Tuesday, August 13, 2019

76. Three Mages and a Margarita by Annette Marie

#1 Spellbound: The Guild Codex
listened on Audible
read by Cris Dukehart
Unabridged audio (7:14)
2018 Dark Owl Fantasy Inc
312 pgs.
Adult Fantasy
Finished 8/13/2019
Goodreads rating:  409 - 5609 ratings
My rating:3.5
Setting:  Contemporary Vancouver, CANADA

First line/s:  "Keeping a job involves a few simple rules:  Arrive on time.  Work hard.  And don't assault customers."

My comments:  Listened to this in one day.  Forget the fantasy/paranormal element; the mystery, action and adventure alone is simply a story of four really good friends.  With humor and a teeny, teeny, tiny bit of sexual tension, this romp through the secret paranormal world of psychics, fire throwers, sorcerers, telekinetics (etc!) is clever, cute, and just the right length.

Goodreads 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.
--Note: The three mages are definitely sexy, but this series isn't a reverse harem. It's 100% fun, sassy, fast-paced urban fantasy.
          Tori has no problem getting herself into trouble in every book in the Guild Codex series, but each one is a complete adventure—no cliffhanger endings.

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