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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, sequel to AMERICAN VAMPIRE, private investigator SamanthaMother, 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, sequel to AMERICAN VAMPIRE, 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....

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Moon Child Reviews

  • Montzalee Wittmann
    2018-08-29 11:01

    Moon ChildVampire for Hire, Book 4By: J. R. RainNarrated by: Dina PearlmanThe books just keep getting better! What would you do if you son was dying and you could change him to a vampire? Would you? At age 7, he would be a vampire? Plus, another child is kidnapped, they thought it was her son. A lot goes on in this book!The narrator is the same as the other books and this keeps things consistent. She is an excellent narrator/actress and makes this series 'POP'!!!

  • Kara
    2018-09-21 13:36

    “Moon Child” is the fourth book in the 13+ book series “Vampire for Hire”. The series is paranormal, and MC Samantha is hetero. After a slow patch in book three, the series regains strength in “Moon Child” with a solid story, and nice treatment of Samantha struggling with being a good mother who faces choices for her dying son that only a vampire would face. What really shines in book four is the humanity of Samantha the vampire. As she tells a friend: “I’m still me. I’m still a mom. I’m still a woman. I’m still a sister. And I’m still a friend.”Samantha is loved and lusted after by everyone she knows, and strangers she meets. Ex-husband Danny (the supreme asshole) flirts with her again, and until the very end of the book neither we nor Samantha know whether she is more attracted to Fang the human or Kingsley the werewolf.Yet another evil vampire makes an appearance, and ghosts and wizards play larger roles, but the focus remains tightly on Samantha and her love for her son. Narrator Dina Pearlman seemed to enjoy this book more than the previous one as well; she sounds right at home voicing Samantha and her world.With Book Four, we’re not even a third of the way through the series, so there are many more adventures, new characters, and uncertainties over Samantha’s future relationships to come, and I continue to look forward to continuing the series. 4* for “Moon Child”.

  • Sue
    2018-09-13 14:56

    I found this installment pretty disappointing. There were too many easy coincidences, and Sam, who until very recently was still trying to figure out many of her vampire traits is suddenly capable of way, way too much. Holding off an ancient, super powerful vampire? Solving the mystery of the relic in a matter of days, when beings have searched and wondered for ages? She can hold the thing in her hand with no problems at all but when she wears it it suddenly embeds itself? She's out constantly during the day. She really tries to be a good mother, but she practically ignores her daughter and really isn't there very much for her son. And I'm not even going to try to figure out the mood swings. She likes Kingsley. She hates Kingsley. she likes him again. She despises him and wants to never see him and can never forgive him. She likes Fang. She has a strong and ever developing 'psychic connection' with Fang. He knows her every thought, and they can talk to each other, even though he is not supernatural, and they are destined. Suddenly, he is just her friend and she is back with Kingsley. She needs a dance card to just keep it all straight. No. Best word to describe this is disappointing. Glad I started the series. Glad this one didn't end on a ridiculous cliffhanger. I'm done. I won't read any more of these.

  • Erica Chilson
    2018-09-07 11:40

    I'm using my personal copy for BYOB (Bring your own Book) month for Wicked Reads 4 Stars Moon Child picks up exactly where American Vampire left off, overlapping a few pages, as Sam struggles with a conflict of conscience. Sam makes a difficult choice, knowing those in her life won't understand. Danny, her ex, and Kingsley think her a monster for doing the unthinkable. But Sam has nearly four days to find the answer to how to unlock the amulet and use the cure on her son. Sam uses her abilities as a medium to speak with spirits, along with Fang, to find the answer she's seeking, but she finds something much more evil in the process. There is always an emotional bent to the story, anchoring an Urban Fantasy novel into reality, with real world issues, causing readers to be able to empathize and identify with our heroine. There are still some mysteries to be had, when it comes to Sam's burgeoning abilities, who Fang is- because there seems to be more to him than meets the eye- and a new one- who is the entity speaking through Sam. After witnessing Anthony having an 'old soul', I often wonder if who Sam is communicating with is an older facet of her soul, the otherworldly version. These books have a swift pacing, closer to novella in length, creating a page-turning, addictive experience. As soon as you finish one installment, you're eager to read 'just a few more chapters' of the next, only to discover it's the wee hours of the morn, and you've yet again finished an entire installment,

  • Eliza Brand
    2018-09-16 09:55

    I'll start off by saying right off, I didn't finish this one. I think I'm done with this series. I can't imagine any mother that would turn their young child into a vampire, even to save their life. So the motivation from the very beginning the book was so flawed it made it difficult for me to care about Sam's search for a way to some how now cure him. I don't know if she was successful and frankly I don't really care enough to finish the book.

