Review: Samantha Moon by J.R. Rain

Title: Samantha Moon – The First Four Vampire for Hire Novels, Plus the Christmas Moon Novella and a Never-Before-Published Short Story
Author: J.R. Rain
Series: Samantha Moon (1-4 + Novella and Short Story)
Publisher: BenBella Books
Published: June 5th 2012
Format: eBook – NetGalley Preview Exclusive

Mother, wife, private investigator ... and vampire. Six years ago, federal agent Samantha Moon was the perfect wife and soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home. Then the unthinkable happened, an attack that changed her life forever. And forever is a very long time for a vampire.

Samantha’s adventures as a night-roaming vampire and private investigator in
Samantha Moon
include ...

Vampire for Hire #1) Moon Dance: Samantha is hired by Kingsley Fulcrum to investigate the attempt on his life, a horrific scene watched on TV around the country. But Kingsley isn’t exactly what he appears to be; after all, there is a reason why he survived five shots to the head.

Vampire for Hire #2) Vampire Moon: Samantha Moon hunts down a powerful crime lord and protects an innocent woman from her ruthless ex-husband—all while two very different men vie for her heart. 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.

Vampire for Hire #3) American Vampire: Samantha receives a heartbreaking call from a very unlikely source: a five-year-old girl who’s been missing for three months. Using her considerable resources—including her growing supernatural abilities—to locate the missing girl before it’s too late, Samantha also receives devastating news on the home front, forcing her to make the ultimate choice of life and death.

Vampire for Hire #4) Moon Child: Samantha Moon is faced with an impossible decision that will change her life and those of the ones she loves forever—a decision that no mother should ever have to make. And through it all, Samantha finds herself in a lethal game of vampire versus vampire as a powerful and desperate enemy will stop at nothing to claim what he most desires.

Christmas Moon: With Christmas just around the corner, Samantha takes on a very strange case: A priceless family treasure has been stolen, something passed down through the generations and buried in secrets. And Samantha gets half of whatever it is ... if she can find it first.

... and an all-new Samantha Moon short story by J.R. Rain.

Being a mother myself, this series, even though the main character is a Vampire, really touched my heart. Samantha has to work through personal issues that deal with her kids. And each time she did so, I was thinking I hope that never happens to me. She maybe a Vampire or freak as she sometimes refers to herself, but she always puts her kids first. Their health and safety is her number one concern and God help anyone who threatens them!!

It has been six years since she was attacked and her life changed forever as Sam became a Vampire. This is only known to a few people her sister Mary Lou and husband Danny. Recently her Vampire powers have increased and she is discovering there is more to her Vampire condition other than just strength and being unable to go in the sun.

The other characters that are introduced to us in the first book are Kingsley Fulcrum, a successful Defence Attorney who is incredibly smart and handsome. Homicide Detective Sherbet who is an older man who helps Sam with her case. She has a kickbox instructor Jacky and a friend whom she met over the internet in a chatroom, Fang, that she has never met in person. All these characters have given great depth to the series as they have reoccurring roles throughout.

Samantha is portrayed as a strong person but even though she is a Vampire she still is human at heart. She often breaks down to cry when things get difficult for her and in some of these occasions I shed a tear for her too. The issues that this mother had to go through is just heart wrenching. I don’t envy anyone who has to make the decisions that she did.

There were many times that I laughed out loud too as Sam is such a quirky person and it is very hard to take her seriously as a Vampire. She is a normal person who happens to be a Vampire. She is down to earth and highly opinionated and she sticks to her moral beliefs. She loves watching Judge Judy and drives her minivan everywhere.

I was hoping to see some romance but there isn’t much of it so far. However, she has developed some relationships that may build into something more in future novels. This series is more about Sam as a PI who is hired to solve mysteries and crimes.

I loved how there are so many books in this one novel; it was easy just to continue on with the next book, especially since books 2 and 3 ended on cliffhangers!!

J.R. Rain has written a fabulous series. I enjoyed every minute while reading it and found it hard to put down. I hope to read more about Freaky Vampire Samantha Moon soon......

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1 comment:

  1. It's alway amazing when you find a book that touches your heart!
    This sounds like a different type of vampire read, interesting and unique in its own way!!

    Great Review :)

    Magen Corrie
    ~Corrie the book, crazed girl


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