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Intent on proving her brother was murdered a decade ago, Ensley Cartier returns to the one place she vowed to never set foot in again. With the whole town against her, she finds an ally in Levi McGannon. He loves the land and the ranching way of life, but they quickly discover Cattle Cove isn’t the innocent town he once believed and somebody wants Ensley buried along with Intent on proving her brother was murdered a decade ago, Ensley Cartier returns to the one place she vowed to never set foot in again. With the whole town against her, she finds an ally in Levi McGannon. He loves the land and the ranching way of life, but they quickly discover Cattle Cove isn’t the innocent town he once believed and somebody wants Ensley buried along with their secrets.


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Intent on proving her brother was murdered a decade ago, Ensley Cartier returns to the one place she vowed to never set foot in again. With the whole town against her, she finds an ally in Levi McGannon. He loves the land and the ranching way of life, but they quickly discover Cattle Cove isn’t the innocent town he once believed and somebody wants Ensley buried along with Intent on proving her brother was murdered a decade ago, Ensley Cartier returns to the one place she vowed to never set foot in again. With the whole town against her, she finds an ally in Levi McGannon. He loves the land and the ranching way of life, but they quickly discover Cattle Cove isn’t the innocent town he once believed and somebody wants Ensley buried along with their secrets.

30 review for Cowboy Reckoning

  1. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Cowboy Reckoning: Cowboys of Cattle Cove Book 1 is by Barb Han. Another good book and the start of a great series. Barb Han just keeps writing and writing good books. Ensley had returned to Cattle Cove after ten years. The coroner had died but there were rumors and investigations into misconduct and mishandled cases. She had come back to have the case of her brother’s murder reopened. She just knew that Cooper and Greyson would never have murdered the other and committed suicide. They were only Cowboy Reckoning: Cowboys of Cattle Cove Book 1 is by Barb Han. Another good book and the start of a great series. Barb Han just keeps writing and writing good books. Ensley had returned to Cattle Cove after ten years. The coroner had died but there were rumors and investigations into misconduct and mishandled cases. She had come back to have the case of her brother’s murder reopened. She just knew that Cooper and Greyson would never have murdered the other and committed suicide. They were only twelve! Oaklynn who had been with them was found three days later in the woods, starved and dehydrated. Ensley had stopped at the meadow to revisit the scene of the crime before going on into town. As she got to the scene, it was now dark. She heard something coming towards her. She knew it was an animal but what animal? It turned out to be Karma, a former bomb sniffing military dog that was now retired and living with Levi McGannon. She knew who he was because she knew the McGannon’s; but had never met him nor had he met her. However, now she was happy to see him. He gave her coffee at his camp in the woods and then walked her to her car. As she tried to start it, it wouldn’t start. She called her roadside service only to find the closest place with a tow truck would not come out once they heard her name. Levi thought that suspicious; but that could wait. Instead, he invited Ensley to stay at the ranch where she would be protected and he could help her. As they begin to try to investigate, they find all the doors are closed to them. Why would that be, unless she was right and it was a coverup? When they found her car vandalized the next morning, they notified the new sheriff and she had already opened the case and was preparing to do her investigation. Maybe she could find something new,

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Really sad reading about a sister whose brother and his friend were murdered 10 years ago at the tender age of 12. She's finally come back to town to find answers. They said it was a suicide but she's not buying it. But when people start to come after her, she knows there's a cover-up. Levi is home from the war to work on the family ranch. He's adopted a bomb sniffing war dog, whose trying to settle in. Lots of action and a mystery to solve. HEA Really sad reading about a sister whose brother and his friend were murdered 10 years ago at the tender age of 12. She's finally come back to town to find answers. They said it was a suicide but she's not buying it. But when people start to come after her, she knows there's a cover-up. Levi is home from the war to work on the family ranch. He's adopted a bomb sniffing war dog, whose trying to settle in. Lots of action and a mystery to solve. HEA

