The Slaughtered Lamb Bookstore and Bar by Seana Kelly

Published: October 13th 2020 

Publisher: NYLA

My Rating: 4.5 stars 

Blurb:

Welcome to The Slaughtered Lamb Bookstore and Bar. I’m Sam Quinn, the werewolf book nerd in charge. I run my business by one simple rule: Everyone needs a good book and a stiff drink, be they vampire, wicche, demon, or fae. No wolves, though. Ever. I have my reasons.

I serve the supernatural community of San Francisco. We’ve been having some problems lately. Okay, I’m the one with the problems. The broken body of a female werewolf washed up on my doorstep. What makes sweat pool at the base of my spine, though, is realizing the scars she bears are identical to the ones I conceal. After hiding for years, I’ve been found.

A protection I’ve been relying on is gone. While my wolf traits are strengthening steadily, the loss also left my mind vulnerable to attack. Someone is ensnaring me in horrifying visions intended to kill. Clive, the sexy vampire Master of the City, has figured out how to pull me out, designating himself by personal bodyguard. He’s grumpy about it, but that kiss is telling a different story. A change is taking place. It has to. The bookish bartender must become the fledgling badass.

I’m a survivor. I’ll fight fang and claw to protect myself and the ones I love. And let’s face it, they have it coming.

My Review:

Trigger Warning: The heroine is a rape survivor, and this is a significant feature in the book.

This author did a phenomenal job in her depiction of a rape survivor coming to terms with her attack. The fear, the need for isolation, overcoming and learning to live again. The character development for Sam was some of the best I read. The supporting cast is entertaining, and I can’t wait to discover more.

The slaughtered lamb is definitely a bar that I would love to go to. Who wouldn’t love to watch the ocean as you enjoy your drink of choice and having a fully stocked bookstore at your fingertips?

The action is intense, and Sam seems to be a magnet for danger, the scenes are descriptive, which could be a turnoff for some, but I found it necessary to tell the complete story. This is one of the best urban fantasy novels I have read this year.

I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

*Blurb and cover image via Goodreads. 

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