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Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Tantor Audio
Released on June 19. 2018
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 secret Arcane magical organizations with equally big agendas. Sara’s what I think of as a tough gal with a bleeding heart. She isn’t out to make money for herself. She goes after these dangerous jobs that pay out good so she can save the most vulnerable of The Connected (what this world calls those with psychic gifts like Sara), the children. She has a dark painful past that seems to be driving her to do this mission even if it might kill her first. One of the big powers of the Arcane Council has a close interest in her and her work, but this just agitates Sara. She’s attracted to the enigmatic man known as The Magician, but they have something of a sizzling hot/cold thing going because Sara refuses to fall for his charm and be dependent on someone else trying to take charge.
I’m on the fence about this book/series. I like heroines like Sara, but I also find her annoying particularly when she gets anywhere near men like The Magician or The Devil. She goes charging in without all the facts, shooting off her mouth, but then takes a ‘deal with it- this is how I roll’ attitude to show she can run with the big dogs. It works for this sort of story, but that attitude survives in a ‘more lucky than good’ and irritates me, particularly when she does get some big help from Armaeus the Magician, even while I’m enjoying the overall story. On the flip side, I like the acrimonious banter and the slow build and tension that crackles between Sara and Armaeus who has his own secrets to match hers.
And, like with the prequel, Getting Wilde just dumps the reader into the middle of something. I felt off kilter for the longest time. It references back a history of Sara and The Magician from the point the prequel ended and I felt much of that would have been better off either put directly into the book as a scene or just not mentioned at all. The part that definitely needed to be in the story was the encounters including the sexual one with the Magician. It was like when you jump into the middle of the series- or maybe you get an excerpt from the middle of a book- and you known right away that you missed all that came before and need to go back for the other books.
Now, that said, I love the Immortal Vegas world. The paranormal element of various psychic gifts in humans called The Connected including Sara’s own Tarot Card reading foretelling that helps her with her finder’s work. There are secret organizations that are fleshed out a bit later in this book including a big baddy (The SANCTUM) that has genocide of all Connected and nefarious purposes for magical artifacts which places them in opposition to Sara and another group called the Arcane Council. The world of this story is fast-paced treasure hunting style which I love and enough danger to have me trying to squeeze in just one more chapter before I clicked off my device.
Stephanie Bentley was great as Sara and the cast of characters. I was thinking she’d go gruff with a heroine like Sara, but she didn’t and I liked how it portrayed the vulnerability as well as strength in her. Her men’s voices were right on the money even with the accents. What I was most impressed with was her ability to do the action since the last book she did that I heard wasn’t an action plot. She dazzled me once again.
So, I think I’ll press forward and see if some of what bothered me smooths out now that the series is underway and that Sara will grow on me more. There’s a bit of a love triangle, but I’m not sure if it will turn into anything serious. I definitely want more of Sara out there in her work gritting it out and escaping by the skin of her teeth and antagonizing Armaeus the Magician. The overall plot was a great launching point for the rest of the series. I think Urban Fantasy lovers should definitely give this series a go.
My thanks to Tantor Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.