Monday, July 29, 2013

Moon Dance (Vampire for Hire #1) by J.R. Rain

Rating:  4 out of 5 stars.

Six years after being attacked, Samantha Moon's life has seen its fair share of changes. Going from marital bliss to barely knowing herself in relation to her family would make anyone cranky. So would the intense cravings for blood that she could had to contend with alongside PTA meetings, after school activities and laundry. She may be a vampire but she is also a wife and mother.

No longer able to maintain her day job, Samantha became a private investigator. Her latest client is a mysterious defense attorney who wants her to find the person responsible for nearly assassinating him in broad daylight. Accepting the assignment leads her down the path of discovery - both for her client and herself. Are the answers worth her life? Samantha has no choice other than to find out. It's the private investigator in her.

Not only did I find this book to be enjoyable, it was a quick read that never lost my attention. So many books have explored the vampire genre that I am often times reluctant to pick them up. Not only did this book break out of the usual vampire mold, but it did so while maintaining and paying homage to some of the beloved aspects of the old school vampire mythology such as the blood drinking, daylight issues and possible death on various levels. The author's take on a fledgling vampire's "coming of age" was really refreshing as much as it was entertaining.

Given the life changing aspect of becoming a vampire, the author explores the various what-if questions that come with the transformation. Does one stop living their usual life the instant the change takes place? How does the change affect family and friends? These questions and more are asked and pondered throughout the novel. And while the answers are readily given, the main character is able to do a lot of internal reflection to find the answers which feel right within herself. That's something that anyone in this day and age can relate to on many levels.

With plenty of action, the story takes the reader from high to low and back again. To me, it was definitely a fun ride and possibly a guilty pleasure. If you're looking for something a little bit out of the ordinary in terms of the vampire mythology without crossing completely over, this is the book for you!

Moon Dance (Vampire for Hire #1) by J.R. Rain is available in either paperback or Kindle form. The paperback was originally released in April 2011 by publishing. Both forms are available for purchase at at the link below.
Moon Dance (Vampire for Hire #1) by J.R. Rain

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