My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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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.
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
My ThoughtsHaving spent several days with Samantha Moon reading about her as she evolves over 4 short stories in the series and 2 shorter novellas has been an interesting experience.
Samantha takes on cases ranging from investigating attempted murder, to bringing killers to justice with her own brand of retaliation, to finding a kidnapped child and breaking up what turns out to be a blood harvesting ring. Along the way her marriage breaks up, her husband refuses to allow her to be alone with her son and daughter and only limited phone contact, she then finds herself being wooed by multiple admirers and is confused by the attention more than actually flattered, she also has to deal with the sudden surge in strength of her vampire induced powers and for a woman alone who at any given moment has too many irons in the fire but manages to admirably continue to strive to be a good parent, keep her baser instincts under control as well as keep her PI investigations on track.
This is one of those character driven reads where the reader either really enjoys the main character and their personality or is turned off by them and cannot connect. I love Samantha, she is a strong lady who is not afraid to try to make life as good as possible despite her being attacked years ago and becoming one of the undead. She loves her children fiercely and will do anything for them to keep them safe and take care of them no matter what anyone else wants. Samantha is also humorous with a sense of the macabre in her humor that lends itself well to the stories.
The secondary characters introduced into each of the books are also fun to follow, the lawyer Kingsley Fulcrum who is her first client in book 1 is an ongoing part of the series and as one learns more about him he becomes someone you either want to hit over the head or hug depending on what scene he is in.
Second and more interesting is Samantha's online friend Fang, when his true identity is revealed and his physical attributes are described the reader will be as delighted as Samantha!
The 4th book in the series is the one that will break your heart and leave you speechless, Sam is forced into a decision that no Mother should ever have to face and she makes the right choice in my mind. However as with all choices there are consequences and repurcussions but in the end everything turns out fine.
The two short novellas add to Samantha's list of persons she finds intriguing and also allow a little more insight into who she was prior to her attack and what she is slowly realizing she is becoming.
Throughout this entire collection the reader is going to laugh, cry, sigh with disappointment, react violently to the actions taken by Sam's ex-husband Danny (who I personally would love to bludgeon with a blunt object!) and have a hard time letting go when the books are finished.
I really wish to thank the author J.R. Rain for providing us with such an entertaining collection of stories and plan to someday continue with the rest of the series.
[EARC via Netgalley from BenBella books in exchange for an honest review.]