• Vampire Moon

  • Vampire for Hire, Book 2
  • By: J. R. Rain
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (1,265 ratings)

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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, in Vampire Moon, sequel to Moon Dance, private investigator Samantha Moon finds herself hunting down a powerful crime lord and protecting an innocent woman from her ruthless ex-husband—all while two very different men vie for her heart. And as the stakes grow higher and her cases turn personal, Samantha Moon will do whatever it takes to protect the innocent and bring two cold-blooded killers to justice—her own brand of justice.

Blood money: listen to more in the Vampire for Hire series.
©2010 J.R. Rain (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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Series continues in fine form

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. 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.

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Wow

What did you love best about Vampire Moon?

I am so engrossed in this series only after ready books 1 and 2 I HAVE to read the rest!

What did you like best about this story?

Moondance meeting Fang

What about Dina Pearlman’s performance did you like?

The way she changes her voice

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Moondance

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Better than the first

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

this book drew me in and I couldn't wait to get to the end to see who she was meeting

What did you like best about this story?

that sam was finally going to meet fang

Which character – as performed by Dina Pearlman – was your favorite?

fang

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

yes when she punched her ex husbands girlfriend in the facee and she got her kids back

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I hate cliff hangers!

I like the Vampire for Hire series, but I really hate cliffhangers. This book lands on a big one.

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Good, Light Reading

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, 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.

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Can't wait to get to #3

Samantha Moon...what a vamp... this one was... better than the first ...made me crave the next. Dina Pearlman does a wonderful job.

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Well, that took at turn

“Down boy”
As I heard her utter the phrase again, I thought this would settle into the same playbook as book 1, with Sam(antha Moon) Spade as an odd noir vampire detective meets vampire soccer mom combination. And, part of this book did follow that playbook. There are two mystery procedurals following in the Sam Spade tradition, with Sam taking the case of (1) Nicole, a damaged dame in need of protection against her criminal ex-husband and (2) Stewart, wronged by the system and with no one else to turn to.

“I thought I might be looking at the world’s most perfect bald head.”
But, things took a couple of turns i didn’t quite expect. The humor gets darker, going from wry to biting. The F bombs and C word appear with more frequency. There’s more violence and an intimate scene that’s explicit, even if the clothes stayed on. There’s also a lot more angst with Sam’s ex and her separation from her children. Most importantly, Sam isn’t some sparkly vampire and this isn’t some teenage love story. I liked that the series leaned into the darker side of being a vampire. This book (mostly) provides Sam’s origin story from six years prior and sees her finally embrace some of her vampire traits. First vampire series in a while that features the bat-form or not appearing in mirrors/film. Kudos for that fresh approach.

“After all, can’t have a big bad werewolf picking off the surgically enhanced desperate housewives of Orange County one at a time, like so many slow-moving, top-heavy gazelle- would probably hurt the ratings, or drastically help them.”
Sure, there were some minor gripes. Why does everyone have white bread, plain-Jane names? (Nicole, Stewart, Chad, Danny, Sam) Why is Sam such a doormat when it comes to her ex? Are we really supposed to believe the acts Sam gets away with? But, overall I found this a welcome change from the white male bachelor vampire/warlock/werewolf schtick prevalent in so many urban fantasy series. I very much like the engaging supporting characters, including my still favorite from book 1: Detective Sherbet.

The two mystery procedurals wrap up nicely, so I’d say this is a stand-alone book, but several mysteries revolving around Sam begin or continue, so listening to book 1 first is recommended. Also, this had a great final chapter that had me itching to hear book 3, so I’d also recommend waiting until you’ve got book 3. Given the short length of these books, maybe wait for an Audible stacked sale and binge buy.

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One Bad Ass she-vamp

I really liked this series. Well thought out delivering justice. Yeah and the ending, now I just have to get the next book.

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Supernatural Mystery With Punch

Enjoyed the plot and the character development. It's a slightly different view of supernatural beings like vampires & werewolves. Sam's adjustment to the new normal makes for an entertaining story. Looking forward to the next
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Yes!!

Ok Better have book 3 ready immediately! Moon Dance is meeting Fang! Enjoying the series so far.

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  • 05-11-15

Delightful Listen

Would you consider the audio edition of Vampire Moon to be better than the print version?

Don't know I have never read the papaer version

What other book might you compare Vampire Moon to, and why?

Perhaps Darkness Haunts by Susan Illene. It's an emotional story, lots of inner anks and well rounded characters

What does Dina Pearlman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I feel she demonstrates the inner feelings and character of Sam Moon so well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did and it is short enough

Any additional comments?

I loved the way she fought for her family and the feelings involving the son are, I am sure, ones I could have felt myself. It is possible to see her abilities grow with each book. Not too many detailed fight scenes, which I hate, and the sex is not overly graphic which is something I can find difficult to read.

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  • Juals55
  • 02-04-21

Great read

I’m loving this series and can’t wait for the next. The narrator reads so well and you can tell when she’s doing a mans part which can be so funny. Can’t talk anymore as want to start the next one. You will enjoy.

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  • Meera
  • 02-10-18

Repetative

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Whilst I can occasionally enjoy the story of the books the over description, the need to endlessly repeat to the reader what has been told once, twice or many many times before that in book 1 as well makes it a hard read. It has an interesting idea with a very stereotypical vampire that is boring to imagine makes this book a bit of a let down. The problem is that the cliffhangers at the end of each book makes it stop abruptly where you need to read the next one to find out what will happen.
I had hopes she would be less self focused in this book and actually less man obsessed but that did not happen. I zoned out a lot whilst reading the book. I will continue only because I still have questions that have been left unanswered since book 1 and hate cliffhangers.