The Slaughtered Lamb Bookstore and Bar by Seana Kelly

Everyone needs a good book and a stiff drink, be they vampire, wicche, demon, or fae.  Sam’s a bartender and book nerd.  Why does someone want to kill her?

Title:  The Slaughtered Lamb Bookstore and Bar
Author:  Seana Kelly
Series:  Sam Quinn #1
Publish Date: October 13, 2020
Source: Netgalley

Publisher’s Description: 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.


Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*

Nervous Nellie says…

I wasn’t sure, at first, about this book.  The title had me wondering.  That didn’t stop me though, as I’ve been in many supernatural bars in my lifetime (through books), and I knew this would have to be interesting.

Interesting it was.  And violent.  Sam is knocked down, knocked around, and literally beaten not just once, but several times through this story.  All because someone wants to kill her.  She has no idea who she pissed off or why they could possibly be pissed off as she has kept her head down and out of sight for most of her life.  She also doesn’t know why the Master Vampire of the city stops in once a month for a drink at her bar.

The story is a tale of survival.  Getting beaten down and abandoned but still pulling herself up to do what she has to.  There is snark woven in and through this book as Sam has a sassy personality.  I had a tough time following along once or twice throughout the book, but Sam gets these horrible visions.  She may think it’s really happening, but it’s only happening in her mind.  I want to tell you that only because I got confused.

Clive Fitzwilliam.  Old vampire.  Master of the city.  Head of the Nocturne for San Francisco.  Rich and powerful and a force to be reckoned with.  Yep, he falls for the 24 year old werewolf.

Their combination has been done in other books, but I still like it.  Mostly, their relationship isn’t the forefront of the book.  It’s the mystery of who wants Sam wiped off the face of the Earth.  Whether it be bravery or stupidity, Sam takes things into her own hands and, again, does what she has to do to survive.

I like rooting for the underdog and Sam really got the party started.  I liked this book and I can hardly wait for the next book to be released.

I give it 4 stars.


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About Nervous Nell Justice

I read, read and then read. I love my life as a reviewer because I get to meet some awesome people who love books too. It's a fantastic world to live in!My favorite genres: Urban Fantasy, Regency Romance, Paranormal Romance, Paranormal Thrillers, Paranormal Mysteries, Vampire Romance, Historical, Contemporary or Futuristic Mysteries and Thrillers, Steampunk Fantasy and Mysteries, Police Procedurals and Political Thrillers.

Posted on October 13, 2020, in All Reviews, Nell's Reviews and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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