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Moon Child: Vampire for Hire, Book 4 | [J. R. Rain]

Moon Child: Vampire for Hire, Book 4

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Moon Child - the fourth book in the Vampire for Hire Series.

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 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.

Blood money: listen to more in the Vampire for Hire series.

©2011 J.R. Rain (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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    Karen Oregon City, OR, United States 09-10-11
    Karen Oregon City, OR, United States 09-10-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent vampire series with a new slant."

    This series explores more of Samantha's developing powers and explores her relationships with two men that are falling for her. We also find out if Samantha can find a way to cure her terminally ill son without condemning him to a life as a vampire at the age of 7. I appreciate the fact that Samantha and her ex can be civil and without ranker during this trying time of dealing with their son's illness. Hopefully, future books will allow them to both be more mature in how they deal with sharing the children during their divorce. (I hate seeing divorcing parents making children feel less loving toward one or the other parent and create animosity.) This book neatly wraps up the medallion question, and what Samantha will (or won't) have to give up to get what she needs to make things right for her son. Samantha is able to be more open about what she is to Detective Sherbet, and she finds another vampire that she can learn from. There is still a lot of room left for further exploration and I hope we see more from this writer. The books are shorter so, even though main points are covered, there is still a lot of continuing development left for us to consider. The narrator, Dina Pearlman, is the icing on the cake.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 01-31-13
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 01-31-13 Member Since 2007

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "Conclusion of book 3 and no cliff-hanger either."

    This was a reasonable conclusion to the story started in the previous book. Actually, it is the conclusion that should have been included in book 3 - which just ended suddenly without a resolution of the main story thread.

    Anyway, the story is satisfactorily concluded here. And a lot of things are sort of resolved: Sam's relationship with her kids, her ex-husband, Kingsley, Fang... well, maybe not Fang, he is still a bit of a dark horse, but the rest of the stuff going on in Sam's life was left in a good place. Actually, I'm still a bit concerned about Fang, and what he's up to... he is just too suspicious for my liking... but that's another story, right.

    There, fortunately, isn't a cliff-hanger here. There is some openness as to what might occur in the future with Sam and other vampire(s) that might make you want to keep reading the series, but the story in this book is wrapped up. So, while you might want to get the next book to continue following Sam, you're not obliged to do so. I will be picking it up before too long.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 12-25-12
    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 12-25-12 Member Since 2009
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    "TOO SHORT!!!!"

    The biggest complaint I have about the books in this series is that they are too short. Other than that this is a good series. In this book Samantha is faced with making a life altering decision for her child. It is an emotional book and reminds the audience again why she and her husband are divorced. As always there were moments when it was obvious that a man was writing the story from a woman's point of view. Even though the book is over too soon, I enjoyed it and will buy the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 08-01-12
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 08-01-12 Member Since 2001

    BJS

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    "Samantha Moon trying to raise kids"

    But being a vampire made it really hard Her husband dumped her, and finally she go smart. and is learning how to be a Vampire all on her own with no help from her sire. But she's managed.Female married with children Federal Agent, gets turned into a Vampire. Messes with her work, her marriage, blah blah blah......But it really is an amazing series, has mystery, serious moments, and humor. I hope that this series continues to evolve. Every book just gets better and the narration is excellent Dina Perlman does great job

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    April S. Abrams Lakewood, WA United States 07-26-12
    April S. Abrams Lakewood, WA United States 07-26-12 Member Since 2012

    Ms. Storm

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    "Interesting side effects of vampirism."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love the formula for vamp stories where female vamps have two lovers vying for their attention. This story is pure escapist entertainment.


    What other book might you compare Moon Child to and why?

    This book/series has the same witty repartee as the Sookie Stackhouse series. However I have not yet seen a character be a good mother and a vampire .


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alice CA, United States 12-06-11
    Alice CA, United States 12-06-11 Member Since 2006

    Audio books are the only way I survive commuting and nursing school!

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    "Latest addition to the series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Moon Child to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    Would you be willing to try another book from J. R. Rain? Why or why not?

    Yes, I enjoyed her humor and slightly different take on the typical vampire detective superwoman of the night world.


    Have you listened to any of Dina Pearlman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Just the other books in the series that she has read. Performance wasa enjoyable, easy to to get into.


    Any additional comments?

    Seemed a bit shorter than the other books, the ending felt rushed, making it feel a bit incomlete or rough.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Libby, MT, United States 10-01-11
    Patricia Libby, MT, United States 10-01-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Left Wanting More"

    I suppose it is the hallmark of a good writer when you finish one of their books and begin looking for more. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series. The smart talking, wise-cracking, yet tortured Samantha Moon is a delight.

    This particular book was probably the weakest of the 4, maybe because I knew it was the last and I wanted more. The story lines are fairly simple but Samantha's struggle to accept all things vampire keep the plot moving. I hope Mr. Rain will write more for this series. I have to compliment the narrator. She brings the story to life and you can see the self-assured, wise-cracking Sam blowing a bubble when she finds she can chew gum and getting it in her hair. Dina Pearlman does an outstanding job.


    More please!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Zulu Cedar Park, TX 07-17-13
    Zulu Cedar Park, TX 07-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazon/Audible book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Go back to what the series title infers and how the first couple books were.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    Spent more time concerning her home life and what she thinks of herself than doing her job, i.e., the title of the series. Listened to the whole book on 2x speed. It was basically the second half of Book 3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Arthur Lueder Los Alamos, NM USA 03-18-13
    Arthur Lueder Los Alamos, NM USA 03-18-13 Member Since 2009
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    "The Conclusion To Book 3"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Moon Child to be better than the print version?

    I never have time to read print so audio is always the choice.


    Which character – as performed by Dina Pearlman – was your favorite?

    I love her Samantha


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    So short you can do it but I use it for commuting and exercise


    Any additional comments?

    The series is getting better as Samantha delves more into the supernatural and her powers increase. A more feelgood read with no cliffhanger and the author is improving his style. Still, I feel this was just the continuance and conclusion to book 3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Cleveland, OK, United States 12-21-12
    Sara Cleveland, OK, United States 12-21-12 Member Since 2011

    Fat Chick getting Fit!

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    "Great vampire series with a new twist."

    I love Samantha Moon. She keeps you interested. I hope the series keeps going.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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