One Wilde Night by Jenn Stark

Welcome to Saturday Shorts where we feature short stories and novellas.  Sara Wilde’s job to recover a Central American artifact brings her into contact with all sorts of people — Carnival Princesas, old “friends,” several other relic hunters, and a mysterious and gorgeous man called The Magician. This is a fun prequel novella to the new Immortal Vegas series.

One Wilde NightTitle:  One Wilde Night
Author:  Jenn Stark
Series: Immortal Vegas Book 0.5
Publish Date:  July 28, 2015
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s Description: 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.

Possible spoilers beyond this point (or your favorite spoiler line)

Invested_Ivana 50Well, that’s interesting.  That was not the story I was expecting this novella to be.

Nervous_Nellie_50I know!  I’m still not exactly sure what event the frog or the ritual was supposed make happen, but it made for a good story.

Invested_Ivana 50Oh, yeah, it was a good story — the story of how Sara first met The Magician.  But after reading the first novel, I was expecting the story of what happened when Sara and The Magician “hooked up.”  Apparently it was so dramatic that Sara blocked memories of it and is deathly afraid of having sex with him again.  I wanna know WHAT HAPPENED!

Nervous_Nellie_50You know, now that you say that, yes – I did think that would be what the prequel would be about.  I also thought it would be more about Sara and The Magician actually meeting.  Instead, he’s just there.  It’s ok, but on the other hand, having some stranger speak inside my head when I’ve never met him, should have freaked her out more.  At least that would be my reaction.

Invested_Ivana 50Maybe she was too dang exhausted to care.  Or his voice was oh-so-yummy.  Maybe she just thought she was going insane.  But, you know what this means, don’t you?

Nervous_Nellie_50No, I don’t know what that means, but I’m sure you will deal me in to your infinite wisdom, ‘Vana.

Invested_Ivana 50Nervous_Nellie_50It means there are MORE STORIES TO COME!  I like that idea. 🙂

Amen and I can’t wait!

Nervous_Nellie_100Nervous Nellie says…

Overview:  This novella was a very interesting prequel to Getting Wilde.  Sara’s job in Rio is a dangerous one and one that draws the attention of the “Magician”.  She needs to get an artifact and get paid in order to help a young “Connected” gain his health.  She may be a thief, but she has a golden heart.  The “Magician” seems to be more involved in Sara’s welfare in this story.  I don’t know what angle he’s playing, but I can tell that this is going to be a really fun ride!

The good:  I didn’t learn much more than I already knew from reading Getting Wilde, the first book in this series, but it was a pretty darn good story.  There never is enough time to thoroughly delve into a deep plot when it comes to novellas, but this one didn’t seem rushed nor did it feel cut off.  I was written very well, I thought.

badge3v4The bad:  Sara spent an awful lot of time naked in this book.  Poor girls – no support.

The ugly:  There was no ugly in this book that I could see.  Sara is a “Connected” that I feel is gaining strength with every artifact she comes into contact with.  I will be very, very interested in where this series leads.

Invested_Ivana_100Invested Ivana says…

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.

badge3v4My 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.


Check out our review of Book 1, Getting Wilde.

Stand Out Award Badge2Other reviews…

If you like this book…

… you might try Wild Card by Lisa Shearin.  And, of course, Book 1 of the Immortal Vegas series, Getting Wilde.

About Invested Ivana

I'm an adult learning professional, a book blogger at One Book Two, and lifetime reader. I like geeky things. All opinions expressed on this site are my own and do not reflect the opinions of my employers, my clients, the other reviewers on this site, or this site as a whole.

Posted on September 12, 2015, in All Reviews, Standout Award and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

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