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More Than a Cowboy (Reckless, Arizona #1)

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  41 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews

Liberty Beckett was so used to watching longtime crush Deacon McCrea ride at her family's Reckless, Arizona, arena, she nearly forgot the handsome cowboy was an attorney. But it won't be hard to remember now that Deacon is representing her father in the legal battle dividing the Beckett clan and threatening the Easy Money Rodeo Arena.

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Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2014)
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When is a cowboy More Than a Cowboy? When his life as an attorney stands between him and the woman he secretly loves. Twenty Five years earlier, Sunny and Mercer split up over Mercer’s addictions. With her two daughters, Liberty and Cassidy, Sunny runs a rodeo arena and stable, staying in business is a constant struggle. Liberty unknowingly fires the first round in what may turn into a full-blown war between her parents, when Mercer decides he finally wants to return as a rightful part owner or ...more
Nov 01, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it
Good book with some really complicated family dynamics adding to the obstacles between Deacon and Liberty. Liberty has spent her life believing that she is the product of a one night stand between her mother and a rodeo cowboy, only to find out that her mother has been lying to her. So she contacts Mercer to let him know that she wants to get to know him. Mercer comes to town with more than getting to know Liberty on his mind.

Liberty had known Deacon when they were younger, before he left under
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Sep 17, 2014 Home. Love. Books. rated it really liked it
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Who doesn't love a cowboy? I know I love em. I think part of what stood out to me about this book was that it was three women who were making their way in a world dominated by men, and more than that they were wildly successful at running a rodeo business. There is a lot going on in this book, a series of difficult family dynamics, a quest to find out the truth about something that happened many years ago, and of c
Jan 01, 2016 Jo-Anne rated it it was amazing
More Than A Cowboy takes place at the Easy Money Rodeo Arena in Reckless, Arizona. The arena is owned by Sunny Beckett whose daughters, Liberty and Cassidy, ran it with her. Sunny kicked her husband, Mercer, out 25 years earlier but he still owned half of the arena business. Mercer hired attorney Deacon McCrea to get what was rightfully his which is half the business and funds owed him over the years. His plan was to either become a working partner or get a financial settlement. Deacon had worke ...more
Jun 29, 2014 Rhonda rated it really liked it
More Than a Cowboy by Cathy McDavid

31/2 STARS

I enjoyed More than a Cowboy. I liked the characters. You want things to work out for them.
The setting is a ranch in Arizona that is called Reckless. They have their own rodeos a few times a year.

Liberty just found out who her father was. She was always told he was someone passing by. Liberty helps teach youth how to ride and helps with the rodeo stock. She has had a crush on Deacon for years. She wants to get to know her father.

Cassidy is Liberty'
Jul 21, 2014 Rita rated it liked it
More Than a Cowboy was a nice, sweet story. Liberty Beckett opens up a can of worms when she searches for and finds the father she never knew. When her father, Mercer, arrives he wants his half of the the family ranch/arena, as well as the chance to get back with his ex-wife. He hires Deacon McCrea as his attorney. Deacon worked at the ranch when he was a teenager but quickly left town after he was accused of letting the bulls loose causing injuries to another worker, which he did not do. He's h ...more
Jonel Boyko
Jun 13, 2015 Jonel Boyko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
McDavid’s in-depth development of the setting really draws you in. I could picture the rodeo arena. I could smell the bulls & broncs. Also, getting to know the town history really made me feel like part of the community, rather than just a bystander. I appreciated the accuracy in the equine and rodeo aspect of the story. McDavid defined some of the less common events, and made sure that all information given was accurate. She melded these truths into her complex and wildly unique story that ...more
Jun 16, 2014 Lynda rated it liked it
Attorney Deacon McCrea returned to Reckless Arizona with one thought in mind, to clear his name as the culprit of a horrific goring accident when he worked as a horse wrangler as a teen for the Easy Money Rodeo Arena. Without thinking clearly, Deacon ran away after being accused without saying goodbye to anyone including Liberty. Hired by Mercer Beckett to re-establish his one-half ownership of the Arena, Deacon faced a hostile confrontation with Mercer’s estranged wife Sunny and her daughters L ...more
Sep 03, 2014 Yazmin rated it really liked it
In More Than a Cowboy by Cathy McDavid, Liberty Beckett always believed that she was a product of her mother’s affair with some guy at the rodeo. At least that’s what her mother always told her. But when a cowboy tells her he clearly remembers her mother and father being together when she was conceived, she has to wonder if her mother has lied to her her entire life and what she is going to do about it. So she decides to contact her father, the only father she always believed to be and find out ...more
Jun 20, 2014 Betty rated it really liked it
Mercer Beckett has hired Deacon McCrea as his lawyer. Mercer has been separated from his wife for many years, but its time to go home are reacquaint himself with his wife and adult daughters. He also wants to return to the partnership he and his wife have in the in the Reckless Arizona Arena. He uses the fact that he is owed a very large sum of money as his part of the profits. Sunny, his wife, would have to sell off the business in order to pay him what he is owed.
There are several threads t
Aug 09, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won a copy of "More Than a Cowboy" through the goodreads first reads giveaways.

