Mar 5, 2017

Sunday Smooch- Melanie Milburne

Hi Everyone,
But before I start- the winner of Sue Mackay's Smooch is Lyn M. Could you please email Sue with your postal details so she can get the book to you.

Now for my smooch....
I am excited to share with you a smooch from my latest release- The Temporary Mrs Marchetti. I love relationship revisited stories as there is always so much going on between the characters. All that simmering history and ongoing antagonism!

Alice Piper walked out on her Italian lover seven years ago when he mentioned the M word. After watching her mother go through three horrible marriages, Alice has sworn she will never marry. But Cristiano's late grandmother's will states that Alice will co-inherit a luxury villa in Stresa if she marries Cristiano and stays married for six months.

I loved crafting these two characters. Alice is a beauty therapist, and given her aversion to matrimony, has ironically become the go-to girl in London for wedding makeup. Cristiano is a hard-nosed businessman who has never forgiven Alice for ending their relationship after he proposed to her. But unless he does as his grandmother's will states, he will lose a large portion of his company shares to a cousin he has no time for.

Here is a little smooch... oh, by the way- I didn't allow these two to kiss until Chapter Five. Yes, Chapter Five!!! That's because they are both incredibly strong-willed and were both trying not to be the first to break. So much fun to work with such strong personalities! :)

   He slid a warm hand around the nape of her neck and drew her inexorably closer, only stopping once her mouth was within a breath of his. 'I'd do you now but I wouldn't want to disturb the other passengers with your screams of pleasure.'
   Alice kept her eyes trained on his smiling mouth, her heart leaping in excitement, her whole body trembling with feverish anticipation. Only he could make her sob with pleasure. Sob and scream and shudder from head to foot. How had she resisted him this long? It was crazy to keep denying herself the sensual thrill of his touch. So what if it only lasted a few months? A few months were better than no months. She'd spent the last seven years missing the magic of his lovemaking. Why not enjoy it while it lasted? 'You're not thinking of using one of the bathrooms?'
   'No. I'm going to make you wait until we get home.'
   Cruel. Cruel. Cruel.
   Alice stroked a fingertip over his top lip, following the contours of his vermillion border, his stubble catching on her skin like a thorn on silk. 'I could take things into my own hands...' she said with a suggestive glance.
   His eyes glinted and his hand on the back of her neck slid under the curtain of her hair, the slight drag on the roots sending a blot of fizzing electricity down her spine. 'Hold that thought.'
   Alice closed the distance between their mouths, touching hers down on his as softly as a butterfly landing on a petal. She eased back but because his lips were dryer than hers they clung to her softer skin as if they didn't want to let her go. He made a rough sound deep in his throat and brought his lips back to hers in a slow, drugging kiss that made her insides coil and twist and tighten with longing. His tongue entered her mouth in a smooth, deep glide that had a deliciously erotic element to it. It called hers into a sensual dance that made her feminine core contract with need. The kiss went deeper, drawing from her a response she had never given to anyone else....

I could continue but I think you get the idea- they might not have kissed for seven years and five chapters but they sure made up for it!

I hope you enjoy The Temporary Mrs Marchetti. I certainly enjoyed writing it and look forward to reading your comments. Given that Alice and Cristiano are strong-willed and determined, what opinion do you currently hold that you can't see changing any time soon?

Best wishes,
Melanie xxx


  1. Hi Melanie

    Woohoo I have just finished reading this one and wow what a fabulous story I loved Cristiano and Alice and yes both so strong willed :)

    You know there are a lot of things that for me there are lots of opinions that I probably won't change my mind on but I don't think I am very different from most people as in respect honesty and thinking about other people :)

    Have Fun

  2. Hi Helen,
    BTW, thanks for the review. I agree that respect and honesty and thinking of others are so important but they seem to be increasingly lacking in today's world.
    Thanks for posting! 😃

  3. Fantastic story! I am still shook about Donald Trump. Don't see that changing any time soon lol. I think the haters need to just roll with it and do the best they can do to make their own little corner of the world a better place.

    1. Thanks TashNz. I hear you on DT. It's hard to know how it's all going to play out. Such interesting times.

  4. Thank you to Sue on picking me as last week's winner.
    I'm trying to think of an opinion I have that is unlikely to change soon... can't actually think of anything right now.

    1. Hi Lyn,
      It is hard to think straight away if you're not a particularly opinionated person!
      Thanks for dropping by.

  5. Well they deserved that for hanging out for five chapters lol. I love strong characters and you do it so well.
    There are so many of my own opinions, however, I have always believed travel broadens the mind. :)

    1. Hi Jan,
      Thanks for your lovely comments re: the book. Yes, I agree travel is very mind-broadening. You suddenly realise your little place is tiny compared to the rest of the world.

    2. It is, my daughter, middle one, did 21 countries last year in 4 months all over Europe even stayed in Dubai for a couple of days.

  6. Ooh, lovely excerpt, Melanie! That's certainly a kiss worth waiting 5 chapters four! ;-)

    Oh, I have lots of opinions that I doubt will change in the near future -- one of them being that the Romance Genre is not only powerful and uplifting, but also empowering. :-)

    1. Hi Michelle,
      That is a good opinion to hold on to!

  7. Hello Melanie.
    This beautiful extracted , I liked the kiss, it was well worth the wait five years.
    I think that we can change their minds, sometimes it happened to me.

    1. Hi Franca,
      I think it is a real gift to be able to change your mind about something. I know I have many, many times. Thanks for posting- always lovely to hear from you.

  8. Replies
    1. Hi Laney4,
      I try to abide by that but occasionally I find myself telling a little white lie to save someone from being hurt. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Hi Melanie,

    This is one fiercely sexy story! These too must really light up the pages. I'm looking forward to reading it.

    Hm, I suppose I'm a woman of strong opinions about certain things. Picking one is tough. I'll opt for the basic fact that people generally deserve to be treated with respect, whether male or female, whether they're our neighbours or from far away, and despite other differences between us.

    1. Hi Annie,
      We need more people like you in politics! We've become such a frightened community that we fail to see real humans are in need and we can't keep turning our back on them. It grieves me terribly, but I also understand the delicate balancing act it is to secure our borders. No easy answers, I'm afraid.

  10. Oh Melanie! You are such a tease! Making us wait until Chapter 5!!

    I have many strong opinions! Some may change. In my optimistic moments I believe that if people committed to sincerity we could make progress.

    1. Hi Laura,
      Ah yes, sincerity goes a long way, doesn't it? Trouble is, people on both sides of an argument can be incredibly sincere!
      Thanks for posting!

  11. Sounds like it will be a very interesting book to read,i look forward to it...I have strong opinions/feelings about compassion,respect,trust&honesty in relationships.

    1. Hi Kerri,
      I think those are good opinions to have. It's so hard to build a good relationship, intimate or otherwise, without those principles.
      Thanks for commenting!