Afternoon Delight: One Wilde Night by Jenn Stark

Posted June 29, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 16 Comments

Afternoon Delight: One Wilde Night by Jenn Stark
One Wilde Night

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Series: Immortal Vegas #.5
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Elewyn Publishing
Released on 7/28/15
Pages: 82
Format: eBook
Source: Free Book

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The Delight

A few years back, I caught a review on Braine’s Talk Supe blog for the first book in this series.  I’m always on the hunt for new-to-me urban fantasy to try so I snagged this permanently free prequel and the first book in the series.  Did I start reading immediately?  Of course not, that’s not how I roll, but I’m reading the first of this magical relic hunter’s adventures  now.

Review

So, Sara Wilde is commissioned to bring back a certain magical artifact that just happens to be right smack in the middle of Rio de Janiero’s big Carnival.  It is definitely One Wilde Night as she fights off an Amazon fertility god’s death cult and other operatives hired to go after the same artifact.  Sara has guts and grits and a wry humor.

The story drops the reader right into Sara’s adventure and there is a constant feeling that this isn’t the first installment in the series, but I wasn’t confused so much as I knew that Sara was already established in her chosen vocation and her world of magic will have to be explained over time.  I had the impression that some people were magic wielders and others were not.  That those who were not were mostly ignorant of the group that are.  Sara’s brand of magic is interesting.  She is a tarot card reader and uses this gift to help her find the stuff she is hired to go after and also gives her a little heads up when she’s skating into danger.

There is a great chase scene, lots of action, and quiet the steamy psychic encounter that promises more to come with the enigmatic Magician for the rest of the series.

All in all, I had a great time with this intro to the series and look forward to the rest of Sara’s adventures.  Those who like action-packed, steamy Urban Fantasy should give this freebie intro a test drive for the Immortal Vegas series.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #223 UF
Mt. TBR #84
COYER Summer #19

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • Nice review. I read this novella, but haven’t read book one yet. I will one day. This world and Sarah sound interesting. I like a good UF.

    • It just keeps going in book one along the lines here, but there is more known about her mysterious psychic helper and a much bigger enemy out there. Great times. 🙂

  • Northwomn

    I roll that way too. Get it, forget about it, find it, put it on a list, think about reading it. On a whim, read it. Especially urban fantasy. I checked my Goodreads I have this one from 12-13-17. lol Anne – Books of My Heart

    • Haha! Yes, we’re twinsies with our reading habits. COYER helps get a few of them off the pile at least. 🙂

  • Oh this looks like something I’d enjoy! I’ll have to check out this author!

    • Yes, do, Melissa! Its a fun one with lots of excitement.

  • Ooh Rio de Janeiro… I’m sold! The magic in it makes it sound like an interesting and fun read. I’d totally read this!

    • What a fabulous setting for an UF adventure, right? 🙂

  • Sophia – have you read Owl and the Japanese Circus? It seems like it’s a similar premise if you enjoyed this one. And really? Is it some kind of law that books we buy (even, or especially, when they’re free) have to sit on our kindles for years before we get to them?

    Great review. I’m glad it sparked an interest for the series for you.

    • I have not read that series yet. You remind me that I wanted to and it does sound similar. 🙂 Thanks, Angie!

  • That’s not how I roll either 🙂 This does sound interesting and for free I will give it a try. Glad you enjoyed it!

    • LOL! I wish I was the type who downloaded or got a hard copy and immediately read it, but nope. I get to most of them eventually, but there are also a number of them that I lose interest in b/c the mood or my tastes change too much.
      But yay! One more off the dusty Kindle shelf and it was a fun one. 🙂

  • That sounds like it would be a fun read.

  • This sounds like a fun fast book. I like to read those sometimes just for fun and feel like a read something. I will have to get this one! Thanks for the review lots of people don’t like to do reviews of shorter books or novella’s.

    Mary

    • Yes, it was a nice action-packed introduction to the series. Nice sampler to decide if its a good match.

      Oh, thanks! Shari came up with the idea for ‘Afternoon Delight’ posts where we specifically feature the shorter stories and books a while back just for that reason. When people are super busy, but still want to finish a story in a shorter time, we like giving some options now and then.