  3. 5 out of 5

    Garth Mailman

    This Western Romance was offered free as a teaser for the series that is to follow. The McGannon Clan is huge so the series will be endless. Most of the cast here aren’t even named. The present tome centres around Levi and his retired bomb sniffing Shepherd Karma. His love interest is Ensley, who has returned to this Texas enclave from Tennessee to investigate the death of her 12-year-old brother ten years ago after the death of the town coroner. Sheriff, Judge, Mayor, and Coroner appear to have This Western Romance was offered free as a teaser for the series that is to follow. The McGannon Clan is huge so the series will be endless. Most of the cast here aren’t even named. The present tome centres around Levi and his retired bomb sniffing Shepherd Karma. His love interest is Ensley, who has returned to this Texas enclave from Tennessee to investigate the death of her 12-year-old brother ten years ago after the death of the town coroner. Sheriff, Judge, Mayor, and Coroner appear to have formed a ring of corruption. Levi’s father remains unnamed, but his Uncle Donnie is back in town as the prodigal son. Levi has 4 brothers and 5 male cousins who inhabit the palatial main Ranch House. We meet two hired hands of the sprawling ranch, Travis and Lawrence. The McGannon men are broad shouldered, tall, and square jawed. The female writers of romances wouldn’t have then any other way. Levi runs into Ensley out riding fenceline on his ATV accompanied by Karma. Beyond that mention we get little sense of any work being done on this cattle ranch and little sense of this being in Texas. Twelve men and boys inhabit a ranch house but there’s no mention of any women beyond the Housekeeper Miss Penny. At 34 Levi is the eldest of this second generation of McGannons and Miss Penny’s favourite. Feeding that crew would take a massive budget and laundry alone would be a full time job. Cleaning up after 12 men and their dogs.... The crisis past we do not get to know the nature of Oaklynn’s injuries or their outcome. Soap opera style we do meet younger brother Ryan and his dog in the final chapter in preparation for book two in the series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    'Karma? He's a cream puff!' I am not sure anyone but Levi would refer to Karma as a cream puff, but he is one amazing dog. I love that Levi, Ensley and all the McGannon's give Karma space and time to 'clear' the vehicles and buildings, this is just the tip of a very large iceberg showing the type of family they are. Levi and Karma have lots in common, they prefer solitude, hate crowds and need to see a task through to the end, but it very quickly becomes obvious to Levi that Ensley has become more 'Karma? He's a cream puff!' I am not sure anyone but Levi would refer to Karma as a cream puff, but he is one amazing dog. I love that Levi, Ensley and all the McGannon's give Karma space and time to 'clear' the vehicles and buildings, this is just the tip of a very large iceberg showing the type of family they are. Levi and Karma have lots in common, they prefer solitude, hate crowds and need to see a task through to the end, but it very quickly becomes obvious to Levi that Ensley has become more than a task for both him and his dog. She is their missing part, she soothes and completes them...but Cattle Cove holds nothing but bad memories for Ensley and some people have been far from welcoming. Could the love of one anti-social man and a slightly broken war dog be enough to convince her to stay in Cattle Cove. Ensley came to Cattle Cove for answers and closure, the last thing she expected to find was a place and a man that felt like home. But when helps her to find the answers and provides the closure she needs, she realises that nowhere has felt like home for 10 years, since she left Cattle Cove....surely then she should follow her heart and keep her cowboy? Book one in the series and I really enjoyed it, I am guessing it has been reformatted since previous reviews were left as the errors mentioned there are no longer present in the copy I downloaded, I am looking forward to meeting the rest of the brothers and cousins in the series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Cuyler

    This was more like 2.5 stars, which is a shame because, unlike a lot of books that I've read lately, this one was not filled with all kinds of grammar errors and typos. I gave it a lower rating because I just couldn't get into the book. The main reason is that the author spends way too much time telling us what the characters are thinking and then all the reasons why they're thinking this way. It was like she wanted us to know absolutely everything about the main characters in the first chapter. This was more like 2.5 stars, which is a shame because, unlike a lot of books that I've read lately, this one was not filled with all kinds of grammar errors and typos. I gave it a lower rating because I just couldn't get into the book. The main reason is that the author spends way too much time telling us what the characters are thinking and then all the reasons why they're thinking this way. It was like she wanted us to know absolutely everything about the main characters in the first chapter. She should have let the reader get to know them little by little, through the dialogue or their mannerisms. Instead, shoveling all this information about them right off the bat made it too analytical and kept the reader at an emotional distance. In addition, the dialogue was boring and many times too long and drawn out because the author was so intent on making sure we knew everything there was to know about these people. As a result, I started skimming the book. That could be one reason I just didn't feel the chemistry that was supposed to be building between Levi and Ensley, which happened way too fast. The plot seemed a bit over the top as well.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Interesting Characters I have tons of mixed feelings about this book. Yes, it's a clean read, but not inspirational, so if you're looking for both in a novel, skip this one. The characters were interesting. I think a little less inner monologue would've appealed to me. They did seem to drone on at a couple of points. The plot had promise, but there were several details that just pulled me out of the story. The setting was well done. I could easily see the places the characters visited. Technical Interesting Characters I have tons of mixed feelings about this book. Yes, it's a clean read, but not inspirational, so if you're looking for both in a novel, skip this one. The characters were interesting. I think a little less inner monologue would've appealed to me. They did seem to drone on at a couple of points. The plot had promise, but there were several details that just pulled me out of the story. The setting was well done. I could easily see the places the characters visited. Technical issues were rife. Words missing, odd wording, wrong word used in a couple of places... I'd like to see an updated version of this story after a couple editors run through it. The ending was odd to me. I'm not a fan of epilogues if that info would fit better elsewhere. I was two paragraphs in and super confused when I realized a completely new character was narrating and the POV skewed a bit. Having said that, the plot introduced for the second book sounds promising, but I'm uncertain whether I'll read on in this series. If none of what bothered me deters you, and you enjoy romantic suspense, give this book a go.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    Cowboy Reckoning by Barb Han Cowboys of Cattle Cove Series Book One Levi McGannon has become a loner over the past year ever since he took on the responsibility of Karma, a German shepherd that had been in the military as a bomb-sniffing dog. When he helps a woman who is lost on their land, everything changes. Ensley Cartier just can't move on. Ten years ago, everything changed when her beloved younger brother died. She didn't believe the final results of his death and won't rest until she knows th Cowboy Reckoning by Barb Han Cowboys of Cattle Cove Series Book One Levi McGannon has become a loner over the past year ever since he took on the responsibility of Karma, a German shepherd that had been in the military as a bomb-sniffing dog. When he helps a woman who is lost on their land, everything changes. Ensley Cartier just can't move on. Ten years ago, everything changed when her beloved younger brother died. She didn't believe the final results of his death and won't rest until she knows the truth...which she is finding out could be deadly to her as well. I really enjoyed this story. I liked the hero and heroine, and the dog added a lot to the story, too. All three had issues in their lives to work through. Looking forward to more stories in this series. https://justjudysjumbles.blogspot.com...

