It Takes Two to Tumble is the first book in Cat Sebastian’s Regency-era Seducing the Sedgwicks series of historical romance novels. Cat Sebastian has quickly become one of my favorite authors; her titles tend to feature two male protagonists, which is different from what I usually read.
Ben is a fairly simple country vicar. He is sweet and he is gentle, and although it is not necessarily one of his parish duties, he devotes some of his time to a trio of children who live at a local manor house. Their mother passed away several years ago, and their father is often away at sea. The children have had the run of the house for years, and take delight in scaring away the tutors and governesses charged with their care.
And then Captain Dacre- Phillip- returns home. He is used to the strict discipline of a ship, and he and doesn’t know what to make of the chaos in his home. And he doesn’t know what to think of the maddeningly chipper vicar who knows his children better than he does.
So, essentially, what we have here is a Regency-era version of Sound of Music with two men. At its core, this is a story about living authentically and finding happiness after all hope seems lost. This was such a sweet story- Ben is just so adorable, and Phillip learns to be a little less grumpy. The three children are full of mischief, and along with a solid series of secondary characters, help to give the story a layer of depth.
I would absolutely recommend It Takes Two to Tumble. This book has a nice balance between lighthearted humor and moderate angst. This is the first book in the series, so it is an excellent place to start if this is your first experience with Cat Sebastian. I have enjoyed all of her other books, but this one is my favorite. I am looking forward to reading the two books that she will be releasing later this year!