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An Acquired Taste

(The Everheart Brothers of Texas #1)

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May the best chef win…

After four years at the country’s top culinary school and several years as head chef in her mother’s restaurant, Rowan Townsend has built a notable reputation. Her farm-to-table collard greens have long been bringing everyone to the yard, but limits on the restaurant’s size have led to long waits. Looking to expand the restaurant, she enters a televis
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Published June 8th 2021 by Tule Publishing
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3.5 stars

This book kept me hungry, googling food pictures, and writing down recipes to try out for myself 👀🤤
Barbara Kellyn
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If you’re a fan of Food Network-style competitions like me, you’ll love Kelly Cain’s delicious new romance An Acquired Taste. Two culinary dynasties led by rival hot shot chefs go head to head on a high stakes TV reality show. The author peppers each chapter with clever recipes (who knew Fried Spaghetti was a thing?) as our heroine, Rowan Townsend, squares off against her cooking school arch-enemy, Knox Everheart, for the big prize: a new restaurant! Family drama and TV show tensions turn up the ...more
Lily Mordaunt
Jun 11, 2021 rated it liked it
Just Under 4 Stars

There was a lot that I enjoyed about this book: how much cooking we got to experience, the recipes I’m definitely going to try (and the less serious, person based recipes), the side characters and connection between Rowan and Knox. But there were also aspects to that relationship that I didn’t love.
Rowan and Knox met at culinary school. Their connection seemed to be immediate and mutual until Rowan found out who Knox’s family was.. Attraction quickly soured and turned to hate
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Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
I’m not necessarily a fan of enemies-to-lovers romances. The author has to walk a fine line of making the characters dislike each other. While at the same time, have readers like each character enough to want to see them get together. Kelly Cain did an amazing job of accomplishing both with An Acquired Taste.

An Acquired Taste is the first book in Kelly’s The Everheart Brothers of Texas series. The story is an enemies-to-lovers romance that takes ten years to come to a boil. Rowan Townsend and Kn
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Sue
I received a copy of An Acquired Taste by Kelly Cain from Tule Publishing Co. in exchange for an honest review. This enemies to friends is the first book in the series about the Everheart brothers. Book one is Knox Everheart’s story. The father of the Everheart family is a Michelin star chef with an upscale restaurant in Austin, Texas. The brothers all work at the restaurant with him. Knox is a graduate of a culinary school in California.

Rowan Townsend is also a graduate of the same culinary sc
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Etta
Jun 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: booksprout
An Acquired Taste is the first novel in The Everheart Brothers of Texas series. From the very first page, the reader is introduced to the excellent novel that can be experienced throughout the entire reading experience. The story takes one of my favorite tropes, enemies to lovers, and places it in a cooking competition setting!

The story is told from the perspective of Rowan Townsend who met Knox Everheart while in culinary school. The two of them form a rivalry that continues when the two of
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CLorraine Kibler
Jun 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Cain gives us an unique love story set in the world of competitive cooking. Knox and Rowan (Amber) come from cooking families, both families run restaurants. The families share a complicated history. Knox has two brothers and an extremely controlling father who wants his sons to follow in his illustrious footsteps. Rowan and Knox have a relationship filled with tension and longing. She has hated him or at least she says so since they were rivals in culinary school. Knox’s feelings are not re ...more
Sandi Ramirez
Jun 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-challenge
This is one of the most enjoyable fun and yes yummy books I have read this year. Our author has given us a book that keeps us reading from the start to the end, then we open it back up and use the book as a recipe book because yes we get amazing recipes inside it also. This story is based around two restaurants in Austin, Texas, and the families that run them. Knox and Rowan went to chef "school" together and there was a bit of an issue between them on Rowan's side the entire time. When the two ...more
Andrea Wenger
Jun 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rowan has hated Knox ever since his daddy's money got him into culinary school, while she was waitlisted. When these long-time rivals end up competing on a cooking show, Rowan finally gets the chance to show Knox who's the better chef. Except that she begins to see Knox's gentle, caring side, and it almost makes her forget how much she hates him. As old secrets come to light, she realizes she may have been wrong about everything.

