Thursday, January 18, 2018

Vampire Moon by J.R. Rain

Book 2 of the bestselling Vampire for Hire series.

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, 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.

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Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

In the second installment of the Vampire for Hire installment, Sam is still dealing with her ex, regarding her children. This portion of the story was frustrating, because she is quite passive with Danny, but I understand from her point of view. Sam still loves her ex, simply because he is the father of her children. She's mourning for the life and love they used to have, while realizing who she thought Danny was never existed in the first place.

There are several mystery threads woven into the novel.

Who is Fang? This one pops up time to time, intriguing the reader, and keeping the pages flipping by quickly. Especially mixed with the hot angst with Kingsley.

Sam takes on a client, investigating the death of a plane-load full of witnesses against an organized crime lord. The mourning widower lent a bent of humanity to the novel, showing his gut-wrenching pain, and the ends he was willing to go to seek justice for his wife. It also showed the complex differences between the husband and deceased wife compared to Sam and her husband.

Sam also takes on a pro-bono case, involving a beaten wife, whose husband is now on death row for killing her father and having tried to kill her twice. The maternal side of Sam is shown through her actions to protect Monica. There is a girl power vibe of empowerment as they stick together.

Toss in a few hits on Sam's life, with all the other threads, and you've got a ton of action, with the everyday life of custody issues, and the humanity of Sam wondering if she's a monster. What I loved is how Sam owns who she is, embraces it, after justifying her extreme means. Sam respects life, but isn't a ball of guilt. She's the ultimate in badass.

The world-building is expanded in this novel, as Sam learns to navigate her nature, opening up and exploring the bounds of her limits, while taking the reader along on the journey.

I'm already partway through book #3, and thoroughly enjoying the rapid pacing and Urban Fantasy landscape J.R. Rain has created.

Also Available in the Vampire for Hire Series

Book 1
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
~  Available with KindleUnlimited  ~

For reviews & more info, check out our Moon Dance post.

J.R. Rain is an ex-private investigator who now writes full-time in the Pacific Northwest. He lives in a small house on a small island with his small dog, Sadie. He is the author of over sixty novels.

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Erica reviewed her personal copy of Vampire Moon (Vampire for Hire #2) by J.R. Rain for this post.

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