REVIEW by Beth: Samantha Moon (Vampire for Hire #1-4) by J.R. Rain (@jr_rain , @bunnybetha)
(Ginny’s note: Technically the title on Amazon is “Samantha Moon: The First Four Vampire for Hire Novels, Plus the Christmas Moon Novella and a Never-Before-Published Short Story” but that was too long for a post name)
All four novels in Nook’s #1 Bestselling Vampire Series by J.R. Rain, including:
(Vampire for Hire #1)
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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(Vampire for Hire #2)
Private investigator Samantha Moon finds herself hunting down a powerful crime lord and protecting an innocent woman from her ruthless ex-husband — all while two very different men vie for her heart. And as the stakes grow higher and her cases turn personal, Samantha Moon will do whatever it takes to protect the innocent and bring two cold-blooded killers to justice — her own brand of justice.
(Vampire for Hire #3)
Private investigator Samantha Moon receives a heartbreaking phone call from a very unlikely source: a five-year-old girl who’s been missing for three months. Now on the hunt, Samantha will use her considerable resources — including her growing supernatural abilities — to locate the missing girl before it’s too late. And as she gets closer and closer to the horrible truth, she receives devastating news on the home front. Now with her world turned upside down, Samantha Moon is forced to make the ultimate choice of life and death.
(Vampire for Hire #4)
Now in MOON CHILD, sequel to AMERICAN VAMPIRE, private investigator Samantha Moon is faced with an impossible decision — a decision that no mother should ever have to make. A decision that will change her life, and those she loves, forever. And through it all, Sam finds herself in a lethal game of vampire vs. vampire as a powerful — and desperate — enemy will stop at nothing to claim what he most desires.
Samantha Moon is six, count ’em, six Vampire for Hire stories all in one. I was given the opportunity to read an advanced review copy from NetGalley. Included in Samantha Moon are Moon Dance (book #1), Vampire Moon (book # 2), American Vampire (#3), Moon Child (#4), the novella Christmas Moon, and short story Vampire Dreams.
Samantha Moon is a wife, a mom, a private investigator, and an ex-federal agent.
Oh yes, Samantha’s also a vampire.
Hey, it’s not her fault, okay?
Here’s the scoop: Six or seven years before these stories take place, Samantha goes out jogging, and she’s attacked. Waking up in the hospital, Samantha soon realizes that she’s craving blood. What the heck? Samantha quits her job, citing a rare skin condition, and opens up her own private investigation office. She works nights, and her supportive husband (or is he, really?) Danny takes care of her kids while she’s out solving cases. Samantha sleeps during the day, while her kids are at school. Samantha sets her alarm to pick them up for school every week day, and she has devised some clever ways to protect her vampire skin from the sun while she’s on mom duty.
Okay, I love the Samantha Moon series. I started reading and just couldn’t put my Kindle down. From the first book, Moon Dance, right straight through to the last story Vampire Dreams, the reader is right in the thick of Samantha’s struggle’s as a new vampire (like, how does she get fresh blood without killing people?). There’s a lot she can’t do anymore, for sure (like enjoy food), but as the stories progress Samantha finds out she has some special talents that she never had before. I’m a sucker for strong female characters, like Samantha, women who are dealt a raw deal and just keep on fighting.
As Samantha works hard to keep her secrets, she learns that everyone around her has stuff they are trying to keep hidden: Samantha’s husband Danny, Detective Sherbet, Samantha’s online chat buddy Fang, and defense attorney Kingsley Fulcrum. Gosh, I love these character names.
All six stories are a fun and fast read, and for me as addictive as white cake with white frosting. Samantha’s got herself a smart mouth and lots of attitude (other things I love about her). She’s also a good mother, and struggling to be an even better wife. The dialogue in these stories is smoothly written, and the story kept me asking myself, how the heck is our girl going to get out of THIS one? And just one hint: There’s not just vampires in these books, although you will have to read them to find out what I mean. I’m not going to give away too much, but if you’re an urban fantasy fan, you won’t be disappointed!
I’ve said it before, writers who give me characters I want to know for real have me hooked for the long haul, and this series has got me right by the throat. Get the joke? Yeah, I know, it’s weak. But I just bought Vampire Dawn, Vampire for Hire #5, and I’ll keep reading this series as long as J.R. Rain keeps writing them.
It should be no surprise to anyone who’s read this far that I’m giving Samantha Moon 5 stars, as in get yourself to Amazon and snap it up!
Also, Author J.R. Rain lives somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. Since I live in Seattle, that makes Mr. Rain my neighbor (well, kinda). Check out his website.