Melissa Cutler here, and I’m so excited to be on Petticoats and Pistols celebrating the release of my debut book, The Trouble with Cowboys. The culinary world meets ranch country in this steamy contemporary when disgraced chef Amy returns to her hometown roots and butts heads with her new restaurant’s key supplier, cattle rancher Kellan Reed.

I love reality TV shows that feature experts in their field doing what they do best, such as So You Think You Can Dance, Top Chef, and Project Runway, and tapped those as inspiration for chef Amy and her story.

And now to whet your appetite (love chef humor!), I’m sharing the top ten things you’ll learn from The Trouble with Cowboys:




The Top Ten Thing You’ll Learn from The Trouble with Cowboys

  1. There is only one good reason for a man to keep his hat on when going inside: when it’s clear that his dusty, worn-in cowboy gear is getting his  sexy-as-sin new neighbor all hot and bothered.
  2. Never underestimate the social scene that is a church’s donut and coffee table.
  3. You can’t actually die from embarrassment, even if your worst meltdown ever is captured on national TV, goes viral, and makes you the butt of every late night talk show host’s jokes for a month.
  4. Nothing sets the Christmas mood better than cinnamon-scented candles—even in a bad boy rancher’s bachelor pad.
  5. Even a cow looks pretty when you put a flower behind her ear.
  6. Sometimes the best foreplay happens with your clothes on…in a restaurant.
  7. It’s perfectly acceptable to resolve a squabble among sisters with a food fight. Orange segments down the shirt is a winning strategy.
  8. All  foods taste better when sampled on a beautiful woman’s skin.
  9. If a man lies to you about exactly what kind of business he’s involved in, make sure you get some power behind your swing when you’re aiming to drown his briefcase in a watering hole.
  10. Cowboys are nothing but trouble, but every now and then one comes around who makes      jumping into trouble look like a tempting proposition indeed. And if he happens to give you his heart along the way, then you’d better hold on tight and enjoy the ride.

From the back cover:

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.

The Trouble with Cowboys is available now:


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Giveaway Alert!

Are you a fan of reality TV shows? What do you love or hate about them? One reader who comments will be randomly selected to win a copy of The Trouble with Cowboys. Good luck!

 Melissa Cutler is a flip-flop wearing Southern California native living with her husband, two rambunctious kids, and two suspicious cats in beautiful San Diego. She divides her time between her dual passions for writing sexy, small town contemporaries for Kensington Books and edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense for Harlequin.

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36 thoughts on “Melissa Cutler: THE TROUBLE WITH COWBOYS”

  1. Welcome Melissa,
    No,im not a fan of reality tv,,espically when they deal with the children involved,no privacy an it could be dangerous,nothing good has come out of that in my opinion,,I have enought drama in my life with 6 grown kids an 11 grandkids that I can do without any extra drama,,thanks Vickie

  2. Welcome to the junction, Melissa! Congratulations on your debut!!! I love your top ten lessons from the book. What a hoot! Looks like a great read!!!


  3. Hi everyone! *waving*
    My thanks to Petticoats and Pistols for hosting me today. Vickie, I hear you about reality shows involving kids. I don’t like those either. That’s what makes skill-based shows like chef competitions and dancing competitions so much better, in my opinion. You’ve got experts in a field competing against each other. That, I love to watch because I’m always so blown away by people’s skills. Thanks for stopping by!

    Renee, thanks for the warm welcome and for stopping by the blog 🙂


  4. nope. not a fan of “reality” shows anymore. i’d rather read a good romance — and if there’s a cowboy in it, he’s my temporary “reality”!

  5. I love some of the reality TV shows and I love the Food Network and HGTV, espeically all those great house reno shows…
    This book sounds delightfully yummy and the cowboy on the front sold me..

  6. Hi Melissa! A Big welcome to the Junction! We’re so thrilled to have you. I’m thoroughly enjoying The Trouble With Cowboys. Kellen is to die for and Amy seems more than a match for him. He’s one sexy man. And I love the cover. Yummy. Loved the top ten reasons to read this book and I echo all of them. I recommend this book.

    I’m not a big reality show fan…except for Dancing With the Stars. I don’t miss that one. And I’d probably watch The Voice if it didn’t come on the same time. I think Blake Shelton is so funny and his dimples do something to me. Love a man with dimples. I think it’s very sexy. One reason I’ve always been a fan of Tom Selleck. And now you know most of my secrets. LOL

    Wishing you lots of success with your work!

  7. I’m not a fan of “reality” shows. When you think about all the camera people and other production staff right there with them, there’s not much “real” about it. I think of skill based shows as more of a talent show.
    Melissa, your book looks interesting.

  8. I do watch a few. Survivor, DWTS, Idol and America’s got talent. But I am to the point that if a miss an episode it doesn’t bother me any more. I think I’m getting tired of them lol. DWTS has turned into a popularity contest. And I do know that these shows are manipulated. I can’t stand most of the others lol. I like some humor in my reading and your books sounds like fun romances!!

    • Hi Catslady, thanks for coming by the blog! It’s interesting that you mentioned about how manipulative the editing of reality shows are. That’s the whole point of Chef Amy’s experience with reality TV in the book. She’s edited by the show’s producers to look like “American’s Sweetheart who falls from grace”. The story really talks about our perceptions of what is “real” about the people we meet (hot cowboys included!).

      thanks again for stopping by 🙂


  9. I do like some of the reality shows. I get addicted to Big Brother every year after saying I won’t. What they need is a cowboy reality show. That would be awesome. I will have to check out your book sounds great.

  10. Not a big fan of reality shows. My life has enoiugh of it’s own drama don’t need to watch anyone else’s. Competitions like Dancing with the Stars I like and have watched all of it!

