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The Trouble with Cowboys

(Catcher Creek #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  688 ratings  ·  93 reviews
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 e ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Zebra (first published January 1st 2012)
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Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really feel the summary for this book did not do it justice. The issues with her dad were there, but it was her interactions with her sisters that was the real story. I know the feeling when a pair of wranglers and a belt can make your heart speed Amy you are not alone!

One aspect that I did have issue with was the fact that Amy was embarrassed over her performance on the cooking show. In reality, she was a pawn to a complete jerk-faced fake cowboy. The fact that her hometown would be a
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing

I am fairly certain that there is no woman alive that can resist a drool worthy, Stetson wearing, Jean hugging, boot stomping cowboy!

For Amy this is exactly the case, she sees a cowboy and her heart beat goes into overdrive, but she always ends up being the horse ridden and then left in the stall alone.

So when she returns home to help her sisters save the family farm and comes face to face with a very hot and sexy cowboy, the one and only I'll-make-your-knees-go-weak- Kellan, she sees the trou
Rachael Davila
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to Rachael by: Melissa Cutler
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 t
Sue "DavinciKittie" Brown-Moore
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Either I haven't read enough romance books with chefs as the heroines or Amy is just the unusual exception, but her therapy of chopping celery to stem her frustration and sexual needs is both unique and a little frightening (I mean, what ELSE would she consider dicing up? *gulp*). If I were this woman's man, I'd be sure to keep her completely satisfied or risk that fancy Mac knif
Lisa Kessler
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Melissa knows how to write a hot cowboy and her quirky heroine is so much fun!

If you like contemporary romance filled with laughter and heart, you're going to love this book! :)
I really liked this story. This is the first story I've read by Cutler. Amy Sorentino is trying to save her family's ranch from foreclosure, she is also trying to live down an embarrassing breakdown while doing a realty show. She calms herself by slicing and dicing, being a chef it's therapy. She meets Kellan Reed at the store looking for veggies to chop. Oh, she has this thing for cowboys. It's her biggest weakness and she falls hard for any guy wearing a Stetson and cowboy boots. There is a lo ...more
Kristen Koster
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
So much more than a simple cowboy fantasy!

I wasn't sure exactly what to expect from this book but I'm now kicking myself for putting off reading it for as long as I did! At least there are more in the works so I can go back and visit with the good folks of Catcher Creek soon.

Even knowing they'll get their HEA, the subplots, conflicts and complications keep the reader on the edge of the seat wondering how it'll all work out. And I mean squirming on the edge of that seat because the sexual tensio
Cyndi Delia
May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read this book for the book club I run. I must say that I really liked this book. The main characters Amy and Kellan were real. Sometimes authors write characters that a bit too Hollywood for me. What I mean is they are too tidy fake phony. Not the case here. Amy does things that make you go 'huh?' but they are realistic reactions. Refreshing to read a book with perfectly imperfect people. Kellan is a great hero. I had a few minor problems-wishing for some more explanation but this book was a ...more
Aug 16, 2012 rated it liked it
This book was an enjoyable read. I did like the hero Kellan. What I didn't like was the town. The people were mean to three girls who had a very dysfunctual family. Imagine sitting in church at Christmas and thinking that all the townsfolk are waiting to see you mess up again. Not a town I would care to stay in at all. But I did like Mr Dixon. He was wise and compassionate. I am looking forward to the next book with Rachel.
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm still laughing the day after finishing this book! I thoroughly enjoyed the characters -- how can you not love a woman who takes out her frustrations by chopping celery, onion and other veggies?? But only with her specialized set of knives!! Lots of good humor, a ditzy but delightful heroine, and, of course, a lovable cowboy ... can't wait for the books about the other sisters in this family. Good, good read!!!
Oct 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love the Catcher Creek series especially when Melissa Cutler has these hot cowboys like Kellan. I felt for Amy and her guarding her heart especially with a guy like him. The thing I liked the most is that Melissa didn’t make Kellan too macho or arrogant but a man who loves with his whole heart. All in all this is a great start to a series I am really liking.

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Cassi Carver
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was thrilled to get an advanced copy of Melissa Cutler's outstanding contemporary western, The Trouble With Cowboys! It hooked me from the first chapter with a lovable cast of characters, a perfect small-town setting, an intriguing plot, and scorching-hot sex!

