5 Fang Review! Damned If I Do by Erin Hayes

Damned If I Do

By: Erin Hayes
Genres: urban fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Pages: 250
Published on: September 14, 2015
5 Fang Review! Damned If I Do by Erin Hayes

They killed my sister and infected me.

Now I have to pick up the pieces before I die.

I've spent the last five months trying to find the bastard who did this. Yet, even with the help of a hot amnesiac vampire named Jude, I've had zero luck.

Until now. And it could change everything. Even though I grew up in a family that hunted the supernatural, there were still things I didn't believe in.

Now I have to hurry for the slim chance that I could save us all. Because when you fight against immortal vampires, you're the one who's running out of time.

Also by this author: Death is But a Dream

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Damned if I Do started off action packed and tragic. I couldn’t believe the beginning and was actually worried for the characters for the duration of the book. The characters in this book live in a fast paced and dangerous world. This book definitely grabbed and kept my attention until the very end, and what an ending it was! I was definitely not ready for it to be over!


In my opinion, what Erin Hayes has done here is revamped (hehe, get it?) a traditional vampire and slayer story, sucked all of the delicious hemoglobin out of the main arteries, and created a whole other creature that looks familiar to us, but it’s just different enough for us to accept it and not reject it as an imposter. The underlying traditional values, strengths, and weaknesses are there, but they have been modified to give this book its very own life, unlike anything else I’ve ever read. That is a good thing. A Vampire book that can stand out from the million other Vampire stories, that all seem to say the same thing, is a rare find and worth every minute spent reading it.


“The Harker” is a vampire slayer. In Damned if I Do, this is an inherited position, passed down through the women in the family. Erin Hayes did a great job of developing a modern and unique version of slayers, while incorporating the basic traditional values and heritage into her characters. Edie never expected to become The Harker. Vampires killed her sister and then infected her with a nasty kind of bug that is probably going to kill her. I like Edie’s character. She seems like someone who has a good head on her shoulders, and knows firsthand how important family values are. She seems a little impulsive, but I suppose she probably needs to be in her line of work. Now she hunts the vampire who killed her sister and is trying to find out why that vampire felt the need to poison her with his blood.


I enjoyed having this story written from different character’s POV. I’ve read some books with multiple POV’s and have not enjoyed them because they got confusing. If you would forget who’s name was at the beginning of the chapter and by the time you get midway through you have no idea who is telling the story. This DID NOT happen in this book. Having the multiple POV’s was great in this case. I would have liked to learn more about The Progenerator’s backstory. He was a really interesting guy and gave a whole new idea for the Vampire’s creation story. I love the idea of what Hayes did here. I loved Jude’s character. I can’t wait to find out what happens when he gets his memory of his former life back, but at the same time, I’m a little nervous because I’m afraid I won’t like him if he was a jerk.


One emotion that I felt repeatedly throughout this book was sadness. I felt so bad for each of the characters at different times and for different things! I also felt excited because there is a lot of action and adventure. Edie can kick some serious butt!


I really loved this book. Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. This book is filled with action, adventure, mild romance, twists and turns, mystery, and betrayal. Great story overall. I do feel like I need to warn you that there is one hell of a cliffhanger!


I would recommend this book to anyone who likes vampire books about vampires that don’t sparkle and have a unique creation story. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!


5 fangs

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About Erin Hayes

Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books, like the fantasy mystery novel Death is but a Dream, the sci-fi middle grade book Jacob Smith is Incredibly Average, and the Her Wolf paranormal series.

She works as an advertising copywriter during the day, and she moonlights as an author. She has lived in New Zealand, Texas, and now in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, cat, and a growing collection of geek paraphernalia.

You can reach her at erinhayesbooks@gmail.com and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.


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