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Getting Wilde

(Immortal Vegas #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  2,216 ratings  ·  226 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 292 pages
Published August 18th 2015 by Elewyn Publishing
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**I received this book for free from (Publisher) via (NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

Getting Wilde is the first full length novel in a promising new series called Immortal Vegas. After reading One Wilde Night the day before this book, I got jist of what Jenn Stark's main character Sara Wilde is all about. I like Sara. I really do. I think that she uses Tarot Cards
Aug 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
I don't even know how I finished this book, let alone WHY. This was by far one of the worst books I've read in a long time. I guess there were slivers of plot I found intriguing, but they all dangled on threads, so it was more like watching a twenty car pile up never ending and waiting for it to blow up.

This is the first book in the series and it read more like the second or third. The reader is immediately thrown into this story with no explanation of anything and it's like you're expected to u
RachelW (BamaGal)
DNF at 30%. I just wasn't getting into the story...I don't think the authors style of writing is for me, so I decided to cut my losses and move on.
Kate's Corner
I received this copy from Elewyn Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

5 Greed, Speed & Need Stars.

Present day – Paris.

Sarah Wilde is a finder of arcane/magical artifacts. While wrapping up her last find that also being harder than the client told her so the money was doubled and then tripled. On her way to pass money on to Father Jerome to give him money to look for missing children. Throughout the community of the connected a lot of children have gone missing or turned
Aug 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, x2015
3 stars= pretty good. I was pretty excited to read Getting Wilde after reading the prequel One Wilde Night- which totally lived up to it's name. And I was pretty pleased to see that I had book one as a part of the anthology Twelve Shades of Midnight - that short story unfortunately was sort of a mess. But when I saw that Stark had expanded that story, I had to give it one last try.

The extended version of the Getting Wilde is better, in that the series background is better fleshed out. There's st
Getting Wilde by Jenn Stark
Published 2015, Elewyn
Stars: ★★★☆☆
Review also posted at: Slapdash & Sundry

Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I really like the characters of Sara Wilde and the Magician. I feel like this book filled in a little of the backstory that I needed it to, and it introduced some new characters that will provide some good interactions in futures stories -- Brody, Nikki, the Devil, the High Priestess, etc.

I had FUN with this b
Aug 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
3 1/2

Nice UF with a somewhat fresh (to me) idea of a world, and some old clichés that appear to solidify along the story.

I could have done without the strange sexual compulsion (even if it hints at something different). I loved she's keen to resist it, even if for the "wrong" reasons :D

My only nit is that she's a pawn, and doesn't do much against it. Nor she looks actively for information, which is strange both for her "job" and her "mission". She starts strong, but she's defanged along the way.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Rating: 3 out of 5.

This book was confusing.

I didn't know what was happening. The author didn't describe the world very well. And any questions the heroine had, wasn't answered. The Magician wouldn't answer anything straight.
Rachel Grant
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Immortal Vegas series is my catnip--a hot magician, ancient relics, a sexy devil and a compelling cast of characters who make 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!
Danielle (Danniegurl)
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Danielle (Danniegurl) by: Shari Kay

While I like this book, I was incredibly confused for parts of the story. Sara will reference scenes that happened off page and didn't happen in the prequel that were difficult to follow and understand. I found myself having issues knowing how to navigate this world.

I gather that we have connected and they are part of the arcana and I'm not sure exactly where they are originally from.

There is also a lot of stuff that we don't know about Sara. What she's running from or what memories haunt he
Still on the hunt for urban fantasy, I decided to try the Immortal Vegas series when it released on audio. I like the premise of a Tarot card reader amd magical artifact hunter. Sara is snarky, and a bit complicated. She has a dark tragic past and takes on jobs with the biggest payoff in an effort to help Connected children. These children have psychic gifts. However, Sara also seems to attract trouble and often jumps in without thinking.

The Arcane Council has Sara on their radar and want her to
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, urban-fantasy, pnr
It's a darned good thing the next book comes out soon, because that ending left me ACHING for more. Jenn Stark's approach to worldbuilding is clearly to drop readers in the deep end... of a tsunami. But that's okay, because I'm totally hooked. This is an epic UF in the style of Dante Valentine, and I am seriously digging the Tarot motif. Honestly, those cards are effing creepy--what a perfect set-up for shadowy machinations, a love triangle with smoldering heat I haven't experienced since JZB-Vl ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
Sara is a woman of secrets. She hunts for magical artifacts and does her best to protect those in need. A good person with way too much on her plate.

In comes the Magician (oh do not make me spell his name, Armeneus?). He has a new job for her and off we go to Rome and Las Vegas. Someone is after The Connected, those with powers.

But you know what, I had issues. At times it was good, but mostly it was ok, and I just do not know why.

The Magician felt rapey, and then not. I think it was mostly her.
Marta Cox
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-reviews, netgalley
My first book by this author but definitely not my last! I thought Ms Stark did a great job in this new urban fantasy series and her fresh approach really paid off. If you are tired of vampires and shifters and maybe demons too are beginning to pale than this series that features the Arcane world associated with tarot cards might just appeal .
Our heroine is Sara and she has the ability to find and retrieve anything using her tarot deck to help her. It's a dark world she lives in with psychics b
Snarktastic Sonja
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it
I really felt like this book had much more promise than that which it delivered. I kept reading, hoping that something would develop.