  8. 5 out of 5

    James a Schmidt

    Cowboy Reckoning (Cowboys of Cattle Cove Book 1) Did you ever have a book that was so intense you almost didn’t want to read it,but was so good you had to do just that? Well,this book is like that with a whole lot of intrigue and a little romance.But it is just so,so good! You change your mind six times about who really killed these teenagers,then realize you were partially right,but had to read until the end to find out for sure. I just can’t tell you anymore except you would do yourself a disser Cowboy Reckoning (Cowboys of Cattle Cove Book 1) Did you ever have a book that was so intense you almost didn’t want to read it,but was so good you had to do just that? Well,this book is like that with a whole lot of intrigue and a little romance.But it is just so,so good! You change your mind six times about who really killed these teenagers,then realize you were partially right,but had to read until the end to find out for sure. I just can’t tell you anymore except you would do yourself a disservice NOT to read this book!

  9. 4 out of 5

    J. Florence

    The book got a five star from me. My first read by Barb Han, but it won't be the last. I enjoyed this book and read it within hours of starting it. It kept me wanting to know more. Ensley comes back to Cattle Cove to find out who killed her brother and his friend ten years earlier. She never believed the suicide/murder theory. There she meets an old friend Levi and his dog Karma. Together, with the help of a new sheriff they look into and find the murderer. A lot of things happen that I haven't tou The book got a five star from me. My first read by Barb Han, but it won't be the last. I enjoyed this book and read it within hours of starting it. It kept me wanting to know more. Ensley comes back to Cattle Cove to find out who killed her brother and his friend ten years earlier. She never believed the suicide/murder theory. There she meets an old friend Levi and his dog Karma. Together, with the help of a new sheriff they look into and find the murderer. A lot of things happen that I haven't touched on. I don't like to spoil a good book. Get it and read it. It is really good.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kari Dalrymple

    Ensley Cartier is back in Cattle Cove to finally put her brothers death behind her deep down inside she knows it couldn't have gone down how the sheriff said it did. Her first stop puts her back where it all happened and suddenly her life is upside down again. This book is full of suspense and a bit of romance, from page one the story line makes you not want to put it down! If you like a good western or suspense or romance this is the book for you! Ensley Cartier is back in Cattle Cove to finally put her brothers death behind her deep down inside she knows it couldn't have gone down how the sheriff said it did. Her first stop puts her back where it all happened and suddenly her life is upside down again. This book is full of suspense and a bit of romance, from page one the story line makes you not want to put it down! If you like a good western or suspense or romance this is the book for you!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mary Lawson