  • Chris
    2018-09-06 09:03

    I feel like this story is starting to go off the rails at bit, new vaguely supernatural creatures that defy any description and lots of vamps that just happen to live in Fullerton, CA, even though there are only a few hundred around the planet. (??) I feel sorry for Sam's kids, I can't help it. Her sister is mostly raising them, and I think the author feels like if he inserts one scene of a tickle fight then all is forgiven. Still, an entertaining story, but needs some editing.

  • Wicked
    2018-09-04 14:06

    Good. Still really like the characters. Glad there wasn't a cliff hanger. Short. 3.5 rounded up to 4 mostly because I wanted more (especially of Fang).

  • Nancy
    2018-09-08 11:57

    Action packed, twisty, full of moral dilemmas. I liked this one better that the 3rd novel. There was no cliff hanger on the end of this one, which was a relief!

  • Cheyenne Meadows
    2018-09-14 15:38

    I really like this series. It's definitely a different play on vampires. I think it's very creative and fun. I wasn't sure about the decision she had to make in this book but I was hoping for a happy ending lol.

  • Matt Schiariti
    2018-08-30 10:48

    JR Rain changes it up a little bit yet on the heals of American Vampire, Samantha Moon is left with a horrible that will quite literally change her dying son's life forever...Does she let him continue on his predestined path as described in the previous novel or does she use her own vampiric powers to change him into a monster like herself with only the hope that the medallion left to her by her maker MIGHT be able to reverse the vampire curse?There are no cases here. Samantha isn't tracking down drug lords or kidnap victims. Samantha is trying her best to make a decision that could very well turn her son into what has cursed her life in many ways for the past six years.Enter her support system. Kingsley Fulcrum: would be boyfriend, defender of the not always innocent. He and Samantha have their problems but he knows things about the supernatural that she can't even begin to guess at. Will he help her in her find the information she seeks about the medallion even though he's not fully in support of her decision? Fang: could be boyfriend and wanna be vamp. Always there for support when she needs a friend..but can they be more? Detective Sherbet (probably my favorite supporting character in the whole book): he's a good detective...a great detective...he's always there for Sam in his way as well but is his intuitive nature starting to chip away at Sam's cover story? We also get a decent dose of Detective Hannen who's like Sam and interesting in her own right.We also get one thing in this book that's been lacking in the other novels: an honest to goodness arch nemesis type of villain. A mysterious figure with a french accent and a bow tie that's been following Samantha around. He's going to get close to her..too close. He also reveals some things to Samantha that makes her question some of those that are closest to her.This book, once again, was a lot of fun to read. Even though she's a vampire, JR Rain makes it easy for the reader to relate what she's going through in this book..the self doubt and loathing..the uncertainty about her romantic life..the confusion over her new powers and what she's to do with them.I really thought hard about how to rate this book. While I enjoyed it a great deal there are certain things that nag at me. I've noticed some oversights over the course of the series. Kingsley said he loved Samantha in the very first novel, but in this one he professes that he's falling for her. In the first book Danny's secretary dumped him and Samantha was happy about the second book he's still dating her. Nit picking for sure but sometimes the state of these characters' emotions can be made confusing by it.Also, Sam's growing powers. She finally has an adversary that she just can't blow through like she has in the previous three books, but I can see her getting too powerful at some point. There's a certain other series in a similar genre that is written by another author (who I shall not name here) that seems to just get new powers to suit any situation to pull their posterior from the fire. I truly hope that this series doesn't degrade to that. But I have faith in Mr. Rain, I don't think he would fall down that particular pit.In addition, the handling of the potential love triangle going on with Sam and her two love interests. Without getting into any spoilers (although I'm sure someone's mentioned something along these lines in previous usual I'm late to the party!), while it doesn't seem like there's a 100% clear 'winner' yet, one has made some headway in gaining Samantha's heart and the other just seemed to be pushed to the back burner with a 'sorry dice right now' sort of move. A little disappointing.Anyway, those are some minor quibbles. Don't let them deter you from reading another fun and witty emotional roller coaster chapter in Samantha's life! Or should I say, un life =)

