Review: Talk Sweetly to Me by Courtney Milan

Review: Talk Sweetly to Me by Courtney MilanTalk Sweetly to Me by Courtney Milan
Series: Brothers Sinister #4.5
Published by Self Published on 08/19/2014
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
Format: Ebook
Source: Amazon

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!


10 Responses to “Review: Talk Sweetly to Me by Courtney Milan”

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      Not yet, but I will soon! I read the first few pages, and it felt more on the serious side, and I wanted something light and fluffy. But I will definitely be reading it soon!

  1. Cynthia

    Great review. I recently downloaded another book of hers called The Duchess War. I have heard great things about it, so I am very excited.

  2. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

    I’m so excited you jumped into the Courtney Milan pool! She is one of my favorite current authors. This was not my favorite by her, but it is a good example of what she can do. I love that she isn’t afraid of a challenge and she is one of the few historical authors who can write a successful novella. Great review!

  3. Danielle @ Love at First Page

    I liked this one too! Courtney Milan’s books don’t always work for me – they’re sometimes not romantic/swoony enough – but I appreciate that she does something different with the genre every time and steps out of the box.
    Lovely review!

  4. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I enjoyed this one and promptly swore that I was immediately going to read the rest of the Milan books that are gathering dust on my Kindle. And then I forgot. Thanks for the reminder! The Transit of Venus moment was definitely on the swoony side!

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