What is it About a Bad Boy? by Melanie Milburne, + Giveaway

by Melanie Milburne, author of Uncovering The Silveri Secret (Harlequin Presents, February 2013)

What is it about a bad boy that is so attractive? Is it that element of roguishness? The thought of him being untamable? Unreachable? Unknowable?

My latest hero Edoardo Silveri is all that and more! But most annoying for my heroine Bella Haverton, Edoardo is in charge of her life. Her late father left his entire estate under Edoardo’s guardianship until Bella turns twenty-five. He has control over everything- her inheritance and day to day finances, including whom she will eventually marry.

 Edoardo slowly released her wrist. ‘Got that nasty little temper of yours under control?’ he asked.

She gave him a fulminating look as she rubbed at her wrist. ‘I pity the women you take to bed,’ she said. ‘They probably leave it bruised from head to foot.’

 ‘They leave

it panting for more,’ he said with a smouldering smile.

 She made a scornful sound. ‘Why? Because you don’t know how to properly satisfy a woman?’

 His eyes mated with hers. ‘Why don’t you try me and see?’

 She gave him a withering look. ‘I’m about to become engaged, remember?’

 ‘So you say,’ he said. ‘Has he asked you, or are you just clearing with me in case he does?’

For years Bella has stayed well clear of her late father’ bad boy protégé but she needs his permission to become engaged to Julian Bellamy, a clean cut, clean living, controlled and controllable pastor.

But Edoardo is not convinced Bella is marrying the right man or for the right reasons. As her legally appointed guardian it is his job to make sure she isn’t taken advantage of or exploited.

 Bella glowered at him. ‘You think I haven’t got a

clue, don’t you? You think I’m too stupid to do anything but get my nails done.’

 ‘You’re not stupid,’ he said. ‘You’re naïve. You’ve lived a sheltered life. You don’t know how the other half lives. You don’t know how desperate and ruthless people can be.’

 ‘Like you, you mean?’ she said with an arch look.

 His eyes glinted as they locked down on hers. ‘I can be very ruthless when I go after something I want.’

 Bella felt the skin of her arms lift in a tiny shiver. ‘You can’t always have everything you want,’ she said.

 The corner of his mouth lifted in a devilish smile. ‘Who’s going to stop me?’

Who is your favourite bad boy? What do you love about him? What would you change about him?

I will give a signed copy of Uncovering The Silveri Secret as well as my latest Medical release Dr Chandler’s Sleeping Beauty to a random comment.

Warmest wishes,

Melanie Milburne

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Comments ( 36 )
  1. Amy
    January 30, 2013 at 9:54 am

    One of my favorite bad boys is Heath Ledger’s character in 10 Things I Hate About You — of course, Kat is just as bad to match him! 🙂

  2. Niki
    January 30, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Vin Diesel character Dom in Fast and the Furious.

  3. Melanie J
    January 30, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Love your books Melanie. This one sounf fabulous!

    Right now my favorite bad boy is Damon – from the Vampire Diaries. I love the fact that he knows he’s bad.. but he’s also not. I guess it depends on how your outlook is. I wll not change a thing.

    Great giveaway!

  4. Melanie Milburne
    January 30, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    HI Amy,
    I love that take on Taming of the Shrew. The book I’ve just finished ( Book 3 of my Scandalous Caffarelli’s) is a Taming of the Shrew theme. A wild child and a bad boy lock horns. So much fun writing it!
    Thanks for contributing.

  5. Melanie Milburne
    January 30, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Hi Niki,
    Vin Diesel in anything is hot!
    Thanks for posting!

  6. Melanie Milburne
    January 30, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Hi Melanie,
    I love a bad boy who knows he’s bad too.
    So glad you like my books- I hope you like what’s coming up this year. I’m very excited about my trilogy. I enjoyed writing it so much.

  7. Olga
    January 30, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    My favorite bad boy is Colin O’Donoghue as Captain Killian “Hook” Jones in Once Upon a Time.

  8. Ginette
    January 30, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Bad boys vs. Tall handsome and mysterious. That’s what makes it hard for me. I love a bad boy but I also love tall and Mysterious. They have a way to surprise you.
    Bad boys are great but some times you have to have some mystery to keep things fresh

  9. Jill Tathra
    January 30, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Well I`m going to be showing my age but my first bad boy was Troy Donahue in A Summer Place. This was my very first adult movie and what with the very best ever theme, I still swoon when I hear it, I`d have to say Johnny Hunter err I mean Troy Donahue!

  10. Veronica
    January 30, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    I love bad boys who are a little cocky but become very protective of the ones they care about (even if they don’t show it often). I’m having the hardest time thinking of a bad boy in a book I’ve read recently (totally blanking on his and the book’s name) so I will have to say Spike from the tv show Buffy lol

  11. Melanie Milburne
    January 30, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Hi Olga,
    Thanks for posting. i’m not familiar with that particular Colin but I love Colin Farrell. I think he’s a very bad boy!

