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..Show More » 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.
I am enjoying the continued character development in this series. Since the books are shorter than some, there is a lot of room for more discoveries...Show More » It is nice for Samantha to find others to lean on and share her woes with as her family life alters, rearranges and adapts to her vampiric life. I appreciate the fact that there is some explanation to vampire legend as it explores what is truth and what is "myth." I also like the fact that the author gives us a slightly new take on vampires, as this author has determined. A fresh outlook is often welcome. The book sort of leaves us hanging at the end so we can look forward to the next book giving us more focus on that. Dina Pearlman "is" the voice of Samantha Moon. I hope that all future books are read by her. She does an outstanding performance and, I think, gives it just the right touch.
I am a fan of this series, but it's a bit like a good bowl of popcorn; you enjoy it while you're eating it, and you're certainly sorry when it's done,..Show More » but if something else exciting comes along, you can easily put it down. That said, I have purchased every book and will continue to do so. The writing is smooth, although I felt something was 'off' on the interpersonal relationships until I discovered JR Rain is a man-- then it made sense. Don't get me srong, he is a good writer and makes a great story and an easy read, but the women's inner voice seems like a man's version of a woman's inner voice if you know what a mean. This is a good combo of supernatural and mystery, reminded me of Dresden Files a little. Overall, a good, solid easy to digest series that I will stick with.
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 S..Show More »amantha 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.
STORY - As you might suspect, Christmas Moon is not a cute holiday story. (I listened to it in June). It does take place at Christmastime so you cou..Show More »ld stretch to say it's a holiday listen, but it's definitely not warm and fuzzy. It is, instead, a short, easy-listening vampire whodunnit. I have not gone through this series consecutively from the beginning and don't know the details of the original attack which "turned" Samantha, but this book seems to cast a new light onto what actually might have happened. The plot line is not complicated, but it was enjoyable and held my interest. It comes to a complete conclusion, so I would consider it a standalone book.
NARRATOR - I wish Ms. Pearlman would narrate a lot more books in the supernatural genre. Her voice is relatively low and somewhat sultry, and she reads a bit slower than many female narrators. The result is the book had a little more of a mysterious feel to it. In my opinion, some readers are just too "peppy" for the type of book they're reading.
OVERALL - Short, easy vampre mystery, but don't expect a complicated plot.
This is a good series. The only thing about this book that I don't like is that it's too short. Not that I want the book to drag on and on, but I th..Show More »ink the author could combine a couple of books instead of making them short and leaving a cliffhanger at the end. In each book Samantha's character grows as she learns about her new abilities and how to relate to humans. The way that she interacts with her children, sister, and ex husband is realistic. I can tell that the author is leading up to something big, but, I wish he would get to it and stop writing short stories.
This is a very quick read. Everytime I finish a book in this series, I tell myself that it will be the last one. Of course it's a lie. This is a gr..Show More »eat series and the narrator does a great job giving a voice to the characters.My only complaint is that it's too short. He should combine two books together. It's worth a credit and the the time. I recommend the series.
I really enjoyed this one. I felt it had a great plot and it wasn't so "Woe is me..." I loved bringing in Allison, she was much needed and really brou..Show More »ght flare.I loved it. What did seem annoying was that the narrator forgot what the voices sounded like in previous segments, plus it was like she had a cold. If you can get past that, it's all good. Finally looking forward to the next one!
I LOVE this series. I've already read the kindle edition, but it just not complete until the audio version comes out being read by one of my favorite ..Show More »narrators Dina Pearlman.
I want to say this one is THE best story in the series yet, but their have been some really great moments. All I CAN say is that the events that happen in this story are shocking and have been a long time in the making. Samantha has unfinished business with a certain someone and the results are shocking. Allison is coming into her own with her powers. Samantha's relationship with Russell is not what it seems. The entity within Samantha is getting "restless". It's been weeks since I've read it and I'm still reeling. What are you waiting for?, get started! I'm about to.
I really wish J. R. Rain would write a full length novel instead of these short novellas. But I have been saying that since I stumbled on to this ser..Show More »ies. Never the less, I love this series and have read every book in it. Each book shows character and plot development. Samantha Moon is always awesome and I'm glad Fang is back and is friendly with Samantha again. I'm also happy that Samantha and Kingsley have are becoming friendly again. I can't wait for the next book.
I had already listened to Fang's story (Teeth) in Vampire for Hire: The Short Stories so I got this audio to listen to the other short stories. Unfo..Show More »rtunately I didn't really like the other short stories. I didn't even understand what was going on in at least one of them, although that might be because I sort of stopped listening. If you like the Vampire for Hire series and want to hear Fang's story I would suggest getting Vampire for Hire: The Short Stories. The other stories in that audio were about Samantha Moon and a lot more interesting.