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It Takes Two to Tumble

(Seducing the Sedgwicks #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  4,166 ratings  ·  790 reviews
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 a
ebook, 304 pages
Published December 12th 2017 by Avon Impulse
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

It Takes Two to Tumble is a delightful historical romance, not particularly angsty (which is a plus for me) but terribly romantic, brimming with Ben's good nature and easy smiles and Phillip's grumpy ways that mask a lonely heart. The story ends with a HEA (realistic for the time and place, but no less sweet because of it).

"Benedict. God. I don't want to let you down. You deserve so much better-"

Ben silenced [Phillip] with a lazy kiss.

"Don't you dare tell me I don't deserve this.
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*3.5 stars*

I've owned It Takes Two to Tumble for quite some time, and since I planned to start reading the latest in the Seducing the Sedgwicks series, I knew I had to start at the beginning.

It Takes Two to Tumble was a surprisingly sweet, lower-angst romance with some nice family content. I absolutely adore historical romance, especially when done well, and I think Cat Sebastian did a very nice job here.

I also was extremely into having a severely dyslexic MC. As someone who has a dyslexic chil
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

"This is all very interesting," Alton Sedgwick said, stroking his beard. "Very interesting indeed."
"No it isn't, Father," Ben said firmly. "Commonplace domestic drama, absolutely not something I'm going to find in one of your poems next year."
"Do you read my poetry?" the older man asked.
"Of course I do, if only to see what slander you've commited. And I will not find anything titled 'The Reluctant Sailor' or something to that effect."
Alton Sedgwick shook his head disapprovingly. "That's a ve
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Phillip has spent most of his life at sea, as the Captain, he knows his place and is effective in managing his people. When his ship finally berths after two years, his shore leave allows him to go home for awhile, a home where letters have informed him that his wife has died and his three children are running wild.
Ben enjoys his job as the vicar; it a
Kaje Harper
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was sweet and engaging. Ben is a clergyman whose flock includes the orphaned children of sea captain Phillip Dacre at the local manor. The children are running wild after their mother's death, having successfully driven off several tutors. Ben is cajoled by the locals into moving into the manor to exert some kind of control over them, until their father returns. Because Ben is intelligent, calm, unconventional, and imaginative, he's able to focus on only the things that really matter, and t ...more
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars

It Takes Two to Tumble is the first book in a new series from Cat Sebastian entitled  Seducing the Sedgwicks , which features a group of siblings who had a most unconventional, bohemian upbringing in a household comprising their father, his wife, his mistress and various itinerant hangers-on.  This first instalment features the eldest son, Benedict, the vicar of the parish of St. Aelred’s in Cumberland, a deeply compassionate, kind, sensitive man
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ohhhh swoon ! Loved this book and I have decided I’m a Cat fan - I have enjoyed all of her books so far and have found a new joy for historical romance. This was sweet, beautifully written and had me totally hooked. Ben, the local vicar, found himself the guardian of three unruly children. By using unique strategies, he won the love and respect of the children and began to make a positive change in their lives. Phillip, their father arrives home after two years at sea and is a virtual stranger i ...more
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He was used to commanding dozens of men in clockwork precision. Surely he could make a couple of children -- his own children, at that -- fall in line.

You know it was a great read when it takes you almost ten swipes to get to the top of your list of notes in order to compile quotes for a review.

If Sedgwick was determined to stay, then Phillip had no choice but to let him stay. Having the vicar thrown bodily from the house would set a ludicrous example for the children.

So, I don't know if the aut
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hr, 4-stars, read-2017, m-m
I'll make this short and sweet, since my last two reviews were a little long-winded. Well, Ill try.

It Takes Two to Tumble is the story of sea captain, Philip Dacre, and the vicar, Benedict Sedgwick, who grudgingly agree to work together to stop Philip's three children from running roughshod, which they have been doing ever since their mother's death.

It's a character driven story that flows easily and which I found engrossing. Philip is in a seemingly perpetual state of anger, while Ben is a mild
Fun read with a sexy vicar!

I liked it. I enjoyed it. There was some nice UST. Great writing by Cat Sebastian. It made me want to eat gooseberry pie.

But it wasn’t my favorite work of hers. She’s still a pre-order author for me. And I think she’s a great stepping stone into MM land for MF romance readers.

I’m looking forward to the next book in the series, which I’m assuming will be about foppish Hartley Sedgwick. He seems like fun!
Jun 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I am still not sure how I feel about this book. The plot was okay, the characters especially Ben and Alice delightful and the children lovable rascals. The other characters didn't seem to add anything to the story alert from Michael of course. ...more
Nov 30, 2017 added it
I can never review these books properly because all I want to do is bounce up and down and say:


Cause a happy gay vicar. A grumpy sea captain. Kids that are rounded characters and not plot devices!


It's such a happy book. And so well-written I want to fling my laptop out the window, 'cause damn, Cat.
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"This is all new to me. I'm in a new world without a map or a chart, but you're my compass, Ben, and I know we'll find a way."

After a desperate letter from his sister, informing him that his children have become unmanageable and are pretty much terrorizing the village, Cpt. Philip Dacre decides to spend his leave at home to get them back under control. Which turns out to be so much easier said than done.
Ben Sedgwick, the vicar in Philip's home, has meanwhile done his best to influence the child
Anne Boleyn's Ghost
Many reviews have noted The Sound of Music parallels in It Takes Two to Tumble. For me, that was a very good thing.

Because I realize now (as opposed to when I first saw the movie as a six-year old) that Captain Von Trapp could GET it.

And while I ordinarily wouldn’t associate "sexy" and "vicar", I have seen Grantchester. And...well...

