Linda Warren loves happy endings. The Rita® nominated and award winning author has written 26 books for Harlequin, including SuperRomance, American and Everlasting Love. Drawing upon her years of growing up on a farm/ranch in Texas, she writes about sexy heroes, feisty heroines and broken families with an emotional punch all set against the backdrop of Texas. She lives in College Station with her husband and spends her days doing what she loves--creating unforgettable love stories--with happy endings.
simple. It's a quick read with enjoyable characters...love Naddy, she rocks! I liked the ending, but I knew how it would end from the first chapter. Not bad for a free book. If you're looking for some easy fluff, this is it. This is one of those books you read after you've just read something really heavy and thought provoking, which this book isn't.
ONCE A COWBOY is an engaging story of a man who finds out that he's not who he thinks he is. Alexandra Donovan works with her father as a private investigator, but on occasion, she picks up missing persons cases such as this one. A woman, Helen Braxton, approaches her, asking to help verify the identity of a cowboy she thinks is her missing son, Travis. The resemblance of this man to her husband is uncanny. Alexandra knows that these cases usually do not pan out, and the odds of Brodie Hayes being the woman's missing child was near zero. Despite the odds, Alex agrees to take on the case.
Alex decides that she needs to find a way to get a sample of his DNA without him knowing she's investigating him, not wanting to upset him in case he is not Helen's son. She manages to get into his house by pretending to need to use his phone while wandering lost in his neighborhood, and voila - she is able to find a comb with a few of his hairs in his bathroom. When the test results come back positive, that Brodie is indeed the son of George and Helen Braxton, Alex is afraid of the reaction she will get from Brodie, especially when he discovers that she's violated his privacy by stealing his comb to do the DNA testing. She is also worried about tearing apart a family despite the fact that Brodie is really someone else's son.
ONCE A COWBOY deals with Brodie and his need to find himself and his true identity. He also has to deal with a mother, who is not in the best of health, who had lied to him and his now deceased father about the fact that she had taken a baby from another woman.Read more ›
This was a pretty good read, especially since it was free. I live in the Dallas area so it was nice knowing where the towns were in the story. I stopped reading romance books about 5 yrs. ago but since this one was at a very good price (free) I decided I needed a break from my usual serial killer/murder mystery books . Of course you know they are going to fall in love and live happily ever after, but they do have some emotional obstacles to over come before that happens.
As a guy who reads primarily Stephen King,this is not the kind of book I would normally pick up. But thanks to the vast amount of material for the Kindle I'm reading tons of various stuff between King's books.
Which is how I ended up reading this little gem one afternoon. 'Once A Cowboy' is a fast, easy read. The story never dragged but more importantly the characters were likeable from the get go. I really enjoyed Ms Warren's writing style.
I'm unsure what was going on with the people who complained that some situations in the book were unbelieveable. Really? Did they miss the fact that they were reading fiction?
If you're reading for enjoyment this fits the bill.
I haven't read a Harlequin book in years and years. Linda Warren's Once a Cowboy was a great story and really surpassed all of my expectations (which to be honest were pretty low). This story isn't just about a cowboy (despite the title), or about family/personal identity, or about the love between a cowboy and a city girl - the story is about all of it. For such a short story, it's really thorough and keeps the reader interested. The ending was definitely a surprise, but a completely appropriate plot twist. Reading the descriptions of Warren's other books, I'm guessing this was one of her better-written stories (despite the sometimes robotic dialogue). I'm interested in reading Tripp and Colter's stories, but sadly those aren't available as Kindle editions... too bad. And I agree with all the other reviewers about Naddy - by far, she was the funniest character I've read in a long time!
This book is on the order of a Harlequin romance. When you have read one, you have read them all. It is a good story to read when you don't have to use your brain. Sometimes you just don't want to think.
The good: So there's this romance story, and it involves a cowboy, a PI, and a whole lot of convoluted history that I'm sure the other reviewers will be more than happy to tell you about. The side characters are a hoot and a half (particularly the two old ladies that get into trouble in Vegas), the pacing is decent, and the focus is on people and relationships. The main characters' feelings about the situation they're in are easy to empathize with, and I enjoyed the story.
The bad: In some ways, the book takes a little bit of a detour in the last couple of chapters, particularly the epilogue. Perhaps I'm a little bit of a cynic, but the happily ever after is a little -too- sunny.
The neutral: Just a heads up to those who are wary - there are somewhat explicit sex scenes in the book. I skipped 'em, and if you're leery of such things, you might want to skip this book.