well-rounded and fascinating, with complex stories and motivations. It's just a well-written story all around, a quick read that felt like it was over too soon (not because the story felt incomplete, as sometimes happens, but just because I wanted MORE). There was one other thing that did bother me about this book, and I wonder if this might be one of those romance-book things that I just don't get. And here there be spoilers, so proceed with caution, but it has to do with how one of the main male characters treats our heroine. Spoilers! You are warned! So, the guy who sends Sara on the main mission in this book and brings her to Vegas is The Magician, a guy with some seriously powerful mojo. And early on in the book, he notices she has a necklace that will prevent people from having sex with her and decides to see how far he CAN go. I think I'm supposed to read the scene as she's giving permission even while she's protesting. Like I said, maybe this is some sort of romance-y ravishment thing I'm just not used to? But... eh. It reads like he th
BooksInBrogan More than 1 year ago
This is a pretty average book not a lot of surprises mostly like the Rouge Angel series same kind of framework with the ending being very abruptly and not very smoothly done. Not sure I would read the next one but if you enjoy the Rouge Angel series I image you would like this one.