  12. Melanie Milburne
    January 30, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Hi Ginette,
    Love your name BTW!
    Ah yes, the mysterious brooding bad boy hero-you can’t get more delicious than that!

  13. Melanie Milburne
    January 30, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Hi Veronica,
    You are going to love Book Three of my trilogy as my hero is super cocky but he comes to the heroine’s rescue in the most protective way.
    You’re not the only one who goes blank on titles. It’s an occupational hazard when you read a lot!

  14. Nancy Crocker
    January 30, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    OMG this book looks Amazing! I can’t wait to read it. My latest bad boy was in a book the Character’s name was Isaac McCoy. Totally yummy! He was a Bad boy with. Great BIG heart.

    Good luck everyone!

  15. Melanie Milburne
    January 30, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Hi Jill,
    Some of my favourite movies are the old ones. Casbalanca for instance. There was something about that golden era of Hollywood when men were men and women were women. Ah…I can feel a movie night coming on!

  16. Marcy
    January 30, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    I love a bad boy who has hidden depths. Like a hard candy shell that hides the warm, melty middle.

  17. chey
    January 30, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    My favourite bad boy is Damon from Vampire Diaries.

  18. Fiona Marsden
    January 30, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    I’m starting to crave good boys. Bad boys are everywhere and I’m getting tired of sleazy slutty heroes. Just give me a misogynist hero any day. I’m feeling more jaded than a bad boy hero.

  19. bn100
    January 30, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    I like Zsadist from the BDB series because he’s caring.

  20. Melanie Milburne
    January 30, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Hi Nancy,
    Oh yes indeed, the bad boy has to have a big heart underneath all that wickedness!
    Thanks for posting.

  21. Melanie Milburne
    January 30, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    HI Chey,
    Thanks for dropping by. Damon is rather gorgeous!

  22. Sally G
    January 30, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    I’ve always had a thing for Johnny Depp and would totally accept all his bad boy ways.

  23. Melanie Milburne
    January 30, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    HI Fiona,
    I’ve got a good boy in my upcoming medical Their Most Forbidden Fling. He’s one of my favourite non-slutty heroes.
    Thanks for posting and for being honest!

  24. Melanie Milburne
    January 30, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Hi bn100,
    A caring bad boy wins my heart every time.
    Thanks for commenting.

  25. Kaelee
    January 30, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    I don’t watch many movies now and I haven’t read a bad boy lately. Guess the last bad boy I read was Kate Walker’s Carlos Ortega in the Devil and Miss Jones. I wouldn’t change anything about him as he ended up just perfect.

  26. Melanie Milburne
    January 30, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Hi Kaelee,
    Kate always does a fabulous job of bad boys!

  27. Kai W.
    January 31, 2013 at 1:14 am

    I love Damien in the Vampire Diaries series. I didn’t like him to begin with. He was just a terrible person and great at being the big bad vampire. He grew on me after learning his story of why he act that way. He is better than his brother Stepen. Damien accepts who and what he is.

  28. Melanie Milburne
    January 31, 2013 at 2:04 am

    Hi Kai,
    I think you’ve hit the nail on the head. A bad boy has to have a very good reason for being bad, then we can like him.

  29. Melanie Milburne
    January 31, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Hi Marcy,
    I love your analogy. I’m a sucker for a soft centred candy or chocolate!

  30. Melanie Milburne
    January 31, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Hi Sally G,
    Yes, Johnny Depp is a bit of a bad boy, isn’t he? I watched Edward Scissor Hands a few weeks back. He was just amazing in that.

  31. Jan
    January 31, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Hi Melanie, loving the sound of this can’t wait to get into it and sorry can’t go past Bond and wouldn’t change a thing about him. I know he is really the good guy but he is so bad at being good… do whatever he has to do to get what needs to be done and so smooth about it! Jan

  32. Rebe
    February 1, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Definitely Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer in Top Gun. Very bad for you, lol.

  33. Melanie Milburne
    February 1, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Hi Jan,
    Yes of course! James Bond is sort of bad, isn’t he?
    Thanks for posting.

  34. Melanie Milburne
    February 1, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Hi Rebe,
    Top Gun is another film I revisited recently. I really enjoyed watching it again and yes, they were bad boys!

  35. Melanie Milburne
    February 1, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Forgot to say I will get Amy at Harlequin to pick a winner for the giveaway. Sorry you’ll have to wait until Monday to find out who it is!

  36. Amy
    February 4, 2013 at 10:22 am

    So many bad boys, so little time 😉

    On behalf of Melanie, I’m pleased to announce the winner of the giveaway. Congratulations to: Rebe! Please check your email for a message from me.
    ~Amy from Harlequin