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Book Review: Three Mages and a Margarita by Annette Marie

Book Title: Three Mages and a Margarita

(The Guild Codex: Spellbound #1)

Author: Annette Marie

Published Date: Sept 14th 2018

Number of Pages: 312

Book Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

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 ***hole right back. That's the definition of fitting in, right?

I expected to get thrown out on my ***. 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-*** 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.


I liked this book a lot! I finished in a day. Not joking. In my last review I talked about how I was in a reading slump and this was just the thing to reel me in.

The books started and I was iffy about if I would like the MC. I didn't know if I would be able to connect with her as she seemed a bit like a jerk. As I kept reading though I found myself really liking her. She is still headstrong and not always the best person but you can tell she has a good heart and comes from the right place. You also get some hints of why she is the way she is.

I also liked the world and characters. By the then of the book 90% of the characters they all felt like old friends. Only truly special books can achieve that.

I do wish there was more romance in this book. There is some flirting and a possible relationship but there wasn't enough actual romance. I would have liked to see a blooming relationship but instead it all felt more like friendship instead of romance. Even with the guy she is supposed to be kind of dating.

In terms of plot there was a good amount of action and the MC had that trope of heading head first into danger even when it's not so smart. I mean in real life it would be something I would be concerned about but in fictional worlds it makes it so much more entertaining and I have to admit I like MC's like that.

The book hinted at some things but I can't be sure if I am imagining the connections or not. There is many things which I hope will happen in book two and I am sure I will pick it up soon to see if I am right.

Overall I would highly recommend for a fun and engaging read.

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