Review: Moon Island by J.R. Rain

Posted May 24, 2014 by Lorna in Lorna, Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 8 Comments

Review: Moon Island by J.R. Rain
Moon Island by J.R.Rain
Series: Vampire For Hire #7
Published by Indie
Published on: December 18, 2012
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 177
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Mother, wife, private investigator...vampire. Seven 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 ISLAND, Samantha Moon is hired to look into the mysterious drowning of a super-rich hotel tycoon. The death occurred exactly one year ago, at the family’s annual retreat on a private island in the Pacific Northwest. Now, as the family gathers again, Samantha Moon is asked to find a ruthless killer—all while a massive storm bears down upon the small island. But there’s another storm brewing upon Skull Island, a storm of the supernatural kind. Sam is about to come face-to-face with evil incarnate...a monster who will stop at nothing to possess her completely—mind, body and soul—and destroy all that she loves.



Imagine that you are a federal agent with a husband and two children. A soccer mom that loves to run at night. One night you get attacked by a vampire and your life is changed forever. This is the premise of this series about Samantha Moon, private investigator. She’s seven years into her eternity, and now works as an investigator since daylight work was out of the question for most of the seven years. She is now in the possession of an amulet that allows for day walking and is divorced from her sleazy husband.

This is the seventh book in this intriguing series. All are well written with world building that just keeps on coming. Samantha has been through the wringer at times, but keeps her snark alive. She’s a fierce protective mother with her children, but even her children have been through some of that same wringer. With each installment, Samantha expands on her special abilities, and continues to grow into one of the most powerful supernatural beings that exists. Why her? And why do the abilities keep coming her way? We get a few answers along the way but still have more to come.

Samantha has been asked to look into the accidental drowning of the patriarch of a mega rich family. She travels with her new friend Allison, to a small island off the coast of Washington state for a weekend of sleuthing. Allison has her own special psychic abilities and the ability to connect her mind with Samantha’s. It doesn’t take long to realize that something is very wrong with this family. And yes, wrong in the supernatural way. This time around, she has to call in her ex-boyfriend, Kingsley(werewolf) to come help out because things get out of control fast.

If you like mysteries and the supernatural, these books could really fit the bill for you. There’s always a new mystery, along with supernatural entities of different types. Some good but mostly bad. This particular book doesn’t have all of the characters from previous books. Fang is missing and her children are back home. We do see a little bit of her human sister, but Allison from the previous book takes the active secondary role this time around. Allison is an interesting character in her own right and Mr.Rain has written a book with her as the main character(The Witch and the Gentleman)-something I just found out about and plan to read ASAP!

These books usually have cliffhanger endings but for some reason it doesn’t bother me as bad as some series do. Probably because most of the books were already out when I started reading them. This is an extremely readable, wonderfully written UF series that should be a must read for any paranormal fan. I think you will find that they are really hard to put down.


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I’m Lorna and I live in Maryland. Since retiring, I spend my time mostly reading and reviewing books. My favorite reads are Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, and Young Adult. I read a lot of indie books in addition to traditionally published books. Favorite paranormal creature? Vampires, but I am really liking werewolves more everyday.

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8 responses to “Review: Moon Island by J.R. Rain

  1. I am almost positive that I bought the first book ages ago because it sounded so good, I had no idea it was already up to book seven. So happy to hear this series is still going strong. I need to start it before I get too far behind!

    • They are all good books-a little short, but good! Every time I read one, I wonder why I have waited to read the next one because they are so good. I love the main character! Actually I think it’s up to 9 books with several novellas 🙂

  2. This sounds like a series that I would enjoy – love UF crime novels! Thanks for bringing it to my attention becasue I probably wouldn’t have approached it otherwise (that creepy cover >_<). Lovely review, Lorna 🙂