Romance, LGBTQ, Historical
Seducing the Sedgwicks #1
“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.”
This was such a gentle and heart warming read with lovable characters and beautiful writing. Cat Sebastian is such a great writer and it really shines through in this one. I was completely immersed in the world she created and the romance she was developing. These two are so adorable together and I loved how honest and open they are. Ben was raised in an unconditional family with his father, mother, and his father’s mistress. He’s known he was attracted to men but he’s always pushed it away. Not out of shame but because he wanted a traditional life – the complete opposite of his upbringing. Phillip has spent most of his adult life on a ship, away from his wife and his children but he has to return when his wife dies. On top of that, his first mate, the man he was beginning to love, has also died. But no matter what else is going on, Ben and Phillip can’t stay away from each other, their attraction is too strong.
Ben was so wonderful and I loved his character! He’s just so earnest and open and his care for other people was so sweet. Ben genuinely enjoys helping the people in his parish and his devotion to being a vicar is written so well. I don’t know if a gay man living in this time period would be this comfortable with his religion and sexuality but I don’t care because Ben was too perfect!
I can’t wait to read more in this series. We only see Hartley in this one but we hear a bit about the other brothers and I’m looking forward to more! Can we get a novella with Alice Crawford? Because she was such a wonderfully written side character.
I know it’s realistic to the time this book takes place in but I was a bit bothered by how uninvolved Phillip has been in his children’s lives prior to his return home. It just bothers me a bit that he could just walk away from his family in the past.
In the Closest
Some of Ben Sedgwick’s favorite things:
Helping his poor parishioners
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:
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.
Published by Avon on December 12, 2017