One Wilde Night (Immortal Vegas, Novella 0.5)by Jenn Stark
Tarot-reading artifact hunter Sara Wilde has had her share of tough assignments, but this one just might take the cake. When her newest client hires her to steal a fertility idol from an Amazonian sex-and-death cult, she finds herself south of the equator and shoulder deep in true believers, while Rio de Janeiro gears up for the closing celebrations of
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Tarot-reading artifact hunter Sara Wilde has had her share of tough assignments, but this one just might take the cake. When her newest client hires her to steal a fertility idol from an Amazonian sex-and-death cult, she finds herself south of the equator and shoulder deep in true believers, while Rio de Janeiro gears up for the closing celebrations of Carnival.
Stealing the idol is one thing, however. Keeping it is another.
The arcane black market has drawn a host of cutthroat operatives and Sara’s now in their sights. In a race across one of the most colorful cities in South America on its most famed night of the year, Sara must navigate cunning enemies, backstabbing allies, a fifty-foot wedding cake float and a new, sensually mysterious contact who may be friend or foe… and whose name she’ll never learn if she doesn’t make it to dawn alive.
No matter what the cards predict, it’s going to be One Wilde Night.
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This is the first story that I have read in Stark's Immortal Vegas series, and it was a heck of a lot of fun. Great characters, solid world-building, plenty of action, and a hint of romance. Plus, I love the chase sequence through the Sambadome in the middle of Carnival. I will definitely be reading more books in the series. Recommended to fans of Lisa Shearin, Seanan McGuire, and Ilona Andrews. -- lyradora
Fans of Ilona Andrew's, Karen Chance and Karen Marie Mining will love this series!
What a WILDE ride! I have to admit, I am not the best reader. I need excitement and fun to take me away. ONE WILDE NIGHT did just that. It captures you instantly from the first page and does not catch it's breath. The pace fits perfectly for the adventure. I also really enjoy Sara Wilde's character, as she packs a punch throughout and is clever at doing so. Her tone and antics really paint a picture I could see hitting the big screen. The premise is enticing and original. I found myself getting to the end quickly and searching for the next book right away. As this is a novella before the first book, GETTING WILDE, it does not reveal all of it's secrets instantly. Once you have a taste you will want to delve more into this series of Immortal Vegas.
When I bought this prequel novella, I was expecting to read the story about what happened to Sarah the night she "hooked up" with the magician to scare her so badly. So, yeah, I was expecting a different story, but that doesn’t detract from this one. It was fun to see Sara on a “regular” job and see how she reacted to The Magician’s first mental contact with her. Her relationships with English artifact hunter Nigel and former mentor Will Donovan were interesting to see. My favorite line gave us a glimpse of what dealings with The Magician will be like in the future: “Please, God, make me stop hurting,” I finally moaned. A long, slow chuckle seemed to shimmer through the air. “Close enough.” I can tell from this line alone that this series is going to be a fun ride! Again, I can see this becoming a favorite series, and I give this story a 3.5. Purchased. Review courtesy of onebooktwo.com | one book, two reviews.