This is a nicely balanced enemies-to-lovers romance. Rowan's journe
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Debbie Caswell
Jun 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the perfect combination of a read not only do you have family dynasty drama but tension from the past between Rowan Townsend and Knox Everheart not only do their families hate one another but these two have squared off against one another since they met at culinary school. But what do they say about love and hate as these two compete for the ultimate prize of a new restaurant on the tv show they also start to fall for one another The addition of recipes throughout the book is a wonderful ...more
Ka-Bee Brown
Jun 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Knox and Rowan had issues stemming all the way back to their culinary school days, when she had the impression that she couldn’t beat Knox in the kitchen. But doing the competition things begin to change in her view of Knox, and she believed that she and her family could win against his family. But during the competition names take a turn for the better and she finds out how Knox truly feels about her, and her feelings began to change. Her mother and his father got on my last nerve. Overall it w ...more
Kristi
Jun 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I'll warn you, if you're going to read a book that involves a cooking competition, make sure you eat before you start reading! If not the recipes being created will make you hungry and tempt you to make them yourself. '

The story captivates you and holds your attention the minute you start reading. The characters are fun, engaging and you find them easy to get to know with every turn of the page. The attraction and chemistry between the main characters is definite and at times can leap off the pa
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Melanie
Jun 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book by this author and I loved her take on an enemies to lovers romance. Rowan and Know were rivals, fiercely competitive, and both great at their craft - cooking. These two had a lot to work through but the pull towards each other and undeniable chemistry was too much for these two to ignore. I loved reading about both of these characters and the recipes the author featured too. This was a great read and I'm looking forward to reading more from this author. ...more
Rachel Kennedy
Jun 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rowan and knox are already rivals, but when they end up against each other in a cookery competition on the TV, who will win? As they star to fall for each other, will they realise that there is more at stake than who wins the competition?

A great read - looking forward to the rest of the series.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a voluntary and honest review.
Sherri Babb
Jun 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book that I have read by this author and I really enjoyed it. I felt that this was a very solid first book in this series. I loved all the main characters and I loved getting to know the side characters. The story line flowed nicely from start to finish. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. I voluntarily reviewed this book in exchange for an honest review.
Joy E.
Jun 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This books is great! It is well written, with no grammatical errors. The main characters and secondary characters are well developed. They are complex characters that are relatable as well. If you love cooking shows and romance, this is the book for you. Do not hesitate to get this book.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Manisha Robinson
Jun 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book a nice pagetuner with wonderful chracters . This book is a funny romcom of two people Rowan and Knox who can't stand each other who are competitive to compete for the best .

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Debra  M.
Jun 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rom-Coms are my favorite genre to read,I honestly didn't want this one to end .I'm anxiously waiting for book 2 to come out now. ...more
Louise Bird
May 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book!
Rosie J.
Jun 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Enemies to Lovers Romance
Two former culinary rivals from the same hometown compete on a Reality Cooking Show for a chance to win their own restaurant. It’s like culinary school all over again as Rowan brings her A Game and Knox game is always on point. Rowan finds out that the past isn’t quite as cut and dry as she believed.

When Knox shows her a side of him she’s never seen before, she doesn’t quite believe he’s being authentic. When events from the past come roaring back to the present she is forced to acknowledge that
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Kelly Cain
May 10, 2021 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Excerpt from Chapter 1 of An Acquired Taste


Recipe for an Asshat Boy

2 cups arrogance
1 cup intensity
3 tbsp impulsiveness
1-1/2 tsp aloofness
Dash of petty

Cream together arrogance and intensity. Slowly add impulsiveness. Mix in aloofness and beat until thoroughly combined. Pour into a square pan and sprinkle with petty. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes and remove from oven. Allow an hour to cool.

Yield: one giant asshat named Knox Everheart.

CHAPTER 1

Recipe for disaster.

