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Customer Review

on May 6, 2012
When I read the first Samantha Moon book Moon Dance (Vampire for Hire #1) I was impressed by the concept. Yes, it's another vampire story, but Rain manages to put a different spin on it by creating a very realistic female character, well aside from the being a vampire bit. Her cheating hubby has declared her a danger to her own children, thrown her out of their home and is threatening to expose her to the world. It was good, sassy and made me angry.
Vampire Moon (Vampire for Hire #2) This book finally gave me the satisfaction of seeing Sam pull herself together and fight back.
American Vampire (Vampire for Hire #3) The reader finally finds out who this mysterious Fang is and lo and behold it is yet another person with a fake name, who is hiding an incredulous past.
In the last book in this set Moon Child (Vampire for Hire #4) we have the conclusion of the traumatic illness that has befallen Anthony. It is also a moral dilemma for Sam. This story didn't gel with the overall mom side of Sam the reader has come to admire. The person who is willing to fight tooth and nail for her children, is suddenly off saving a strange child and leaves her son, whilst he is in the midst of dying.
The stories are all rather short and the last two feel rushed. Now here is the thing, I really enjoyed the Jim Knighthorse Series, Rain has a really funny sense of humour and his totally off key concepts and bizarre characters are fun to read. Saying that I think he hasn't given the Samantha Moon series the same kind of attention that he has to his other books. It is as if the idea shot out of the starting position, ran halfway and then sat down for a picnic and forgot to get up.
Instead of keeping the character stable, believable and realistic for most readers, there are suddenly dark evil auras, possessed werewolves and globally large psychic powers. I hope the next book brings back the Sam Moon we remember from the first book and perhaps even a longer story.
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