Her Cold Revenge by Erin Johnson

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Her Cold Revenge by Erin Johnson

Publisher: Switch Press
Publication Date: 8/1/15
Pages: 272
Source: publisher in exchange for honest review
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Grace Milton has only one goal: bring to justice the Guiltless Gang, the outlaws who slaughtered her family. That's why she had to abandoned Joe and the Apache -- she couldn't afford any distractions. Now she's making her living as one of the only female bounty hunter in the Wild West, despite the doubts and protests of others. But when Joe shows up in town, Grace is torn. Feelings she thought she had left behind at the Apache camp are rekindled, and the passion threatens to pull her away from her mission. But soon rumors surface that two members of the Guiltless Gang are nearby, planning a daring train robbery, and now Grace is faced with an impossible choice. Will she stay with Joe and forget her vendetta, or risk everything -- her love, her life -- to fulfill her all-consuming need for vengeance?
 The second book in the gripping Wanted series, this Western revenge epic is a must-read for teen readers who are fans of relentless action and suspense and heart-wrenching romance. --Goodreads
In Grace and the Guiltless, Grace leaves before sunrise, escaping a love that she finds both exhilarating but distracting.  She must continue her quest of hunting down the Guiltless Gang, the people who killed her family.  In Her Cold Revenge, she becomes one of the only female bounty hunters in the West, bringing criminals to justice.  When there is news of a potential train robbery—and two of the Guiltless Gang members are behind it—Grace snags a ticket and hopes to soon find the justice her family deserves.

Whenever I write sequel reviews, it is a requirement that I spend at least a paragraph talking about how it suffered from sequel syndrome—where it wasn’t as good as the first one.  However, there will be no such paragraph in this review.  Her Cold Revenge was as good as the first, if not better.  It was great to be back in the world Erin Johnson created, back in cowboy boots and horseback riding through the Wild West. 

I’m still extremely surprised I like this series.  As I said in the first review, I don’t read Westerns.  Living on a farm, my location puts me off to any possible Wild West setting.  Despite my daily life, reading about Grace’s adventures makes me realize that I should have been reading this genre a long time ago. 

This sequel is fantastic.  Readers are familiar with the characters and the story, therefore Johnson decided to delve deeper into less plot and more romance.  It was a good choice.  As much as there was romance in Grace, it wasn’t to this degree.  In Her Cold Revenge, Johnson heats it up a few notches.

Grace is one strong female protagonist.  Gone is that annoying girl from the first book who would repeat her mission like a broken record.  Her Cold Revenge depicts Grace as a bounty hunter, brave but merciful.  Johnson cleverly drew up the relationship between Grace and Joe, in which Joe wants to protect her but does not want to squash her strength.  It is both gorgeous, romantic, and if Grace keeps pushing Joe away, I’m sure any reader would be happy to snatch him.

Also, I love the act of Grace getting revenge on the people who murdered her family.  Readers are counting down as those bodies drop and feathers fall.  From the first one, finding justice for her family has been ingrained into readers and they want it almost as much as Grace, herself, wants it.  The sequel presents more non-stop action and original heart pounding scenes that will only leave readers wanting more.

Her Cold Revenge is a great sequel to an entertaining series.  Joe and Grace will surely win the hearts of many.  In the second book of the Wanted series, things start heating up (and it’s not the weather) and nonstop-adventure leaves readers breathless.

Grace and the Guiltless (8/1/14): 4 stars
Her Cold Revenge (8/1/15): 4 stars

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