The Trouble With Cowboys

Hey, all!  I’m so excited to introduce you to one of my friends, the wonderfully talented Melissa Cutler!  Today is the release of her latest novel, The Trouble with Cowboys, and if you enjoyed Blame it on Texas, I think you’re gonna love her!  So please give give her a warm cyber-welcome. . .

So, Melissa, what is your biggest fear?

My biggest fear as a writer and entertainer is being boring. You might not agree with all the choices my characters make or the way they view the world, but I can guarantee that you won’t ever call them boring. My number one job is to sweep readers away from their daily lives and introduce them to places and people who are funny, quirky, and full of vivacity. As a reader, that’s what I look for in a book, so as a writer that’s what I consider my greatest responsibility.

What three words best describe The Trouble with Cowboys?

  1. Hungry: because not only is there is a lot of tasty food being prepared throughout the book—from filet mignon and pumpkin ravioli to biscuits and gravy—but Amy and Kellan are hungry for family and a sense of belonging…as well as hungry for each other (*ahem*).
  2. Rules: Poor Chef Amy! She’s always felt like she had one foot dangling over a sea of crazy and might fall in at any moment. To keep herself in line, she tries to live her life by a set of five rules, number one being to steer clear of cowboys. Lucky for us, she does a terrible job sticking to her rules, and before she knows what’s hit her, she’s steered herself straight into more cowboy trouble.
  3. Cowboys: Boy howdy, do you get your fill of cowboys in this book. As soon as cattle rancher Kellan Reed discovers that the new chef in town has a soft spot for everything cowboy, he goes all out—rustling up a starch western shirt, dusting off the belt buckle he got for Christmas the year before, and even wearing his work hat indoors. Oh, what a man will do to get a pretty lady’s attention!

What’s your favorite scene in the book?

My favorite scene in The Trouble with Cowboys is a bit on the spicy side, and I’m not just talking about the lusty chemistry between Kellan and Amy when they get together to cook a meal in his kitchen. I’m talking about actual spices when Kellan introduces Amy to his collection of artisan salts and decides to sample them on her skin.

Here’s a taste of my favorite scene…

Kellan sifted through the box on the floor, checking labels. He unscrewed the lid of a square glass jar. “Have you ever tasted smoked salt?”

“No.” Intrigued, Amy leaned closer. Kellan’s breath fanned over her cheek. He shifted his leg to accommodate her nearness.

“Guava wood smoked salt fromKauai. Sweet, smoky, yet mild.” The timbre of his voice was low and seductive, thick with implication. She turned her face up to his. The shaft of light from the pantry gilded his hair, casting his eyes in shadow.

Wetting the tip of his index finger with his tongue, he pressed it into the jar. “Taste it,” he said as his salt-covered fingertip grazed her lower lip.

She ran her tongue over her lip. Kellan watched with rapt attention. The crystals dissolved over her taste buds and she hummed her appreciation as her salivary glands activated. “Braised brisket. That’s what I’d use this salt on.”

His lips twitched into a grin. “Good call. That’s exactly what I use it for.” He reached for a second jar. “Let’s try another.”

As he did with the smoked salt, he dipped his finger in. “This one is harvested off the coast ofMolokaiand blended with bamboo extract.” He moved his finger toward her lips once more. “Tell me what you think.”

This time, Amy drew his finger into her mouth, suckling the salt from his rough, work-worn skin until he removed it with a ragged intake of breath.

“Exotic, slightly pungent. Delicious.” She swiped her tongue across her lower lip. The residual salt essence made the underside of her tongue tingle.

Kellan lidded the jar, watching her lips with a heated gaze. “I can’t quite remember the flavor of that one.” His hand on her jaw coaxed her face up. “Refresh my memory.”

Sounds awesome!  Can you give us the lowdown on the book or the blurb?

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 in stores now:



My thanks to Christie Craig for hosting me today. I love hearing from readers and am really easy to find at, on Facebook ( ), and Twitter (@m_cutler). And you can always email me at or sign up for my newsletter ( ) to find out about my latest books and upcoming events.

Giveaway: I’m giving away two book bundles containing both my fall releases—The Trouble with Cowboys and Seduction Under Fire to two commenters. Amy, the heroine of the book, is opening a restaurant in the town she grew up in, so tell me, what was the last great meal you ate at a restaurant in your town?  And be sure to come back next week to Christie’s blog to see if you’ve won!


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. Three things you should probably know about her are: she believes Judith from Julie Garwood’s The Secret is the most perfect heroine in all of literature (sorry, Elizabeth Bennett), she’s traveled to more countries in the world than states in the U.S., and she’s certain that there are actually only two types of food in existence—those that taste better with hot sauce and those that taste better with whipped cream. 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.

37 thoughts on “The Trouble With Cowboys

  1. My thanks to Christie Craig for hosting me today. The interview questions were such fun! And I must say, Cowboy Kellan looks pretty darn good on your blog.

    Thanks again, Christie!