  • Bookmom
    2018-09-17 12:46

    Private investigator, mother and vampire, Samantha Moon must make a very difficult decision. Her son is going to die within hours; apparently his life was supposed to be short and Anthony is accepting of it. Should she be selfish and turn him into a vampire to prevent his death? Would he be trapped in a seven year-old’s body forever? Can the medallion that she has and everyone else is looking for really reverse vampirism and make the person mortal again? If so, how? If she changes her son she figures she’ll only have 4 days to find the answer; that’s the length of time before she started craving blood after being turned.The bulk of the story centers on finding a specific person who might have the answers that she needs about the medallion. We had a cliffhanger in both the 2nd and 3rd books, but this one has a sense of closure. Not for the series, but for the immediate story arc. And it appears that a new back story has begun.I like Sam the situations and story line as well as the philosophy discussed between characters. But Sam has cried a lot, especially in these last two books. It’s for a good reason, but the fact that “she’s cried harder than ever before in her life,” many times now, feels overdone. I’d think you could really only convey that once for the reader to believe it.

  • Pamela
    2018-09-18 10:41

    I said I was done for a while but I could not leave a small boy the age of,seven near death. I hate cliff hangers. This book at least kept going on a better course of events, and not jumping around. Sam has solved one crisis, only to be involved with several more. Her own son is quickly running out of time, when another child from the same hospital goes missing.Now she has two children to save again like the last book. Her love life is still up and down, and is on again off again ,with both, still no contact there. She meets a new friend, who is a charming ghost, from the twenties. Her life is nearly ended again. Danny is back to hating her again. a new foe named Dominiqe will be back, no doubt. Shee is slowly making friends, in the para normal realm, Max being one of them. The book had lots of action, for a shorter book. She finally tells her cop, her secret since he has all but guessed. Perhaps, if she can stop jumping around, and be better grounded in purpose, the rest of the series will be good. No cliff hanger this time. Better ending, and rating.

  • Jackie
    2018-09-06 12:59

    My heart was a wreck on Sam's behalf with this one and by the end my tears of relief for her sake fell fast and furious, even with all the unnecessary repetition in the story this one was my favorite of the four books.

  • Mary Ellen
    2018-09-19 11:59

    After a rough start which led me to put it down for several days, I finally got back into the book about two days ago. I put it down because I wasn’t sure I wanted to continue reading a child in peril story, and especially where it was leading. I was also upset by a line in the story where God is blamed, and worse, for the situation the heroine is in, and the decision she made because of it. I understood why the author would write the character this way, why it would be one of the places she might go in her anger, but I was upset by the way she expressed it. And as I’ve stated in other reviews of this series, I have a pet peeve that is prominent in the previous books, and this one as well, which is why I can only give it 4 stars. But the story itself was interesting, and the new characters added another dimension to the supernatural elements. I also particularly enjoy the older men Samantha finds herself surrounded by, especially her boxing instructor, and the police detective she must answer to on occasion. I’m starting book 5 right away, because I do find the Samantha Moon character compelling. She is well written and believable in her role as a (now) single mother, and private investigator, though she’s also a vampire! I find the writing good enough that it’s easy to go along with all the twists and turns of her half mortal, half supernatural lives and responsibilities. I don’t always agree with the decisions she makes, especially the ones having to do with her children, and the times she is there and not there, but I do feel the author writes her in such a way that it feels like an honest portrayal of the struggles a modern woman goes through as a professional and a single parent. Her inner monologue drives the stories forward, and they too feel honest and real. I also enjoy all the mentions of Southern California locales, as I’ve lived here my entire life. It adds another layer to the story, and makes it easy to envision her surroundings. I recommend these books for anyone who enjoys a supernatural storyline that also encompasses all the day to day issues of modern life.

