Aces Wilde by Jenn Stark

I love this series!  Sara Wilde is back and stirring up more trouble in Book 5 of the Immortal Vegas series! Only this time, she’s getting closer to playing with a full deck!

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Aces WildeTitleAces Wilde
AuthorJenn Stark
SeriesImmortal Vegas Book 05
Publish Date: August 29th, 2016
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: provided by the author

Publisher’s DescriptionNever play the game without an Ace up your sleeve.

During her years of finding and selling artifacts on the arcane black market, Tarot reader Sara Wilde has made a bona fide killing. Now, as the recently appointed head of an ancient Connected syndicate, she’s forced to take a truly deadly role in the war on magic.

Within the House of Swords, every blade cuts deep. Usurpers and claimants attack from all sides, while the Magician’s insidious pull on Sara becomes ever more twisted and beguiling. As she struggles to strengthen her position and manage her new, unwieldy abilities, Sara discovers her greatest challenge yet: a master warrior determined to deliver the syndicate and everyone it protects to its mortal enemy.
Bolstered by an unexpected Ace and a mystical sword, and faced with a round-the-world race to outmaneuver friends and foes alike, Sara’s future balances on a merciless edge.

The cards can cut both ways when you play ACES WILDE.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Invested_Ivana_100Invested Ivana says…

The Minor Arcana is finally coming into play.  At the end of the last book, Sara discovered that there are four houses—those of swords, pents, cups, and wands—run by mortals, who are supposed to be the House of Representatives to the Major Arcana’s Senate. But they haven’t been heard of for a thousand years or more… until now.

badge4v4And of course, Sara has been made the head of one of them, the House of Swords. But Sara doesn’t fight with swords; she fights with guns and Tarot cards. How is she going to survive the inevitable challenges to her leadership when those challenges are decided by sword fight? Find a magical sword, of course. Finding magical artifacts is what Sarah does.😉

Like all the novels in this series, I ate this one up like candy. I love the characters and the adventure and all the crazy situations Sara gets herself into. The Immortal Vegas series is fun urban fantasy at its finest! 4.5.

Nervous_Nellie_100Nervous Nellie says…

Nothing like being the new kid at school who’d somehow pissed off the Mafia.

or

He’d hung me out to dry so many times, my soul was starting to bleach out.

BOOM! Yeah! This is an urban fantasy, some violence, a little kissing, but so full of adventure I could not put it down.

I swear to you that this author writes so well that I feel like I’m living Sara Wilde’s life.  I can feel the over arc of the series building and if it doesn’t end with a huge EXPLOSION!! I will be surprised.

The characters in this series are so vivid that I had more than once stop and remind myself that Armaeus the Magician of the Arcana Council is really just a character and I cannot go and whoop his butt on behalf Sara.  Not that she can’t fight her own fights, but still…geez.  What a jerk.  I will backpedal a little here, however, because without Armaeus, there would be no one that I would love to hate.

Sara is dealt with some pretty serious self thinking issues in this book.  Is she really the one meant to do the bloody hand to hand fighting in this war to save the Connected children or would she do more good actually taking care of the Connected children like Father Jerome?  She also has the House of Swords to manage.  Is she really supposed to be the leader of this House of the minor Arcana?  The badge4v4Council tells her something, Father Jerome begs her to reconsider her place in the war and Armaeus is just aloof and seemingly uncaring.  But is he…really?

I thought that Stark had thrown just about everything at Sara and guess what?  I was so wrong.  The ending isn’t a cliffhanger, but it’s a ‘whoa’ moment all it’s own.  C’mon, Jenn, you are gonna give me a heart attack!!

Our reviews in this series…

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Nell’s Opinion and Sunday Book Hunt

Welcome to One Book Two. I love free books, so I go on a hunt to find them every week and then share my finds with you.  It’s kinda like Indiana Jones searching for artifacts…without snakes.  BUT BEFORE I show you my finds, I will subject you to a little thing called my opinion.

book twoerToday’s subject is:  Book Boyfriends

Why would I want to talk about that you ask?  Well, on Friday, I posted several possible boyfriends that the other reviewers on this site suggested.  I really enjoy how we all have different tastes and gives me a whole new perspective.

