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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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    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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    Kindle Customer Chattanooga 01-13-12
    Kindle Customer Chattanooga 01-13-12 Member Since 2009
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    "poorly written"

    Just could not get into this one at all. 3 chapters into it I gave up

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    Leah Richmond, TX, United States 07-11-13
    Leah Richmond, TX, United States 07-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Uggghhh!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Hard to say. It's been ridiculously dull to me thus far. I'm not sure I can finish it.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Almost certainly not the second in this series.


    What aspect of Dina Pearlman’s performance would you have changed?

    She has a lovely voice, and I don't think she is really the problem for me.


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

    So far, it is a major downer. Samantha is depressed, as she should be, because her life is horrible. It feels like she resents her children, even though she IS trying to be a good mom, her husband has abandoned her, and she is so lonely. It seems like every few minutes she sighs heavily and says something about her misery. Like I said, I can't seem to make myself finish it, but I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if in the next chapter she started devising ways to off herself.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe this book is about to get really interesting, but I'll never know, I suspect. If I were looking for something this heavy, I wouldn't have sought it in the first book of a paranormal romance series. I expect a little action, humor, some romance and generally just chewing gum for my brain while I commute. This book is depressing....

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Vanessa A. Williamson St. Louis, MO USA 10-04-12
    Vanessa A. Williamson St. Louis, MO USA 10-04-12 Member Since 2015

    I am always on the look out for a story that will surprise me or make me laugh while telling a good tale

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    "Depressing"
    What would have made Moon Dance better?

    Less whining by the heroine, a better narration.


    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?

    Disappointment. A desire to slap the woman, and anger.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a depressing book. I couldn't even finish it I got so fed up with main character.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ta Lisa moreno Valley, CA, USA 04-13-12
    Ta Lisa moreno Valley, CA, USA 04-13-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Weak Vampire Mother"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The plot was interesting but as much as I wanted to like Samantha Moon, I just couldn't. I found her weak and whiny. Okay, so she is trying to maintain as normal a life as possible for her family, and I get that! But come on, what mother (vampire) wouldn't rip out the throat and eat the heart of anyone who took away their children?
    So,if you are into weepy vampires lamenting the loss of their humanity, this is the book for you. Not sure if this is a series , but if it is maybe she grows a pair in the next book!


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nickolas Seatac, WA, United States 04-02-12
    Nickolas Seatac, WA, United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Chick flick version of a vampire book"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Entertaining, although it was a little slow in spots where I would have perfered the story moved on a little quicker. There was some action sceens, and some promise for future story plot, but the opening book was overall slow paced.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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