Spotlight & Giveaway: His Final Bargain by Melanie Milburne

Posted June 2nd, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight, _Harlequin Romances / 46 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome USA Today Bestselling author Melanie Milburne to HJ!

Hi Melanie, welcome to HJ! Please introduce your character Leo Valente & Eliza Lincoln from your novel His Final Bargain to HJ readers here!

What does your character do for a living?

HFBLeo is an engineer and has his own global Engineering Company.

Is your character ruled by emotion or logic or some combination thereof?

The engineering career sort of answers that! He’s very logical sequential but his emotions get a bit of a shakeup once Eliza comes into his life.

Who is your character’s Love interest in the book?

Eliza Lincoln is a kindergarten teacher at a small community school in London.

Was it love at first sight for your character? If not what was the pivotal moment of change?

Leo took a while to admit to his feelings but he knew from the moment he met Eliza that she was the woman he wanted to marry.
Eliza fell in love with Leo at their first meeting four years ago but she couldn’t do anything about it as she was trapped in an engagement she couldn’t get out of.

If your character could go back in time and change one thing what would it be?

In Leo’s case – he would have not stormed out of the restaurant when Eliza told him she couldn’t marry him because she was already engaged. Why? Because he would have been able to understand why she had made the choice she had made.
Eliza would have told someone she had broken off her engagement to Ewan. Why? Because after his accident he couldn’t tell anyone so she was trapped by her guilt and sense of responsibility to him and his mother.

How have your characters evolved from when the novel began to when it ended?

Leo had to learn to let go of the past and open his heart to love without fear of abandonment.
Eliza had to learn to let go of her guilt over what happened to her fiancé so she could embrace life fully.

How did your characters spend the week just before the story starts?

Eliza spent it chewing her nails in panic over the threat of her school closing down due to a lack of funds.
Leo spent it rushing around trying to find a stand-in nanny for his little daughter.

About the Author

Melanie MilburneMelanie Milburne loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it. She grew up with a love of reading and reading her first romance book at age seventeen heavily influenced her decision to become a romance author.

She has won several awards for her fast-paced, passionate stories, including Australian Romance Writers Romantic Book of the Year in 2011 and Australian Romance Readers in 2008 and RT top pick and Cataromance Reviewer’s Choice Awards. For more information about Melanie go to

What are you currently working on?

I am working on an exciting Presents continuity called The Chatsfields. I’m writing Book Two of the eight in the series. My hero is a notorious, loose living playboy who locks horns with a starchy, sharp-tongued princess.

What other releases so you have planned for 2013?

My first ever sheik novel- Yay! Only took me 53 books to get there! Sheik’s Baby Bombshell is out now in digital only at this point. My Presents trilogy- The Scandalous Caffarellis is out later this year: Book One – Never Say No to a Caffarelli in September, Book Two –Never Underestimate a Caffarelli in October and Book Three- Never Gamble With a Caffarelli in November.

Where can readers get in touch with you?

On Facebook either on my profile page or author page
And on Twitter @MelanieMilburn1 or via my website –

Giveaway- A signed copy of His Final Bargain as well as my latest Medical romance Their Most Forbidden Fling and a surprise gift!

To enter Giveaway: Please complete the Rafflecopter form and post a comment to this Q: Have you ever been loyal to someone to the point where it came back to bite/hurt you?

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About the Book:

A beautiful love affair and a burning betrayal…

Eliza Lincoln is stunned to find Leo Valente at her door; four years ago his passionate embrace was a brief taste of freedom from her suffocating engagement. Until Leo discovered her secret…

Yet he hasn’t come to rekindle their affair. He has a proposition he knows Eliza can’t refuse: she’s the only person who can help his small, motherless daughter.

Torn, Eliza can’t ignore a vulnerable child, but the last time she was near Leo her desire nearly consumed her. Is she willing to take that risk again now that the stakes are even higher?




46 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: His Final Bargain by Melanie Milburne”

  1. Leanna Hiner

    My siblings have both disappointed me at times. My brother has grown up a lot in the last couple of years. I still don’t trust my sister, she cheated on her partner and I don’t trust her.

    • Melanie Milburne

      Hi Leanna,
      Siblings are very good at letting us down, aren’t they? I think we put older ones on a pedestal and then we set ourselves up for disappointment when they fail to meet expectations.
      I hope things settle down with your sister.

  2. Emma Fitzgerald

    I was loyal to my father (as one usually is) when he had first been accused of cheating on my mother. I was a daddys girl and couldn’t see that he would do any wrong but all it took was one over-heard conversation from me to change my mind. Ever since, my loyalty is with my mum.

    • Melanie Milburne

      Hi Emma,
      How dreadful for you! You must have been devastated to have to find out that way. I guess it’s normal for girls to want to idolise their dads. I was a Daddy’s girl too but lucky for me he never let me down.

