Three Mages and a Margarita by Annette Marie

The Guild Codex: Spellbound, Book 1

Synopsis: Broke, almost homeless, and recently fired. Those are my official reasons for answering a wanted ad for a skeevy-looking bartender gig.

It went downhill the moment they asked me to do a trial shift instead of an interview — to see if I’d mesh with their “special” clientele. I think that part went great. Their customers were complete dickheads, and I was an asshole right back. That’s the definition of fitting in, right?

I expected to get thrown out on my ass. Instead, they… offered me the job?

It turns out this place isn’t a bar. It’s a guild. And the three cocky guys I drenched with a margarita during my trial? Yeah, they were mages. Either I’m exactly the kind of takes-no-shit bartender this guild needs, or there’s a good reason no one else wants to work here.

So what’s a broke girl to do? Take the job, of course — with a pay raise.

Review: I heard about the author but I hadn’t read anything about her yet, and I was really curious to get into one of her novels. And I must say, I’m delighted! I’m really happy!

It’s often difficult to find original stories in urban fantasy now, but the author succeeded in this bet and it was a treat!

Tori is impulsive, very impulsive and as a waitress, it’s a very bad thing. After being fired for the umpteenth time, she is again looking for a job, except that no one wants to hire her anymore. So, when she sees a small ad to become a bartender (and even if she doesn’t know much about it), she decides to try it. But this particular place is much more than a normal bar: it contains a guild whose members have extraordinary powers, powers that a human should not discover.

I really loved this novel and it was impossible to let it go until I finished it. Tori’s repartees are great! She doesn’t let herself be fooled, and faces anyone who decides to mess with her. And if some people don’t accept it, she will discover a world she had never heard of before, and all this, while living with three charming boys who seem to hide many secrets too.

Tori is a character I loved. She is courageous, independent and does not hesitate to put people in their place.  The three boys are very enigmatic. I must admit that I fell under the spell of each of them and that I am really impatient to find them again!

Yes, you can see it, it was a novel that I can only recommend and I am really curious to read the rest!


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