Published by Dark Owl Fantasy Incorporated on September 14th 2018
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 for 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 jerks, 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.
THE GUILD CODEX: SPELLBOUND
Three Mages and a Margarita (#1)
Dark Arts and a Daiquiri (#2)
Two Witches and a Whiskey (#3)
Demon Magic and a Martini (#4)
The Alchemist and an Amaretto (#5)
I am kicking myself right now. When Three Mages and a Margarita first released back in September 2018, I gave it a shot. I try to read indie as often as possible and Annette Marie is an author I really like as a person so I figured why not give her latest series a try. Well, I read most of the first chapter and decided it just wasn’t for me — clearly I am an idiot.
Fast forward to 2019 and Taming Demons for Beginners comes out and I’m obsessed with the cover so I figure I’ll give it a go. I absolutely devoured it and the teeny tiny cameo of the Guild Codex cast makes me curious because now I have to wait for the next book in the series so I figure, lets give three mages and a margarita one more try.
I freaking loved it. If I’d read just a little bit further that first time around I would have been hooked, line, and sinker. It was everything I look for in an Urban Fantasy novel. Action, adventure, that tiny hint at romance that leaves you guessing. It was EVERYTHING.
Suffice it to say that I devoured the book in one day and promptly binged the rest of the series one right after the other so expect those reviews coming soon.
Annette beautifully crafted a unique world full of intrigue. She has a knack for strong character development and I couldn’t help get consumed in the lives of Aaron, Kai, Ezra, and Tori. If you haven’t read Three Mages and a Margarita, I sincerely suggest you give it a try. Also, don’t be an idiot like I was. Just keep reading. It definitely exceeds all expectations by the end.
Side note: Annette Marie designs her own covers. A-MAZ-ING!