Title: Talk Sweetly to Me
Author: Courtney Milan
Series: Brothers Sinister, #4.5
Publication date: August 19th, 2014
My rating: 4.5 of 5
(Novella read on August 18th, 2014, from the review copy received from the author via NetGalley, in exchange of an honest review.)
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 on the Novella:
Talk Sweetly to Me is a great novella & a finale to the Brothers Sinister series. And it was a pleasant surprise. For a novella, it left me feeling like I read a full-length novel. The characters are really well-developed, and really likable, and I got to know them really well, and cheered them on.Despite the lovable main characters (before you know it, they'll get under your skin), I really enjoyed the story itself. It was interesting, it touched on some subjects you don't often meet in historical romances, and everything was executed almost perfect.Rose is such an interesting heroine, and I loved her quirkiness. Stephen is amazing character, too, and I loved the interactions & banter between them both. The chemistry was there, but what I especially loved was the way their personalities seemed to fit together.The story was sweet, and charming, and funny, and sad, entertaining, and romantic - just a delight to be read. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more books by the author.Courtney Milan is amazing historical fiction author, so I highly recommend her books, as well as this novella Talk Sweetly to Me to every fan of historical romances.