Thursday, June 11, 2015

KISS THE COWBOY by Julie Jarnigan


What if your competition for your dream job…was your dream man?

All Lucy Pickett needs to become executive chef in one of Dallas’s finest restaurants is to pull off the high-profile wedding she’s catering. So what if she’s forced to share duties with Dylan Lawson, a modern-day chuck-wagon cook? So what if he’s got rugged looks and cowboy charm? None of that is going to knock her off her game. Until she learns the restaurateur is considering Dylan for the position she wants. Game on—and it’s a winner-take-all event!

Dylan Lawson finally has the opportunity he’s been waiting for to prove he can do more than just be a ranch hand. The only thing standing in his way is the fiery chef fighting for the same position. Will the heated competition scorch any chance they have for love?


When I started this I didn't realize this was connected to a book I'd previously read called The Art of Falling. It was fun to meet up with some of the characters from the previous novella.  I fell in love with Dylan right away, I love male leads like him, kind but confident, and his cowboy charm certainly didn't hurt anything.  Lucy, it took longer for me to warm up to, probably because she's living the life her family wants and not the one she wants but she's hiding that for herself.  But as Dylan helps her remember who she was, he also helps her discover that maybe it's time to stop hiding from the past and pursue the life she really wants.

The contrast between the two chefs I found thoroughly enjoyable as Dylan and Lucy compete for the executive chef job.  The ups and downs between the two added to the plot and compelled me to keep reading to find out how things would work themselves out.  I appreciated the clean romance and sweet story and the hunky cowboy didn't hurt any. I do after all have a sweet spot for the good guys.  And here Dylan helps Lucy find herself, but leaves her free to make her own choices.

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