It Takes Two to Tumble: Seducing the Sedgwicks

It Takes Two to Tumble: Seducing the Sedgwicks

by Cat Sebastian

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Overview

"Sebastian proves she is a new force to be reckoned with in historical romances.”--Booklist

Some of Ben Sedgwick’s favorite things:

  • Helping his poor parishioners
  • Baby animals
  • Shamelessly flirting with the handsome Captain Phillip Dacre

 

After an unconventional upbringing, Ben is perfectly content with the quiet, predictable life of a country vicar, free of strife or turmoil. When he’s asked to look after an absent naval captain’s three wild children, he reluctantly agrees, but instantly falls for the hellions. And when their stern but gloriously handsome father arrives, Ben is tempted in ways that make him doubt everything.

 

Some of Phillip Dacre’s favorite things:

  • His ship
  • People doing precisely as they're told
  • Touching the irresistible vicar at every opportunity

 

Phillip can’t wait to leave England’s shores and be back on his ship, away from the grief that haunts him. But his children have driven off a succession of governesses and tutors and he must set things right. The unexpected presence of the cheerful, adorable vicar sets his world on its head and now he can’t seem to live without Ben’s winning smiles or devastating kisses.

 

In the midst of runaway children, a plot to blackmail Ben’s family, and torturous nights of pleasure, Ben and Phillip must decide if a safe life is worth losing the one thing that makes them come alive.  

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062820501
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/12/2017
Series: Seducing the Sedgwicks , #1
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 90,459
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Cat Sebastian lives in a swampy part of the South with her husband, three kids, and two dogs. Before her kids were born, she practiced law and taught high school and college writing. When she isn’t reading or writing, she’s doing crossword puzzles, bird-watching, and wondering where she put her coffee cup.

