Love on the Menu

Love on the Menu

by Ellen March

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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?

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BN ID: 2940150154094
Publisher: Fanny Press
Publication date: 01/29/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 244
File size: 339 KB

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 will be publishing more of her erotic romances in 2015 and beyond. You can find her online at

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Love on the Menu 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
The end of this book made me smile. There is something about a woman in Riley's condition and how people treat them that makes me smile. These characters are so different and they like each other so much. It was fun to watch their banter. Eventually they had to either own up to their feelings, or risk the chance of losing each other. I would enjoy reading a sequel about the secondary characters. I am giving this book a 4/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own,.
Tribute_Books_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Cowboys in Wales? It certainly makes for an intriguing concept. Alas, there aren't any Stetsons or pickup trucks in this novel, but there are plenty of boots and saddles to go around. Wide open spaces give way to the bleakness of a rough and rugged mountain range, while the wind-swept moors stand in for the prairie heartland. Yet that fierce independent spirit of the Old West remains the same on both sides of the Atlantic. Cowboys make good romantic heroes, whether they have a British accent or not. Tyrian is the rustic domain of Jago Tanner. It's the name of the country estate he inherited from his uncle and turned into an outdoor pursuits centre. It's the type of place where corporate types go to bond outside the office with Jago as their naturalist guide. However, it turns out Jago's not a steer-wrestling, bronco-bucking rodeo star. In fact, he's more like a stock broker in tight fitting jeans than some cattle rustler. Jago has a shrewd hand in managing his finances, knowing how to build upon his family's wealth. While his large fortune allows him to indulge in his passion of being in the great outdoors full time, it doesn't necessarily make him happy. And the small neighboring village is well aware of the moodiness of their most affluent resident. Jago is known for getting into fights, even though he always walks away the winner. That's because he's a big, strapping guy that no one ever gets the best of. He's brash and arrogant. The kind of man who's used to getting his way. That's why the patrons of the local pub cheer when they see a girl like Riley Smith put him in his place. They've been waiting a long time to see Jago taken down a few pegs, and she's just the girl to do it. The old toothless sheep farmers, with bailing cord holding up their trousers and muddy wellies on their feet, enjoy watching Riley get Jago all flustered. He's usually the one leaving women speechless, including the eighty-three-year-old barkeep, until Riley takes him on. Jago's not safe anywhere now that she's arrived. He's getting it at home, as well as in the village. His longtime cook, Emily, places herself firmly in Riley's camp. She was taken with the young lass as soon as she walked through the door, hoping her cantankerous employer finally met his match. Emily delights along with the rest of the villagers in introducing the young Londoner to some of the area's signature dishes from a made from scratch potato pie pastry to cawl, a piping hot vegetable lamb stew. Riley is someone who's used to eating frozen dinners or grabbing takeaway whenever she has spare change. So she wastes no time in scarfing down these home-cooked meals, letting them dribble down her chin, much to Jago's chagrin. Jago always expected the woman he'd fall in love with to be dignified and ladylike. He never dreamed that he'd fall for a foul-mouthed bartender with nothing but a broken-down Volkswagen Beetle to her name. Riley only has a few quid in her pocket, yet she's willing to spend it on him, buying him a thank you gift for letting her keep her job at Tyrian as his assistant. She had no experience when he hired her, but he kept his word, giving her the chance to prove herself. Little does Riley know that she might actually become the lady of the manor in the very near future, if Jago has any say in the ending to this rags to riches tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a racy love story between Jago, a loner, who owns a ranch in Wales, and Riley, a very sexy girl from London who takes a job as his assistant. They don't see eye-to-eye at first but circumstances bring them closer together as she unknowingly uses her feminine wiles to reel him in. 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 fillled with a lot of suggestive passages as Jago helps Riley become more experienced in that area, making for a very saucy read. