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

Talk Sweetly to Me (The Brothers Sinister)


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.


Talk Sweetly To Me is a quick read, but one I greatly enjoyed. I love how Milan writes intelligent, strong women in her books. They are all just amazing and refreshing to read. This novella was no different.

Rose is a brilliant mathematician astronomer. She does the calculations for a famous astronomer and she is happy to be in the background. Her sister is pregnant, her sisters husband off serving, and she is tasked with looking after her sister until he returns.

Stephen you meet briefly in the Suffragette Scandal as he writes the every man column for Free's paper. He is a known ladies man and never seems to take anything seriously. Until he meets Rose, but she never thinks he is serious in his pursuit. He has never really wanted someone like he wants to be closer to Rose. He doesn't care what she is doing he is happy to just be near her. He is happy to listen to her talk of her math problems and anything else. He just wants her to be happy. He is so sweet with her, tries to give her her hearts desires, but she doesn't quite trust him. Or she doesn't trust herself with him or how hard it would be to be with him.

It was a quick, fun read. Rose and Stephen are great together and everything works out in the end. I love that Milan writes some short nonconventional, at the time the story is set in especially, romances. She is definitely one of my favorite authors.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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