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Moon Child (Vampire for Hire #4) [Kindle Edition]

J.R. Rain
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)

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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 MOON CHILD, private investigator Samantha Moon is faced with an impossible decision—a decision that no mother should ever have to make. A decision that will change her life, and those she loves, forever.

And through it all, Sam finds herself in a lethal game of vampire vs. vampire as a powerful—and desperate—enemy will stop at nothing to claim what he most desires.

**Acclaim for the Novels of J.R. Rain**

"Gripping, adventurous, and romantic—J.R. Rain's The Lost Ark is a breakneck thriller that traces the thread of history from Biblical stories to current-day headlines. Be prepared to lose sleep!"
—JAMES ROLLINS, international bestselling author of The Devil Colony

"I enjoyed this immensely. The protagonist, Samantha Moon, is a female vampire with a husband and children. Those predate her condition; six years ago she was attacked by a vampire and rendered into one. Now she's trying to carry on with family and private eye business, and she's a feisty, skilled person, so is doing mostly okay. It is not a horror story; she buys animal blood to eat and doesn't generally prey on humans. But her husband has an increasing problem with her coldness—not of spirit, but of body. 'You sicken me and scare the hell out of me,' he tells her. 'And when I touch you it's all I can do to not gag.' She replies, 'Words every wife wants to hear.' I love this! What makes it special are her character and nature."
—PIERS ANTHONY, bestselling author of A Spell for Chameleon

"Dark Horse is one of the best books I've read in a long time! A great classic detective story with a modern twist. Unique and interesting characters (I think I'm half in love with Jim Knighthorse now!), a great plot that kept me guessing until the end, and some of the funniest lines I've read anywhere."
—GEMMA HALLIDAY, bestselling author of Spying in High Heels

"J.R. Rain delivers a blend of action and wit that always entertains. Quick with the one-liners, but his characters are fully fleshed out (even the undead ones) and you’ll come back again and again."
—SCOTT NICHOLSON, bestselling author of Liquid Fear

"Impossible to put down. J.R. Rain's Moon Dance is a fabulous urban fantasy."
—APRIL VINE, author of Intrigue In India

"Moon Dance is absolutely brilliant!"
—LISA TENZIN-DOLMA, author of Understanding the Planetary Myths

"J.R. Rain is the new modern master of vampires."
—H.T. NIGHT, #1 bestselling Kindle author of Vampire Love Story

"I love Jim Knighthorse! Please write faster, Mr. Rain!"
—ELAINE BABICH, #1 bestselling Kindle author of You Never Called Me Princess

"Moon Dance is a must read. If you like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, bounty hunter, be prepared to love J. R. Rain's Samantha Moon, vampire private investigator."
—EVE PALUDAN, author of Letters from David

"I totally loved The Body Departed. As someone who communicates with those who are either earthbound or have crossed over—your descriptions and interpretations of the dialogue and circumstances could not have been written more accurately."
—JULIE BELMONT, author of The Path to Personal Success and Freedom

"I thoroughly enjoyed The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo from one of my favorite authors. A great way to spend a few hours of the afternoon."
—JEN ASHTON, #1 bestselling Kindle author of Monstrous Love

"Powerful stuff!"
—AIDEN JAMES, bestselling author of The Vampires' Last Lover

"Jim Knighthorse is a throwback to classic detectives, which is probably why I love him so much. Funny, street-smart, and tough as nails. I love this series."
—SUMMER LEE, author of Angel Heart

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  • Language: English
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Moon Child: This Moon did not Rise as High! July 19, 2011
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First, let me say that I love Samantha Moon. She is so different than the average vampire female. Samantha is a mother, a wife, a sister and a detective trying to make her way in this new vampire world on her own, well, almost alone. She is funny, quick, and sympathetic. The people that Sam meets on her journey are as interesting as she. Her relationship with her husband, soon to be ex, is very recognizable to any person having gone through a divorce. The tension between Sam and her estranged husband, Danny, can be felt, and makes the reader feel uncomfortable when they are together.

Having said that, J.R. Rain needs to hire a better proofreader. In each Vampire for Hire book, the proofreading mistakes were very distracting. When a reader gets into a flow of reading, an error is like a stop sign out of nowhere. It pulls you up short, and then you have to find your place and get back into the flow. Also, Samantha told Fang, her Internet "friend," twice about her decision in regard to her son, once on the phone and then in the bar later. The dialogue was the same. What?? Also, some of the dialogue seemed like it was repeated from the other books. Another problem for me was the spiritual beings guiding and helping Samantha. They just seemed a bit too convenient. I also thought the ending was rather contrived. The connection with Fang was so played up, but then he is just cut loose without much storyline. I felt the loose ends were wrapped up too neatly. The reader is asked to suspend their disbelief a bit too much this go around with the Lifetaker in the hills, Leland the Ghost, the spirit guides, and Archibald Maximus coming in with happy ending.

Finally, before I get too many haters out there, let me say that, over all, I loved Moon Child.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Too Short July 29, 2011
By salsee6
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I have throughly enjoyed the Samantha Moon series but I feel as though this one could have been longer. As one other reviewer observed the story could have been fleshed out a lot more but I am guessing that Mr. Rain wants to keeps us guessing until the next one.