Deacon McCrea has returned to Reckless, Arizona for one reason, to clear his name. When he accepts a job representing Liberty Beckett's father, he never expected that keeping his professional and personal life separate would be so difficult. As a teen Liberty had a crush on Deacon that never disappeared even when Deacon had. I enjoyed that this book was not just a romance. While there is plenty of steamy scenes ther
Marina Myles
Jun 15, 2016 Marina Myles rated it it was amazing
More Than A Cowboy is a perfect addition to Cathy McDavid's charming series about Reckless, Arizona. In this well-written book, it's easy to admire the ruggedness of the cowboys and the strength of the female characters. And I absolutely loved how the hero's and heroine's attraction were powerful enough to overcome all the external obstacles. I mean, who wouldn't want a cowboy who's an attorney, too?!
Sep 07, 2016 Jenny rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
NOTE: I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads

This was such a cute story. I loved the 2 main characters Liberty and Deacon. You can't help but fall in love with the type of man Deacon is. Their relationship and history together was so endearing and sweet. As you are reading you are just waiting for them to finally be together.
Catherine  Wright (Cat's Guilty Pleasure)
When caught in the middle what do you choose love or family? This is the question Liberty has to answer. She is caught between both parents and the man she has a crush on. I enjoyed this book and i loved all the characters. It's a very sweet love story. I look forward to reading more from this author.

I was given a copy by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Jul 03, 2014 Nina rated it liked it
I won this book through GoodReads! Unfortunately, the margin between the text and the page binding is too narrow (nonexistent) , which made it difficult to physically hold onto the book and turn the pages. I really like the story, but could not finish reading it due to the way the book was bound.
Harlequin Books
"This beginning of the Reckless, Arizona series is an entertaining tale of a hero out to win the girl he’s loved since high school. Their growing realization of their feelings for one another is well depicted" (RT Book Reviews). 4 stars

Miniseries: Reckless, Arizona
Anne Dreher
Jun 23, 2014 Anne Dreher rated it it was ok
I didn't like this book at all. It was very slow moving and what romance was in it was very limited. I couldn't get into the two main characters whatsoever. I was being generous in giving it two stars.
Jul 10, 2014 Melinda rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Great romance with likable characters and a good plot. Suggested read!
I received this book from a giveaway.
Jun 21, 2014 Vykki rated it liked it
Shelves: good-read
This was another great romances with a cowboy. It was truly a fun read. Another Good Read win. Thank you
Lauren Tydings
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Meaghan rated it it was amazing
Jul 22, 2014
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Roy Wano rated it it was amazing
May 01, 2014
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Laura Hannaway
Laura Hannaway rated it it was ok
Aug 16, 2014
Aug 06, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book. It was a quick read. Look forward to reading more by this author!
Hannah rated it did not like it
Apr 25, 2014
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