Sep 6, 2014

Talk Sweetly to Me by Courtney Milan (The Brothers Sinister #4.5)

Talk Sweetly to Me by Courtney Milan
Genre: Historical Romance
Bottom Line:  A cute novella with a unique heroine and a great balance of humor and emotion.

The Brothers Sinister Series
0.5 The Governess Affair
1.   The Duchess War
1.5 A Kiss For Midwinter
2.   The Heiress Effect
3.   The Countess Conspiracy
4.   The Suffragette Scandal
4.5 Talk Sweetly to Me 

Synopsis (Goodreads):

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.

My Thoughts:

As in all of Milan's books in this series, Talk Sweetly to Me has a very unique heroine for the historical romance genre. Rose Sweetly is both a very, very intelligent woman and a black woman. I believe this is the first 1800's romance I have read featuring a black woman, and I certainly enjoyed the twist. We met Stephen in The Sufragette Scandal as Free Marshall's witty male columnist. I was very excited to see how his story played out.

The romance was very sweet; there were a few emotional parts, but overall I would say this was a light romance. Part of me felt like maybe it was TOO light.  I find it hard to believe that Stephen and Rose's interest in each other developed beyond lust after a few conversations in the street and three math lessons (as arousing as math can be). However, I am generally inclined to give a bit of leeway to love at first sight in novellas. I was also not convinced that Stephen truly could be serious enough to help Rose through 1800's society. Overall, I enjoyed seeing the sweet side of Stephen, and I like to believe that their love will be enough to overcome the hardships they would no doubt face.

Rating: 8

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