When an antique gold show comes to Vegas, Tarot reading artifact-hunter Sara Wilde's job is simple: to locate and liberate a set of relics rumored to give their bearers access to an ancient, incredible power. Yet within the Connected community, whispers of a war against magic draw every psychic, mystic, warlock, and witch to Sin City. The most powerful Connected covet the infamous relics, but no one wants them more than Sara's client--the insufferably arrogant, criminally sensual, and endlessly evasive Magician.
And what the Magician wants...
Sara's heist takes a turn for the trickier as the smoky-eyed specter from her past, Detective Brody Rooks, is assigned to investigate a break-in at the gold show, forcing her to confront the one man in Vegas she can't bluff. Even worse, just as she finally gets her hands on the goods, the game twists anew. The resulting chase leads her across the world to an ancient Egyptian temple filled with secrets, deception... and hints about her own abilities that could change everything. Desperate for answers, Sara is forced to turn to the one person she knows will manipulate, obfuscate and beguile to get whatever he craves. Only now, it seems, the Magician wantsher.
Sometimes, when the deck is stacked against you... you've got to play theWilde Card.
Sara is determined to help save those like herself survive and will take any job she can, but when will those with real power take a stance and help? There's something off though, something flickering at the back of Sara's mind, and her latest job puts her right in the firing line. Her first love is in town, someone is desperate to awaken something older than dirt; and then of course there's Armaeus the Magician, a born trickster with an agenda of his own! Sara might know how to handle the cards but what can she do when the deck is so heavily stacked against her?
Wilde is an appropriate name here because as usual Ms Stark takes her readers on a truly wild ride. From the first scene in Siberia, to the crazy streets of Vegas, it's so fast I'm surprised I didn't get whiplash! Sara might be talented but she is constantly at the mercy of those who should be helping and yet always seem determined to muddy the waters. Nothing is easy or straight forward and it's a complex story line, so definitely a series to read in order.
Interesting supporting characters you'll need to pay attention to, but most of all, a nonstop series of adventures that pull the reader in. With Wilde Card, we are starting to see a whole new side to Sara as things from her past are encroaching on her present. The Arcana council has a bigger presence too, but if you're expecting romance well this instalment ends in a way that really tantalizes. No, nothing is ever easy for Sara and I wouldn't have it any other way!
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.