There is one thing that puzzles me, however.  I enjoy a good Alpha male story.  Be it vampires, shifters or swamp things, if they are a good bad boy alpha male then I’ll probably enjoy it.  Now here’s the puzzle:  I believe if I was confronted, nay, I KNOW if I was confronted with an alpha male I would be all about rebellion.  If any man of mine acted like they do in the books, I’d roll my eyes so hard I’d probably see the minute wrinNervous_Nellie_100kles in my brain.  I mean, really, would you stand for someone who growls when his woman is talking to another man? Give me a break. The good part about this scenario is that I’ve never MET a bad boy alpha male, or at least I don’t think so.  I’ve met a couple wanna be’s and one outright outrageously-I-gotta-stay-on-the-right-side-of-this-guy kind of guy, but so far I don’t believe I’ve ever met a good bad boy alpha male.

What would you do if your ‘book boyfriend’ walked out of the pages of your favorite book?  I think  you make better choices than me, so you’d probably be just fine.  Me, however, would probably be pounding on your door begging you to hide me.  ;)  Anyway, that’s how I see it!  On to hunting books!

The BOOK HUNT!

Special Offers M.L. RyanTitle: Special Offers, Coursodon Dimension Series #1
Author: M.L. Ryan
Free on Kindle | Free on Nook

Description: Meet Hailey — possessed by an other-worldly being from another dimension who was previously trapped in her Kindle.

When Hailey Parrish discovered her husband was cheating with her co-worker, she swore off men. Then, she had to find another job when her boss went to prison for running a prostitution ring in his spare time. Three years later, Hailey still hadn’t gone on a date and she milks chinchilla for a living.

Her life was about to get weirder.

While in pursuit of inter-dimensional miscreants who use their arcane powers to prey upon humans, Sebastian Kess was ambushed and mortally wounded. To save his life, he used his own magic to convert his soul to binary code and transfer it into Hailey’s soon-to-be shipped Kindle eBook reader. When Hailey inadvertently releases him and he inhabits her body, she finally has a man inside her, just not in the way she imagined.

Hailey must come to grips with the existence of the parallel dimension of Coursodon and the realization that magically inclined non-humans walk the world all while dealing with Sebastian’s arrogant banter in her head. Her predicament also introduces her to another supernatural, the handsome could-be-the-man-of-her-dreams Alex Sunderland. The action moves from Hailey’s hometown of Tucson, Arizona to New England and across Europe as she and Alex try to return Sebastian to his own body while staying one step ahead of the criminals who want to keep him where he is.

Special Offers, the first book of the Coursodon Dimension Series, combines urban fantasy, paranormal romance, a bit of science fiction and a healthy dose of quirky humor.

BOOK #2 on “THE HUNT”

Immortal Derek EdgingtonTitle: Immortal: Curse of the Deathless
Author: Derek Edgington
Free on Kindle | Free on Nook

Description: Asher Hearst is a college student, and the closest thing he’s got to a superpower is his ability to take a punch. Basically all he has going for him is an edgy sense of humor– and, of course, that he can’t die.

As a small-time fixer, he’s about to field a job request best left to the pros, because once he gets involved with witches and the supernatural, there’s no turning back.

While Asher becomes immersed in the secret world of the supernatural, he makes few allies and some very powerful enemies. At least traveling across space and time will bring him some unexpected romance, right?

Immortal: Curse of the Deathless is a humorous, action-filled story with gritty, sometimes horror-inspiring elements. Over its three parts, the book spans multiple worlds: a modern, urban city of the 21st Century, as well as Tír na nÓg, a land that’s home to the Fae (Sídthe) from classic Celtic Mythology.

Book #3 on “THE HUNT”

Ellie Jordan Ghost TrapperTitle: Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper Book #1
Author: J.L. Bryan
Free on Kindle | Free on Nook

Description: Ellie Jordan’s job is to catch and remove unwanted ghosts. Part detective, part paranormal exterminator, Ellie operates out of Savannah, Georgia, one of the oldest and most haunted cities in North America.

When a family contacts her to deal with a disturbing presence in the old mansion they’ve recently purchased, Ellie first believes it to be a typical, by-the-book specter, a residual haunting by a restless spirit. Instead, she finds herself confronting an evil older and more powerful than she’d ever expected, rooted in the house’s long and sordid history of luxury, sin, and murder. The dangerous entity seems particularly interested in her clients’ ten-year-old daughter.

Soon her own life is in danger, and Ellie must find a way to exorcise the darkness of the house before it can kill her, her clients, or their frightened young child.

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Ajax Penumbra 1969 by Robin Sloan

Welcome to Saturday Shorts! In this novelette, the reader is introduced to Ajax Penumbra, who is the bookstore owner in Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstorealso by Robin Sloan.

