Revenge, Reignited Passion and Redemption, by Melanie Milburne + Giveaway

by Melanie Milburne, author of Surrendering All But Her Heart (Harlequin Presents, December 2012)

‘You’ll have to see him.”

That was the opening line that came to me when I first thought about writing a redemption plot.

My heroine Natalie Armitage has a tragic secret, which she didn’t tell Angelo Bellandini about when they had a passionate affair five years ago.

But her past has finally caught up with her. In a drunken rage her younger brother has caused extensive damage to one of Angelo’s luxury hotels. Angelo wants someone to pay and who better than the young woman who spurned his marriage proposal five years ago?

But it’s not her money he is after…

Angelo barked out a sardonic laugh. ‘You think after you scrawl your signature across that cheque I’ll simply overlook this?

He looked at her, his eyes meshing with hers in a lockdown that made the silence throb with palpable tension. She felt it moving up her spine, vertebrae by vertebrae. She felt it on her skin, in the ghosting of goose bumps fluttering along her flesh. She felt it-shockingly- between her thighs, as if he had reached down and stroked her there with one of his long, clever fingers.

 Revenge, reignited passion and redemption are the three things I wanted to explore in Natalie and Angelo’s story.


starts as a plan for revenge soon turns into something else! Angelo begins to discover things about Natalie that make him realize why their relationship floundered in the past.

The passion

is still there – if anything it is even more scorching! But what Angelo longs for most is for Natalie to open her heart to him.

Angelo studied her dark blue gaze. He saw the usual obstinacy glittering there, but behind that was a flicker of fear-like a stagehand peeping out from behind the curtains to check on the audience. It made him wonder if he had truly known her five years ago. He had thought he had her all figured out, but this was a facet to her personality he had never even suspected. He had always prided himself on his perspicuity, on his ability to read people and situations. But he could see now that reading Natalie was like reading a complex multi-layered book.

 For Natalie to find the redemption she needs she must reveal to Angelo the one thing she would do anything to keep hidden.

I hope you enjoy Surrendering All But Her Heart. One of my readers told me she cried buckets while reading it. She gave it a five stars and a five-tissue rating!

Do you find it hard to keep a secret?

I will send a signed copy as a giveaway- just in time for Christmas!

Best wishes,

Melanie Milburne

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Comments ( 27 )
  1. Melanie J
    December 3, 2012 at 11:46 am

    If it’s something really juicy, I do have a hard time keeping it to my self, BUT U do have pretty good techniques to keep me from blabbing my mouth. I talk about it in a journal of mine and if I really need to talk out loud about it, I talk to my dog about it.. LOL.. Other than that both professional and personal secrets are safe with me!

    PS – Your books sounds amazing. Can’t wait to read it:)

  2. Melanie Milburne
    December 3, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    HI Melanie J,
    Yes, you do have to have some pretty good techniques, don’t you? I love secrets but only if they are nice ones that don’t have to be kept too long, like birthday surprises.
    I talk to my dog too! I have two of them- does that make me twice as mad?!

  3. wandy avelino
    December 3, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    I have some secrets, but I’d rather keep them to myself or to confess Jesus! I know some people who trust their secrets to me, knowing that I will never betray them! Why have secrets that are revealed can cause a big storm!

  4. Nancy Crocker
    December 3, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    I never could keep a secret as a child, but sure can now. Don’t want to betray someone’s trust. Friendships are a blessing.

  5. Rishal Kumar
    December 3, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I find it really hard to keep secret especially from my mum.

  6. Mara Canul
    December 3, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    If it is something important someone had trusted me I don’t think it’d be hard to keep it! If someone trust you a secret it’s because you mean a lot to her! I wouldn’t say a thing. I’m really looking foward to read your book, I’m pretty sure It is as good as your previous stories!

  7. Jan
    December 3, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Shocking at it mainly because I am an open person, what you see is what you get. Very special ones I can though kills me.

  8. Melanie Milburne
    December 3, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Hi Wendy,
    We all have some secrets we’d like to keep private! And some secrets revealed, as you say create a big storm. What about the royal baby! I bet that was one secret that was hard to keep.