Cat Sebastian gifted us with a light and bright romance in It Takes Two to Tumble. And again, that is a very good thing! Although my reading preferences often stee
Audiobook: 4 Stars
Story:4 Stars

Joel Leslie is at his best with British accents. He was wonderful in this performance....except.....for the trouble I had in differentiating the MCs through voice. Thank goodness that Cat Sebastian is an author whose characters jump off the page. It was this distinction in character and speech patterns that helped me to differentiate who was speaking when Leslie’s voice didn’t.

Still, it was a wonderful performance overall and a great book!

Original ebook review, J
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021
I Very much enjoyed this! I've had it for forever and finally read it. It's perfectly tender and very hot. ...more
Richard Derus
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quiltbag, sampled, kindled
Real Rating: 4.25* of five

What a pleasure to escape into a late Regency world where two men grab their happiness instead of allowing the world to order them around. I think this happened, then as now, more often than They thought/think it does.

Several things got under my saddle and rubbed me wrong, but as they were reasonably minor and mostly ignorable, I flowed on past them with mere surface ripples in the stream of my enjoyment.

This mixing metaphors thing is fun. I'm gonna do it more often.

I was so in the mood for some Cat Sebastian and this one really perked up my day.

Sweet romance and a fun story, nicely narrated by Joel Leslie.
*3.5 stars** What a lovely historical love romance between Philipp, a naval captain spending most of his time at sea and Ben, a young and unusual but enthusiastic vicar.

Cat’s writing style and the characters she brings to life work very well for me : I cannot help but feel for them and love their inner thoughts and dialogs and how they deal with life and their growing love feelings. And the angst is never OTT, just a realistic level due to the historical settings.

And in this book, not only did
Erica Chilson
I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

5 Stars

It Takes Two to Tumble is the first installment in the Seducing the Sedgwicks series. The novel was a wonderfully paced, forbidden, historical romance on several levels, between a ship captain and a vicar.

Ben Sedgwick has the perfect personality to be a vicar. Calm. Compassionate. Charitable. The only issue is that his sexual nature is not only a crime, but also against church doctrine. What was refreshing about Ben was
I enjoyed this. Ben and Philip were both really enjoyable characters, as well as the secondary characters - honestly, no character pissed me off in this, even the guy who was supposed to be the asshole, I ended up feeling sympathy for him too - and I loved Philip's children, they were adorable but also clever and funny and witty. I loved Ned, the oldest, he was so calm and strong and mature for his age. The twins were cute too - I aww'ed at the part in the book when Jamie (one of Philip's twins) ...more
Joyfully Jay
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars

It Takes Two to Tumble is the first book in Cat Sebastian’s new Seducing the Sedgewicks series and I absolutely loved it. I fell in love with Sebastian’s writing from her first book, The Soldier’s Scoundrel, and adored that whole series. I am thrilled to say I think Sebastian has done it again, and this book is really fabulous. What impresses me most about Sebastian’s work is her incredible writing. There is so much depth to her characters, so many connections sh
Anyta Sunday
Another enjoyable Cat Sebastian read. :-)
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I finished this up about 10 days ago and I just realized I didn't log it and now because my brain is mush I am unable to compose "real" review but who needs one anyway? It was cute and it was sweet and it even featured children who didn't annoy me. The story started out adorably. I loved the main grumpy sea captain and the sweet sunshiny vicar. Because I remember very little of it and it never truly grabbed me by the emotions (and it could have), I'm giving it a three. There was a lot of stuff t ...more
I am basically trash for this author now. I have pre-ordered her m/f Regency romance that is out in April, so hopefully she's just as good on that as she is with m/m. Fair warning, the next book in this series isn't out until July and that is 1,000 years away.

Also, this cover isn't that bad (characters are way overdressed, and one should def be dressed like a vicar because come on, but it's not ugly), and neither are the last two in her first series, but holy shit, the covers for her next two b
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book features:
- plotmoppets
- the plotmoppets' father, a grizzled, Captain von Trapp-esque sea captain
- the plotmoppets' nanny, a badly suited novice nun badly suited country vicar*

This book does not feature:
- goat marionettes
- gr8 songs
- the Alps
- much depth of characterisation or plausibility of plot
- badass nuns helping trick Nazis

The hills are alive with the sound of honestly just watch The Sound of Music instead.

* the vicar serving as a live-in nanny for the sexy sea captain's childre
Dec 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, br, historical
Sebastian's Jack book The Soldier's Scoundrel remains the measuring stick by which I judge Sebastian. So this one is compared to that. We see again her ability to pick up ordinary situations, common tropes and giving them her people feel. Because Sebastian is able to write people, to uncover layer by layer and I love that. It is not like Jack's book but a good comforting read all the same.

Read with Ira
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ariana by: Christelle
Shelves: lgbtq
This was one for a rainy Sunday afternoon - it is light and easy to read.

Ben is a sweetheart through and through and you simply have to love him - how can you possibly resist a guy playing with ducklings?
Phillip feels pretty much the same - although he has totally withdrawn from human relationships and society, he can't help thawing in the warmth of Mr. Sunshine's smile.

Loved the 'Sound of Music' themed plot, the dry humour and the virtually angst-free romance.
A lovely relaxing romance!

Thank yo
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
How very sweet and warm. ♥ This was my first Cat Sebastian book, but it surely won't be my last. RTC ...more
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Another lovely historical from Ms. Sebastian. I particularly loved Ben.
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Cat writes steamy, upbeat historical romances. They usually take place in the Regency, generally have at least one LGBTQ+ main character, and always have happy endings.

Before writing, Cat was a lawyer and a teacher. She enjoys crossword puzzles, geeking out over birds, gardening badly, and–of course–reading. In high school, her parents went away for a week, and instead of throwing raucous parties,

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