Series: Brothers Sinister #4.5
Published by Self Published on 08/19/2014
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
Nobody knows who Miss Rose Sweetly is, and she prefers it that way. She’s a shy, mathematically-minded shopkeeper’s daughter who dreams of the stars. Women like her only ever come to attention through scandal. She’ll take obscurity, thank you very much.
All of England knows who Stephen Shaughnessy is. He’s an infamous advice columnist and a known rake. When he moves into the house next door to Rose, she discovers that he’s also wickedly funny, devilishly flirtatious, and heart-stoppingly handsome. But when he takes an interest in her mathematical work, she realizes that Mr. Shaughnessy isn’t just a scandal waiting to happen. He’s waiting to happen to her…and if she’s not careful, she’ll give in to certain ruination.
Historical Romance 101 was one of the most fun experiences I’ve ever had regarding this blog, and one of the benefits is discovering new historical romances. When Amanda mentioned Talk Sweetly to Me by Courtney Milan in one of her HistRom101 posts, I immediately went to Amazon and downloaded it. This turned out to be an excellent decision because I LOVED Talk Sweetly to Me, and it will not be the last Courtney Milan book I read.
Talk Sweetly to Me is a novella done right! The two protagonists of this novel are just wonderful and I fell for them straight away. Rose is the sweetest young woman. She’s a mathematical genius (really she is), and she helps out an astronomer with his calculations. She’s staying with her sister, because her sister is very pregnant and her sister’s husband is away. And that’s where she meets Stephen.
Stephen is a writer, and he writes pretty sensational stuff. They say he’s a flirt, but he’s always really nice to Rose. Stephen actually really likes Rose and wants to be with her. Rose also really likes Stephen, but she has concerns. First, of course, is that he has a bit of a reputation. But there is a bigger concern for her, and that is that Rose is black, and Stephen is white.
Watching these two slowly (well sort of slowly, this is a novella after all) get together is wonderful. I think Milan did such a wonderful of dealing with the issue of race during the Victoria period, but not getting too heavy, either. It was just done so well.
There were some seriously swoony moments in this, but I especially loved the moment when Stephen found a way for Rose to watch The Transit of Venus. My heart sighed with happiness here. If you’re a fan of historical romance, or if you’re looking for a good book to start, Talk Sweetly to Me is the perfect place!