Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman Review


Title: Retribution Rails

Author: Erin Bowman

Publisher:  HMH Books for Young Readers

Format: eBook

Publication Date: November 7, 2017

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Edelweiss

When Reece Murphy is forcibly dragged into the Rose Riders gang because of a mysterious gold coin in his possession, he vows to find the man who gave him the piece and turn him over to the gang in exchange for freedom. Never does he expect a lead to come from an aspiring female journalist. But when Reece’s path crosses with Charlotte Vaughn after a botched train robbery and she mentions a promising rumor about a gunslinger from Prescott, it becomes apparent that she will be his ticket to freedom—or a noose. As the two manipulate each other for their own ends, past secrets are unearthed, reviving a decade-old quest for revenge that may be impossible to settle.

In this thrilling companion to Vengeance Road, dangerous alliances are formed, old friends meet new enemies, and the West is wilder than ever.

Retribution Rails is amazing.I’ve been in a big book slump recently, and it just hooked me from the beginning. I also loved the way that Vengeance Road was tied into this novel. It felt like a natural and logical continuation of Kate and Jesse’s story while bringing in Reece and Charlotte.

I loved Charlotte, where Kate is just hard and unapologetic. Charlotte just wants to be able to pave her on way and not be reliant on the men in her life. And with what snakes they were, it’s hardly unexpected. There is a shortage of truly decent men in the West. And I would imagine that’s pretty historically accurate, those conditions were hardly conducive to decency. What I liked about Charlotte was she retained some femininity in the ways Kate did not. What I really loved though was Charlotte figuring out that she didn’t have to wait to be rescued or to pay someone else to rescue her. She was smart and clever, and fully capable of saving herself.

Reece was a much tougher character because even though I knew from the beginning that he was a person under duress, I can fully understand why Charlotte wouldn’t want to see that or even be able too. I really loved that Reece was willing to show them that he was a good person underneath it all. I felt for him at times as he basically took down the only family he had ever known.

I don’t want to spoil the ending, but I truly love the way the author ends her stories. They are unusual and open ended, and I kind of love that not everything is wrapped up neatly. I like that these characters feel like real people. The only detraction that I had for Vengeance Road is fixed in Retribution Rails. The romance in this novel was a slow build, but it was there. The tension was off the charts, and I truly love how their whole story progressed. 5 out of 5 stars.


**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

Find ERIN BOWMAN online:

Official Website | Goodreads | TwitterInstagram


Goodreads | Official WebsiteKindle | Amazon | Barnes&Noble

“Sometimes folk think they need a gunslinger when really they just need time to find peace with what’s happened. Revenge isn’t always the answer.”