This stellar debut novel should be at the top of your to-read list!
★¸. • * ° *Jillie Anne * ° *•.¸☆
This was a fun book to pick up. The story was not as intense as any of the Bomb Squad books. However I enjoyed it. I just didn't get Amy as well as other females from Melissa's other books. I will get the second book in this series and see where that leads ! It's snowing. I have a fire, hot tea and a book.
Shauna Allen
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Super sexy read full of great characters that are easy to love! Highly recommend this book!
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Publisher: Zebra
Publish Date: Oct 2nd
How I got this book: ARC from the publisher

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 bankr
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Catcher Creek, New Mexico is home to Amy Sorentino, although she has not lived here from several years she is now committed to creating a life here with her sisters and nephew as she has given up her career and sold her condo to put money in the ranch project.

Unfortunately she has to live down her most humiliating experience, her mental collapse on the reality TV cooking challenge called The Ultimate Chef Showdown. She came close to winning the show but was sabotaged by a chef who dressed like a
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Christi Snow
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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, A
Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks

Amy Sorentino is a legend of sorts. A former contestant on a big reality cooking show, The Ultimate Chef Showdown. She is infamous for a very public outburst during the filming. The ultra talented chef loses the big prize and eventually returns to her life in Catcher Creek as one of three Sorentino sisters struggling to keep the family ranch afloat after their father's untimely death and their mother's emotional breakdown which, which puts her in a home with constant care. The Sorentino sisters
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When I was walking through the bookstore, this book caught my eye in the New Romance section. I have an obsession with Cowboys and Romance!  Of course this book caught my eye! I found that from reading this book I share this weak spot for cowboys with Miss Amy Sorentino. So I already relate to the heroine in some aspect. This is the first novel I had seen from Melissa Cutler. I looked up the author and loved how she said that her and her friend would go to the bookstore and to the romance secti ...more
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Amy Sorentino has moved back to her childhood farm to live with her sisters and try to save the farm from foreclosure. The death of her father revealed that there was no money left to support the land. Her father drank too much and worked too little in his last years to keep the farm afloat, and now foreclosure was looming.

The sisters are planning to open the family home and farm as a bed and breakfast with a farm theme to give city dwellers a taste of what life on a real farm is. Working toget
My Book Addiction and More MBA
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 equall ...more
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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 t
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Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
As fast as Amy Sorentinogets out of Catcher Creek as a kid, she is glad to be back. She just has to remember a few steadfast rules, also avoiding any further humiliation and embarrassment.

Building his ranch from the ground up makes Kellan Reed very proud of all he has accomplished. He has come a long way from an angry, scrawny teenager to a man with a successful business and a beautiful home.

Cowboys are Amy’s downfall; always have been, and always will be if she cannot get a handle on her emotio
A time tested plot and believable characters come together well in Melissa Cutler’s Catcher’s Creek series debut. Amy Sorentino has sworn off cowboys, but she has returned to the cowboy country of her youth to start a restaurant in a last ditch effort to help her sisters save the family farm their father nearly bankrupted. Of course on her first day back she runs into an irresistible specimen of a cowboy, Kellan Reed, who just happens to live on the ranch next door and is the top choice beef sup ...more
The Window Seat
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read and reviewed the second book in this series, Cowboy Justice, first and I loved that one so much I had to go back to read the first in the series. Let me just say Melissa Cutler is my new favorite western romance writer! I loved the first in the Catcher Creek series, The Trouble with Cowboys, and even if you’re not a fan of western romance novels, but like romance, I definitely recommend reading this series!

Amy Sorentino is back in Catcher Creek, a town she couldn’t wait to get out of, aft
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: For those that like books about Siblings
Kellan and Amy have a very "hot" beginning and it keeps going on. This book has it all-friendship, sisterly love, male bonding, forgiveness, family drama, a few laughs, a mystery or two, and even death.
This author did a good job giving the readers the back story of both Kellan and Amy. Reading about their past and upbringing, really explained both characters well. At first, I was shocked that Amy would just jump right into bed with Kellan, like she had no respect for herself. But as I read on,
Chris Bails
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a great book and read. Very excited for the next book in the series.
This is a story about the Sorentino family. Their are three sisters and are called home because their mom is sick and they are also about to lose their family farm.
Amy is a chef and has to give up her life & job to help her family. She has been having some hard times and more than willing to go home.
Kellen Reed is just the cowboy she is looking for. She finds him then remembers her rules, no cowboys. But he is so har
May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 K ...more
Karla Doyle
Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I first heard about The Trouble With Cowboys on Twitter, before it'd been picked up for publication. It's been on my radar ever since. The early hype was right on the mark. This book is funny, sexy and a tear-jerker, to boot. All-around awesome.

As heroes go, well, I was in love with Kellan Reed pretty much from the first time he showed up on the page.

Hero aside, there was so much to love about this book. The heroine and all the secondary characters were excellent, too. I loved the sizzle betwee
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