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Never Say No to a Caffarelli

‘I play by the rules, but they’re my rules.’Poppy Silverton is as untouched as the leafy English village where she runs a tearoom. But her home, her livel... read more

ISBN: 9781472002419
Published: September 2013


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‘I play by the rules, but they’re my rules.’

Poppy Silverton is as untouched as the leafy English village where she runs a tearoom. But her home, her livelihood and her innocence are under threat… Rafe Caffarelli is a mouth-watering specimen of Mediterranean manhood. He’s a playboy billionaire and determined to buy Poppy’s historic dower house. Poppy will not give up the only thing that remains of her childhood and family.

She’ll fight Rafe – and her attraction to him – all the way. And be the first woman to say no to a Caffarelli!

‘Strong, passionate characters and a sizzling tension throughout. A must read!’ – Sarah, 45, Norwich


Rating By R,13/08/2013

I suppose it wouldn't be Melanie Milburne if the hero didn't have Italian heritage although it would be nice sometime to have a home grown Australian character. Rafe is rather self-contained, conditioned by being the oldest of three boys who lost their mother at an early age and used to having everything his own way. Despite being dictatorial he does somehow appeal. Poppy, old-fashioned and principled, has a determination not to be brow beaten, resulting in a somewhat childish attitude at times, so when Rafe wants to buy her property which she does not want to sell, sparks fly! As Rafe makes no secret of his plans and attitude Poppy has only herself to blame at future developments. Part of the plot didn't really make sense. How was she able to keep her tea room viable when she never seemed to have any customers? In some ways low key, this was nevertheless an entertaining story. Eight point five out of ten

Fun, engrossing romance!

Rating By Nas,07/08/2013

Author Melanie Milburne has written a fun, engrossing and fast paced story in NEVER SAY NO TO A CAFFARELLI. There are hidden depths to Rafe and Poppy�s characters. The emotions and sensuality is exquisitely done. NEVER SAY NO TO A CAFFARELLI has strong characters, snappy dialogue, and tender, sweet and exciting moments which will keep a reader riveted from the first page.

Reviewed by Desere Steenberg South Africa

Rating By Desere,01/08/2013

Giving up the only home you have ever known is hard, no matter if it is because you have no financial choice in the matter or if simply need to let go for other reasons. It is filled with a lifetime of memories that can never be erased, but leaving it behind feels like you're leaving behind a part of yourself. That is why Polly will never part with her beloved home, she has lived there with her grandmother for many years and has built a life, made friends with the people of the community, formed a bond that is simply unbreakable. So when Rafe Caffarelli comes walking into her tearoom and demands she sell the house to him in order for the property to return back to the link it has with the home's manor, she is outraged and insulted. But she is also thrown completely off balance by the raw sexual attraction she feels towards him and cannot stop thinking how very badly she wants him to kiss her. But selling her home, is the last thing she will ever do even if she has to go up against Rafe and all his power. Only Rafe plays dirty and instead swears that he has never lost a deal and does not plan on doing so this time around. And so the war of ownership takes off! The character of Polly was not great. For me as reader she came off as being very childish, for example her actions of stomping to the front door of Rafe had me thinking how very unladylike of her and she is behaving like a child. I did love the idea of her being so old fashioned, she had the perfect blend of kind hearted and always full of sunshine personality, only again she remained very childlike for me and I would have liked to see the author let her mature into more of grown up at some stage. Some of the lines she said also let me cringe as it is just not something you would expect a heroine to say, yet I found it somewhat refreshing as it showed how honest she is, but again it reminded me too more of a child than a woman. The character of Rafe was one I felt sorry for as him feeling that he needs to always carry the burden of ensuring his family company is successful around each and very corner, and at the same time making sure his brothers are kept in place, tore my heart apart, it made him cold and unattached with the world and everyone around him. He remains cold for most of the read, but does slowly let his guard drop here and there, showing he has a good heart somewhere under the suit of armour around his heart. I loved that the author lets the thoughts of Polly wreck havoc on is brain, her invading his thoughts and actions gave me a bit of a laugh as it throws him so much more off balance then he has ever been. The backdrop settings were quint and delightful. I very much loved that the manor has a certain darkness about it similar to the darkness of Rafe's soul and that Polly's home was like sunshine after the rain much like she is. The dialogue was great, I did love the lines of conflict and confusion. The read however did lack the passion and heat from this authors previous reads. The intense sexual attraction between the characters just did not burn as hot as it usually does in books from this author, and made the read a little dull and difficult to get through. This author has always managed to surprise me with each of her books, but this time I was disappointed as something just did not gel in the read, it was almost as it just did not all come together, it was lacking the fire and wow factor I have come to expect from this author. This is book one of a trilogy and I am looking forward to see what the author offers up with the other two brothers in this series, as based on the little insight she gave into the lives of the other two RR's I am thinking I might like them more and I am hoping the author re-finds her unique brand of passionate, sexy, heart stopping, leave me breathless romance writing style. I am recommending the read for fans who love a trilogy, as if not reading this one I have a feeling you might be a little lost in the second and third book. 4 star review "He shows her that saying yes is the only option she has" ARC provided through Netgalley


Rating By Karim,07/06/2014

Ms Millburne has done it again!! The first book of hers I read was the start of the Sabbatini trilogy and I found that series riveting and this intro to the Caffarelli's is yet another five star-plus read from an immensely talented author!! I Couldn't recomend it highly and having recently finished the third and last in the series: my conclusion is the Caffarelli's rock!! A Must Read opener to a Must Read trilogy!!

the best

Rating By Susan,18/08/2013

what a good book. she was great with a personality that was likable and he was alpha and compassionate loved this book

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