  9. melanie Milburne
    December 3, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Hi Nancy,
    Gosh, kids and secrets! Wasn’t it hard? I remember it all too well. I was told by my older siblings about Santa not being real and to keep it a secret not to spoil it for our youngest sister. Thank goodness she worked it out for herself before too long. I was busting to tell!

  10. melanie Milburne
    December 3, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Hi Rishal,
    Mothers are very good at seeing or sensing stuff! I’m pretty good at it myself with my boys, much to their annoyance!

  11. melanie Milburne
    December 3, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Hi Mara,
    Thank for your kind words. I’m glad you like my stories- it makes me want to write more of them!

  12. melanie Milburne
    December 3, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Hi Jan,
    I can so relate to your comment. I’m pretty much an open book too. But I’ve had to learn over time not to tell everyone everything that’s going on in my life. A little bit of mystique is not such a bad thing!

  13. chey
    December 3, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    I usually can keep s secret.

  14. melanie Milburne
    December 3, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Hi Chey,
    I saw Skyfall last night and thought about all the secrets a spy has to keep. How exhausting it must be!
    Thanks for posting.

  15. Pauline Eade
    December 3, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    I can keep a secret but I hate it when others half tell you something and then say I can tell you no more because it is supposed to be a secret

  16. S E Gilchrist
    December 3, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Depends on the secret. If its like a gift / present, I cant wait to tell them, but if its something dark or difficult I can keep a secret. The latter, probably because I dont want to be the one to have to say those words.
    Love revenge stories and Surrendering all But Her Heart, sounds fabulous.

  17. bn100
    December 3, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Not really. This sounds intriguing.

  18. Joanne Dannon
    December 3, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Hi Melanie – I always enjoy your books and look forward to reading “Surrendering” 🙂

    I’m very good at keeping secrets 🙂 My friends all know I never tell. However, I don’t have any good secrets of my own…although I’m sure I could make up a few 😉

  19. Melanie Milburne
    December 3, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Hi bn 100,
    Thanks for dropping by!

  20. melanie Milburne
    December 3, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Hi Joanne!
    I love making up secrets too! That’s the fun part of being a writer. I hope your writing is going well.

  21. Laney4
    December 4, 2012 at 9:27 am

    I have learned that secrets invariably bite you in the a**, so I try really hard not to have any.
    That being said, there are times when good friends trust you with a secret (or a spouse), and I have been good about keeping those. Mind you, sometimes I feel like I am getting ulcers because of the pressure not to (even by mistake) say anything. I have nightmares about telling secrets by mistake, and then I feel the horror throughout my entire body; I’m sure my blood pressure rises exponentially every time. But I keep those secrets….
    Work-wise, I have no problem at all with keeping information confidential, even if that information would be appreciated by the media (and friends).

  22. melanie Milburne
    December 4, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Hi Pauline,
    Yes, half a secret is worse! If I am going to be told something I want to be told all of it.

  23. Melanie Milburne
    December 4, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Hi Laney 4,
    Work confidentiality is very different from personal stuff for some reason. Making a boundary is so much easier when it’s not your personal life.
    I totally agree about the ulcers. It’s just so hard not to mention the war, so to speak. You have to check everything you say in case you let slip some clue.

  24. Kai W.
    December 5, 2012 at 2:02 am

    I could pretty much keep most people’s secrets. I just couldn’t keep mine. I vent alot and when I get excited about something good, I need to share it with the world.

  25. Melanie Milburne
    December 5, 2012 at 5:30 am

    Hi Kai,
    I know that feeling! You just want to burst when you have good news to share.
    Speaking of good news- I’ve decided to give the signed book to Jan. If you could email me and let me know your address I will send the book to you in time for Christmas.
    All the best to everyone and happy reading. xx

  26. San-Dee Keefner
    December 5, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    I am pretty good at keeping secrets. Especially ones that really count, but and that is a huge but when it comes to me, I am an open book. People at the market know my whole life story if we have to wait to long to check out. BUt life is to short to ever regret anything so if I made a new friend yeah me.

  27. Lori H.
    December 6, 2012 at 10:16 am

    No I don’t find it hard at all. I worked in the medical field for years and had to keep all sorts of secrets to myself because of the laws surrounding it however I did share some info with the doctors and other therapists that worked with these patients also.
    I usually don’t share things about myself either. Sometimes I find it hard to contain good news about my family members though. But I can contain 🙂