Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Ellen March - Love on the Menu - Review & Giveaway

About the Book

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 na├»ve? And can a man with Jago’s volatile nature endure the jealousy a woman like Riley provokes just by strolling down the street?

My Review

There's something inherently sexy about staging a romance in a remote location.

The brooding loner on the moors who ignites with a little firecracker from the city. A girl who wanders onto his sprawling property caught in a "fine driving rain that seeped into your bones." The environment on Black Mountain is lonely, silent, scary. It's certainly not what she's used to, until she sets eyes on him. Then the barren landscape starts to look pretty darn appealing.

Even though her new boss is drool-worthy, Riley has a hard time adjusting to life in the Welsh countryside. As the new outdoor activities assistant, she has to muck out stalls and lead nature hikes, staggering over the beacons. For a Londoner who's afraid of heights, her new mountain home gives her more than a case of vertigo, especially when the only form of entertainment is having the old men down at the pub spike her drinks.

Jago loves the wilderness. It's where he thrives. He knows every aspect about the rugged terrain surrounding his homestead. He offers horseback riding excursions. He guides canoe trips. He takes groups up the mountain on foot. And none of that ever scares him, until a spiky-haired spitfire comes to live under his roof.

But Riley adjusts, making friends with Jago's untamable stallion, Farley. She has a knack with animals, slipping into a groove as she finds her way in this strange environment. Jago tries to help her, but usually only after she's already gotten in trouble. He treats her bleeding, blistered feet after a torturous trail walk. He looks after her when she's thrown from a horse. He makes sure his cook, Emily, feeds her ravenous appetite. But he always pulls back, when it comes to giving her more of himself.

Riley does everything she can to draw him out. She swims in his pool in her underwear. She drapes her bra across Farley's rump. She flirts with other men to make him jealous. But it's not until they spend some alone time together as a couple, that things start to heat up. They find out more about each other and what makes them tick. Nature brings them together, softening his edges and calming her nerves.

But ultimately, working as a team is what does it. They face everything from snake bites to sheep dips and come out stronger on the other side. He gets her to love nature, and she gets him to love life. Like a sunny day ending in a moonlit night, they learn how to compliment each other while learning to bring out the best in one another. A true romance, indeed.


Love on the Menu can be purchased at:
Barnes and Noble 

Prices/Formats: $4.95 ebook, $13.95 paperback
Pages: 244
Genre: Steamy Cowboy Romance
Release: February 14, 2015
Publisher: Fanny Press
ISBN: 9781603815680
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About the Author

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--Promises, His Girl Friday, and A Ghost of an Affair--and will be publishing more in 2015 and beyond.

Links to connect with Ellen:
Web Site
Blog Tour Site

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