  • Gabriella
    2018-09-11 16:03

    Whilst better written than the others of the series, Samanta Moon still remains difficult for me to like or keep up with as a character. She has 3 men who dote on her at least, 2 children she barely sees and yet despite making herself out to be a good mother leaves them with her sister more than spending time with them. Is still insistent on being overly descriptive of some of her abilities that were brought out in previous books. All in all despite the better story I still found myself frustrated and not sure if I want to continue with the series. Which annoys me more as I don't like leaving series unfinished.

  • Karen
    2018-09-15 10:44

    I've now finished all 4 of this J.R. Rain series. They are light reads thus the three stars, but that doesn't mean they aren't entertaining -- they are. It's just that they are not great literature, so don't expect that. I wish the author had a better copy editor -- soooo wish and a good proofreader. Nothing stops me for minutes more than finding mistakes/typos. Also, our protagonist is repetitive, which can lead to boredom. The books weren't boring but read with your editing mind at rest. Just enjoy a good story with a feisty heroine.

  • Donna Langley
    2018-09-22 09:02

    Another hit!!Another hint my book. Was truly awesome and full of ghost and mysteries, I want more and this author is giving it to us but really was cheering her and fangs start of something,now I hurt for him. I wanted them together and omg so close to losing her son! Glad it turn out good

  • Deborah Yunevich
    2018-08-28 08:47

    Another thrilling bookSamantha is a continual surprise. I love how she is evolving, and the interaction with the people around her. Her sister is a constant supporter. What else will Samantha and her friends get into? I can't wait.

  • Brigitta Moon
    2018-08-30 10:57

    An Enjoyable SeriesI'm getting ready to read the next book in the series. I love it. I definitely recommend this book to vampire readers.

  • Lisa
    2018-09-14 13:54

    EntertainingI enjoyed this book, as I have the others before it. The family bond and courage of motherhood was awesome. Evil verses good is not knew but fun to read about.

  • Anthea
    2018-09-05 15:44

    2.5 starsFourth book of the series, and I just couldn’t gel with this book. It was difficult for me to keep interested in continuing. I just didn’t really enjoy it.

  • Stella Kydd
    2018-09-18 15:00

    This was a good read, but it's almost getting a tad aon the black and white side, I like my shades of grey.

  • Vicki
    2018-09-06 10:57

    Loved it, loved it, loved it! Really like Samantha Moon and her family.

  • Charity
    2018-09-19 10:45

    Took me longer to get through this one. The first few books were interesting. This one not so much.

  • Cheryl Liacos-Halstead
    2018-09-15 15:39

    Mother's LoveAnother winning book by J.R. Rain. Never doubt a mother's love. We will care for our children with our dying breath. Sam's son Anthony is very ill. Many choices will be made by Sam and relationship will change. New friends and Sam is growing at n many ways. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.