If you are a Samantha Moon fan you will definitely enjoy this one. Just be prepared for the book to end at 76% and then you will be bombarded with excerpts from all his other books, most of them you have probably read before.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it.....but... August 6, 2011
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I did enjoy this book quite a bit. Out of the other books in the series, I have to admit, this was my least favorite. I like seeing Samantha as a real kick-butt type of gal, but in this book, she spends half her time weeping. That is not the Samantha I know. I also know, as being a mother myself, that if my child was on the brink of death, I would have done exactly what she did, but I would not leave his side. When my own son was in the hospital, I did not leave him except to find a decent cup of coffee. Samantha hardly ever seemed like she was there. Her daughter, was kind of an after thought. What I did like was her coming clean to Shebert, and him not being surprised by her revelation to him. His acceptance of her was completely believable because of the past books, and the development of their relationship. I was also pleased to see her and Kingsley make peace with each other, and admit, at least to herself, her true feelings for him. The relationship with Fang, I could do without and seems like more of a distraction, rather than playing any key role in her journey. I do no understand their telepathy with each other. Fang is not a real vampire, but a wanna-be. For what reason that I cannot figure out, Samantha, knowing his brutal and deadly past, even keeps him in her life at all. She alternately hates and loves Kingsley because of what he does, but completely accepts Fang? Kind of a double standard if you ask me. Fang seems to be a means to an end for the author to have Samantha verbalize her feelings. I hope if the series continues, Fang takes a long walk on a short pier.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars JR Rain's Moon Child, (book 4) August 1, 2011
By shjema
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I looked forward to this book for months only to be surprisingly disappointed. The Moon Dance series had been a very interesting read but, I was extremely disappointed in the 4th book, Moon Child. It seemed the author droned on and on about the same thing. I feel the author could have summed up Samantha's decision in two chapters. Just as the story was starting to pick up, the book had ended.

Although I intend to read book five in the Moondance serious, I hope it is more interesting than book 4.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT! July 15, 2011
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JR has quickly become one of my favorite authors! In this 4th installment of the Vampire for Hire series, he does not dissappoint! This is a great emotional rollercoster. I love Sam and how she tries to balance her "new" life with her "normal" life. I love the characters and way JR mixes up Sam's work life, home life and love life. Great read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed February 6, 2012
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I read the first three books with great interest and totally enjoyed them all. Like others here, I couldn't wait for the next in the series. Wellll, now I'm not at all happy with what I waited for. I quit reading Patricia Cornwell because the main characters whined all the way through her books. In this one, JR Rain's Samantha goes on and on ad nauseum about her dilemma and frequently repeats it several times in the same paragraph! Yes, it's a tough situation for any parent but I read for pleasure, escape and, honestly, for ideas for my own writing. This book was a complete let down and I can't believe I actually stuck with it to the end. Sorry JR. No more of my truly hard earned bucks for you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Samantha Moon: First Eight Novels, Plus One Novella includes this...
Samantha Moon: First Eight Novels, Plus One Novella includes this book, and costs only 99¢! Why pay more? Caveat Emptor!
Published 25 days ago by Wordwizard
5.0 out of 5 stars great reading
The entire series is great. Hard to put down. I'll continue to read jr rain novels. A new favorite author
Published 1 month ago by Carol Maisonette
5.0 out of 5 stars Moon Child
So far, this is my favorite book in the Vampire for Hire series. Samantha Moon has had to make some very tough choices. Read more
Published 2 months ago by K.Dunst
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not my favorite in the series
I am still loving this series. I was a bit worried that this entry would focus on an actual Vampire Child, and happily surprised that it didn't. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alysa H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Moon Child by JR rain
I have been reading this series and really enjoy the way they are written. Sometimes the writer repeats things in each book, but I have enjoyed the series and can't put them down! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gail Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars Part of a series of the Vampire storyline
The main character is the same - as she is hunting for the person that turned her. It is sad that she felt she was owed and to try to find her past. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mustang Fyant
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I enjoy these books by J.R. Rain. I appreciate the fun storyline and really love the sense of humor throughout. I've purchased all - if not all - of this series.
Published 4 months ago by Susan Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars so recommend this series
I love Mr Rain's tales....Love love love Vampire for hire series! Great characters fab plot....only problem is that the story always ends faster than I want it to! Read more
Published 4 months ago by A Shepherd
2.0 out of 5 stars Mad, mad, mad.
I liked the series so far, but I'm on Chapter Six of this book and I'm spitting mad.

First, the little things. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Muhahahhahahaha things that go bump in the night
I read a few of the Moon PI series but they became repetitive, really really "out there" and began boring me to tears so I stopped. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Da Lowrider
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 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, who has more energy than Robin Williams. Please visit him at


The Lost Ark
Elvis Has Not Left the Building
The Grail Quest
The Body Departed
Silent Echo
Winter Wind

1. Dark Horse
2. The Mummy Case
3. Hail Mary
4. Clean Slate

1. Moon Dance
2. Vampire Moon
3. American Vampire
4. Moon Child
5. Vampire Dawn
6. Vampire Games
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