Spotlight & Giveaway: Never Underestimate a Caffarelli by Melanie Milburne

Posted October 1st, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight / 88 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome Harlequin romance author Melanie Milburne to HJ!

Hi Melanie, Welcome to HJ

What would you say are the defining characteristic of your novels?

Melanie-MilburneFast paced passion, deep emotion and characters you can relate to.

If you were a heroine in a book, your character would be – The girl next door, the damsel in distress, Kick-butt take charge heroine or the aloof ice queen and why?

I am all of those things! I think that is what is so much fun about being a writer. You can explore other (sometimes hidden or secret) aspects to your personality. Actors do it all the time. They have to morph into the character to make them authentic.

Let’s talk about your newest release: Never Underestimate a Caffarelli

If you had to summarize the book for the readers here…

A former adrenalin junkie is confined to a wheelchair after a freak accident and the only woman who can help him get back on his feet refuses to work with male clients.

Please tell us about the characters in your book.

Raoul Caffarelli is a playboy thrill seeker who has been injured in an accident. He refuses to leave his chateau in France unless he can walk again. Lily Archer is a physical therapist with wounds of her own.

What scene did you have the most fun writing? Why?

I always love writing the scene where the hero and heroine meet for the first time. It’s fun to see that first spark of reaction. I felt like I was in the room with them!

But her gaze was immediately drawn like a magnet to the silent figure seated in a wheelchair behind the desk. Raoul Caffarelli had the same breath-snatching good looks of his older brother, with glossy black hair, olive-toned skin and a rather stubborn, uncompromising-looking jaw. But his eyes were a green-flecked hazel instead of dark brown, and right now they were glittering at her in blistering anger.
‘You’ll forgive me for not rising.’ His tone was clipped and unfriendly, his expression stony.
‘I…Of course.’
‘Unless you are hard of hearing or a complete and utter fool, you must realize by now I don’t want you here.’
She lifted her chin, determined not to show him how intimidated she felt. ‘I’m neither hard of hearing or a fool.’

What scene was the hardest to write? The scene where Lily reveals her scars to Raoul. Why?

Because the issue of self-harm/cutting is a sensitive one and I wanted to show how difficult it is for a former sufferer to reveal that part of her past.

Lily was intensely aware that the same water that surrounded and touched her body was surrounding and touching his. It added a level of intimacy that was disturbing and yet exciting at the same time.
‘Why are you wearing a T-shirt?’
The question coming out of the silence threw her for a moment. ‘I-I have very sensitive skin.’
‘The moon doesn’t have UV rays.’
She gave him a withering look as she folded her arms across her chest. ‘Ha ha.’
His eyes graze the shape of her breasts and then narrowed as they came to rest on her forearms. His gaze came back to hers, dark and concerned. ‘What happened to your arms?’

Who would you cast in the role of your characters if your book was optioned for a movie?

Lily Collins would be perfect as Lily. Matt Bomer for Raoul as he has a really intense gaze.

What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2013 into 2014?

I am working on a Presents title with an uptight workaholic English hero and former street-kid wild child heroine who are trapped together in the Scottish highlands during a blizzard. It’s an enemies to lovers theme so there’s lots of banter and sexual tension!
Also I am part of the exciting new Presents continuity – The Chatsfields. I have written book two- Playboy’s Lesson.

Where can readers get in touch with you?

I am on Twitter @MelanieMilburn1 and Facebook and you can sign up for my newsletter at


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Lily blinked at him. ‘You want to work with me?’
‘But…But I thought…?’
‘I’d like you to stay for the month. I’ll pay you double the amount my brother offered.’
She looked at him in bafflement. Why had he changed his mind? Hadn’t her scars put him off? Most people shunned her when they saw her body. He was doing the opposite.
Who cares? Think of the money. Two years’ wages for a month’s work!
‘But I don’t understand…’
‘I quite like the idea of getting to know you, Lily Archer. I suspect no one else has achieved that before.’
She gave him a guarded look. ‘I suppose you see me as yet another challenge to overcome?’
‘No.’ His eyes glanced briefly at her mouth before coming back to mesh with hers. ‘I see you as a temptation I should resist.’
Her eyebrows lifted. ‘Should?’
‘Can’t,’ he said, and before she could move even an inch out of his way he covered her mouth with his.


Book Info

Has this Caffarelli finally met his match? Millionaire playboy Raoul Caffarelli has always lived life in the fast lane. But when an accident confines him to a wheelchair–and to the care of a woman whose beauty taunts him–he’s consumed with rage and frustration.
Used to difficult patients, physical therapist Lily Archer won’t be cowed by Raoul’s arrogance or distracted by his Adonis-like physique. Carrying her own scars from the past, Lily has vowed never to relinquish her power to a man again.
Both underestimate the power of the shared passion between them. Their physical scars may heal, but some wounds run much deeper….

