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.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Title: Three Mages and a Margarita
Series: The Guild Codex: Spellbound #1
Author: Annette Marie
Publisher: Dark Owl Fantasy
Okay, I’m a total fan of Annette Marie. I recognized her name from a book my friend loaned me and when I saw a reader’s post about this, I thought I’d check it out. It’s everything I thought it’d be and more. So much more.
I love Tori, and everything about her, and I love the guys. She is hilariously blunt with a temper, and while I know that her… uh, responses, wouldn’t go down well in the real world, I still love that she does what she wants (when she can’t help herself, at least). She doesn’t suffer fools. I fucking love it. Her time with Clara and the members was fun and a great way to introduce everyone, but most of all, I loved the way everything flowed. There was a lot going on, it was packed with interactions, I got to see all the characters, got to enjoy her time with the guild, the guys, and it was just a fucking fun time, okay?
Now let’s talk about the fact that I actually came across someone who wrote about guilds. When I saw the word, my immediate thought was Fairy Tail, and I’ll be honest in saying I constantly compared the show and book. It was a great experience, and I’m actually surprised no one has capitalized on the amazeness that is FT and written a book with similar tropes. It’s amazing.
Not only is Marie’s writing straight forward and flowy, but she also really captures you with what’s going on and the flow makes it really easy for my impatient ass to follow. It also seriously helps that I love FT like crack and anything to do with a guild is an immediate must for me. The main character honestly could’ve been any other way and I think I would’ve trudged through. A few of the action scenes went over my head but like I said, impatient.
I need the second book so bad, but if you’ve been curious about this, read it! It’s not RH but I do like the RH vibes it gives off. It’s like the RH anime, where there’s a bunch of guys for her to be with but in the end, there’s really only one she truly (ever?) loves. It looks like she’ll be choosing one guy but it’s nice to be taken care of by his best buddies too, you know? Who wouldn’t love that?!