Three months ago, I landed a job as a bartender. But not at a bar — at a guild. Yeah, the magic kind.
I’m not a badass mage like my three smokin’ hot best friends. I’m not a sorcerer or an alchemist, or even a wussy witch. I’m just a human, slinging drinks like a pro and keeping my non-magical nose out of mythic business. Seriously, I know my limits.
So why am I currently standing in a black-magic ritual circle across from a fae lord?
Somewhere behind me, my three mage friends are battling for their lives. Somewhere near my feet is the rogue witch I just knocked out with a stolen spell. And I have about five seconds to convince this very angry sea god not to shmoosh me like a bug.
I’m pretty sure this wasn’t part of the job description.
*** Slight spoilers for my raving rights ***
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Title: Two Witches and a Whiskey
Series: The Guild Codex: Spellbound #3
Author: Annette Marie
Publisher: Dark Owl Fantasy
Okay, they totally went with the ‘deal with it now and move on’ bit. And I couldn’t be happier.
The main plot was a little predictable for me but I liked where it was going, so that didn’t matter. I did laugh when I got to the end. I thought the synopsis was highlighting something else but it wasn’t, and yet I still got my assumption spelled out for me in a super intense scene that I may or may not had impatiently combed through to get to the final outcome.
Tori was a bit of a downer in this installment, but most of it was warranted. The rest were just due to her personality. I liked this more than the last installment (sorry Zak) but really because it had Tori involved in a lot of the stuff. Once again, she was smack dab in the middle of the chaos and there’s nothing I like more than seeing her human ass dumbfound and worry all the members of C&H. Especially her three hot best friends who adopted her months ago. We got a lot of backstory from the other guys and a lot of the people from the first and second book finally interacted.
It flowed a lot like the first book, reminding me all the reasons I fell hard for this series, but there were still a few scenes where I got bored. I read Tori bitching about being human for about three times more than I wanted to, but aside from that, nothing else really bothered me. I was floored with the way the ‘romantic’ spiel ended.
So Tori and Aaron hit it off in the first book and the second teased with a maybe they will / maybe they won’t. They do at the end, by the way, but then the third questioned it again and–
They call it quits. Aaron totally likes her but Tori isn’t in love with him and it isn’t coming and if it isn’t coming, doesn’t that mean it never will? But she loves how they all are as friends and thankfully, he was okay with it. He even pointed it out at the end of this book and decided to be the grownup, saying that just because they had good chemistry, it didn’t mean they did well in a relationship. Do I think this is just a way for us to get more hot moments with all the other hot guys? Sorta. But I’m also disturbed that this may be one of those books where the heroine falls for different guys and you’re stuck getting your heart broken over and over again. So, I think this will either be a series about her and Aaron’s off again/on again relationship, or a story where she falls for the main guys. I’m fine with either, but I am a hopeless romantic and imma be real: I’m totally gonna cry every time it doesn’t work out. I don’t care if things ended in the best of ways, it’s still ending and damn it! I’m not sure how I’ll be able to handle it.
The romance was super subtle and more chill, Tori oggled the guys probably more than I did (and that’s saying something) but her connection with the guys was still solid. She sorta also got a lot of new connections with others, and those seemed to tell me that she was just an irresistable force that boggles the mind. I hope the people who ‘went away’ come back. I hope the adventure never ends. I love her magical journey and I’m going to live vicariously through her for as long as I can. Please let this be a long-ass series!