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In Which Stephen Talks "Sweetly" to Rose,
This review is from: Talk Sweetly to Me (The Brothers Sinister) (Kindle Edition)
Courtney Milan definitely has her own very unique style of writing and I am one reader who is fascinated by her stories. In this book, we get to revisit the character of Stephen Shaughnessy of Irish descent, who was introduced to us in The Suffragette Scandal (The Brothers Sinister) (Volume 4). His neighbor, Miss Rose Sweetly, just happens to be a mathematical genius, to say the least. Stephen writes a column in a newspaper run by a woman in which he answers questions put forth by the female readers of the newspaper under the pseudonym "Actual Male," and who happens to not only have the reputation of a rake - he is one.
It soon becomes obvious that Stephen is fascinated by the lovely Rose Sweetly and even conspires to have her tutor him in math so he can have reason to be around her. But, is Stephen working things just so he can seduce Rose, or does he have a serious side that is beginning to come to the forefront? This is a super sweet romance and we get to be along for the ride. The best line of this book is when Stephen says, "Talk sweetly to me, Rose." Oh, did I fail to mention that Rose is of African descent from a merchant class family with high standards for their daughters? Stephen doesn't seem to think Rose's heritage and skin color is an issue. Rose and her sister have reason to believe it could be an issue - probably based upon life's experiences. Her sister doesn't think a serious relationship with Stephen and Rose will work out, Rose doesn't think it will work out, Stephen only knows He. Loves. Rose.
Stephen has his work cut out for him if he thinks to marry the lovely Rose. But, he knows how to talk sweetly himself. Lots of chemistry between Stephen and Rose.