ROMANCE

It Takes Two To Tumble

Avon Impulse. (Seducing the Sedgwicks, Bk. 1). Dec. 2017. 384p. ebk. ISBN 9780062820501. $3.99. M/M REGENCY ROMANCE
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Vicar Benedict Sedgwick is betrothed to his dear friend Alice, who charmingly sits on a couch propped up by a flotilla of cushions as she recovers from an unidentified illness. Benedict is assigned to mind three rambunctious children who have been blacklisted by all the tutors in the area. Capt. Phillip Dacre, their father, is expected back in Portsmouth port two weeks. Enter the similarities with The Sound of Music: adventurous children, a domineering, military father, and a fun-loving tutor with a religious calling who realizes he is falling in love with the children's father. What follows is a page-turning story of two men who attempt to hide their attraction from observant relatives. Benedict grapples with his choices between Alice and Phillip and his vocation and spiritual values. An entertaining subplot involves Benedict's father, Alton, a free-loving poet who finally decides to settle down.
VERDICT Sebastian (The Ruin of a Rake) provides yet another sizzling romance with a robust plot that transcends time and setting. She has created a family readers will want to get to know better. [Previewed in Joyce Sparrow's "Love Is All Around," LJ 10/15/17.]

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