Book Review – “Talk Sweetly To Me (The Brothers Sinister, Book 5),” by Courtney Milan
Rose Sweetly is brilliant at math and astronomy, tasked with computing comet trajectories and looking forward to seeing the transit of Venus. Life is complicated for an intelligent and unconnected woman, but more so for Rose, because she is a black woman living in England in 1882.
Stephen Shaughnessy, amusing rake, columnist for the Women’s Free Press, and a feminist (yay!). He’s also had to overcome his own struggles (though nothing compared to Rose’s) to ascend to his current position.
Catching Rose’s eye on the street and chatting with her about math aren’t enough for Stephen any more. He wants to get to know the very shy Rose better. So, he devises a seemingly brilliant scheme – he hires her (through her boss, that cad!) to teach him mathematics and astronomy under the guise of conducting research for a novel.
But while her boss is fooled, Rose is not. And being who she is – brilliant and beautiful – she has a lovely way of telling Stephen that she’s on to him. She slaps his hand by having him calculate the chances they’d be alone, that she’d be stupid, that he’d be charming, that her father wouldn’t find out, and that she’d bit hit in the head with something heavy (to forget herself).
And you thought you’d never use advanced math in the real world. 🙂
Anyway, I love this whole series – for the strong and smart heroines and the deviously smart and sexy heroes. And of course, for the feminism. Check it out, to find out if Stephen can beat the odds and win a place in Rose’s heart – spoiler alert: yes, of course. :p
I’ll leave you with one last, sweet quote for road from “Talk Sweetly to Me” –
Awww. Sweet. Five out of five stars for “Talk Sweetly to Me.”