His Girl Friday, by Ellen March: a Shy Girl Holds her Own Against a Ruthless Rake

his_girl_fridaySometimes true love hides in plain sight.

On July 1, 2014, Fanny Press will release His Girl Friday ($13.95, 218 pages, ISBN: 978-1-60381-564-2), an erotic romance by Ellen March about an ugly duckling who turns swan while in the employ of a rich womanizer. In coming months, Fanny Press will be publishing several of Ellen’s erotic romances. Next Up, just in time for Halloween: A Ghost of an Affair.

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5 Stars: “I laughed so hard at the beginning of this book at times it was hard to breathe…. The last few twists I did not see coming at all, and I love that. The end of the book made me very happy for everyone involved. This was such a fun read, and I loved the characters, the supporting characters were just as important as the main ones in this book, in my opinion.” Read more ….

–Eat, Sleep, Read: Ramblings of a Book Lunatic

“His Girl Friday, by Ellen March was a delightful read. I absolutely LOVED Sally and Paul the gardener. They were absolutely hilarious! Every girl needs a gay best friend, and I was enthralled with their relationship and antics! This book was 1/3 romance, 1/3 erotic, and 1/3 comedy!” Read more ….

–A Well-Read Woman

4 Stars: “His Girl Friday is a delightful read. It’s funny, romantic, dramatic and very very enjoyable. Moving at a great pace you will have it finished in no time, and it will leave you with a smile on your face. This book is well written, displays great emotion has good character development and has a line-up of very likeable characters…. The romance side of this book is very sweet and includes some very steamy, tastefully written sex scenes. It also has a very happy ending that is a fitting end to this tale. Overall, a fun read that will leave you with a smile on your face.” Read more ….

–Sharon’s Book Nook

“Anyone looking for a light, funny, sexy read will gobble up His Girl Friday. I really enjoyed it.”  Read more ….

–The Divas of Desire

5 Stars: “I ended up really loving this book. Even Roman turned around for me. I will definitely be reading more by Ellen March in the future.” Read more ….

–Wicked Wolves & Dreaming Dragons

4 Stars: “His Girl Friday has it all—romance, comedy, drama, heart-ache, moral dilemmas—there’s a bit of everything all rolled into one very entertaining package. His Girl Friday is super fun! I LOVE Sally! Sally is the quintessential goofy girl and I LOVE IT when the ‘Ugly-Duckling’ surprises everyone and snags the seemingly unobtainable man of every girl’s dreams! If you are a lover of romantic comedies, His Girl Friday is the perfect choice! I’m already checking out what’s next by author, Ellen March—His Girl Friday has made me a fast-fan of her work!”  Read more ….

—Bookie Nookie Reviews

4.5 Stars: Ellen March played the hot Brit guy card on me and I am goner. Their cat and dog fight was very comical yet made me fall in love with Roman bit by bit until the end. It is also imperative to commend Ellen for creating very interesting and effective secondary characters such as Paul. He is one to adore too! His Girl Friday is recommended to ALL readers. You better get your eyes on this awesome read that will trigger all the tingly feelings in you.”  Read more ….

–I dare you to read blog

“I loved loved loved this one. Sally is such a mess you can’t help but to love her. She is the biggest klutz around and just an all around hot mess…. This story was just so funny it had happy moments, sad moments, and was just an all around good book. You are not going to want to miss this quirky love story.”  Read more ….

–Love’s a Book

“This was a great read, one that I can honestly say was a 4 stars with quirky and funny characters…. Ellen March is one author that I will be on the look out for more books from.” Read more….

–In the Pages of a Good Book

“I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A light summer read whether you’re lying on the beach or hanging on the deck. Just enough hot to lighten up even the cloudiest day! Don’t be shy, it’s not in your face erotic instead a breezy fun romance. The banter between Sally and Roman was comical with some laugh aloud moments…. Romance, humor, and no cliffhanger. A good read!”  Read more ….

–Rusty’s Reading

Although larger-than-life, this story is quite enjoyable.  It’s funny, charming, and sincere.  Sally becomes a bit more layered as you see her progress from her unattractive shell and come into her own.  In the end, it is very much a Cinderella story.”  Read more ….
–Smut and Bonbons

“This novel was easy on the heart, and had me entertained from the start to finish.”  Read more …
–Review of a Book Maniac

“Overall this was a light and fun read and gave the reader a good story of the mild and meek finally changing their luck and getting all the good that they deserve. It was a little of a Cinderella story, with an ‘ugly PA’ sister and a gay god brother! A real love story overcoming adversity. Yes at the last page you are cheering on for Sally finding her true self and her true love.”  Read more ….

–Foxylutely Book Reviews

“Are you looking for a little light summer reading? Then look no further than His Girl Friday by Ellen March.”
—My Secret Bookspot

“Oh my! This story is funny, caring, crazy, dangerous at times, romantic and a true love story …. This is one awesome cluster of emotions of a book and I loved it!”

“I loved Sally’s quick wit from the start and the fact that she was clumsy and didn’t particularly care what other people thought of her outward appearance .… If you’re looking for an enjoyable and easy read, this is the book for you.”  Read more ….
—Paranormal Romance and Authors that Rock

Sally Friday is a mess. Not only is she tortured by self-doubt, but she is also clumsy and has no fashion sense. However, these qualities are exactly what her boss is counting on when she sends her to spy on reclusive millionaire playboy, Roman Daniels. Sally, normally an office clerk for the gossip magazine, Normandy, interviews for the position as Roman’s new secretary. His jealous PA, Antonia, immediately hires the girl, confident that her disheveled appearance will make her invisible to Roman’s wandering eye. Reliably disaster-prone, Sally makes a memorable first impression, and Roman wonders if he will survive her employment. But there is something about Sally that Roman can’t dismiss. Unlike every other woman, she is unswayed by his masculine good looks, and he keeps catching intriguing glimpses of her feminine potential.

