on February 3, 2017
I love the Jim Knighthorse series so thought I would give this book a try. J.R. Rain did not disappoint. Samantha Moon is a normal person just trying to survive life even though she isn’t technically alive anymore. The character is very well written and J.R. Rain does a great job of describing a normal life while at the same time weaving a mythology of werewolves and vampires into the mix. The mythology of the paranormal is so well written it doesn’t seem out of place in the modern story or too farfetched to be believed.

The imagery and scenery is very well described and helps paint a picture so much you could almost see Samantha’s office and house in your mind. I love Samantha’s relationship with her sister and was glad to see her sister love her while still wanting to be creeped out by the vampire thing. Her relationship with her husband was heartbreaking to read and you almost felt Samantha’s pain as the relationship deteriorated. I admire how Samantha did not lose her humanity or her motherly instinct – she truly loves her children and they are her anchor to the reality.

The mystery seems a little too easy and doesn’t add much to the story but that is okay because the focus of the book is on getting introduced to Samantha Moon’s world.

There were two downsides to the story to me and the first one was the werewolf thing was totally predictable and not surprising at all. The second one was the love story. I didn’t buy the love story though – it did not resonate with me at all. I totally felt like she had way more chemistry with the vampire hunter and the police detective than she did with Kingsley. Their romance just seemed like the author threw it in there at the last minute.

The narrator Dina Pearlman is fabulous and did a wonderful job with the voices so much so I never got confused about who was talking.

Overall a good story and kept me interested in continuing the series. Well done Mr. Rain.
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on May 12, 2016
“I cannot make you understand. I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I cannot even explain it to myself.” ― Franz Kafka

Rain brings a truly unique twist to the vampire world with Samantha Moon. For 6 years, after her attack, Sam has been in a vicious cycle of self loathing, trying to save a loveless marriage, and barely coping with her drastically changed life. She accidentally ingests human blood for the first time, having been living on animal blood thus far, and her metamorphosis begins anew. This is the first in a much larger series and readers should know she continues to find herself throughout.

The assisting cast of characters are perfectly balanced. From the mysterious Fang who is her best friend, Jacky her physical trainer (sweet old Irishman who absolutely adores her, and is giving her the tools to never be a victim again), Mary Lou her sister/drop of a hat babysitter, Detective Sherbet (eat those pink donuts with pride) and her hunky-hairy client Kingsley. The only characters I didn't like are characters we shouldn't like.

Rains writing flows so naturally you can't help but be sucked into his imaginative world. His sense of humor keeps the laughs coming, and he throws some fun twists at us to keep things interesting. His experience as a PI really seems to help him create a believable mystery and its conclusion.

Overall, I love the series and the short stories that accompany them. I'm a fan for life, and I'm eager to see where Rain takes Sam next.
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on January 11, 2018
I love to read a good book with good writing and this falls in my great storylines books. What the hell---I'm a free read or $1.99 kinda girl--but I can't stop purchasing these books! I am now on book 5 of a long list. Oh R. J. Rain what have you done to me? I am addicted!!! In here you will find the heroine a mom, a wife, a PI, former HUD investigator and a vampire. You go on her journey of adjusting to what she has become, her angst with trying to keep her family life normal, her love of her children and the solving of crimes. Also with her new discoveries of what she can do, the paranormals around her and in her surrounding cities and some new love interests. The whole reading is fascinating and the characters introduced add such great dynamic to it all. It also tugs at the heart, she's likeable, humorous and she cries and I don't blame her. Because somehow R. J. Rain has created a humanitarian vampire that makes you root for her all the way,even in her dark deeds. And there are dark deeds. Highly recommend.
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on January 30, 2016
I really liked this book, I liked the humor and the supernatural parts in it too. Samantha didn't deserve what happened to her but she was doing the best she could with her situation and her family. She didn't lose any of her skills when it came to investigating but she was able to add some more supernatural ones. Also a few unexpected friends as well. Her client Kingsley was one of them and as was Detective Sherbet became someone who began to trust her skills but questioned a lot of other things about her. And he was pretty astute. I liked both of those people and she sure had some interesting and often funny conversations with them both. I remember laughing more than once while I was reading it. Samantha had a kick-ass attitude that came out her mouth and her fists at times. She was also loving and kind hearted and adored her children. This story had several different mysteries going on but they were good ones.
This book ended with many things completed but a few not that lead into another book. So, cliffhanger? Both Yes and No. If you are happy with how it ended then, "No". If you want to find out who her computer buddy, Fang is, and if Kingsley becomes more to Samantha then "Yes" somewhat a cliffhanger. Personally I want to see Samantha take back the upper hand from her husband. I could understand his fears but he failed to even see Samantha as a human woman with feelings. He was just disgusted by her, and he didn't seem to be all that warm and fuzzy towards his own kids either. He sure liked being in control though. The two men that are in Samantha's life, both seem to understand her pretty well. I've got my suspicions on who Fang is, wonder if I'm right?
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I purchased this Kindle book for free months ago, so thanks to the author! The premise of this book (Vampire/Private Investigator)is a good one. The first book was a bit of a chore to get through as Sam Moon's previous happy life B.V.(Before Vampire)sounded like most of our lives and well worth living.