  • Tamara
    2018-09-06 07:53

    Generally speaking, the book was good, I liked it. But on the downside it was very predictable and too short (same as the previous books)! There was one small twist toward the end which seemed interesting, and had lots of possibilities, but the author corrected and our favorite werewolf was redeemed. It would have been interesting if Kingsley was actually a bad guy. Poor Fang, he got booted into the friend zone, which didn’t surprise me. One thing that bothered me, was Sam saying every several pages, “I’m a freak”. Yes, she is, no doubt. We all know it, the author ensures that we all know it by Sam repeating it over and over. Okay already.I also knew somehow in the end her son would be cured of the “vampirism” with the help of Archibald Maximum and the medallion she had in her possession. Not sure exactly what Archibald Maximum is nor what his role will play in the future. I do feel he will show up in the next book. We don’t know much about him except, obviously his is very old, and wise, in a 20 something body. He also appears to be a “good guy”, he seemed to know that Sam was looking for him, he hinted that maybe he was looking for her. An Alchemist maybe? Who knows. I’m not really sure where the Bow Tie villain, aka Dominique came from. I wanted to know more about him, what his motivation was, other than wanting to be human again. Maybe in the next book.There were a few grammatical errors, but they are few and in-between, so I was able to sort of glaze over them. All in all, I liked the story and it was good for a quick read. With that said, as these books go on, I find that I’m not as interested as I was in the beginning of the series. I keep wanting something to happen, but I’m not sure what. There could be a lot more to content expand on and make the story more complex. It’s seriously missing some “adult” content between Sam and her two suitors. Also, her ex-husband appearing and having serious mood swings toward her is sort of weird. Not sure what that story line is about. This book almost seems incomplete and a little rushed. I won’t mention the bad cover art again. You know how I feel about the cover art of this series. Side note: I must admit, I sort of feel bad because I only read this book because I needed “filler”. Meaning I knew the book was short (under 200 pages), and I wanted something to read that I could complete really quickly. I didn’t want to start a long book just to have to put it aside for the new book I was anxiously waiting to arrive! I won’t name said book, but I’ll be reading it next!There is a 5th book in this series, Vampire Dawn. There is also a Christmas novel (Christmas Moon, book #4.5) thrown in between. I may read them if they show up on Amazon for free. Otherwise, I probably won’t read them, not unless I’m totally desperate for another “filler” book!

  • Sharon Powers
    2018-09-10 13:44

    Book Review by: Sharon Powers. Moon Child by J.R. Rain, is Book 4 of the Vampire for Hire Series (Samantha Moon as protagonist). Pages number at 214--a relatively short book, I consider 400 pages to be an average book in size. This edition I read on the Kindle e-reader; I read it for free because I got it from the Amazon Kindle Free Lending Library (I can choose one free book per month from the lending library). "Text-to-Speech," "X-Ray," and "Lending" are features enabled for this book. BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Samantha Moon is, as she puts a normal mother who lives a normal life, except when she doesn't. She works as a private investigator, and, oh yeah, she's a vampire. Six years ago she was your ordinary, every day soccer mom with a minivan and home in the suburbs. All that changes when she is attacked and hospitalized--an attack that leaves her changed forever; she is, now, a vampire. She tries to lead a normal life, but has extreme difficulty. Her husband chastises her, thinks that she is a monster, and moves out taking the children. In this book, Moon Child, Samantha faces a horrific choice. Since her seven-year-old child is hospitalized, and dying, she must choose to let her son die or turn him into a vampire--with the very slim chance she can change him back with an arcane artifact, a medallion.Eventually, Sam chooses to turn her son into a vampire. She then begins a search for someone who knows how to use the arcane medallion so she can turn her son back into a human. Her search catches the attention of a very old vampire who wants the medallion for himself. A series of events propels Sam and her friends into a life and death battle with a surprising end. Then, Sam runs into a very important person in a library who is able to help her with the medallion.WHAT I THINK: One thing I like about J.R. Rain's novels is that they are always a bit surprising, or perhaps a bit unconventional. The plot is always a pleasure, and the writing is always easy to read and quickly digested.On the down side, however, either some of the dialog is repetitive or Rain needs someone to better proof his writing. Some places exhibit nearly exact dialog within a sentence or two--exact dialog. It is rather disconcerting because I thought I had missed turning a page, or I had lost my place and needed to be more careful in tracking my reading.Given the minor criticisms, I rate this book at 4.0 stars out of 5.Thank you for reading my post, here.Sincerely, Sharon.

