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Moon Dance: Vampire for Hire, Book 1 | [J. R. Rain]

Moon Dance: Vampire for Hire, Book 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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

©2009 J.R. Rain (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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    Karen Oregon City, OR, United States 09-06-11
    Karen Oregon City, OR, United States 09-06-11 Member Since 2008
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    "A Nice Surprise"

    I thought I would try some of Audible's productions and saw that Mr. Rain was a #1 Kindle book seller, so I thought I would give him a try. I was not disappointed. This has a little bit of a different spin on the vampire/werewolf supernatural genre. First Mrs. Moon doesn't (usually) drink human blood. Second, she tries to keep up appearances as a human by even going so far as to slather on sunscreen and a hat and shades so she can pick up her kids from school. Third, she is a PI (former Federal Agent for HUD) and doesn't want to become a killer, like a lot of legends have portrayed many vampires. Only a few people close to her even know the truth about her "skin disease." This series really humanizes many aspects of the supernatural and how they are coping with their "condition," and how they carry on relationships. Whether they consider themselves still one of "God's children" or not; if they think they, themselves, are good or bad.

    The books are not very long, compared to some, but there is a lot of ground covered. It will be interesting to see the continued character development in the next installments of this series. I appreciate Audible taking a chance with this author and would probably enjoy some of his other books in audio format as well. Too bad my library doesn't carry his books.

    Dina Pearlman does an outstanding job in her reading of this work.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen New Zealand 09-21-11
    Colleen New Zealand 09-21-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Great listen!!"
    Where does Moon Dance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right up there - was a real nice surprise and would definitely be a favourite


    What does Dina Pearlman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is a great narrator and really brings it alive and becomes Samantha Moon


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

    Yes i hated having to turn it off.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent reading and sucks you right in - i ended up getting all 4! Great story, believabel and very real. Nice surprise as didnt expect it to be this. incredibly enjoyable read, love the character, the plot, the story and the narrator. Excellent in my view - all round! Definitely a JR Rain fan and cant wait till the 5th installment!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dorothy Eugene, OR, United States 04-10-12
    Dorothy Eugene, OR, United States 04-10-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Not Your Typical Vampire Story"

    Loved this new take on the life of a vampire. The story and narration were both excellent. I highly recommend it. My only gripe is the length of the book (short). I didn't mind buying it on special but I did not, and probably won't, pay the usual asking price for the rest of the books in the series. It was good but not good enough to justify the expense. Audible - please put the rest of the books on special or lower the regular price.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Mississauga, Ontario, Canada 04-02-12
    Paul Mississauga, Ontario, Canada 04-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Pretty Good for Light Listening"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to a friend who enjoys mystery vampire books.


    Would you recommend Moon Dance to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it, but only as a light read. It's pulp fiction, not too deep or meaningful.


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Raylene Pickerington, OH, United States 03-24-12
    Raylene Pickerington, OH, United States 03-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting twist on vampire stories."

    I liked the idea of how turning into a vampire is like getting a horrific disease. Since I know several people with rare, debilitating diseases, I could relate to how people in the book either turned away in fear and disgust or were able to see beyond the disease to the person within. Certainly, issues with spouses and children are usually an issue with people with disease or who have become a vampire (or other supernatural being). I will listen to the rest of the series just to follow the family issues and hopefully Rain will stay close to the reality.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    mary st albans, vt, United States 01-25-12
    mary st albans, vt, United States 01-25-12
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    "very good book kept me wanting to read more"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Moon Dance to be better than the print version?

    i loved listening to it while at work


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sam


    Which scene was your favorite?

    carrying away of the ups man


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    made me laugh at times


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States 12-17-11
    Amazon Customer Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States 12-17-11
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    "Fantastic--"
    What made the experience of listening to Moon Dance the most enjoyable?

    It was the perfect blend of earthy humor and mystery woven in amongst the paranormal goings on. Even my husband liked it, and he doesn't like anything.


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

    Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series


    What does Dina Pearlman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Oh my goodness, she brings the visual aspect to a basically two deminsional experience.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh. That was a hell of a first paragraph, you've got to admit.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Colorado Springs, CO, United States 05-07-12
    Gary Colorado Springs, CO, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2010

    Give me water to swim and surf in. That with a glass of red and the sun. That's heaven.

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    "REMEMBER, EVEN VAMPIRES HAVE FAMILY!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Moon Dance to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version of Moon Dance, but I don't see how it could be better than the audio version. The narrator in the audio version has the opportunity to flush out the plot, the characters and the heart aching situations that arrive better than to just see it in print.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Moon Dance?

    The wife, through no fault of her own became a vampire and her husband began to judge her and pull away, despite how much she tried to maintain an attitude of a normal marraige.


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

    I haven't listened to Dina Pealman prior to this performance, but felt she lent an extraordinary flavor to an other than ordinary occurance to a normal working woman.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Florence, SC, United States 05-06-12
    Kathy Florence, SC, United States 05-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Enjoyable"
    Where does Moon Dance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed Moon Dance and the thoughts of a FBI agent/wife/mother turned vampire against her will and learning to live with it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Liked her new romance, since her husband treated her so bad.


    What does Dina Pearlman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I like her voice. Enjoyed her narration.


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed this book, different than other vampire type books I have read/listened too. Looking forward to others in this series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa United States 11-21-12
    Lisa United States 11-21-12 Member Since 2012

    Paranormal-urban fantasy book lover!

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    "BETTER THAN I EXPECTED!"
    Where does Moon Dance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5


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

    None so far, this is very unique and new to me.


    What three words best describe Dina Pearlman’s voice?

    Perfect for Series!!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was utterly pissed off about what happened to Sam, and all this coming from a male perspective/author amazed me.


    Any additional comments?

    I stumbled across this book, I don't much like straying from my favorite authors, but I am very glad I did. I wasn't sure about it at first but then couldn't stop reading/listening. I found I HAD to finish the entire series before I went on to any other books. I even bought the Knighthorse books from this author because I love this series so much. That will be my next review! Hope you will give this author a chance, you'll be glad you did.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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