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Back in her Husband's Bed (Mills & Boon Modern) Paperback – 4 Nov 2005

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Mills & Boon; New edition edition (4 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0263841987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0263841985
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1.2 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,915,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Melanie Milburne grew up on a small farm on the outskirts of Sydney and as a keen horse rider, often competed in local gymkhanas and even broke in a few horses from time to time. As she was surrounded by animals, she decided at an early age to become a nurse; however, she couldn't stand the sight of blood and so opted for a career in teaching.
She read her first Mills & Boon novel when she was 17 and that encouraged her to continue reading romance novels; the lure of the tall dark handsome hero, who in reality she fell in love with and agreed to marry on their second date! They moved to Scotland so her husband could work and study for his MD in surgery. Two lively sons later she decided teaching was the last thing she wanted to do!
She went back to University and up-graded her teaching diploma to a degree and then went on to do a Masters but she still felt as if something was missing. She sat down one day and began writing and everything clicked into place.
Melanie currently lives with her family in Hobart, Tasmania. She has now published 46 full-length novels for Harlequin Mills & Boon and her books are regularly released in several different countries, including Australia, the U.S., and the U.K. In 2004, she became the first Australian author in ten years to be contracted to Harlequin Mills & Boon Presents.

In 2000, Melanie placed second in the Romance Writers of Australia Emma Darcy Award. She is a two-time ARRA finalist and an eight-time CataRomance Reviewers Choice Award Winner. She was the winner of the ARRA Favourite Category/Series Romance for 2008. She is an active member of Romance Writers of America, Romance Writers of Australia, and the Australian Romance Readers Association. She is also the recipient of the Holt Medallion Award's Award of Merit and the 2009 Booksellers Best Short Contemporary Category.

In her spare time, she learnt to swim as an adult and after some great coaching, she went from a non-swimmer to National Top Ten in Master's Swimming plus several State records. She looks on any scary task now in much the same way as she did swimming. Her motto is "Don't say I can't-Say I can try!!" As well as swimming she enjoys long distance running, and of course reading. Melanie also has a passion for the needs of children and animals and is active in supporting the Australian Children's Foundation.

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By Mrs K on 20 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I rated this story as 1 star as it contains double standards.

5 years ago, divorce lawyer Xavier Knightly and Carli Gresham divorced after 3 years of difficult marriage. His snobby, high society family disapproved of her that they expressed this constantly. Xavier was unaware of it and niether did he take Carli's complaints seriously. His family were the main factor for the break up of their marriage.
Carli always loved him dispite leading seperate lives and avoided him like the plaque as he had no diificulty getting on with his life. He has been shagging every female he came across and Carli could not bare to see him with any woman. Meanwhile Carli never attempted to get on with her life which is quite sad. Xavier may be the man she lost her virginity to and was the only one she had sexual relationship with, does not mean she had to put her life on hold and act like a nun.

After 5 years, they come face to face and in a lift where they both were trapped for 2 hours. They attraction for one another was strong as ever. After the ordeal in the lift was over, he asked her for a drink in his hotel room for old time's sake. Reluctantly she accepted his offer and he managed to seduce her into bed. He did not consider regards to STD when he's spare time hobby is having sex with different women and neither did he take unplanned pregnancy into consideration. Xavier is a selfish character and is a pathetic excuse for a hero.
Carli obviously felt ashamed of herself for the lack of control that she fled.

3 months later, Carli turned up in Xavier's office to inform him of his impending fatherhood. Next thing she knew, he had her move back into their former marital home for their baby's sake. This did not stop Carli go into her ex-husband's bed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
novel twist to a usual tale 15 Aug. 2011
By A. A. - Published on
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Although Carli and Xavier have been divorced for five years, sparks fly again when they are trapped in an elevator. little did they know that they managed to accomplish what they didn't manage to do during their marriage - create a new life.

This is a novel twist to the usual tale of one-night pregnancy tales. Depth and emotional complexity is thrown into the tale by the presence of an existing relationship between the couple as ex-spouses. I was drawn into the story by curiousity as to how the story would pan out, as the couple, having been married before, are reluctant to re-marry just for the sake of the child. I suppose this story is rather realistic, with the ex-husband having other relationships after the couple divorces, which is rather off putting. why is it always the guy who manages to get into subsequent relationships after divorce/break up while the heroine remains chaste and waiting for someone to come along? And often, she would be in a worse economic position than before?

Anyway, all in all, a not bad read, but it's not one of those stories that you would re-read and re-read again once your curiousity is satisfied as to finding out how the story ends. If this is the first time you're reading this author, you may wish to try her other books (some of which are quite excellent, e.g. One Last Night (Harlequin Presents)).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good Grief - No! 25 Jan. 2013
By Kindle Customer - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Where to even begin.

I'll begin with the fact that I like Melanie Milburne. So many Harlequin authors repeat their plots and circumstances ad nauseum, and for the few books of Ms Milburne's I've read, she doesn't seem to suffer from OutOfIdeas-itis.

But I would be hard pressed to recommend this book to anyone. I don't think I went any 10 pages in this book without their being an altercation. I mean it. It was non-stop bickering. They bickered before they had sex and after. They bickered before she fainted, they argued after she woke up in the hospital. For 160 pages my only thought was these people should never be together.

My pet peeve about these Harlequin books is that they have a tendency for the men to deny their feelings for the entirety of the book and then bam, they suddenly admit they were in love with the heroine all along. This was no exception. We learn the situation with these two, learn that given the heroine's past, she was bound to sabotage any serious relationship she had, and that went for this one. She keeps part of herself hidden, never wanting to get too close, because in the back of her mind, the people she loves always leaves her. The discovery of that was painful and well-written. And of course the hero in the book didn't help matters by keeping himself emotionally unavailable to her because in his mind he was no longer in love with her. Then BAM. Towards the end of the book he realizes he'd never stopped loving her.

Quite frankly, I don't know how they even realize they love each other when they argued so much. But oh well. The end was sweet, so I give it 2 stars for that.

I have been known to complain a lot about these books not being believable, and they always say be careful what you wish for. Like any divorced couple, all that fighting was very believable. A little too believable and realistic. As it turns out, I do need a bit of unbelievable romance to find these books enjoyable. Who knew?
Back in her Husband's Bed 14 Jan. 2014
By DAA - Published on
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Both are stuck in an elevator which becomes big news cause they have been divorced for over 5 years. Now a little over 4 months later she is back and pregnant. Xavier must decide if he wants his ex wife back or not. Carli is devestated cause she still loves him. But is it enough? Another book by Melanie Milburne that I have read and will reread again.
Pretty good 14 Nov. 2014
By Mflan - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Pretty good story about the ups and downs of relationships. the characters were relatable and the storyline realistic. enjoyed both.
One Star 9 Oct. 2014
By Paula - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
don't waist your time.
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