Broke, almost homeless, and recently fired. Those are my official reasons for answering a wanted ad for a skeevy-looking bartender...

Review || Three Mages and a Margarita by Annette Marie

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.


"Keeping a job involves a few simple rules: Arrive on time. Work hard. And don't assault customers."
Tori Dawson is a firecracker. It's not that she has a bad temper. It's that she has a decided lack of tolerance to put up with other people's crap. When she loses her waitressing job (again), and is literally smacked in the face with a new opportunity, she takes a chance on bartending at The Crow and Hammer. Her first night there is interesting to say the least, but when her fiery temper makes a showing, she feels sure she'll be shown the door. She is stunned when instead they hire her! There's something a little strange going on though. The Crow and Hammer is a guild, full of real magic. Throw in the three sexy mages and this sassy redheaded human strangely has found a place where she fits in. 

Three Mages and a Margarita is very character driven. It's filled with witty banter and humor. I especially enjoyed Tori's interaction with the three mages. They are a bit bratty at first, but they turn out to be very genuine and caring. They take Tori under their wing and help her understand this new world that she's walked into. While there's a bit of romantic connection with one of the three, it is most definitely not a love triangle. I'm actually kind of sad that it's not a reverse harem. (Trust me, that was a surprise to me as well.) 

There's plenty of other action to keep your interest though!  With great world building, lots of adventure and a magical maelstrom, Three Mages and a Margarita is a fast paced read that will leave you wanting more. The second book in the Codex series, Dark Arts and a Daiquiri  is available for preorder and releases November 16th, so you won't have long to wait. 

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About the Author

Annette Marie is the author of YA urban fantasy series Steel & Stone, it's prequel trilogy Spell Weaver, and romantic fantasy trilogy Red Winter. Her first love is fantasy, but fast-paced urban fantasy, bold heroines, and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She proudly admits she has a thing for dragons, and her editor has politely inquired as to whether she intends to include them in every single book.
Annette lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it’s not quite that bad). She shares her life with her remarkably patient, comparatively sensible husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat—Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities.



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