Book 3 of the Cowboy Trilogy

Harlequin American
February 2007

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  • 4- Stars from Romantic Times!
  • Award of Merit in Holt Medallion (Virginia Romance Writers).
  • Finalist for the WisRWA Write Touch Award of Excellence.
  • Finalist for the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence in short contemporary.
  • Finalist in the Short Contemporary Category for the Maggie given by the Georgia Romance Writers

Once… And For Always

Brodie Hayes is a former rodeo star, now a rancher-a cowboy, through and through. But when he finds out some shocking news about the circumstances of his birth, he begins to question his identity. Luckily, private investigator Alexandra Donovan is there to help him find the truth about who he is. Along the way, he discovers that even a man who thought he’d be alone for the rest of his life can fall in love.

For Brodie, love was something you did once-and for always. But is Alex the type of woman who can take on a stubborn man like him? Because there’s one thing about him that will never change, no matter what they find out about his past-once a cowboy, always a cowboy.


Brodie woke up at dawn and stared down at the woman in his arms. Her head rested below his chin, her hand lay on his chest. She slept peacefully, making an occasional deep breathing sound. That was probably as close to snoring as she would ever get.

It felt so right to have her in his arms. He’d never needed anyone in his life, but last night he’d needed her. It wasn’t sexual, either. Not that he didn’t want her. Last night was about something entirely different. It was about comfort, caring and mental nourishment so he could face another day. Holding on to Alex gave him that strength.

She stirred and sat up, brushing hair out of her eyes. “Good morning,” she whispered.

He felt a catch in his gut at her sleep-filled voice. Her soft brown eyes were languid, sensuous, and he had a feeling she’d look like this after making love.

Raising himself to a sitting position, he flexed his shoulders. “Morning.”

She sniffed the air. “I don’t smell coffee. After spending the night on this sofa, I expected coffee to be brought to me.”  Her eyes twinkled.

“I’m not used to getting coffee for a woman.”

“Cowboy, that is so hard to believe.”

“Well, you see, I’m used to having a woman bring me coffee.”

“Now that I believe.” She grinned, bringing sunshine into the room.

He tucked a stray hair behind her ear.  “But I’ll bring you coffee any day of the week.”

Rave Reviews:

Private eye Alex Donavan has mixed feelings about her new case. A client tells her she thinks cowboy Brodie Hayes is her son and asks Alex to find out all she can about the baby boy that was stolen from a hospital almost 40 years earlier. After Alex takes the case and gets to know Brodie, the chemistry between them burns. But can they be happy? Alex’s news has the stubborn Brodie questioning his identity, but no matter what he learns he vows he’ll always be a cowboy. ONCE A COWBOY (4), by Linda Warren, is warm and emotional. Brodie’s past is an important part of the story, and Warren knows how to weave his various character traits into an entertaining story.
Romantic Times Magazine

Once A Cowboy is well-developed with excellent characterization of the people who populate the pages. The writer’s development of our knowledge of Brodie and Alex makes this romance classic and exciting. It was so refreshing to read an excellent contemporary with a solid romance.
Jeri Neal
4 1/2 Plugs
The Romance Readers Connection

Once A Cowboy may seem like a little nugget compared to fat, page-laden contemporary and historical single titles romances, but it glows brighter than many of them.
Grade: B
Jeanne W.

Another poignant read from talented author, Linda Warren, Once A Cowboy will leave no eye dry at the finish.
Rating: 9
Official Review by Contemporary Romance Reviews

Once A Cowboy is a story overflowing with emotional twist and turns that grabs the reader from the first page and doesn’t let go until the end.
(Blue Ribbon Rating 5)

(4 1/2 Stars) Linda Warren masterfully tells a tale of deceit and guilt which is healed with the love of a good compassionate woman. A compelling story and the perfect ending to her cowboy trilogy.

5 Stars – Linda Warren’s latest contemporary is a must read family drama.
Harriet Klausner

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