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It Takes Two to Tumble: Seducing the Sedgwicks 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
A character-driven story brings Ben, a vicar who completely enjoys his solid and stable life after a childhood full of upheaval. Fairly even tempered, he’s progressing along the path that convention would suggest: ministering to his flock, a betrothal to an appropriate woman and a solidity that allows those around him to feel safe, heard and cared for. When the Dacre children are entrusted to his care after their mother’s death as they await the return of their father, a ship’s captain, much of the quiet and deliberate life that Ben has established is pushed to the side. The children are wild and unfortunately remind Ben of his own libertine upbringing – one that he has spent years trying to ignore and suppress. Phillip has been at sea for the past while, during which time he learned of his wife’s death. He’s had a hard few years – aware of his own predilections and desire for men, one that won’t fly (and is illegal) on land, and the grief he feels from the death of his lieutenant (and lover) that cannot be expressed have him edgy. Add to that a low-level of anger and frustration with the worries about his children, the restraint and constriction of society and hiding just who he is fully, and the instant sparks that fly between he and the very betrothed vicar, Ben – and you’ve got a storyline full of tension. Ah how I loved the two – Ben’s quiet manner that didn’t shirk away from Phillip’s anger and temper tantrums. Their shared frustrations with the worries for and about Philip’s children and their behavior, and the (for Ben) heretofore unexplored feelings and attraction to this man he’d never met with secrets and grief hiding in his eyes. In command of his ship at sea, Phillip is confident and in control – land makes him uneasy and he struggles to hide his feelings of inadequacy and his desire for Ben – all of which often make him as prickly as a hedgehog. Keeping in mind that society’s censure and scandal could result from anyone discovering this attraction – not to mention the legal ramifications – the risks, for Phillip to want more from Ben, with Ben, are astronomical. But, one night – and plenty of soul searching, sharing and fears – not to mention a touch of danger for the children and a threat to Ben’s family all come to make this an enjoyable and engaging read. Full of tangible emotions, a romance that feels both plausible and possible even with a neatly (perhaps too much so) sewn up storyline, the intrigue for further titles, including some more from Ben and Phillip are solidly set in this title. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story with vibrant characters. It makes you want to fall in love all over again.
afnick More than 1 year ago
Such a beautiful story, Cat Sebastian has done it again! Both main characters have a wonderful, believable arc. I couldn't put the book down and had to stay up late to finish it. Can't wait for more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Cat Sebastian. Multiple challenges for both protagonists, and the turn towards each other is wonderful.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Such a sweet story--with a bit of a The Sound of Music vibe to it (minus the singing...and Nazis, thank goodness), especially the way that the captain first sees his children when he returns, LOL... I really liked Ben and Phillip's story. Their antagonism at first, sparked by Phillip's prickliness and inability to get along with his children (loved those kids!) felt spot-on and made for a delicious enemies-to-lovers-type plot. The ending was brought along by some rather quick and easy machinations, but I really enjoyed the characters and reading their story so much that I barely even noticed. :) Though neither character had any illusions about the risks they were taking in choosing to be together (sacrifices needed to be and were made; there was just the right amount of angst throughout, considering) I'm going to continue in my happy bubble where these two, along with all the rest of Ms. Sebastian's heroes. live long and happy lives together and are never caught and punished for their "crimes". (Fictional fingers crossed) Can't wait for the next in the series! Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars--IT TAKES TWO TO TUMBLE is the first instalment in Cat Sebastian’s adult SEDUCING THE SEDGWICKS historical, regency romance series focusing on the Sedgwick family. This is Vicar Ben Sedgwick, and sea captain Phillip Dacre’s story line. NOTE: IT TAKES TWO TO TUMBLE contains scenes of M/M sexual situations and may not be suitable for all readers. Told from dual third person perspectives (Ben and Phillip) IT TAKES TWO TO TUMBLE follows the building but illegal relationship between Portsmouth Vicar Ben Sedgwick, and sea captain/widower/single father Phillip Dacre. Captain Phillip Dacre has been at sea for close to two years and in the ensuing time his wife died leaving their three children under the care of a string of nannies and tutors who have struggled to gain control over their hellish natures. Upon his return to England Phillip will come face to face with the local Vicar and the children’s tutor-Benjamin Sedgwick, stirring a long forgotten need he has buried for quite some time. The year is 1817 and homosexuality is a sin; illegal and punishable by imprisonment or worse but Phillip’s attraction to Ben is met with an equal amount of lust from the man in question. What ensues is the building but secret romance between Phillip and Ben as our couple work together to rein in Phillip’s children, and the potential fall out as Phillip’s time in England draws to a close, and Ben considers leaving the church for much different pastures. The relationship between Phillip and Ben is one of immediate attraction as our leading couple dance around one another trying to ascertain the other’s emotional and physical needs. As a naval captain Phillip has had a number of male lovers while at sea but his return to civilization comes with alienation from his children, and a lack of knowledge regarding their immediate circumstance. Vicar Ben Sedgwick struggles between his attraction to Phillip versus his vow to the church, and his engagement to a woman he loves more as a friend than a potential lover. The $ex scenes are passionate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text but saying that the attraction between Phillip and Ben felt low-key, without any discernable palpable sexual chemistry; there was no external conflict; their relationship was never questioned, and in this the story line lacked the powerful enticement to captivate and titillate. We are introduced to Phillip’s three rambunctious children: Ned, Margaret and James , as well as Phillip’s best friend and ship’s surgeon Walsh; Ben’s brother Hartley; his best friend and fiancée Alice Crawford; neighbor and struggling land owner Sir Martin Easterbrook; and Ben’s father poet Alton Sedgwick, and housekeeper Mrs. Winston. IT TAKES TWO TO TUMBLE is a charming romance; a sweet, forbidden love between a naval captain who has battled a learning disability all of his life, and a man of the cloth who is unable to be true to himself. The premise is engaging; the characters are delightful; the romance is captivating. IT TAKES TWO TO TUMBLE is character driven story line; a heart warming and tender tale about family, courage and love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm so happy I started reading this authors books. Phillip and Ben are great together, the chemistry between the 2, so hot!! I can't wait to see what comes out next.