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🎧 Lost Talismans and a Tequila (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #7) by Annette Marie

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Hello, fellow audiobook fans. Today, I’d like to share my thoughts about Lost Talismans and a Tequila written by Annette Marie and read by Cris Dukehart and Teddy Hamilton. The seventh audiobook in Annette’s urban fantasy series, The Guild Codex: Spellbound.

My thanks to the publisher, Tantor Audio, for the audiobook in exchange for a candid review.

What’s Lost Talismans and a Tequila about?

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🎧 Lost Talismans and a Tequila (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #7) by Annette MarieMy Rating:
Title: Lost Talismans and a Tequila by Annette Marie
Series: The Guild Codex: Spellbound #7
Published by Tantor Audio on 25 August 2020
Genres: Action & Adventure, New Adult (NA), Urban Fantasy
Narrator: Cris Dukehart, Teddy Hamilton
Length: 7 hours 55 minutes
No. of Pages: 298

You know that squirmy sensation in your gut when you have no idea what you're doing and you're about to screw everything up?

Yeah, that feeling.

I thought I was a good judge of character, but recent events proved me very wrong. Now, in a brilliant demonstration of my newfound caution, I'm putting all my faith in a demon--a demon who's tried to kill me before. The squirmy feeling is making sense, right?

Unfortunately, I don't have any other options. Ezra's time is almost up, which means I need answers and I need them fast. So it's time to toughen up, pack my gear, and find me one of the most illegal, reviled, and scarce mythics out there: a demon-mage summoner.

And all I have to do is follow a demon's instructions on where to look. How could that go wrong?

©2020 Annette Marie (P)2020 Tantor


Source: ARC

I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't affect my opinion of the book or influence the content of my review.

Review Format: Audiobook
Purchase Links: Amazon* ¦ Audible* ¦ Audiobooks.com*

Listened To: 23rd – 27th December 2021


What did I think about it?

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Gripping Race Against Time and Against the Odds – What an Adventure!

Annette Marie has become a tried and trusted author with this series. Annette’s writing style is intelligent and easy to sink into. I’m captivated by this world of Mythics, danger and secrecy.

Lost Talismans and a Tequila had all the elements that I look for in a gripping story.

It has a great time-restrictive plot, with plenty of action, conflict and desperate, inner turmoil. However, there’s also enough humour to keep me engaged. Tori is a young woman (only 21) and a great character. She’s already exhibited many of the personality traits that I love; resilience, humour and self-reliance. Not being born into this dangerous world of Mythics, I love how Tori is seeking to fill all the gaps in her knowledge and skills. Fantastic! Tori’s gumption and desperation to save the ones she loves are continued to be put to the test in this story – I love her determination and wept at the seemingly hopeless situation.

Cris Dukehart’s performance was fantastic while Teddy Hamilton is a new-to-me narrator.

I really liked the pace at which Cris and Teddy both read their chapters and the emotion they conveyed in the narrative. Cris manages to create slightly different voices for the characters. This means that I never feel confused about who was speaking during the many conversations. Teddy’s chapters were focused on Ezra’s inner dialogue. His performance definitely seemed to capture Ezra’s inner battle, his slow slip into madness. It was a nice change to have a real male voice for these important scenes for Ezra.

Annette doesn’t leave us with nasty cliffhangers. Woop!

Tori has continued to grow and develop with each book. We’ve also learnt more about Aaron, Kai and Ezra as the series has progressed too. New characters are introduced as more about the Mythic world is revealed and secrets are uncovered. But, nothing is left hanging dangerously in a life-or-death cliffhanger. The threat and mystery in this story are dramatically dealt with before the end. However, I’m keen to find out how the events in this story will affect things. What will Tori and the guys get mixed up with next?!

I’d recommend Lost Talismans and a Tequila to fans of action and adventure stories. Especially those who enjoy escapades within urban fantasy settings and don’t mind a bit of slow-burn romance thrown in.


Keep reading to find out more about Annette Marie. But first, I want to share some info about this fabulous series with you.

The Guild Codex: Spellbound by Annette Marie

Welcome to the Crow & Hammer. Meet Tori. Sassy redhead, ex-waitress with an attitude, and human bartender of a magic guild. Three Mages and a Margarita opens the hilarious and heart-warming Guild Codex series.

Books in the Series

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And now as promised, here’s Annette’s bio and social media links.

About Annette Marie

Annette Marie Author Photo

Annette Marie is the author of YA urban fantasy series Steel & Stone, its prequel trilogy Spell Weaver, romantic fantasy trilogy Red Winter, and sassy UF series The Guild Codex.

Her first love is fantasy, but fast-paced adventures 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 book.

Annette lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it’s not quite that bad). She shares her life with her 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.

And because this is a review about an audiobook, here’s Cris and Teddy’s bios and links too.

About Cris Dukehart

Narrator - Cris Dukehart

An award-winning storyteller and a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Cris Dukehart has narrated over 300 books in a plethora of genres, from romance, science fiction, and young adult to children's literature and autobiography.

Her voice, with an endearing mix of sweetness and pluck, can be heard around the world and across the Web in commercials, e-learning projects, and corporate narrations.

An Audie Nominee and Earphones Award Winner, she lives with her daughter and a hairy white monster dog, dividing her time between a little Post-it Note Cottage in Pennsylvania and a mountaintop house in the Caribbean.

About Teddy Hamilton

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A soldier, an athlete, a comedian, and a softer kind of soul, Teddy Hamilton is the guy to fill any need. Known best for his work in the Him series by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy, and the Mister series by JA Huss, Teddy has lent his voice to over eighty titles, some sweet and some salty, always with a lot of passion and heart.

Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to read my thoughts about Lost Talismans and a Tequila. Have you read this one or any others by Annette Marie? Do you have any titles read by Cris Dukehart or Teddy Hamilton on your shelves? Drop a comment below, I’d love to hear from you.

I’m enjoying this series so much that I’ve recently added Annette to my favourites page. Therefore, before you go, check out who else is listed in my A to Z of Amazing Authors. Is your favourite author on my list?

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About Me

I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
I bought a Kindle in the summer of 2013 and haven't stopped reading since. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog - www.florasmusings.com

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  1. Glad to see you’re enjoy this series! Have you started on Demonized yet?

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