When Sally takes a midnight dip in his pool, Roman makes an eye-popping discovery: Sally is hiding a luscious hour-glass figure beneath those baggy clothes. Her hidden assets as well as her refreshing innocence have Roman hooked. That is, until his growing feelings and fear of commitment get in the way and he decides to back off. With the help of Roman’s best friend Paul, Sally plays to Roman’s jealousy and gives him a taste of his own medicine. But what will Roman do when Sally’s deceit is revealed?

Says Ellen, “I’ve always liked the idea of a heroine with major issues whose sweet personality shines through and wins her the Prince Charming she so richly deserves. In my story, a clumsy inept woman catches the eye of a serious womanizing millionaire who could have anyone. Although she has potential physically, Sally does not win Roman with her looks. It is her sheer magnetism that attracts him—her combination of sweet innocence and uncalculated sex appeal. He doesn’t give in easily, of course. Roman has sworn not to settle down with one woman, ever.”

Ellen March and her husband live on top of a mountain in Wales, which is ideal in the summer but not so much in the winter months or when it rains. She has three grown children, one suicidal cat—it really does have nine lives—and five Alaskan Malamutes. One of her hobbies is showing and working them. Ellen’s first love, however, is reading and writing. Since childhood, she has devoured every romance and fantasy she can get her hands on and enjoys acting out her own fantasies in print. Her body of work includes erotic romance, psychological thrillers and supernatural fantasies. She has published three novels in the Doms of Drakos series—Escorting Sydney, One Night in Heaven, and Shadow Play (Ravenous Romance). You can find Ellen online at ellenmarch.jimdo.com.

Keep reading for an excerpt:

Throwing the sheet to one side, she rose to her feet, naked apart from a splash of glaring red, a minuscule pair of briefs that had seen better days. Crossing in soft steps towards the window, she stared with an intense longing out at the cool night. Her window overlooked the pool, which twinkled and beckoned, calling out to her. A glaze of moonlight caressed the water, and without another thought, she skipped into the bathroom.

Wrapping a large towel around her body, she opened her door slowly. Peeping out, she gazed down the darkened hallway. She could just make out the dulcet sound of Paul snoring. He was in the bedroom next to hers, separated only by the bathroom. She hadn’t heard Roman return and supposed he’d be spending the night away. He probably felt safer, she thought with a snap of irritation.

Running down the darkened stairs, she padded on light feet through the kitchen and pulled the door open. She held her breath and winced at its creaking hinges, hoping no one would hear the noise, before stepping outside and closing the door behind her. The patio stones still felt warm beneath her bare feet.

The two shepherds rose from where they’d been lying near the house and trotted over, curious at this midnight visit. Raising a hand to her lips, she said, “Ssh,” and grinned at their wagging tails. “Now be quiet, and sit there. That’s good, boys.” Sally was pleased at the way they listened to her.

Without wasting any time, she dropped the towel onto the nearby sun lounger, letting her eyes adjust to the dark. Spinning round, she dove into the pool. Her body was as straight as an arrow as she disappeared beneath the water. Coming up the other side of the pool, she relished the coolness washing over her skin. Floating on her back, Sally lazed around the pool, her hands fanning through the water as she drifted with aimless intent. She chuckled at the two dogs sitting poised at the edge of the pool, watching her.

She was so tempted to call them in but knew she couldn’t explain to Roman why his dogs were soaking wet and his pool full of dog hair.

Without warning the outside lights blazed, illuminating the entire area. Sally lay frozen on her back for an instant, bathed in the glare at the centre of the pool. Galvanising herself into action, she flicked over and dove to the bottom. She swam with easy expertise beneath the water, coming up against the darkened edge of the pool.

As she squeezed her eyes shut, she heard Roman’s voice. Shit, shit!

* * *

“What the hell?” He’d barely caught a tantalising glimpse of naked flesh and a flash of red cloth before it all disappeared. He thought he’d imagined it, except that the dogs bounced around the pool barking. Then they stopped and concentrated on the one spot. Where she swam to and disappeared.

“Stay inside, they’re not good with strangers,” he ordered his companion, a tall, red-haired woman. Then he strode to the pool. Staring down into the water, he caught a glimpse of a blonde head.

And then he knew.

“Sally!” he yelled, just before she sank lower into the depths. “Christ!” Roman was convinced she was drowning, and kicked off his shoes before diving in. Reaching out to her, he pulled her struggling body back to the surface.

“What the hell is wrong with you?” At once, he realized she was practically naked. A pair of very ample breasts spilled over his arm as he held her tight in front of him.

Mortified, she struggled to free herself from his vice-like grip. “Nothing, so will you let me go?”

Coming to his senses, he felt his mind reel at the sight of the body she’d hidden beneath baggy, unflattering clothes. He released her. “What the hell were you doing at the bottom of the pool?”

“It’s obvious I was hiding, wasn’t it?” she said, still with her back to him. She treaded the water before swimming to the side. Raising her arms, she laid them on the edge of the pool and clung to the tiles, unaware of the way her breasts pushed out to the side.

Roman swallowed hard and studied her slim back and narrow waist. It was so small he could span it with his hands. His gaze dropped to the small red knickers and shapely ass. Those were some interesting prospects, he thought in surprise.

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