REVIEW: I have become quite enamored with Cat Sebastian books, her stories evoke all sorts of emotions. From consternation to heartbreak, it is for that reason that I read every book she publishes.
In a beautiful prose which a time is almost poetic, Cat Sebastian presents us with It Takes Two To Tumble, the story of two men who follow very different paths in life. Benjamin Sedgwick is the vicar of a small town. He has a plan and that plan should offer him a pleasant existence. He needs peace, he needs to feel the safety of having earned his place in life with someone who loves him, and everything else can be put in the backburner, forgotten and not explored.
Ben is one of those characters that makes its way into the readers’ heart slowly. Everything about him is likeable. He has an easy personality and attitude, an optimistic way of seeing things and almost always focus on the problem just long enough to be able to find a solution. He is everything I enjoy in a character. His need to help others is as strong as his convinctions.
Captain Phillip Drace is a man of the sea. It is only while he is at sea that he feels home. Now that he is returning home he doesn’t know what to expect, after his wife’s death his children have been causing havoc, but there is nothing discipline and education can’t resolve. As we get to know Captain Drace we learn what’s in his heart. The pain, the sorrow and the heart of a man who is more lost than he let on.
When Phillip and Ben meet, it is only then when these characters start finding their way. It is their presence and proximity to one another that awakens the many emotions each have kept safely away. Captain Phillip understands the consequences of not expressing emotions and feelings, he knows first hand that in an instant you can lose everything you hold dear. Ben, on the other hand, is every bit different from Phillip, he is expressive and open like a book. He isn’t afraid to voice his feelings and emotions and in a way it allows Phillip to name what slowly starts to develop between the two men.
It Takes Two to Tumble is a fantastic story of love, acceptance and second chances. It is a story of strengh, understanding and posibilities. The story slightly explores the consequences of forbidden love & male relationships in a society that not only sees it as a weakness but that also severely punishes those who dare voice it. In this emotional yet heartwarming story, these two men explore their emotions, their feelings and the many things they learn from each other. Their time together serves as a learning & teaching experience, which in terms allows them both to explore a relationship without innibitions and judgement.
Cat Sebastian has always managed to entwine these characters in ways that is both sincere & sublime. She manages to create conflictive situations that bring these characters to new high without exaggerated angst. There is a certain balanced that exists in these stories, there is enough romance, enough sexual tension and a lot of heart. Every character brought something into the story, there was no redundancy or unnecessary drama. I am looking forward to Cat Sebastian’s next book, Unmasked by the Marquess.
Do I recommend this book? YES YES YES
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