Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites with some Romance thrown in for fun.
The story line intrigued me, a vampire with a husband & children and a job as a PI. Evidently it did more than that as it wasn't long until I had purchased all the books in this series and look forward to new ones.
This is the story of a strong woman put through an utterly life changing, traumatic event who strives for normality with her family while discovering she is more than she thought. And all this with sarcasm, humor, and a great mystery.
Books are short and while I would like more there is no need to mess with perfection.
Audio books are just my cup of tea!
Purchased the first one, loved it so much listened to the next 5.5 all in a row! Ok, I must confess that four were bought on sale, which for their length made them a better value. The only thing that keeps my rating from a 5 is that they are sooo short!! This is a series is that should be listened to in order!
Sam is a Mom, private detective, vampire, & wife in about that order. Who knew a vampire could be a great Mom! I really enjoy how Sam, her family, and friend’s characters develop. J.R. Rain writes great stories! If you like a lot of sex and violence this series may not be for you. As a Mom I related to Sam. Dina Pearlman is a wonderful narrator! Dina helps make Sam believable. J.R. is going on my favorite author list and I will be purchasing his next book, on sale or not!
Love to read!
This book was pretty good overall. It is a little different from many vampire books in that she has a husband and kids. She is trying to continue to live her life as normally as possible. She isn't stalked or controlled by her maker, or any of the typical story lines. It adheres to the more "old school" idea of vampirism - no reflection, holy water, and shape changing into a bat-like creature. There is a little bit of brewing romance and interesting characters are introduced. The main character is smart in terms of common sense and intelligence (something I find missing in many other vampire books).
The only thing that makes me give it a 4 is the writing style. The author is a little repetitive immediately. For example, she says something about the phone ringing and in the next sentence she repeats it slightly differently. It gets a little annoying because this happens throughout the book. Maybe to read it in print might not be as annoying, but to hear it makes it really stick out. The other thing that kind of bothered me was sentence structure. They are all really short and use the same structure over and over. It almost comes across like a to-do list.
The performance was okay, but not great. The narrator used a really flat, almost monotone voice the whole time. There was little, if any, emotion to the characters. In a way, it gave it an old-school detective vibe where they "keep to the facts." However, I would love to listen to the book with another narrator who would give it some emotion.
Though these things were a little off-putting, I still enjoyed the book and would recommend it. I fully intend to get the next book in the series.
I like the heroin in this audio book. The reason is that she is not bitchy and mean like a lot of female characters that I've listened to lately. I do not understand why authors think a woman has to immasculate men in order to be powerful.
This woman is very nice and as the book unfolds her character becomes stronger. The character is written with emotional care and when listening, one can hear the reason why she is a victim of her ex husband's callous behavior. The characters are very interesting. I am now listening to book II. Thank you Audible for putting this on-sale.
Dina Pearlman does an excellent job at narrating this series.
I've loved Sci Fi and Fantasy since I was a teenager, too many years ago! I have been gaming just as long and currently run in a DragonQuest system. I've been married 35 yrs. with 2 kids, 4 cats and a moose in training - a LARGE Dog. I found audible a few years ago and I LOVE it!!!
It is an odd story that gives you no idea how vampires or werewolves came to be in an otherwise bland society and why there are only a few. Her vampires are interesting in that they are not really dead and they can be out in the day with some precautions. I liked the way the main character deals with her transformation and how she tries to continue a "normal" life. It has possibilities and I will listen to the second to see where it is going but more because I'm curious than because it's a great book.
Although the mystery was very predictable, somehow this book held my attention. Maybe it was the somber mood, or the newness of having a vampire in domestic setting that made this book intriguing to a point.
Aside from the predictability, this book has also several inconsistencies and problems. Like the husband's complete revulsion for Moon. According to the story they had a great marriage before the attack. He was the person who help her setup her new lifestyle. Somehow from that you go to utter revulsion and blackmail. Obviously, the author wanted this character to be a jerk and to push Moon into a new stage of her life. But the inconsistency and lack of explanation (consistent to human behavior) is a bit annoying. The same thing can be said about her husband's sudden fear for his kids. He goes from having no fear (always leaving the kids alone with her) to stipulating that she will only have supervised visits. There was not reason for this and no event that supported this behavior (this was his plan from the beginning). I don't even want to start with all the problems and inconsistencies with Moon's character.
However, even with all the problems, I still listen to the story until the end. Astonishingly, I'm not against buying the next book in the series. I think I see promise with Moon's character and the series as a whole. I can see her character growing, getting stronger and taking control of her life. Hopefully I won't be disappointed.
I am a fan of this series, but it's a bit like a good bowl of popcorn; you enjoy it while you're eating it, and you're certainly sorry when it's done, but if something else exciting comes along, you can easily put it down. That said, I have purchased every book and will continue to do so. The writing is smooth, although I felt something was 'off' on the interpersonal relationships until I discovered JR Rain is a man-- then it made sense. Don't get me srong, he is a good writer and makes a great story and an easy read, but the women's inner voice seems like a man's version of a woman's inner voice if you know what a mean. This is a good combo of supernatural and mystery, reminded me of Dresden Files a little. Overall, a good, solid easy to digest series that I will stick with.
I have not read the print version, but the audio version was thoroughly enjoyable.
When the heroin discovers her origins.
The main character.
See Moon Dance dance with the Moon!
I listened to this story while sitting in rush hour traffic and it was engaging, thrilling, querky, and completely enjoyable. Rush hour rushed by as I learned about the heroin's totally bizzare and complicated life. This is not for someone who wants a very deep and sublevel story with psycological overtones.
I would. I really like the main character.
Samantha Moon of course. I love that even though she is a vampire, she is still mostly an everyday house wife with kids to tend to. She is very relatable. Even though she is tough, like all the female characters in the vampire novels, she seems like she could be you if you were in her shoes...
When she meets the gang members while out jogging
Yes, when she confronts her husband about his affair. She is very real and it's so easy for me to relate to her. We are the same age, both have kids, etc. So when she feels pain, you feel it...
THIS SERIRS IS SO GOOD FROM BEGINING TO END. OH HOW I HOPE SHE / HE IS WRIGHTING MORE FOR THIS SERIES.