    Loved your blog and looking forward to reading the book!!

  11. Not a big fan of reality shows, just wish they would go away with them. The only one I watch is American Idol and I DVR it so I can cut out the junk I don’t want to watch. I just fast forward through it. That Amazing Race cuts into my show The Good Wife and the Mentalist and messes up the whole night of TV. Headed to my sister’s house today for baby sister’s birthday.

  12. Hi Melisaa! Welcome to the Junction. Enjoyed your post – especially the top 10 list.
    I do enjoy some of the reality TV shows – competition shows such as Project Runway, Top Chef, Design Star – and I like watching HGTV and the Food Network. Your book sounds like it would be a really fun read – I’m adding it to my must-puchase list now!!

  13. You listed 3 of the reality shows that I enjoy watching… I also enjoy DWTS, Survivor and Amazing Race. Something about them keeps me coming back for more… picking a fav person out of the group and rooting for them… 😀

  14. Not a fan, but I do like the cooking ones… I guess if I didn’t live with a football nut, I might get into some of the ones that are skill based, not just lifestyle train wrecks. As I’m not a fan of people who are just ‘famous’ without having done anything other than ‘live out their life via the gossip rags.. you know how I feel about the Paris Hiltons of the world.

  15. I have a couple of reality shows I really enjoy. My favorites are The Amazing Race, Hell’s Kitchen and Masterchef. I find them a lot of fun to watch!

    I like the list of things I’ll learn from reading your book, especially #10. Cowboy stories are always fun to read.

  16. The only reality show I watch is The Amazing Race. Especially when the ‘cowboys’ were on. I have watched many of the cooking shows for a long time. My daughter wants to go to cullinary school. She’s already a great cook and cooks for cowboys and packers each summer.

  17. Your book sounds really good. I like the things one learns by reading it.
    The only reality shows I watch are the cooking contest ones. I love to cook so I like to see what the potential chefs originate.

    • I love reading all these comments! My thanks to everyone who’s stopped by so far. I agree with those who like to record reality shows, then watch them on their DVR. Me too! I have little patience for commercials these days. My daughter loves watching The Voice, so she and I sit down together for that show. She likes Adam Levine, but you know I’m partial to Blake. Linda mentioned his dimples, and I have to agree with her. *swoon* I love that country boy sense of humor too.

  18. I am not a fan of reality TV. The only one I watch once in a while is The Amazing Race. Most are far-fetched and people will crawl all over each other to win.
    Congrats on the new release. This book sounds fantastic.

  19. Great question! I like some reality shows, but I can’t stand the ones where people get picked on or made fun of. I can’t watch America’s Funniest Home Videos, because I can’t stomach watching people getting hurt!

    I LOVED THE TROUBLE WITH COWBOYS, and I loved Amy’s character in the book! I figure she probably wasn’t a huge fan of cooking shows after her ordeal!

  20. I am not a big fan of reality TV shows. There is very little REAL about them.

    I do like THE AMAZING RACE, but realize it is edited to show what they want you to see. We love to travel and would love the challenge of participating. We will just have to watch, decide how we would handle the challenges and enjoy the trip vicariously.

    THE TROUBLE WITH COWBOYS sounds like it will be an enjoyable read. I’ll be looking for it.

  21. I’m not a fan of reality TV. I always have the impression that the participants have to make fools of themselves to be able to enter the show. What they say and do has to sell. So half of them are people that would do anything to get on TV and have the chance of becoming “famous” and the other half makes me think they’re too trusting and maybe not always smart enough to be able to see what is being done to them.

    THE TROUBLE WITH COWBOYS sounds like a great read! 😀

  22. Dislike The Bachelor, Big Brothers, The Kardashians people are too fake, too cutthroat, too bitchy!

    I like American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, Food Network’s Barefoot Contessa and Rachel Ray.

    Best wishes for continued success. I’d love to read cook Amy and rancher Kellan’s story in The Trouble With Cowboys!

    johns lake at usa dot com

  23. Day two of the great Reality TV show debate, lol!
    Cassi Carver brought up a great point that in The Trouble with Cowboys, chef Amy isn’t too fond of reality shows…especially after she was edited by the show’s producers to look like an idiot, then raked over the coals by the media. Her meltdown on National TV definitely made her famous, but in all the wrong ways.

    There isn’t enough money in the world to get me on a reality show, even The Amazing Race, which I adore watching. Would any of you ever appear on a reality show? Especially if offered a lot of $$$?


  24. I am bad….I love reality tv but not all of it. I am a big fan of the cooking shows..I love love love Top Chef and Top Chef Masters. The shows I dont like Honey Boo Boo (I am from the south and this is a terrible representation of it) Toddlers and Tierras and so on…I love the Duggers and I watch most of the housewife ones….

  25. I love certain types of reality shows. I’ll watch anything Gordon Ramsey is on…Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, Hotel Hell, Master Chef. And I like the talent ones like Idol and Xfactor and The Voice. I don’t like that every possible industry thinks they need to have a show now. Loved Deadliest Catch in its hey-day, but now they have ones for loggers, ice truckers, gold-miners. It gets out of hand. LOL 🙂 Loved Survivor in the beginning as well, but they all kind of run together now. And we do sometimes watch Bachelor/Bachelorette…but only to mock them!!! LOL! It’s so funny and so fake that we have the best time as a family mocking them. *grimaces* We’re kind of twisted like that. 🙂

  26. *waving to Charlene, Sharla, and Michelle*

    My thanks to everyone who weighed in about reality tv shows! Congratulationsn to catslady for winning a copy of the book.

    I hope you enjoy The Trouble with Cowboys, everyone 😀


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