Ajax PenumbraTitle: Ajax Penumbra 1969
AuthorRobin Sloan
SeriesMr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, book 0.5
Publish Date: October 2, 2012
Genre:  Historical Fantasy
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s Description: August 1969 San Francisco. Ajax Penumbra seeks a book — the single surviving copy of the Techne Tycheon, a mysterious volume that has brought and lost great fortune for anyone who has owned it. Late one night, after another day of dispiriting dead ends, he stumbles across a 24-hour bookstore, and the possibilities before him expand exponentially.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Agent_Annie_100Agent Annie says…

Ajax Penumbra is every bit as interesting as a young man as he is 25 years later in his bookstore. Whether you’ve read the original or are just being introduced to Mr. Penumbra, you won’t be disappointed by this story.

This particular story follows Ajax as a young man from somewhere in the Midwest who goes off to school and ends up becoming a Junior Acquisitions Officer for the vast library. His first assignment takes him to San Francisco where he follows the trail of an old manuscript. He is also introduced to the secret society.

The story is fun, filled with historical descriptions and mystery. It’s very satisfying because the reader knows that Ajax will be THE Mr. Penumbra of the bookstore in the later story. I give this book a 5 and would recommend you read the original story too. I would continue to read about this character and follow what happens with the mystery of the bookstore and the great library.

Made For Sin by Stacia Kane

How much of an edge in PI work would a demon give a person? Wanted or not, having a demon living in your head has it’s moments…

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This in no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Made for SinTitle: Made For Sin
Author: Stacia Kane
Publish Date: August 30, 2016
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: NetGalley

Publisher’s Description: A lot of bad hands get dealt in Vegas, but E. L. Speare may be holding one of the worst: He’s cursed with the need to commit sins, and if he misses his daily quota, there’s hell to pay—literally. Fortunately, his hometown affords him plenty of chances to behave badly.

But Speare’s newest case really has him going out on a limb. The right-hand man of a notorious crime boss has been found dead in a Dumpster—minus his right hand, not to mention the rest of his arm. What catches Speare’s attention, however, is that the missing appendage was severed clean by a demon-sword, a frighteningly powerful tool of the underworld.

Speare’s out of his element, so he turns to a specialist: Ardeth Coyle, master thief, dealer in occult artifacts, and bona fide temptress. Ardeth’s hotter than a Las Vegas sidewalk on the Fourth of July, but she’s one sin Speare has to resist.

The dismembered corpses are piling up, unimaginable evil lurks in the shadows, and if this odd couple hopes to beat the odds, Speare needs to keep his hands off Ardeth, and his head in the game.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel (or, in other words, SPOILERS).


Nervous Nellie says…Nervous_Nellie_100

First of all, this is a paranormal romance that is mostly urban fantasy than romance.  The protagonist is an antihero, which is not my norm. There is a little sex, but not much.  There is some brutal killings and a demon living in the guy’s head and a mystery to solve. Pretty cool, right?

I loved this book, ok? I’m just getting that out there for all the world to see.  The cover guy? Nope, he does not even come close to E.L. Speare, the anithero, and his appearance in my head.  That guy is too pretty for the crap Speare goes through.

badge4v4The ending is perfect.  Nervous Nell warning, it is a bit of a cliffhanger but not so much that it detracts from a good story.  It’s perfect.  It had to end that way to lead in to the next book and I am so very ready to read the next book. Don’t freak out over the cliffhanger warning.  If I liked it I think anyone will, even though it kinda leaves you hanging.  It’s awesome.

The mystery of who and why people are being killed isn’t the focus of the book.  I mean, it is, but mostly what I was reading for was the relationship, how Speare got the demon and how working as a PI helped Speare find a place in the world.  Plus, how do you keep sinning to keep a demon happy?  That was intriguing.

If you like this book…

…you might try  Immortal Vegas series by Jenn Stark.

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This in no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Top 5 Book Boyfriends by Peyton @A Bookish Mess

Kat Mandu chooses…

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Jack Grammar – This sweet and awkward kid is bound to steal your heart with his adorable one liners, comedic behavior, and chivalry. Though he’s lacking a bit in the confidence department, maybe he just needs the right girl to show off to. You can find Jack in 24 Girls in 7 Days by Alex Bradley (YA).

