Before my brain went wobbly I could easily read several novels a week and that was whilst working. They ranged from page-turning bestsellers to long complicated epics. As long as it had words in it, I would read it. Fast forward a few years of chronic illness and the accompanying medication, those days are gone. I may have more time on my hands but my consumption of reading material has reduced significantly.The main reason is brain fog and fatigue.
When either or both descend reading any book which is complicated, long with many characters or twists and turns is put to one side. I lose the thread of the stories as I fall asleep or wading through the treacle of my brain to is too much of a battle.
Usually at this point, I fall back to well read favourites where I already know the convoluted plots or easy to read, quick page-turning Chick lit. After reading several of these in the bounce I was bored with the girl meets boy scenarios but wasn’t sure what else to read.
I was relieved when a fellow member of Duvet Dwellers Book Club recommended Samantha Moon: Vampire for Hire series by J.R Rain. Once downloaded using the timely offer 30 days free Kindle Unlimited offer Amazon had sent me, I began to read.
The book follows Samantha Moon – private investigator, mum and vampire. I wasn’t sure how it would all fit together but it works well and I was hooked. it is easy reading with a twist to keep you interested with crime chasing, family saga, paranormal and hint of romance. What more do you need? The characters have enough of a backstory to add depth to what could have come across as one-dimensional. Sam is likeable, quirky and no pushover even without her vampiric tendencies. You long to find out how the relationships around her will develop as the consequences of being a vampire hit home.
I read the first book Moon Dance in one duvet day. I not only enjoyed it but I felt a sense of achievement and a hint of the old me. I am now reading Vampire Moon and enjoying even more. I am wondering where the next 7 will take me.
It vaguely reminds me of the TV series Blood Ties I binge-watched while I was having chemo. The difference being in this, the PI was human fighting crime with the help of a vampire, the opposite to this book. It ahs the same feel and desire to read/watch just a little bit more.
Highly recommended if you need something to satisfy the bookworm in you without bamboozling your mind on low energy days.