Thursday 28 July 2016

Book Review: Cowgirl in the Kitchen by Julie Jarnagin

By Jenny Blake

Serenade Books (June 30, 2016)

Just as she's about to make her dream come true, disaster strikes. The only way she can get back in the saddle is to strike a bargain—with a man her family despises.

Jentry Lawson's dream of becoming a world-class barrel racer is about to happen—until she and her horse are injured in a terrible accident. Forced to move back home to Texas to recuperate, her Dallas-based brother makes her an offer she can't refuse. He needs someone he can trust to oversee the renovation and grand opening of his new restaurant. If she'll take that on, he'll finance her return to the arena. It doesn't take Jentry long to discover she bit off more than she can chew. Swallowing her pride, she asks for help from Gavin Easton—a man her brother despises. But he's the one person who can make the restaurant succeed.

People in Glover never thought Gavin Easton would amount to anything. Ever since his own restaurant in town burned down, he's taken odd jobs to provide for his niece, whom he is raising alone. When beautiful and stubborn Jentry offers him the perfect job, his first reaction is to turn her down flat. No way he's going to do anything to help her brother! But there's more at stake than his pride. Can he trust his future to the woman whose brother tried to ruin his reputation—and his life?

Besides, how can he manage a restaurant, when he can't manage his heart?

My Review:

Firstly thanks to the publisher for my review copy for an honest review.

I enjoyed this book. It is the final book in a series but it can also be read as a stand alone book. I haven't read the others and didn't feel I was lost or confused. 

Jentry is back home after a accident barrel racing and is now trying to get a new restaurant owned by her brother and herself ready to open. She needs a manager and wants to hire Gavin who many in the town including her brother have labelled a trouble maker. Gavin is also raising his adorable niece and trying to make a life for them. I enjoyed how this story played out. We see Jentry's feelings of not being good enough or living up to her brothers expectations and we also see Gavin feeling that he will never measure up to the towns peoples expectations. Seeing why they feel this way and what happens was good to see. What I also enjoyed was the waiting to find out exactly why Jentry's brother didn't trust or like him.

I enjoyed this book and would happily read others in the series and by this author. 


  1. Thanks, Jenny. I read the first in the series and enjoyed it - I don't know how I missed the next two!

    1. Book one has Jentry's brother in it but from what I can see books 2 and 3 don't have any people in this book.


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