Love on the Menu, by Ellen March: a Welsh Cowboy Meets his Match in an Offbeat City Girl

She’s a Londoner and a total enigma. What’s a Welsh cowboy to do?

Love on the Menu ($13.95, 244 pages, ISBN: 978-1-60381-568-0) is a contemporary erotic romance by Ellen March about a scrappy young woman from London who goes to Wales to take on a job that is beyond her qualifications.

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“LOVE ON THE MENU is a funny and delightful read from page one to the end. Woven with humor, excitement, sex and mystery, this will keep you on your toes just wondering which shoe will drop next. Hot passion between these two will keep you glued to the pages. I loved this extremely entertaining read, which is sure to delight every woman. Ellen March is definitely an author who knows how to weave a sexy and fun story.”  Read more ….

–Kay Quinton for Fresh Fiction

“I absolutely enjoyed this story. The heat and camaraderie between Jago and Riley is certainly palpable. I like the way Ellen kept the action ongoing throughout the story itself. The twists in the story I definitely didn’t see coming, but I’m glad that the two got their happy ending in the end, and a beautiful happy ending it turned out to be. Definitely looking forward to more from Ellen in the future.”  Read more ….

—Lissette E. Manning, Simplistik Book Blog

“Ellen March did a great job introducing us to her great characters and bringing on the romance…. We meet Riley who is an enigma on herself, she’s quite different and unique, a little crass in Jago’s eyes but still so very real. Some of the things about her are very rare and almost unbelievable but her naivetés about her makes it just that much more believable. You’ll have to read the book to see what I’m talking about, but she’s a fun character overall. Jago on the other hand is a playboy who doesn’t want any emotions attached to anything, that is until he meets Riley and that just flies out the door. Their romance is slow at first because of a misunderstanding, but when things get heated up they really stay that way. The two of them couldn’t be more different but still they fit each other perfectly.”  Read more….

—I’m Addicted to Books Blog

“These two characters are perfectly created for this story! Each page  turn brought something new to the story and the twists and turns helped keep me engrossed long in to the night. Ms. March has a wonderful knack for showing her readers a story full of wittiness and romance. The steam that rolled off the characters as they grew in their attraction for each was amazing! Definitely a story that I would recommend to all! Well done, Ms. March! Looking forward to another amazing novel like this one soon!”  Read more….

—Cafinated Reads

“The author does a great job with the story and the scenes.  I was drawn in from the beginning and wanted to know how the book would end.  I did not want to put the book down.”  Read more ….

—Babs’ Book Bistro

“What sets this fairy tale apart is that the author, Ellen March, really sells the melodrama. It’s soap opera-esque, but she pens a thrillingly passionate ride. There’s sex on a mountain. There’s a bedroom door broken down. There’s a playtime in the shower. And that’s just the hot and heavy stuff. Don’t forget about the near drowning, almost snake bite and two attempted rapes on Riley’s honor by two different men (and no, one of them isn’t Jago). This book’s got it all and then some. If you want a read that’ll take you out of the day-to-day norm, then this is it.”  Read more ….

—The Plot Thickens

Love on the Menu has its share of steamy love scenes, but it’s really the characters and the fabulous plot that make this book an enjoyable read. I would like to meet these characters again one day. That this happens to be a cowboy romance means I was already partial to it; but it is the great characters that made it impossible for me to walk away until I turned the last page.”  Read more….

—The Book Connection

“Riley is an intriguing mix of innocence and seduction. She has a voluptuous body, but at times she doesn’t know that the way she dresses or the way she moves tends to drive Jago crazy. That means this UK cowboy romance is filled with a lot of suggestive passages as Jago helps Riley become more experienced in that area, making for a very saucy read.”  Read more ….

—Tribute Books Mama

Jago Tanner is a loner. He works up a good hunger at his outdoors pursuits centre in Wales and looks upon each female conquest as just another meal. When he’s sated, he doesn’t go back for dessert. Until Riley shows up. A Londoner hired through an agency to assist him with activities, she isn’t at all what he asked for. For starters, with the name Riley, he expected a man. But Riley is all woman—the sexiest woman Jago has ever laid eyes on. Unfortunately she dresses like a trollop and curses like a sailor. Though ignorant about most outdoors pursuits, she’s a skilled horsewoman, able to calm even his nerviest stallion. And her lively and generous nature enchants his housekeeper Emily and his ancient friend, Tom.

In short, Jago’s new employee is a bundle of contradictions. Which is why, when Jago falls for her, he doesn’t trust his feelings. Riley seems unusually accident prone, and when her brother’s shady friends menace her, she plays the innocent. But how can anyone so self-sufficient and mouthy also be so trusting and naïve? And can a man with Jago’s volatile nature endure the jealousy a woman like Riley provokes just by strolling down the street?

Says Ellen, “Love on the Menu is the story I was born to cook up. It has all the ingredients I adore: the wildness of the Brecon Beacons, the freedom of outdoor life, and the thrill of romance between two stubborn opposites who are actually made for each other. It is set in my favourite part of Wales, the beacons, an area that has been awarded Dark Sky Reserve status. I hope everyone who reads Jago and Riley’s steamy story will be tempted into someday visiting this beautiful part of the world.”

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 three 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. Fanny Press has published three of her erotic romances and will be publishing more in 2015 and beyond. Click here to find Ellen online.

Keep reading for an excerpt:

It was relatively late, and she sat perched on the fence and peeked up at the sky, trying to work out the stars. After referring to the book she held in her hands, she attempted to spot Orion. She couldn’t believe the highlight of her evening was star gazing and speculated what other form of hedonistic excitement she’d find next to do in this barren wilderness.

Stuck as she was with a man who obviously hated her.

She toyed briefly with the idea of leaving. But no, she wouldn’t give him the satisfaction. That’s what he wanted, and no way was she going to make it easy for him.

When she spotted him on the path, she gave him a hungry look, taking in the sexy roll of his hips, the way they swivelled as he strode towards her. He looked good enough to eat, she thought wistfully, but she could forget the fine dining. He obviously didn’t think her worth a nibble.

His denims were indecently tight around his heavy thighs and slim hips, and she willed her eyes to look upwards.

“Where are you going—anywhere nice?” she asked conversationally as he neared.

“Out,” he replied tersely.

“Date?” Unfazed by his rude reply, she stubbornly kept trolling for information.

“Yes, actually.” He glanced at the book she held and could hardly believe his eyes. “Stargazing?” he said.

“Well, not much else for me to do around here, is there?” She resumed her nodding, looking down at the diagram then up at the sky. Only this time, she leaned too far back and with a screech, toppled over.

Automatically Jago dived forward.

He caught her in his arms but let go as soon as she was steady again. “Riley, why the hell don’t you look what you’re doing?”

She grinned. That was the Jago she knew.

She gazed up into his eyes, and her breath hitched in fascination as he paused. Slowly he lowered his head, his tongue stealing seductively across his lips. But at the last minute he spun away. For a fleeting moment she thought he was going to kiss her. What would that be like? she wondered. Would his lips be soft? What would they taste like?

“Don’t wait up,” he said in a hoarse voice. “I’ll be late.” Avoiding her eyes, he turned and continued down the path.

“Night,” she whispered softly, watching him go.

Would he turn round and give her one last look? Come on, baby, for me? She grinned when he did.

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