I just finished Moon Bayou by J.R. Rain and Rod Kierkegaard,Jr. It is the first book in the Samantha Moon Case Files series. Sam is in New Orleans looking for Wendy Lo for her clients, when she gets a strange text from Fang (fellow vampire and friend). An old vampire group called the Tete de Mort Krewe has a blood-price (a contract) on Sam. Sam is wanted by them dead or alive! Fang tells Sam to get out of town immediately, but, of course, Sam does not listen. She has yet to find her client. Kathy Bordelon in the Special Ops section of the New Orleans Police Department offers to help Sam. Sam really should have gotten out of town, because Kathy was only looking out for herself. She turns Sam over to the Tetes de Morts (means death’s heads). Specifically to Leopold-George Rakoczi (he just sounds sleazy), the Count Saint-Cyr. He also has Wendy who has a spike (the kind used for taping maple trees) in her jugular vein.
Luckily Sam and Wendy are rescued by Eulalie Macarty. Sam, though, wants to go and rescue Wendy’s roommate. Sam barges in to the ceremony to try and save the girl, but the ceremony gets completed. The next thing Sam knows is she is waking up naked in a swamp. Nothing but trees around her. She starts walking until she locates some people. Sam ends up getting arrested (called a prostitute) and taken in a carriage to town. The town looks like something from before the Civil War. Somehow, Sam how gone back in time to 1860. Sam needs to find a way to get herself back to 2015 (she knows she can just wait around and rejoin her life in 2015, but Sam would rather take a more direct route home). Sam is going to learn to navigate her way through old New Orleans (where women were considered delicate) and find the original Marie Laveau to get her to send her home.
I give Moon Bayou 4.5 out of 5 stars. It is a bewitching novel. The only part I did not like was the cliffhanger! We are left not knowing what is going to happen to Sam (we have to wait for the next book to come out). Otherwise, I found Moon Bayou a mesmerizing book!
I received a complimentary copy of Moon Bayou from Curiosity Quills in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own.
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The Avid Reader