    Cowboy Reckoning Barb Han A fast paced story where Ensley returns home to find justice for her brother who was murdered 10 years before. Running into trouble Ensley is saved by Levi who insisting helping her. She has stirred up a hornets’ nest, but must continued her quest no matter what. Grabs you from the start and won’t let you go until the end. Read it in one sitting. Another great story with characters you want only good things for.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    Ensley Cartier returns to the one place she vowed to never set foot in again. Her hometown. The place her brother died. Ensley is intent on proving he was murdered. Levi McGannon is an unexpected ally. He loves the land and the ranching way of life. What really happened to Ensley's brother Cooper? Was he murdered or was it an accident like the town officials say? Fabulous start for a new series. Thank you, Barb, for delivering another winner. Ensley Cartier returns to the one place she vowed to never set foot in again. Her hometown. The place her brother died. Ensley is intent on proving he was murdered. Levi McGannon is an unexpected ally. He loves the land and the ranching way of life. What really happened to Ensley's brother Cooper? Was he murdered or was it an accident like the town officials say? Fabulous start for a new series. Thank you, Barb, for delivering another winner.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jamoz23

    Just didn’t do it for me. Too many unneeded things happen, especially at the end. I just didn’t get into this book and found it easy to forget about. Though the storyline was decent the execution left me unimpressed. The third person descriptive at times threw me. A marriage proposal amidst all that mayhem was NOT romantic. I liked the dog more than the main characters. This was a free read but I won’t be reading more as I just didn’t feel invested.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    Love at first sight plus murder! Cowboy Reckoning is warm and fuzzy balanced by cold blooded murder. Love at first sight, well at least as adults, is usually a bit much for me to accept but in this book the Ensley had a crush on Levi whilst a young girl. The ending was a bit choppy but adds a lead in to the next novel.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Pitman

    Absolutely brilliant book, I honestly thought I was going to be reading a typical ‘love’ story. As I got further into the book I actually found it nearly impossible to put down!, the only reason it took so long to finish is because I have children and they couldn’t entertain themselves even for a couple of hours. In short I thoroughly enjoyed it and I have/will be recommending it to all.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marlene

    This is a new author for me and I have to say, I really enjoyed the book. It’s a great afternoon read with excitement, intrigue and romance. Levi is my hero and Ensley is my trusted friend. Plus, I absolutely loved Karma. Thanks for a great story-line.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Price

    Clean Story Every book I read already had at least a four star rating. I feel A if my voice counts little. Plus it takes a really unusual book to get a higher than average rating from me . I liked this book. Almost a clean romance.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dana Wood

    The mystery part was intriguing but a little hard to follow as most of the characters were not part of the story. The relationship development was weak at best. Spoiler...who gets married when their dad is in a coma?? Lame.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Soli Nichiyo Davis

    Great mystery with intelligent romance It as a great combination of mystery and romance, where neither out shadowed the other, a wonderful romance,where you got to know the characters made more intriguing and attractive by the ever present danger that they’re navigating.

  20. 4 out of 5

    dianne Snow-Posner

    Excellent writing. And reading I enjoyed reading this book and I hope I can convince others to read it as well. I really loved the whole story but I don’t want to give it away. The author has a good imagination

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Cacek

    Cowboys and murders/ a nail- biter Fascinating story of a lady seeking help finding the killer of her brother and friend ten years ago. Fast-moving, wonderfully realistic, including the characters.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Marseydoats

    Actually I'd give it a 4 1/2. I wish we had the option of doing that. I call these books "cozy romances" and all of them seem to follow the same formula. But this one was different and I was hooked from the first page. Love Karma, enjoyed the book. Actually I'd give it a 4 1/2. I wish we had the option of doing that. I call these books "cozy romances" and all of them seem to follow the same formula. But this one was different and I was hooked from the first page. Love Karma, enjoyed the book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Niki

    Cowboy Reckoning This was a great book the storyline was good. I really enjoyed reading how they both learn to trust again. The fact that they both realized pretty much at the same time that their feeling for the other.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia Joseph

    No stone unturned Very interesting short story clean written and a great mystery take of a long lost love of a very good Ranger and a girls love for her stepbrother. Highly recommended for teens as well as adults. 😊

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gale

    Nancy Drew like but vague Your dropped into a 10yr murder case being relooked at because of some disturbing facts, but your never told those facts. Also has an abrupt and corny ending, which is a tease for next book in series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Levi and Ensley Ensley came back to town to solve her brother's 10 year old murder that had been covered up. Levi helped her and fell in love, too. Levi and Ensley Ensley came back to town to solve her brother's 10 year old murder that had been covered up. Levi helped her and fell in love, too.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Great story and characters! What a great story!! I couldn’t put it down once I started reading. Who doesn’t love a dog thrown in the mix! I love Barbara’s books!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Donnie

    Cute Light reading with all the romance ,mystery and intrigue you will want. Characters are engaging and fun. Lots of fun.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Search for the killets. This was a great romantic suspense novel. The sister of one of the murdered victims comes to town to find her brothers killers. Good who done it!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Louise Frosch

    Justice For My Brother This was a wonderful story. It had love, family and suspense. I will read more of. Arb Han’s books. Loved it.

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