  2. First off In love with the cover! As you mentioned I love to be swept away and escape my reality with a great book!! I am liking you on FB right now!! Fingers crossed I won I so need an escape right about now!! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Great interview and smokin’ hot cover! Wowza!
    But, to answer your question, Melissa, the last truly great meal I had was pretty recently at a restaurant in The Woodlands called Jaspers. (If you ever mosey our way, you should check it out — great food, great atmosphere!) Grilled red snapper on a bed of spinach rice, with two ginormous crab stuffed shrimp, a top shelf margarita, and homemade butterfinger creme brulee to top it off. Divine.
    Best of luck with your book and can’t wait to read it! 🙂

    • Shauna, that meal sounds heavenly. I’m hungry now! Thank you so much for stopping by the blog. If I’m ever near The Woodlands, I’ll be sure to check out Jaspers. Thanks for the rec!


  4. Melissa great scene.. Boy if the cover of this book did not make me want to read the book, that scene would have.. Smokin hot… on both accounts…I just love COWBOYS…. I can’t wait to read this book and you have just got yourself a new reader fan.. Thanks Christie for bringing your author friend to my attention.. I just love to find new authors, especially ones recommended to me by one of my fav authors..

    • Hi Kathleen, we have a lot in common because Christie Craig is one of my favorite authors too! Thank you so much for stopping by the blog and for your interest in The Trouble with Cowboys. 🙂


  5. I can’t wait to read these! Love me some cowboy’s!!! I haven’t been too impressed with the restaurants around town. We go out to eat at least once every few weeks and my husband and I love trying new places. Small, hole in the wall places seem to be the best. Friendly, family run and the ones who seem to remember who you are. We made a big move last year and we are looking for that kind of enviroment now but are living in a bigger city and have had a hard time. Back in California we had that in a little place called the Waffle Shop. We lived in a really small town and the place served great food and were really friendly. My husband often showed up there with his boss first thing in the morning for meetings, so everytime we came in with him any other time, everyone knew where to sit us, what we liked and knew us and our kids by name. Always asked how we were and made a point to make my kids smile. I miss that. You can get great food anywhere but I will be more loyal with a friendly enviroment

  6. My first thought is that there couldn’t possibly be any trouble concerning cowboys! And then I realize cowboys can be pretty entertaining troublemakers. I really like the food aspect in your books. I don’t mind going hungry over a story if I can imagine all the good food 🙂 It’s healthy to have fear and fear of being boring as a writer is reasonable. I think be yourself, have fun and write what you love and it’ll show through. Congratulations on your release!!

  7. Well, my hometown is this REALLY small little town is Texas (half way between Dallas and Houston). There AREN’T alot of real restaurants there. But I discovered this mexican restaurant. I forgot the name, but I know where it is, that’s that only important thing. The chicken flautas with the queso is AWESOME. My mom who HATES going to restaurants always wants me to take her there.

    • Kim, now you’ve got me hungry for Mexican food. I live in Southern California, so I practically run into a Mexican restaurant every time I turn a city block! Thank you so much for stopping by the blog.


  8. I do love me some cowboys and also the cover of your book. I can’t wait to read it. I am afraid I grew up in a small community and we only had one country store there. There main meal would have been bologna and it was called High Bride steak at the time. The community is still there and my sister still live there but there is no country store now.

  9. That excerpt certainly has me hooked! Living in a small town, only a couple of restaurants here but the Mexican one serves some awesome quesadillas. Looking forward to reading your book.

  10. Hi Melissa,
    Christie is definately right. I’ll be adding your name and books to my list on my Nook. It’s my type of books, love to just get away. Not to mention I love to cook.
    Originally I’m from southern louisiana so finding restaurants in Seattle to compare is hard. One of my standby places is near me, it’s actually a sports bar but has the best Chili (besides mine). Also anothe place I’ve found is a small little place called Local 360 and has good ole fried chicken and waffle dinner. I’m not into fancy places, being raised in the south it’s not what it looks like but how it taste. Guess it’s stuck with me all these years.
    Will have to go to facebook and add you to my likes, so I can keep up with new books coming out.


    • Hi Sabrina, thanks for adding The Trouble with Cowboys to your nook. I have a nook too, and I can tell you, Cowboy Kellan looks darn good on it 😉
      I think all of my favorite restaurants aren’t the fancy ones, but the ones that have heart and homestyle cooking, like the chicken. and waffle place you mentioned. See, now I’m thinking about chicken and waffles. Mmmm…
      Thanks for stopping by the blog!

  11. Don’t laugh Melissa I think I made myself hungry for chicken & waffles. Guess I know where I’m heading for lunch. Bringing my Nook along with me so I can read and enjoy my meal.

  12. I am really enjoying this book!!!!! And the last great meal at a restaurant in my town would be this wonderful little restaurant that is owned by an Italian and everything is delicious Italian food like my Gram would make!!!! We always go there and they know what my order is and don’t give me a menu anymore since I always dive in to the same thing – Eggplant Parmesan!!!! Is it bad manners to lick the plate clean?

  13. Congrats on the new release, Melissa. The last great restaurant I ate at was this Malaysian place. It was delicious and the prices were reasonable.

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