If you haven’t noticed, I’m a fan of Sandra Cox’s fiction. You can see my reviews below under ‘More’. I had a chance to read an ARC of her latest western and loved it. To celebrate its publication date today, here’s my review:
by Sandra Cox
In Sandra Cox’s latest, Gwen Spade Bounty Hunter (2020), Gwen Slade is a young female bounty hunter with a dream. She wants to make enough money to buy a horse ranch in Montana where she, her young brother, and her good friend slash cook Chen can live happily ever after. She’s a good bounty hunter but it takes a long time to collect the stake when she only gets $300-$500 per bounty. When she sees posters for three brothers, each with a bounty of about $10,000, she can’t resist. She works alone and has never doubted her abilities to get the job done but when a handsome stranger saves her brother’s life, even though he turns out to be an outlaw with a bounty in his head, she accepts his offer to help (There’s a lot more to this but you’ll have to read it yourself–I don’t want to spoil anything).
That’s where it gets fun as they ride together, brave danger together, and take turns saving each other’s life.
This story is clever and fast-moving with a strong female character who manages to balance talent with romance and heart, traits Sandra Cox always brings to her fiction. Gwen Slade is a perfect combination of a western woman who is strong and confident with a moral core that directs her actions, and a willingness to break rules in pursuit of justice. You’ll find power balanced with compassion in ways that absolutely work.
In usual Sandra Cox fashion, she has great lines:
“Never taking her eyes off him, she grabbed the rope from her saddle horn, holstered her rifle and trussed him like a turkey.”
“Gwen Slade. Tough woman bounty hunter when she’s not having a fit of the sullens.”
“My mouth feels like a prairie bush. There’s a hammer pounding in my head and my shoulder screams if I move it.” She flashed him a smile. “All in all, much better.”
“I regret a lot of things, but this isn’t one of them.”
“She beetled her brows at him.”
When was the last time you read ‘beetled’? Overall, another excellent read that makes me want more.
Private note to Sandra: Any chance this is the one you’ll turn into a series? Hmmm?
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Man vs. Nature saga, and the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, Summer 2021.