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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  7,127 ratings  ·  635 reviews
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 d
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Published February 27th 2011 by J.R. Rain (first published 2009)
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Linzi
May 01, 2011 Linzi rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sookie Stackhouse Fans
Recommended to Linzi by: Amazon
Shelves: kindle
I got this cheap for my Kindle with no expectations.
After it sat on it for some months - I finally opened it to read the first 20 pages before (as I planned) deleting it.

Wow! Was I taken surprise - this is a GREAT start to a series. Fab, well-rounded main character, interesting world, actual plot, beginning, middle and end - all gripping.
2 and a half hours later and one long bath I was buying the second in the series and suggesting to my OH that we have takeaway for dinner as I planned to read.

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Chris
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Gary
It was a strong opening entry that left me underwhelmed. Moon Dance (Vampire for Hire #1) was overall an okay story. I liked the fact the protagonist is a woman dealing with her condition. But to me, the character is too emotionally tied to her human life to be an effective creature of the paranormal world.

I was totally into the story but three things happen: she couldn’t see her reflection; she changed into a giant half woman-bat; and if someone didn’t suspect her “condition” she was telling th
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Aimie
Mother,wife, Private investigator... vampire. Six years ago federal agent Samantha Moon's 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 longtime 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 sun. Now working the night shift as a private inve ...more
Kami
This is a very nice story. I love vampire & werewolves so this book is perfect for me since it has both. Except for one typo that repeated itself throughout the entire book (save where except should be)the writing was good.

Samantha Moon (love the name) is a former FBI/Homeland Security agent turned vampire turned PI. She has a husband & 2 children. Sam struggles to maintain her family, her marriage, & her sanity. Sam was attacked & turned into a vampire 6 years ago, since then sh
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Eve Paludan
Brilliant and Engaging! A Must Read!

Moon Dance by J.R. Rain is a brilliant urban fantasy novel with engaging characters, witty dialogue, a page-turning plot, and clever subplots that unfurl like a well-paced movie in your mind.

The protagonist, Samantha Moon, is a smart and beautiful private investigator who hasn't aged a day in six years. She can kick butt in a street fight or in a boxing ring. An ex-federal agent for HUD, Sam is also a vampire who likes her steak rare, and, is married and the
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Sarah Ketley
Just not the book for me.

I didn't connect with the characters or story. I found it rather corny. Great if you love vampire stories but i am luke warm at best. I loved Twilight, but that was because it was the first 'vampire' book i had read. It was new and interesting.

I nearly put this down. But i am stubborn and wanted to finish it.

I also found the voice didn't quite grab me. The author has created a distinctive style - which is great! But i just didn't like it.

However, I think that much of m
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Roxanne
3.5 Stars

Very interesting story. I'm surprised it was written by a male and it had a female lead. I was very impressed and will definitely continue the series.

PS: I HATTTTTTTTTE Danny. I hope you die a fiery death in the pits of hell. (view spoiler)
Sarah
Does anyone else get that weirdly happy, tingly feeling when you're a few chapters into a book by an author new to you, and you realize "Damn, this is REALLY GOOD!" and he's got MORE!! Well, that's what happened to me yesterday, as I was reading Moon Dance by J.R. Rain. I was enjoying it so much I didn't want to leave the story. It doesn't get much better for us bookworms. Contented sigh here..................ok, on to the review.

Samantha Moon is six years into life as a vampire. Although she ha
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TJ
Oh my goodness, how much fun! A vampire who is also a married mom living in suburbia! After having been attacked and bitten, she must figure out how to carpool her kids (a decidedly daylight activity) keep a job and hide her new "eating" proclivities, all while chasing down bad guys! It is a new and creative twist that is both entertaining and intriguing. I'm off to find the next installment!
Eperdu
Overall, I enjoyed the book. It was a freebie that actually sounded interesting so I picked it up. But, once I started reading it I had to finish it as quickly as possible. It's a fast read. The story is a modern take on vampires that are "real people", meaning they do laundry, carpool and watch Judge Judy. Apparently they also have marriage problems, squabbling kids and irrational cravings for Ding Dong's.

