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Getting Wilde

(Immortal Vegas #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  2,418 ratings  ·  248 reviews
Using her well-worn Tarot deck, magical-artifacts hunter Sara Wilde can find anythingfor 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 Saras most mysterious client and occasional lover, the wickedly sexy Magician, with a job that could
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Published June 19th 2018 (first published August 18th 2015)
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Aug 19, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
**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
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.
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
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
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
Danielle (Danniegurl)
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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  ·  review of another edition
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!
Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
So this is apparently FREE in the Kindle store.

I'm obsessed with the cover.
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Snarktastic Sonja
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
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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 ...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
Diane ~Firefly~
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
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Just did not see the point of this one. It was all backstory and world building and then it was just like the author got tired of writing and just quit. ...more
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Kendall Grey
The world building was fun and interesting. Using tarot cards to shape an urban fantasy world is something I've always wanted to play with as a writer, and I liked the way the author did it. I wanted more of that and more of the tarot "characters."

Sara was an interesting character, though I never fully connected with her--or any of the others except maybe for Nikki, who I loved.

As for the plot ... I am so confused. I'm not really sure what happened or why, and the story ended abruptly for me. I
Sandy Williams
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I had this on my Paperwhite for a while, and finally read past the first few pages. It reads like an Urban Fantasy Dan Brown. There are hunts for magic artifacts, something that I enjoy if done well. I did enjoy this book for the most part, though sometimes it got too Dan Brown explanatory and there was a little side quest I kind of glossed over. I'm sure that will be important in the future, though.

So this was a fun read. I enjoyed it and there were a lot of laugh out loud moments. I think the
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, theres magic in abundance and Sara is determined to find some missing children.
Theres 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
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.
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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

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  • Born To Be Wilde (Immortal Vegas, #3)
  • Wicked And Wilde (Immortal Vegas, #4)
  • Aces Wilde (Immortal Vegas, #5)
  • Forever Wilde (Immortal Vegas, #6)
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