I'm a big fan of this author's other series but I actually thought this was her best story so far. Ben is a local pastor who ends up caring for a group of wild children against his will. Their father is a captain who is at sea when their mother dies. The children are wild and are bothering everyone is town until Ben steps in. A short time later their father Phillip returns home.
Phillip is overwhelmed and has no idea what to do with them. He had always planned to stay at sea and had assumed his wife would be the caregiver. When he first arrives he's gruff and a bit stern.
With the help of Ben though, Phillip learns to properly parent and he starts to care for his children. He also begins to care for Ben.
This was a great story. The characters were really well written and I loved their attraction and connection to each other. The story is fast paced and kept me entertained from beginning to end.
The romance aspect was very sweet, as was watching Phillip begin to care for his children.
This was a very good read and one I would definitely recommend.
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 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:His ship 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.