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13/09/2011

Vampire for Hire, books 2 and 3, by J.R. Rain

My review of Vampire for Hire #1 - Moon Dance - can be found here.

Vampire for Hire #2

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Now in VAMPIRE MOON, sequel to MOON DANCE, 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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Vampire for Hire #3

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Now in AMERICAN VAMPIRE, sequel to VAMPIRE MOON, private investigator Samantha Moon receives a heartbreaking phone call from a very unlikely source: a five-year-old girl who's been missing for three months. Now on the hunt, Samantha will use her considerable resources - including her growing supernatural abilities - to locate the missing girl before it's too late. And as she gets closer and closer to the horrible truth, she receives devastating news on the home front. Now with her world turned upside down, Samantha Moon is forced to make the ultimate choice of life and death.
And through it all, she discovers the identity of one mysterious man...a man she has grown to love.
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First off, it's annoying how short the books are and how up to 20% of the kindle book is actually just spam for other books by the author. Book 3 ended at 80% !!!! ( location 3769 of 4686 -- that's a damn short book)

I bought book 2, Vampire Moon, on a whim, was hooked and because of Rain's constant (over)use of cliffhangers I just -had- to buy book 3, American Vampire, immediately. Neither were very expensive (book 3 was the least cheapest at $4). However though I'd love to read book 4 immediately as I'm extremely annoyed because of yet another really frustrating cliffhanger ending in book 3, book 4 is simply way too overpriced right now at almost $7. Considering how short these books are and how very likely it is, that this isn't anywhere near the end of the series, (and let's face it, how bad this book series really is, my brain just won't admit it) I'm not paying that much for it. A ton of short books at an increasing, but still small price can become far too pricey for any reader in the end!

The books are captivating though and quite hard to put down and a very fast read. Problems with them, includes but aren't limited to, how Sam falls for any man she comes in contact with, how she keeps commenting on how cute she is, how little there is to many of the characters and their relationships, how little sense some of Sam's actions make, how things seem to turn into a somewhat Sookie Stackhouse series rip off, how things and "facts" are repeated endlessly AND how little she still knows about her vampiric condition despite having been one for more than 6 years.

I think a lot of the problems comes down to bad editing or the total lack of it. However, I'm still completely hooked, and the series have become a very guilty pleasure for me.

I'm reviewing the books together (well, I'm rambling anyway) because basically the whole series so far just reads as one long never-ending not-always-very-exciting tale of what goes on in the life of mother-and former-federal-agent-now-turned-vampire-working-as-a-private-investigator-but-still-quite-clueless Samantha Moon - a.k.a. Sam. She's battling her scumbag of a cheating husband, she's struggling to be a good mother, she pretends to have a skin disease as a cover for not being able to tolerate sunlight, she's constantly focused on how much of a freak she is and how good she makes freakish look and last but not least, she's kind of dating a werewolf. And then there's the mysterious Fang, whom she chats with online and tells *everything* despite usually keeping her supernatural state a secret.

Like I said, guilty pleasure.




short and shorter (no page number given) / published in 2010 and 2011
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2011

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