Audiobook Review: Dark Arts and a Daiquiri (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #2) by Annette Marie (Narrator: Cris Dukehart)

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Dark Arts and a Daiquiri Book Cover Dark Arts and a Daiquiri
The Guild Codex: Spellbound #2
Annette Marie (Narrator: Cris Dukehart)
Urban Fantasy - Paranormal
Tantor Audio
November 16, 2018
7 hours and 39 minutes


When I found myself facing down the scariest black-magic felon in the city, practically daring him to abduct me, I had to wonder exactly how I ended up here. 

It all started when I accidentally landed a job as a bartender - but not at a bar. At a guild, populated by mages, sorcerers, alchemists, witches, and psychics. Good thing this lame-o human is adaptable, right? 

Then my favorite guild members - three sexy, powerful, and intermittently charming mages - asked for my help. Did they want access to my encyclopedic knowledge of cocktails? Oh no. They wanted to wrap me up in a pretty ribbon and plunk me in the crosshairs of a murderous rogue to lure him out of hiding. 

So that's what we did. And that's why I'm here. About to be kidnapped. Oh, and our grand plan for safely capturing said murderous rogue? Yeah, that completely fell apart about two minutes ago. Why did I agree to this again? 

Make sure to check out the companion series, The Guild Codex: Demonized, available now, and The Guild Codex: Warped, coauthored by Rob Jacobsen.

©2018 Annette Marie (P)2018 Tantor


I was hooked from the moment I started and I finished this audio in a day. Dark Arts and a Daiquiri is book two in The Guild Codex: Spellbound by Annette Marie. 

Tori is a fun heroine. She’s feisty, sassy, caring, has a great sense of humor and all around cool. We learn a little more about her. The one thing I did notice is that she makes a lot of idiotic and life endangering decisions on a whim, but it works for her character. 

I adore the three mages; Kai, Aaron, and Ezra. I was glad that Tori was the lead and the guys where secondary this time around. 

I enjoyed the plot which features fast-paced action and a mystery to solve. Ghost was a fun character and I liked the direction things took in this novel. The author explains more about the world and we get insight into certain magic classes and creatures. 

As for the romance I will say I’m not sure on the love interests. I kinda wish there weren’t so many options, but the romance is not a solid part of this story 

Narrator: Cris Dukehart was great! I love all the voices and that each is distinctive and can be told apart. The action, adventure, and emotional feel of the characters comes alive. 

Dark Arts and a Daiquiri takes us on a magical fast-paced adventure. I can’t wait to dive into the next installment. What a fun cast of characters. 

Rated: 4.5 Stars

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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

8 comments on “Audiobook Review: Dark Arts and a Daiquiri (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #2) by Annette Marie (Narrator: Cris Dukehart)

  1. I love, love this series and I’m a fan of the Ghost. I’m glad you’re enjoying it.
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    • I need to get back to this series. I hit a big slump in reading when COVID hit and well haven’t been back, but my library does have the audios and I’m planning on listening to more this year. It’s a fun series and I do love the covers.

  2. I really enjoy this series

    • I’ve caught your reviews for the books. I was captured by the covers and all the positive reviews for this series that I gave it a go and I’m glad I did. It’s fun!

  3. I really need to get to this series and I do enjoy Cris Dukehart’s narration work so I hope I can do it in audio.

    • I said the same thing when I first saw this series come out and the reviews started coming. I’ve only listened to the two books so far and I’m glad my library has them in audio, so I can listen on. I like Cris Dukehart narration for this series. I don’t think I’ve listened to anything else he’s narrated. I hope you enjoy!

  4. the title made me smile. sounds like one i would enjoy too
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    • This series has some very fun and cute titles in it. I just smile at the titles. Thank’s for visiting!