- Title: Moon Dance
- Author: J.R. Rain
- Series: Vampire for Hire #1
- Genre: UF, PNR
- Format: eBook
- Source: Own Copy
- Reviewed by: Valerie
- Rating: 4 out of 5
Description: 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.
Review: One of the things I liked best about this book is that while it deals with the paranormal, the author did not feel the need to get caught up in the creation of a fantasy world. I thought it was a bit refreshing in the UF genre.
Rain’s heroine is a typical woman with typical problems; kids, a marriage on the rocks, a career, and, oh yeah, the fact that she has been turned into a vampire.
I found myself drawn the main character who struggles with common insecurities despite the power of her vampire abilities. She was a likeable character and I was sympathetic to her plight. However, she did seem to have an overactive libido. Maybe being attracted almost every male character in the book is related to her vampirism and the author has just not filled us in yet?
Do not judge this book by its historical romance style cover. I was thrilled that the story focused on solving a mystery and the self discovery of the heroine. There IS a bit of romance involved, but an appropriate amount that did not overwhelm the plot line.
Finally, thank goodness for an author who can provide a complete book even though in a series. (Some of the romantic loose ends were less tidy, but since I am not a romantic it did not bother me).
I am eager to read the next book in the series.