The Slaughtered Lamb Bookstore and Bar: Sam Quinn Series, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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 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 my personal bodyguard. He's grumpy about it, but that kiss is telling a different story. A change is taking place. It has to.
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.
Contains mature themes.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 39 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 15, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #41,559 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#464 in Supernatural Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#666 in Urban Fantasy
#1,239 in Paranormal Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
Reviewed in the United States on October 1, 2020
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I still give this 2.5 stars rounded up to 3, purely because the cover is great, and the writing isn't bad. It's the story itself I didn't like.
The has very deep disturbing issues you have to deal with right off. Our lead heroine, Samantha “Sam” Quinn is a ‘born’ werewolf, living in San Fransico, and seven years ago she was brutally raped, cut up, cut up badly, leaving scares over nearly 80% of her body, and she’s the lone werewolf living in California, who owns a bar & bookstore for supernatural creatures.
We get the impression and hints in the story, the rest of humanity knows about supernaturals but choose to basically ignore them. Witches are referred to as Wicche or Wicches, because I guess the author doesn’t want to use the world witch in favor if making up a new world of their own.
Cue Master of the City vampires, Clive, and we have our romantic team. Yes, the master wants Sam and yes he eventually gets her, and there are some murders through into the story and a sex scene of Sam learning she can trust a male again and actually have sex with a penis inside of her and not freak out.
I grant you I’m being snarky here a bit, perhaps more than a bit, and it might seem I’m rallying against the story, but I’m really not. The book is a good read and I’m already reading through the second novel in the story, but I must warn you readers, the book is not heavy on creative writing and the plot of forcefully driven rather than allowing the plot to develop naturally.
And while I find the wording of this book childish, it was still entertaining. I would recommend this novel of everyone, but have to be boldly honest here and state, this book would be enjoyed more by younger readers, not really paying attention to the more finer points of literature.
Enjoy the book though for what it is, but do not go into reading this novel with HIGH expectations.
There are triggering moments of violence against women in this one though, so if you aren't able to handle that kind of content, then this book is definitely not for you. It is nowhere near as bad as a couple of the reviews I read made it out to be.
Yes, there are moments that Sam did some really stupid things and put herself in danger, but as you read and get further into the story you find out the whys and more of why certain things happened.
I fully loved that even though Sam starts out as a victim in the beginning and can't seem to even take care of herself she eventually gets a grip on herself and stops acting like a victim and takes charge of her life and starts defending herself and starts becoming the strong female that she has the capability of being.
I fully recommend this book and am very much on pins and needles waiting for book two to arrive!
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This Book kept me on the edge of my seat as well as awake through out the story I never allowed sleep to come between me & my book lol I can’t wait to read the second book in April !
Seriously give it a go it is so worth the money for the little they’re charging for this book it’s worth so much more !
There’s plenty of intrigue & mystery entwined between the characters & pages of this story which keep you on the edge of your seat trying to figure out who the bad guys are etc always coming to a conclusion but being wrong until the end .
Im not one for spoiling the book in reviews the synopsis of the cover speaks for itself ! If your finding it difficult to get into keep persevering it is so so so worth it !
& if if you find it difficult to get into the story & give up trying before you bad mouth the book & author think & be honest are you giving a bad review because the book deserves it or because it’s you that can’t get into the story & you who didn’t give it a serious go & if you can honestly say it was the story at fault then by all means leave a few stars & a review but be honest & don’t blame the book entirely.
Confession...I am at page 47 - but excited squeeee!!! This is seriously good. I have found a new author. Last one was Ilona Adams, Patricia Briggs or Thea Harrison.
How can I possibly know this is worth a 5? Well um, I don’t really but I love the intelligence, the book and Jane Austen references. The heroine knew she was being attacked psychically due to the phrase “stupid books”. Because under no circumstances would she ever disparage books!
The main characters are intriguing and beautifully crafted.
The pace and world building are great.
Yes it is definitely dark and has triggers, but I already have faith in this author that the issues will be dealt with sensitively.
Cant wait to keep reading, bye for now!
2 Star = Finished. Didn’t really enjoy.
3 Star = Finished. Story was neither good nor bad.
3.5 Star = Finished. Story was good. Will maybe pick up next in series if there is one.
4 Star = Finished. Enjoyed story & will definitely pick up next in the series!
5 Star = Bloody Loved it! ♡
For me personally I'd give it a B+ or an A-. It's so much better than most of the rubbish that passes as UF at present, and I look forward to reading more by this author.
It's Urban Fantasy - it's not a heavy read, but more than enough to keep the brain occupied, with character development and a good story. Furthermore it all makes sense, in an UF way.
There are no glaring grammar or spelling errors (a few, but I reported them on my Kindle), no plot errors, no mythological errors, and mercifully the plot is based in a part of the world that the author is comfortable with and knows, so no painful mistakes to handle there either.
There were just a few too many things that irritated. Bad moves by the protagonist or friends. That so many choices she made only moved the plot along because it caused something bad to happen. The world building didn't quite feel well done. And that she had to be saved so many times, and had been in the past.
I just didn't think Sam took ownership and moved herself along, rather relying to heavily on the kindness of strangers. Who seemed to fall into the "do way more than you'd expect" or "a hidden evil doer" categories.