The Trouble With Cowboys

The Trouble With Cowboys

by Melissa Cutler

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It was their parents' ranch, through the good days and the bad. But if they want to hang on to their land, their pride, and their family, the three Sorentino sisters will have to reinvent it from the ground up--and one of them just may reinvent herself in the process. . .

Cowboys have never been good for Amy Sorentino. First her hard-riding father bankrupted the family farm. Then her all-hat-no-cattle boyfriend sold her out on national television, ending her promising career as a chef. Now she and her squabbling sisters have partnered up in a final attempt to save their land by starting an inn and local restaurant. So it figures that with everything on the line, Amy's key supplier is just the kind of Stetson-tipping heartbreaking bad boy she's sworn to avoid. But Kellan Reed has a few secrets of his own--and cowboy or not, Amy can't resist this kind of wild ride. . .

"One hot romance from start to finish." --Carolyn Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Mistletoe Cowboy

"Simply delightful."--New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420130058
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 10/02/2012
Series: Catcher Creek , #1
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 81,170
File size: 569 KB

About the Author

Melissa Cutler is a Southern California native living in beautiful San Diego with her husband, two children, and a nervous Siamese cat. She spent her teenage years on the floor of her local bookstore's romance aisle, making tough choices about which novels to buy with the measly paycheck from her filing clerk job. Her love for happily-ever-after stories continued into adulthood, and in 2008, she decided to take her romance novel devotion to the next level by penning one herself. She now divides her time between her dual passions for writing sexy cowboy contemporaries and edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense.

