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. – GoodReads
As someone who briefly worked in the hospitality industry, I cheered when the heroine dished out just rewards to problematic customers. Tori struggles to stay employed because she has a hair trigger temper, and patience under limited circumstances. When she winds up in a bar surrounded by the unbelievable, she’s not afraid, but intrigued. When three mages attach themselves to her, she discovers new friendships that begin to be very important to her. What I enjoyed most about this book are the dynamic characters that I met.
Just as in human life, there are good supernatural people, bad supernatural people, and annoying ones. Tori meets them all at the bar she finds herself temporarily employed at, much to the dismay of a few powerful people. She learns to navigate the power hierarchy of the guild and does the best she can to command respect amongst those far more powerful than she.
The writing was smooth, and there was very little down time in the book. Just when I thought Tori found her balance, something explosive happened. It warmed my feminist heart to see the human female save the day, time and time again. I would have liked to see her character evolve emotionally by the end of the book as her need to prove she can do things on her own almost killed her repeatedly.
All in all, this was a fun read that was finished in one setting. It has something for everyone. Three hot mages that all want a little bit of Tori’s time and attention. A unique entry into the world of the supernatural that has a balance of power. The guild concept, while I’ve read books that classified the supernatural world in guilds before, was exceptionally well done, even with a band of misfits.
I would recommend this read to anyone who likes a strong female driven character without any superpowers who will rush to the rescue of any of her friends in need.
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