The characters were interesting. I loved the inner dialog Sara had. But, the dialog with others was failing. The world that was being developed had promise, but I never really understood what exactly the magic situation were and who the connected were. I felt it was all terribly confusing. The Magician and The Devil were interesting - but still never really unders
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is my first book by Jenn Stark so I did not know what to expect ... but it was definitely worth it.

this was a very fast paced and action driven book, which took me by surprise. especially the beginning was great and I was hooked.

Sara is a very complex character which left the impression sometimes that she is not very likeable. she is strong and honorable in her own way but also very stubborn and sometimes I thought it would have been better to listen than to do.
all the others are similiar
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this! Sara is a kick-ass character who reads tarot cards! She's a mix of Cassie Palmer and Jane Yellowrock! Good read!
Bambi Unbridled

I have been looking for a new urban fantasy series to read, and this one caught my interest right away. The genre has been dwindling over the last few years, and there just aren't as many of these stories being written.

The heroine of this series is a magic user and psychic, Sara Wilde. Sara is somewhat of a psychic private investigator. She has a talent for finding (and retrieving) things, and she is paid well to do it. But she also has an altruistic side, and is spending her earnings and talent
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
I'd had this on my kindle for a long time and I'd read the prequel novella several years ago so I figured I'd give it a shot. It was okay. It has mid-twenty-something Sara Wilde working as a relic hunter to finance her personal mission to save and protect children with psychic/supernatural abilities. A frequent procurer of her skills is the mysterious and powerful Magician, aka Armaeus Bertrand. He's a member of the Arcana Council which is a group of powerful real-life manifestations of the char ...more
An interesting, but really confusing read.

I don't know if it's because I read this when tired or it's just a failing in how I perceive things, but I had a lot of trouble telling what was real, illusionary, altered reality, dream state, or compulsion any time Sara hung around with members of the Arcana Council. Which was a bit of a problem since that was not an insignificant amount of the story. I also had problems getting a proper grasp on the difference between the Connected community as a who
Diane ~Firefly~
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: paranormal, kindle, magic, uf, ftc
The book lost a star for having every male fall for Sara and Armaeus doesn't seem to know what the word "no" means, which would have made me give up on the book if I didn't desperately need it for 3 challenges. Of course it doesn't help that Sara seems to like it when they ignore her (although the fact that Armeaus may be using magic is icky).

Otherwise the idea of a magic council where the members are named after the major arcana is pretty interesting. Obviously Sara is going to turn out to be m
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
This was gym reading for me, aka free or cheap on the Kindle. It took me a while to get though because December is busy and I wasn't at the gym as much as I'd like. I ended up finishing this on Xmas Eve after I finished another book earlier.

I feel like I should have liked this book, but I just didn't. The premise is fine, but there were a lot of problems. This doesn't feel like a first book in a series. It feels like I'm missing a lot of backstory. And the overall story here felt disjointed and
Dana Alma
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lusting to be called "Miss Wilde"! Dark mysterious magician will have you salivating!
Getting Wilde by Jenn Stark is on fleek!!! The world Stark has created has a distinctive unique magical flare. The new and audacious jumps out at you at every turn. Sara is my new favorite kickass heroine with her humble and steadfast ways. She seems to outshine everyone around her. In walks, the mysterious magician in all his wicked glory. Trust me when I say, his magic will speak to you. This story will leave
After the excitement of the prequel, One Wilde Night, I was prepared for full-throttle thrills in this full-length adventure in the Immortal Vegas Urban Fantasy series. Sara Wilde lives up to her name though usually its more because wild times find her rather than she goes looking. Stephanie Bentley is already a favorite narrator and did a smashing job with the story.

Getting Wilde dove right in and didn't slow down as Sara's magical artifact hunting pits her with and against some pretty big sec
Karen Barber
As a first in the series this left us with lots of questions.
Sara Wilde is an artifact Hunter, and when she is asked to steal a relic she opens up a lot of unusual events.
As she travels to Rome and Vegas, we learn that the devil is involved, there’s magic in abundance and Sara is determined to find some missing children.
There’s hints of a traumatic event in her past, and yet little detail is given away.
It was a light read, and the talk was not necessarily to all tastes.
Elizabeth Rebecca Shaw
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting book about Sara Wilde and her magical abilities to find and retrieve magical artifacts. She is tied up with the Council and is still trying to figure them out. Some fairly steamy scenes with some men but nothing explicit. There is a trans character introduced. We find out some of her mysterious past but more is to come obviously. Overall a good read.
Isla Vainio
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
I don’t understand the plit arch for this book, or the plot either... I was really surprized when the book ended, because I’d felt like everything up to like 1 chapter earlier was the intro. I’m confused and annoyed.
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tarot, magic, Vegas, strong kick-ass woman. What's not to love??

Looking forward to the next in the series. Mine books in series will keep me happy for awhile. Don't miss the prequel 'One Wilde night'
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
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,
Aug 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2015, netgalley
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Magic using, tarot deck toting Sara Wilde has a personal mission in life: rescue as many young psychics as possible before they wind up dead, or worse sold on the black market. To accomplish this feat she needs as much money as she can get by selling her services as a “seeker” to the highest bidder. After a botched job for what Sara initially thought was some benign item, it seems that everyone is after it including ex
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Jenn Stark is a Golden Heart award-winning author of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. She lives and writes in Ohio. . . and she definitely loves to write. :) In addition to her urban fantasy Immortal Vegas and Wilde Justice series and her paranormal romance Demon Enforcers series, she is also author Jennifer McGowan, whose Maids of Ho

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  • Forever Wilde (Immortal Vegas, #6)
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