As I said, overall I enjoyed the book. There are a few things that have annoyed me (and in
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Elise M.
I tried this book because a blog I read pointed to the author as a successful indie who did not have a backlog of traditionally published books prior to self-publishing. At 99 cents, I wasn't risking a whole lot, even though I don't usually like paranormal stories.

I was pleasantly surprised. The main character, Samantha Moon, a.k.a. Moon Dance online, was turned into a vampire six years prior to the opening of the story. She was an investigator for the F.B.I., a wife and mother. Being a vampire
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Darcia Helle
J.R. Rain takes a tired genre and tosses it a NoDoz. Written in the first person, we get to know Sam, a female private detective who is also a vampire. Sam struggles with her new "disease" as she chases down bad guys. At the same time, she deals with the alienation of her husband, while trying to care for her children.

Rain's writing style is smooth and effortless. The plot moves quickly and the characters have all those human traits that make them feel real. A great book!
Kim
This was a fun, quick, paranormal read! I really enjoyed it!! I love the main character, Samantha Moon. She is trying to be a normal mom, wife and private investigator which is difficult when you are a vampire. It was a different take on the paranormal world. It also had a great mystery plot. I will definitely be reading this whole series! On to book 2....
Karen
I have never read anything by this author before but that is all about to change. I really enjoyed this novel more than I though I would. I was drawn into the story from the beginning, probably because it seemed at first that things were just so normal when I knew they weren't. I'm glad that it started after she had been dealing with the situation for a while instead of taking us through the whole thing and having to arrive at that point. The characters are interesting and the situation unique t ...more
Lexxie
Nice introduction to this series, and what a story... poor Sam!
Marnie
First book in a six book set. A woman who was a federal agent was attacked by something/someone who ends up turning her into half human half vamp. Thus, makes her leave her job and become a P.I. and work from home. Mostly of night hours. While she has a husband and 2 kids, pre bitten he up until now dealt with her change but ends up being a real ass in the end. Stating he fears for all of their lives. So she must pick up her pieces. While she does this, she takes on a case for someone who was sh ...more
Iben
This book is a bit of a mess although it reads well. There are a lot of repetitions and there are a lot of contradictions. The plot has more holes than a Swiss cheese and it's really quite dreadfully simple. However, I was rather entertained while reading it and that's what counts.

I'm not quite sure how to classify it, because it's really more of a detective story which happens to be told by a soccer-mom turned vampire. The vampyric element is quite disappointing though. She was attacked and tur
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Ellen
It's back to the world of self-publishing with this book, purchased for free via Amazon Kindle. And, because I was curious as to what happened next, I actually purchased the second book, albeit for a measly amount of cash. However, I've stopped there, as I was longing for more editing to go with my inexpensive purchases.

First off, this book crosses genres: paranormal romance and urban fantasy. Don't worry, that crossover in itself is fine by me. However, there were times when the book longed to
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Marie-Claire
Diese Frau hat Biss! Und ein Problem mit gutem Wetter.
Es ist schwierig, die Kinder von der Schule abzuholen, wenn man kein Sonnenlicht verträgt. Und die Arbeit als Privatdetektivin wird auch nicht leichter, solange man nur nachts unterwegs sein kann. Das sind nur zwei der vielen Probleme von Samantha Moon, einer ehemaligen FBI-Agentin und Vampirin wider Willen. In ihrem neuesten Fall muss sie zeigen, was sie kann – ihr Auftraggeber hat fünf Kopfschüsse überlebt. Oder war er schon vorher nicht v
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Kathleen
Moon Dance, delightful story/mystery of a mother/FBI (albeit HUD) agent, turned private detective out of necessity. The reason...she is vampire. Has been for 6 years and is still adjusting. She is good at being a private detective and is trying hard at being a good mother and wife. She has 2 children, the oldest is 9. She loves her children. Her hubby is ....well, lets just say he is not happy any longer. J.R.Rain weaves a wonderful story of Samantha's daily life and detective skills as well as ...more
Cathleen
I just finished reading the first book in this series and is was so much fun to read.