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The Trouble with Cowboys: Catcher Creek 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
RachaelD More than 1 year ago
I loved Trouble with Cowboys from the first teaser chapter to the very end. I couldn’t put it down. I need to be careful where I read Ms. Cutler’s work; it had me laughing out loud in public places. Good for the author because I enjoyed her voice, characters and dialogue. Bad for me because of the crazy looks I received. What I liked most about the introduction to Catchers Creek and its inhabitants, is each character is lovable, especially Mr. Dixon and Lisa Binderman. Kellan and Amy stood on their own merits and didn’t bash me over the head with their angst. The plot was believable, enough thoughts and feelings to see the characters transitions from meeting to love, and great dialogue. I loved it from start to finish and can hardly wait for the next installment.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by ANGELA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Ms. Cutler delivers, not only a sexy cowboy hero, she also delivered an enthralling story line ~Under The Covers This is my first read from Melissa Cutler and it will not be the last. I have to admit that I picked this book up on a basis of just looking at the cover. I’m lucky I landed with a good book because I just should not decide on that reason alone. But hey, true to the cover, Ms. Cutler delivers not only a sexy cowboy hero she also delivered an enthralling story line. Amy Sorentino of the Ultimate Chef Showdown has returned to her small town home of Catcher Creek. After losing the contest to her Ex-jerk-boyfriend, she decided to go back home to help her sisters save their family land. With the plans to turn their property into a Bed and Breakfast type of business, meeting with the owner of the best cattle ranch is inevitable…for the best piece of meat, of course. I love Amy. With her, there are no pretenses. What you see is what you get including her emotions and decisions that go with it. She totally made me laugh with her rule of NO COWBOYS. Due to her past heartaches, she has become cynical and avoids cowboys like the plague. However, her attraction for them, especially Keelan was unavoidable. Her inner dialogue trying to avoid him was hilarious. On the other hand, Keelan was just straight up with how he felt. His sexual innuendos made it even harder for Amy to resist. Their sexual tension was so obvious and totally off the charts. But it wasn’t just that, they complimented each other and they seem to solve each others problems. The subplots were a great addition to the story and the rest of the characters were intriguing. With financial hardships, the Sorentino sisters’ argued and irritated each other. However, with each confrontation they seem to find the “sisterhood” and in the end, working things out. A few more stories brewing in the background with Vaugn (Keelan’s BFF) and Rachel (Amy’s sister). Jenna (the other sister) and her son’s story was vague but I’m totally curious to see what’s up her…I mean, what her story is all about. Sloan, Mr. Dixon and Lisa looks like will be a permanent part of the sisters’ lives. I hope to read more of everyone in the next installment scheduled to release October 2013. Rachel’s story!!! * Review copy provided by publisher
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: I caught sight of this book a few months ago and was completely floored (and drooling a bit) over the gorgeous cover. (Top Off Tuesday) So I was very excited when I found out that I won an ARC of the book. Unfortunately, ARC's usually aren't so pretty, but Melissa knew I was having a love affair with the cover so she also included a VERY GORGEOUS cover flat for me to pet and lick and stroke. He is so very pretty, isn't he?? You see...I have this in common with the heroine of the book, Amy. She has a serious weak spot for cowboys. In fact, for her it is so bad that she's had to make up rules about them...#1 is that she has to stay away from them. Yeah, she doesn't do so well with her rules, but that's what makes this book, especially the first chapter, so good and fun. I love Amy. She's in a tough spot. Her two sisters are counting on her to hold it together so they can save the family farm. Her mother was never stable and Amy has a tendency to be a bit over-emotional herself. The problem is....she is very easily swayed when faced with a sexy cowboy and that's been known to mess things tanking her career on national tv. She has this weak spot...and you know Kellan is just a guy who is also feeling the effects of their incredible chemisty...he's not afraid to exploit her weakness if he needs to. But then he finds out something about her family ranch that means he has to stay away from her, but by then the chemistry has already turned into so much more. I loved this book. Kellan and Amy both have serious family issues between their siblings and the way they were raised. For Amy and her sisters...they fight like cats and dogs, but at the end of the day they're family. For Kellan and his brother, Jake, they no longer speak. I liked the way that Melissa brought their family issues into everything and how it affected the way the relationship between the two of them developed. Amy turns to her sisters. Kellan turns to his friends, but it's not the same. There were so many things that made this book so good. First, the characters. There are a lot of them, but from Amy's sisters to Kellan's friends to the strays that Amy was constantly taking in (loved Mr. Dixon and Sloane). They were all wonderfully developed and offered an interesting impact on the story. Then there's the setting...Everything about the setting was perfection. The book takes place in Eastern NM (which I love that area of the country). Kellan runs a cattle ranch while the girls are setting up a guest farm. I liked the undertones of the big-bad oil company and how that affects the lease-land ranches. Being from this area of the country, so much of the book rang true. And then there's the sexy cowboy....yep, I have a weak spot too...thank goodness I live in ranching country. ;o) Finally I loved the glimpses into Vaughn and Rachel's relationship. I hope this means that we get their story soon. I loved them both and ached for the obvious heartache between them. But I also found myself intrigued about the mystery of Jenna's little boy and who the father is. I also really hope that we get to see more of Kellan's brother Jake. It was just a great book and I'm so happy that I won it. I will definitely be looking forward to more from this author and series! I won an ARC of this book in a random giveaway on Goodreads.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice plot and fun characters. LCA, love conquers all. A good solid read.
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Good story, enjoyed it the whole way through.
breadandbutter22 More than 1 year ago
Great Read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book. The story left my with questions after I finished reading it. You get an idea of what happens with the 2 main characters. I was left what happened with the rest of the sisters, the plans for the house, the sheriff, and the company that had an important role in the story. I was disappointed that I was left with so many questions. IT was a good book though.
nailtech7 More than 1 year ago
NEVER judge a book by its cover. Meaning, to look deep inside to the person to see the true self! Wonderful read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I actually read the 2nd book first and liked it so much that I went back and read the first book. I am very impressed with this author. Her story lines are actually quite complicated, but are easy to follow and make sense. They intertwine all the characters and their story lines The main thing that I really like about her writing is her ability to make you feel the emotions of the characters. I think we can all relate to being afraid of turning into our parents. I liked the way she was compared Amy's upbringing to Kellan's without you, the reader, knowing it was happening until it did. I can't wait for the next release.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
2.5stars. Story line falls flat. Dull.