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Romance novels are meant to be fun, silly even. They're an escape from reality. It's a world where the volume on life is turned all the way up. Personalities are huge. Every action has major consequences. Love is the motivating force behind every behavior. Well, love and sex. Case in point, Riley's a gal who has no shame talking about wet dreams and hormonal imbalances in front of a man. While Jago's the guy who is wound so tight he can't react to anything without throwing a punch or biting someone's head off. She's the lit flame to his fuse. They go at each other like cats and dogs. He's rude and she's crude, yet somehow they can't stop fantasizing about each other. Of course, Jago's a millionaire who inherited his heartless uncle's estate in the middle of the Welsh countryside. To increase his financial worth, he's also a crack investor, who makes a killing on the stock market. He doesn't have to work, but he operates the property as an outdoor recreation center for businessmen, scout groups and girl time weekends because he loves being out in nature. He's the rough and tumble guy who's just aching to be fulfilled even though he doesn't know it yet. Riley, on the other hand, is the penniless scrapper, just hoping to get by. Yet, she's not a hustler or a swindler. She's a virgin with a heart of gold. Her brother conducts nefarious drug deals and she even worked in a gentlemen's club, but she never took her clothes off. She's innocent but she's obsessed with sex, even though she never had it. The second she meets Jago, she knows she wants to give her virginity to him because the guy is such a stud. It's the type of behavior most readers would roll their eyes at if confronted with in real life, but in fiction it's readily forgiven. At heart it encapsulates all of the fantasies we want to believe are possible. The dastardly rogue who beds as many women as he can, just because he's lonely and misunderstood. Until bam the right woman comes along and sets him on the right course. Then from there on out he's all about monogamy, marriage and babies. 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.
TheCharacterConnection More than 1 year ago
Opposites attract. The dynamic duo of Riley and Jago bring new meaning to the tried and true romantic standard. She's the "cheeky, carefree, happy" one and he's the "orderly, structured, controlled" yin to her yang. She's all emotion, and he can't interpret his feelings to save his life. Their differing personalities set them on a collision course that could potentially lead to heartbreak or the greatest happiness either of them has ever known. Riley is a spiky-haired, big-chested gal, who's candid, crude and feistily independent. She flees London after getting 'dumped by text.' She quits her bartending job at a lap dance club for a position at an outdoor recreation center in the remote mountains of Wales. She's by no means qualified, but she doesn't care. She needs a change. Jago is a man's man, rough and course around the edges. He's a loner with a short fuse, but he's the type of guy who stands by his word. When he hires Riley sight unseen based on her name, he assumes that she's a man. When she arrives, he reluctantly agrees to give her a trial run because he expects her to fail. He wants her as far away from him as possible because it's driving him to distraction by how much he finds himself attracted to her. Although Jago is "a flame to moths, attracting women of all ages" and "a testosterone temple that was ready for worship," he's never had a girlfriend. He's a cold one who never opens up to anyone. When Riley shows up, she confuses him and that makes him angry. He's someone who micromanages his life from his finances to his daily routine and he doesn't know what to make of Riley's "intoxicated mixture of sex and sleaze." What he doesn't know is that while Riley may dress slutty, she's still a virgin. He unfairly judges her, hating everything her lifestyle stands for, falsely believing that she was a lap dancer just because she worked in the club. She causes "destruction like a whirlwind" around his barn, always having to get the last word in, and she fights back tooth and nail because she's mad that he always tends to think the worst of her. But they find out they're more alike than they think. Riley starts to fall for the quiet serenity of Jago's ranch, not missing the lights and noise of the city as much as she feared. While Jago begins to learn more about her little by little and he likes what he sees. She's selfless and generous, caring about others more than herself from her no-good brother to a temperamental stallion. When Riley finally tells him that she loves him, Jago says nothing. He's at a loss. He can't understand his feelings, so he doesn't know how to say it back. He wants to wait until he's certain about how he feels about her, letting his iron grip on his emotions control his heart. But his selfishness could cost him everything he ever wanted because Riley's okay with who she is. She won't let him change her while he holds fast to the notion that "she had a body he wanted to fall into and a personality he'd need to climb out of." Gradually, he lets down his guard and realizes what a stubborn fool he's been, but does his transformation occur too late? Did he already lose the girl he's come to love?