  3. Janice Hougland

    I can’t recall a single time in my life where my trust in someone has come back to bite or hurt me. I guess I’ve been lucky, because anyone who knows me says I’m gullible and will believe in most people and what they say. In any event, I’m so glad I got to “meet” you on this blog today, Melanie. Your story sounds very interesting and I would like to read something of yours. I’m always keen to reading something from an author “new” to me. jdh2690 at gmail dot com

    • Melanie Milburne

      Hi Janice,
      You are a very lucky person to have never had someone betray you. I must be attracting the wrong people in my life! I’ve been too gullible in the past but I’m toughening up as I get older. Ha ha.
      Thanks for posting!

  4. Tawnya Bentley

    Yes, my ex-husband until I found out about his 3rd affair, which happened to have been his 6th affair. And than the most recent ex-boyfriend, until his wife showed up wanting the car he purchased for me.

  5. Cindy Hamilton

    No, I can’t recall ever being so loyal that it bit me but loyalty is very important. I really enjoy your books!!!

  6. Sandie W

    Yes, My ex-husband. I believed in him, supported him and he cheated on me. I never thought that would happen. Goes to show that sometimes love can be blind. My eyes are wide open now, and sometimes I actually wish I could close them just a bit. You become too suspicious!

    • Melanie Milburne

      Hi Sandie,
      I think that is true of most women who get cheated on. They just never think it will happen, or hope it won’t. I like to think women are less likely to betray their partners but I’ve heard a few things lately that make me wonder if everyone is just getting a little more selfish these days. Worrying thought!
      Thanks for sharing.

  7. amel armeliana

    Well, never and never will. I don’t want to give all of my heart and loyalty to someone because I’m afraid it will hurt me at the end.
    I know it sounds paranoia or something, but I just don’t want to.

    Thanks for this giveaway 🙂

    • Melanie Milburne

      Hi Amel,
      Thanks for posting. I’m sure you’re not paranoid. I think it’s understandable to be cautious. Relationships can be tricky. I know, I write about them for a living!

  8. kp

    Love the sound of this book! I am a very loyal person and usually have very good instincts about people!

  9. Jennifer Zorko-Legan

    Yes, one of my best friends from when we were kids, all the way through getting married and having families of our own. Because of being loyal, she got very angry with me and we have not spoken in over 8 years, not my choice, it was hers and it really sucks, cause I miss her.

    • Melanie Milburne

      Hi Jennifer,
      How sad. Have you tried to bridge the gap? If you make the first move even if it wasn’t your fault it can sometimes help. Often people are too ashamed or frightened to make that first contact. I hope it works out.
      Thanks for posting.

  10. Mary Preston

    Yes, my loyalty to a good friend meant that I did not raise the roof when I was put upon at work by others. I kept quiet & I do regret that now.

  11. Cahm Merritt

    I hope this doesn’t make me sound like a bad person… I have been loyal 100% to extended family and a few times was just used and made a scapegoat.

    It is really hard to say no to family even though we do not pick our cousins, etc. my southern upbringing requires loyalty. However, I’ve put my big girl panties on in order to NOT be taken advantage of a an adult.

  12. Melanie Milburne

    Hi Cahm,
    You don’t sound like a bad person at all. Families are notorious for taking advantage of the more generous members. I’ve been caught out with that too many times to count. I need some of those big girl panties of yours!

  13. Melanie Milburne

    Hi Nurmawati,
    You sound like you have a lovely relationship with your mother. But just to reassure you, not all men are disloyal. I know some great men who have really strong values.
    Romance heroes are always loyal once they get their act together!
    Thanks for posting.

  14. Rebe

    Oh definitely! That happened when I was in school once, but once was enough. You learn as you get older whom to trust.

  15. Tammy Y

    My loyalty has always paid off and never hurt me. My husband’s name is Leo and Leo is rarely used as a hero’s name. I am very intrigued with your book

    • Melanie Milburne

      Hi Tammy,
      I love the name Leo. I actually started calling him Leon and you will notice that is his name on the back blurb but we changed it in production as he is Italian. I had originally had him French-Italian but changed my mind.
      Thanks for your comments!

  16. Sue G.

    Yes…to an old boyfriend…who then turned around and dumped me after 1 1/2 years. What an idiot I was.

    • Melanie Milburne

      Hi Joanne B,
      Good for you! As I said in an earlier comment, I admire loyalty in both sexes. Women can be just as disloyal as men. Gossiping about friends or not standing up for someone who is being bullied are forms of disloyalty.
      I hope you enjoy the book!

  17. Amanda O'Dell Brown (@AmandaKErickson)

    Unfortunately I have had this happen a couple of times. Once with a work friend and once with a extended family member. Some people just don’t know the meaning of friendship which is sad.

    Thanks for a great giveaway and a chance to win, This book sounds great and I also love medical romances and surprises, fingers crossed for this one. 😉

    Much Love, Amanda <3

    • Melanie Milburne

      Hi Amanda,
      Few of us get through life without a few bruises along the way. It’s particularly hurtful when family and friends are the ones doing the bruising.
      Glad you like Medicals! I only write one a year now as my Presents schedule is so busy but I really look forward to writing each one.
      Thanks for your post!

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