88 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Never Underestimate a Caffarelli by Melanie Milburne”

  1. Janice Unger

    My biggest regret is not getting my mother to the doctor sooner. Maybe if her cancer was found quickly, I would have had a little more time with her.

  2. Debra A.

    Not staying in the military. I loved the structure of it. I got out cause of the man I was married told me it was either him or it. I chose him and he left me less than a year later for someone else.

    • Melanie Milburne

      Hi Diane,
      Thanks for sharing. I have a few regrets like that too. I wish I’d done an English lit degree but I loved doing my teaching degree. So many courses, so little time!

  3. Erin J.

    Not attempting to pursue a better relationship with my sister. I know there is still time but being over 700 miles away doesn’t help.

    • Melanie Milburne

      Hi Erin,
      Relationships with siblings are complicated. Some personalities mesh better than others. I’m sure you are doing the best you can. Thanks for posting!

  4. Sandy Xiong

    My biggest regrets is not picking the college close to home because now I can’t support my parents.

    • Melanie Milburne

      Hi Josette,
      That is one of my regrets! I didn’t write for ages because I didn’t have the time, the talent, the blah blah blah excuses we all make. Good luck with it now. It’s never too late.

    • Melanie Milburne

      Hi Lori,
      What, you regret going or not going? I know a few artists who have mixed feelings about attending art school and others who loved every minute. Thanks for posting!

  5. kp

    Not going to college. But have just finished putting both kids through college and am looking forward to taking some classes! Never too late!

  6. amel armeliana

    Well, actually I have no regret about everything. I except it just the way it does. But if I could only turn back time, I want to say I love you to my mom and my dad once again.

    Thanks for this giveaway 🙂

  7. Michelle Huang

    Not being able to leave home early after school to see my friend’s dog on the way before he got stolen. This was in high school and I left for home late hanging out with friends at the front instead leaving early.

  8. Autumn Kelley

    My biggest regret is not going away to college…HOWEVER if I had gone away I might not be marrying my highschool sweetheart/soulmate! I am marrying my best friend on 5/10/2014 and we are celebrating 9 years together on 10/27/2013! I love him so much and while I wish I would have gone away to have the college experience I am so happy to have him instead!

  9. Jennifer Zorko-Legan

    Not realizing sooner that there were problems at home. Had I figured it out sooner, I would have been free 3 years ago.

    • Melanie Milburne

      Hi Nurmawati,
      I know the feeling. My grandparents died when I was young, two of them I never met so I have a lot of things I would have like to say to them. Thanks for commenting.

  10. denise

    can’t live with regrets–no sense in having guilt take power over you for something you cannot change

  11. ssmommie75

    What I would say is my biggest regret, I can’t because I would lose the two most beautiful gifts God has ever given me. My children. However, even though I’d marry the *&&^^%$%$ again, I’d leave and stay gone right after I found out I was pregnant with my daughter. I would have never gone back for just over 9 more months of hell.

    • Melanie Milburne

      Hi Olga,
      That is a tough one. We would all do things differently if we saw through those people who exploited us at the time. Just have to move on and learn from it, I suppose. Thanks for posting!

    • Melanie Milburne

      Hi Jana,
      That’s a very positive philosophy and with the world the way it is, a very sensible one. We never know what’s around the corner. Thanks for dropping by!

  12. Evelyn

    One of my regrets is that I never pursued a closer relationship with a friend if mine when I had the chance.

  13. Jan Vanengen

    interesting regrets I suppose my only regret is never living on my own. Left home to get married so never did the whole rental, relying on me wished I had just for the experience. Told me kids to see the world and they do – so no regrets – mind you have not left home either lol 😉

    • Melanie Milburne

      Hi Jan,
      The rental thing with friends is a great stage of life. I remember it very fondly. But at least your kids are out there doing it all. Thanks for posting!

    • Melanie Milburne

      Hi Emily B,
      We do silly things sometimes, don’t we? I guess when we’re young we see things very black and white. As you get older you see things differently. Thanks for dropping by.

    • Melanie Milburne

      Hi Lisa,
      I have similar regrets but I have a theory that you can only service a certain number of friendships at any one time. You can’t be everyone’s best friend… or so I keep telling myself!

  14. conniefischer

    Although I am the proud mother of two wonderful sons, I always wished that I had been able to have a daughter. However, I was only able to have two children. Sorry if that sounds greedy.

    • Melanie Milburne

      Hi Conniefischer,
      I have two boys too, but while I never worried about having a daughter, I can see now what I’ve missed out on. I see my friends’ gorgeous daughters who do stuff for their mums that boys don’t do. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Rena B

    My biggest regret is being a little _ _ _ _ _ to my grandma. She was one of the nicest people I’ve known. And after she died, which is over a decade ago, I can’t help but hate myself for the way I treated her. She never deserved anything bad I did to her. i miss and love her.

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