She didn't choose to be a Vampire, it is thrust upon her unwillingly, so that literally sucked. Trying to adapt as much as possible for the sake of the living she obviously still cares deeply for (husband and children)is what this first book is all about. Plus, she doesn't want anyone to know of her secret. In some ways, this is what drives the story. Much like an alcoholic who denies they are an alcoholic and therefore more problems are created due to the secret. Sam makes a supreme effort to only drink animal blood, not human blood, in an attempt to hide her undead habits. She still thinks "human" and that is where this differs from the majority of other vampire stories.

I admit the story is rather depressing, but quite realistic in the portrayal of her husband's response to having an undead wife. I did identify with the characters in the story for the most part. Yes, Sam is somewhat "flat" as she "accepts" her situation and her attempt to hold on to some normalcy in her undead life, but that is exactly what one would expect considering the reactions of her husband. Of course she is depressed and not happy about the losses she experiences. So, don't expect a bouncy, happy ending in this book.

However, I also read the second book in this series, and it is definitely an improvement as Sam adjusts to the many, many necessary changes that occur in her former soccer mom life. Eventually, she finds her center again and begins to stop mourning her losses and open herself up to other possibilities. Isn't that really what we all do in the face of uncontrollable circumstances? There are people who live with Cancer, AIDS, or other horrific experiences, and yet many find ways to make their lives sweeter, in spite of their losses. That is what Sam's story is about...survival. So, not what I consider "light reading," but definitely a book to reflect upon. I will read more of them.
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on September 5, 2017
One of my favorite series. Samantha Moon is a private detective who also happens to be a vampire. This book is just the beginning where you are introduced to Samantha and told a bit about how she became a vampire and the struggles of her life as a mother and wife after this horrible attack turned her into basically a creature of the night. As the series progresses you find out a lot of cool details about her family and exactly what she is and it is a great, original spin on the vampire story. You will be introduced to other characters, and some of them are not just human either. The series gets better with every book so I highly recommend grabbing this one and getting started. These early ones are short but they have a lot packed into them. When I started this series a couple years ago I think I wiped out 5 in 2 nights because the pace and the storytelling itself kept me enthralled.
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on February 6, 2018
J. R. Rain might be my new favorite author! His books are humorous and warm, and the stories have just enough thrill factor to entertain rather than cause nightmares. Even though I could have read this first book for free as an Unlimited Member, I chose to support the author by paying a nominal $.99, and now I'm hooked! I'm on book 5 now, and consider the small amount I'm paying for each book well worth the price...and still could read for free, but feel strongly about encouraging Mr. Rains in his writing career. And the fact he's written several off-shoots from this Vampire for Hire series, well, all I can is WOW, I can't wait!!! If you like fun books with a plot, light romance, likeable characters, and glimpsing the author's insights into the goodness of life and human nature, you will love the Vampire for Hire series! HAVE FUN ON YOUR NEW READING JOURNEY!!!
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on August 11, 2015
I had overspent my self imposed kindle budget for the month and this title got my interest because of the good reviews as well as the free price tag. (I have since paid for the next 3 books in the series!) I'm glad I tried it since it turns out I am a fan of Sam Moon and her quirky life. I enjoy how Sam is learning as she goes, only having been made a vampire 6 years ago and then left on her own in the modern world to figure things out. She's trying to keep it together like any devoted mother would but being undead in the human world will of course cause problems and hilarity in some cases ensue. She's left her day job as a government agent and gone into private investigating to attempt to keep her own hours but it doesn't always work out the way she plans. In addition to the supernatural themes of this series of books, mysteries are solved, love interests come and go, plenty of action and adventure, twists and turns. The writing is good, if I'm being critical there were a lot of cliches thrown in but it's a lighthearted read and for what I consider humorous fiction, that sort of thing doesn't bother me.
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on January 11, 2018
Moon Dance is the 1st book in J.R Rain's Vampire for Hire series and one of my favorite series. I can't get enough of Samantha Moon. I enjoyed everything about her. This is not your run of the mill vampire story (no sparkly vampires).

A little background:
She's a strong character trying to live her idealistic life of having a family (husband and two kids) and her idea of a dream job (HUD agent/FBI) when life throws her a curve and she becomes a vampire. She finds out that her so called loving husband isn't so loving as she tries to carry on by becoming a P.I. and take care of her kids.

This book is only the beginning of her story. I personally could not wait for the next book and the next.
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on August 16, 2017
The basic premise of the story was good. The writing and editing weren't so bad that it stopped me from reading the book or took away from the pace of my reading, but the book does lack in several ways that I think are needed for any higher of a rating. First, the world building and character development are very lacking. I can't say that I know any of the characters well enough to feel emotionally invested. Nor is there enough info to really form an opinion about the world these characters live in. It's all very surface level development. Secondly, plot elements progress with seemingly no reasoning behind it. A small handful of insignificant conversations occur and now we're talking love? Wait, what just happened? It's a direction i wanted to see happen, eventually, but without the actual story building, the event makes little sense. Or, one minute she's a family gal the next she's not, and there is no genuine story telling about how things reached this point or why she just lets it happen. Again, explanations are just surface level. Beyond that, there are inconsistencies in the story that shouldn't have made it past editing. All that being said, I still might read the next book to see where it goes. This isn't a series you can get lost in, like the black dagger brotherhood or midnight breed, but it might be good enough for when your looking for an easy, simple story.
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