  • Kat Lebo
    2018-09-20 10:59

    Moon Child (#4 in the Samantha Moon/Vampire for Hire series) by J.R. RainFor those of you who have read my other reviews of this series, please note my rating. Yes, there was no cliffhanger ending on this episode, and that, coupled with a slam-bang story, I'm very happy to give a 5-star rating. All the things I've said before that I like about Rain's writing are evident in this book: great proofreading and editing, wonderful characterizations, amazing multiple storylines, all woven together masterfully. Add to that the fact that there is no cliffhanger at the end, and I am a very happy camper. Yes, there are plenty of hints about how life for Samantha Moon will proceed and what adventures she will have and some of the people she will have them with. Yes, I'm so looking forward to "Christmas Moon," the #4.5 in the series. :-)Oh -- and I started this book on April 26th and finished it on April 27th. A quick, engaging, exciting and fast read!In the last novel, "American Vampire," we learned that Sam's young son was very ill and that his death was imminent. We learned that he was an old soul, who had chosen to have a short span in this lifetime for a specific purpose. We also knew that Samantha would not let him go without a fight. However, as the illness progressed, it was clear that they only way she could save him was to make him like her. Could she do that -- and if she did, was there a way to reverse the act and return him to the human state?In this novel, Samantha sets out to do just that. She has a limited time to find the answer of how the medallion she was given by the vampire who turned her works and even if it can do the impossible and reverse Anthony's vampirism. Along the way there are encounters with her soon to be ex-husband, getting closer to the only other vampire she knows, being betrayed by another immortal, increased physic connection between herself and Fang, learning to see and communicate with ghosts, a meeting or two with an immortal who is nothing like any other she has ever heard about, and a climatic encounter with the oldest and strongest vampire she has yet met -- and he wants her medallion for himself. Does she survive? Can she reverse the vampirism she visited on her son in order to save his life? Can she forgive the betrayal of a friend and can she trust a human friend enough to tell him her secret? Can she? If you want to know, you'll need to read the book!

  • Sarah
    2018-09-10 14:42

    In the 4th book of the Vampire For Hire series,Samantha has made the most difficult decision of her life, and now has 4 days to find a way to reverse her son's vampirism before he realizes that he is different. She has rested all her hopes on the mysterious medallion her attacker left behind six years ago, but finding someone who can help her unlock its secrets will nearly kill her. Kingsley gives her a clue, and her new vampire friend Detective Hanner offers the next, and soon Sam is discovering supernatural beings she could never imagine. Meanwhile she is struggling to maintain a friendship with Fang, who has a psychic link with her and really wants to be transformed into a vampire. Although Sam is tempted and truly cares for him, Fang's past is troubling, and his stalking of her leans toward the obsessively creepy. But at the same time he is always supportive and never judgmental, unlike Kingsley who condemns Sam for her choice, while he defends his own decisions to knowingly defend murderers in court. As with the previous books, the parallel situations spotlight the fact that right and wrong is often a matter of perspective and context.Her relationship with Kingsley apparently over, Sam takes dangerous chances to find someone who can help her, and she soon attracts the attention of an ancient, evil, rotten vampire who wants the medallion and will do anything to possess it. When he kidnaps a sick little boy, thinking he's grabbed Anthony, Sam goes after him. In Moon Child Sam's psychic abilities continue to expand, and there is further evidence of a greater spiritual network in place, behind the scenes. The metaphysical layers to these stories offer teasing views into a much wider, fascinating world.I really love Sam - she is strong and always tries to do the right thing, even though that places her in danger. She's smart, sarcastic and funny. These books are exciting, interesting, and always fun.

  • Phe
    2018-09-06 14:02

    3.5 Stars — Moon Child is a paranormal mystery/urban fantasy by J.R. Rain and the 4th book in his Vampire for Hire series.The series revolves around Samantha “Sam” Moon, former federal agent and soccer mom, turned private investigator after an attack, six years ago, turned her into a vampire. Struggling to maintain her relationship with Kingsley—hot attorney/werewolf—and her friendship with Fang—cyber friend/vampire wannabe, Sam is now in the race of her life to save her dying son.In Moon Child, Sam 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 enemy—an adversary she can’t simply defeat like the human criminals she’s faced in the past—will stop at nothing to claim what he desires most. There are no cases here. Sam is trying to figure out how to save her child’s life, while growing stronger in her vampiric abilities. Another short, slightly dark, yet entertaining story, Moon Child is a fun, fresh, enjoyable read with a plot that’s easy to follow, and interesting characters. A perfect read for the beach or a lazy afternoon.Content: graphic language and mild violence.I also recommend: