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Vampire for Hire 1: Moon Dance

Vampire for Hire 1: Moon Dance [Kindle Edition]

J.R. Rain
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Mother, wife, private investigator...vampire. Six years ago federal agent Samantha Moon was the perfect wife and mother, your typical soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home. Then the unthinkable happens, an attack that changes her life forever. And forever is a very long time for a vampire. Now the world at large thinks Samantha has developed a rare skin disease, a disease which forces her to quit her day job and stay out of the light of the sun. Now working the night shift as a private investigator, Samantha is hired by Kingsley Fulcrum to investigate the murder attempt on his life, a horrific scene captured on TV and seen around the country. But as the case unfolds, Samantha discovers Kingsley isn't exactly what he appears to be; after all, there is a reason why he survived five shots to the head.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2010 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002Q0Y27Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,013 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Latest Release: VAMPIRE SUN

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: J.R. Rain is an ex-private investigator who now writes full-time in the Pacific Northwest. He lives in a small house on a small island with his small dog, Sadie, who has more energy than Robin Williams. Please visit him at


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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephanie Plum with fangs! 16 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm not usually a big fan of the vampire/fantasy genre, much preferring detective fiction/thrillers. However, after reading the reviews for Moon Dance, I thought I'd give it a go (OK, so the fact it was also free was also an incentive!). I must say that I was very pleasantly surprised. Although somewhat brief (it's longer than a novella, but not quite as long as a regular book), this novel is a great read! It's not highbrow literature, rather a fun, easygoing read that doesn't pretend to be anything it's not. If you're looking for "serious" vampire novels like Ann Rice, then you'll probably hate J.R. Rain's Samantha Moon series, but if you enjoy Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels, then this will probably be right up your street. Rain's Samantha Moon is not quite as sassy as Ms Plum, but I guess you don't need sassy when you're a vampire, and with this first book in the series, we are just being introduced to the new characters, who continue to develop as the series progresses.

Rain's characters are nicely created, in such a way that you are able to actually feel something for them - fascination and sympathy for Samantha, who has had vampirism forced upon her and is trying to find a way of combining being undead with being a mom; loathing for Danny, her snake of a husband (OK, so maybe I'd have some trouble coming to terms that my partner was now undead, but hey, if you love someone, you work it out, right?!) and curiosity about Kingsley the werewolf lawyer (interesting combination - i think Mr Rain may have met some of my former bosses!!).

Moon Dance, the first in the series, left me wanting to read more, so I've invested in all of the Samantha Moon series to date, including the latest, Vampire Dawn, and have downloaded and am waiting to read some of J.R.
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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great new book 3 Jan 2011
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I originally downloaded this book in early December, but haven't had the chance to review it yet.

J. R. Rain takes the female vampire character and gives it an almighty and sympathetic twist; for all her strength and advantages, this is not a condition I'd like to have. The delicate and heartbreaking exploration of a marriage collapsing - and a formally supportive partner turning into a manipulative sadist - was one of the strongest elements of the book; it turned Samantha Moon into one of the most likeable characters I've ever come across.

Combine this with Samantha working as a private detective, throw in a loveable though suspicious cop, and spice with a werewolf. Gotta love it!

This is one of the strongest and most original voices I've read in years.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vampire for Hire: Moon Dance 11 Mar 2011
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Moon Dance (Vampire for Hire #1)

I initially downloaded this book because it was cheap and a vampire book. I didn't read it straight away because I wasn't sure about it. Well, I'm glad to say I was foolish to wait! This book was brilliant! Samantha Moon is a not just a vampire. She's a mum. A great mum. This book is the story of how she has had to come to terms with her condition whilst still being there for her kids. When her husband turns against her and becomes an unfaithful s.o.b she still has the humility to empathize with him whilst the reader wants to rip his guts out!

Not only is this book about Sam's personal life, it's also a detective story as Sam is a P.I. An interesting plot and believable characters makes this book a must read.

This book brings a new dimention to the vampire genre with the added bonus of a werewolf too! I was surprised to find out J R Rain is a man because he had great insight to how a woman feels. I highly recommend this book and the following book in the series: Vampire Moon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic series 12 Mar 2012
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I downloaded this only because it was free, having never heard of this author before. I was very pleasantly surprised at how much i enjoyed this book and quickly downloaded the others in the series. They are not overly long books - having read this one in a day! However they have plenty going on to keep you going. If you have never read any of Mr Rain's books i would recommend starting here
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quirky but SHORT 18 Jun 2011
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Like the idea and the characters and it is an amusing and engaging story but...

Be aware that if you get into this series then the books get shorter and the author gets into the habit of using cliff hangers to get the reader to buy again - sneaky and a bit underhand really..... so, I'm out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab 18 Feb 2012
By Sandra
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I originally downloaded this in the off chance it would be a good read, and I wasn't disappointed. From the beginning the book drags you into the story and is full of emotion, excitement, happiness and wonder. I really enjoyed it and I can't wait to read the next, I have just downloaded the whole series, can't wait to start reading!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 26 Jan 2011
By J. Page
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this book downloaded it cos it was cheap so glad I did j r rain is now one of my favourite authors can't wait for more !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Moon Dance 18 Jun 2013
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Moon Dance is about a private investigator who happens to be a vampire. Samantha Moon is a wife and mother and FBI agent, who became a vampire after a brutal attack 6 years ago.

I do have a bit of a problem in those 6 years. Things happen in this book that I'm sure should have happened years previously. The story doesn't go into any of her past, just the present.

This is quite a light read. It doesn't seem to take itself too seriously, although it's not played for laughs.

I wasn't sure how "vampiry" or "other-worldy" this would be but in the main, it's a straight detective story, just with a side of the paranormal.

I did quite enjoy it and would certainly try a bit more.
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