We haven’t even opened yet, an
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Amanda-Has-A-Bookcase
May 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
This book was so much fun! I love the recipes at the start of each chapter, the real ones and the funny ones. Perfect book to take to the beach or pool and enjoy on your down time. Great job and very recommend.
L Kelly
Jun 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read with recipes included at the end of each chapter. Knox Everheart, a guy who can eat anything and still look physically fit, is part of a powerful restaurant family with Michelin stars. Amber, I mean Rowan, is a really good chef who works for her mother’s restaurant that specializes in Southern Cuisine. No matter how hard she tries she has trouble getting her mother to change up the menu. Why did she even go to culinary school? Business has been real good but they have outgrow ...more
Emma
Jun 08, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Acquired Taste by Kelly Cain
May the best chef win…
After four years at the country’s top culinary school and several years as head chef in her mother’s restaurant, Rowan Townsend has built a notable reputation. Her farm-to-table collard greens have long been bringing everyone to the yard, but limits on the restaurant’s size have led to long waits. Looking to expand the restaurant, she enters a televised chef competition. The problem? Her infuriatingly-talented nemesis from culinary school also
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K. Sterling
Mar 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED LOVED LOVED this! She had me at Recipe For An Asshat Boy which is on page 1 and she didn’t let me down. Kelly Cain kept me drooling throughout the entire book. There are recipes at the start of nearly every chapter and I so appreciate that because Kelly wove food and family tradition into both characters’ backstories and motivations so brilliantly that it was almost torture. I wanted to jump up and see if I had everything to make a shrimp Louie salad or OH MY GOD Sweet Potato Pie. And th ...more
Paula
Jun 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed An Acquired Taste (The Everheart Brothers of Texas #1) by Kelly Cain with a strong male lead who wasn’t a rodeo rider, rancher or a cowboy which is often standard in Texas romances. I do enjoy reading those too but found chefs to be a pleasure to read too. The winner in this story may not receive a gold buckle but the competition is just as fierce.

While I do not watch cooking competitions on TV, I seem to like reading about them. Perhaps that is because you can get to know the characte
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Rae Shawn
Apr 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Are you hungry? Well, I’d suggest eating before you read this. Whether it be the heat in the kitchen or the sizzling relationship building between Rowan and Knox, I can’t tell you what made me more famished. The recipes are to die for and the competition makes it all the better. Rowan knows what she wants, and is determined to get it regardless of who she has to compete against or what she needs to do, but when things change due to the face time she has with one particular asshat, it’s clear som ...more
Jackie
Jun 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Rowan and Knox have history. A lot of history and not good. The duo has been enemies since culinary school. They both enter a culinary family feud tournament to win a new restaurant. Watching this couple go back and forth for most of the book was borderline painful. Rowan comes across in most of the book as weak and a little nuts. She’s so convinced that she can’t beat Knox, that he’s better at everything than her, and that he’s out to get her. It really was irksome that she was so do ...more
Kee
Apr 12, 2021 rated it liked it
This was my first book by this author and I enjoyed the story and characters. Rowan is the heroine of the story with dreams of owning her own French bistro styled restaurant. Until that happens, she's the head chef at her mother's soul food restaurant, where she can't be adventurous with the menu the way she'd like. But that all changes when she is accepted in a reality cooking competition with the winner getting a new restaurant. There's one little problem, Knox Everheart, her enemy, has entere ...more
Amanda Linsmeier
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
THE HATING GAME meets HELL's KITCHEN? Yes, please!

This is one of my favorite romcoms and not just because I love the author dearly. Even if I hated her guts I would still yell about this book, I SWEAR.

An Acquired Taste is one of those stories that just sizzles-- Knox and Rowan's chemistry leaps off the page and their witty banter, fierce competitive spirits and steamy scenes make real magic when all combined, plus there are recipes! Not to mention the family dynamic, Rowan really coming into h
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Kelly Cain is a native Northern Californian but has spent the last couple of decades in Texas, currently residing in the live music capital of the world, Austin. Consequently, most of her books are set somewhere between those two locations.

Kelly writes multicultural romance with determined women directing their own fates, and the swoon-worthy men who adore them. She loves reading most genres but p
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