Tuesday, October 30, 2018

New Review! Three Mages and a Margarita (The Guild Codex;Spellbound #1) by Annette Marie 4.5 Cranky Stars

Three Mages and a Margarita (The Guild Codex: Spellbound, #1)Three Mages and a Margarita by Annette Marie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 Cranky Stars

Tori Dawson is a redhead with a temper, which isn't a good thing when working as a waitress. She can't seem to keep a job because she can't stand idiots, thieves or jerks! When she loses yet another job, she's not quite sure what she will do. She has been blackballed at all of the establishments in the better part of town because of her temper.

When Tori finds a flyer on the street advertising a bartender job at a place in the seedier part of town, she decides that she doesn't have anything to lose. Once she arrives at the Crow and Hammer, she's not so sure about that!

When the manager gives her a chance to prove herself, Tori proceeds to do her usual: Get mad, tell off customers and (probably) get herself fired. After meeting three gorgeously hot men, she throws a margarita in the face of the one named Aaron.

The clientele of the Crow and Hammer are rather unusual and Tori can't quite figure out what brings them together in the bar. She quickly learns that the bar is the meeting place for a guild of mythics and all of the customers can do magic!

Humans aren't allowed (and shouldn't even be able to enter the bar), but Tori is allowed to keep working there while things are worked out with the MagiPol (the organization that regulates mythis and their activities). She knows that she can fit in, considering the first rule of the Guild is, "Don't hit first, but always hit back".

The Three Mages of the title are Aaron, Kai and Ezra. Each one is able to control an element and each one is totally GQ gorgeous! Tori really isn't interested in a relationship, but a girl can dream, right? The hint of sexual tension between these three and Tori is subtle and realistic, not over the top.

The characters in the book are well-developed and the world building is awesome. As Tori learns more about this world of magic, the reader learns more along with her. There is plenty of action, magic, just a tiny bit of romance and loads of snarky humor. Just what I like in a Urban Fantasy book!

Even though Tori isn't able to do magic, she can definitely kick ass with the best! Don't give her an umbrella or you might lose an eye! She is brave, foolhardy, independent, loyal and just a whole lot of fun.

The book does not end on a cliffhanger, but it does hint at more books in the series. I certainly hope so because this one is GREAT! If you love Urban Fantasy and kickbutt heroines, give this one a shot!

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