Ravirn – Techno savvy, sarcastic, and a hero at heart, Ravirn is the bad boy in Kelly McCullough’s WebMage series, an urban fantasy/scifi series where Ravirn gets in over his head when it comes to hacking the computers of Greek gods. He’s sweet, funny, and he’s got some really mad skills yo…

Logan McEntire – Fierce, protective, smart, and good looking, Logan will set your heart on fire as you adventure with him in the Defiance trilogy by CJ Redwine. He’s got plans upon plans and best case/worst case scenarios for every situation. He was a pleasure to read and I think you’ll find you crush on him too as you read this fabulous trilogy. (YA)

Neville Longbottom – Who loves a hero who doesn’t even realize he’s a hero? Me. In all seven Harry Potter books by JK Rowling, Neville comes off as clumsy, forgetful, and often cowardly. But when it matters most, Neville is there to save the day with his quick-thinking and bravery.

Darrow – I often find I have another side to the awkward, shy types I normally go for. I like my anti-heroes brooding and vengeful at times, and that’s where Red Rising‘s Darrow comes in. Darrow is tough, smart, and ready to sacrifice anything to get his world back to the way it used to be (not to mention avenging the deaths of his loved ones). He’s on the list for best boyfriends and you can find him in Pierce Brown’s epic sci-fi trilogy, Red Rising.

Nervous Nellie says…Nervous_Nellie_100

Wow! You go Kat!  Everybody loves a lover!  Here’s my choices…

Roarke – is a fictional character from the series In Death. He is the husband of Lt. Eve Dallas and together, they are the main characters of the futuristic (circa 2058 AD) romance-mystery series by J.D. Robb, pseudonym for NY Times best-selling author Nora Roberts. A former career criminal, Roarke is the owner and CEO of Roarke Industries, an inter-planetary corporation that has made him one of the richest men in the world. Via Wikipedia

Reyes Alexander Farrow – is a fictional character from the series of Charley Davidson by Darynda Jones. He is the son of Satan. He waited for her to be born. His smoldering countenance is enough to make me swoon.

Bruiser/George Dumas – is a fictional character from the series of Jane Yellowrock by Faith Hunter. He is smart and powerful in his own right.  He’s not perfect and it took a little to convince me to forgive his transgressions.  He treats Jane much better than Ricky Bo ever did.

Clive Stewart – is a fictional character from the Goddess with a Blade series by Lauren Dane.  He is the haughty, stylish Scion of North America who shows Rowan Summerwaite exactly how much he loves her by taking care of her even though she can take care of herself.

Death or Falin Andrews – are both fictional characters from the Alex Craft series by Kalayna Price.  Death is the grim reaper and Falin is Fae.  They tussle over Alex often.  It’s fun.

Invested Ivana indicates…

Invested_Ivana_100Hmm… there are a lot of great guys out there in the fiction world, but I’m not sure I could come up with five *boyfriends.* There’s really only one for sure, but let me stretch just a bit…

Owen Grayson – The Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep.

George “Bruiser” Dumas Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter (post-vampire employment).

Adam Hauptman – Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs.

Simon Wolfgard – The Others series by Anne Bishop.

These four men are completely in love with and dedicated to their women. They are strong and reliable and can be trusted to do what they think is right, even when that thing is frustratingly alpha-male. In particular, I think I’d adore spending time with Simon in both human and wolf form.

However, though these men are incredibly attractive, there is really only one book boyfriend for me:

Jamie Fraser Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. You can’t hardly blame me; the man is written to be devastatingly attractive on all levels — gorgeous, intelligent, passionate, noble, loyal, mischievous, determined, and vulnerable all at the same time. I’m not sure there is a woman alive who wouldn’t fall in love with him after reading the first book. Jamie gets my whole book-heart.😉

Ruby_Lee 100Ruby Lee resonates…

Jack Sheriden from Virgin River series by Robyn Carr.  That is the person that comes to my mind first when I think of book boyfriends.  He is supportive, can win any fight and he cooks.

Donovon Kelly from the KGI series by Maya Banks.  Former military man that travels around the world with this team to save people and he is a computer geek that loves children.

Reese Bareden from Bare it All by Lori Foster.  He is smart, sexy, a lawyer that fights against human trafficking and he loves dogs.  Is there a better combo?

Reyes Farrow from the Charley Davidson books by Darynda Jones.  If you read the books, you would understand.  Enough said.

Eric Northman from the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris.  I know how the books ended and Sookie made the right choice but part of me will always be on Team Eric.

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