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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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Enjoyed, but . . .

Where does Moon Dance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

3

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The fact that she is living a somewhat normal life w/2 kids

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

No but she is very good

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the book but would have loved some background. The book starts 6 years after the main character has been attacked and that is all we know. A little more detail on Who, what, when and where would have been nice.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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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A really enjoyable listen!

What made the experience of listening to Moon Dance the most enjoyable?

The fact that it was a short full story I could fit in an afternoon!

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

Sam winning her boxing match!

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

No I haven't yet.

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

I was moved when Sam had to leave her kids

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this as a quick read, it was well written and I look forward to reading/listening to more of these stories!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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OMG! Too many "she said" & "he said"!

Ok, so rarely do I actually write a review. I always "rate"a novel, nor, have I never ever felt so compelled to write a review when I'm barely half way through it.

This book has me so irritated that I want to scream! I now remember why I have yet to finish it (I purchased approximately a year ago?) Every other word is "I said", "she said" or "he said". It totally takes away from the flow of the story!!
It's maddening!! J. R., seriously seek out an Editor if you don't already have one!
The story has such good potential but I will probably not be finishing book 1, much less the series. How on earth this is quoted as being compared to Stephanie Plum or Sookie Stackhouse is a complete joke! Not even close in comparison to either!!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Joe
  • SEATTLE, WA, United States
  • 06-19-15

Predictable, Trite, Ridiculous

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really.

Any additional comments?

This book is just plain silly. What kind of mother, vampire or no, runs a private investigation business from her home where her children sleep? A terrible one. /And the client's last name is Fulcrum? Seriously? Like the balancing point of an object? The author might as well of named him Mr. Plot Device. It wasn't the worst book I've ever read because at least it was so bad it made me laugh. That carries a lot of weight with me. Thank goodness Audible has a return policy.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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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

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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  • Karen
  • Needham, MA, United States
  • 11-07-12

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 2 people found this review helpful

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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 2 people found this review helpful

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