An FBI agent turns Private Eye after she is bitten by a vampire and turned. She is married with 2 young children. Danny, her husband is a practicing lawyer and was so supportive when it first happened. Then things changed after the reality of it set in. She knows he is having an affair but is still heart broken when he forces her to leave her 2 children and home. Danny has a file that he gave his associate to ho
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CJ - let me hold both your hands in the holes of my sweater
2.8

The storytelling was intriguing and appealing and kept my interest but it also felt a little rushed. Perhaps that has something to do with the overall length of the story (not quite a book not quite a novella) but I wish more time had been spent on the characters and development.

The technical aspect of the book is what kept me from rating this any higher.

There was a lot of telling v showing, there were some continuity errors (Wendy's wrapper vs Burger King wrapper) and there was quite a lot
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Beth Ann Masarik
I’ll be perfectly honest…I didn’t know what to expect when I purchased the 6 book box set for the Vampire for Hire series. I never used to really be into those private investigator type books, but this one had a paranormal twist and I couldn’t resist purchasing it.

Let me tell you something…this was the best investment I ever made.

I am going to review these books individually as I finish reading them. This one that I am reviewing is called Moon Dance, and is Vampire for Hire #1.

Meet Samantha Moon
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Stefania
Acclamato in rete come miglior romanzo sui vampiri, Moon Dance è una detective story esilarante e travolgente.

Nuovo libro della collana narrativa "adulti" A di Giunti, la cui protagonista è una donna di 37 anni: Samantha Moon. All'apparenza una donna come tante, una comunissima madre di due figli, Anthony e Tammy, una tifosa degli Angels che vive nel sud della California, moglie, con un lavoro, una casa da mandare avanti ed affetta da una rarissima malattia alla pelle. Ma tutto si può dire di S
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Windy
The first book in the Samantha Moon series was hard for me to get into. I felt like I was walking into her story mid series the character building just wasn't there for me. I had to double check to make sure I was reading the first book in the series. Once I got past that and accepted that I may never know what Samantha's back story was beyond some mystery attack I settled in and turned some more pages.

The story itself is interesting enough, especially with the husband I am interested to see wha
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Momi
Solo 3 parole per definire Moon Dance: Madre, Vampiro, Investigatrice Privata.

Questo libro, per me, è stata una piacevole scoperta. Pensavo fosse l’ennesimo fantasy infarcito di tutte le creature possibili e immaginabili, invece mi sbagliavo.
Moon Dance, primo libro della saga Vampire For Hire, ha come protagonista Samantha Moon. Samantha fino a qualche anno prima lavorava presso l’Fbi e aveva la sua famiglia, il marito e due bambini piccolini, un maschietto e una femminuccia. La sua vita era
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Fallon
I liked “Moon Dance” I must say that I had small hopes for it, something about the cover screams cheesy, but of course there’s a saying that has something to do with judging covers. Anyway, I will start off with the one thing I was disappointed in, the length. It wasn’t short but it wasn’t as long as I expected. I read the Kindle edition and the story stopped at 76% completed, the rest was excerpts from other books. I was hoping there would be more, but I’ll have to pick the next book up for tha ...more
Zeenat
Synopsis: Samantha Moon was a regular everyday mother before she was attacked 6 years ago. She is now a vampire. Everyone thinks she has a rare skin disease that keeps her inside at night. Now with her marriage down the drain and her life spiraling out of control, She is hired to find out who attacked Kingsley Fulcrum. Except he may not be what he seems either . . .

Review: This is the first book in the "Vampire for Hire" series. Now, I have never written an unfavorable review yet, and I'm not s
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Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Moon Dance is the first book in the Vampire for Hire series by J.R. Rain, another new author for me. I love checking out new authors when their work becomes available to me, especially if they get fairly decent reviews from readers. This one only costs me .99cents on Amazon.com.

Our main character is Samantha Moon. Sam is 37 years old, but doesn’t look a day over 25. She is the mother of two children; Tammy and Anthony. She is married to Danny, but for a while now, Danny has turned cold toward h
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Other Books in the Series

Vampire for Hire (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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  • American Vampire (Vampire for Hire, #3)
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  • Vampire Dawn (Vampire for Hire, #5)
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