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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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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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    vancouverquilter 11-14-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Major Snooze-fest!!!!"

    This item will be returned and the rest of this series has been deleted from my wish list.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Needham, MA, United States 11-07-12
    Karen Needham, MA, United States 11-07-12 Member Since 2014
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    "weak story"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    more twist to the story line, less predictable. depth to the character explaination of backround


    What was most disappointing about J. R. Rain’s story?

    weak and predictable


    What didn’t you like about Dina Pearlman’s performance?

    boring


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Moon Dance?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    none

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    hambro 10-23-12
    hambro 10-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I was bored"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This was a story that I just could never get a connection to the characters. I wanted to, but I was bored throughout the story.


    What was most disappointing about J. R. Rain’s story?

    It was slow and I didn't feel a connection to the characters.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dina Pearlman’s performances?

    Maybe


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    None really, I think that was why I didn't like it


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 10-16-12
    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 10-16-12 Member Since 2008

    I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.

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    "You can't have it all."

    Vampire and mom. She works quite well as an investigator. Less so as a family person, So goes the story.
    This is a pleasant enough read. The premises didn't quite hold for me. But the main character is in transition. Perhaps the later novels round it out more.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Riverdale, GA 10-09-12
    Angela Riverdale, GA 10-09-12 Member Since 2009

    I have been happily married for 17 years, I have 3 children (12, 14, & 16), and 2 dogs. I am currently working on a 2nd degree. Life is chaotic and stressful, but I wouldn't change it. I am blessed and enjoying my life.

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    "I agree, a very nice surprise!"

    Nice enough that I am going to order book 2 :) I like the main character Mrs. Moon. I think her husband is a prick, and I hope he get what's coming to him soon, hopefully in book 2 lol Hummm I am trying not to give out in spoilers. Let’s just say you can definitely identify with Sam, the main character. I found myself completely in her corner and pulling for her. I am waiting for her to let loose a can of whoop a#% on Mr. Moon!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Kentwood, MI, United States 10-08-12
    Richard Kentwood, MI, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2015

    Listen mostly to urban fantasy and suspense/thrillers but also enjoy mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, adventure, classic, modern, spiritual or general literature. And I always like a bit of romance in any of my stories.

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    "Pleasantly Surprised"
    What did you love best about Moon Dance?

    Her struggles to deal with being a wife and mother after being attacked and changed into a vampire had more depth than I was expecting.


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

    This is the first book I've listened to by Ms Pearlman. I had a hard time adjusting to her reading. She does a great job with the dialog but the inflections during the naration portions (of which there are many) seemed strange. Eventually I came to the conclusion that she was trying for "detective noir". I'm not sure it's the correct tone for this book nor do I think she is able to pull it off. It did however let me stop thinking about it and gradually I got used to it.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought the first four Vampire for Hire books on sale. I look forward to continuing the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 06-13-12
    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 06-13-12 Member Since 2014
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    "I really wanted to like this"

    It just doesn't work for me. Depressing and slow....I did like the characters just thought they were wasted with this plot.

    However the narrator did a nice job.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Reina Damascus, MD, United States 05-11-12
    Reina Damascus, MD, United States 05-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Choose another book this one is lacking"
    What would have made Moon Dance better?

    Moving the plot along more quickly and making it more complex would have made this an intriguing listen. I would have liked to see the main character challenged a bit more and become more of a strong female character. She seemed floundering and it was hard to get involved in her struggles with any sort of interest.


    What was most disappointing about J. R. Rain’s story?

    The author seemed to be more focused on the characters' personal relationships rather than plot development. The crime solving seemed like an afterthought and was very obvious. It moved so slowly and I lost interest so frequently I actually fell asleep a few times while listening to the book. This rarely happens for me.


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

    This is my first Dina Pearlman performance and I thought she did an average job. She probably would have been better if she had better material to work with. It was easy to identify who was speaking and she had decent voice inflection. She does have a relaxing voice so sometimes it is easy to tune her out or fall asleep...


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment was my main feeling after listening to this book. It had such promise from the synopsis that it could have been very engaging. I won't be purchasing any more books in this series.


    Any additional comments?

    This book could be a good listen if you are looking for something to help you sleep at night, and if you can get it on sale. The narrators' voice is very soothing and doesn't change volume/ pitch much since there is relatively little action in this book to cause her to. There are many books that are much better in this genre: the Kitty Norville series, or the Mercy Thompson series to name a few I would recommend.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pam Sturgess 03-07-12
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    "Not even worth the $4.95 sale price"

    Reeeeelly? Reeeeelly? This gets published and serialized? Take out the sex and make it a book for kids.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Chattanooga 01-13-12
    Chris Chattanooga 01-13-12 Member Since 2009
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    Just could not get into this one at all. 3 chapters into it I gave up

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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