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Moon Dance Audiobook

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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    girorv montreal, QC, Canada 11-22-11
    girorv montreal, QC, Canada 11-22-11 Member Since 2011

    To listen to a great book while I knit is heaven on earth.

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    "entertaining"

    This is my first vampire listen. Interesting premise ,the reader does a great job I felt the voices were perfect. Time flew by as I got caught up in the story.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sheryl 04-23-13
    Sheryl 04-23-13
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    "Jush "eh". Skip this on audio"

    My single biggest problem with this audiobook was the reader. For some reason, which I cannot fathom, she decided to use a sexy, sultry voice for the entire book. It didn't matter if she was picking her kids up from school, vomiting after eating a few ding-dongs, or discussing the attempted murder of a client, it was said with a sultry voice. This book was not sexy. It was not a romance. The sultriness of the reader's voice was so distracting that it bugged the heck out of me. Halfway through this very short book I decided I'd be better off abandoning the audio version and just reading the version I already had on my Kindle. The book was marginally better in print. Maybe I was just turned off to the book at this point, but I really wanted to like it. It got so many good reviews on Goodreads. While I could feel Samantha's pain over her family situation, that was about the only thing I could connect with in the story. Her budding feelings for her new love interest (and his for her) felt totally flat and unbelievable and the investigation was just "meh". There are too many better books out there. Skip this one but if you really feel an urge to read it, skip the audio and just stick to the print version. (Just a heads up, the sample up here is deceptive as I didn't detect the sultry cadence to her voice in it. That came a little further in.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Arial Burnz 12-15-13
    Arial Burnz 12-15-13

    That's my two pence...

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    "GREAT Story and a lot of Fun!"

    I was very surprised by this novel because of the unique approach to vampires. Not necessarily the vampire lore itself, but the characters...especially Samantha Moon, the main character. A soccer mom, private investigator vampire!

    I love the way Samantha has to deal with normal, everyday activities, like picking the kids up from school and making dinner, while she's dealing with this whole vampire issue that was forced upon her. And then, to make it even more unique, she's solving cases.

    A strange yet delightful mix because not only do these situations NOT blend well, Samantha is forced to deal with the consequences of trying to make them all work together. She goes above and beyond to live a normal life and pretending this vampire thing isn't going to change anything...and yet everything is changed and falls apart. Fabulous character development and I found myself laughing, crying and getting angry with the characters throughout the story.

    The narrator of the novel was spectacular! She not only represents the voice of Samantha Moon that brings the character to life, but she has that kind of "hardball detective" sound to her voice, almost like a Mickey Spillane novel. Just brilliant!

    I highly recommend this audiobook to anyone who loves vampire stories with a little bit of mystery.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joe 08-21-13
    Joe 08-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    What did you love best about Moon Dance?

    This could make a good series. I liked the plot and was easy to follow.


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

    At the end showing allot of restraints


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

    No this was the first of hers


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

    When she seen her husband was having an affair. How many people you nowould not of tore him apart


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Breanna Charleston, WV, United States 06-30-13
    Breanna Charleston, WV, United States 06-30-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Great love story/ Vampire story"
    Where does Moon Dance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Number 1


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

    None


    What about Dina Pearlman’s performance did you like?

    Yes I liked her performance a lot better to some other books I've listened to


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

    None


    Any additional comments?

    This was one of the best vampire books I've read/ listened to in a very long time.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    heather 03-09-13
    heather 03-09-13
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    "Down Girl..."

    The book just seems off..

    Ann McCafferey in her Psy series set a good mark for paranormal adventures with well rounded characters, the Michelle Sagara's elantra series does the same in a more modern series, Jeanine Frost night huntress series does kickass with romance very well.. This book doesn't' reach any of those marks and it sounds like just inexperience and very poor guidance from an editor.

    It ins't a terrible book, but it ins't good either. The main character clearly has bitterness about men from the beginning and the way she talks about them saying "down girl" repeatedly (editor please!) objectifies the men. Now this anger/frustration makes perfect sense as you listen to more of the story, but the book seems to end suddenly just as some promising characters are finally starting to reveal themselves. The whole thing feels like an action book that was meant to be action/romance and just never got around to it.

    If there were another book in the series maybe listening to both would make the pieces fall in place, but i am not sure i would buy the next book to find out.

    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 2016
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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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    Kindle Customer Riverdale, GA 10-09-12
    Kindle Customer 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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