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.
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)
Oh, 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!
You 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.
Amen and I can’t wait!
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.
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.
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.
“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.
- Gizmo’s Book Reviews – along with Book 1 Getting Wilde
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