Book Review & Quote-tastic : Talk Sweetly to Me by Courtney Milan

Monday, September 8, 2014

Source: Purchased
Format: Kindle (Mobi)
Self Published
Genre: Interracial Historical Romance
Author: Courtney Milan
Sex: Light to Medium Sexual Content

My Review

Talk Sweetly To Me was a quick and sweet read I enjoyed over the weekend. This is my first book that I've read by Courtney Milan and I don't think it will be my last.

I thought she tackled the romance between Rose, a Black woman and Stephan, a white Irish man very well.

Rose who is a very smart woman...I mean like genius smart is good with mathematics. So here she works as a computer, it seems back in the day, some woman provided mathematical numbers in such a way to help as far as astrology and things like that; Rose helped with astrology. And Stephen, was a novelist and get this...a advise columnist for a women's paper.

While Stephan was a known rake, Rose was a shy woman who hid behind her work. Stephan is highly attracted to Rose and wants to court and marry her, but he knows that he must approach her differently than he has any other woman. Rose was also attracted to Stephan...she was IMO more concerned about his reputation as a rake and also because she was a black woman, people would think even less of her because of a relationship that would develop between them.

While I had some issues with Rose and it was really just the frustration of her constant denial of Stephan that worked my nerves. But, I totally understood where she was coming from. She was a very smart woman, but she was still black and although she knew Stephan didn't really care about what people thought of him and her together, it did stop her from getting closer to Stephan like she really wanted too and she really wanted too.

Stephan on the other, what a dude. He was just, wonderful. He was a alpha male, but no overtly so. He wanted Rose and really didn't give a rats ass what Society thought of the possibility of him and Rose being together. And when Rose told him to back off, he did. Did he want too? no! but out of respect for her, he did. How can you not love a man like that?

This story was awesome for me and I really did enjoy the way Ms. Milan captured both Rose and Stephan characters. They were easy too like and they didn't have any really big ass hang ups. She didn't hide away from issues...such as race that Rose and Stephan faced.

Book Note: I could not STAND Patricia's (Rose sister) doctor. He was a racist and a class A asshole. Reading characters such as this makes me want to go back in time and slap somebody...really damn hard. Referring to a sister as a cow. Oh damn...damn...damn! my hands were inching!

All and all I liked this story. If you're looking for a sweet romance with quirky characters and a love story with slight humor, then you will enjoy Talk Sweetly To Me.

My Rating


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"Tell me, Mr. Shaughnessy. Is that what you had hoped from me? To..." She stopped briefly, swallowing, and then continued. "To seduce me and then not fall in love?"
"No," he told her. "I'm tired of having to remind myself that the women who are after me wish only an experience or a reputation and not a lifetime. I'm tired of holding myself back. I'm tired of having to flatten all but the barest hint of affection."
Her breath caught."
"I'm tired, " he said, "of not letting myself fall in love."
She didn't say anything for a long time. "They're idiots," she finally said. "Complete idiots, the lot of them."
They really were and Rose was perfect for him :D


  1. Courtney Milan really made a great first impression on you! Well, other than Patricia's character. LOL But, no book is perfect, right? However, from your review I gather that the author nailed the romantic elements which are the most important in this type of read IMO. Thanks for sharing!

  2. she really did, lols. I loved how she focused on the romance between these two..there were things between, but that romance? wow :)

    This is true Carmel, no book is perfect

    thanks for stopping through :D

  3. I haven't read her books either and I think I have a couple in the pile. The dynamics in this one have me very interested. Thanks for sharing, Sharonda!

    Sweet quote too!

  4. I love discovering new authors :) i think you will like this one Sophia.

    Thanks for stopping thru :D

    I loved that quote!

  5. I'm going to assume this is the book that sparked the little conversation on Facebook last night? Being of a mixed race, I sometimes have issues with interracial romances - either they harp on stereotypes, or the not so nice people are so .... well, you know. But it's nice to hear that you enjoyed this and that the romance wasn't predictably hindered by the small-mindedness of society.

  6. Lmbooooo. ..lawd, you know me so well :)

    That's also my issue with IR romances too Michelle, like you known the couple is going to have issues but good gravy, I don't want it to take away from the Romance. This one didn't so I'm grateful for that.

  7. Oh wow. You don't see IR historicals often! I'm glad to see you enjoyed it Sharonda. I read a novella of hers in an antho and had the hardest time with it--it was SO depressing. I might have to give this one a go. I know a lot who love her and guessing I just started with the way wrong book of hers.

  8. Girl, you got to look around for them...lols. I came across this one by chance on another website. Glad I found was totally worth the read.

    I hear the series this book is tied to is pretty good, so I'm going to start with it. Talk Sweetly to me can be read as a stand alone even though Stephan appears in previous books.

    Shoot, I forgot to list it as part of a series, lols.

  9. Sounds good with the exception of the racist doctor. Great review Sexxxy

  10. gurl! that Doctor...ooooo! if there was a time machine, I would have went back just to beat his ass to a bloody pulp

  11. This sounds really good aside from the Doctor.I do love a good historical romance!

  12. I love her Historical Romances. I have lsitned to quite a few of them, I'll be adding this to my list. I'm glad you enjoyed it...She's good :)

  13. I just finished reading this last night and was going to write a review and I saw this! I actually like Rose. I felt were she was coming from, felt it was realistic sometimes it can be hard to step out those social norms but I felt this was a great take on opposites attract! Love the review.

  14. Hey Marcia!

    Oh I liked Rose, I really did. She just frustrated me at times, lols. I knew she was a little scared and you're right, it is hard to step away from what you know.

    It was a awesome take on opposites attract! it really was. Stephan was so different than Rose, they were so good together :D


  15. If a majority of her books read like this, then she definitely has a fan here :)

    thanks for stopping through!

  16. its really good Kim. Just a nice, sweet, calm romance. Aside from the pen head doctor, it was all good.

  17. I know she had the she protested to much syndrome which will drive a strong woman crazy. I think I was just so happy she was not stereotypical I over looked it. You know how it is sometimes I think diverse characters get typecast so much! But duh why I just realized this was you. You are everywhere...Alright now.

  18. Yeah, I feel you on that. Characters do sometimes get typecasted in IR and its so messed up.

    I think that why I loved this one so much because Rose was a genius...a working woman and not some dang on house maid, you know? If was refreshing! especially for a historical romance.

    hahaha! yep it's me. This is my blog now along with we sharing space now, lols.