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the author because I am a member of her reader review club. I confess that I was a little shocked when the story started off with Kellan and Amy having sex the first time they meet. I am no prude; but I thought this was an odd start to a serious relationship. That being said, I was hooked into the story when I met her sisters and began to understand more about their family history. This story is set in New Mexico where Kellan and Amy's family own adjoining ranches. Melissa descried the setting so well that I had no problems "seeing" the Reed and Sorentino ranches. Both Kellan and Amy had difficult times growing up. Kellan even more than Amy since he and his brother, Jake, ended up in the foster care system. The character development of Amy and Kellan moved the story along; but so did the secondary characters. Rachel, Jenna, Mr. Dixon, Vaughn and Sloane were contributing factors to the plot. There was so much interaction between them and Amy and Kellan that helped to complete the picture of the two main characters. For me, the best scene in the story was toward the end of the book when Amy is at Kellan's ranch waiting to talk to him. She is watching Kellan ride up on his horse and she realizes that her previous feelings for Kellan had been infatuation and lust. She finally understands that what she now felt, after all of their ups and downs, was love for the whole person that Kellan is and not just her "cowboy fantasy". That scene showed that Amy had grown up and matured into a real and honest woman. Thank you, Melissa, for sharing this story with me. I look forward to reading the next book in this series "Cowboy Justice".
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
This is a great story with great characters. If you are into hot cowboys who get down and dirty (pretty fast I might add) then this is your book. Kellen Reed is sweet, sexy, sincere, and darn near “perfect”. His counterpart Amy Sorentino is funny, sassy, and quirky. The attraction (which could be a character in and of itself) between them is hot, intense, passionate and pretty much unwanted by both. All of which are ingredients for a fun, hot, attention holding read. Each character has an equally intriguing story, as well as the story they have together - you will have no choice other than to be captivated and in love with these characters from the beginning. The background the author gives on each Kellen and Amy is great information and just enough to convey their past without being wordy or overwhelming. This book has a huge emotional factor. Your heart will ache for a young Kellen and Amy all while you are becoming increasingly frustrated with Amy and her “rules”. Both Kellen and Amy’s families are very much a part of the people they have become as well as the story line. I certainly enjoyed reading about Amy’s sisters and her mother. Kellen’s friends, who are his family, are also very well described and written about in a way that you will be curious about them. I definitely liked the underlying story of Rachel, one of Amy’s sister, and Vaughn, Kellen’s best friend and the town’s sheriff - the author gave away just enough to peak one's interest. There is also a little suspense – you know a western, even a contemporary western wouldn't be a real western without at least one gun draw – , mystery and an unexpected surprise character at the end of the book. It is a great series book because there are lots of unanswered questions and just enough hooks to have you waiting for the next book. Overall, I think it was a great book and has just enough webs for you to become entangled in Catcher Creek and its residents. I certainly am ready to read book number 2 of the series! Rating: 4.5 Heat Rating: Hot Reviewed by: A. Lyn Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
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LadyDimi More than 1 year ago
Love them cowboy romances! This had a great story line and enjoyed the book.
caitbellleigh1 More than 1 year ago
The Trouble with Cowboys, is book one in Melissa Cutler's Catcher Creek series. In this book we are introduced to the Sorentino sister's, Amy, Jenna, and Rachel. The sisters are trying to make a go of a new business to save their family farm and deal with the loss of their father and the some of the security they thought they had. Amy has come home to save her family, throwing in all she's got after a devastating loss on a cooking reality show. But she's also come home broken-hearted. Amy has a slight problem, she has a tendency to fall hard quickly, which doesn't always pan out well for her, so she's developed rules to keep herself on track. But as always rules are made to be broken, Right?! Who better to help her break all those rules and break the wall she's trying to erect around her heart than cowboy neighbor, Kellan Reed. Kellan is a local rancher, one whom the Sorentino's want to form a business association with for their Dude Ranch. But Kellan has a secret and getting tangled up with Amy is sure to bring it out. From their first meeting on, its clear that Amy and Kellan are perfect for each other, even if neither realizes it at the time. But both have their own wounds to heal before they can attempt a real relationship. I loved how fierce Amy was about saving her family's farm at all costs. I also found it funny how she used her culinary skills to deal with her anger/frustrations/stress. I can totally see someone whose' life revolves around the preparation of food using the same methods to cope with their problems. Kellan was such a fun guy, I enjoyed watching him trying to work his way into Amy's heart, not just as a cowboy, but as the man who could love her completely. As he dealt with his past and the family issues, it was easy to see how he struggled but wanted to do right, for himself and everyone else in town as well. I love that he created his own family out of friends and locals. I enjoyed this first book, not only getting to know Amy and Kellan, but their friends and family and Catcher Creek as a whole. As more bad news finds it way to the Sorentino's, I couldn't help but feel sorry for them and want them to catch a break so of course I enjoyed what happens to Kellan's dear old Uncle. The brief glimpses into Rachel and Vaughn's romantic history have me anticipating their story. I'm also curious to know more about Jenna and her past. This book is a great introduction to a wonderful set of characters and I cannot wait to continue getting to know them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book thinking I could get away with reading a single book and not a series, but I was wrong. I knew half way thru the book that there will be at least 2 more and I would most definitely have to read them all. I'm dying to know how the trouble Sorentino sisters fair. Amy's cowboy fetish was a problem that landed her the love of her life, it just took her a while to realize the cowboy in question, Kellan was actually going to be her rock both emotionally and physically. I have 4 days until the next book is released then I'll be stalking Melissa Cutler's websites to figure out what happens to the third Sorentino sister.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could have left out the boring porn and it would have been a much better read. Basic story line was good.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ruth, Loved It! The only problem is it will be several months before Book 2. :( Tony and Sarah were a match even tho it took them awhile to get there. Can't wait to read about Melanie and Charles. Please, Please tell me David is next. Of course now I do want to read about Dean too!!! I most definitely recommend this book to all readers. Check out Ruth other series (Legacy Collection) too!!
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kimberlyindy More than 1 year ago
Likeable Characters + Great Writing = One enjoyable book! The Trouble with Cowboys is Melissa Cutler’s first book in her Catcher Creek series. Book 2 Cowboy Justice is due to hit the shelves in October 2013. And I can’t wait to get my hands on it! I found The Trouble with Cowboys to be a delicious combination of sexy and emotion-filled moments. The heroine Amy has all these self-imposed rules and rule #1 is to stay away from cowboys. Rule #1 gets thrown out the window within minutes of meeting Kellen, who says that he is a rancher not a cowboy. I felt that the characters were genuine, and Cutler does a nice job of introducing secondary characters with just enough information to make you curious, but does not over power the main story lines with unnecessary details. I was able to ride the roller-coaster of emotions with the characters. I felt like I became a part of the book and I can’t wait to see where Cutler takes all the wonderful characters of Catcher Creek.