Moon Dance (Vampire for Hire #1) by J.R. Rain
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.
It was a strong opening entry that left me underwhelmed. Moon Dance (Vampire for Hire #1) was overall an okay story. I liked the fact the protagonist is a woman dealing with her condition. But to me, the character is too emotionally tied to her human life to be an effective creature of the paranormal world.
I was totally into the story but three things happen: she couldn’t see her reflection; she changed into a giant half woman-bat; and if someone didn’t suspect her “condition” she was telling them about it. I couldn’t reconcile the first two. Why does becoming a vampire make you reflection disappear like the invisible man? I never understood the shape-shifting myth in vampire mythology.
The fact that so many people suspected or know about her abilities is a too distracting. If she was trying to keep it a secret, the internet is not the place. She is frustratingly naïve about the power she has at her command. The moment her spouse gave her an ultimatum, at least two people should have been dead. I expected a new vampire struggling to embrace her vampirism and instead a got a vampire struggling to let go of her humanity.
Maybe I’m just at my vampire thresh hold. I could have expected too much from this novel. It was interesting enough while I was reading. Once I finished it didn’t leave me with that amazed feeling I like from books.
I give Moon Dance (Vampire for Hire #1) 2 out 5.